I'm a PhD student at the University of Adelaide, my research focuses on the evolution of senses in sea snakes.
Sea snakes are fully-aquatic marine reptiles and are closely related to venomous land snakes (e.g. cobras, mumbas, tiger snakes). They recently transitioned into the marine environments (~6 million years ago), and have many novel adapatations to the aquatic world, e.g. paddle-shaped tails for swimming and skin breathing for diving. I wonder how this evolutionary shift has shaped the way they sense the underwater world.