New citizen science 'game' to test efficacy of seasonal camouflage

Fall colors

A new citizen science game to examine the effects of camouflage mismatch was developed in collaboration between the Mills lab and the “Sensory Ecology and Evolution Research Group” lead by Dr. Martin Stevens at University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus. 

MS student Charlotte Jeffers (primary advisor Dr. Stevens) created the game to answer a new set of questions on the efficacy of camouflage against different predators. By playing as either a coyote or a human, you can help us understand the differences between two common vision types: dichromatism and trichromatism and the different predators ability to detect camouflaged versus mismatched hares. 

Play as many times as you’d like on your computer or phone by clicking here

All the hare and backgrounds photographs featured in this game are Mills lab research photos, and include the same animals used in our early papers (Mills et al. 2013, Zimova et al. 2014, Zimova et al. 2016) describing coat color mismatch and how hares respond to it. 

You can also play other citizen science camouflage games developed by the Sensory Ecology and Evolution Research Group here.