Professor Karin Nordstrom

Matthew Flinders Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre Building (6E:122)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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In the Motion Vision group we use hoverflies to understand how the nervous system codes visual information. We use a range of techniques, such as electrophysiology of single neurons in the fly nervous system, quantitative behavior, free flight experiments, and field site measurements. Our neuroethological approach allows us to use behaviorally relevant stimuli in more controlled laboratory experiments.


PhD, Lund University, 2003

MSc, Uppsala University, 1999

Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education), The University of Adelaide, 2008

Honours, awards and grants

Future Fellowship, ARC, 2019 - 2023

Research Fellowship, Swedish Research Council, 2009 – 2012

Research Fellowship, ARC, 2008-2010

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Swedish Research Council, 2005 – 2006

Supervisory interests
Collision Detection
Image processing
Motion Vision
Natural Scenes
Neural circuits
Optic Flow
Target Detection
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Arena development for behavioral studies of free-flying flies (Uppsala Univ) (1), Neural processing of visual information in HS in blowfly – stimulus design (Univ Heidelberg) (1), Development of FlyTracker software (Uppsala Univ.) (1), Target detection in behaving hoverflies (Uppsala Univ) (1), Development of visual stimuli for motion vision research (Uppsala Univ) (1), Motion vision processing in fly lobula plate tangential cells (Uppsala Univ) (1), Octopaminergic effects on motion adaptation (Univ Amsterdam) (1)
Associate supervisor: The paralemmin protein family – phosphoproteins involved in filopodia and dendritic spine formation (Uppsala Univ) (1), Local and global neural mechanisms underlying the robust velocity coding of natural images (Univ of Adelaide) (1)
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insect vision
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Media expertise
  • Neuroscience
  • Motion vision
  • Natural scene statistics
  • electrophysiology
  • hoverfly
  • insect vision