Walter D. Foss Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Office Address: Rubbermaid 114
- Ph.D., Duke University 2015
- B.S., University of Michigan 2008
- BIOL 111 Foundations of Biology
- BIOL 399 Visual Ecology
My research falls within the intersection of ecology, physiology, and behavior. Broadly, I seek to understand how differences in vision drive the behavior and coloration of animals. To accomplish this, I investigate both 1) how different behavioral, ecological, and morphological factors cause variation in vision between animals and 2) what functional effect these differences have on the animal’s behavior and fitness. Much of my published work focuses on differences in color vision, especially in regards to private communication channels. More recently I have expanded into differences in visual acuity (i.e. spatial vision; informally the number of pixels in an animal’s visual scene). My lab uses a variety of terrestrial systems, including birds, insects, and spiders.