VS298: Animal Eyes

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This seminar will survey the wide variety of eye designs and visual systems found in the animal kingdom. Students will lead discussion each week based on readings from Land and Nilsson’s book, Animal Eyes, in addition to other articles from the literature.

Instructor: Bruno Olshausen

Enrollment information:

VS 298 (section 4), 2 units
CCN: 66495

Meeting time and place:

Thursdays 6-8, Evans 560


  • Animal Eyes by Michael Land and Dan Nilsson (Amazon)
  • Evolution's Witness: How Eyes Evolved by Ivan Schwab (Amazon)
  • In The Blink Of An Eye: How Vision Sparked The Big Bang Of Evolution by Andrew Parker (Amazon)


Date Reading Presenter
Jan. 26 Chapters 1,2 + Nilsson paper Joel
Feb. 2 Chapter 3 Ann
Feb. 8 (Wed.) Chapter 4 + Fernald paper Drew
Feb. 16 Chapter 5 Lucas
Feb. 23 Chapter 6, Wagner et al. article Steve, Asako
Mar. 1 Chapter 7 Travis
... ... ...
Apr. 5 Chapter 8 Dillon
Apr. 12 Chapter 9 Fernando
Apr. 19 TBD
Apr. 26 TBD
May 3 TBD