VS298: Animal Eyes
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
VS 298 (section 4), 2 units
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)
|Jan. 26||Chapters 1,2: The origin of vision, Light and vision
|Feb. 2||Chapter 3: What makes a good eye?
|Feb. 8 (Wed.)||Chapter 4: Aquatic eyes: the evolution of the lens
|Feb. 16||Chapter 5: Lens eyes on land
|Feb. 23||Chapter 6: Mirrors in animals
|Mar. 1||Chapter 7: Apposition compound eyes||Robert|
|How Eyes Evolved - special topics
(public lecture at 12:00 in the Redwood Center)
|Mar. 15||'Chick eyes'
|Mar. 22||A theory of slit pupils||Marty Banks|
|Mar. 29||[Spring recess]|
|Apr. 5||Binocular vision in birds
|Apr. 12||Chapter 8: Superposition eyes
|Apr. 19||Chapter 9: Movements of the eyes||Fernando|