Author Archives: LS

Retinal Topography Maps in R

I’m happy to report that we published a paper in Journal of Vision this week. It’s a methods paper on an open-source R package for retinal topography mapping and comparison. The paper represents part 1 of Brian’s senior thesis — … Continue reading

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Sniper-scope: mapping and understanding the visual system of nature’s underwater sniper

By Samantha Decker (Scripps College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. How animals turn the chaos of environmental stimuli into … Continue reading

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The “Nose” Knows: Olfactory Receptor Losses Explain the Transition to Herbivory in Flies

By Madison Dipman (Pomona College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. A puzzling discrepancy exists in the world of insects. … Continue reading

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Blind Sharks: Detect Magnetic Fields?

By Kimberly Coombs (Claremont McKenna College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. Sharks are most commonly known as visual predators; … Continue reading

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New lab webpage

The blog remains a the good old wordpress location, but I have moved the info about my lab and research to a new webpage. The main reason behind is that I wanted to have better control over publishing code from … Continue reading

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Phylogenetic trees in R

I wrote this little tutorial as an introductory chapter for the NESCent Academy on Macroevolution back in July 2014. It’s meant to provide a brief overview of the basic structure of tree objects in R and illustrate some of the … Continue reading

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Blind cavefish: social butterfly or awkward turtle?

By Nour Bundogji (Pitzer College), Niti Nagar (Claremont McKenna College), and Sachin Shah (Claremont McKenna College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. … Continue reading

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