Title

A Review of Evolution, Behavior, and Vision with an Experimental Evolution Study on Color Vision in Drosophila melanogaster

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science

Major

Biology, Evolution

Date of Defense

11-16-2016

Graduate Advisor

Aimee Dunlap, PhD

Committee

Dr. Patricia G. Parker

Dr. Zuleyma Tang-Martinez

Abstract

The first chapter of this thesis is to take a piece by piece look at the factors that contributed to the experimental evolution study that will be discussed in Chapter 2. Behavior, how that can affect experimental studies, and how biases can affect sensory systems and preference in subject species. Specifically visual sensory systems are described in detail, from the possible evolutionary histories, to major components that contribute to eye structure, form, and/or abilities. We discuss how to define color vision, and what are the prerequisites for color vision in species.

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