Visual Ecology & Neuroethology
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Co-evolution of Complex Physiological Traits
From an integrative and organismal perspective, the function of any physiological system is linked inextricably to the functions of other physiological systems. Studying the functional relationships between physiological systems is necessary if we are to understand how organisms evolve as integrated wholes rather than collections of disparate parts. Consequently, we are studying the co-evolution of physiological components of animals, such as their sensory, nervous, and locomotory systems. Pictured above: scallop species that differ in their abilities to see and swim.