It's All in the Eyes

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  • Title: Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine
  • Education: PhD, Harvard University, 1999
  • Recommended by: Marcie McClure

Adriana Briscoe has spent the past 10 years looking into eyes — of butterflies, that is. Briscoe looks at the genes encoding visual pigments in the photoreceptor cells of butterfly eyes and has shown that much of the diversity of butterfly wing color can, in fact, be attributed to variability in what colors these pigments are sensitive to.

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