Visual Communication, Phenotypic Plasticity, and Morphological Diversity
The biological diversity we see today is the product of millions of years of organisms interacting with their environment. These organism-environment interactions lead to phenotypic modifications across a range of time scales, from instantaneous changes in behavior to macroevolutionary changes in Bauplan. Research in the Westerman Lab is anchored by a broad interest in how organisms perceive and interact with their environment, and how variation in these organism-environment interactions facilitates diversity. We integrate whole organism behavioral research with genomics, development, and neurobiology in our study of the mechanisms driving behavioral and morphological diversity.