CZAAWE Resource Article

Variability in sensory ecology: expanding the bridge between physiology and evolutionary biology
Publication Type 
Journal Article
Year of publication 
2009
Publication/Journal 
The Quarterly Review of Biology
Abstract 
Sensory organs represent the interface between the central nervous system of organisms and the environment in which they live. To date, we still lack a true integration of ecological and evolutionary perspectives in our understanding of many sensory systems. We argue that scientists working in sensory ecology should expand the bridge between sensory and evolutionary biology, and, in working toward this goal, we advocate a combination of the experimental rigor of the sensory physiologist with population-based as well as evolutionary views.