Do You See What I See? Animal Vision Revealed
Students may not stop to consider something
as familiar as vision unless they need eyeglasses, contacts or sunglasses to read
or reduce glare. It is rarer still to consider how other organisms see. Do all animals see in the same way?
This fascinating topic was explored
during a professional development workshop entitled, “Hiding in the Light” provided
by the COSEE-TEK program at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point campus
in the summer of 2011. Working with Dr. Heidi Dierssen and her graduate student
Kelley Bostrum, teachers were introduced to groundbreaking research using light
measurements to analyze camouflage abilities in fish and calculate habitat type
through satellite imagery.
In this lesson students will be introduced to structures
six different animals have to detect light, also known as electromagnetic
How do structural
and behavioral adaptations increase the chances for organisms to survive in
- Compare and contrast the structures used in animals to
detect various forms of electromagnetic waves.
- Evaluate the effect these structures have on the survival of
animals in their environments.