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Julia Notar


Contact Information:

Room 302, Biological Sciences Building
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708



BS, Marine Biology, UCLA (2009)
MS, Biology, UCLA (2016)



Research Interests:

I am interested in how animals use light in their environments to make decisions. Specifically, I focus on the diffuse photosensory abilities of some marine invertebrates from a functional behavioral standpoint: how much can these animals “see” and how does that inform the choices they make? Sea urchins, which appear to function as a compound body-eye, provide a fascinating model for investigating this phenomenon.




Gordon, M.S. and Notar, J.C. (2015) Can systems biology help to separate evolutionary analogies (convergent homoplasies) from homologies? Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 117: 19-29

Notar, J.C. and Gessow, J. (2009) Ecology of an intertidal leech: expanding the range of Malmiana buthi. Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the Southern California Academy of Sciences. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 108: 112





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