Alex M. Winsor

PhD Candidate

B.S. in Biology, University of Florida 

Advisor: Elizabeth M. Jakob

Research Interests

My research broadly focuses on understanding how animals actively use their senses, and why sensory systems are so exceptionally diverse. I use spiders, which divide their vision across different functional sets of eyes, to investigate the evolution of their visually guided behaviors and distributed visual systems. To accomplish this, I am using phylogenetically informed mechanistic and behavioral studies.

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Winsor AM, Remage-Healey L, Hoy RR, Jakob EM (2023). Visual attention and processing in jumping spiders. Trends in Neurosciences, In press.

Winsor AM, Morehouse NI, Jakob EM (2023). Distributed vision in spiders. In: Buschbeck EK, Bok MJ (eds). Distributed vision: from simple sensors to sophisticated combination eyes. Springer Series in Vision Research. Springer, Cham.

Bruce M, Daye D, Long SM, Winsor AM, Menda G, Hoy RR, Jakob EM (2021). Attention and distraction in the modular visual system of a jumping spider. Journal of Experimental Biology.

Winsor AM, Pagoti GF, Daye DJ, Cheries EW, Cave KR, Jakob EM (2021). What gaze direction can tell us about cognitive processes in invertebrates. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.

Winsor AM, Ihle M, Taylor LA (2020). Methods for independently manipulating palatability and color in small insect prey. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0231205.

Allen PE, Laforest L, Diyaljee SI, Smith HM, Tran DX, Winsor AM, Dale AG (2020). Long-term changes in mole cricket body size associated with enemy-free space and a novel range. Biological Invasions 22, 773–782.

Allen PE, Dale AG, Diyaljee SI, Ector NJ, Petit-Bois D, Quinn JT, Ranieri AC, Sanchez JA, Smith HA, Tran DX, Winsor AM, and Miller CW. (2018). One and Done: Long-Term Sperm Storage in the Cactus-Feeding Bug, Narnia femorata (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 111(5), 271-277. doi: 10.1093/aesa/say017