Christopher Paul Heesy, Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy & Assistant Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Department of Anatomy
College of Graduate Studies
Midwestern University
19555 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, Arizona 85308

Office: (623) 572-3661


B.A. Anthropology, University of Southern California 1995
M.A. Anthropology, State University of New York at Stony Brook 1999
Ph.D. Anthropology, State University of New York at Stony Brook 2003


Visual ecology, evolution of the vertebrate vision system

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS (See Google Scholar for larger list)

Heesy CP, and Hall MI (2010) The nocturnal bottleneck and the evolution of mammalian vision. Brain, Behavior and Evolution. 75: 195-203.

Iwaniuk AN, Heesy CP, Hall MI (2010) Morphometrics of the eyes and orbits of the nocturnal swallow-tailed gull (Creagrus furcatus). Canadian Journal of Zoology. 88: 855-865.

Hall MI, Heesy CP (2011) Eye size, flight speed, and Leuckart's Law in birds. Journal of Zoology. 283: 291-297.

Heesy CP, Kamilar JM, Willms J (2011) Retinogeniculostriate pathway components scale with orbit convergence only in primates and not in other mammals. Brain, Behavior and Evolution. 77: 105-115.

Corfield JR, Gsell A, Brunton D, Heesy CP, Hall MI, Acosta ML, Iwaniuk AN (2011) Anatomical specializations for nocturnality in a critically endangered parrot, the Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus). PLoS One. 6(8): e22945.

Moore BA, Kamilar JM, Collin SP, Bininda-Emonds ORP, Dominy NJ, Hall MI, Heesy CP, Iwaniuk AN, Johnsen S, Lisney TJ, Loew ER, Moritz G, Nava SS, Warrant E, Yopak KE and Fernández-Juricic E (2012) A novel method for comparative analysis of retinal specialization traits from topographic maps. Journal of Vision. 12(12):13, 1-24.

Kamilar JM, Heesy CP, Bradley BJ (2013) Did trichromatic color vision and red hair color co-evolve in primates? American Journal of Primatology. 75: 740-751.