Chan Lin
Contact Info
Phone: 301.405.9534
Office: 2237 Biology-Psychology Bldg
Chan Lin


BSCI 353: Principles of Neuroscience
NEUR 306: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
BSCI 431: Origin and Evolution of Nervous Systems
BSCI 356: The Future of the Brain

Research Interests

I am a broadly trained invertebrate neurobiologist who integrates brain-imaging techniques with field biology to study nervous system function and evolution. By comparing the brain arrangements of various insects and crustaceans with extraordinary eyes, I am particularly interested in understanding the fundamental principles of brain evolution underlying distinct sensory adaptations.


B.S. Entomology, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
M.S. Entomology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Ph.D. Insect Science & Neuroscience, University of Arizona
Postdoctoral Research: University of Maryland Baltimore County; Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Select Publications

Lin, C., Cronin, T. W., Hoving, H. -J. T., and Osborn, K. J. 2021. Strange eyes, stranger brains: exceptional diversity of optic lobe organization in midwater crustaceans. Proc. R. Soc. B 288: 20210216. DOI:
Chou, A., Lin, C., and Cronin, T. W. 2020. Visual metamorphoses in insects and malacostracans: transitions between an aquatic and terrestrial life. Arthropod Struct. Develop. 59: 100974. DOI:
Lin, C., Chou, A., and Cronin, T. W. 2020. Optic lobe organization in stomatopod crustacean species possessing different degrees of retinal complexity. J. Comp. Physiol. A 206: 247-258. DOI:
Durham, M. F., Lin, C., and Cronin, T. W. 2018. Scanning eye movements of the Caribbean stomatopod crustacean (Neogonodactylus oerstedii) in polarized light fields. Mar. Freshw. Behav. Physiol. 98: 1369-1373. DOI:
Lin, C. and Cronin, T. W. 2018. Two visual systems in one eyestalk: the unusual optic lobe metamorphosis in the stomatopod Alima pacificaDevelop. Neurobiol. 78: 3-14. DOI:
Cronin, T. W., Bok, M. J., and Lin, C. 2017. Crustacean larvae – vision in the plankton. Integ. Comp. Biol. 57: 1139-1150. DOI:
Lin, C. and Strausfeld, N. J. 2013. A precocious adult visual center in the larva defines the unique optic lobe of the split-eyed whirligig beetle Dineutus sublineatusFront. Zool. 10:7. DOI:
Lin, C. and Strausfeld, N. J. 2012. Visual inputs to the mushroom body calyces of the whirligig beetle Dineutus sublineatus: modality switching in an insect. J. Comp. Neurol. 520: 2562-2574. DOI: