Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis


Best Senior Thesis in Physical Sciences

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Sarah Marzen

Reader 2

Adam Landsberg


Populations of organisms must acquire information about the environment to survive. It is possible that they have shaped their responses to the environment so as to maximize that information, as that may lead to increases in fitness. We test that hypothesis here in the context of the Wright-Fisher model by first finding the maximal amount of information that can be acquired about the environment by evolutionary processes-- at least 2 bits per allele-- and then by finding how the organisms would have shaped their response so as to maximize the information transfer. We compare how organisms could have shaped their response to how they have appeared to shape their response and find a lack of a match.

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This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.