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Douglas J. Eernisse
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California State University Fullerton
Department of Biological Science
Mail: P.O. Box 6850, Fullerton, CA 92834-6850
Street: 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831
PHONE: (657) 278-3749
FAX: (657) 278-3426
deernisse at fullerton dot edu




Research Interests:

My current research involves marine molluscs and echinoderms, specifically the chitons, limpets, and seastars in the northern Pacific Ocean. I am using a combination of DNA sequencing and anatomical study to investigate how they are related, how and when they diversified, and their ecological interactions in time and space. Students in my lab are frequently studying north/south pairs of closely-related species that might overlap in their geographic range along the California coast. These study systems provide an excellent opportunity to test hypotheses for speciation mechanisms, ecological interactions, population connectivity, and the impact of ongoing climate change. Older topics of research for me include the deep ancestral relationships between major groups of animals and the evolution of self fertilization in marine animals. During the 2006/2007 academic year, I was on sabbatical and received a fellowship allowing the completion of research on the phylogeny and comparative phylogeography of North Pacific chitons at Duke University's National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).


People in the Eernisse Lab:

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I have developed a number of freeware software packages that are of general utility to
biologists. They still will run in Classic Mode on Mac OSX (not available for newer Macs with the Intel chip) if you also download the freeware HyperCard Player software. See here for details, then check out the following links.

Douglas J. Eernisse ( deernisse @ fullerton.edu )
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