ohio state university
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Fall 2013 Clockwise from left: Jason, Ieva, Paul, Ben, Nick, Meg

Meg Daly, PhD

Curator and Associate Professor

I chose systematics as my research focus because I was interested in the the hows, whys, and whats of diversity. By focusing within a single lineage, I am able to ask diverse questions and apply varied techniques in pursuit of the drivers and consequences of diversification.

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Paul Larson

Graduate Student

How does a new reproductive strategy evolve? I'm trying to reconstruct evolutionary relationships among behaviorally diverse but closely related species so that I can track the specific changes that are associated with a large-scale transformation.


Jason Macrander

Graduate Student

Venoms are an interesting evolutionary phenomenon independently evolving multiple times in the animal kingdom. Cnidarians are the only phylum-level group for which venom and delivery system is synapomorphic. Sea anemones allow me to test hypotheses regarding the evolution of venom in genomic, ecological, and physiological aspects using comparative methods.


Ieva Roznere

Graduate Student

I am interested in understanding the physiology and metabolism of freshwater mussels. My goal is to explain how these organisms respond to the stress of captivity and relocation in order to enhance conservation strategies.


Ben Titus

Graduate Student

I study the comparative phylogeography and co-evolution of sea anemone symbioses on Caribbean coral reefs. I am particularly interested in how host specificity in ecotsymbiotic crustacean communities drives co-evolution with host anemones, and how these symbioses are maintained over geographic space.


Nick Skomrock

Graduate Student

I am fascinated by the extent of diversity in the world and want to understand the mechanisms leading to this array of life. By studying the historical geographical patterns and distributions of organisms, we can gain insight into these evolutionary mechanisms through biotic and abiotic factors.


Lab Alumni

Kody Kuehnl

PhD 2009 Systematics and conservation of Villosa (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Unionidae)

Annie Lindgren

PhD 2008 Phylogenetic systematics of the Oegopsida (Cephalopoda: Decapodiformes)

Luciana Gusmaõ

PhD 2011 Phylogenetic systematics of the hermit-crab symbiotic sea anemones (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Hormathiidae)

Abby Reft

PhD 2012 Ultrastructural diversity and evolution of nematocysts

Anthony D'Orazio

PhD 2012 Theoretical and experimental inquiries into the origins and constraints on the division of labor in the sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissima

Fani Rodriguez

Postdoc 2006-2009 Phylogeny of sea anemones

Esprit Heestand

MSc 2009 Phylogeny of Anthopleura (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniidae)

Jenny Wollschlager

MSc 2011 Nematocysts of the invasive hydrozoan Cordylophora caspia

Max Castorani

BSc 2008 Biogeography of sea anemones from chemosynthetically active habitats