Douglas J. Eernisse

Contact Information

Office: MH-217C

Phone: 657-278-3749

Douglas J. Eernisse




PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz, 

BA, University of Washington

Research Areas

Animal phylogeny, evolution of Mollusca, marine zoology, systematics, population genetics, bioinformatics

Courses Regularly Taught

Field Marine Biology, Biogeography, Molecular Systematics


Varney, R. M., D. I. Speiser, J. Cannon, M. Aguilar, D. J. Eernisse, and T. H. Oakley. 2024. A morphological basis for path-dependent evolution of visual systems. Science 393: 983-987. doi:10.1126/science.adg2689


Chappell, D. R., D. I. Speiser, D. J. Eernisse, and A. C. N. Kingston. 2023. Distributed light-sensing systems in chitons. In: (E. Buschbeck and M. Bok, eds.) Distributed Vision: From Simple Sensors to Sophisticated Combination Eyes. Springer Series in Vision Research, Vol. 6. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-031-23216-9_6


Park, J., Y. Lee, T. Kim, E. Kern, H.-J. Kil, D. J. Eernisse, H. Saito and J.-K. Park. 2022. Molecular survey of Cryptoplax japonica (Polyplacophora: Cryptoplacidae) reveals cryptic lineages in the northwestern Pacific. Journal of Molluscan Studies 88(3): eyac016. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyac016


Castelin, M., R. Collin, R. Harbo, E. Spence, K. Aschenbrenner, B. Merilees, S. R. Gilmore, C. L. Abbott, and D. J. Eernisse. 2022. Size doesn't matter: Integrative taxonomy shows Crepidula adunca and Crepidula norrisiarum actually have broadly concordant distributions. Biological Bulletin 242: 222-234. doi:10.1086/720422


Krug, P. J., S. A. Caplins, K. Algoso, K. Thomas, A. A. Valdés, R. Wade, N. Leena, W. S. Wong, D. J. Eernisse, and K. M. Kocot. 2022. Phylogenomic resolution of the root of Panpulmonata, a hyperdiverse radiation of gastropods: new insight into the evolution of air breathing. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 289: 20211855. doi:10.1098/rspb.2021.1855


Goto, R., T. Takano, D. J. Eernisse, M. Kato, and Y. Kano. 2021. Snails riding mantis shrimps: Ectoparasites evolved from ancestors living as commensals on the host's burrow wall. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 163 (2021) 107122. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2021.107122