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John Reiss

Dr. John Reiss is seen engaged in research on a rocky beach.

General Information

Professor of Zoology
Evolutionary and Developmental Morphology, Herpetology
Interim Curator, Vertebrate Museum
Interim Director, Marine Facilities

Phone: (707) 826-4156
Office: Science A 454
Email: jor1@humboldt.edu
Personal Website: http://users.humboldt.edu/jreiss

Academic background

Courses

Summary of research

My research examines the morphology of amphibian metamorphosis from an evolutionary perspective. I am particularly interested in the origins and diversification of the metamorphic patterns seen in living amphibians. My past work has examined metamorphosis of the skull, but currently I am examining metamorphic changes in the olfactory system, at the gross morphological, histological, and molecular levels. I am also interested in the history, philosophy, and theory of biology, especially evolutionary biology.  My graduate students have worked on a wide variety of topics relating to amphibians, including morphology, population studies, environmental control of neoteny, and chytrid fungal disease.

Sample publications

Graduate students

Current Grad Students:

Adam Cummings, Ashley Morris (co-advising w/ Marks), and Jennifer Tucker

Former students:

Shannon Morago

Michael Sun

Noelle Benzekri
Olfactory structure and metamorphosis in the Coastal Tailed Frog, Ascaphus truei
Larkin Chases
Olfactory response to food in larval Coastal Giant Salamanders, Dicamptodon tenebrosus
Stein Coriell
Environmental factors affecting paedomorphosis in the Coastal Giant Salamander
Jason Lowe
Population structure of two sympatric salamanders, Plethodon elongatus and Ensatina eschscholtzii
Nathan Nieto
Chytridiomycosis in larval Red-legged Frogs in and near Redwood National Park
Carrie Sendak
Movement Patterns and Habitat Use of the Northern Red-legged Frog, Rana aurora
Jeremy Stuelpnagel
Olfactory metamorphosis in the Coastal Giant Salamander, Dicamptodon tenebrosus