John R Finnerty

Developmental Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology

PhD Organismal Biology, University of Chicago



Evolutionary genomics of cnidarians with a focus on sea anemones (e.g., Nematostella vectensis, Edwardsiella lineata), corals (e.g., Astrangia peculate, Pocillopora damicornis, Acropora cervicornis) and corallimorphs (Discosoma species).

Developmental evolution of cnidarians, with a focus on the origin of alternative developmental pathways (e.g., regeneration vs. asexual fission vs. sexual reproduction).

The evolution of stress response in cnidarians and its implications for conservation.

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