Amanda Cass


Visiting Assistant Professor
Year Started at JMU: 2018
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Research Description

I am an evolutionary biologist broadly interested in the developmental mechanisms that generate morphological novelty, particularly in ray-finned fishes. My research uses a variety of techniques to characterize gene expression patterns and to test hypotheses about the connections between gene regulatory network evolution and morphological diversity.

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  • PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2014, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • BA in Biology, 2004, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Select Publications
  • Cass, Amanda N., Ashley Elias, Madeline L. Fudala,* Benjamin D. Knick,* and Marcus C. Davis. 2021. “Conserved Mechanisms, Novel Anatomies: The Developmental Basis of Fin Evolution and the Origin of Limbs.” Diversity 13 (8): 384. DOI: 10.3390/d13080384.
  • Darnet S, Dragalzew AC, Amaral DB, Sousa JF, Thompson AW, Cass AN, Lorena J, Pires ES, Costa CM, Sousa MP, Fröbisch NB, Oliveira G, Schneider PN, Davis MC, Braasch I & I Schneider. 2019. Deep evolutionary origin of limb and fin regeneration. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116: 15106-15115. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1900475116
  • Cass AN, Servetnick, MD & AR McCune. 2013. Expression of the mouse lung morphogenesis developmental cassette in the adult and developing actinopterygian swimbladder. Evolution and Development 15: 119–132. DOI: 10.1111/ede.12022
*indicates student co-author

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