My primary interests involve linking molecular evolution to the fossil record to understand the evolutionary history of tetrapods. My postdoctoral research seeks to test hypotheses of molecular convergent evolution across mammals. To do this, I will be sequencing genomes for several species of xenarthrans (sloths, anteaters, armadillos) and examining loci linked to diet, sensory systems, thermoregulation and subterranean adaptations in a phylogenetic context. For my PhD, I tested hypotheses regarding the degradation of vision genes in mammals adapted to dim-light environments and the evolution of ultraviolet retinal photopigments.
7. Emerling, C. A.
, H. T. Huynh, M. A. Nguyen, R. W. Meredith & M. S. Springer. In review.
Spectral shifts of mammalian ultraviolet-sensitive pigments (SWS1) are associated with eye
length and photic niche evolution.
6. Westerman, M., L. Meehan, C. Krajewski, B. Kear, R. W. Meredith, C. A. Emerling
& M. S.
Springer. In press. Phylogenetic relationships of dasyuromorphian marsupials revisited.
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
5. Emerling, C. A.
& M. S. Springer. 2015. Genomic evidence for rod monochromacy in sloths
and armadillos suggests early subterranean history for Xenarthra. Proceedings of the Royal
Society B: Biological Sciences
**Popular press coverage: National Geographic Phenomena (“Sloths and Armadillos See
The World In Black-and-White”)
4. Emerling, C. A.
& M. S. Springer. 2014. Eyes underground: Regression of visual protein
networks in subterranean mammals. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
3. Meredith, R. W., J. Gatesy, C. A. Emerling
, V. M. York & M. S. Springer. 2013. Rod
monochromacy and the coevolution of cetacean retinal opsins. PLoS Genetics
9 (4): e1003432.
2. Springer, M. S., R. W. Meredith, J. Gatesy, C. A. Emerling
, J. Park, D. L. Rabosky, T.
Stadler, C. Steiner, O. A. Ryder, J. E. Janečka, C. A. Fisher & W. J. Murphy. 2012.
Macroevolutionary dynamics and historical biogeography of primate diversification inferred from
a species supermatrix. PLoS ONE
1. Westerman, M., B.P. Kear, K. Aplin, R.W. Meredith, C. Emerling
& M.S. Springer. 2012.
Phylogenetic relationships of living and recently extinct bandicoots based on nuclear and
mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution