Emerling christopher


Research activities: I am researching patterns of pseudogenization in the genomes of myrmecophagous (ant- and termite-eating) mammals and comparing them to convergent events of gene loss across the placental mammal phylogeny. Systems of interest include digestive enzymes, enamel and dentin formation genes, and taste receptors.

  1. Emerling, CA & MS Springer. 2014. Eyes underground : Regression of visual protein networks in subterranean mammals. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 78: 260–270.
  2. Emerling, CA & MS Springer. 2015. Genomic evidence of rod monochromacy in sloths and armadillos suggests early subterranean history for Xenarthra. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282: 20142192.
  3. Emerling, CA. 2017. Archelosaurian color vision, parietal eye loss and the crocodylian nocturnal bottleneck. Molecular Biology and Evolution 34(3): 666–676.
  4. Emerling, CA. 2017. Genomic regression of claw keratin, taste receptor and light-associated genes provides insights into biology and evolutionary origins of snakes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 115: 40–49.
  5. Emerling, CA, AD Widjaja, NN Nguyen, MS Springer. 2017. Their loss is our gain: Regressive evolution in vertebrates provides genomic models for uncovering human disease loci. Journal of Medical Genetics 54(12): 787–794.