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.
- Emerling, CA & MS Springer. 2014. Eyes underground : Regression of visual protein networks in subterranean mammals. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 78: 260–270.
- 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.
- Emerling, CA. 2017. Archelosaurian color vision, parietal eye loss and the crocodylian nocturnal bottleneck. Molecular Biology and Evolution 34(3): 666–676.
- 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.
- 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.