Professor of Zoology
Herpetology; Evolutionary and Developmental Morphology
Interim Curator, Vertebrate Museum
Phone: (707) 826-4156
Office: Science A
Personal Website: http://users.humboldt.edu/jreiss
BA (1984) University of California, Santa Cruz
MA (1986) Harvard University
PhD (1993) Harvard University
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Principles of Animal Development
History of Biology
Summary of research
My research focuses on the evolution, ecology and developmental morphology of amphibians. I am particularly interested in the origins and diversification of the metamorphic patterns seen in living amphibians. Past work examined metamorphosis of the skull, but currently I am examining metamorphic changes in the olfactory system, at the gross morphological, histological, and molecular levels. My graduate students have worked on a wide variety of topics relating to amphibians, including morphology, population studies, environmental control of neoteny, and chytrid fungal disease. I am also interested in the history, philosophy, and theory of biology, especially evolutionary biology.
- Reiss, J. O. (2013) Does selection intensity increase when populations decrease? Absolute fitness, relative fitness, and the opportunity for selection. Evolutionary Ecology 27: 477-488.
- Benzekri, N.A. and J.O. Reiss. (2012) Olfactory Metamorphosis in the Coastal Tailed Frog Ascaphus truei (Amphibia, Anura, Leiopelmatidae). Journal of Morphology 273: 68-87.
- Reiss, J. O. (2009) Not by Design: Retiring Darwin's Watchmaker. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Reiss, J.O., Burke, A.C., Archer, C., De Renzi, M., Dopazo, H., Etxeberría, A., Gale, E.A., Hinchliffe, J.R., de la Rosa Garcia, L.N., Rose, C.S., Rasskin-Gutman, D., and Müller, G.B. (2008) Pere Alberch: Originator of EvoDevo. Biological Theory 3: 351-356.
- Reiss, J. O. and H. L. Eisthen. (2008) Chemical senses: Comparative anatomy and physiology in amphibians. In H. Thewissen and S. Nummela, eds., Sensory Evolution on the Threshold: Adaptations in Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Reiss, J.O. (2007) Relative fitness, teleology, and the adaptive landscape. Evolutionary Biology 34: 4-27.
- Nieto, N. C., M. A. Camann, J. E. Foley, and J. O. Reiss. (2007) Disease associated with integumentary and cloacal parasites in tadpoles of northern red-legged frog Rana aurora aurora. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 78: 61-71.
Stuelpnagel, J. T. and J. O. Reiss. (2005) Olfactory metamorphosis in the Coastal Giant Salamander
(Dicamptodon tenebrosus). Journal of Morphology 266:22-45.
Reiss, J.O. (2005) Natural selection and the conditions for existence: representational vs. conditional teleology in
biological explanation. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 27: 249-280.
Reiss, J.O. (2003) The phylogeny of amphibian metamorphosis. Zoology 105:85-96.
Reiss, J. O. (1998) Anuran postnasal wall homology: An experimental extirpation study. Journal of Morphology 238: 343-353.
Hansen, A., J. O. Reiss, C. L. Gentry, and G. D. Burd. (1998) Ultrastructure of the olfactory organ in the clawed frog,
Xenopus laevis, during larval development and metamorphosis. Journal of Comparative Neurology 398: 273-288.
Reiss, J. O. (1997) Early development of chondrocranium in the tailed frog Ascaphus truei (Amphibia: Anura): implications
for anuran palatoquadrate homologies. Journal of Morphology 231: 63-100.
Christian Brown, Adam Cummings, Ashley Morris (co-advising w/ Marks), and Jennifer Tucker
Former students:Shannon Morago A mechanism to increase chemosensory perception in humans?
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis prevalence in northern red-legged frogs (Rana aurora) - 10 years later
Olfactory structure and metamorphosis in the Coastal Tailed Frog, Ascaphus truei
Olfactory response to food in larval Coastal Giant Salamanders, Dicamptodon tenebrosus
Environmental factors affecting paedomorphosis in the Coastal Giant Salamander
Population structure of two sympatric salamanders, Plethodon elongatus and Ensatina eschscholtzii
Chytridiomycosis in larval Red-legged Frogs in and near Redwood National Park
Movement Patterns and Habitat Use of the Northern Red-legged Frog, Rana aurora
Olfactory metamorphosis in the Coastal Giant Salamander, Dicamptodon tenebrosus