Phone: (707) 826-3240
Office: Science B 322
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B.A., Yale University
Ph.D., University of Hawaii
- Genetics (BIOL 340)
- Invertebrate Zoology
Animal Development (ZOOL 476)
Summary of research
My interests include studies of adaptive evolution at both the molecular and organismal levels. I am especially interested in genes encoding recognition proteins that respond directly to the organism's environment. Such genes include those involved in: (1) sensory detection systems such as photoreception, (2) mate recognition and sexual selection, (3) sperm-egg interaction during fertilization, and (4) evolutionary cooperation or conflict between species.
Students may develop research projects on adaptive evolution in study species chosen from a wide range of local invertebrates. Student research opportunities include projects collecting molecular as well as behavioral data sets.
R. S. Burton, E. C. Metz, J. M. Flowers, and C. S. Willett. 2005. Unusual structure of ribosomal DNA in the copepod Tigriopus californicus: intergenic spacer sequences lack internal sub-repeats. Gene 344:105-113.
- V. D. Vacquier, W. J. Swanson, E. C. Metz, and C. D. Stout. 1999. Acrosomal proteins of abalone spermatozoa. Advances
in Developmental Biochemistry 5: 49-81.
E. C. Metz, R. Robles-Sikisaka, and V. D. Vacquier. 1998. Nonsynonymous substitution in abalone sperm fertilization
genes exceeds synonymous substitution in introns and mitochondrial DNA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
USA. 95: 10676-10681.
E. C. Metz, G. Gomez-Gutierrez, and V. D. Vacquier. 1998. Mitochondrial DNA and bindin gene sequence evolution
among allopatric species of the sea urchin genus Arbacia. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 15: 185-195.
G. K. Roderick and E. C. Metz. 1997. Biodiversity of planthoppers (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) on the Hawaiian silversword
alliance: Effects of host plant phylogeny and hybridisation. Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria, Australia 56: 393-399.
E. C. Metz and S. R. Palumbi. 1996. Positive selection and sequence rearrangements generate extensive polymorphism in
the gamete recognition protein bindin. Molecular Biology and Evolution 13: 397-406.
E. C. Metz, R. E. Kane, H. Yanagimachi, and S. R. Palumbi. 1994. Fertilization between closely-related sea urchins
is blocked by incompatibilities during sperm-egg attachment and early stages of fusion. Biological Bulletin 187: 23-34.