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Scott Santagata


Current Position                    

Assistant Professor
Long Island University-Post
Life Sciences Bldg., Room 261 West
720 Northern Blvd.
Greenvale, NY 11548-1300
scott.santagata(at)liu.edu
LAB PHONE: 516-219-3029

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Volume Rendering of the Musculature of the Competent Larva of Terebratalia transversa (Brachiopoda)


Research Interests 

Overall, I consider myself an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in the development, evolution, and ecology of aquatic invertebrates.  Some of my research focuses on marine invertebrate larvae because their diverse forms serve as unique models for understanding the evolutionary and ecological relationships among multicellular animals.  I am especially interested in morphological and developmental studies on phyla with enigmatic evolutionary origins such as phoronids, brachiopods, and bryozoans.  These phyla are intriguing due to their extraordinarily divergent morphological traits as compared to other related lophotrochozoan phyla such as annelids and mollusks.  Publications resulting from this work have covered a variety of topics such as reproductive biology, neuromuscular anatomy, biogeography, phylogeny, and metamorphosis.  Currently, my laboratory is studying the expression of evolutionarily conserved transcription factors involved in the development of the nervous system of invertebrate animals.






Introduced Species 

Globally, aquatic habitats are threatened by the introduction of non-indigenous species many of which exhibit wide environmental tolerances.  In particular, species of peracarid crustaceans (amphipods, cumaceans, and mysid shrimps) and cladocerans have exploited the operations of commercial ships as a means of long-distance dispersal. As a consequence, species introductions due to ballast water discharges and the fouling assemblages present on the hulls of commercial ships pose a threat to the health of our coastal ecosystems.  Gathering information on the capacity of invertebrate animals to withstand shifts in food sources, temperature, and salinity are crucial for limiting their introduction into freshwater, estuarine, and marine habitats.

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Recent Publications

  • Santagata S., Resh C., Hejnol A., Martindale M.Q., Passamaneck Y.J. (2012).  Development of the larval anterior neurogenic domains of Terebratalia transversa (Brachiopoda) provides insights into the diversification of larval apical organs and the spiralian nervous system.  EvoDevo 3:3, open access.
  • Santagata, S. (2011).  Evaluating neurophylogenetic patterns in the larval nervous systems of brachiopods and their evolutionary significance to other bilaterian phyla.  J Morphol 272:1153-1169.
  • Santagata, S. (2009). The Phoronida of the Gulf of Mexico. Chapter 65 in: Gulf of Mexico--Origins, Waters, and Biota. Felder and Camp, editors. Texas A&M University Press.
  • Santagata S. and Tunnell JW. Jr. (2009). The Brachiopoda of the Gulf of Mexico. Chapter 66 in: Gulf of Mexico--Origins, Waters, and Biota. Felder and Camp, editors. Texas A&M University Press.
  • Santagata, S. et al. (2009).  Concentrated sodium chloride brine solutions as an additional treatment for preventing the introduction of non-indigenous species in the ballast tanks of ships declaring no ballast on board.  Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry 28: 346-353.     
  • Santagata, S. (2008).  Evolutionary and structural diversification of the larval nervous system among marine bryozoans.  Biological Bulletin 215: 3-23.  Cover Photograph. 

  • Santagata et al. (2008).  Effect of osmotic shock as a management strategy to reduce transfers of non-indigenous species among low-salinity ports by ships. Aquatic Invasions 3: 61-76
  • Santagata, S. (2008). The morphology and evolutionary significance of the ciliary fields and musculature among marine bryozoan larvae.  Journal of Morphology 269: 349-364
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