MARYMEGAN DALY

Postal Address

Division of Biological Sciences 
Haworth Hall 
University of Kansas 
Lawrence, KS  66045 
USA 

E-mail address:  dalym@ku.edu

Phone:  785-864-4607 

Fax:  785-864-5321 

Present Position
Education
Dissertation Research
Fellowships and Awards
Relevant Employment Experience
Publications
Professional Presentations
Professional Affiliations

Present Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow working with Daphne Fautin on Project 2 of PEET Grant

Project:   The actiniarian genus Anthopleura includes many of the most familiar intertidal sea anemones. The diversity of physiological and ecological strategies seen in Anthopleura and their ubiquity in intertidal environments has made them a favorite subject for studies of larval and reproductive biology, physiological and behavioral studies.

Despite the wealth of experimental and descriptive information, the taxonomy and systematics of Anthopleura are obscure. Different morphological characters suggest different taxonomic compositions and recent molecular studies have indicated that at least some species currently within Anthopleura are more closely related to anemones in other genera than to other Anthopleura. Confusion over generic circumscription complicates the application and extension of results from experimental research. Additionally, the absence of a systematic framework for these species means that there is no way to explore the historical conditions that may have influenced the evolution of symbiont acquisition, clonality and the aggressive/defensive behavior, and no way to explain observed similarities in anatomy, behavior, reproductive physiology or ecology.

This project will produce a phylogeny of Anthopleura that will be used to study the evolution these phenomena and to revise the taxonomy of the genus. A total-evidence approach to the problem of relationships within Anthopleura will allow us to explore sources of incongruence and to test hypotheses of homology of morphological structure.

Education:

Ph.D.   2001    Weintraub Program in Systematics and Evolution, The George Washington University, Washington DC.

Major Professor:  Diana L. Lipscomb

B.A.     1995    Biology, The George Washington University, Washington DC.

Dissertation Research:

The Phylogenetic Systematics of the Edwardsiidae.

Fellowships and Awards:

WISC Award Sea anemones of Oman.

Brundin prize Willi Hennig Society 1999.

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant National Science Foundation 1998-2001

Weintraub Research Fellowship The George Washington University 1997-2001

Lerner-Grey Award American Museum of Natural History 1997.

King Fellowship The George Washington University 1997.

Research Enchancement Award The George Washington University 1996

University Fellowship The George Washington University 1995-1997

Presidential Scholarship The George Washington University 1992-1995

National Merit Scholarship National Merit Scholarship Corporation 1992-1995.


Relevant Employment Experience:

Technical and Field Experience

Collections Assistant (National Museum of Natural History). 1995-1997

Research Assistant (The George Washington University). 1999-2000

Participated in field collections of meiofauna, infaunal and benthic invertebrates and pelagic invertebrates from deep-water and shallow intertidal environments.

Planned and carried out collection of actiniarians in Canada, England, France, Ireland, Mexico, and USA (CA, FL, ME).

Teaching Experience

Introductory Biology (The George Washington University). 1995-2000

National Microbial literacy project (National Association of Biology Teachers). 1999.

Genetics Laboratory (The George Washington University). 1997-1999.

Tutor (Academic Support Services, Department of Athletics). 1997-1999.


Publications:

Yanagi, K. and M. Daly. 2004. The hermaphroditic sea anemone Anthopleura atodai n. sp (Anthozoa: Actiniaria: Actiniidae) from Japan, with a redescription of A. hermaphroditica. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 117(3): 408-422.

Daly, Marymegan, Adorian Ardelean, Ha-Rim Cha, Andrew C. Campbell, and Daphne G. Fautin. 2004. A new species, Adamsia obvolva (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria), from the Gulf of Mexico, and a discussion of the taxonomy of carcinoecium-forming sea anemones. Bulletin of Marine Science 74(2): 385-399.

Daly, M. and D.G. Fautin. 2004. Anthopleura mariscali, a new species of sea anemone (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Zootaxa. 416:1-8.

Daly, M. 2004. Anatomy and taxonomy of three species sea anemones (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniidae) from the Gulf of California, including Isoaulactinia n.sp. Pac. Sci. 58:377-390.

Daly, M. 2003. The anatomy, terminology, and homology of acrorhagi and pseudoacrorhagi in sea anemones. Zool. Med., Leiden. 345: 89-102.

Daly, M., D.G. Fautin, and V.A. Cappola. 2003. Systematics of the Hexacorallia. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 139: 419-437.

Daly, M. 2002. A systematic revision of Edwardsiidae (Cnidaria, Anthozoa). Invert. Biol. 121: 212-225.

Daly, M. 2002. Taxonomy, anatomy, and histology of the lined sea anemone, Edwardsiella lineata. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 115: 868-877.

Daly, M., D.L. Lipscomb, and M.W. Allard. 2002. A simple test: evaluating explanations for the relative simplicity for the Edwardsiidae. Evolution 56: 502-510.

Daly, M. 2000. The Edwardsiidae and relationships among the Zoantharia. Amer. Zool. 39(5): 36A.

Daly, M. 1999. Relationships among the Zoantharia. Amer. Zool. 38(5): 97A.

Daly, M. Phylogeny and Biogeography of Anthopleura in the North Atlantic Ocean. In press Hydrobiologia.

Daly, M. and J.C. den Hartog. Taxonomy, circumscription, and usage in Anthopleura (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. In press Bull. Mar. Sci.

Professional Presentations:

Recent Invited Talks:

Daly, M. A high time at low tide. George Washington University, February 2004, Washington DC.

Daly, M. Evolution of sea anemones. Citadel Hill Marine Laboratory, May 2003, Plymouth, England.

Daly, M. Life history, morphology, and evolution of sea anemones. Field Museum of Natural History, December 2002, Chicago IL.

Daly, M. Systematics and diversity of Actiniaria. KU Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research center, November 2002, Lawrence KS.

Daly, M. Why Weight? PEET IV meeting and workshop, June 2002, Berkeley CA.

Daly, M. Identifying sea anemones. Southern California Association of Marine Taxonomists Workshop, January 2002, San Diego CA.

Conference oral presentations:

Daly, M. Phylogeny and biogeography of Anthopleura in the North Atlantic Ocean. Meeting of the Society for Intergrative and Comparative Biology, January 2004, New Orleans LA.

Daly, M. Phylogeny and biogeography of Anthopleura in the North Atlantic Ocean. 7th International Conference on Coelenterate Biology, July 2003, Lawrence KS.

Daly, M., and D.G. Fautin. Systematics of Zoantharia. Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution/Society of Systematic Biologists, July 2002, Urbana, IL.

Daly, M. What’s in a name? Taxonomy, circumscription, and usage in Anthopleura. Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, January 2002, Anaheim CA.

Daly, M. The Edwardsiidae and Relationships among the Zoantharia.  Meeting of the Society of Systematic Biologists, June 1999, Madison, WI.

Daly, M. The Edwardsiidae and Relationships among the Zoantharia.  Meeting of the Wili Hennig Society, May 1999, Goettingen, Germany.

Daly, M. The Relationships among the Zoantharia.  Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, January 1999, Denver CO.

Conference Posters:

Daly, M. Structure, Signal and Substitution. Meeting of the Wili Hennig Society, August 2000, Leiden, The Netherlands

Professional Affiliations:
Sigma Xi
International Society for Reef Studies
Society of Systematic Biologists
Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
Wili Hennig Society