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My research is at the interface of molecular and organismal biology. I am interested in the application of comparative genomics to investigate key problems in organismal evolution, and the combination of genomic and paleontological information to study evolution. I am interested in the early Earth, the coevolution of life and Earth, the origin and early diversification of cellular life and eukaryogenesis. I am interested in major evolutionary transitions and I have recently been working at developing a timescale for life on Earth, the origin of animals and the phylogeny of non-bilaterian animals (sponges, jellifishes, comb jellies, corals and the elusive placozoans). I am interested in the evolution of the Ecdysozoa (the moulting animals), particularly the tardigrades (water bears), onychophora (velvet worms) and Arthropoda (insects, millipedes, crustaceans, spiders etc). I use Ecdysozoa as a model to study patterns and processes of colonisation of land. I am intereststed in the evolution of sensory functions (particularly chemoreception and life reception), as detecting these envirounmental cues is key for a diversity of life forms (both unicellular and multicellular). Finally, I am interested in the study and development of phylogenetic-based methods of analyses, and I have been developing and implementing in software supertree reconstruction methods. I have an interest in Astrobiology and I have been collaborating with the NASA Astrobiology institute from 2002 to 2018.
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1/09/21 → 31/08/23
RipGEESE: MSC Fellow- Carlos Rivera - EU 892606 — RipGEESE
3/05/21 → 2/05/24
How are visual gene pathways lost and restored during reptile evolution?
Fonseca Simoes, B., Sanders, K., Hunt, D. M., Breen, J., Hutchinson, M., Pisani, D., Chang, B., Teeling, E. C., Ford, M. & Ludington, A.
17/09/18 → 17/09/21
A timescale for placental mammal diversification based on Bayesian modelling of the fossil recordCarlisle, E. M., Janis, C. M., Pisani, D., Donoghue, P. C. J. & Silvestro, D., 5 Jun 2023, (Accepted/In press) In: Current Biology.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review
The unbearable uncertainty of panarthropod relationshipsWu, R., Pisani, D. & Donoghue, P. C. J., 11 Jan 2023, In: Biology Letters. 19, 1, p. 20220497 17 p., 20220497.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile21 Downloads (Pure)
An ancient, Antarctic-specific species complex: large divergences between multiple Antarctic lineages of the tardigrade genus MesobiotusShort, K. A., Sands, C. J., McInnes, S. J., Pisani, D., Stevens, M. I. & Convey, P., 14 Feb 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 170, 14 p., 107429.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Citations (Scopus)24 Downloads (Pure)
Data from: Horizontal gene flow from Eubacteria to Archaebacteria and what it means for our understanding of eukaryogenesis
Akanni, W. A. (Contributor), Siu-Ting, K. (Contributor), Creevey, C. J. (Contributor), McInerney, J. O. (Contributor), Wilkinson, M. (Contributor), Foster, P. G. (Contributor) & Pisani, D. (Contributor), Dryad, 3 Aug 2016
DOI: 10.5061/dryad.2r732, http://datadryad.org/stash/dataset/doi:10.5061/dryad.2r732
Data from: Molecular palaeontology illuminates the evolution of ecdysozoan vision
Fleming, J. F. (Contributor), Kristensen, R. M. (Contributor), Sørensen, M. V. (Contributor), Park, T. S. (Contributor), Arakawa, K. (Contributor), Blaxter, M. (Contributor), Rebecchi, L. (Contributor), Guidetti, R. (Contributor), Williams, T. (Contributor), Roberts, N. W. (Contributor), Vinther, J. (Contributor) & Pisani, D. (Contributor), Dryad, 26 Nov 2018
DOI: 10.5061/dryad.ts895r1, http://datadryad.org/stash/dataset/doi:10.5061/dryad.ts895r1
Data from: Phylogenetic sampling affects evolutionary patterns of morphological disparity
Smith, T. (Contributor), Puttick, M. (Contributor), O'Reilly, J. (Contributor), Pisani, D. (Contributor) & Donoghue, P. C. J. (Contributor), Dryad, 23 Jul 2021
DOI: 10.5061/dryad.dncjsxkzw, http://datadryad.org/stash/dataset/doi:10.5061/dryad.dncjsxkzw
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BMC Evolutionary Biology (Journal)
Davide Pisani (Editorial board member)21 Oct 2011
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Editorial activity