Frank E. Anderson | Department of Zoology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Science

Frank E. Anderson

Associate Professor

Frank Anderson

Office: 1017 Life Science III
Phone: 618-453-4136

My primary research interests are invertebrate phylogeny and phylogeography, with particular focus on annelids, cephalopods and land snails. I am also interested in metazoan phylogeny (relationships among the animal phyla), phylogenetic taxonomy and theoretical and methodological issues in phylogenetic analysis. Ongoing research projects in my lab include 1) annelid phylogeny and phylogeography, with particular emphasis on Clitellata, 2) molecular and morphological investigations of loliginid squid phylogeny and 3) phylogeny and population genetics of various land snails (primarily Polygyridae and Anguispira).


B.S., Biology, University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz; Postdoctoral, Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Smithsonian Institution

Courses taught

ZOOL 215 (Sophomore Seminar), ZOOL 220 (Animal Diversity), ZOOL 556 (Phylogenetics), ZOOL 589 (Zoology Colloquium)

Areas of interest

Invertebrate Zoology, Molecular Systematics, Molecular Evolution, Malacology

Selected Recent Publications

Lindgren, A. R. and F. E. Anderson. 2017. Assessing the utility of transcriptome data for inferring phylogenetic relationships among coleoid cephalopods. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, in press.

Anderson, F. E., B. W. Williams, K. M. Horn, C. Erséus, K. M. Halanych, S. R. Santos and S. W. James. 2017. Phylogenomic analyses of Crassiclitellata support major Northern and Southern Hemisphere clades and a Pangaean origin for earthworms. BMC Evolutionary Biology 17:123 (DOI; BMC Series Blog post).

Su, H.-J., J.-M. Hu, F. E. Anderson, J. P. Der and D. L. Nickrent. 2015. Phylogenetic relationships of Santalales with insights into the origins of holoparasitic Balanophoraceae. Taxon 64:491-506.

Reish, D. J., F. E. Anderson, K. Horn and J. Hardege. 2014. Molecular phylogenetics of the Neanthes acuminata (Annelida: Nereididae) complex. Proceedings of the 11th International Polychaete Conference, Memoirs of Museum Victoria 71:271–278.

Perez, K. E., N. Defreitas*, J. Slapcinsky, R. L. Minton, F. E. Anderson and T. A. Pearce. 2014. Molecular phylogeny, evolution of shell shape, and DNA barcoding in Polygyridae (Gastropoda: Pulmonata), an endemic North American clade of land snails. American Malacological Bulletin 32:1-31.

Anderson, F. E., A. Bergman*, S. H. Cheng, M. S. Pankey and T. Valinassab. 2014. Lights out: the evolution of bacterial bioluminescence in Loliginidae. Hydrobiologia 725:189-203.

S. H. Cheng, F. E. Anderson, A. Bergman*, G. N. Mahardika, Z. A. Muchlisin, D. B. Thuy, N. Calumpong, K. S. Mohamed, G. Sasikumar, V. Venktesan and P. H. Barber. 2014. Molecular evidence for co-occurring cryptic lineages within the Sepioteuthis cf. lessoniana species complex in the Indian and Indo-West Pacific oceans. Hydrobiologia 725:165-188.

Krajewski, C., F. E. Anderson, P. A. Woolley and M. Westerman. 2012. Molecular evidence for a deep clade of dunnarts (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae: Sminthopsis). Journal of Mammalian Evolution 19:265-276. 

Reeve, J. D., F. E. Anderson and S. T. Kelley. 2012. Ancestral state reconstruction for Dendroctonus bark beetles - evolution of a tree killer. Environmental Entomology 41:723-730. 

Anderson, F. E., R. Engelke*, K. Jarrett*, T. Valinassab, K. S. Mohamed, P. K. Asokan, P. U. Zacharia, P. Nootmorn, C. Chotiyaputta and M. Dunning. 2011. Phylogeny of the Sepia pharaonis species complex based on analyses of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequence data. Journal of Molluscan Studies 77:65-75. 

Krajewski, C., J. T. Sipiorski and F. E. Anderson. 2010. Complete mitochondrial genome sequences and the phylogeny of cranes (Gruiformes: Gruidae). The Auk 127:440-452.

Ikeda, Y, Y. Ueta, F. E. Anderson and G. Matsumoto. 2008. Reproduction and life span in the oval squid Sepioteuthis lessoniana (Cephalopoda: Loliginidae): comparison between laboratory-cultured and wild-caught squid. JMBA2 Biodiversity Records 5994.

Venarsky, M. P., F. E. Anderson and F. M. Wilhelm. 2008. Population genetic study of the U.S. federally listed Illinois cave amphipod, Gammarus acherondytesConservation Genetics 10:915-921.

Anderson, F. E., A. Pilsits*, S. Clutts, V. Laptikhovsky, G. Bello, E. Balguerias, M. Lipinski, C. Nigmatulin, J. M. F. Pereira, U. Piatkowski, J.-P. Robin, A. Salman and M. G. Tasende. 2008. Systematics of Alloteuthis (Cephalopoda:Loliginidae) based on molecular and morphometric data. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 364:99-109.

Anderson, F. E. 2007. Population genetics of the carinate pillsnail, Euchemotrema hubrichti: genetic structure on a small spatial scale. Conservation Genetics 8:965-975.

Anderson, F. E., T. Valinassab, C.-W. Ho, K. S. Mohamed, P. K. Asokan, G. S. Rao, P. Nootmorn, C. Chotiyaputta, M. Dunning and C.-C. Lu. 2007. Phylogeography of the pharoah cuttle Sepia pharaonis based on partial mitochondrial 16S sequence data. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 17:345-352.

Venarsky, M. P., F. M. Wilhelm and F. E. Anderson. 2007. Conservation strategies supported by non-lethal life history sampling fo the U.S. federally listed Illinois cave amphipod, Gammarus acherondytesJournal of Crustacean Biology 27:202-211.

Anderson, F. E. 2006. Cephalopoda. Pgs. 239-249 in Sturm, C.F., T.A. Pearce, and A. Valdés (eds.). The Mollusks: A Guide to Their Study, Collection, and Preservation. Universal Publishers, Inc., Boca Raton, FL. xii + 445 pp., 101 ill.

Vecchione, M., E. Shea, S. Bussarawit, F. Anderson, D. Alexeyev, C.-C. Lu, T. Okutani, M. Roeleveld, C. Chotiyaputta, C. Roper, E. Jorgensen and N. Sukramongkol. 2005. Systematics of Indo-West Pacific loliginids. Phuket Marine Biological Center Research Bulletin 66:23-26.

Nickrent, D. L., J. P. Der and F. E. Anderson. 2005. Discovery of the photosynthetic relatives of the "Maltese Mushroom" CynomoriumBMC Evolutionary Biology 5:38.

Anderson, F. E. and D. A. Smith. 2005. A redescription of the carinate pillsnail, Euchemotrema hubrichti (Pilsbry, 1940) (Pulmonata:Polygyridae), with notes on habitat and genetics. Zootaxa 807:1-11.

Anderson, F. E. and D. L. Swofford. 2004. Should we be worried about long-branch attraction in real data sets? Investigations using metazoan 18S rDNA. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 33:440-451.

Nickrent, D. L., A. Blarer, Y.-L. Qiu, R. Vidal-Russell and F. E. Anderson. 2004. Phylogenetic inference in Rafflesiales: the influence of rate heterogeneity and horizontal gene transfer. BMC Evolutionary Biology 4:40

Anderson, F. E., A. J. Córdoba and M. Thollesson. 2004. Bilaterian phylogeny based on analyses of a region of the sodium-potassium ATPase alpha subunit gene. Journal of Molecular Evolution 58:252-268.

* - SIUC undergraduate

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