Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Jackson

Geoscience Centre, University of Göttingen - GZG
Evolution of the Metazoa

Goldschmidtstr. 3
37077 Göttingen, Germany
Phone:+49-(0)551--39 14177
Fax: +49-(0)551-39 27918


  • Professor, 2013 - ongoing (University of Göttingen, Germany)
  • Junior Professor, 2008 - 2013 (University of Göttingen, Germany)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2008 (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • ARC International Research Fellow, 2007 (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, 2005 - 2006 (University of Göttingen, Germany )
  • PhD thesis, 1998 – 2004 (University of Queensland, Australia)
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Affenzeller, S., Cerveau, N., Jackson, D.J. (2018). Identification and validation of reference genes for qPCR in the terrestrial gastropod Cepaea nemoralis. PLoS One.

Herlitze, I., Marie, B., Marin, F., Jackson, D.J. (2018). Molecular modularity and asymmetry of the molluscan mantle revealed by a gene expression atlas. 2018. GigaScience. 7(6): giy056.

Casella, L.A., He, S., Griesshaber, E., Fernández-Díaz, L., Harper, E.M., Jackson, D.J., Ziegler, A., Mavromatis, V., Dietzel, M., Eisenhauer, A., Brand, U., Schmahl, W., (2018). Assessment of hydrothermal alteration on micro and nano structures of biocarbonates: quantitative statistical grain-area analysis of diagenetic overprint. Biogeosciences.

Mann, K., Cerveau, N., Gummich, M., Fritz, M., Mann, M., and Jackson, D.J. (2018). In-depth proteomic analyses of Haliotis laevigata (greenlip abalone) nacre and prismatic organic shell matrix. Proteome Science. 16:11.

Schäfer, G.G., Pedrini-Martha, V., Schnegg, R., Dallinger, R., Jackson, D.J., Lieb, B., (2018). Hemocyanin genes as indicators of habitat shifts in Panpulmonata? Mol. Phyl. Evo. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2018.10.014


Adema, C. M. et al (2017). Whole genome analysis of a schistosomiasis-transmitting freshwater snail. Nature Communications. 8 (Article number 15451).

Germer, J., Cerveau, N., Jackson, D.J. (2017). The Holo-Transcriptome of a Calcified Early Branching Metazoan. Frontiers in Marine Science. 4:81.

Jackson, D.J., Reim, L., Randow, C., Cerveau, N., Degnan, B. M. and Fleck, C. (2017). Variation in Orthologous Shell-Forming Proteins Contribute to Molluscan Shell Diversity. Molecular Biology and Evolution. msx232.


Cerveau, N., Jackson, D.J. (2016). Combining independent de novo assemblies optimizes the coding transcriptome for nonconventional model eukaryotic organisms. BMC Bioinformatics 17:525.

Davison, A., McDowell, G.S., Holden, J.M., Johnson, H.F., Koutsovoulos, G.D., Liu, M.M., Hulpiau, P., Van Roy, F., Wade, C.M., Banerjee, R., Yang, F., Chiba, S., Davey, J.W., Jackson, D.J., Levin, M., Blaxter, M.L. (2016). Formin Is Associated with Left-Right Asymmetry in the Pond Snail and the Frog. Current Biology. 26(5):654-660.

How Animals Fabricate Biominerals (2016). Scientia. 109: 83-86. Public outreach article.

Hüning, A. K., Lange, S. M., Ramesh, K., Jacob, D. E., Jackson, D.J., Panknin, U., Gutowska, M. A., Philipp, E. E. R., Rosenstiel, P., Lucassen, M., Melzner, F. (2016). A shell regeneration assay to identify biomineralization candidate genes in mytilid mussels. Marine Genomics. 27: 57-67.

Jackson, D. J., Degnan, B.M. (2016). The importance of Evo-Devo to an integrated understanding of molluscan biomineralisation. Journal of Structural Biology. 196(2):67-74.

Jackson, D. J., Herlitze, I., Hohagen, J. (2016). A whole mount in situ hybridization method for the gastropod mollusc Lymnaea stagnalis. JoVE. 109:e53968.

Klionsky et al. Guidelines for the ue and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (3rd edition). (2016) Autophagy. 12(1): 1-222.

Kocot, K.M., Aguilera, F., McDougall, C., Jackson, D.J., Degnan, B.M. (2016). Sea shell diversity and rapidly evolving secretomes: insights into the evolution of biomineralization. Frontiers in Zoology 13, 23.

Sleight, V.A., Marie, B., Jackson, D.J., Dyrynda, E.A., Marie, A., Clark, M.S. (2016). An Antarctic molluscan biomineralisation tool-kit. Scientific Reports 6: 36978


Basse, W. C., Gutowska, M. A., & Findeisen, U., Stumpp, M., Dupont, S., Jackson, D.J., Himmerkus, N., Melzner, F., Bleich, M. (2015). A sea urchin Na+ K+ 2Cl-cotransporter is involved in the maintenance of calcification-relevant cytoplasmic cords in Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis larvae. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A. 187: 184-192.

Germer, J., Mann, K., Wörheide, G., Jackson, D. J. (2015). The skeleton forming proteome of an early branching metazoan: a molecular survey of the biomineralization components employed by the coralline sponge Vaceletia sp. PLoS One. 10(11).

Hohagen, J., Herlitze, I., Jackson, D.J. (2015). An optimised whole mount in situ hybridisation protocol for the mollusc Lymnaea stagnalis. BMC Developmental Biology. 15: 19.

Jackson, D.J., Mann, K., Häussermann, V., Schilhabel, M., Lüter, C., Griesshaber, E., Schmahl, W., Wörheide, G. (2015). The Magellania venosa biomineralizing proteome: a window into brachiopod shell evolution. Genome Biology and Evolution. 7(5):1349-1362.


Le Roy, N., Jackson, D.J., Marie, B., Ramos-Silva P. and Marin, F. (2014). The evolution of metazoan ?-carbonic anhydrases and their roles in calcium carbonate biomineralization. Frontiers in Zoology, 11:75.

Liu, M., Davey, J.W., Jackson, D.J., Blaxter, M. L. and Davison, A. (2014). A conserved set of maternal genes? Insights from a molluscan transcriptome. Journal of Developmental Biology. 58: 501-511.

Beimforde C., Feldberg K., Nylinder S., Rikkinen J., Tuovila H., Dörfelt H., Gube M., Jackson, D.J., Reitner J., Seyfullah L. J., Schmidt A.R. (2014). Estimating the Phanerozoic history of the Ascomycota lineages: combining fossil and molecular data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 78: 86-398.

Mann, K. and Jackson, D.J. (2014). Characterization of the pigmented shell-forming proteome of the common grove snail Cepaea nemoralis. BMC Genomics, 15: 249.

Dawson, T.F., Boone, A.N., Senatore, A., Piticaru, J., Thiyagalingam, S., Jackson, D.J., Davison, A., Spafford, D. J. (2014). Gene splicing of an invertebrate beta subunit (LCav-beta) in the N-terminal and HOOK domains and its regulation of LCav1 and LCav2 calcium channels. PLoS One, 9(4): e92941.

Gaume B., Denis F., Van Wormhoudt A., Huchette S., Jackson, D.J., Avignon S., Auzoux-Bordenave S. (2014). Characterisation and expression of the biomineralising gene Lustrin A during shell formation of the European abalone Haliotis tuberculata. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 169: 1-8.


Jackson, D.J. and Wörheide, G. (2013). Symbiophagy and biomineralization in the "living fossil" Astrosclera willeyana. Autophagy, 10(3): 1-8.

Hohagen J. and Jackson, D.J. (2013). An ancient process in a modern mollusc: early development of the shell in Lymnaea stagnalis. BMC Developmental Biology, 13:27. *For higher resolution versions of the figures in this paper view the online version, not the pdf.


Marie, B., Jackson, D.J., Ramos-Silva, P., Zanella-Cléon, I., Guichard, N., Marin, F. (2012). The shell-forming proteome of Lottia gigantea reveals both deep conservations and lineage specific novelties. FEBS Journal, 280(1): 214-232.

Piskurek, O. and Jackson, D.J. (2012). Transposable Elements: From DNA Parasites to Architects of Metazoan Evolution. Genes. 3(3), 409-422.

Jackson, D. J., Degnan S.M., Degnan B.M. (2012). Variation in rates of early development in Haliotis asinina generate competent larvae of different ages. Frontiers in Zoology. 9:2.

Ohradanova, A., Vullo, D., Pastorekova, S., Pastorek, J., Jackson, D. J., Worheide, G., & Supuran, C. T. (2012). Cloning, characterization and sulfonamide inhibition studies of an α-carbonic anhydrase from the living fossil sponge Astrosclera willeyana. Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry. 20(4):1403-1410.


Ohradanova, A., Vullob, D., Pastorekovaa, S., Pastoreka, J. Jackson, D. J., Wörheided, G., Supuran, C. T. (2011). Anion inhibition studies of an α-carbonic anhydrase from the living fossil Astrosclera willeyana. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 22(3): 1314-1316.

Jackson, D.J. (2011). The evolution of an early metazoan biomineralization strategy was supported by a horizontal gene transfer. Mobile Genetic Elements. 1(3):1-5.

Jackson, D.J., Macis, L., Reitner, J., Wörheide, G. (2011). A horizontal gene transfer supported the evolution of an early metazoan biomineralization strategy. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 11:238.

Piskurek, O. and Jackson, D.J. (2011). Tracking the ancestry of a deeply conserved eumetazoan SINE domain. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 28(10):2727-2730.

McDougall C., Green K., Jackson, D.J., Degnan B.M. (2011). Ultrastructure of the mantle of the gastropod Haliotis asinina and mechanisms of shell regionalization. Cells Tissues Organs. 194(2-4):103-107.


Jackson, D.J., Meyer, N. P., Seaver, E., Pang, K., McDougall, C., Moy, V. N., Gordon, K. Degnan, B. M., Martindale, M. Q., Burke, R. D., Peterson, K. J. (2010). Developmental expression of COE across the Metazoa supports a conserved role in neuronal cell-type specification and mesodermal development. Development Genes and Evolution. 220:221-234.

Marie B., Marie A., Jackson, D.J., DuBost, L., Degnan, B. M., Milet, C., Marin, F. (2010). Proteomic analysis of the calcified organic matrix of the tropical abalone Haliotis asinina shell. Proteome Science. 8:54.

Srivastava, M. et al. (2010). The Amphimedon queenslandica genome and the evolution of animal complexity. Nature. 466(7307):720-726.

Pick, K.S., Philippe, H., Schreiber, F., Erpenbeck, Jackson, D.J., Wrede P., Wiens M., Alié, A., Morgenstern, B., Manuel, M., Wörheide, G. (2010). Improved phylogenomic taxon sampling noticeably affects non- bilaterian relationships. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 27:1983-1987.

Jackson, D.J., Thiel, V., Wörheide, G. (2010). An evolutionary fast-track to biocalcification. Geobiology. 8:191-196.


Jackson, D.J., McDougall, C., Woodcroft, B., Moase, P., Rose, R. A., Kube, M., Reinhardt, R., Rokhsar, D. S., Montagnani, C., Joubert, C., Piquemal, D., Degnan, B. M. (2009). Parallel evolution of nacre building gene sets in molluscs. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 27(3):591-608.

Philippe, H., Derelle, R., Lopez, P., Pick, K., Borchiellini, C., Boury-Esnault, N., Vacelet, J., Deniel, E., Houliston, E., Quéinnec, E., Da Silva, C., Wincker, P., Le Guyader, H., Leys, L., Jackson, D.J., Schreiber, F., Erpenbeck, D., Morgenstern, B., Wörheide, G., Manuel, M. (2009). Phylogenomics restores traditional views on deep animal relationships. Current Biology. 19(8):1-7.

Marie, B., Le Roy, N., Marie, A., DuBost, L., Milet, C., Bedouet, L., Becchi, M., Zanella-Cleon, I., Jackson, D.J., Degnan, B.M., Luquet, G., Marin, F. (2009). Nacre evolution: a proteomic approach. Materials Reearch Society Symposia Proceedings: 1187: 1187-KK01-03.

Williams, E.A., Degnan, B.M., Gunter, H. Jackson, D.J., Woodcroft, B.J. Degnan, S.M. (2009). Widespread transcriptional changes pre-empt the critical pelagic-benthic transition in the vetigastropod Haliotis asinina. Molecular Ecology: 18:1006-1025.


Jackson, D.J., Wörheide, G., Degnan, B.M. (2007). Dynamic expression of ancient and novel molluscan shell genes during ecological transitions. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7:160.

Jackson, D.J., Macis, L., Reitner, J., Degnan, B.M., Wörheide, G. (2007). Sponge paleogenomics reveals an ancient role for carbonic anhydrase in skeletogenesis. Science 316: 1893-1895.


Jackson, D.J.., McDougall, C., Green, K., Simpson, F., Wörheide, G., Degnan, B.M. (2006). A rapidly evolving secretome builds and patterns a sea shell. BMC Biology 4:40.

Jackson, D.J. and Degnan, B.M. (2006). Expressed sequence tag analysis of genes expressed during development of the tropical abalone Haliotis asinina. Journal of Shellfish Research 25(1):225-231.

Rice, T., McGraw, E., O’Brien, E.K., Reverter, T., Jackson, D.J. and Degnan, B.M. (2006). Parasitic castration by the digenian trematode Allopodocotyle sp. alters gene expression in the brain of the host mollusc Haliotis asinina. FEBS letters 580:3769-3774.


Klaus, S., Jackson, D.J., Degnan, B.M., Lieb, B. (2005). Developmental expression of two Haliotis asinina hemocyanin isoforms. Differentiation 73:341-349.

Jackson, D.J., Ellemor, N., Degnan, B.M. (2005). Correlating gene expression with larval competence, and the effect of age and parentage on metamorphosis in the tropical abalone Haliotis asinina. Marine Biology 147(3):681-697.


Jackson, D.J., Leys, S. P., Hinman, V. F., Woods, R., Lavin, M. F., and Degnan, B. M. (2002). Ecological regulation of development: induction of marine invertebrate metamorphosis. International Journal of Developmental Biology. 46:679-686.


Jackson, D.J.., Williams, K., and Degnan, B. M. (2001). Suitability of Australian formulated diets for the aquaculture of the tropical abalone Haliotis asinina Linnaeus. Journal of Shellfish Research. 20:627-636.


Jackson, D.J., and Macmillan, D. L. (2000). Tailflick escape behavior in larval and juvenile lobsters (Homarus americanus) and crayfish (Cherax destructor). Biological Bulletin. 198:307-318.


Drummond, J., Jackson, D.J., and Macmillan, D. L. (1998). The result of evolutionary limb loss on the complement of motor neurons in a crayfish limb nerve revealed by serial homology. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology. 31:123-132.
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Jackson, D.J.. Origins of the Metazoa (2010). Encyclopedia of Geobiology. Eds. Reitner, J., Thiel, V. Springer.

Wörheide, G., Jackson, D.J. (2010). The evolution of animal biocalcification. Encyclopedia of Geobiology. Eds. Joachim Reitner, Volker Thiel. Springer.

Wörheide, G., Macis, L., Jackson, D.J. & Reitner, J. Characterization of Matrix Proteins in the Coralline Demosponge Astrosclera willeyana Lister 1900. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Biomineralization, Pucon, Chile, December 2007.

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  • 2010 Geobiology article featured in Science under Editors choice.
  • 2009 MBE article featured in Spektrum and Göttingen Tageblatt!
  • 2007 Science article short-listed as a Breakthrough of the year.
  • 2007 Science article makes the Faculty of 1000 Biology "Must read" (F1000 Factor 6.0).
  • The Economist magazine features our 2007 Science article.
  • The Scientist features our 2007 Science article.
  • Shortlisted BioMed Central Research award for 2006 BMC Biology article.
  • 2006 BMC Biology publication in the Australian news.
  • European Patent (EP07008083). Molecular cloning and characterization of an ancestral metazoan carbonic anhydrase involved in calcium carbonate precipitation, isolated from the marine demosponge Astrosclera willeyana (Porifera).
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