Johanna T. Cannon



B. A. Biology 2004 Bryn Mawr College


Research Interests:

Evolution and phylogenetic relationships of marine invertebrates

Metazoan evolution and development

Interrelationships within Hemichordata, especially Pterobranchia


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Kocot, K.M., J.T. Cannon, and K.M. Halanych. Elucidating animal phylogeny; advances in knowledge and forthcoming challenges. In B. Schierwater and R. deSalle, eds., Key Transitions in Animal Evolution. Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire (in press).

Cannon, J.T., A.L. Rychel, H. Eccleston, K.M. Halanych, and B.J. Swalla. 2009. Molecular Phylogeny of Hemichordata, with updated status of deep-sea enteropneusts. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 52: 17-24.

Yap, C., D. Wisco, P. Kujala, Z. Lasiecka, J.T. Cannon, M.C. Chang, H. Hirling, J. Klumperman, and B. Winckler. 2007. The somatodendritic endosomal regulator NEEP21 facilitates axonal targeting of L1/NgCAM. Journal of Cell Biology. 180:827-842.

Professional Meeting Presentations

Phylogenomics of Hemichordata within Deuterostomia. Cannon, J.T., K.M. Kocot, S.R. Santos, B.J. Swalla and K.M. Halanych. Oral Presentation. Evolution. Portland, Oregon. (June 2010).

Hemichordate Evolution: Derived body plans and suspect families. Cannon, J.T., A.L. Rychel, B.J. Swalla and K.M. Halanych. Oral Presentation. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Boston, Massachusetts. (January 2009).

Molecular Phylogeny of Hemichordata and Insights into Ancestors. Cannon, J.T., A.L. Rychel, B.J. Swalla, and K.M. Halancyh. Poster Presentation. Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference. Tallahassee, Florida. (March 2008).

Hemichordate Relationships and Insights into Ancestors. Cannon, J.T., A.L. Rychel, B.J. Swalla and K.M. Halanych. Poster Presentation. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. San Antonio, Texas. (January 2008).

Ultrastructural observations of an unusual sensory structure in the cerebral ganglion of Owenia fusiformis and Myriochele sp. (Polychaeta: Oweniidae). Gardiner, S.L., A.K. Dewan, M.L. Schwartz, J.T. Cannon, and B.F. Dickey. Poster Presentation. 9th International Polychaete Conference. Portland, Maine. (July 2007).

Targeting of NgCAM: Testing the Transcytotic Pathway Model. Yap, C., D. Wisco, J. Cannon, P. Kujala, J. Klumperman, E. Anderson, and B. Winckler. Axonal American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California. (December 2005).

Awards and Fellowships

2010: Patricia L. Dudley Fellowship, Friday Harbor Laboratories

2009: Grant-in-aid Fellowship Award, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

2009: Smithsonian Institution Visiting Student Award, National Museum of Natural History, United States Antarctic Program Visitor

2008-2010: Graduate Research Scholars Program, Alabama-National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

2008: Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research, American Museum of Natural History, New York

2008: Best Student Poster Award, Division of Systematic & Evolutionary Biology, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting

2008: Graduate Student Research Award, Auburn University

2007: Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology

2006-2007: Auburn University Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Doctoral Fellowship