Three eyes and text
Unravelling the function and evolution of many-eyed visual systems


Lab members in bold

Williams ST, Noone ES, Smith LM, Sumner-Rooney, L. (2022). Evolutionary loss of shell pigmentation, pattern, and eye structure in deep-sea snails in the dysphotic zone. Evolution, 1–15.

Baudouin Gonzalez L, Harper A, McGregor AP, Sumner-Rooney L. 2022. Regulation of eye determination and regionalisation in the spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum. Cells.

Harper A, Baudouin Gonzalez L, Schönauer A, Seiter M, Holzem M, Arif S, McGregor AP, Sumner-Rooney L. 2021. Widespread retention of ohnologs in key developmental gene families following WGD in arachnopulmonates. Genes, Genomes, Genetics.

Sumner-Rooney L, Kirwan JD, Lüter C, Ullrich-Lüter E. 2021. Run and hide: visual performance in the brittle star Ophiomastix wendtii. Journal of Experimental Biology.

Baudouin Gonzalez L, Schönauer A, Harper A, Blakeley G, Seiter M, Sharma PP, Arif S, Sumner-Rooney L, Russell S and McGregor AP. 2021. The evolution of Sox gene repertoires and regulation of segmentation in arachnids. Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Sigwart JD, Sumner-Rooney L. 2021. Continuous and regular expansion of a distributed visual system in the eyed chiton Tonicia lebruni. Biological Bulletin.

Brodrick EA, Roberts NW, Sumner-Rooney L, Schlepütz CM, How MJ. 2020. Adaptation mechanisms in the eyes of the fiddler crab Afruca tangeri. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 529, 3:616-634.

Gaspar P, Arif S, Sumner-Rooney L, Kittelmann M, Stern DL, Santos Nunes MD, McGregor AP. 2020. Characterisation of the genetic architecture underlying eye size variation within Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila simulans. Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 10, 3:1005-1018.

Sumner-Rooney L, Kirwan JD, Lowe E, Ullrich-Lüter EM. 2020. Extraocular vision in a brittle star is mediated by chromatophore movement in response to ambient light. Current Biology. 30:1-9.

Sumner-Rooney L, Kenny NJ, Ahmed F, Williams ST. 2019. The utility of micro-computed tomography for the non-destructive study of eye microstructure in snails. Scientific Reports. 9: 15411.

Otero A, Cuff A, Allen VA, Sumner-Rooney L, Pol D, Hutchinson JR. 2019. Ontogenetic changes in the body plan of the sauropodomorph Mussaurus reveal postural shifts during growth. Scientific Reports. 9:7614.

Porter M, Sumner-Rooney L. 2018. Evolution in the dark: unifying our understanding of eye loss. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 58, 3:367-371.

Sumner-Rooney L. 2018. The kingdom of the blind: disentangling fundamental drivers in the evolution of eye loss. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 58, 3:372-385.

Sumner-Rooney L, Sigwart JD. 2018. Do chitons have a brain? New evidence for diversity and complexity in the polyplacophoran central nervous system. Journal of Morphology. 279, 7:936-949.

Sumner-Rooney L, Rahman IA, Sigwart JD, Ullrich-Lüter E. 2018. Whole body photoreceptor networks are independent of ‘lenses’ in brittle stars. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 285:20172590.

Schwabe E, Heβ M, Sumner-Rooney L, Sellanes J. 2017. Anatomy of Zetela alphonsi Vilvens, 2002 (Mollusca: Solariellidae) casts doubt on its taxonomic placement according to conchological characters. Spixiana. 40, 2:161-170.

Sumner-Rooney L, Sigwart JD. 2017. Lazarus in the museum: resurrecting historic specimens through new technology. Invertebrate Zoology. 14, 1:73-84.

Sigwart JD, Sumner-Rooney L, Dickey J, Carey N. 2017. The scaphopod foot is ventral: more anatomical evidence from Rhabdus rectius (Carpenter, 1864) (Dentaliida: Rhabdidae). Molluscan Research. 37, 2:79-87.

Sumner-Rooney L, Sigwart JD, McAfee J, Smith L, Williams ST. 2016. Repeated eye reduction events reveal multiple pathways to degeneration in a family of marine snails. Evolution. 70, 10: 2268-2295.

Sumner-Rooney L, Schrödl M, Lodde-Bensch E, Lindberg DR, Heβ M, Brennan GP, Sigwart JD. 2015. A neurophylogenetic approach provides new insight to the evolution of Scaphopoda. Evolution and Development. 17, 6: 337-346.

Sumner-Rooney L, Sigwart JD. 2015. Is the Schwabe organ a larval eye? Anatomical and behavioural studies of a novel sense organ in Leptochiton asellus (Mollusca, Polyplacophora) indicate links to larval photoreceptors. PLoS ONE. 10:9. e0137119.

Sigwart JD, Sumner-Rooney L, Schwabe E, Heβ M, Brennan GP, Schrödl M. 2014. A novel sensory organ in ‘primitive’ molluscs (Polyplacophora: Lepidopleurida) and its context in the nervous system of chitons. Frontiers in Zoology. 11:7.

Sumner-Rooney L, Murray JA, Cain SD, Sigwart JD. 2014. Do chitons have a compass? Evidence for magnetic sensitivity in Polyplacophora. Journal of Natural History. 48:3033-3045.

Sumner-Rooney L, Cain SD, Brennan GP, Sigwart JD. 2014. A test for mucus removal in the chiton Lepidochitona cinerea (Linnaeus, 1767) (Polyplacophora: Chitonida: Ischnochitonidae). The Veliger. 51:261-264.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

Sumner-Rooney L, Ullrich-Lüter EM. In press. Extra-ocular vision in echinoderms. In: Distributed vision: from simple sensors to sophisticated combination eyes. Eds. Bok M, Buschbeck E. Springer Series in Vision Research.

Sigwart JD, Sumner-Rooney L. 2015. Mollusca: Caudofoveata, Monoplacophora, Polyplacophora, Scaphopoda, Solenogastres. In: Structure and Evolution of Invertebrate Nervous Systems, pp.172-190. Eds. Schmidt-Rhaesa A, Harzsch S, Purschke G. Oxford University Press.

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