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Banker R.M., Lipovac J.☨, Stachowicz J.J., Gold, D.A.* (2022). Sodium molybdate does not inhibit sulfate-reducing bacteria but increases shell growth in the Pacific oyster Magallana gigas. Plos one, 17(2), e0262939. DOI Link: 10.1371/journal.pone.0262939

Summons R.E., Welander P.V., Gold D.A. (2021) Lipid biomarkers: molecular tools for illuminating the history of microbial life. Nature Reviews Microbiology. DOI Link:


Abrams M.J., Tan F.H., Li Y., Basinger T., Heithe M.L., Sarma A., Lee I.T., Condiotte Z.J., Raffiee M., Dabiri J.O., Gold D.A., Goentoro L. A conserved strategy for inducing appendage regeneration in moon jellyfish, Drosophila, and mice. Elife. 10:e65092. DOI Link: 10.7554/eLife.65092

Titelboim D., Thangarjan S., Raposo D., Morard R., Kucera M., Ashckenazi‐Polivoda S., Almogi‐Labin A., Herut B., Manda S., Abramovich S.*, Gold D.A.,* Abdu, U.* (2021) The transcriptomic signature of cold and heat stress in benthic foraminifera—Implications for range expansions of marine calcifiers. Functional Ecology. 35(12):2679-90. DOI Link:

Pankov K.V., McArthur A.G., Gold D.A., Nelson D.R., Goldstone J.V., Wilson J.Y. (2021) The cytochrome P450 (CYP) superfamily in cnidarians. Scientific Reports. 11(1):1-6. DOI Link:

Picciani N., Kerlin J.R., Jindrich K., Hensley N.M., Gold D.A., Oakley T.H. (2021) Light modulated cnidocyte discharge predates the origins of eyes in Cnidaria. Ecology and Evolution. 11(9):3933-40. DOI Link:


Moore K.R., Magnabosco C., Momper L., Gold D.A., Bosak T., Fournier G.P. (2019) An expanded ribosomal phylogeny of cyanobacteria supports a deep placement of plastids. Frontiers in Microbiology. 10: 1612. DOI Link: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01612

Gold D.A., Lau, C.L.F.☨, Fuong H.☨, Kao G.☨, Hartenstein V., Jacobs D.K. (2019) Mechanisms of cnidocyte development in the moon jellyfish AureliaEvolution and Development. Online ahead of print. DOI Link: 10.1111/ede.12278

Gold D.A. & Katsuki T. (co-first authors), Li Y., Yan X., Regulski M., Ibberson D., Holstein T., Steele R.E., Jacobs D.K., Greenspan R.J. (2019) The genome of the jellyfish Aurelia and the evolution of animal complexity. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 3(1):96-104. DOI Link10.1038/s41559-018-0719-8


Gold D.A. (2018) The slow rise of complex life as revealed through biomarker genetics. Emerging Topics in Life Sciences. 2: 191–199. DOI Link: 10.1042/etls20170150

Gold D.A. (2018) Life in changing fluids: A critical appraisal of swimming animals before the Cambrian. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 58(4): 677–687. DOI Link: 10.1093/icb/icy015

Buckner J.C., Ellingson, R., Gold D.A., Jones T.L., Jacobs D.K. (2018) Mitogenomics supports an unexpected taxonomic relationship for the extinct diving duck Chendytes lawi and definitively places the extinct Labrador Duck. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 122: 102-109. DOI Link: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.12.008


Gold D.A.*, O’Reilly S.S., Watson J., Degnan B.M., Degnan S.M., Kröemer J.O., and Summons R.E. (2017) Lipidomics of the sea sponge Amphimedon queenslandica and implication for biomarker geochemistry. Geobiology. 15(6): 836-843. DOI Link: 10.1111/gbi.12253

Gold D.A., Caron A.☨, Fournier G.P., Summons R.E. (2017) Paleoproterozoic sterol biosynthesis and the rise of oxygen. Nature. 543(7645): 420–423. DOI Link: 10.1038/nature21412


Gold D.A., O’Reilly S.S., Luo G., Briggs D.E.G., Summons R.E. (2016) Prospects for sterane preservation in sponge fossils from museum collections, and the utility of sponge biomarkers for molecular clocks. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History. 57(2): 181–189. DOI Link: 10.3374/014.057.0208

Gold D.A., Nakanishi N., Hensley N.M.☨, Hartenstein V., Jacobs D.K. (2016) Cell tracking supports secondary gastrulation in the moon jellyfish AureliaDevelopment Genes and Evolution. 226(6): 383-387. DOI Link: 10.1007/s00427-016-0559-y

Gold D.A., Grabenstatter J., de Mendoza A., Riesgo A., Ruiz-Trillo I., and Summons R.E. (2016) Sterol and genomic analyses validate the sponge biomarker hypothesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 113(10): 2684–2689. DOI Link: 10.1073/pnas.1512614113


Gold D.A.*, Runnegar B., Gehling J.G., and Jacobs D.K. (2015) From the Cover: Ancestral state reconstruction of ontogeny supports a bilaterian affinity for DickinsoniaEvolution & Development. 17(6): 315-397. PDF DOI Link: 10.1111/ede.12168

Gold D.A., Nakanishi N., Hensley N.M.☨, Cozzolino K.☨, Tabatabaee M.☨, Martin M.☨, Hartenstein V., and Jacobs D.K. (2015) Structural and developmental disparity in the tentacles of the moon jellyfish Aurelia sp.1PLoS ONE.  10(8): e0134741. DOI Link: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134741

Nakanishi N., Camara A.C., Yuan D.C., Gold D.A., and Jacobs D.K. (2015) Gene expression data from the moon jelly, Aurelia, provide insights into the evolution of the combinatorial code controlling animal sense organ development. PLoS ONE. 10(7): e0132544. DOI Link: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132544


Gold D.A., Gates R.D., Jacobs D.K. (2014) The early expansion and evolutionary dynamics of POU class genes. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 31(12):3136-3147. PDF DOI Link: 10.1093/molbev/msu243

Ghisalberti M., Gold D.A., Laflamme M., Clapham M.E., Narbonne G., Summons R.E., Johnston D.T., and Jacobs D.K. (2014) Canopy flow analysis reveals the advantage of size in the oldest communities of multicellular eukaryotes. Current Biology. 24(3):305–309. PDF DOI Link: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.12.017 With commentary

Gold D.A.*, Robinson J., Farrell A.B., Harris J.M., Thalmann O., and Jacobs D.K. (2014)  From the Cover: Attempted DNA extraction from a Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi): Prospects for ancient DNA from asphalt deposits. Ecology and Evolution. 4(4):329–336. DOI Link: 10.1002/ece3.928

2013 and Earlier

Gold D.A., and Jacobs D.K. (2013) Stem cell dynamics in Cnidaria: are there unifying principles? Development Genes and Evolution. 223(1-2):53-66. PDF DOI Link: 10.1007/s00427-012-0429-1

Takashima S., Gold D., and Hartenstein V. (2013) Stem cells and lineages of the intestine: a developmental and evolutionary perspective. Development Genes and Evolution. 223(1-2):85-102. DOI Link: 10.1007/s00427-012-0422-8

Jacobs D.K., Gold D.A., Nakanishi N., Yuan D., Camara A., Nichols S.A., and Hartenstein V. (2010) Basal metazoan sensory evolution. pp. 175-193 in Key Transitions in Animal Evolution, B. Schieirwater and R. DeSalle eds. CRC Press. PDF


Gold D.A., McHenry M. (2006) Cranial evidence for sexual dimorphism and group living in the extinct American lion (Panthera leo atrox). UCI Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Biological Sciences: 36. 764-775. PDF