Christopher Cameron

Associate Professor,
Université de Montréal

Département de sciences biologiques
Pavillon Marie-Victorin
Montréal, Québec
Canada H2V 2S9
Tel: 514-343-2198
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  • Postdoctorate (2005) University of Victoria, Research Associate Biomechanics and body shape
  • Postdoctorate (2001) University of Texas at Austin, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Biology
  • Ph.D. (2000) University of Alberta, Doctor of Philosophy Systematics and Evolution
  • B.Sc.(1994) University of Victoria

  • Origine et évolution de invertébrés marins
  • Evo-Devo, animal-fluid interactions

  • Outils : Microscopie élecronique et optique + des techniques de développement (embryologie chirurgicale, expression de protéine) + des techniques informatiques (simulation numérique en mécanique des fluides, phylogénétique moléculaire) + SCUBA.

    Research in the Cameron lab aims to understand the origin and evolution of animal body plan diversity. Aquatic environments, and especially the oceans, are home to the bulk of global animal diversity, and nowhere are body plans more divergent than among the invertebrate animals. This biodiversity is largely a result of the interplay between evolution, development and the fluid environment. For this reason our research program uses a multidisciplinary approach including organismal and molecular biology, development, phylogenetics, transcriptomics, fluid mechanics and paleontology. We are broadly interesed in the origins and evolution of animal biodiversity, and the deuterostomes, that evolutionary linage that includes hemichordates, echinoderms and our own phylum, the chordates, is where we make our greatest contributions.

    Twitter: @InvertEvo

    QCBS students
    Elena Beli, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2015)
    Thesis title: Induced phenotypic plasticity in the tubarium of Rhabdopleura meronuda from Italy
    Charles Larouche-Bilodeau, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2016)
    Thesis title: The histochemistry & proteomics of biomineralized elements in acorn worms (Hemichordata)
    Previous students (since 2009)
    Stefan Etienne, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2008, End: 2010)
    Thesis title: Finite Element Modeling of propulsion in jellyfish
    Karma Nanglu, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2012, End: 2017)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Jean-Bernard Caron
    Thesis title: Acorn worm origins & taphonomy
    Nidia Alvarez Armanda, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2012, End: 2014)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Imran Rahman, University of Bristol
    Thesis title: Evolution of the ambulacrarian pharynx and gill slits
    Elena Beli, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2013, End: 2014)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Stefano Piraino, Università del salento
    Thesis title: Taxonomy & decay of a Mediterranean pterobranch
    Ariane Comeau, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2012, End: 2014)
    Thesis title: Skeletogenesis and biomineralization in the crinoid Florometra serratissima
    Carine Deland, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2007, End: 2010)
    Thesis title: Taxonomic revision of the family Harrimaniidae (Hemichordata: Enteropneusta)
    Paul Gonzalez, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2008, End: 2011)
    Thesis title: The form and function of the enteropneust pre-oral ciliary organ
    Noura Jabr, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2015, End: 2017)
    Thesis title: Taxonomic Description of Canadian Arctic Acorn Worms (Hemichordata: Enteropneusta)
    Javier Luque, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2010, End: 2012)
    Thesis title: Malocostracan paleontology and evolution
    Maureen Vo, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2011, End: 2013)
    Thesis title: Computational Fluid Dynamic study of filter-feeding in hemichordates
    38- The fluid dynamics of Balanus glandula barnacles: Adaptations to sheltered and exposed habitats
    Vo M., Mehrabian S., Villalpando F., Etienne S., Pelletier D., Cameron C.B.
    2018 Journal of Biomechanics (Date Added: 2018-03-09)

    37- The mechanisms of filter feeding on oil droplets: Theoretical considerations
    Mehrabian S., Letendre F., Cameron C.B.
    2018 Marine Environmental Research (Date Added: 2018-03-09)

    36- The zoogeography of extant rhabdopleurid hemichordates (Pterobranchia:Graptolithina), with a new species from the Mediterranean Sea
    Beli E., Aglieri G., Strano F., Maggioni D., Telford M.J., Piraino S., Cameron C.B.
    2018 Invertebrate Systematics (Date Added: 2018-02-21)

    35- Fossilization processes of graptolites: Insights from the experimental decay of Rhabdopleura sp. (Pterobranchia)
    Beli E., Piraino S., Cameron C.B.
    2017 Palaeontology (Date Added: 2017-04-19)

    34- Ossicle development of the crinoid Florometra serratissima through larval stages
    Comeau A., Bishop C.D., Cameron C.B.
    2017 Canadian Journal of Zoology (Date Added: 2017-03-25)

    33- Cambrian suspension-feeding tubicolous hemichordates
    Nanglu, K., Caron, J.-B., Conway Morris, S., Cameron, C.B.
    2016 BMC Biology (Date Added: 2016-07-11)

    31- Using experimental decay of modern forms to reconstruct the early evolution and morphology of fossil enteropneusts
    Nanglu, K., Caron, J.-B., Cameron, C.B.
    2015 Paleobiology (Date Added: 2017-07-31)

    30- A transcriptomic-phylogenomic analysis of the evolutionary relationships of flatworms
    Egger, B., Lapraz, F., Tomiczek, B., Muller, S., Dessimoz, C., Girstmair, J., Skunca, N., Rawlinson, K.A., Cameron, C.B., Beli, E., Todaro, M.A., Gammoudi, M., Norena, C., Telford, M.J.
    2015 Current Biology : CB (Date Added: 2017-07-31)

    29- Hemichordate genomes and deuterostome origins
    Simakov, O., Kawashima, T., Marletaz, F., Jenkins, J., Koyanagi, R., Mitros, T., Hisata, K., Bredeson, J., Shoguchi, E., Gyoja, F., Yue, J.-X., Chen, Y.-C., Freeman, R.M.J., Sasaki, A., Hikosaka-Katayama, T., Sato, A., Fujie, M., Baughman, K.W., Levine, J., Gonzalez, P., Cameron, C., Fritzenwanker, J.H., Pani, A.M., Goto, H., Kanda, M., Arakaki, N., Yamasaki, S., Qu, J., Cree, A., Ding, Y., Dinh, H.H., Dugan, S., Holder, M., Jhangiani, S.N., Kovar, C.L., Lee, S.L., Lewis, L.R., Morton, D., Nazareth, L.V., Okwuonu, G., Santibanez, J., Chen, R., Richards, S., Muzny, D.M., Gillis, A., Peshkin, L., Wu, M., Humphreys, T., Su, Y.-H., Putnam, N.H., Schmutz, J., Fujiyama, A., Yu, J.-K., Tagawa, K., Worley, K.C., Gibbs, R.A., Kirschner, M.W., Lowe, C.J., Satoh, N., Rokhsar, D.S., Gerhart, J.
    2015 Nature (Date Added: 2015-12-15)

    28- Phylogenomic analysis of echinoderm class relationships supports Asterozoa
    Telford, Maximilian J., Lowe, Christopher J., Cameron, Christopher B., Ortega-Martinez, Olga, Aronowicz, Jochanan, Oliveri, Paola, Copley, Richard R.
    2014 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Date Added: 2014-11-04)

    27- Tubicolous enteropneusts from the Cambrian period
    Caron, Jean-Bernard, Morris, Simon Conway, Cameron, Christopher B.
    2013 Nature (Date Added: 2013-03-21)

    25- Phylogeny of the tube-building Hemichordata reveals that Rhabdopleurais an extant graptolite.
    Mitchell, C.E, Melchin, J.M., Cameron, C.B, and Maletz, J.
    2012 Lethia (Date Added: 2016-07-06)

    23- Ultrastructure of the coenecium of Cephalodiscus (Hemichordata: Pterobranchia)
    Gonzalez, Paul, Cameron, Christopher B.
    2012 Canadian Journal of Zoology (Date Added: 2012-11-21)

    22- Phylogenetic analysis reveals that Rhabdopleura is an extant graptolite
    Mitchell, Charles E., Melchin, Michael J., Cameron, Chris B., Maletz, Jörg
    2012 Lethaia (Date Added: 2012-10-31)

    21- The oldest frog crabs (Decapoda: Brachyura: Raninoida) from the Aptian of northern South America
    Luque, J., Feldmann, R.M., Schweitzer, C.E., Jaramillo, C., Cameron, C.B.
    2012 Journal of Crustacean Biology (Date Added: 2012-10-30)

    20- Biomineral ultrastructure, elemental constitution and genomic analysis of biomineralization-related proteins in hemichordates
    Cameron, C. B., Bishop, C. D.
    2012 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Date Added: 2012-08-02)

    19- Spatial variation in food availability predicts extrapair paternity in the arctic fox
    Cameron, C., Berteaux, D., Dufresne, F.
    2011 Behavioral Ecology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

    18- A taxonomic revision of the family Harrimaniidae (Hemichordata: Enteropneusta) with descriptions of seven species from the Eastern Pacific
    Deland, C., Cameron, C. B., Rao, K. . P., Ritter, W. E., Bullock, T. H.
    2010 Zootaxa (Date Added: 2012-02-09)

    16- Aurelia Aurita's Flight: A Finite Element Model of a Jellyfish Self Propulsion
    Stephane Etienne, , Andre Garon, , Dominique Pelletier, , Chris Cameron,
    2009 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including The New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition (Date Added: 2013-03-22)

    15- The gill slits and pre-oral ciliary organ of Protoglossus (Hemichordata: Enteropneusta) are filter-feeding structures
    Gonzalez, P., Cameron, C.B.
    2009 Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (Date Added: 2011-04-20)

    14- Phylum Hemichordata, Class Enteropneusta
    Woodwick, Keith H., Cameron, Christopher B.
    2007 The Light and Smith manual : intertidal invertebrates from central California to Oregon (Date Added: 2012-05-04)

    13- Free love in the far north: Plural breeding and polyandry of arctic foxes (Alopex lagopus) on Bylot Island, Nunavut
    Carmichael, L.E., Szor, G., Berteaux, D., Giroux, M.A., Cameron, C., Strobeck, C.
    2007 Canadian Journal of Zoology (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

    Federson, Bruce A.
    2006 Shock (Date Added: 2012-05-04)

    11- Cephalochordata
    Cameron, C. B
    2006 Gulf of Mexico origin, waters, and biota. (Date Added: 2012-05-04)

    10- Hemichordata
    Cameron, C. B
    2006 Gulf of Mexico origin, waters, and biota. (Date Added: 2012-05-04)

    9- A phylogeny of the hemichordates based on morphological characters
    Cameron, C.B.
    2005 Canadian Journal of Zoology (Date Added: 2011-04-20)

    6- Evaluating hypotheses of deuterostome phylogeny and chordate evolution with new LSU and SSU ribosomal DNA data
    Winchell, C.J., Sullivan, J., Cameron, C.B., Swalla, B.J., Mallatt, J.
    2002 Molecular Biology and Evolution (Date Added: 2011-04-20)

    5- Special Feature: Evolution of the chordate body plan: New insights from phylogenetic analyses of deuterostome phyla
    Cameron, C. B.
    2000 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Date Added: 2012-05-04)

    4- Urochordates Are Monophyletic Within the Deuterostomes
    J. Swalla, Chris B. Cameron, Laura, Billie
    2000 Systematic Biology (Date Added: 2012-05-04)

    3- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone in Mulberry cells of Saccoglossus and Ptychodera (Hemichordata: Enteropneusta)
    Cameron, C.B., Mackie, G.O., Powell, J.F.F., Lescheid, D.W., Sherwood, N.M.
    1999 General and Comparative Endocrinology (Date Added: 2011-04-20)

    2- Endostyle-like features of the dorsal epibranchial ridge of an enteropneust and the hypothesis of dorsal-ventral axis inversion in chordates
    Ruppert, E.E., Cameron, C.B., Frick, J.E.
    1999 Invertebrate Biology (Date Added: 2011-04-20)

    1- Conduction pathways in the nervous system of Saccoglossus sp. (Enteropneusta)
    Cameron, C.B., Mackie, G.O.
    1996 Canadian Journal of Zoology (Date Added: 2011-04-20)

    In the media
    Science : L'Oesia, notre ancêtre qui ressemblait à un pénis

    Tiny, prehistoric sea worm Oesia built tube-like “houses” on ocean floor and sealed itself inside

    The secret to an Oesia life: Prehistoric worm built tube-like “houses” on sea floor

    New fossil discovery combines two species into one

    Ancient tube worm was ‘underwater architect’

    500-Million-Year-Old Worm Was an Undersea Architect

    L'Oesia, notre ancêtre qui ressemblait à un pénis

    500-Million-Year-Old 'Seaweed' Was Actually Home to Tiny Worms

    Share+ The secret of Oesia: a Burgess Shale mystery, by Karma Nanglu

    Penis-shaped fossils from Canadian Rockies solve century-old mystery

    The phallic prehistoric wormy cousins of humans built tube-like 'houses' on sea floor 500 million years ago

    Burgess Shale study finds prehistoric worm built tube-like 'housing' on sea floor

    Sea worm fossil gives clues to 'common ancestor'

    Unser nächster Wurm-Verwandter

    Secuencian dos genomas de gusanos bellota

    Scientists Map Acorn Worm DNA, And Learn A Lot About Humans In The Process
    (D'Angelo, Chris) 2015-11-20

    Humans Share 70 Percent Of Their Genes With This Slimy Seabed Worm
    (Bhatia, Guneet) 2015-11-20

    DNA Reveals Common Ancestor for Humans and Sea Worms
    (Newberry, Jerry) 2015-11-20

    Acorn worm genome reveals gill origins of human pharynx

    Acorn worm genome reveals gill origins of human pharynx
    (Sanders, Robert) 2015-11-19

    Genomas de gusano presentan a nuestros primos lejanos

    Humans and Acorn Worms Share Common Ancestry, Study Reveals
    (Mathewson, Samantha) 2015-11-19

    Genome Sequencing Reveals Slimy Seabed Worms Share 70 Percent Of Human Genes
    (Doctor, Rina Marie) 2015-11-19

    Acorn worms and humans distant cousins, genetically speaking
    (Nordqvist. Christian) 2015-11-19

    Welcome to the family! Acorn worm is a distant human relative that shares 70% of our genes
    (Woollaston, Victoria) 2015-11-19

    You Share 70% of Your Genes with This Slimy Marine Worm
    (Weisberger, Mindy) 2015-11-18

    Our closest wormy cousins: About 70% of our genes trace their ancestry back to the acorn worm

    Genomics: Acorn worms in a nutshell
    (Dunn, Casey) 2015-11-18

    Acorn Worm Genome Sequencing Provides Insight Into Ancestral Animal Group

    Unidentified species unearthed at Marble Canyon Burgess Shale site
    CTV News Calgary (White, Ryan) 2014-08-21

    Une étrange créature qui constitue un chaînon manquant
    Techno-Science 2013-03-15

    The strange phallus-shaped creature which scientists say provides the crucial missing link to marine evolution
    Daily Mail (Gayle, Damien) 2013-03-14

    Burgess Shale worm provides important missing link
    Calgary Herald (Derworiz, Colette) 2013-03-14

    Nigeria News - The strange phallus-shaped creature which scientists say provides the crucial missing link to marine evolution
    Nigeria News 2013-03-14

    Weird worm points to Earth's biodiversity burst

    Ancient Penis-Headed Worm Pushes Fossil Record Back 200 Million Years
    oi9 2013-03-14

    Strange phallus-shaped creature provides missing link between 2 marine animals
    Zee News 2013-03-14

    Phallus-like worm linked to ancient creature unearthed in B.C. national park
    Global News (Ubelacker, Sheryl) 2013-03-14

    Un fossile de 500 millions d'années en forme de... phallus
    TF1 2013-03-14

    Phallus-like animal is a missing link
    ABC Science 2013-03-14

    Burgess Shale Fossil Provides Crucial Missing Link
    redOrbit (Flowers, April) 2013-03-14

    Discovery of Unknown Worm Fossil at Burgess Shale Hailed As Major Scientific Find
    Quantum Day 2013-03-14

    Phallic fossils connect worm families
    Wired 2013-03-14

    'Phallus' Worm Fossils May Be Evolutionary Missing Link, Scientists Say
    Huffington Post (Pappas, Stephanie) 2013-03-13

    Un gusano con forma fálica de hace 500 millones de años - Ciencia -
    El Mundo 2013-03-13

    “Phallus” Worm Is Evolutionary Missing Link
    National Geographic (Dell'Amore, Christine) 2013-03-13

    Phallus-shaped acorn worms resolve fossil mystery
    CBC News (Chung, Emily) 2013-03-13

    Penis-Shaped Worm Creature Solves Ancient Fossil Mystery : animals : Nature World News
    Nature World News 2013-03-13

    Phallus-shaped fossils identified as new species
    BBC (Warwicker, Michelle) 2013-03-13

    Phallus-like worm linked to ancient creature unearthed in B.C. national park
    Times Colonist (Ubelacker, Sheryl) 2013-03-13

    Étrange créature fossile découverte dans les Rocheuses
    Radio-Canada 2013-03-13

    Palaeontology: Tubular worms from the Burgess Shale

    ScienceShot: Is That a Missing Link in Your Pocket?

    Phallus-like worm linked to ancient creature unearthed in B.C. national park
    Vancouver Sun (Ubelacker, Sheryl) 2013-03-13

    Strange phallus-shaped creature pushes fossil record back 200 million years
    Science Daily 2013-03-12

    Une étrange créature évoquant un phallus constitue un chaînon manquant
    UdeMNouvelles (Raillant-Clark, William) 2013-03-12

    Sea Creature Unchanged for 500 Million Years
    Discovery News (VIegas, Jennifer) 2012-09-11

    Rhabdopleurids: Newer Doesn't Mean Better
    redOrbit 2012-09-08

    Ancient, bottom-dwelling critter proves: Newer isn't always better 2012-09-07