Ilyanassa on the mudflat north of the dock at UNCW Center for Marine Science

Esther Leise's Web Establishment

Female Ilyanassa laying an egg capsule


Leise, E.M., J. T. Washburn, J. G. Long, B. Bridgewater and N. Shah. (2014) Acidic Seawater can Promote Metamorphosis in the Marine Mud Snail Ilyanassa obsoleta. Journal of the NC Academy of Sciences. 130(2): 64-70.

Leise, E.M. and Cahoon, L.B. (2012) Neurotransmitters, Benthic Diatoms and Metamorphosis a Marine Snail, In Snails: Biology, Ecology and Conservation., eds. E. Hämäläinen and S. Järvinen, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp1-43.

Lancaster, J.L., Hellen, E.H. and Leise, E.M. (2010) Modeling excitable systems: Reentrant Tachycardia. American Journal of Physics 78(1):56–63.

Leise, E.M., Froggett, S.J. Nearhoof, J., and Cahoon, L. (2009) Diatom cultures exhibit differential effects on larval metamorphosis in the marine gastropod Ilyanassa obsoleta (Say). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 379(1-2):51-59.

Gharbiah, M., Cooley, J., Leise, E.M., Nakamoto, A., Rabinowitz, J.S. Lambert, J.D., and Nagy, L. (2008) Methods for studying development in the reemerging model spiralian Ilyanassa. In Handbook of Non-Model Organisms. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

Hens, M.D., Fowler, K., and Leise, E.M. (2006) Induction of metamorphosis decreases nitric oxide synthase gene expression in larvae of the marine mollusc Ilyanassa obsoleta (Say). Biological Bulletin 211(3):208-211.

Gifondorwa, D.J. and Leise, E.M. (2006). Programmed Cell Death in the Apical Ganglion During Larval Metamorphosis of the Marine Mollusc Ilyanassa obsoleta. Biological Bulletin 210(2):109-120.

Leise, E.M., Kempf, S.C., Durham, N., and Gifondorwa, D.J. (2004) Induction of metamorphosis in the marine gastropod, Ilyanassa obsoleta: 5HT, NO and Programmed Cell Death. Acta Biologica Hungarica 55(1-4):293-300.

Thavaradhara, K. and Leise, E.M. (2001) Localization of nitric oxide synthase-like immunoreactivity in the developing nervous system of the snail Ilyanassa obsoleta. Journal of Neurocytology 30(6):449-456.

Leise, E.M., Thavaradhara, K., Durham, N. R., and Turner, B.E. (2001) Serotonin and Nitric Oxide Regulate Metamorphosis in the Marine Snail Ilyanassa obsoleta. American Zoologist 41:258-267.

Leise, E.M. and Hadfield, M.G. (2000) An inducer of molluscan metamorphosis transforms activity patterns in a larval nervous system. Biological Bulletin 199:241-250.

Froggett, S.J. and Leise, E.M. (1999) Metamorphosis in the marine snail Ilyanassa obsoleta, yes or NO? Biological Bulletin 196:57-62.

Couper, J.M. and Leise, E.M. (1996) Serotonin injections induce metamorphosis in larvae of the gastropod mollusc Ilyanassa obsoleta. Biological Bulletin 191:178-186.

Lin, M.-F. and Leise, E.M. (1996) Gangliogenesis in the Prosobranch Gastropod Ilyanassa obsoleta. Journal of Comparative Neurology 374(2):180-193.

Lin, M.-F. and Leise, E.M. (1996) NADPH-diaphorase activity changes during gangliogenesis and metamorphosis in the gastropod mollusc Ilyanassa obsoleta. Journal of Comparative Neurology 374(2):194-203.

Leise, E.M. (1996) Selective retention of the fluorescent dye DASPEI in a larval gastropod mollusc after paraformaldehyde fixation. Microscopy Research and Technique 33(6):496-500.

Edwards, D.H., Fricke, R.A., Barnett, L.D., Yeh, S.-R., and Leise, E.M. (1994) The onset of response habituation during the growth of the lateral giant neuron of crayfish. Journal of Neurophysiology 72(2):890-898.

Leise, E.M. (1991) Evolutionary Trends in Ganglionic Structure in Invertebrates. Seminars in the Neurosciences 3:369-377.

Edwards, D.H., Heitler, W.J., Leise, E.M., and Fricke, R.A. (1991) Postsynaptic Modulation of Rectifying Electrical Synaptic Inputs to the LG Escape Command Neuron in Crayfish. Journal of Neuroscience 11(7): 2117-2129.

Edwards, D.H. and Leise, E.M. (1990) Novel Mechanisms of Depolarizing Inhibition in the Escape Circuit of Crayfish. In: Frontiers in Crustacean Neurobiology, Birkhauser Verlag: Basel, pp 323-329.

Leise, E.M. (1990) Modular construction of nervous systems: A basic principle of design for invertebrates and vertebrates. Brain Research Reviews 15:1-23.

Leise, E.M. (1988) Sensory organs in the hairy girdles of some mopaliid chitons. American Malacological Bulletin 6(1):141-151.

Leise, E.M., Hall, W.M., and Mulloney, B. (1987) Functional organization of the crayfish abdominal ganglia. II. Sensory afferents and extensor motor neurons. Journal of Comparative Neurology 266(4):495-518.

Jones, B.R. and Leise, E.M. (1987) Neuronal Circuits and Evolution. Science 236:1681.

Leise, E. M., Hall, W., and Mulloney, B. (1986) Functional organization of crayfish abdominal ganglia. I. The flexor systems. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 253(1): 25-45.

Leise, E.M. (1986) Chiton integument: Development of sensory organs in juvenile Mopalia muscosa. Journal of Morphology 189(1):71-87.

Leise, E. M. and Mulloney, B. (1986) The osmium-ethyl gallate procedure is superior to silver impregnations for mapping neuronal pathways. Brain Research 367(1/2):265-272.

Leise, E.M. (1984) Chiton integument: Metamorphic changes in Mopalia muscosa. Zoomorphology 104:337-343.

Leise, E.M. and Cloney, R.A. (1982) Chiton integument: Ultrastructure of the sensory hairs of Mopalia muscosa (Mollusca: Polyplacophora). Cell and Tissue Research 223: 43-59.

Strathmann, R.R. and Leise, E. (1979) On Feeding Mechanisms and Clearance Rates of Molluscan Veligers. Biological Bulletin. 157: 524-535.

Dissertation: Chiton Integument: Ultrastructure and Development of Sensory Ornaments, 1983, University of Washington, Seattle.