Daniel Sasson

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Address: Marine Resources Research Institute, 217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.919.622.9105
E-mail: sassond@dnr.sc.gov
Personal Website: https://danielasasson.wordpress.com/


Ph.D., 2015, University of Florida 
B.A., 2001, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

  • Reproductive behavior of invertebrates

Current and planned research projects

  • Spawning habitat use in horseshoe crabs
  • Quantitative genetics of thermally sensitive mating behaviors


  • Daniel Sasson, Christopher C Chabot, Jennifer H Mattei, Michael R Kendrick, Jeffrey F Brunson, Jeanette H Huber, Jo-Marie E Kasinak, Paul T Puckette, Gary Sundin, Peter R Kingsley-Smith. The use of alternative spawning habitats by the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. BioRxiv
  • Daniel Sasson, Uchechukwu Agali, Rachel Brouk, Jacob Hercules, Joey Kilmer, Anthony Macchiano, Abisiola Ola‐Ajose, Kasey Fowler‐Finn. The potential for the evolution of thermally sensitive courtship behaviours in the treehopper, Enchenopa binotata. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 35.
  • Sasson, D.A., Johnson, S.L., Smith, M.D., Brockmann, H.J. Seasonal variation in reproduction of horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) from the gulf coast of Florida. The Biological Bulletin, 239.
  • Sasson, D.A., Johnson, T.D., Scott, E.R, Fowler-Finn, K.D. 2020 Short-term water deprivation affects mating behaviour and outcomes in the harvestman Leiobunum vittatum. Animal Behaviour, 165, 97 – 106.
  • Sasson, D.A., Jacquez, A.A., & Ryan, J.F. 2018 The ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi regulates egg production via conspecific communication. BMC Ecology
  • Sasson, D.A. & Ryan, J.F. 2017 A reconstruction of sexual modes throughout animal evolution. BMC Evolutionary Biology
  • Sasson, D.A. & Brockmann, H.J. 2016 Geographic variation in sperm traits of the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, 70, 1715 – 1725.
  • Sasson, D.A. & Ryan, J.F. 2016. The sex lives of ctenophores: the influence of light, body size, and self-fertilization on the reproductive output of the sea walnut, Mnemiopsis leidyi. Peer J, 4:e1846
  • Sasson, D.A., Johnson, S.L., & Brockmann, H.J. 2015. Reproductive tactics and mating contexts affect sperm traits in horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus). Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, 69, 1769 – 1778.
  • Sasson, D. A., Johnson, S. L. & Brockmann, H. J. 2012. The role of age on sperm traits in the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. Animal Behaviour, 84, 975-981.