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


  • 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., Munoz, P.R., Gezan, S.A., Miller, C.W. 2016. Resource quality affects weapon and testis size and the ability of these traits to respond to selection in the leaf-footed cactus bug, Narnia femorata. Ecology & Evolution, 6, 2098 – 2108.
  • 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.