Advancing Research

Recent Publications

De Greef, E., Brashear, W., Delmore, K. E., and Fraser, K. C. Population structure, patterns of natal dispersal and demographic history in a declining aerial insectivore, the purple martin Progne subis. Journal of Avian Biology. 2022; e02929.

Aslan, C. E. and Rejmánek, M. Smaller Olea europaea Fruits Have More Potential Dispersers: Implications for Olive Invasiveness in California. Madroño. 2011; Vol. 58, No. 2: 86-91

Bourbour, R. P., Martinico, B. L., Crane, M. M., Hull, A. C., and Hull, J. M. Messy eaters: Swabbing prey DNA from the exterior of inconspicuous predators when foraging cannot be observed. Ecology and Evolution. 2019; Vol. 9, No. 3: 1452-1457.

Broken-Brow, J., Hitch, A. T., Armstrong, K. N., and Leung, L. K. P. Effect of fire on insectivorous bat activity in northern Australia: does fire intensity matter on a local scale? Australian Journal of Zoology. 2020; Vol. 67, No. 6: 260-268.

Cooper, J. E. and Hull, G. Gorilla Pathology and Health: With a Catalogue of Preserved Materials. Elsevier Inc. 2017.

Engilis, Jr., A., Cole, R. E., and Caro, T. Small Mammal Survey of Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Maya Mountains, Belize, 2001. Museum of Texas Tech University Special Publications. 2012, No. 308.

Engilis, Jr., A., Engilis, I. E., and Paul-Murphy, J. Rapid cardiac compression: an effective method of avian euthanasia. The Condor. 2018; Vol. 120: 617-621.

Feo, T. J., Field, D. J., and Prum, R. O. Barb geometry of asymmetrical feathers reveals a transitional morphology in the evolution of avian flight. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 2015; Vol. 282, Issue 1803: 20142864.

Feo, T. J., Simon, E., and Prum, R. O. Theory of the development of curved barbs and their effects on feather morphology. Journal of Morphology. 2016; Vol. 277, No. 8: 995-1013.

Floyd, C. H., Van Vuren, D. H., Crooks, K. R., Jones, K. L., Garcelon, D. K., Belfiore, N. M., Dragoo, J. W., and May, B. Genetic differentiation of island spotted skunks, Spilogale gracilis amphiala. 2011; Vol. 92, Issue 1: 148–158. 

Godwin, B. L., LaCava, M. E. F., Mendelsohn, B., Gagne, R. B., Gustafson, K. D., Love Stowell, S. M., Engilis, Jr., A., Tell, L. A., and Ernest, H. B. Novel hybrid finds a peri‐urban niche: Allen’s Hummingbirds in southern California. Conservation Genetics. 2020; Vol. 21: 989-998.

Hinić-Frlog, S. and Motani, R. Relationship between osteology and aquatic locomotion in birds: determining modes of locomotion in extinct Ornithurae. Journal of Evolutionary Ecology. 2010; 372-385.

Hull, J. M. A New Subspecies of Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) in the Sierra Nevada of California, U.S.A. Journal of Raptor Research. 2014; Vol. 48, No. 1: 68-77.

Jameson, Jr., E. W. and H. J. Peters. 2004. Mammals of California. Revised Edition. UC California Press. Berkeley.

Keeley, B. W., Keeley, A. T. H., and Houlahan, P. Ridge number in bat ears is related to both guild membership and ear length. PLoS ONE. 2018; Vol. 13, No. 7: e0200255.

Kelley, N. P. and Motani, R. Trophic convergence drives morphological convergence in marine tetrapods. The Royal Society Biology Letters. 2015; Vol. 11, No. 1: 20140709.

Kross, S. M., Bourbour, R. P., and Martinico, B. L. Agricultural land use, barn owl diet, and vertebrate pest control implications. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 2016; Vol. 223: 167-174.

Lüpold, S., Linz, G. M., and Birkhead, T. R. Sperm design and variation in the New World blackbirds (Icteridae). Behaviorial Ecology and Sociobiology. 2009; Vol. 63: 899-909.

Martin, P. R. and Bonier, F. Species interactions limit the occurrence of urban-adapted birds in cities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2018; Vol. 115, No. 49: E11495-E11504.

McDonough, M. M., Ferguson, A. W., Dowler, R. C., Gompper, M. E., and Maldonado, J. E. Phylogenomic systematics of the spotted skunks (Carnivora, Mephitidae, Spilogale): Additional species diversity and Pleistocene climate change as a major driver of diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 2022. Vol. 167: 107266.

Montecino-Latorre, D. and Barker, C. M. Overwintering of West Nile virus in a bird community with a communal crow roost. Nature Scientific Reports. 2018; Vol. 8: 6088.

Moyle, P. B. 2002. Inland Fishes of California. UC California Press. Berkeley.

Nesi, N., Tasgkogeorga, G., Tsang, S. M., Nicolas, V., Lalis, A., Scanlon, A. T., Riesle-Sbarbaro, S. A., Hitch, A. T., Juste, J., Pinzari, C. A., Bonaccorso, F. J., Todd, C. M., Lim, B. K., Simmons, N. B., McGowen, M. R., and Rossiter, S. J. Interrogating Phylogenetic Discordance Resolves Deep Splits in the Rapid Radiation of Old World Fruit Bats (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae). Systematic Biology. 2021; Vol. 0, No. 0: 1-13.

Olson, E. O., Shedd, J. D., and Engstrom, T. N. A Field Inventory and Collections Summary of Herpetofauna from the Sutter Buttes, an “Inland Island” within California's Great Central Valley. Western North American Naturalist. 2016; Vol. 76, No. 3: 352-366.

Paul-Murphy, J. R., Engilis, Jr., A., Pascoe, P. J., Williams, D. C., Gustavsen, K. A., Drazenovich, T. L., Keel, M. K., Polley, T. M., and Engilis, I. E. Comparison of intraosseous pentobarbital administration and thoracic compression for euthanasia of anesthetized sparrows (Passer domesticus) and starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). American Journal of Veterinary Research. 2017; Vol. 78, No. 8: 887-899.

Pyle, P. Evolutionary Implications of Synapomorphic Wing-Molt Sequences among Falcons (Falconiformes) and Parrots (Psittaciformes). The Condor. 2013; Vol. 115, Issue 3: 593–602.

Pyle, P. Molt Homologies in Ducks and Other Birds: A Response to Hawkins (2011) and Further Thoughts on Molt Terminology in Ducks. Waterbirds. 2013; Vol. 36, No. 1: 77-81.

Richmond, O. M., Tecklin, J., and Beissinger, S. R. Distribution of California Black Rails in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Journal of Field Ornithology. 2008; Vol. 79, No. 4: 381-390.

Rocha, L. A., et. al. Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science. 2014; Vol. 344, Issue 6186. 

Sacks, B. N., Moore, M., Statham, M. J., and Wittmer, H. U. A restricted hybrid zone between native and introduced red fox (Vulpes vulpes) populations suggests reproductive barriers and competitive exclusion. Molecular Ecology. 2011; Vol. 20, No. 2: 326-341.

Sacks, B. N., Brazeal, J. L., and Lewis, J. C. Landscape genetics of the nonnative red fox of California. Ecology and Evolution. 2016; Vol. 6, No. 14: 4775-4791.

Santolo, G. M., Byron, E. R., and Ohlendorf, H. M. Contaminants in sediment, food-chain biota, and bird eggs from the Newport Bay watershed, Orange County, California. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 2016; Vol. 188, No. 2: 114.

Santolo, G. M. A new nondestructive method for measuring eggshell thickness using a non-ferrous material thickness gauge. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 2018; Vol. 130, No. 2: 502-509.

Schmitz, L. and Motani, R. Nocturnality in Dinosaurs Inferred from Scleral Ring and Orbit Morphology. Science. 2011; Vol. 332, No. 6030: 705-708.

Stewart, J. S., and Wright, D. H. Assessing persistence of the American pika at historic localities in California's Northern Sierra Nevada. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 2012; Vol. 36, Issue 4: 759-764.

Stewart, J. S., Perrin, J. S., Nichols, L. B., Thorne, J. H., Miller, C. I., Goehring, K. E., Massing, C. P, Wright, D. H., and Riddle, B. Revisiting the past to foretell the future: summer temperature and habitat area predict pika extirpations in California. Journal of Biogeography. 2015; Vol. 42, No. 5: 880-890.

Tague, R. G. Sacral Variability in Tailless Species: Homo sapiens and Ochotona princeps. Anatomical Record. 2017; Vol. 300, No. 5: 798-809.

Tell, L. A., Hazelhurst, J. A., Bandivadekar, R. R., Brown, J. C., Spence, A. R., Powers, D. R., Agnew, D. W., Woods, L. W., and Engilis, Jr., A. Hummingbird (Family Trochilidae) Research: Welfare-conscious Study Techniques for Live Hummingbirds and Processing of Hummingbird Specimens. Museum of Texas Tech University Special Publications. 2021; No. 76.

Walsh, R. G., He, S., and Yarnes, C. T. Compound-specific δ13C and δ15N analysis of amino acids: a rapid, chloroformate-based method for ecological studies. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 2014; Vol. 28, No. 1: 96-108.