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Fischer EK, Roland AB, Moskowitz NA, Vidoudez C, Ranaivorazo N, Tapia EE, Trauger SA, Vences M, Coloma LA, O'Connell LA. Mechanisms of convergent egg-provisioning in poison frogs. preprint.

Nowicki J, Pratchett M, Walker S, Coker D, O'Connell LA. Neurobiology of pair bonding in fishes: convergence of neural mechanisms across distant vertebrate lineages. preprint.


Fischer EK, Roland AB, Moskowitz NA, Tapia EE, Summers K, Coloma LA, O'Connell LA. 2019. The neural basis of tadpole transport in poison frogs. Proc. R. Soc. B. 286:20191085. PDF.

Caty SN, Alvarez-Buylla A, Byrd GD, Vidoudez C, Roland AB, Tapia EE, Budnik B, Trauger SA, Coloma LA, O'Connell LA. 2019. Molecular physiology of chemical defenses in a poison frog. J Exp Biol 222: jeb204149. PDF. Featured as an Inside JEB article.

Fischer EK, Nowicki JN, O'Connell LA. 2019. Evolution of affiliation: patterns of convergence from genomes to behaviour. Phil Trans R Soc B 374:20180242. PDF.

Lynch K, O'Connell LA, Lauder M, Pellicano A, Balakrishnan C, Fischer EK. 2019. Understanding the loss of maternal care in avian brood parasites using preoptic area transcriptome comparisons in brood parasitic and non-parastitic blackbirds. G3-Genes Genome Genet. 9:1075-1084. PDF.

Young RL, Ferkin MH, Ockendon-Powell NF, Orr VN, Phelps SM, Pogány A, Richards-Zawacki CL, Summers K, Székely T, Trainor BC, Urrutia AR, Zachar G, O’Connell LA, Hofmann HA. 2019. Conserved transcriptomic profiles underpin monogamy across vertebrates. PNAS. 116:1331-6. PDF.  Popular press articles include Inverse, MSNScience Now, and Yahoo News.


Moskowitz NA, Roland AB, Fischer EK, Ranaivorazo N, Vidoudez C, Aguilar MT, Caldera SM, Chae J, Cristus MR, Crowdis JP, DeMessie B, Desjardins-Park CR, Effenberger AH, Flores F, Giles M, He EY, Izmaylov NS, Lee CC, Pagel NA, Phy KK, Rosen LU, Seda DA, Shen Y, Vargas S, Weiss HS, Murray AW, Abebe Eden, Trauger SA, Donoso DA, Vences M, O'Connell LA. 2018. Seasonal changes in diet and chemical defense in the Climbing Mantella (Mantella laevigata). PLoS ONE 13: e0207940. PDF.

Knapp FG, Perline JR, Hagedorn EJ, Gansner JM, Schwarz DE, O'Connell LA, Johnson NS, Amemiya C, Fisher DE, Wolfle U, Trompouki E, Niemeyer CM, Driever W, Zon LI. 2018. Protection from UV light is an evolutionary conserved feature of the haematopoietic niche. Nature. 558:445-448. Popular press articles include Phys.Org, a blog post from first author Knapp on his journey in doing this research and HHMI News. PDF

Fischer EK, O'Connell LA. 2018. Circuit architecture underlying distinct components of parental care. Trends in Neurosciences. 41:334-336. PDF.

Nowicki J, O'Connell LA, Cowman PF, Walker S, Coker D, Pratchett M. 2018. Variation in social systems within Chaetodon butterflyfishes, with special reference to pair bonding. PLoS One 13:e0194465. PDF.

Santos JC, Tarvin RD, O'Connell LA, Blackburn DC, Coloma LA. 2018. Diversity within diversity: Parasite richness in poison frogs assessed by transcriptomics. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 125:40-50. PDF

Audet JN, Kayello L, Ducatez S, Perillo S, Cauchard L, Howard JT, O'Connell LA, Jarvis ED, Lefebvre L. 2018. Divergence in problem-solving skills associated with differential expression of glutamate receptors in wild finches. Science Advances. 4:eaao6469. Popular press articles include Science Daily, Technology Networks. PDF

Calisi RM and a Working Group of Mothers in Science. 2018. How to tackle the childcare-conference conundrum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. Popular Press articles include Inside Higher Ed, Moneyish, and Stanford's Scope.  PDF


Roland AB, Santos JC, Carriker BC, Caty SN, Tapia EE, Coloma LA, O'Connell LA. 2017. Radiation of the polymorphic Little Devil poison frog (Oophaga sylvatica) in Ecuador. Ecology and Evolution. 7:9750-9762. PDF

Tarvin RD, Borghese CM, Sachs W, Santos JC, Lu Y, O’Connell LA, Cannatella DC, Harris RA, Zakon HH. 2017. Interacting amino acid replacements allow poison frogs to evolve epibatidine resistance. Science. 357 :1261-1266. Popular press articles include The Scientist, EurekAlert, Cosmos, Science News, and others. PDF

Early career researchers: an interview with Lauren O'Connell. Journal of Experimental Biology. 220 :2303-2305. PDF

Stynoski JL, O'Connell LA, 2017. Developmental morphology of granular skin glands in pre-metamorphic egg-eating poison frogs. Zoomorphology. 136 :219-224. PDF

Fischer EK, O'Connell LA. 2017. Modification of feeding circuits in the evolution of social behavior. Journal of Experimental Biology. 220 :92-102. PDF


Rabeling C, Sosa-Calvo J, O'Connell LA, Coloma LA, Fernández F. 2016. Lenomyrmex hoelldobleri: a new ant species discovered in the stomach of the dendrobatid poison frog, Oophaga sylvatica(Funkhouser). Zookeys. 618 :79-95. Popular press articles include National Geographic, Science Daily, Popular Science, Science Alert, and others. PDF

McGugan JR, Byrd GD, Roland AB, Caty SN, Kabir N, Tapia EE, Trauger SA, Coloma LA, O'Connell LA. 2016. Ant and mite diversity drives toxin variation in the Little Devil poison frog. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 42 :537-551. PDF

Tarvin RD, Santos JC, O'Connell LA, Zakon HH, Cannatella DC. 2016. Convergent Substitutions in a Sodium Channel Suggest Multiple Origins of Toxin Resistance in Poison Frogs. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 33 :1068-1081. PDF

Santos JC, Tarvin RD, O'Connell LA. 2016. A review of chemical defense in poison frogs (Dendrobatidae): Ecology, pharmacokinetics, and autoresistance. In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates. Vol. 13. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing . pp. 305-337. PDF


Roland AB, O'Connell LA. 2015. Poison frogs as a model system for studying the neurobiology of parental care. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 6 :76-81. PDF

Simões JM, Barata EN, Harris RM, O'Connell LA, Hofmann HA, Oliveira RF. 2015. Social odors conveying dominance and reproductive information induce rapid physiological and neuromolecular changes in a cichlid fish. BMC Genomics. 16 :114. PDF


Dulac C, O'Connell LA, Wu Z. 2014. Neural control of maternal and paternal behaviors. Science. 345 :765-770. PDF


O'Connell LA, Ding JH, Hofmann HA. 2013. Differences and similarities between males and females in neuroendocrine regulation of social behavior. Hormones and Behavior. 64 :468-476. PDF

Kidd MR, Dijkstra PD, Alcott A, Lavee D, Ma J, O'Connell LA, Hofmann HA. 2013. Prostaglandin F2α facilitates female mating decisions based on male performance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 67 :1307-1315. PDF

O'Connell LA, Rigney MM, Dykstra DW, Hofmann HA. 2013. Neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying sensory integration of social signals. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. 25 :644-654. PDF

Huffman LS, O'Connell LA, Hofmann HA. 2013. Aromatase promotes aggression in the African cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni. Physiology and Behavior. 122-133 :77-83. PDF

O'Connell LA, Fontenot MR, Hofmann HA. 2013. Neurochemical profiling of dopamine neurons in a cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. 47 :106-115. PDF

Kidd MR, O'Connell LA, Kidd CE, Chen CW, Fontenot MR, Williams SH, Hofmann HA. 2013. Female preference for males depends on reproductive physiology in the African cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 180 :56-63. PDF

O'Connell LA. 2013. Evolutionary development of neural systems in vertebrates and beyond. Journal of Neurogenetics. 27 :69-85. PDF


O'Connell LA, Mitchell MM, Hofmann HA, Crews D. 2012. Androgens coordinate neurotransmitter-related gene expression in male whiptail lizards. Genes Brain and Behavior. 11 :813-818. PDF

Huffman LS, O'Connell LA, Kenkel CD, Kline RJ, Khan IA, Hofmann HA. 2012. Distribution of nonapeptide systems in the forebrain of an African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. 44 :86-97. PDF

O'Connell LA, Hofmann HA. 2012. Evolution of a vertebrate social decision-making network. Science. 336 :1154-1157.  Popular press articles include LiveScience, Scientific American, and others. PDF

O'Connell LA, Matthews BJ, Hofmann HA. 2012. Isotocin regulates paternal care in a monogamous cichlid fish. Hormones and Behavior. 61 :725-733. PDF

Huffman LS, Mitchell MM, O'Connell LA, Hofmann HA. 2012. Rising StARs: Behavioral, hormonal, and molecular responses to social challenge and opportunity. Hormones and Behavior 61 :631-641. PDF

O'Connell LA, Hofmann HA. 2012. Social status predicts how sex steroid receptors regulate complex behavior across levels of bioloigcal organization. Endocrinology. 153 :1341-1351. PDF


O'Connell LA, Hofmann HA. 2011. The vertebrate mesolimbic reward system and social behavior network: A comparative synthesis. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 519 :3599-3639. PDF

Kline RJ, O'Connell LA, Hofmann HA, Holt JG, Khan IA. 2011. The distribution of an AVT V1a receptor in the brain of a sex changing fish, Epinephelus adscensionis. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. 42 :72-88. PDF

O'Connell LA, Hofmann HA. 2011. Genes, hormones, and circuits: An integrative approach to study the evolution of social behavior. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology. 32: 320-335. PDF

O'Connell LA, Ding JH, Ryan MJ, Hofmann HA. 2011. Neural distribution of the nuclear progesterone receptor in the tungara frog, Physalaemus pustulosus. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. 41 :137-147. PDF

O'Connell LA, Matthews BJ, Patel SB, O'Connell JD, Crews D. 2011. Molecular characterization and brain distribution of the progesterone receptor in whiptail lizards. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 171 :64-74. PDF

O'Connell LA, Matthews BJ, Crews D. Neuronal nitric oxide synthase as a substrate for the evolution of pseudosexual behavior in a parthenogenetic whiptail lizard. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. 23 :244-253. PDF

O'Connell LA, Fontenot MR, Hofmann HA. Distribution of the dopaminergic system in the African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 519 :72-92. PDF


O'Connell LA, Matthews BJ, Ryan MJ, Hofmann HA. 2010. Characterization of the dopaminergic system in the brain of the tungara frog, Physalaemus pustulosus. Brain Behavior and Evolution. 76 :211-225. PDF

Munchrath LA, Hofmann HA. 2010. Distribution of sex steroid hormone receptors in the brain of the African cichlid fish,  Astatotilapia burtoni. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 518 :3302-3326. PDF