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Moskowitz NA, Alvarez-Buylla A, Morrison CR, Chamba A, Rentería J, Tapia EE, Coloma LA, Donoso DA, O’Connell LA. Poison frog diet and chemical defense are influenced by availability and selectivity for ants. preprint.

Moskowitz NA, D'Agui R, O'Connell LA. Poison frog dietary preference depends on prey type and alkaloid load. preprint.

Pasukonis A, Serrano-Rojas SJ, Fischer MT, Loretto MC, Shaykevich DA, Rojas B, Ringler M, Roland AB, Marcillo-Lara A, Ringler E, Rodriguez C, Coloma LA, O'Connell LA. Contrasting parental roles shape sex differences in poison frog space use but not navigational performance. preprint.

Chen Z, Zakrzewska S, Hajare HS, Alvarez-Buylla A, Abderemane-Ali F, Bogan M, Ramirez D, O’Connell LA, Du Bois J, Minor DL. Definition of a saxitoxin (STX) binding code enables discovery and characterization of the Anuran saxiphilin family. preprint.

Sanchez E, Ramirez T, O'Connell LA. Alkaloid avoidance in poison frog tadpoles. preprint.


Alvarez-Buylla A, Payne CY, Vidoudez CY, Trauger SA, O'Connell LA. 2022. Molecular physiology of pumiliotoxin sequestration in a poison frog. PLoS ONE 17:e0264540. PDF.

O'Connell LA, Crews D. 2022. Evolutionary insights into sexual behavior from whiptail lizards. J Exp Zool 337:88-89. PDF.

Kabelik D, Julien AR, Waddell BR, Batschelett MA, O'Connell LA. 2022. Aggressive but not reproductive boldness in male green anole lizards correlates with baseline vasopressin activity. Horm Behav 140:105109. PDF.

Shaykevich DA, Pasukonis A, O'Connell LA. 2022. Long distance homing in the cane toad (Rhinella Marina) in its native range. J Exp Biol 225: jeb243048. PDF.


Autry AE, O'Connell LA. 2021. The parental dilemma: How evolution of diverse strategies for infant care informs social behavior circuits. Front Neural Circuits. 15:734474. PDF

Abderemane-Ali F, Rossen ND, Kobiela ME, Craig II RA, Garrison CE, Chen Z, Colleran CM, O'Connell LA, Du Bois J, Dumbacher JP, Minor Jr DL. 2021. Evidence that toxin resistance in poison birds and frogs is not rooted in sodium channel mutations and may rely on "toxin sponge" proteins. J Gen Physiol. 153:e202112872. PDF.

Kabelik D, Julien AR, Ramirez D, O'Connell LA. 2021. Social boldness correlates with brain gene expression in male green anoles. Horm Behav. 133:105007. PDF.

O'Connell LA, LS50: Integrated Science Laboratory Course, O'Connell JD, Paulo JA, Trauger SA, Gygi SP, Murray AW. 2021. Rapid toxin sequestration modifies poison frog physiology. J Exp Biol 224: jeb230342. PDF.


O'Connell LA. 2020. Lessons from poison frogs on ecological drivers of behavioral diversification. Horm Behav 126:104869. PDF.

Weiss L, Jungblut LD, Pozzi AG, O'Connell LA, Hassenflover T, Manzini I. 2020. Conservation of glomerular organization in the main olfactory bulb of anuran larvae. Front. Neuroanat. 14:44. PDF.

Nowicki JP, Pratchett MS, Coker DJ, Walker SPW, O'Connell LA. 2020. Gene expression correlates of social evolution in coral reef butterflyfishes. Proc R Soc B. 287:20200239. PDF.

Weiss L, Jungblut LD, Pozzi AG, Zielinski BS, O'Connell LA, Hassenklover T, Manzini I. 2020. Multi-glomerular projection of single olfactory receptor neurons is conserved among amphibians. J Comp Neurol. 528:2239-2253. PDF.

Fischer EK, Alvarez H, Lagerstrom KM, McKinney JE, Petrillo R, Ellis G, O'Connell LA. 2020. Neural correlates of winning and losing fights in poison frog tadpoles. Physiol. Behav. 223:112973. PDF.

Moskowitz NA, Dorritie B, Fay T, Nieves OC, Vidoudez C, Cambridge Rindge and Latin 2017 Biology Class, Masconomet 2017 Biotechnology Class, Fischer EK, Trauger SA, Coloma LA, Donoso DA, O'Connell LA. 2020. Land use impacts poison frog chemical defenses through changes in leaf litter ant communities. Neotrop Biodivers. 6:75-87. PDF.

Ellington CT, Hayden AJ, LaGrange ZB, Luccioni MD, Osman MA, Ramlan LI, Vogt MA, Guha S, Goodman MB, O'Connell LA. 2020. The plant terpenoid carvone is a chemotaxis repellent for C. elegans. microPublication Biology. PDF.

Termignoni-Garcia F, Louder MIM, Balakrishnan CN, O'Connell LA, Edwards SV. 2020. Prospects for sociogenomics in avian cooperative breeding and parental care. Curr Zool. 66:293-306. PDF.

Vaelli PM, Theis KR, Williams JE, O'Connell LA, Foster JA, Eisthen HK. 2020. The skin microbiome facilitates adaptive tetrodotoxin production in poisonous newts. eLife 9:e53898. PDF.

Fischer EK, O'Connell LA. 2020. Hormonal and neural correlates of care in active versus observing poison frog parents. Horm Behav 120:104696. PDF.

Gallant JR, O'Connell LA. 2020. Studying convergent evolution to relate genotype to behavioral phenotype. J Exp Biol 223:jeb213447. PDF.

Martin A, Wolcott NS, O'Connell LA. 2020. Bringing immersive science to undergraduate laboratory courses using CRISPR gene knockouts in frogs and butterflies. J Exp Biol 223:jeb208793. PDF.


Fischer EK*, Roland AB*, Moskowitz NA, Vidoudez C, Ranaivorazo N, Tapia EE, Trauger SA, Vences M, Coloma LA, O'Connell LA. 2019. Mechanisms of convergent egg-provisioning in poison frogs. Curr Biol 29:4145-4151. PDF

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 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.Orga blog post from first author Knapp on his journey in doing this research and HHMI NewsPDF

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 DailyTechnology NetworksPDF

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 EdMoneyish, 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 ScientistEurekAlertCosmosScience 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 GeographicScience DailyPopular ScienceScience 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 LiveScienceScientific 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