Selected Publications

Vaccaro, E.A., P.W. Feldhoff, R.C. Feldhoff and L.D. Houck. Pheromone-mediated responses to sexual and nonsexual stimuli in a plethodontid salamander.  Animal Behaviour 80: 983-989. pdf

Houck, L.D., E.A. Vaccaro and K.M. Kiemnec-Tyburczy. 2010. Consistency of male courtship behavior in a Plethodontid salamander. Journal of Herpetology (in press).

Palmer, C.A., A. Picard, R. A. Watts, L. D. Houck and S. J. Arnold. 2010. Rapid evolution of Plethodontid Modulating Factor (PMF), a hypervariable salamander courtship pheromone, is driven by positive selection. Journal of Molecular Evolution (in press) pdf

Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M., R.A. Watts, R.C. Gregg, D. Von Borstel and S.J. Arnold. 2009. Evolutionary shifts in courtship pheromone composition revealed by EST analysis of plethodontid salamander mental glands.  Gene 432: 75-81. pdf

Vaccaro, E.A., P.W. Feldhoff, R.C. Feldhoff and L.D. Houck. 2009. Male courtship pheromones suppress female tendency to feed but not to flee in a plethodontid salamander.  Animal Behaviour 78: 1421-1425. pdf

Houck, L.D., R.A. Watts, S.J. Arnold, K.E. Bowen, K.M. Kiemnec, H.A. Godwin, P.W. Feldhoff and R.C. Feldhoff. 2008.  A recombinant courtship pheromone affects sexual receptivity in a plethodontid salamader.  Chemical Senses 33: 623-631. pdf

Laberge, F., Cytoarchitecture of the accessory olfactory bulb in the salamander Plethodon shermani. 2008. Brain Research1219:32-45. pdf

Laberge, F., R.C. Feldhoff, P.W. Feldhoff and L.D. Houck. 2008. Courtship pheromone–induced c-Fos-like immunolabeling in the female salamander brain. Neuroscience 151: 329-339. pdf

Estes, S. and S. J. Arnold. 2007.  Resolving the paradox of stasis:  models with stabilizing selection explain evolutionary divergence on all timescales.  American Naturalist 169:227-244. pdf

Fontana, M.F., L.D. Houck and N. Staub. 2007. In situ localization of plethodontid courtship pheromone mRNA in formalin-fixed tissue.  General & Comparative Endocrinology 150:480-485. pdf

Houck, L.D., C.A. Palmer, R.A. Watts, S.J. Arnold, P.W. Feldhoff and R.C. Feldhoff. 2007. A new vertebrate courtship pheromone, PMF, affects female receptivity in a terrestrial salamander. Animal Behaviour 73:315-320. pdf

Houck, L.D., R.A. Watts, L.M. Mead, C.A. Palmer, S.J. Arnold, P.W. Feldhoff and R.C. Feldhoff. 2007. A candidate vertebrate pheromone, SPF, increases receptivity in female salamanders. IN: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates XI., J. Hurst, R. Beynon and D. Muller-Schwarze (Eds), Springer.

Palmer, C.A., D.M. Hollis, R.A. Watts, L.D. Houck, M.A. McCall, R.G. Gregg and S.J. Arnold.  2007.  Plethodontid modulating factor (PMF), a hypervariable salamander courtship pheromone in the three-finger protein superfamily.  FEBS Journal 274: 2300-2310. pdf

Palmer, C.A., R.A Watts, L.D. Houck, A.L. Picard, and S.J. Arnold. 2007. Evolutionary replacement of pheromone components in a salamander signaling complex: more evidence for phenotypic-molecular decoupling.  Evolution 61:202-15. pdf

Dyal, L. 2006. Novel courtship behaviors in three small eastern Plethodon species. Journal of Herpetology 40:55-65. pdf

Hollis, D.M., E.J. Coddington and F.L. Moore.  2006.  Neuroanatomical distribution of cannabinoid receptor gene expression in the brain of the rough-skinned newt, Taricha granulosaBrain, Behavior, and Evolution 67: 135-149. pdf

Schubert, S.N., L.D. Houck, P.W. Feldhoff, R.C. Feldhoff and S.K. Woodley.  2006.  Effects of androgens on behavioral and vomeronasal responses to chemosensory cues in male terrestrial salamanders (Plethodon shermani).  Hormones & Behavior 50: 469-476. pdf

Wirsig-Wiechmann, C.R., L.D. Houck, J.M. Wood, P. W. Feldhoff and R.C. Feldhoff.  2006.  Male Pheromone Protein Components Activate Female Vomeronasal Neurons in the Salamander Plethodon shermaniBMC Neuroscience 7,26. doi:10,1186/1471-2202-7-26. pdf

Hollis, D.M., J. Chu, E.A. Walthers, B.L. Heppner, B.T. Searcy and F.L. Moore. 2005.  Neuroanatomical distribution of vasotocin and mesotocin in two urodele amphibians (Plethodon shermani and Taricha granulosa) based on in situ histochemistry.  Brain Res. 1035: 1-12. pdf

Landwehr, S. and U. Dicke.  2005.  Distribution of GABA, glycine and glutamate in neurons of the medulla oblongata and their projections to the midbrain tectum in plethodontid salamanders.  Journal of Comparative Neurology 490: 145-162. pdf

Laberge, F. and G. Roth.  2005. Connectivity and cytoarchitecture of the ventral telencephalon in the salamander Plethodon shermani. Journal of Comparative Neurology 482: 176-200. pdf

Palmer, C.A. and L.D. Houck.  2005.  Responses to sex- and species-specific chemical signals in allopatric and sympatric salamander species.  Pp. 32-41  In: R.T. Mason, M.P. LeMaster and D. Muller-Schwarze, (eds.), Chemical Signals in Vertebrates, 10.  Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, NY.

Palmer, C.A., R.A. Watts, R.G. Gregg, M.A. McCall, L.D. Houck, R. Highton and S.J. Arnold.  2005.  Lineage-specific differences in evolutionary mode in a salamander courtship pheromone. Mol. Biol. Evol. 22: 2243-2256. pdf

Picard, A.L.  2005. Courtship in the Zig-zag Salamander (Plethodon dorsalis):  insights into a transition in pheromone delivery behavior.  Ethology 111: 799-809.

Schülert, N. and U. Dicke.  2005.  Dynamic response properties of visual neurons and context-dependent surround effects on receptive fields in the tectum of the salamander Plethodon shermaniNeuroscience 134:617-632. pdf

Arnold, S. J.  2004.  Performance surfaces and adaptive landscapes.  Integrative & Comparative Biology 43: 579-584. pdf

Mead, L.S. and S.J. Arnold. 2004. Quantitative genetic models of sexual selection. TRENDS in Ecology & Evolution 19(5): 264-271. pdf

Watts, R.A., C.A. Palmer, R.C. Feldhoff, P.W. Feldhoff, L.D. Houck, A.G. Jones, M.E. Pfrender, S.M. Rollmann and S.J. Arnold.  2004.  Stabilizing selection on behavior and morphology masks positive selection on the signal in a salamander pheromone signaling complex.  Molecular Biology & Evolution 21(5):1032-1041. pdf

Arnold, S. J.  2003.  Too much natural history, or too little?  Animal Behaviour 65: 1065-1068. pdf

Houck, L.D. and S.J. Arnold.  2003.  Courtship and mating behavior.  Pp. 383-424. In:  D.M. Sever (ed.), Phylogeny and Reproductive Biology of Urodela (Amphibia).  Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire. pdf

Rollmann, S.M., L.D. Houck and R.C. Feldhoff.  2003.  Conspecific and heterospecific pheromone effects on female receptivity.  Animal Behaviour 66: 857-861. pdf

Boake, C. R. B., S. J. Arnold, F. Breden, L. Meffert, M. Ptacek, M. Ritchie, B. Taylor, J. B. Wolf, and A. J. Moore.  2002.  Genetic tools for studying adaptation and the evolution of behavior. American Naturalist 160(Sup.): S143-S159. pdf

Wirsig-Wiechmann, C. R., L. D. Houck, P. W. Feldhoff and R. C. Feldhoff.  2002.  Pheromonal activation of vomeronasal neurons in plethodontid salamanders. Brain Research 952: 335-344. pdf

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