selected publications

Bucciarelli GM, Lechner M, Fontes A, Kats LB, Eisthen HL, Shaffer HB. (2021) From poison to promise: the evolution of tetrodotoxin and its potential as a therapeutic. Toxins 13:517. doi: 10.3390/toxins13080517.

Cesario J, Johnson DJ, Eisthen HL. (2020) Your brain is not an onion with a tiny reptile inside. Curr Dir Psychol Sci,

Vaelli PM, Theis KR, Williams JE, O’Connell LA, Foster JA, Eisthen HL. (2020) The skin microbiome facilitates adaptive tetrodotoxin production in poisonous newts. eLife 9:e53898. doi: 10.7554/eLife.53898.

Del Valle JM, Eisthen HL. (2019) Treatment of chytridiomycosis in laboratory axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) and rough-skinned newts (Taricha granulosa). Comp Med 69:204-211. pdf.jpeg

Hall KW, Eisthen HL, Williams BL. (2016) Proteinaceous pheromone homologs identified from the cloacal gland transcriptome of a male axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum. PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146851.  available here

Eisthen HL, Theis KR (2015) Animal-microbe interactions and the evolution of nervous systems. Phil Trans Roy Soc B 371: 20150052. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0052. pdf.jpeg

Williams BL, Akazome Y, Oka Y, Eisthen HL (2014) Dynamic evolution of the GnRH receptor gene family in vertebrates. BMC Evol Biol 14:215. doi:10.1186/s12862-014-0215-y.  available here

Corfield JR, Eisthen HL, Iwaniuk AN, Parsons S (2014) Anatomical specialisations for enhanced olfactory sensitivities in kiwi, Apteryx mantelli. Brain Behav Evol 84:214-226. doi:10.1159/000365564. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL, Krause BC (2012) Ambiguities in the relationship between gonadal steroids and reproduction in axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum). Gen Comp Endocrinol 176:472-480. pdf.jpeg

Kawai T, Oka Y, Eisthen HL (2009) The role of the terminal nerve and GnRH in olfactory system neuromodulation. Zool Sci 26: 669-680. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL, Schwenk K (2008) Chemical senses: The stimulus and its detection. In Sensory Evolution on the Threshold: Adaptations in Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates (JGM Thewissen and S Nummela, eds), Univ California Press, Berkeley CA, pp 35-41. pdf.jpeg

Reiss JO, Eisthen HL (2008) Chemical senses: Comparative anatomy and physiology in amphibians. In Sensory Evolution on the Threshold: Adaptations in Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates (JGM Thewissen and S Nummela, eds), Univ California Press, Berkeley CA, pp 43-63. pdf.jpeg

Mousley A, Polese G, Marks NJ, Eisthen, HL (2006) Terminal-nerve-derived neuropeptide Y modulates odorant responses in hungry animals. J Neurosci 26: 7707-7717. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL, Polese G (2006) Evolution of vertebrate olfactory subsystems. In Evolution of Nervous Systems, Vol 2: Non-mammalian Vertebrates (JH Kaas, ed), Academic Press, Oxford, pp. 355-406. pdf.jpeg

Baxi KN, Dorries KM, Eisthen HL (2006) Is the vomeronasal system really specialized for pheromone detection? Trends Neurosci, 29: 1-7. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL, Wyatt TD (2006) The vomeronasal system and pheromones. Curr Biol, 16: R73-74. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL, Park D (2005) Chemical signals and vomeronasal system function in axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum). In Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 10 (R. Mason, M. LeMaster, and D. Müller-Schwarze, eds.), Springer Verlag, New York, pp 216-227. pdf.jpeg

Park D, Propper CR, Eisthen HL (2005) The pheromonal repelling response in red-spotted newts (Notophthalmus viridescens). In Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 10 (R Mason, M LeMaster, D Müller-Schwarze, eds), Springer Verlag, New York, pp 42-48. pdf.jpeg

Park D, McGuire JM, Majchrzak AL, Ziobro JM, Eisthen HL (2004) Discrimination of conspecific sex and reproductive condition using chemical cues in axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum). J Comp Physiol A, 190: 415-427. pdf.jpeg

Park D, McGuire JM, Eisthen HL (2004) Differential responses of large and small male red-spotted newts, Notophthalmus viridescens, to conspecific chemical cues. Kor J Biol Sci, 8: 81-87. pdf.jpeg

Park D, Eisthen HL (2003) Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) affects odorant responses in the peripheral olfactory system of axolotls. J Neurophysiol, 90: 731-738. pdf.jpeg

Park D, Zawacki SR, Eisthen HL (2003) Olfactory signal modulation by molluscan cardioexcitatory tetrapeptide (FMRFamide) in axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum). Chem Senses, 28: 339-348. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL (2002) Why are olfactory systems of different animals so similar? Brain Behav Evol, 59: 273-293. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL, Nishikawa KC (2002) Convergence: Obstacle or opportunity? Brain Behav Evol, 59: 235-239. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL (2000) Presence of the vomeronasal system in aquatic salamanders. Phil Trans Roy Soc (London), 355: 1209-1213. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL, Delay RJ, Wirsig-Wiechmann CR, Dionne VE (2000) Neuromodulatory effects of gonadotropin releasing hormone on olfactory receptor neurons. J Neurosci, 20: 3947-3955. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL (1997) Evolution of vertebrate olfactory systems. Brain Behav Evol, 50: 222-233. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL, Northcutt RG (1996) Silver lampreys (Ichthyomyzon unicuspis) lack a gonadotropin-releasing hormone- and FMRFamide-immunoreactive terminal nerve. J Comp Neurol, 370: 159-172. pdf.jpeg

Eisthen HL, Sengelaub DR, Schroeder DM, Alberts JR (1994) Anatomy and forebrain projections of the olfactory and vomeronasal organs in axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum). Brain Behav Evol, 44: 108-124. pdf.jpeg