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Publications and Presentations

Books and Journals Edited

Blackburn, D.G. and M. K. Richardson, eds. (2009).  Trends in Evolution of Amniote Embryos.  (8th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Paris, France).  Journal of Experimental Zoology B.  Molecular and Developmental Evolution 312B.   Online issue

Andrea Mess, Daniel G. Blackburn, and Ulrich Zeller (2003).  Symposium on Evolutionary Transformations of Fetal Membranes and Reproductive Strategies, (Sixth International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, University of Jena, Germany).  Journal of Experimental Zoology.  Online issue

Blackburn, D.G. (1996). Methods in Neuroscience. Trinity College Press, Hartford, Connecticut.

Refereed Scientific Papers and Book Chapters

* denotes a publication with a Trinity undergraduate

Blackburn, D.G. and A.F. Flemming (2012).  Invasive implantation and intimate placental associations in a placentotrophic African lizard, Trachylepis ivensi.  Journal of Morphology 273: 137-159.  Abstract

Blackburn, D.G. and J.R. Stewart (2011).  Viviparity and placentation in snakes.  Pages 119-181. In: Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Snakes (R.D. Aldridge & D.M. Sever, eds).  Science Publishers, Enfield, NH.  Book location     PDF of chapter

*Anderson, K.E., D.G. Blackburn, and K.D. Dunlap (2011).  Scanning EM of the placental interface in the mountain spiny lizard, Sceloporus jarrovi. Journal of Morphology 272: 465-484.   Abstract

Blackburn, D.G., and A.F. Flemming (2010).  Reproductive specializations in a viviparous African skink: implications for evolution and biological conservation.  Herpetological Conservation and Biology 5: 263-270.  Online paper

* Blackburn, D.G., G.S. Gavelis, K.E. Anderson, A.R. Johnson, and K.D. Dunlap (2010).  Placental specializations in the mountain spiny lizard Sceloporus jarrovi.  Journal of Morphology 271:1153–1175. Abstract

Thompson, M.B., D.G. Blackburn, and S. L. Parker (2010).  Reproduction in reptiles, from genes to ecology: a retrospective and prospective vision.  Herpetological Conservation and Biology 5: 252-256.   Online paper

*Blackburn, D.G., K.E. Anderson, A.R. Johnson, S.R. Knight, and G.S. Gavelis (2009).  Histology and ultrastructure of the placental membranes of the viviparous brown snake, Storeria dekayi (Colubridae: Natricinae).  Journal of Morphology 270: 1137-1154.  Abstract

Blackburn, D.G. and A. Flemming (2009).  Morphology, development, and evolution of fetal membranes and placentation in squamate reptiles.  Journal of Experimental Zoology B.  Molecular and Developmental Evolution 312B: 579-589.  Abstract

Blackburn, D.G. and M.K. Richardson (2009).  Preface to the Symposium “Trends in the Evolution of Amniote Embryos  Journal of Experimental Zoology B.  Molecular and Developmental Evolution 312B: 525.   Abstract     

*Knight, S.M. Knight and D.G. Blackburn (2008).  Scanning electron microscopy of the fetal membranes of an oviparous squamate, the corn snake Pituophis guttatus (Colubridae).  Journal of Morphology 269:922-934.  Abstract

Blackburn, D.G. (2008). The creationist attack on science and secular society.  In:  Science and Secularism in the 21st Century  (A. Keysar and B.A. Kosmin, eds.).   Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture.   PDF of chapter

Blackburn, D.G. (2006).  Squamate reptiles as model organisms for the evolution of viviparity.  Herpetological Monographs 20: 131-146.   PDF  Online abstract

Thompson, M.B. and D.G. Blackburn.  (2006). Evolution of viviparity in reptiles: introduction to the symposium.  Herpetological Monographs 20: 129-130.  PDF  Online article

Blackburn, D.G.  (2005a).  Evolutionary origins of viviparity in fishes.  In: Viviparity in Fishes (H. Grier and M.C. Uribe, eds.), pp. 303-317.  New Life Publications, Homestead, Florida.     PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (2005b).  Amniote perspectives on the evolution of viviparity and placentation.  In: Viviparity in Fishes (H. Grier and M.C. Uribe, eds.), pp. 319-340.  New Life Publications, Homestead, Florida.    PDF

Ecay, T.W., J.R. Stewart, and D.G. Blackburn (2004).   Expression of calbindin-D28K by yolk sac and chorioallantoic membranes of the corn snake, Elaphe guttata.  Journal of Experimental Zoology 302B: 517-525.  Abstract   PDF

Stewart, J.R., T.W. Ecay, and D.G. Blackburn (2004).   Sources and timing of calcium mobilization during embryonic development of the corn snake Pantherophis guttatus.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 139: 335-341.   Abstract     PDF

* Blackburn D.G., A. R. Johnson, and J. L. Petzold (2003).  Histology of the extraembryonic membranes of an oviparous snake: towards a reconstruction of basal squamate patterns.  Journal of Experimental Zoology 299A: 48-58.  Abstract

* Blackburn, D.G. and R.L. Lorenz (2003a).   Placentation in garter snakes.  Part  II.  Transmission EM of the chorioallantoic placenta of Thamnophis radix and T. sirtalis.  Journal of Morphology 256: 171-186. Abstract  PDF

* Blackburn, D.G., and R.L. Lorenz (2003b).  Placentation in garter snakes.  Part  III.  Transmission EM of the omphalallantoic placenta of Thamnophis radix and T. sirtalis.  Journal of Morphology 256: 187-204.  Abstract  PDF

Blackburn, D.G., and A. Mess (2003).  Preface to the Symposium on Evolutionary Transformations of Fetal Membranes and Reproductive Strategies (Sixth International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, University of Jena, Germany).  Journal of Experimental Zoology 299A: 1-2.  Abstract

Mess, A., D.G. Blackburn, and U. Zeller (2003).  Evolutionary transformations of fetal membranes and reproductive strategies.  Journal of Experimental Zoology 299A: 3-12.   Abstract

Flemming, A.F. and D.G. Blackburn (2003).  Evolution of placentotrophy in viviparous African and South American lizards.  Journal of Experimental Zoology 299A: 33-47.  Abstract

Blackburn, D.G.  (2003).  Use of phylogenetic analysis to distinguish adaptation from exaptation.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25: 507-508.   PDF  full article + commentary

* Blackburn, D.G., K.K. Weaber, J.R. Stewart, and M.B. Thompson (2003).  Do pregnant lizards reabsorb or abort inviable eggs?  Morphological evidence from an Australian skink, Pseudemoia pagenstecheri.  Journal of Morphology 256: 219-234.  Abstract    PDF

Blackburn, D.G. and L.J. Vitt (2002).  Specializations of the chorioallantoic placenta in the Brazilian scincid lizard, Mabuya heathi:  A new placental morphotype for reptiles.  Journal of Morphology 254:121-131.  Abstract

Blackburn, D.G., J.R. Stewart, D.C. Baxter, and L.H. Hoffman (2002).   Placentation in garter snakes.  Scanning EM of the placental membranes of Thamnophis ordinoides and T. sirtalis.  Journal of Morphology 252:263-275.  Abstract

Blackburn, D.G. (2000a). Classification of the reproductive patterns of amniotes. Herpetological Monographs 14: 371-377.  Abstract  PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (2000b). Reptilian viviparity: Past research, future directions, and appropriate models.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology 127: 391- 409.  Abstract    doi link

Blackburn, D.G. (1999a). Are viviparity and egg-guarding evolutionarily labile in squamates? Herpetologica 55: 556-572.  Abstract    PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1999b). Placentas, placental analogues, and fetal nutrition in reptiles and amphibians.  Pages 840-847, in Encyclopedia of Reproduction. T.E. Knobil and J.D. Neill, eds. Academic Press.  Abstract  PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1999c). Viviparity and oviparity: evolution and reproductive strategies.  Pages 994-1003, in Encyclopedia of Reproduction. T.E. Knobil and J.D. Neill, eds. Academic Press, New York.   Abstract  PDF

Blackburn, D.G.  (1999d).  Why race is not a biological concept.  In: Race and Racism in Theory and Practice (Berel Lang, editor), Rowman & and Littlefield, New York.   PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1998a). Structure, function, and evolution of the oviducts of squamate reptiles, with special reference to viviparity and placentation. Journal of Experimental Zoology 282: 560-617.  Abstract  PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1998b). Reconstructing the evolution of viviparity and placentation. Journal of Theoretical Biology 192: 183-190.  Abstract   PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1998c). Resorption of oviductal eggs and embryos in squamate reptiles. Herpetological Journal 8: 65-71.  Abstract

Blackburn, D.G. (1998d).  New perspectives on the history of life.  Invited review of Biology as History. Vol. 1. Systematic Biology as Historical Science, edited by G. Pinna and M.T. Ghiselin. Vol 2. New Perspectives on the History of Life: Essays on Systematic Biology as Historical Narrative , edited by M.T. Ghiselin and G. Pinna. Quarterly Review of Biology 73: 73.   PDF

Blackburn, D.G., S. Kleis-San Francisco, and I.P. Callard (1998). Histology of abortive eggs sites in the uterus of a viviparous, placentotrophic lizard, the skink Chalcides chalcides. Journal of Morphology 235: 97-108.  Abstract

* Blackburn, D.G. and V.A. Bernardo (1998). Sexual dimorphism and testosterone responsiveness in hypaxial muscles of the leopard frog, Rana pipiens. Amphibia - Reptilia 19: 269-279.    Abstract   PDF  Online paper

Blackburn, D.G. (1997). Invited Review Essay on River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life, by Richard Dawkins. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 17 (2).

Blackburn, D.G. and I.P. Callard (1997). Morphogenesis of the placental membranes in the viviparous, placentotrophic lizard Chalcides chalcides (Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Morphology 231: 35-55. Abstract  PDF

* Epstein, M.S. and D.G. Blackburn (1997). Histology and histochemistry of androgen-stimulated nuptial pads in the leopard frog, Rana pipiens, with notes on nuptial gland evolution. Canadian Journal of Zoology 75: 472-477.  Abstract  PDF

* Sidor, C. and D.G. Blackburn (1998). Effects of testosterone administration and castration on the forelimb musculature of male leopard frogs, Rana pipiens. Journal of Experimental Zoology 280: 28-37.  Abstract

Blackburn, D.G. (1996). Invited Review Essay on Dinosaur Extinction and the End of an Era: What the Fossils Say, by J. David Archibald. Creation/ Evolution 16(2): 41-43. (Journal of the National Center for Science Education)

Blackburn, D.G. (1995a). Saltationist and punctuated equilibrium models for the evolution of viviparity and placentation. Journal of Theoretical Biology 174: 199-216.  Abstract  PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1995b). Paleontology meets the creationist challenge. Creation/ Evolution 15: 26-38. (Journal of the National Center for Science Education; refereed review).   PDF

* Blackburn, D.G., R.S. Darrell, K.T. Lonergan, R.P. Mancini, and C.A. Sidor (1995). Differential androgen sensitivity of sexually dimorphic forelimb muscles of male leopard frogs, Rana pipiens : test of a model system. Amphibia-Reptilia 16: 351-356.  Abstract  Online paper

* Lynch, L. and D.G. Blackburn (1995). Effects of testosterone administration and gonadectomy on nuptial pad morphology in overwintering male leopard frogs, Rana pipiens. Amphibia-Reptilia 16: 113-121.  Abstract    Online paper

Blackburn, D.G. (1994a). Discrepant usage of the term "ovoviviparity" in the herpetological literature. Herpetological Journal 4: 65-72.  Abstract    PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1994b). Standardized criteria for the recognition of developmental nutritional patterns in squamate reptiles. Copeia 1994: 925-935.  Abstract    PDF

Blackburn, D.G. and C.W. Schneider (1994). Old wine in a new bottle: evolution by another name. Journal of Theoretical Biology 171: 233 237.

Blackburn, D.G. (1993a). Standardized criteria for the recognition of reproductive modes in squamate reptiles. Herpetologica 49: 118-132.  Abstract  PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1993b). Histology of the late-stage placentae of the matrotrophic skink Chalcides chalcides (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Journal of Morphology 216: 179-195.  Abstract   PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1993c). Chorioallantoic placentation in squamate reptiles: structure, function, development, and evolution. Journal of Experimental Zoology 266: 414-430.  Abstract  

Blackburn, D.G. (1993d). Lactation: historical patterns and potential for manipulation. Journal of Dairy Science 76: 3195-3212. Abstract   PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1992a). Convergent evolution of viviparity, matrotrophy, and specializations for fetal nutrition in reptiles and other vertebrates. American Zoologist 32: 313-321.  Abstract  PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1992b). Sperm storage in garter snakes. Bulletin of the British Herpetological Society 41: 21 (short communication).

Blackburn, D.G. and L.J. Vitt (1992). Reproduction in viviparous South American lizards of the genus Mabuya. In: Reproductive Biology of South American Vertebrates: Aquatic and Terrestrial, pp. 150-164 (W. Hamlett, ed.). Springer-Verlag, New York.  Abstract   PDF

* Yekta, N. and D.G. Blackburn (1992). Sexual dimorphism in mass and protein content of the forelimb muscles of the northern leopard frog, Rana pipiens. Canadian Journal of Zoology 70: 670-674. Abstract  Online paper  PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1991). Evolutionary origins of the mammary gland. Mammal Review 21: 81-96.  Abstract  PDF

Vitt, L.J. and D.G. Blackburn (1991). Ecology and life history of the viviparous lizard Mabuya bistriata (Scincidae) in the Brazilian Amazon. Copeia 1991: 916-927.  Abstract   PDF

Stewart, J.R., D.G. Blackburn, D.C. Baxter, and L.H. Hoffman (1990). Nutritional provision to the embryos in Thamnophis ordinoides (Squamata: Colubridae), a predominantly lecithotrophic placental reptile. Physiological Zoology 63: 722-734.  Abstract  PDF

Blackburn, D.G., K.G. Osteen, W.P. Winfrey, and L.H. Hoffman (1989). Obplacental giant cells of the domestic rabbit: development, morphology, and immunolocalization of intermediate filaments. Journal of Morphology 202: 185-203.  Abstract

Blackburn, D.G., V. Hayssen, and C.J. Murphy (1989). The origins of lactation and the evolution of milk: a review with new hypotheses. Mammal Review 19: 1-26.  Abstract  PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1988). Viviparity and testability. Science 241: 399 (refereed letter).  PDF

Blackburn, D.G., J.M. Taylor, and H.A. Padykula (1988). The trophoblast concept and its application to therian mammals. Journal of Morphology 196: 127-136.  Abstract   PDF

Stewart, J.R., and D.G. Blackburn (1988). Reptile placentation: structural diversity and terminology. Copeia 1988: 839-852. Abstract   PDF

Blackburn, D.G. and H.E. Evans (1986). Why are there no viviparous birds? American Naturalist 128: 165-190.  Abstract   PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1985). Evolutionary origins of viviparity in the Reptilia. II. Serpentes, Amphisbaenia, and Ichthyosauria. Amphibia - Reptilia 5: 259-291. Abstract  Online paper  PDF

Blackburn, D.G., H.E. Evans, and L.J. Vitt (1985). The evolution of fetal nutritional adaptations. In: Vertebrate Morphology(H.-R. Duncker and G. Fleischer, eds.). Fortschritte der Zoologie 30: 437-439. Gustav Fischer, Stuttgart. Abstract    PDF 

Hayssen, V. and D.G. Blackburn (1985). alpha-Lactalbumin and the origins of lactation. Evolution 39: 1147-1149.   PDF

Blackburn, D.G., L.J. Vitt, and C.A. Beuchat (1984). Eutherian-like reproductive specializations in a viviparous reptile. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 81: 4860-4863.  Abstract    PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1984). From whale toes to snake eyes: comments on the reversibility of evolution. Systematic Zoology 33: 241-245.    PDF

Vitt, L.J. and D.G. Blackburn (1983). Reproduction in the lizard Mabuya heathi (Scincidae): a commentary on viviparity in New World Mabuya. Canadian Journal of Zoology 61: 2798-2806. Abstract   PDF

Blackburn, D.G. (1982). Evolutionary origins of viviparity in the Reptilia. I. Sauria. Amphibia - Reptilia 3: 185-205. Abstract   PDF    Online paper

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Publications and Presentations in Science Education

Blackburn, D.G. (2001).   Development of an undergraduate neuroscience program:  Issues, challenges, and strategies.  Presentation to the Project Kaleidoscope Workshop in Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: From the Enchanted Loom to the World Wide Web.  Trinity College, June, 2001. 

Blackburn, D.G. and S. Raskin (2001).   Building and revitalizing undergraduate neuroscience programs.  Presentation to the 5th Annual NEURON symposium, Wellesley University, April 2001.

Blackburn, D.G. (1999).  The role of liberal arts colleges in science education and scholarship.  Presentation to the symposium: "The Liberal Arts College in the 21st Century: Challenges and Responsibilities."  Trinity College, February, 1999.

Blackburn, D.G. (1996). Introduction; Chapter 2, Histological Techniques; Chapter 5, Microscopic Neuroanatomy; Chapter 6, Macroscopic Neuroanatomy. In Methods in Neuroscience: The Undergraduate Laboratory Experience (ed., D. Blackburn). Trinity College Press, Hartford, Conn.

P. Kehoe, D. G. Blackburn, J.E. Simmons, J. Bronzino, W. Mace, S. Raskin, and W. Church (1995). Teaching neuroscience methods to advanced undergraduates. Poster presentation to the 1995 NSF-sponsored meeting on undergraduate neuroscience programs, Project Kaleidoscope, Davidson College, North Carolina.

Blackburn, D.G. (1994). Neuroanatomy and neuroanatomical methods. Presentation to the NECUSE Workshop "Neuroscience Methodologies: The Undergraduate Laboratory Experience." Trinity College, June 1994.

Blackburn, D.G., P. Kehoe, J.E. Simmons, J. Bronzino, W. Mace, and S. Raskin (1994). An integrated course in neuroscience methods for advanced undergraduates. Presentation to the American Society of Zoologists Annual Meeting, Saint Louis, Missouri; January 1995. American Zoologist 34: 72A (1994).

Blackburn, D.G. (1993). Phylogeny and Classification. In "A Collection of Advanced Biology Laboratory Exercises". New England Consortium for Undergraduate Science Education.

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Book Reviews

Biology as History. Vol. 1. Systematic Biology as Historical Science, edited by G. Pinna and M.T. Ghiselin. Vol 2. New Perspectives on the History of Life: Essays on Systematic Biology as Historical Narrative , edited by M.T. Ghiselin and G. Pinna. Quarterly Review of Biology 73: 73 (1998).

River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life, by Richard Dawkins. Creation/ Evolution, 1997 (Journal of the National Center for Science Education) (1997).

Dinosaur Extinction and the End of an Era: What the Fossils Say, by J. David Archibald. Creation/ Evolution 16(2): 41-43. (Journal of the National Center for Science Education) (1996)

Fish Evolution and Systematics: Evidence from Spermatozoa, by B.G.M. Jamieson (1992). CHOICE, November 1992.

The Monkeys of Arashiyama: Thirty Five Years of Research in Japan and the West, edited by L.M. Fedigan and P.J. Asquith (1991). CHOICE, March 1992, p. 317.

The Behaviour of Pinnipeds, edited by D. Renouf (1991). CHOICE, October 1991, p. 302.

The Natural History of Shrews, by S. Churchfield (1990). CHOICE, July/August 1991, p. 352.

Egg Incubation: Its Effects on Embryonic Development in Birds and Reptiles, edited by D.C. Deeming and M.W.J. Ferguson (1991). CHOICE, October 1992, p. 364.

The Natural History of Moles, by M.L. Gorman and R.D. Stone (1990). CHOICE, March 1991, p. 336.

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Abstracts / Symposium Presentations

* denotes presentations with Trinity College undergraduates

Blackburn, D.G., L.J. Bonneau, K.E. Anderson, and T. Langkilde.  Morphology and development of fetal membranes in the oviparous lizard Sceloporus undulatus.  Seventh World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, Canada (August 2012).

 

Blackburn, D.G. (2010). Phylogeny of fetal nutritional specializations in vertebrates.  9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Punta del Este, Uruguay (July 2010).

 

Flemming, A.F. and D. G. Blackburn (2010).  Morphological specializations for placentotrophy in viviparous African lizards.  9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Punta del Este, Uruguay (July 2010).

 

* Anderson, K.E., D.G. Blackburn, and K.D. Dunlap (2010).  Placental morphology in the viviparous lizard Sceloporus jarrovi.  International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Punta del Este, Uruguay (July 2010). 

 

* Anderson, K.E., D.G. Blackburn, N.A. Freidenfelds, and T. Langkilde (2010).  Fetal membrane structure and development in an oviparous lizard, Sceloporus undulatus.  International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Punta del Este, Uruguay (July 2010). 

 

* Anderson, K.E., D.G. Blackburn, and K.D. Dunlap (2009).  Scanning EM of the placental membranes in the viviparous lizard Sceloporus jarrovi.   Society of Comparative and Integrative Biology, Boston (Jan. 2009).  SICB Abstracts, p. 2.112. 

 

Blackburn, D.G. and J.R. Stewart (2009).  Evolution of placentation in thamnophine snakes.  Invited presentation to the symposium Reproduction in Snakes.  American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Oregon (July 2009).

 

Blackburn, D.G. (2009).  Evolution of vertebrate viviparity and matrotrophy: an overview.  Invited presentation to the symposium Viviparity in Fishes.  American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Oregon (July 2009). 

 

* Anderson, K.E. , and D.G. Blackburn (2009).  The placental interface in viviparous snakes, as revealed by scanning electron microscopy.  American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Oregon (July 2009).

 

Blackburn, D.G. and M.B. Thompson (2008). Reproduction in reptiles: a retrospective and prospective vision.  Invited presentation to the symposium Reproduction in Reptiles: From Genes to Ecology.  Sixth World Congress of Herpetology, Manaus, Brazil (August 2008). 

 

Blackburn, D.G. and A.F. Flemming (2008).  Specializations for placentotrophy in African skinks and their evolutionary implications.  Invited presentation to the symposium Reproduction in Reptiles: From Genes to Ecology.  Sixth World Congress of Herpetology, Manaus, Brazil (August 2008).

 

* Blackburn, D.G., K.E. Anderson, S.R. Knight, A.R. Johnson, and G.S. Gavelis (2008).  Functional morphology of the placentae in the viviparous thamnophine snake Storeria dekayi.  Sixth World Congress of Herpetology, Manaus, Brazil (August 2008). 

 

* Gavelis, G.S., Blackburn, D.G., K.E. Anderson, and K.D. Dunlap (2008).   Placentation in the viviparous lizard Sceloporus jarrovi is unusually specialized.  Sixth World Congress of Herpetology, Manaus, Brazil (August 2008). 

 

Blackburn, D.G. and A.F. Flemming (2007).  Evolution of fetal membranes and placentation in reptiles.  Invited presentation,  Symposium on Trends in Evolution of Amniote Embryos.  Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, p. 12.  Pierre and Marie Curie University, and Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France; July 2007.

 

* Knight, S.M. and D.G. Blackburn (2007).  Scanning electron microscopy of the fetal membranes of an oviparous snake.  Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, p. 67.  Pierre and Marie Curie University, and Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France; July 2007. 

 

* Gavelis, G.S., Kent. D. Dunlap, and D.G. Blackburn (2007).  Placental specializations in the viviparous lizard Sceloporus jarrovi.  Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, p. 44.  Pierre and Marie Curie University, and Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France; July 2007. 

 

Blackburn, D.G. (2006).  Evolution of matrotrophy in vertebrates.  Third International Symposium on Live-Bearing Fishes.  Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH), Morelia, Mexico;  November, 2006.

 

Ecay, T., M. Gustafson, J. Stewart, and D. Blackburn (2006).  Mechanism of calcium transport by the chorioallantoic membrane of an oviparous snake, Pantherophis guttatus.   American Physiological Society Intersociety Conference.  Virginia Beach Convention Center; Oct. 2006. 

 

Blackburn, D.G. (2005).    The reptilian model for the evolution of viviparity: its potential and limitations.  Fifth World Congress of Herpetology, Univ. of Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa; June 2005, Conference Proceedings, p. 30.

 

Flemming, A.F., and D.G. Blackburn (2005).  Close contacts of the giant kind: on placental interfaces in matrotrophic lizards.  Fifth World Congress of Herpetology, Univ. of Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa; June 2005, Conference Proceedings, p. 30.Conference Proceedings, p. 44. 

 

* Blackburn, D.G., A.R. Johnson, and J.L. Petzold (2005).  Fetal membranes as exaptations for viviparity: evidence from ultrastructural studies of the corn snake, Pantherophis guttatus.  International Herpetological Congress, University of Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa, 2005.

 

Ecay, T.W., J.R. Stewart, and D.G. Blackburn (2005).   Timing and mechanism of calcium mobilization during embryonic development of the corn snake.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Diego, California; January 2005.  Integrative and Comparative Biology 44: 692.

 

* Blackburn, D.G.,  A.R. Johnson, and J.L. Petzold (2005).  Ultrastructure of the fetal membranes in the oviparous corn snake, Pantherophis guttatus.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Diego, California; January 2005.  Integrative and Comparative Biology 44: 678. 

 

Stewart, J.R., T.W. Ecay, and D.G. Blackburn (2004).  Developmental expression of calbindin-D28k in extraembryonic membranes of the corn snake Elaphe guttata.   Proceedings of the Joint Annual Meeting: American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the Herpetologists’ League, and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.  Norman, Oklahoma; May 2004.

 

Ecay, T.W., J.R. Stewart, and D.G. Blackburn (2004).  Mobilization of calcium is coincident with expression of calbindin-D28K in the extraembryonic membranes of the corn snake.   American  Society for Cell Biology, Washington DC; December 2004.

 

* Blackburn, D.G., A.R. Johnson, and J.L. Petzold (2003).  Placental ultrastructure in the brown snake Storeria dekayi.   Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Toronto Canada, January 2003.   SICB 2002 (abstracts of the annual meeting), in press. Abstract

 

Blackburn, D.G., and A.F. Flemming (2002).  Evolution of placentotrophy in African and South American lizards.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, regional meeting of the Division of Vertebrate Morphology, Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts, September 2002.).  

 

* Johnson, A.R., J.L. Petzold, and D.G. Blackburn (2002).  Morphology and evolution of fetal membranes in snakes.   Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, regional meeting of the Division of Vertebrate Morphology, Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts, September 2002.  

* Blackburn, D.G., K.K. Weaber, J.R. Stewart, and M.B. Thompson (2001).  Do pregnant lizards reabsorb or abort inviable eggs?  Morphological evidence from an Australian skink, Pseudemoia pagenstecheri.   Annual Meeting, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Anaheim, California, January, 2002.   SICB 2002, p. 128.

Blackburn, D.G. (2001).  Evolution of specializations of the extraembryonic membranes of reptiles and birds.  Symposium on Evolutionary Transformations of Fetal Membranes and Reproductive Strategies, Sixth International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology.  University of Jena, Germany, July, 2001.   Journal of Morphology 248: 207.   

Mess, A., D.G. Blackburn, and U. Zeller (2001).  Evolutionary transformations of fetal membranes and reproductive strategies.  Symposium on Evolutionary Transformations of Fetal Membranes and Reproductive Strategies, Sixth International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology.  University of Jena, Germany, July, 2001.  Journal of Morphology 248: 261.

 

* Blackburn, D.G., J. L. Petzold, and A. R. Johnson (2001).  Cytology of the developing extraembryonic membranes of an oviparous snake (Elaphe guttata).  Sixth International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology.  University of Jena, Germany, July, 2001.  Journal of Morphology 248: 207.

 

Flemming, A. F. and D.G. Blackburn.  Evolution of placentotrophy in viviparous African lizards. Symposium on Evolutionary Transformations of Fetal Membranes and Reproductive Strategies, Sixth International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology.  University of Jena, Germany, July, 2001.  Journal of Morphology 248: 230.

* Blackburn, D.G., A. R. Johnson, and J. L. Petzold (2001).  Histology of the extraembryonic membranes of the oviparous corn snake, Elaphe guttata.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Chicago, Illinois (January 2001).  American Zoologist 39 (5): 114-115.   

* Charlesworth, T., A.H. Lehman, and D.G. Blackburn (2001).  Cytology and ultrastructure of the extraembryonic membranes of the quail, Coturnix coturnix.  Society  for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Chicago, Illinois (January 2001).  American Zoologist 39 (5): 141.   

Blackburn, D.G.  (1999).  Viviparity: past research, future directions, and appropriate models. Invited presentation.  Symposium on The Evolution of Viviparity: the Physiological Issues, Recent Research, and Future Directions.  Fifth International Congress of Comparative Physiology & Biochemistry.  University of Calgary, Canada.

Blackburn, D.G. (1999).  The role of liberal arts colleges in science education and scholarship.  Presentation to the symposium: "The Liberal Arts College in the 21st Century: Challenges and Responsibilities."  Trinity College, February, 1999.

Blackburn, D.G. (1998). A phylogenetic analysis of viviparity in fishes. Invited presentation , International Symposium on Viviparity in Fishes. Cuernevaca, Mexico, February, 1998.

* Blackburn, D.G., and K.K. Weaber. Stress-induced termination of pregnancy in the viviparous lizard Pseudemoia pagenstecheri. NEURON, 2nd Annual Symposium, Trinity College, May 1998.

* Blackburn, D.G., E.E. Fifield, S. Kleis-San Francisco, and I.P. Callard (1998). Effects of reproductive hormones on the uterus and liver of a viviparous placentotrophic lizard. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston MA; January, 1998. American Zoologist 37(5): 200.

* Lishnak, T., D.G. Blackburn, S. Kleis-San Francisco, and I.P. Callard (1998). Oviductal histology in viviparous water snakes Nerodia during the reproductive cycle. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston MA; January, 1998. American Zoologist 37(5): 200.

Blackburn, D.G. (1997). Uterine contributions to placentation in viviparous reptiles. Invited presentation , International Symposium on Structure and Function of the Uterus and Oviduct in Non-Mammalian Vertebrates. University of Bristol, England, July, 1997. Journal of Morphology 232: 236.

* Bernardo, V.A. and D.G. Blackburn (1997). Effects of exogenous testosterone and castration on the hypaxial muscles of the northern leopard frog Rana pipiens. NEURON, 1st Annual Symposium, Trinity College, May 1997.

* Fifield, E.E.. J. Elzweig, and D.G. Blackburn (1997). Hepatic and uterine responses to neuroendocrine and steroid hormones in a viviparous lizard. NEURON, 1st Annual Symposium, Trinity College, May 1997.

* Sidor, C. and D.G. Blackburn (1997). Effects of testosterone treatment and castration on forelimb muscles of male leopard frogs, Rana pipiens. NEURON, 1st Annual Symposium, Trinity College, May 1997.

* Fifield, E.E., Blackburn, D.G., and I.P. Callard (1997). Effects of reproductive hormones on the uterus and liver of a viviparous lizard. 51st Annual Eastern Colleges Biological Conference, Central Connecticut University, April 1997.

Blackburn, D.G. (1995). A punctuated equilibrium model for the evolution of viviparity in squamates. Proceedings of the Joint Annual Meetings of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; the American Elasmobranch Society; and the Herpetologists' League, pp. 70-71. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Blackburn, D.G. and I.P. Callard (1995). Morphogenesis and development of the placental membranes in the viviparous lizard Chalcides chalcides. American Society of Zoologists, Washington, D.C.; December 1995. American Zoologist 35: 18A.

Blackburn, D.G. (1994). Sexual dimorphism at the cellular level: histology and histochemistry of forelimb muscles of the leopard frog, Rana pipiens. American Society of Zoologists, Saint Louis, Missouri; January 1995. American Zoologist 34: 130A.

* Sidor, C. and D.G. Blackburn (1994). Effects of testosterone treatment and castration on forelimb muscles of male leopard frogs, Rana pipiens. American Society of Zoologists, Saint Louis, Missouri; January 1995. American Zoologist 34: 109A.

* Sidor, C. and D.G. Blackburn (1993). Effects of testosterone administration and castration on forelimb muscles of male leopard frogs. American Society of Zoologists, Vertebrate Morphology Division, New England Regional Meeting. Brown University, Providence, R.I.; October, 1993.

Blackburn, D.G. (1992). Lactation: Historical patterns and potential for manipulation. Invited presentation,Symposium on Limits to Lactation: Lessons From Comparative Biology. Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, June 1992.

Blackburn, D.G., J.R. Stewart, D.C. Baxter, and L.H. Hoffman (1992). Scanning electron microscopy of the placental membranes in viviparous garter snakes of the genus Thamnophis. American Society of Zoologists, Vancouver, Canada; December, 1992. American Zoologist 32: 139A.

* Lynch, L. and D.G. Blackburn (1992). Effects of testosterone cypionate administration and castration on the nuptial pad histology of the male leopard frog, Rana pipiens. Eastern Colleges Biological Conference, Tufts University, April 1992.

Blackburn, D.G. (1991a). Conceptual constraints on understanding the evolution of form: origins of the mammary gland. Presentation to the American Society of Zoologists, Vertebrate Morphology Division, New England Regional Meeting. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, October, 1991.

Blackburn, D.G. (1991b). Chorioallantoic placentation in reptiles. Invited presentation. Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Morphological Sciences: Comparative Placentation and Gestation in Vertebrates. Toronto, Canada, July 1991.

Blackburn, D.G. (1990). Convergent evolution of adaptations for fetal nutrition in viviparous vertebrates. Invited presentation, International Symposium: Evolution of Viviparity in Vertebrates, sponsored by the American Society of Zoologists, San Antonio, Texas, December, 1990.

Blackburn, D.G. (1989). A saltatory model for the evolutionary origin of viviparity and placentotrophy in reptiles. Centennial Meeting of the American Society of Zoologists, Boston, Massachusetts; December, 1989. American Zoologist 29: 133A.

Blackburn, D.G. (1988). Late-stage placentation in the matrotrophic viviparous lizard Chalcides chalcides. American Society of Zoologists, San Francisco, California; December, 1988. American Zoologist 28: 196A.

Stewart, J.R., D.G. Blackburn, D.C. Baxter, and L.H. Hoffman (1988). Nutritional provision to embryos of the viviparous snake Thamnophis ordinoides. American Society of Zoologists, San Francisco, California; December, 1988. American Zoologist 28: 131A.

Osteen, K.G., D.G. Blackburn, and L.H. Hoffman (1987). Luteotropic effect of rabbit obplacental giant cells. 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Urbana, Illinois; July 1987. Biology of Reproduction 35, Suppl. 1.

Blackburn, D.G., K.G. Osteen, and L.H. Hoffman (1987). Obplacental giant cells in the rabbit: in vivo and in vitro studies. American Society of Zoologists, New Orleans, Louisiana; December, 1987. American Zoologist 27: 120A.

Blackburn, D.G. Eutherian-like placentation and fetal nutrition in a viviparous reptile. 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, Ithaca, New York; July 1986. Biology of Reproduction 34, Supplement 1: 69.

Blackburn, D.G.. A review and revision of allantoplacental morphotypes in reptiles. American Society of Zoologists, Nashville, Tennessee; December, 1986. American Zoologist 26(4): 115A.

Stewart, J.R., and D.G. Blackburn. Reptile placentation: structural diversity and terminology. American Society of Zoologists, Nashville, Tennessee; December, 1986. American Zoologist 26(4): 114A.

Blackburn, D.G., L.J. Vitt, and H.E. Evans. Reproductive adaptations in a viviparous scincid lizard. American Association of Veterinary Anatomists, Ithaca, New York; August, 1983. Zentralblatt Vet. Med. Reihe C. (Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia) 13: 262 [1984].

Evans, H.E. and D.G. Blackburn. Why are there no viviparous birds? American Society of Zoologists Meeting, Denver, Colorado; December, 1984. American Zoologist 24: 60A.

Blackburn, D.G. and L.J. Vitt. Placentation and adaptations for fetal nutrition in a viviparous scincid lizard. American Society of Zoologists Meeting, Denver, Colorado; December, 1984. American Zoologist 24: 64A.

Blackburn, D.G. Alternative interpretations of mammalian reproductive evolution. American Society of Zoologists, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; December, 1983. American Zoologist 23: 945.

Blackburn, D.G., H.E. Evans, and L.J. Vitt. Evolutionary aspects of matrotrophy in viviparous vertebrates. Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Vertebrate Morphology , p. 33; Giessen, Federal Republic of Germany, August, 1983.

Blackburn, D.G. Classification of the reproductive modes of vertebrates. American Society of Zoologists, Louisville, Kentucky; December, 1982. American Zoologist 22: 910.

Blackburn, D.G. An evolutionary analysis of vertebrate viviparity. American Society of Zoologists, Dallas, Texas; December, 1981. American Zoologist 21: 936.

Blackburn, D.G., L.J. Vitt, and C.A. Beuchat. Nutritive viviparity and placentation in the skink Mabuya heathi. Memphis, Tennessee; July 1981. Proceedings of the Joint Annual Meeting: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, and the Herpetologist's League, p. 33.

Blackburn, D.G. Comparative morphology, evolution, and systematics of sceloporine lizards. Memphis, Tennessee; July 1981. Proceedings of the Joint Annual Meeting: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, and the Herpetologist's League, p. 33.

Blackburn, D.G., and F.H. Pough. Hypaxial morphology of sand lizards and horned lizards. Joint Meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists and the American Society of Zoologists. Toronto, December. American Zoologist 17: 952.

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Translations

  • denotes publications with Trinity undergraduates

 

Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Plazentation­ bei Haien und Rep­tilien.  B.  Die Plazentation von Seps chalcides", by N. J. ten Cate-Hoedemaker.  Z. Zellforsch. mikrosk. Anat. 18: 299-345 (1933).

"Ueber die Entwicklung von Seps chalcides", by E. Giacomini.  Anat. Anz. 6: 548-551 (1891).

* with M. Roth. "Rapports anatomo-histologiques établis au cours de la gestation entre l'oeuf et l'oviducte maternel chez le lézard ovovivipare Zootoca vivipara W. (Lacerta vivipara J.), by M. Panigel.  Bull. Soc. Zool. Fr. 76: 163-170 (1951).

* with M. Roth.  "Materiaux pour l'etude du developpement du Seps chalcides", by E. Giacomini.  Arch. Ital. Biol. 16: 332-359 (1891).

"Ueber eine neue Art uterinaler Brutpflege bei Reptilien", by W. Haacke, Zool. Anz. 8: 435-439 (1885).

"Riesenzellen im Chorion laeve des Kaninchens", by G. Petry and W. Kühnel.  Experientia 22: 443  (1966). 

"Ueber mehrkernige Riesenzellen im Chorion laeve des Kaninchens", by W. Kühnel.  Anat. Anz., Jena 150: 235-238 (1981).

"Zur näheren Kenntnis des Mammarorgans von Echidna", by. C. Gegenbaur.  Morphologische Jahrbuch 9: 604 (1884).

"In der Uteruswand während der Gravidität auftretende metachroma­tische granulierte Zellver­bände und ihre Stellung zur 'Glandula myometrali­s'," by J. Asplund, U. Borell, and H. Holmgren.  Z. Mikrosk. Anat. Forsch. (Leipzig) 48: 478-528  (1940). [excerpts]

"Untersuchungen über Physiologie und Histologie des Eileiters der Reptilien und Vögel: nebst einem Beitrag zur Fasergenese", by H. Giersberg.  Zeitschr. f. wissensch. Zoologie 70: 1-97 (1923) [excerpts].

with L. Miller:  "Sulla maniera di gestazione e sugli annessi embrionali del Gongylus ocellatus Forsk", by E. Giacomini.  Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Inst. Bologna (VI) 3: 401-445 (1906). [ongoing]

with L. Miller:  "L'oolisi della Seps chalcides, by P. Mingazzini (1892).  Atti Acc. Lincei (Rend V) 1: 41-45.

with L. Miller:  "Osservazioni sui riassorbimento degli embrioni nella Seps chalcides", by G. Domini (1928).  Arch. zool. ital. (Torino) 12: 191-218.

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