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Recent Publications and Presentations

Books and Symposium volumes 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). Editor Methods in Neuroscience. Trinity College Press, Hartford, Connecticut.

 

Recent Papers and Book chapters (2000- present)     for pre-2000 papers click here)

* denotes publications with Trinity undergraduates

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.  (2005).  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. (2005).  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

Other papers (pre- 2000)

 

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Recent Abstracts / Symposium Presentations (2000- present)     (for pre- 2000 abstracts & presentations click here)

*   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).  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 (in press).

 

* 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: 261.

 

Flemming, A. F. and D.G. Blackburn (2001).  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.  (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., A. R. Johnson, and J. L. Petzold (2000).  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): 115-116. 

* Charlesworth, T., A.H. Lehman, and D.G. Blackburn (2000).  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. 

Other abstracts & presentations (pre- 2000)

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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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