Undergraduate Research

Publications with Lafayette College Undergraduates

Part of learning about biology is engaging in the scientific process; below are some publications that have resulted from student efforts here at Lafayette College. Blue text indicates a Lafayette College undergraduate student.
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Butler MW, EN Stierhoff, JM Carpenetti, MA Bertone, AM Addesso, SA Knutie. 2021. Oxidative damage increases with degree of simulated bacterial infection, but not ectoparasitism, in tree swallow nestlings. Journal of Experimental Biology 224: jeb243116, DOI: 10.1242/jeb.243116. Also, cover image associated with article.


Ganser SJ, JK Hines, MW Butler. 2021. Exploring Miracle Fruit: An Undergraduate Laboratory Exercise on Experimental Design. CourseSource 8:29. DOI: 10.24918/cs.2021.29

Student measuring tarsus of birdButler MW, ME Stine, KC Ki. 2020. Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) use color patterning, but not the colors themselves, as a cue to eject interspecific parasitic eggs. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 137:1-9. DOI: 10.1093/auk/ukaa047

Wallace JW, LC Diamantides, KC Ki, MW Butler. 2020. Switched-antenna low-frequency (LF) radio-frequency identification (RFID) for ornithology. IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification 4:137-145. DOI: 10.1109/JRFID.2020.2971534

Armour EM, TL Bruner, JK Hines, MW Butler. 2020. Low-dose immune challenges result in detectable levels of oxidative damage. Journal of Experimental Biology 223: jeb220095. DOI

Butler MW, EM Armour, JA Minnick, ML Rossi, SF Schock, SE Berger, JK Hines. 2020. Effects of stress-induced increases of corticosterone on circulating triglyceride levels, biliverdin concentration, and heme oxygenase expression. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 240:110608. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2019.110608

Baylor JL and MW Butler. 2019. Immune challenge-induced oxidative damage may be mitigated by biliverdin. Journal of Experimental Biology, 222:jeb200055.
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Homsher MP, MT Astor, JK Hines, MW Butler. 2018. Immune challenges decrease biliverdin concentration in the spleen of Northern Bobwhite Quail, Colinus virginianus. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 188:505-515. DOI: 10.1007/s00360-018-1146-5

Butler MW, SC Bociulis, AR Little, JA Minnick, NJ Ritter, ME Rockman, ML Rossi, JK Hines. 2017. Quantifying biliverdin in liver and spleen samples from multiple avian species. The Auk: Ornithological Advances, 134:11-21. DOI: 10.1642/AUK-16-73.1

Butler MW and HS Waite. 2016. Eggshell biliverdin concentration does not sufficiently predict eggshell coloration. Journal of Avian Biology, 47:491-499. DOI: 10.1111/jav.00842

Butler MW, TJ Lutz, HB Fokidis, ZR Stahlschmidt. 2016. Eating increases oxidative damage in a reptile. Journal of Experimental Biology, 219:1969-1973. DOI:

Fairhurst GD, N Damore, MW Butler. 2015. Feather corticosterone levels independent of developmental immune challenges predict carotenoid-based, but not melanin-based, traits at adulthood. The Auk: Ornithological Advances, 132:863-877. DOI: 10.1642/AUK-DSC_447415-34.1

Butler MW, B Karanfilian, M Homsher, KJ McGraw. 2013. Carotenoid supplementation during adulthood, but not development, decreases testis size in mallards. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 166:465-469. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2013.07.024

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