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​Integrative Avian Biology Lab Publications

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Peer-reviewed journal articles

2010 – present

Pryor, L.J.E., and Casto, J.M. (2017). Ectoparasites as developmental stressors: Effects on somatic and physiological development, Journal of Experimental Zoology A,

Pryor, L.J.E., and Casto, J.M. (2015). Blood-feeding ectoparasites as developmental stressors: Does corticosterone mediate effects of infestation on nestling growth, immunity and energy availability?, Journal of Experimental Zoology A, 323, 1-12.

Smith, A.R., Garris, P.A., and Casto, J.M. (2015). Real-time monitoring of electrically evoked catecholamine signals in the songbird striatum using in vivo fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 66/67, 28-39.

Smith, A. R., Novak, A., Wagner, P., Yates, R., Janci, E., Bernales, R., Dietz, T., Earhart, A., Fogle, A., Fullerton, N., Gromer, K., Kliver, B., Larson, W., Ludwikowski, J., Martini, T., McGrath, J., Polino, A., Schumacher, M., Weick, S., Casto, J. M., Whitman, D. W. (2013). Daily temperature cycle induces daily hatching rhythm in Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers, Romalea microptera. Journal of Orthoptera Research, 22, 51-55.

Paitz, R.T., and Casto, J.M. (2012). The decline in yolk progesterone concentrations during incubation is dependent on embryonic development in the European starling. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 176, 415–419.

Paitz, R.T., Bowden, R.M., and Casto, J.M. (2011). Embryonic modulation of maternal steroids in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, 278, 99-106.

2000 – 2009 (prior to establishing the Integrative Avian Biology Lab)

Wang, C.X., Stroink, A., Casto, J.M., and Kattner, K. (2009). Hyperthermia exacerbates ischaemic brain injury. International Journal of Stroke, 4, 274-284.

McGlothlin, J.W., Jawor, J.M., Greives, T.J., Casto, J.M., Phillips, J.L., and Ketterson, E.D. (2008). Hormones and honest signals: males with larger ornaments elevate testosterone more when challenged. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 21, 39-48.

Jawor, J.M., McGlothlin, J.W., Casto, J.M., Greives, T.J., Snajdr, E.A., Bentley, G., and Ketterson, E.D. (2007). Testosterone response to GnRH in a female songbird varies with stage of reproduction: implications for adult behaviour and maternal effects. Functional Ecology, 21, 767–775. 

Greives, T. J., Casto, J.M., and Ketterson, E.D. (2007). Consequences of a male-bias during the breeding season on behavior, condition and immune function in captive dark-eyed juncos, Junco hyemalis. Journal of Avian Biology, 38, 255-260.

Jawor, J.M., McGlothlin, J.W., Casto, J.M., Greives, T.J., Snajdr, E.A., Bentley, G., and Ketterson, E.D. (2006). Seasonal and individual variation in response to GnRH challenge in male dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 149, 182-189.

Zysling, D.A., Greives, T.J., Breuner, C.W., Casto, J.M., Demas, G.E., and Ketterson, E.D. (2006). Behavioral and physiological responses to experimentally elevated testosterone in female dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis carolinensis). Hormones and Behavior 50, 200-207.

Vallejo, R., Benyamin, R., Floyd, B., Casto, J.M., Joseph, N.J. and Mekhail, N. (2006). Percutaneous cement injection into a created cavity for the treatment of vertebral body fracture: preliminary results of a new vertebroplasty technique. Clinical Journal of Pain 22, 182-189.


Clotfelter, E.D., O’Neal, D.O., Gaudioso, J.M., Casto, J.M., Parker-Renga, I.M., Snajdr, E.A., Duffy, D.L., Nolan, V., Jr, and Ketterson, E.D. (2004). Consequences of elevating plasma testosterone in females of a socially monogamous songbird: evidence of constraints on male evolution.  Hormones and  Behavior 46, 171-178.

McGlothlin J.W., Neudorf, D.L.H. Casto, J.M., Nolan, V., Jr, and Ketterson, E.D. (2004). Elevated testosterone reduces choosiness in female dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis): evidence for a hormonal constraint on sexual selection?  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 271, 1377-1384.

Wolf, W., Casto, J.M., Nolan, V., Jr., and Ketterson, E.D. (2004). Female ornamentation and male mate choice in dark-eyed juncos. Animal Behaviour 67, 93-102.

Casto, J.M., Ward, O.B., and Bartke, A. (2003). Play, copulation, anatomy, and testosterone in gonadally intact male rats prenatally exposed to flutamide. Physiology & Behavior 79, 633-641.

Casto, J.M., Nolan, V., Jr, and Ketterson, E.D. (2001). Steroid hormones and immune function: experimental studies in wild and captive dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis). American Naturalist, 157, 408-420

Grindstaff, J.L., Buerkle,  C.A., Casto, J.M., Nolan, V. Jr., and Ketterson, E.D. (2001). Male attractiveness and offspring sex ratio in Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis).  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 50, 312-316.

Smulders, T.V., Casto, J.M., Ketterson, E.D., Nolan, V., Jr, and DeVoogd, T. (2000).  Effects of captivity and testosterone on the volumes of four brain regions in the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis).  Journal of Neurobiology, 43, 244-253.


1990 – 1999

Lipar, J.L., Ketterson, E.D., Nolan, V., Jr., and Casto, J.M. (1999).  Egg yolk layers vary in the concentration of steroid hormones in two avian species.  General and Comparative Endocrinology, 115, 220-227


Casto, J.M., and Ball, G.F. (1996).  Early administration of 17ß-estradiol partially masculinizes song control regions and alpha 2-adrenergic receptor distribution in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).  Hormones and Behavior, 30, 387-406.

Ball, G.F., Casto, J.M., and Balthazart, J. (1995).  Autoradiographic localization of D1-like dopamine receptors in the forebrain of male and female Japanese quail and their relationship with immunoreactive tyrosine hydroxylase.  Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 9, 121-133.

Casto, J.M., and Ball, G.F. (1994).  Localization of D1 dopamine receptors in the sexually dimorphic vocal control nucleus, area X, and the basal ganglia of European starlings.   Journal of Neurobiology, 25, 767-780.

Ball, G.F., Casto, J.M., and Bernard, D.J.  (1994).  Sex differences in the volume of avian song control nuclei: Comparative studies and the issue of brain nucleus delineation. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 19, 485-504

Bernard, D.J., Casto, J.M., and Ball, G.F. (1993).  Sexual dimorphism in the volume of song control nuclei of European starlings: Assessment by a Nissl stain and autoradiography for muscarinic cholinergic receptors. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 334, 559-570.

Ball, G.F., Bernard, D.J., and Casto, J.M. (1993).  Neurochemistry of the avian vocal control circuit: Hormonal modulation and sex differences.  Poultry Science Reviews, 5, 15-27.  

Grisham, W., Casto, J.M., Kashon, M.L., Ward, I.L., and Ward, O.B. (1992).  Prenatal flutamide alters sexually dimorphic nuclei in the spinal cord of male rats.  Brain Research 578, 69-74.

Contributions to edited volumes  

Garris, P.A., Greco, P.G., Sandberg, S.G., Howes, G., Pongmaytegul, S., Heidenreich, B.A., Casto, J.M., Ensman, R., Poehlman, J. Alexander, A., and Rebec, G.V. (2007). Chapter 12: In vivo voltammetry with telemetry. In L.M. Borland and A.C.Michael (Eds) Electrochemical Methods for Neuroscience, CRC Press, London, England, pp. 233-259. (color figures).

Ketterson, E.D., Nolan, V. Jr.,  Casto, J.M.,  Buerkle, C.A., Clotfelter, E., Grindstaff, J.L., Jones, K.J., Lipar, J.L., McNabb, F.M.A., Neudorf, D.L., Parker-Renga, I.,  Snajdr, E. and  Schoech, S.J. (2001). Testosterone, phenotype, and fitness: a research program in evolutionary behavioral endocrinology. In A. Dawson and C.M. Chaturvedi (Eds) Avian Endocrinology, Narosa Publishing House, New Dehli, India, pp. 19-40.​​​​​​