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Check out Google Scholar for a full list of Porter lab publications


  • Valdez-Lopez, J.C., Donohue, M.W., Bok, M.J., Wolf, J., Cronin, T.W., Porter, M.L. (IN PRESS) Sequence, strucutre, and expression of opsins in the monochromatic stomatopod Squilla empusa. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 


  • Porter, M.L., Sumner-Rooney, L. (IN PRESS) Evolution in the dark: unifying our understanding of eye loss. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 


  • Porter, M.L., M. Steck*, V. Roncalli, & P.H. Lenz (2017) Molecular characterization of copepod photoreception. Biological Bulletin (* M.S. student; invited submission for virtual symposium on ‘New insights from genetic datasets on the function and evolution of visual systems’). 233(1):96-110.


  • Bok, M.J., M.L. Porter, & D.-E. Nilsson (2017) Phototransduction in fan worm radiolar eyes. Current Biology 27. (cover article). 27(14):R698-R699.


  • Morehouse, N.I., E. Bushbeck, D. Zurek, M. Steck*, and M.L. Porter (2017) Molecular evolution of spider vision: New opportunities, familiar players. Biological Bulletin (* M.S. student; invited submission for virtual symposium on ‘New insights from genetic datasets on the function and evolution of visual systems’). 233(1):21-38.

  • Niemiller, M.L., M.L. Porter, J. Keany, H. Gilbert, D.W. Fong, D.C. Culver, C.S. Hobson, K. D. Kendall, M.A. Davis, & S.J. Taylor (2017) Evaluation of eDNA for groundwater invertebrate detection and monitoring: a case study with endangered Stygobromus (Amphipoda: Crangonyctidae). Conservation Genetics Resources doi:10.1007/s12686-017-0785-2.


  • Porter, M.L., N.W. Roberts, & J.C. Partridge (2016) Evolution under pressure and the adaptation of visual pigment compressibility in deep-sea environments. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 105:160-165.

  • Porter, M.L. (2016) Beyond the eye: Molecular evolution of extraocular photoreception. Integrative and Comparative Biology 52(5):842-852.

  • Porter, M.L. (2016) Collecting and processing mysids, stygiomysids, and lophogastrids. Journal of Crustacean Biology 36(4):592-595.

  • Battelle, B.-A., J.F. Ryan, K.E. Kempler, S.R. Saraf, C.E. Marten, W.C. Warren, P. Minx, M.J. Montague, P.J. Green, S.A. Schmidt, L. Fulton, N.H. Patel, M.E. Protas, R.K. Wilson, & M.L. Porter (2016) Opsin repertoire and expression patterns in horseshoe crabs: Evidence from the genome of Limulus polyphemus (Arthropoda: Chelicerata). Genome Biology and Evolution 8(5):1571-1589. doi:10.1093/gbe/evw100.


  • Bok, M.J., M.L. Porter, T.W. Cronin (2015) Ultraviolet filters in stomatopod crustaceans: diversity, ecology, and evolution. Journal of Experimental Biology. 218(13):2055-2066. doi:10.1242/jeb.122036.

  • Meland, K, J. Mees, M.L. Porter, & K.J. Wittmann (2015) Taxonomic review of the orders Mysida and Stygiomysida (Crustacea, Peracarida). PLoS One 10(1): e0124656. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124656.


  • Speiser, D.I., M.S. Pankey, A.K. Zaharoff, B.-A. Battelle, H.D. Bracken-Grissom, J.W. Breinholt, S.M. Bybee, T.W. Cronin, A. Garm, A.R. Lindgren, N.H. Patel, M.L. Porter, M.E. Protas, A.S. Rivera, J.M. Serb, K.S. Zigler, K.A. Crandall, and T.H. Oakley (2014) Using phylogentically-informed annotation (PIA) to search for light-interacting genes in transcriptomes from non-model organisms. BMC Bioinformatics 15:350 (doi:10.1186/s12859-014-0350).

  • Porter, M.L., L. Suarez, A. Kingston, C. Hofmann, E. Cameron, R. McCready, T.W. Cronin, & P.R. Robinson (2014) Characterization of visual pigments, oil droplets, lens and cornea in the whooping crane Grus americana. Journal of Experimental Biology 217(21):3883-3890.

  • How, M.J.*, M.L. Porter*, A.N. Radford, K.D. Feller, S.E. Temple, R.L. Caldwell, N.J. Marshall, T.W. Cronin, and N.W. Roberts (2014) Out of the blue: The evolution of horizontally polarized signals in Haptosquilla (Crustacea, Stomatopoda, Protosquillidae). Journal of Experimental Biology 217:3425-343. (cover article; * co-first authors)

  • Roberts, N.W., M.J. How, M.L. Porter, S.E. Temple, R.L. Caldwell, S.B. Powell, V. Gruev, N.J. Marshall, and T.W. Cronin (2014) Animal polarization imaging and implications for optical processing. Proceedings of the IEEE 102(10):1427-1434. (cover article)

  • Bok, M.J., M.L. Porter, A.R. Place, and T.W. Cronin (2014) Biological sunscreens tune polychromatic ultraviolet vision in mantis shrimp. Current Biology 24:1636-1642.


  • Feller, K.D., T.W. Cronin, S.T. Ahyong, and M.L. Porter (2013) Morphological and molecular description of the late-stage larvae of Alima Leach, 1817 (Crustacea: Stomatopoda) from Lizard Island, Australia. Zootaxa 3722:22-32.

  • Porter, M.L., D.I. Speiser, A.K. Zaharoff, R.L. Caldwell, T.W. Cronin, and T.H. Oakley (2013) The evolution of complexity in the visual systems of stomatopods: Insights from transcriptomics. Integrative and Comparative Biology 53(1):39-49. (cover article)

  • Engel, A.S., L. Johnson, & M.L. Porter (2013) Arsenite oxidase gene diversity among Chloroflexi and Proteobacteria from El Tatio Geyser Field, Chile. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 83:745-756. doi: 10.1111/1574-6941.12030.


  • Porter, M.L., J.R. Blasic, M.J. Bok, E.G. Cameron, T. Pringle, T.W. Cronin, & P.R. Robinson (2012) Shedding new light on opsin evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:3-14.

  • Breinholt, J.W., M.L. Porter, & K.A. Crandall (2012) Testing phylogenetic hypotheses of the subgenera of the freshwater crayfish genus Cambarus (Decapoda: Cambaridae). PLoS ONE 7(9): e46105. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046105.



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