Publications

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Moran, R. L., Jaggard, J. B., Roback, E. Y., Kenzior, A., Rohner, N., Kowalko, J. E., Ornelas-García, P., McGaugh, S. E., Keene, A. C. In review. Hybridization underlies localized trait evolution in cavefish. (preprint)

O’Gorman, M., Thakur, S., Imrie, G., Moran, R. L., Rohner, N., McGaugh, S. E., Keene, A. C., and Kowalko, J. E. In press. Pleiotropic function of the albinism gene oca2 reveals co-evolution of albinism and sleep loss. Current Biology. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2021.06.077 (link) (preprint)

Chang, C.-H., Catchen, J. M., Moran, R. L., Rivera-Colon, A., Wang, Y.-C. and Fuller, R. C. 2021. Sequence analysis and ontogenetic expression patterns of cone opsin genes in the bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei). Journal of Heredity. esab2021. doi:10.1093/jhered/esab017 (link)

Warren, W. C., Aspiras, A., Boggs, T. E., Borowsky, R., Carlson, B. M., Damen, F., Ferrufino, E., Gross, J.B., Hillier, L., Hu, Z., J., Keene, A. C., Kowalko, J. E., Tomlinson, C., Kremitzki, M. Lemieux, M. E., Lindsay-Graves, T., McGaugh, S. E., Miller, J. T., Mommersteeg, M., Moran, R. L., Peu, R., Rice, E., Riddle, M., Sifuentes-Romero, I., Stanhope, B. A., Tabin, C., Thakur, S., Yoshiyuki, Y., Rohner, N. 2021. A chromosome level genome of Astyanax mexicanus surface fish for comparing population-specific genetic differences contributing to trait evolution. Nature Communications. 12, 1447. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-21733-z NCOMMS-20-25279 (link)

Reid, B. N., Moran, R. L., Kopak, C. J., Fitzpatrick, S. W. 2021. Rapture-ready darters: sequence capture outperforms whole-genome data regardless of reference genome in Etheostoma. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.13275 (link) (preprint)

Moran, R. L., Catchen, J. M., and Fuller, R. C. 2020. Genomic resources for darters (Percidae: Etheostominae) provide insight into postzygotic barriers implicated in speciation. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 37(3):711-729. doi:10.1093/molbev/msz260 (link) (pdf)
Covered by Illinois News Bureau.

Moran, R. L., Zhou, M., Catchen, J. M., and Fuller, R. C. 2018. Hybridization and postzygotic isolation promote reinforcement of male mating preferences in a diverse group of fishes with traditional sex roles. Ecology and Evolution. 8(18): 9282-9294. doi:10.1002/ece3.4434 (pdf)

Moran, R. L., and Fuller, R. C. 2018Agonistic character displacement of genetically based male color patterns across darters. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 285(1884): 20181248doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.1248  (preprint) (pdf)
Covered by Illinois News Bureau.

Moran, R. L., R. M. Soukup, M. Zhou, and R. C. Fuller. 2018. Egg viability decreases rapidly with time since ovulation in the rainbow darter Etheostoma caeruleum: implications for the costs of choosiness. Journal of Fish Biology. 92(2):532–536. doi:10.1111/jfb.13523 (pdf)

Moran, R. L. and R. C. Fuller. 2018. Male-driven reproductive and agonistic character displacement in darters and its implications for allopatric speciation.  Current Zoology. 64(1):101-113. doi:10.1093/cz/zox069 (link) (pdf)
Invited contribution to Special Column on Male Competition and Speciation.

Moran, R. L., M. Zhou, J. M. Catchen, and R. C. Fuller. 2017. Male and female contributions to behavioral isolation in darters as a function of genetic distance and color distance. Evolution. 71(10):2428-2444. doi:10.1111/evo.13321 (link) (pdf)

Moran, R. L., C. N. von Ende, and B. H. King. 2014. Seasonal colour change and antipredator behaviour in Etheostoma (Percidae). Journal of Fish Biology. 84(2014):1188–1194doi:10.1111/jfb.12327 (pdf)

Moran, RL., C. N. von Ende, and B. H. King. 2013. Mate choice copying in two           species of darters (Percidae: Etheostoma). Behaviour. 150(11):1255-1274.  doi:10.1163/1568539X-00003092 (pdf)

Moran, RL. 2012. Breeding fantail darters in captivity. American Currents. 37(4):21- 22. (pdf)

Moran, R. L. 2013. Mate choice copying, nuptial coloration, and anti-predator behavior in banded darters and fantail darters. Masters Thesis, Northern Illinois University. (link)

Moran, R. L. 2011. Growth and developmental plasticity of Chaoborus americanus populations. University Honors Thesis, Northern Illinois University. (pdf)