Bold names denote lab members; ^denotes high school student co-authors; *denotes undergraduate co-authors
Higgins BA, Law CJ, & Mehta RS. 2018. Eat whole and less often: ontogenetic shiftreveals size specialization on kelp bass by the California moray eel, Gymnothorax mordax. Oecologia. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-018-4260-x.
Kienle SS, Hermann-Sorensen H, Costa DP, Reichmuth C, & Mehta RS. 2018. Comparative feeding strategies and kinematics in phocid seals: suction without specialized skull morphology. Journal of Experimental Biology.jeb.179424.doi:10.1242/jeb.179424.
Law CJ & Mehta RS. 2018. Degree of carnivory drives the evolution of sexual dimorphism in crania size and bite force in Musteloidea. Evolution.72:1950–1961.
Baliga VB & Mehta RS. 2018. Phylo-allometric analyses showcase the interplay between life history patterns and phenotypic convergence in cleaner wrasses. American Naturalist. 191, E000-E000. doi:10.1086/697047.
Law CJ, Slater G, & Mehta RS. 2018. Lineage diversity and size disparity in Musteloidea: testing patterns of adaptive radiation using molecular and fossil-based methods. Systematic Biology. 67:127–144.
Higgins BA and Mehta RS. 2017. Distribution and habitat associations of the California moray (Gymnothorax mordax) within Two Harbors, Santa Catalina Island, California. Environmental Biology of Fishes. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10641-017-0684-0.
Kienle SS, Law CJ, Costa DP, Berta A, & Mehta RS. 2017. Revisiting the behavioural framework of feeding in predatory aquatic mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 284:20171035.
Baliga VB, Bernstein ZJ^, Sundaram S^, & Mehta RS. 2017. Labrid cleaner fishes show kinematic convergence as juveniles despite variation in morphology.
Law CJ, Baliga VB, Tinker MT, & Mehta RS. 2017. Asynchrony in craniomandibular development and growth in Enhydra lutris nereis (Carnivora: Mustelidae): Are southern sea otters born to bite? Biological Journal of Linnean Society. 121:420-438.
Diluzio AR*, Baliga VB, Higgins BA, and Mehta RS. 2017. Effects of prey characteristics on the feeding behaviors of an apex marine predator, the California moray (Gymnothorax mordax). Zoology. 122:80–89.
Harrison JS*, Higgins BA, and Mehta RS. 2017. Scaling of dentition and prey size in the California moray (Gymnothorax mordax). Journal of Zoology. 122:16–26.
Higgins BA, Pearson D, and Mehta RS. 2017. El Niño episodes coincide with California moray Gymnothorax mordax settlement around Santa Catalina Island, California. Journal of Fish Biology. 90:1570–1583.
Law CJ, Venkatram V^, and Mehta RS. 2016. Sexual dimorphism of craniomandibular morphology in southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis). Journal of Mammalogy 97:1764-1773.
Law CJ, Young C, and Mehta RS. 2016. Ontogenetic scaling of theoretical bite forces in southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 89:347-363.
Baliga VB and Mehta RS. 2016. Ontogenetic allometry in shape and flexibility underlies life history patterns of labrid cleaning behavior. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56:416–427.
Collar DC, Quintero M*, Buttler B*, Ward AB, and Mehta RS. 2016. Body shape transformation along a shared axis of anatomical evolution in labyrinth fishes (Anabantoidei). Evolution 70: 555–567.
Baliga VB and Law CJ. 2016. Cleaners amongst wrasses: phylogenetics and evolutionary patterns of cleaning behavior within Labridae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 94A:424–435.
Barley SC, Mehta RS, Meeuwig JJ, and Meekan MG. 2015. To knot or not? Novel feeding behaviours in moray eels. Marine Biodiversity 46:703–705.
Baliga VB and Mehta RS. 2015. Linking cranial morphology to prey capture kinematics in three cleaner wrasses: Labroides dimidiatus, Larabicus quadrilineatus, and Thalassoma lutescens. Journal of Morphology 276:1377–1391.
Ward AB, Costa A, Monroe SL, Aluck RJ, and Mehta RS. 2015. Locomotion in elongate fishes: A contact sport. Zoology 118:312–319.
Collar DC, Wainwright PC, Alfaro ME, Revell LJ, and Mehta RS. 2014. Biting disrupts integration to spur skull evolution in eels. Nature Communications 5:5505.
Baliga VB and Mehta RS. 2014. Scaling patterns inform ontogenetic transitions away from cleaning in Thalassoma wrasses. Journal of Experimental Biology 217:3597-3606.
Collar DC, Reece JS, Alfaro ME, Wainwright PC, and Mehta RS. 2014. Imperfect morphological convergence variable changes in cranial structures underlie transitions to durophagy in moray. American Naturalist 183:E168–84.
Ward AB and Mehta RS. 2014. Differential occupation of axial morphospace. Zoology 117:70–76.
Santini F, Kong X, Sorenson L, Carnevale G, Mehta RS, and Alfaro ME. 2013. A multi-locus molecular timescale for the origin and diversification of eels (Order: Anguilliformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69:884-894.
Collar DC, Reynaga C*, Ward AB, and Mehta RS. 2013. A revised metric for quantifying body shape in vertebrates. Zoology 116:246–257.
Reece JS and Mehta RS. 2013. Evolutionary history of elongation and maximum body length in moray eels (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi: 10.1111/bij.12098
Holzman R, Collar DC, Mehta RS, and Wainwright PC. 2012. An integrative modeling approach to elucidate suction feeding performance. Journal of Experimental Biology 215:1-13.
Holzman R, Collar DC, Mehta RS, and Wainwright PC. 2011. Functional Complexity Can Mitigate Performance Trade-Offs. The American Naturalist 177:3 E69-E83.
Mehta RS, Ward AB, Alfaro ME, and Wainwright PC. 2010. Body Elongation in Eels. Integrative and Comparative Biology 50:1091-1105.
Ward AB and Mehta RS. 2010. Axial Elongation in Fishes: Using Morphological Approaches to Elucidate Developmental Mechanisms in Studying Body Shape. Integrative and Comparative Biology 50:1106-1119.
Tran H*, Mehta RS, and Wainwright PC. 2010. The effects of ram speed on juvenile tarpon feeding kinematics. Zoology 113: 75-84.
Mehta RS. 2009. Ecomorphology of the moray bite: Relationship between dietary extremes and morphological diversity. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 82:90-103.
Mehta RS. 2009. Experience shapes the development of behavioral repertoires of hatchling snakes. Journal of Ethology 27:143-151.
Holzman R, Day SW, Mehta RS, and Wainwright PC. 2008. Integrating the determinants of suction feeding forces in centrarchid fishes. Journal of Experimental Biology 211:3296-3305.
Wainwright PC, Mehta RS, and Higham TE. 2008. Stereotypy, flexibility and coordination: Central concepts in behavioral functional morphology. Journal of Experimental Biology 211:3523-3528.
Holzman, R, Day SW, Mehta RS , and Wainwright PC. 2008 . Jaw protrusion enhances forces exerted on prey by suction feeding fishes. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 5:1445-1447.
Mehta RS and Wainwright PC. 2008. Functional innovation in the pharyngeal jaw apparatus of moray eels. Journal of Morphology 269:604-619.
Mehta RS and Burghardt GM. 2008. Contextual flexibility: Reassessing the effects of prey size and status on prey restraint behavior of macrostomate snakes. Ethology 114:133–145.
Mehta RS and Wainwright PC. 2007b. Raptorial jaws help moray eels swallow large prey. Nature 449:79-82.
Mehta RS and Wainwright PC. 2007a. Biting releases constraints on moray eel feeding kinematics. The Journal of Experimental Biology 210:495-504.
Mehta RS. 2006. Meal size effects on antipredator behavior of hatchling trinket snakes, Elaphe helena. Ethology 112:649-656.
Mehta RS. 2003. Prey-handling behavior of hatchling Elaphe helena (Colubridae). Herpetologica 59:469-474.