Diagram of integration of behavioral and nutritional ecology
Butterfly protease 3D model
Pheromonal differences between sexes and subspecies of Pieris rapae

BOLD = lab members, **undergraduate authors


Robledo-Ospina, L.E., Morehouse, N.I., Escobar, F., Falcón-Brindis, A., Jiménez, M.L., Rao, D. 2021. Prey colour biases of araneophagic mud-daubing wasps. Animal Behaviour, 172:25-33. PDF

LeCroy, K.A., Arceo-Gómez, G., Koski, M.H., Morehouse, N.I., and Ashman, T.-L. 2021. Floral color properties of serpentine seep assemblages depend on community size and species richness. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11:2107. PDF


Morehouse, N.I. 2020. Spider vision. Current Biology, 30:R963-983. PDF

Ren, A., Day, C.R., Hanly, J.J., Counterman, B.A., Morehouse, N.I., and Martin, A. 2020. Convergent evolution of broadband reflectors underlies metallic coloration in butterflies. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8:206. PDF

Morehouse, N.I., Raubenheimer, D., Kay, A., and Bertram, S.M. 2020. Integrating nutritional and behavioral ecology: Mutual benefits and new frontiers. Advances in the Study of Behavior, 52:29-63. PDF


Plakke, M.S., Walker, J.L., Lombardo, J.B.**, Goetz, B.J.**, Pacella, G.N.**, Durrant, J.D., Clark, N.L., and Morehouse, N.I. 2019. Characterization of female reproductive proteases in a butterfly from functional and evolutionary perspectives. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 92(6):579-590. PDF

Hill, J.A., Rastas, P., Hornett, E.A., Neethiraj, R., Clark, N., Morehouse, N.I., de la Paz Celorio-Mancera, M., Cols, J.C., Dircksen, H., Meslin, C., Keehnen, N., Pruisscher, P., Sikkink, K., Vives, M., Vogel, H., Wiklund, C., Woronik, A., Boggs, C., Nylin, S., Wheat, C. 2019. Unprecedented reorganization of holocentric chromosomes provides insights into the enigma of lepidopteran chromosome evolution. Science Advances, 5(6):eaau3648. PDF

Goté, J.T.**, Butler, P.M., Zurek, D.B., Buschbeck, E.K., and Morehouse, N.I. 2019. Growing tiny eyes: How juvenile jumping spiders retain high visual performance in the face of size limitations and developmental constraints. Vision Research, 160:24-36. PDF

Morehouse, N.I. and Outomuro, D. 2019. Visual signals using incident light. Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, 2nd Ed. Editor-in-Chief: Jae Choe, Elsevier, Academic Press, 1:500-507. PDF


Nallu, S., Hill, J., Don, K., Sahagun, C., Zhang, W., Meslin, C., Snell-Rood, E., Clark, N.L., Morehouse, N.I., Bergelson, J., Wheat, C.W., and Kronforst, M.R. 2018. The molecular genetic basis of herbivory between butterflies and their host-plants. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2:1418-1427. PDF

Sandre, S-L., Kaart, T., Morehouse, N.I., Tammaru, T. 2018. Weak and inconsistent associations between melanic darkness and fitness related traits in an insect. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 31(12):1959-1968. PDF

McQueen, E.W. and Morehouse, N.I. 2018. Rapid divergence of pheromone profiles between subspecies of the butterfly Pieris rapae. Journal of Insect Science, 18(2):33. PDF


Meslin, C., Cherwin, T.S.**Plakke, M.S., Small, B.S.**, Goetz, B.J.**Morehouse, N.I., and Clark, N.L. 2017. Structural complexity and molecular heterogeneity of a butterfly ejaculate reflect a complex history of selection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(27),E5406-E5413. PDF

Echeverri, S.A.Morehouse, N.I., and Zurek, D.B. 2017. Control of signaling alignment during the dynamic courtship display of a jumping spider. Behavioral Ecology. PDF

Morehouse, N.I., Buschbeck, E.K., Zurek, D.B., Steck, M., and Porter, M.L. 2017. Molecular evolution of spider vision: New opportunities, familiar players. Biological Bulletin. PDF


Limeri, L.B., and Morehouse, N.I. 2016. The evolutionary history of the ‘alba’ polymorphism in the butterfly sub-family Coliadinae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 117(4),716-724. PDFSupplemental Material

Taylor, L.A., Amin, Z.**, Maier, E.B.**, Byrne, K.J.**, and Morehouse, N.I. 2016. Flexible color-learning in an invertebrate predator: Habronattus jumping spiders can learn to prefer or avoid the color red when foraging. Behavioral Ecology, 27(2),520-529. PDF


Zurek, D.B., Cronin, T.W., Taylor, L.A., Byrne, K.**, Sullivan, M., and Morehouse, N.I. 2015. Spectral filtering enables trichromatic vision in colorful jumping spiders. Current Biology, 25(10), R403-R404. PDF

Plakke, M.S., Deutsch, A.B.**, Meslin, C., Clark, N.L. and Morehouse, N.I. 2015. Dynamic digestive physiology of a female reproductive organ in a polyandrous butterfly. Journal of Experimental Biology, 218, 1548-1555. PDF

Snell-Rood, E., Cothran, R., Espeset, A., Jeyasingh, P., Hobbie, S. and Morehouse, N.I. 2015. Life history evolution in the anthropocene: Effects of increasing nutrients on traits and tradeoffs. Evolutionary Applications. PDF

Meslin, C., Plakke, M.S, Deutsch, A.B.**, Small, B.S.**, Morehouse, N.I., and Clark, N.L. 2015. Digestive organ in the female reproductive tract borrows genes from multiple organ systems to adopt critical functions. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(6), 1567-1580. PDFSupplemental Material


Morehouse, N.I. 2014. Condition-dependent ornaments, life histories, and the evolving architecture of resource-use. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 54(4), 591-600. PDF

Limeri, L.B. and Morehouse, N.I. 2014. Sensory biases and the maintenance of color polymorphisms: Viewing the Colias ‘alba’ polymorphism through the male visual system. Functional Ecology, 28(5), 1197-1207. PDF

Ligon, R.A., Dolezal, A.G., Hicks, M.R., Butler, M.W., Morehouse, N.I. and Ganesh, T.G. 2014. Using ants, animal behavior, and the learning cycle to investigate scientific processes. American Biology Teacher, 76, 52-534.  PDF

Taylor, L.A., Maier, E.B.**, Byrne, K.J.**, Amin, Z.** and Morehouse, N.I. 2014. Colour use by tiny predators: Jumping spiders show colour biases during foraging. Animal Behaviour, 90, 149-157. PDF


Hua, J., Morehouse, N.I. and Relyea, R. 2013. Pesticide resistance in amphibians: Induced resistance in susceptible populations, constitutive tolerance in tolerant populations. Evolutionary Applications, 6(7), 1028-1040. PDF

Morehouse, N.I., Mandon, N., Christides, J.P., Body, M., Bimbard, G. and Casas, J. 2013. Seasonal selection and resource dynamics in a seasonally polyphenic butterfly. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26, 175-185. PDF


Meadows, M.G., Morehouse, N.I., Rutowski, R.L, Douglas, J.M. and McGraw, K.J. 2011. Quantifying iridescent coloration in animals: A method for improving repeatability. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 65(6), 1317-1327. PDF

Van Gossum, H., Bots, J, Van Heusden, J, Hammers, M., Katleen, H. and Morehouse, N.I. 2011. Reflectance spectra and morph mating frequencies support intraspecific mimicry in the female colour polymorphic damselfly Ischnura elegans. Evolutionary Ecology. 25(1), 139-154. PDF


Morehouse, N.I. and Rutowski, R.L. 2010. In the eyes of the beholders: Female choice and avian predation risk associated with an exaggerated male butterfly color. American Naturalist, 176(6), 768-784. PDF

Morehouse, N.I., Nakazawa, T., Booher, C.M., Jeyasingh, P.D. and Hall, M.D. 2010. Sex in a material world: Why the study of sexual reproduction and sex-specific traits should become more nutritionally-explicit. Oikos, 119(5), 766-778. PDF

Morehouse, N.I. and Rutowski, R.L. 2010. Developmental responses to variable diet composition in the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae: the role of nitrogen, carbohydrates and genotype. Oikos, 119(4), 636-645. PDF

Lindstedt, C., Morehouse, N.I., Pakkanen, H., Casas, J., Christides, J.P., Kemppainen, K., Lindström, L. and Mappes, J. 2010. Characterizing the pigment composition of a variable warning signal of Parasemia plantaginis larvae. Functional Ecology, 24(4): 759-766. PDF


Morehouse, N.I. and Rutowski, R.L. 2009. Comment on “Floral iridescence, produced by diffraction optics, acts as a cue for animal pollinators.” Science, 325, 1072-d. PDF

Meadows, M.G., Butler, M.W., Morehouse, N.I., Taylor, L.A., Toomey, M.B., McGraw, K.J. and Rutowski, R.L. 2009. Iridescence: views from many angles. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 6, S107-113. PDF

Shawkey, M.D., Morehouse, N.I. and Vukusic, P. 2009. A protean palette: colour materials and mixing in birds and butterflies. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 6, S221-S231. PDF


Morehouse, N.I., Vukusic, P. and Rutowski, R.L. 2007. Pterin pigment granules are responsible for both broadband light scattering and wavelength selective absorption in the wing scales of pierid butterflies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 274, 359-366. PDF

McGraw, K.J., Toomey, M.B., Nolan, P.M., Morehouse, N.I., Massaro, M. and Jouventin, P. 2007. A description of unique fluorescent yellow pigments in penguin feathers. Pigment Cell Research, 20, 301-304. PDF

Rutowski, R.L., Macedonia, J., Merry, J., Morehouse, N.I., Yturralde, K., Taylor-Taft, L., Gaalema, D.*, Kemp, D.J. and Papke, R.S., 2007. Iridescent ultraviolet signaling in the Orange Sulphur butterfly (Colias eurytheme): Spatial, temporal and spectral properties. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 90, 349-364. PDF


Merry, J., Morehouse, N.I., Yturralde, K., and Rutowski, R.L., 2006. Eyes of a patrolling butterfly: Visual field and eye structure in the Orange Sulphur, Colias eurytheme (Lepidoptera, Pieridae). Journal of Insect Physiology, 52(3), 240-248. PDF


Rutowski, R.L., Macedonia, J., Morehouse, N.I. and Taylor-Taft, L., 2005. Pterin pigments amplify iridescent ultraviolet signal in males of the orange sulphur butterfly, Colias eurytheme. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 272, 2329-2335. PDF