In press


  • Lappin AK, Wilcox SC, Moriarty DJ, Stoeppler SAR, Evans SE, Jones MEH. 2017. Bite force in the horned frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli) with implications for extinct giant frogs. Scientific Reports 7:11963. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-11968-6.

  • Lappin AK, Jones MEH. 2014. Reliable quantification of bite-force performance requires use of appropriate biting substrate and standardization of bite out-lever. J. of Experimental Biology 217:4303-4312. doi:10.1242/jeb.106385.

  • Erickson GM, Gignac PM, Lappin AK, Vliet KA, Brueggen JD, Webb GJW. 2014. A comparative analysis of ontogenetic bite-force scaling among Crocodylia. J. of Zoology, London 292:48-55. doi:10.1111/jzo.12081.

  • Wilcox SC, Lappin AK. 2013. Burst-swimming performance predicts the outcome of cannibalistic interactions in Green Poison Frog larvae (Dendrobates auratus). J. of Experimental Zoology A 319:495-504.

  • Yeo S-H, Monroy JA, Lappin AK, Nishikawa KC, Pai DK. 2013. Phenomenological models of the dynamics of muscle during isotonic shortening. J. of Biomechanics 46:2419-2425.

  • Erickson GM, Gignac PM, Steppan SJ, Lappin AK, Vliet KA, Brueggen JD, Inouye BD, Kledzik D, Webb GJW. 2012. Insights into the ecology and evolutionary success of crocodilians revealed through bite-Force and tooth-pressure experimentation. PLoS ONE 7(3):e31781. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031781

  • Deban SM,Lappin AK. 2011. Thermal effects on the dynamics and motor control of ballistic prey capture in toads: maintaining high performance at low temperature. J. of Experimental Biology 214:1333-1346.

  • Curtis N, Jones MEH, Lappin AK, P. O’Higgins, S.E. Evans, M.J. Fagan. 2010. Comparison between in vivo and theoretical bite performance: Using multi-body modeling to predict muscle and bite forces in a reptile skull. J. of Biomechanics 43:2804-2809.

  • Jones MEH, Lappin AK. 2009. Bite-force performance of the last rhynchocephalian (Lepidosauria: Sphenodon). J. of the Royal Society of New Zealand 39:71-83.

  • Husak JF ,Lappin AK, Van den Bussche RA. 2009 The fitness advantage of high-performance weapon. Biological J. of the Linnaean Society 96:840-845.

  • Macedonia, JM, Lappin AK, Loew ER, Mcguire JA, Hamilton PS, Plasman M, Brandt Y, Lemos-Espinal JA, Kemp DJ. 2009. Conspicuousness of Dickerson’s collared lizard (Crotaphytus dickersonae) through the eyes of conspecifics and predators. Biological J. of the Linnaean Society 97:749-765.

  • Monroy JA, Lappin AK, Nishikawa KC. 2007. Elastic properties of active muscle—on the rebound? Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews 35:174-179.

  • McGuire JA, Linkem CW, Koo MS, Hutchison DW, Lappin AK, Orange DI, Lemos-Espinal JA, Riddle BR, Jaeger FR. 2007. Mitochondrial introgression and incomplete lineage sorting through space and time: phylogenetics of crotaphytid lizards. Evolution 61:2879-2897.

  • Nishikawa K, Biewener A, Aerts P, Ahn A, Chiel H, Daley M, Daniel T, Full R, Hale M, Hedrick T, Lappin AK, Nichols TR, Quinn R, Ritzmann R, Satterlie R, Szymik B. 2007. Neuromechanics: An integrative approach for understanding motor control. Integrative and Comparative Biology 47:16-54.

  • Lappin AK, Brandt Y, Husak JF, Macedonia JM, Kemp DJ. 2006. Gaping displays reveal and amplify a mechanically-based index of weapon performance. The American Naturalist 168:100-113.

  • Lappin AK, Monroy JA, Pilarski JQ, Zepenewski ED, Pierotti DJ, Nishikawa KC. 2006. Storage and recovery of elastic potential energy powers ballistic prey capture in toads. J. of Experimental Biology 209:2535-2553.

  • Lappin AK, Hamilton PS, Sullivan BK. 2006. Bite-force performance and head shape in a sexually dimorphic crevice-dwelling lizard, the Common Chuckwalla [Sauromalus ater (= obesus)]. Biological J. of the Linnaean Society 88:215-222.

  • Husak JF ,Lappin AK, Fox SF, Lemos-Espinal JA. 2006. Bite-force performance predicts dominance in male venerable collared lizards (Crotaphytus antiquus). Copeia 2006(2):301-306.

  • Lappin AK, German M. 2005. Feeding behavior modulation in the leopard lizard (Gambelia wislizenii): Effects of noxious vs. innocuous prey. Zoology 108:287-295.

  • Erickson GM, Lappin AK, Larson P. 2005. Androgynous rex: utility of chevrons for determining the sex of crocodilians and non-avian dinosaurs. Zoology 108:277-286.

  • Lappin AK, Husak JF. 2005. Weapon performance, not size, determines mating success and potential reproductive output in the collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris). The American Naturalist 166:426-436.
  • Macedonia JM, Husak JF, Brandt YM, Lappin AK, Baird TA. 2004. Sexual dichromatism and color conspicuousness in three populations of collared lizards (Crotaphytus collaris) from Oklahoma. J. of Herpetology 38 (3):340-354.
  • Erickson GM, Lappin AK, Parker T, Vliet KA. 2004. Comparison of bite-force performance between long-term captive and wild American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). J. of Zoology, London 262:21-28.
  • Erickson GM, Lappin AK, Vliet KA. 2003. Ontogeny of bite-force performance in American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). J. of Zoology, London 260:317-327.
  • Lappin AK, Swinney EJ. 1999. Sexual dimorphism as it relates to the natural history of leopard lizards (Crotaphytidae: Gambelia). Copeia 1999(3):649-660.

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