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Maginnis TL.  2006.  Leg regeneration in a stick insect stunts wing size and hinders flight performance (Sipyloidea sipylus).  Proceedings of the Royal Society: B  273(1595): 1811-1814.

Maginnis TL.  2006.  Costs of regeneration and autotomy in animals: a review and framework for future research.  Behavioral Ecology 17(5): 857-872.

Maginnis TL and LP Maginnis. 2007.  Aututomy and regeneration in Didymuria violescens (Phasmatodea) in New South Wales, Australia.  The Australian Entomologist 34(1): 27-32.

Maginnis TL, CL Cool* and JL Muniz*.  2008.  Some observations on the mating behavior of the giant walking stick Megaphasma dentricus.  Texas Journal of Science 60(1): 57-62.

Maginnis TL.  2008.  The cause of autotomy in a stick insect: predation versus molting.  Florida Entomologist 91(1): 126-127.

Maginnis TL.  2009.  New non-fiction: reviews and suggestions for their use in organismal courses.  Bioscene 35(2): 46-49.

Maginnis TL and CR Redmond*.  2009.  Leg regeneration trade-offs in the two-striped walking stick (Phasmatodea).  Annuals of the Entomological Society of America 102(6): 1099-1104.

Ramsey ME, TL Maginnis, RY Wong, C Brock, ME Cummings.  2012.  Identifying context-specific gene profiles of social, reproductive and mate preference behavior in a fish with female mate choice.  Frontiers in Neurogenomics 6(62): 1-15.

Brady, PC, K Travis, TL Maginnis, and ME Cummings.  2013.  The polarocryptic mirror: a biological adaptation for open-ocean camouflage.  Proceedings of the National Acadmey of Sciences.  110(24): 9764–9769.  

Maginnis TL, M Niederhausen, KS Bates*, TB White-Toney*.  2014.  Patterns of Autotomy and Regeneration in Hemigrapsus nudus.  Journal of Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology. 47(3): 135-146.

Maginnis, TL, ML Isikbay*, SG Degerstedt*, TJ Luethke*, M Ortman*.  2015.  Autotomy, regeneration and aggression in the purple shore crab, Hemigrapsus nudus. Journal of Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology.  48(4): 241-251. 

Maginnis, TL and CR Redmond*.  2016.  Sexual vs. asexual reproduction in a stick insect (Megaphasma dentricus).  The Texas Journal of Science. 65(1): 3-13.

Maginnis, TL.  2016.  Expanded Northern Range of Acanthodoris rhodoceras in Oregon. The Dredgings. 56(2): 6-7.  (my photograph of the nudibranch A. rhodoceras was featured on the cover of this issue).



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Tara Maginnis

Associate Professor

Departments of Biology and Environmental Studies




Marine Biology (Bio 338) and Lab (Bio 368)

Introduction to Oceanography (Env 162)

Animal Behavior (Bio 347)

Sexual Selection (Bio 388)

Entomology (Bio 391) and Lab (Bio 392)

Evolution, Ecology, and Culture of East Africa (Bio & Cst 391)

Evolution (Bio 453)





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Research Students:

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Class of 2017:

Amanda Munro, Katy Kennedy, Sawyer Reid, Kara Termulo, and Zack Turley


Class of 2016:

Lauren Arkoosh, Audrey Gard, Luke Kemp, Jill Maples, Matt Perry, Stephanie Rager, Piper Stevie, Zach Turley, Kara Turmelo, Jake Williams


Class of 2015:

Jeff Fang, Megan Gogal, Ryan Kain, Cassidy McCartney, Richard Parsons, Taylor Rudow (video of Taylor's research as part of the Provost's Research Initiative!), Clayton Steed, Deanna Williams, Marci Witczak


Class of 2014:

Katie Bates, Chris Delap, Steven King, Jeff Veon, Madelyn Voelker, Tai White-Toney


Class of 2013:

Jordan Albrich, Ryan Atkins, Beth Bernards, Rachel Brauner, Emma Larson, Tim Luethke, Kelsey Nevins, Matt Ortman


Class of 2012:

Sara Bayer, Spencer Degerstedt, Elliot Frank, Lizz Hepp, Kate Huber, Masis Isikbay, Hailey Knettles, Amiana McEwen, Michael Pacholec, John Varner, Eric Wilkman







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