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Journal titles in green link to a pdf of published articles

30. Murphy, S. M., M. C. Vidal*, C. J. Hallagan*, E. E. Barnes*, and E. D. Broder.  In Press.  A slow-growth high-mortality meta-analysis for insects: a comment on Chen & Chen.  Insect Science

29. Vidal, M. C.*, K. Grenis*, W. R. Lehto*, R. M. Tinghitella and S. M. Murphy.  In press.  Butterfly hunt: the role of density dependence in Batesian and Mullerian mimicry. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.

28. Grenis, K.*, W. R. Lehto*, S. M. Murphy, M. C. Vidal* and R. M. Tinghitella.  In press.  Animals on Treadmills: Critical thinking and public perception of science.  National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.

27. Ries, L. S. M. Murphy, G. M. Wimp and R. Fletcher.  2017.  What do we really know about edge effects? A lot, but here’s waht we don’t know.  Current Landscape Ecology Reports 2:30-41.

26. Barnes, E. E.*, S. Gosnell**, C. Hallagan**, K. E. Otten**, L. P. Slayter** and S. M. Murphy.  2016.  Performance of western tent caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum) on two common host plants, including a new host plant record.  Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 70(4): 277-282.

25. Murphy, S. M., A. H. Battocletti*, R. M. Tinghitella, G. M. Wimp and L. Ries.  2016.  Complex community and evolutionary responses to habitat fragmentation and habitat edges: what can we learn from insect science?  Current Opinion in Insect Science 14: 61-65.

24. Murphy, S. M. and K. J. Loewy*.  2015.  Trade-offs in host choice of an herbivorous insect based on parasitism and larval performance.  Oecologia 179: 741-751.

23. Grenis, K.*, B. Tjossem** and S. M. Murphy.  2015.  Predation of larval Lepidoptera in habitat fragments varies spatially and temporally but is not affected by light pollution.  Journal of Insect Conservation 19: 559-566.

22. Murphy, S. M., J. T. Lill, M. D. Bowers and M. S. Singer.  2014.  Enemy-free space for parasitoids.  Environmental Entomology 43(6): 1465-1474.

21. Stoepler, T. M., J. T. Lill and S. M. Murphy.  2014.  Intraplant movement of generalist slug caterpillars (Limacodidae: Lepidoptera): Effects of host plant and light environment.  Environmental Entomology 43(6): 1561-1573.

20. Murphy, S. M., T. M. Stoepler, K. Grenis*, and J. T. Lill.  2014. Host ontogeny determines parasitoid use of a forest caterpillar.  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 150: 217-225.

19. Fiorentino, V. L.**, S. M. Murphy, T. M. Stoepler and J. T. Lill.  2014.  Facilitative effects of group feeding on performance of the saddleback caterpillar, Acharia stimulea (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae).  Environmental Entomology 43:131-138.

18. Loewy, K. J.*, A. Flansburg**, K. Grenis*, M. Kjeldgaard**, J. McCarty**, L. Montesano**, J. Vernick** and S. M. Murphy.  2013.  Life history traits and rearing techniques for fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea Drury) in Colorado.  Journal of the Lepdiopterists’ Society 67(3): 196-205.

17. Wimp, G. M., S. M. Murphy, D. Lewis, M. R. Douglas*, R. Ambikapathi**, L’A. Van-Tull**, C. Gratton and R. F. Denno.  2013.  Predator hunting mode influences patterns of prey use from grazing and epigeic food webs.  Oecologia 171: 505-515.

16. Murphy, S. M., G. M. Wimp, D. Lewis and R. F. Denno.  2012.  Nutrient presses and pulses differentially impact plants, herbivores, detritivores and their natural enemies.  PLoS ONE 7(8): e43929.

15. Gates, M. W., J. T. Lill, R. R. Kula, J. E. O’Hara, D. B. Wahl, D. R. Smith, J. B. Whitfield, S. M. Murphy and T. M. Stoepler*.  2012.  Review of parasitiod wasps and flies (Hymenoptera, Diptera) associated with Limacodidae (Lepidoptera) in North America, with a key to genera.  Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 114(1): 24-110.

14. Stoepler, T. M.*, J. T. Lill and S. M. Murphy.  2011.  Cascading effects of host size and host plant species on parasitoid resource allocation.  Ecological Entomology 36: 724-735.

13. Murphy, S. M., J. T. Lill. and M. E. Epstein.  2011.  Natural history of limacodid moths (Zygaenoidea) in the environs of Washington, DC.  Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 64(3): 137-152.


12. Wimp, G. M., S. M. Murphy, D. Lewis and L. Ries.  2011.  Do edge responses cascade up or down a multi-trophic food web?  Ecology Letters 14: 863-870.

11. Murphy, S. M. and J. T. Lill.  2010.  Winter predation of diapausing cocoons of slug caterpillars (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae).  Environmental Entomology 39(6): 1893-1902.

10. Wimp, G. M., S. M. Murphy, Finke, D. L., A. F. Huberty and R. F. Denno. 2010. Increased primary production shifts the structure and composition of a terrestrial arthropod community. Ecology 91(11): 3303-3311.

9. Kula, R. R., J. T. Lill, S. M. Murphy and T. Stoepler*.  2010. The first host records for the nearctic species Triraphis discoideus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae).  Entomological News 120(4): 380-386.

8. Murphy, S. M., S. M. Leahy**, L. S. Williams** and J. T. Lill.  2010.  Stinging spines protect slug caterpillars (Limacodidae) from multiple generalist predators. Behavioral Ecology 21(1): 153-160.

7. Murphy, S. M., J. T. Lill and D. R. Smith.  2009.  A scattershot approach to host location:  Uncovering the unique life history of the Trigonalyid hyperparasitoid Orthogonalys pulchella Cresson.  American Entomologist 55(2): 82-87.

6. Murphy, S. M.  2008. Notes on Papilio machaon aliaska (Papilionidae) populations near Fairbanks, AK.  Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 62(2): 80-83.

5. Murphy, S. M.  2007b.  Inconsistent use of host plants by the Alaskan swallowtail butterfly: Adult preference experiments suggest labile oviposition strategy. Ecological Entomology 32: 143-152.

4. Murphy, S. M.  2007a.  The effect of host plant on larval survivorship of the Alaskan swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon aliaska).  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 122: 109-115.

3. Murphy, S. M. and P. P. Feeny.  2006.  Chemical facilitation of a naturally-occurring host shift by Papilio machaon butterflies(Papilionidae). Ecological Monographs 76(3): 399-414.

2. Murphy, S. M.  2004.  Enemy-free space maintains swallowtail butterfly host shift. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101(52): 18048-18052.

1. Murphy, S. M. and Y. B. Linhart.  1999. Comparative morphology of  the gastrointestinal tract in the feeding specialist Sciurus aberti and several generalist congeners.  Journal of Mammalogy 80 (4): 1325-1330.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Morris, J. A. and S. M. Murphy.  2015.  A New Community Garden on the University of Denver Campus.  Denver Museum of Nature and Science Reports 2: 6-8. (see below for PDF of entire volume)

Edited Volumes

Murphy, S. M. editor.  2015.  26th Annual Meeting of the High Country Lepidopterists.  Denver Museum of Nature and Science Reports 2: 1-11.

Published Data Reports

Murphy, S. M., G. M. Wimp, D. Lewis and R. F. Denno.  2012.  Data from: Nutrient presses and pulses differentially impact plants, herbivores, detritivores and their natural enemies.  Dryad Digital Repository.

Walker, D. A., N. A. Auerbach, T. K. Nettleton, A. Gallant, and S. M. Murphy.  1997.  Arctic System Science Flux Study Data Report.  Happy Valley Permanent Vegetation Plots: site factors, physical and chemical soil properties, plant species cover, photographs, soil descriptions and ordination.  Tundra Ecosystems Analysis and Mapping Laboratory, University of Colorado.

Other papers from the Murphy Lab

Grenis, K.  2012.  An alternate method for collecting nocturnal insects in tree-less habitats.  Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 66(4): 237-239.

Grenis, K., L. C. Cepero, M. C. Vidal.  2016.  Evaluating adaptive hypotheses: the case of the poop-shooting caterpillar.  National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.