The Secor Laboratory of Evolutionary and Integrative Physiology

at the University of Alabama

Curriculum Vitae

 

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Stephen Molyneux Secor

 

Department of Biological Sciences Phone: (205) 348-1809
Box 870344 Fax: (205) 348-1786
University of Alabama Email: ssecor@biology.as.ua.edu
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0344  

 

Education:

B.S. Forest Biology, 1980, SUNY College of Environmental Sci. & Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
M.S. Zoology, 1985, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
Ph.D. Biology, 1992, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.
Postdoc Physiology, 1992 -1998, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.

 

Academic Appointments:

1992 Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of California, Los Angeles.
1992-97 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physiology, UCLA School of Medicine.
1998 Assistant Researcher, Department of Physiology, UCLA School of Medicine.
1999-01 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Mississippi.
2001-06 Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama.
2006- Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama

 

Awards:

1989 Southern California Academy of Sciences, Jules Crane Award in Biology.
1990 Southern California Academy of Sciences, F. Durham Memorial Award in Vertebrate Zoology.
1991 American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Myvanwy Dick Award for Innovative Research.
1991 Southern California Academy of Sciences, Award in Biology.
1991 Herpetologists' League, Best Student Paper Award.
1991 UCLA, Scherbaum Award for Distinguished Graduate Research.
1992 Sigma Xi, Outstanding Graduate Science Student Award.
1994 American Physiological Society, Scholander Award Semifinalist.
1996 The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, George A. Bartholomew. Distinguished Young Investigator Award.

 

Grant Support:

1997-91 UCLA, three internal graduate research grants totaling $8200.
1985-90 Nine external graduate research grants totaling $9100.
1993-96 National Institutes of Health, Individual National Research Service Award ($72,200).
1993 Center for Ulcer Research and Education, Pilot and Feasibility Grant ($10,000).
1994 Center for Ulcer Research and Education, Pilot and Feasibility Grant ($7,000).
1999 University of Mississippi, Faculty Research Grant ($3,850).
1999 University of Mississippi, Partners Grant ($1,000).
1999 NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program ($190,000, Co-PI).
2000 University of Mississippi, Faculty Research Grant ($3,850).
2000 University of Mississippi, Faculty Research Grant ($1,500).
2000 University of  Mississippi, Associates Grant ($7500).
2001 University of Alabama, Tanglewood Fund ($1200).
2002 University of Alabama, Research Advisory Committee ($4988).
2002 University of Alabama, Tanglewood Fund ($1200).
2003 University of Alabama, Tanglewood Fund ($1200).
2004 University of Alabama, Research Advisory Committee ($4960).
2005 National Science Foundation ($409,985)
2007 National Science Foundation REU supplement ($6000)
2008 National Science Foundation REU supplement ($6000)
2008 Hiberna Corporation ($49,375)
2009 National Science Foundation REU supplement ($6000)

 

 

Professional Affiliations:

American Physiological Society (1998 - present).
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (1981 - 2007).
Ecological Society of America (1984 - 1997).
Herpetologists' League (1981 - 2001).
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (1992 - present).
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (1981-2001).

Professional Service:

  Editorial board member:
        Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (2004 - present)
        International Journal of Zoology (2008 - present)

  Ad hoc reviewer for:

Acta Zoologica, Alytes, American Journal of Physiology, American Midland Naturalists, American Naturalist, American Zoologist, Anatomia, Histologia, Embyrologia, Australian Journal of Zoology, Biological Bulletin, Biological Conservation, Biological Letters, Bioscience, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Conservation Biology, Copeia, Ecological Monographs, Ecology, Experimental Biology Online, Functional Ecology, Herpetologica, Herpetological Journal, Herpetological Monographs, Herpetological Review, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Comparative Physiology, Journal of Crustacean Biology, Journal of Experimental Biology, Journal of Experimental Zoology, Journal of Fish Biology, Journal of Herpetology, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, Journal of Zoology, Limnology and Oceanography, Microcirculation, Miscel@lánia Zoològica, Nature, Oecologica, Physiological Zoology, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, Pflugers Archiv-European Journal of Physiology, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Quarterly Review of Biology, Science, Southeastern Naturalist, The Southwestern Naturalist, Zoo Biology.

  Grant proposal reviewer for:
        National Science Foundation, City University of New York Research Award Program.

 

Committee Memberships:

1999-00 Seminar Committee, Department of Biology, University of Mississippi.
1999-01 Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Biology, University of Mississippi.
1999-01 PreProfessional Advising Committee, University of Mississippi.
2000 Development and Outreach Committee, Department of Biology, University of Mississippi.
2001-06 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, University of Alabama.
2001-06 Curriculum Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama.
2002-04 Chair, Seminar Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama.
2005-08 Library Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama
2006-08 Radiation Control Advisory Committee, University of Alabama
2007-08 Chair, Integrative Physiologists Search Committee, Dept. Biological Sci. Univ. Alabama
2008-09 Chair, Radiation Control Advisory Committee, University of Alabama
2008-09 Facilities Committee, Dept. Biological Sciences, University of Alabama
2009 Chair, Secretary Nominating Committee, DCPB, Soc. of Integrative & Comparative Biol.
2009 Chair, George Bartholomew Award Committee, DCPB, Soc. Integrative Comp. Biol.
2009-10 Chair, Natural Resources Management Search Committee, Dept Biological Sci., Univ. Alabama

 

Public Service:

Outreach Programs
  1984- Display and description of the natural history of amphibians and reptiles to local schools (daycare through 12th grade).
  2001- Display and discussion of amphibians and reptiles at Homecoming, College of Arts and Science tent, Univ. Alabama.
  2004- Display and discussion of amphibians and reptiles, University of Alabama Natural History Museum.
Public lectures
  2004 Tuscaloosa Dietetic Association "The python providing new discoveries in physiology" (11/16/2004).
  2005 Tuscaloosa YMCA "The python providing new discoveries in physiology" (3/21/2005).
  2007 University of Alabama Arboretum Anniversary Lecture "Snakes: Facts, Fiction, and Physiology" (10/22/2007).
  2007 Tuscaloosa Opinion Group, "Snakes: mysteries of nature, models of research" (12/19/2007).
  2009 University of Alabama Osher Life Long Learning Institute "Snakes: mysteries of nature, models of research" (6/15/2009).
  2010 Tuscaloosa Opinion Group "Heart Disease and the Python: A new approach to studying cardiac hypertrophy" (2/3/2010)

 

Teaching Experience:

1992 Vertebrate Morphology, Department of Biology, UCLA.
1999-01 Introductory Physiology, Department of Biology, University of Mississippi.
1999 Inquiry into Life, Department of Biology, University of Mississippi.
2000-01 Human Anatomy and Physiology, University of Mississippi.
2001- Human Physiology, University of Alabama.
2002-04 Principles of Biology, University of Alabama.
2002- Vertebrate Functional Morphology, University of Alabama.
2003- Human Physiology Laboratory, University of Alabama

 

Current Graduate Students:

David Hall (Masters' student) August 2009 - present
Matt Smith (Masters' student) August 2009 - present

Joshua Mays (Doctoral student) August 2010 - present

Completed Graduate Students:

Brian Ott (MS), May 2006
Christian Cox (MS), July 2007

Scott Bessler (MS), August 2010

Post Doctoral Supervising:

Dr. Scott Boback (2004-2007)


Publications:

  1. Secor, S.M. 1987. Courtship and mating behavior of the speckled kingsnake, Lampropeltis getulus holbrooki. Herpetologica 43:15-28.
  2. Secor, S.M. 1987. The golden topminnow, Fundulus chrysotus (Cyrpinodontidae), an addition to the fish fauna of Oklahoma. Southwest. Nat. 32:522-525.
  3. Secor, S.M. 1988. Perch sites of calling male bird-voiced treefrogs, Hyla avivoca, in Oklahoma. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 68:71-73.
  4. Secor, S.M. 1990. Reproductive and combat behavior of the Mexican milksnake, Lampropeltis mexicana. J. Herpetol. 24:217-221.
  5. Secor, S.M., B.C. Jayne, and A.P. Bennett. 1992. Locomotor performance and energetic cost of sidewinding by the snake, Crotalus cerastes. J. Exp. Biol. 163:1-14.
  6. Secor, S.M., E.D. Stein, and J. Diamond. 1994. Rapid up-regulation of snake intestine in response to feeding: a new model of intestinal adaptation. Am. J. Physiol. 266:695-705.
  7. Secor, S.M. 1994. Ecological significance of movements and activity range for the sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes. Copeia 1994:631-645.
  8. Secor, S.M. and K.A. Nagy. 1994. Bioenergetic correlates of foraging mode for the snakes Crotalus cerastes and Masticophis flagellum. Ecology 75:1600-1614.
  9. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1995. Adaptive responses to feeding in Burmese pythons, pay before pumping. J. Exp. Bio. 198:1313-1325.
  10. Secor, S.M. 1995. Digestive response to the first meal in hatchling Burmese pythons (Python molurus). Copeia. 1995:947-953.
  11. Secor, S.M. 1995. Ecological aspects of foraging mode for the snakes Crotalus cerastes and Masticophis flagellum. Herp. Monog. 9:169-186.
  12. Bursey, C.R., S.R. Goldberg, and S.M. Secor. 1995. Hexametra boddaertii (Nematoda: Ascaridae) in the sidwinder, Crotalus cerastes (Crotalidae), from California. J. Helminthol. Soc. Wash. 62:78-80.
  13. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1997. Determinants of post-feeding metabolic response in Burmese pythons (Python molurus). Physiol. Zool. 70:202-212.
  14. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1997. Effects of meal size on post-prandial responses for juvenile Burmese pythons (Python molurus). Am. J. Physiol. 272:R902-R912.
  15. Secor, S.M. and J.A. Phillips. 1997. Specific dynamic action of a large carnivorous lizard, Varanus albigularis. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 117A:515-522.
  16. McWilliams, S.R., D. Afik, and S.M. Secor. 1997.   Patterns and processes in the vertebrate digestive system. Trends Ecol. Evol. 12:420-422.
  17. Conlon, J.M., S.M. Secor, T.E. Adrian, D.C. Mynarcik, and J. Whittaker. 1997. Purification and characterization of islet hormones (insulin, glucagon, pancreatic polypeptide and somatostatin) from the Burmese python, Python molurus. Regul. Pept. 71:191-198.
  18. Conlon, J.M., T.E. Adrian, and S.M. Secor. 1997. Tachykinins (substance P, neurokinin A and neuropeptide y), and neurotensin from the intestine of the Burmese python, Python molurus. Peptides 18:1505-1510.
  19. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1998. A vertebrate model of extreme physiological regulation. Nature 395:659-662.
  20. Li, Z., S.M. Secor, V.A. Lance, M.A. Masini, M. Vallarino, and J.M. Conlon. 1998. Characterization of bradykinin-related peptides generated in the plasma of six sarcopterygian species (African lungfish, amphiuma, coachwhip, bullsnake, gila monster, and Gray's monitor). Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 112:108-114.
  21. Secor, S. M. and J. Diamond. 1999. Maintenance of digestive performance in the turtles Chelydra serpentina, Sternotherus odoratus, and Trachemys scripta. Copeia 1999:75-84.
  22. White, A., S.M. Secor, and J.M. Conlon. 1999. Insulin and proglucagon-derived peptides from the horned frog, Ceratrophrys ornata (Anura: Leptodactylidae). Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 115:143-154.
  23. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 2000. Evolution of regulatory responses to feeding in snakes. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 73:123-141.
  24. Secor, S.M., J.W. Hicks, and A.F. Bennett. 2000. Ventilatory and cardiovascular responses of a python (Python molurus) to exercise and digestion. J. Exp. Biol. 203:2447-2454.
  25. Secor, S.M., E.E. Whang, J.S. Lane, S. W. Ashley, and J. Diamond. 2000. Luminal and systemic signals trigger intestinal adaptation in the Burmese python (Python molurus). Amer. J. Physiol. 279:G1177-G1187.
  26. Secor, S.M. 2001. Regulation of digestive performance: a proposed adaptive response. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 128:565-577.
  27. Secor, S.M., T.R. Nagy, K.E. Johnson, and T. Tamura. 2001. Effect of feeding on circulating micronutrient concentrations in the Burmese python (Python molurus). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 129:673-679.
  28. Secor, S.M., D. Fehsenfeld, J. Diamond, and T. E. Adrian. 2001. Responses of python gastrointestinal regulatory peptides to feeding. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 98:13637-13642.
  29. Secor, S.M., J.S. Lane, E.E. Whang, S. W. Ashley, and J. Diamond. 2002. Luminal nutrient signals for  intestinal adaptation in pythons. Amer. J. Physiol. 283:G1298- G1309.
  30. Secor, S.M., and A.C. Faulkner. 2002. Effects of meal size, meal type, body temperature, and body size on the specific dynamic action of the marine toad, Bufo marinus. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 75:557-571.
  31. Secor, S.M. 2003. Gastric function and its contribution to the postprandial metabolic response of the Burmese python, Python molurus. J. Exp. Biol. 206:1621-1630.
  32. Secor, S.M., and T.R. Nagy. 2003. Non-invasive measure of body composition of snakes using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 136:379-389.
  33. Secor, S.M. 2005. Evolutionary and cellular mechanisms regulating intestinal performance of amphibians and reptiles. Integr. Comp. Biol. 45:66-78.
  34. Secor, S.M. 2005. Physiological responses to feeding, fasting, and estivation for anurans. J. Exp. Biol. 208:2595-2608.
  35. Lignot, J.-H., C. Helmstetter, and S.M. Secor. 2005. Postprandial morphological response of the intestinal epithelium of the Burmese python (Python molurus). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 141:280-291.
  36. Burns, J.M., T. Williams,  S.M. Secor, N. Owen-Smith, N.A. Bargmann, and  M.A. Castellini. 2006. New insights into the physiology of natural foraging. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 79:242-249.
  37. Secor, S.M., and M.C. Boehm. 2006. Specific dynamic action of ambystomatid salamanders and the impact of meal size, meal type, and body temperature. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 79:720-735.
  38. Ott, B.D., and S.M. Secor. 2007. Adaptive regulation of digestive performance in the genus Python. J Exp. Biol. 210:340-356
  39. Secor, S.M., J.A. Wooten, and C.L. Cox. 2007. Effects of meal size, meal type, and body temperature on the specific dynamic action of anuran. J. Comp. Physiol. B 177:165-182.
  40. Cooper, W.E., and S.M. Secor. 2007. Strong response to anuran chemical cues by an extreme dietary specialist, the eastern hog-nose snake (Heterdon platyrhinos). Can. J. Zool. 85:619-625.
  41. Christel, C., S.M. Secor, and D.F. DeNardo. 2007. Metabolic and digestive response to food ingestion in a binge-feeding lizard, the Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum). J. Exp. Biol. 210:3430-3439.
  42. Boback, S.M., C.L. Cox, B.D. Ott, R. Carmody, R.W. Wrangham, and S.M. Secor. 2007. Cooking and grinding reduces the cost of meat digestion. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 148:651-656.
  43. Cox, C.L., and S.M. Secor. 2007. Determinants of energy efficiencies in juvenile Burmese pythons, Python molurus. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 148A:861-868.
  44. Cox, C.L. and S.M. Secor. 2008. Matched regulation of gastrointestinal performance in the Burmese python, Python molurus. J. Exp. Biol. 211:1131-1140.
  45. Secor, S.M. 2008. Digestive physiology of the Burmese python, broad regulation of integrated performance. J. Exp. Biol. 211:3767-3774.
  46. Secor, S.M. 2009. Specific dynamic action, a review of the postprandial metabolic response. J. Comp. Physiol. 179:1-56.
  47. Helmstetter, C., R.K. Pope, M. T'Flachebba, S.M. Secor, and J.-H. Lignot. 2009. The effects of feeding on the morphology and proliferation of the gastrointestinal tract of the Burmese python (Python molurus). Can. J. Zool. 87:1255-1267.
  48. Helmstetter, C., N. Reix, M. T'Flachebba, R.K. Pope, S.M. Secor, Y. Le Maho, and J.-H. Lignot. 2009. Functional changes with feeding of the gastro-intestinal epithelium of Burmese python (Python molurus). Zool. Sci. 26:632-63
  49. Secor, S.M. and S.E. White. 2010. Prioritizing blood flow, cardiovascular performance in response to the competing demands of locomotion and digestion for the Burmese Python, Python molurus. J. Exp Biol. 213:78-88.
  50. Gartner, G.E.A., J.W. Hicks, P.R. Manzani, D.V. Andrade, A.S. Abe, T. Wang, S.M. Secor, and T. Garland. 2009. Phylogeny, ecology, and heart position in snakes. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 83:43-54.
  51. Cox, C.L. and S. M. Secor. Integrated postprandial responses of the diamondback watersnake, Nerodia rhombifer. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 83:618-631.
  52. Barboza, P.S., A. Bennett, J-H. Lignot, R.D. Mackie, T.J. McWhorter, S.M. Secor, N. Skovgaard, M.A. Sundset, and T. Wang. 2010. Digestive challenges for vertebrate animals: microbial diversity, cardio-respiratory coupling and dietary specialization. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 83:764-774.
  53. Bessler, S.M., M.C. Stubblefield, G.R. Ultsch, and S.M. Secor. Determinants and modeling of specific dynamic action for the garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis. Can. J. Zool. 88:808-820.
  54. Costello, E.K., J.I. Gordon, S.M. Secor, and R. Knight. 2010. Postprandial remodeling of the gut microbiota in Burmese python. ISME J. In press.
  55. Andres, D.L., R.E. Espinoza, P. Wilson, S.M. Secor, R.I. Mackie. Consequences of diet switching for digestive function and the gut endosymbiont community of an herbivorous lizard. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. Accepted.

 

Book Chapters:

  1. Secor, S.M. 1992. A preliminary analysis on the movement and home range size of the sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes. pp. 389-394. In: Biology of the Pitvipers. (J. A. Campbell and E.D. Brodie, eds). Selva Press, Tyler, Texas.
  2. Secor, S.M. 1994. Natural history of the sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes. pp. 281-301. In: Herpetology of the North American Deserts (P.R. Brown and J.W. Wright, eds.). Southwestern Herpetologists Society, Van Nuys, California.
  3. Secor, S.M., and B.D. Ott. 2007. Adaptive correlation between feeding habits and digestive physiology for boas and python. Pp. 257-268. In: Biology of Boas and Pythons (R.W. Henderson and R. Powell, eds.). Eagle Mtn Publ.
  4. Ott, B.D., and S.M. Secor. 2007. The specific dynamic action of boas and pythons. Pp. 299-310. In: Biology of Boas and Pythons (R.W. Henderson and R. Powell, eds.). Eagle Mtn Publ.
  5. Secor, S.M. and J.-H. Lignot. 2010. Morphological plasticity of vertebrate aestivation. Pp. In. Aestivation: Molecular and Physiological Aspects (Navas, C.A. and J.E. de Carvalho, eds). Springer Publ. in press.
  6. Secor, S.M. 2010. Energy acquisition: Cost of digestion and assimilation. In. Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology (Farrell, T., J. Cech, J. Richards, and D. Stevens, eds). Elsevier Ltd. In press.

 

Technical Reports:

  1. Secor, S.M. and C.C. Carpenter. 1984. Distribution maps of Oklahoma reptiles. Spec. Publ. No. 3, Okla. Herp. Soc. 57 pp.
  2. Secor, S.M. and G.D. Schnell. 1985. Evaluation of wetland habitats in Oklahoma's Gulf Coastal Plain. Tech. Report Okla. Dept. Wildlife Conservation 110 pp.

 

Book Reviews:

  1. Secor, S.M. 1995. Snakes: ecology and behavior. By R. A. Seigel and J. T. Collins. Quart. Rev. Biol. 70:228.
  2. Secor, S.M. 1995. The natural history of West Indian boas. By P. J. Tolson and R. W. Henderson. Copeia 1995:254-256.
  3. Secor, S.M. 1998. Snakes: the evolution of mystery in nature. By H. W. Greene. Copeia 1998:523- 524.

 

Published Abstracts:

  1. Secor, S.M. 1989. Adaptive strategies of thermoregulation in free-ranging sidewinders, Crotalus cerastes. Am. Zool. 29:9A.
  2. Secor, S.M. 1991. The energetics of the sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes. Northwest Sci. 65:66.
  3. Secor, S.M., E.D. Stein, and J M. Diamond. 1992. Adaptive response of the digestive system by the sit-and-wait foraging snake, Crotalus cerastes. Am. Zool. 32:43A.
  4. Secor, S.M. and J.M. Diamond. 1994. Burmese pythons: a new model of gastrointestinal adaptation. FASEB J. 8:A62.
  5. Diamond, J. and S. Secor. 1994. Costs and benefits of endothermy. The Physiologist 37:A-6.
  6. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1994. Gastrointestinal adaptation of Burmese pythons. The Physiologist 37:A-53.
  7. Secor, S.M. and J.M. Diamond. 1994. Evolution of the digestive response in snakes. Am. Zool. 34:48A.
  8. Secor, S.M., E.E. Whang, S.W. Ashley, and J. Diamond. 1995. Disassociation of function and morphology: a new model of intestinal adaptation using Burmese pythons. Gastroenterology 108:A752.
  9. Secor, S.M., E.E. Whang, S.W. Ashley, and J. Diamond. 1995. Regulatory signals of intestinal adaptation for Burmese pythons. Am. Zool. 35:97A.
  10. Adrian, T.E., S. Secor, D. Fehsenfeld, P. Staab, and J. Diamond. 1996. Gastrointestinal hormone changes and the bowel adaptation associated with feeding in the Burmese python. Gastroenterology 110:A1055.
  11. Lane, J.S., S.M. Secor, J. Diamond, D.W. McFadden, and S.W. Ashley. 1996. The Burmese python: A novel model of pancreatic adaptation. Pancreas 13:445.
  12. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1996. Adaptive responses of digestive physiology in frogs. Am. Zool. 36:17A.
  13. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1997. Adaptive design of digestive physiology. Am. Zool. 37:83A.
  14. Secor, S.M., J.S. Lane, E.E. Whang, S.W. Ashley, and J. Diamond. 1998. Regulatory signals of intestinal adaptation in the python model. FASEB J. 12:A369.
  15. Quinn, K.E., H. Birmingham, N. Zecevic, S. Secor, J.M. Diamond, and B.E. Ehrlich. 1998. The post-fed hypertrophied python heart; a potential model of human heart failure. Biophy. J. 74:A355.
  16. Secor, S.M., J.W. Hicks, A.F. Bennett, and J. Diamond. 1999. Cardiac and ventilatory response in digesting pythons. FASEB J. 13:A744.
  17. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1999. Hydrogen (H2) production by digesting pythons: Fermentation, malabsorption, or putrefication. Am. Zool. 39:95.
  18. Secor, S.M. and T. Nagy. 2000. Postprandial response of plasma lipids and the hormone leptin in
    pythons. Am. Zool. 40:1205.
  19. Secor, S.M., T.R. Nagy, K.E. Johnston, and T. Tamura. 2001. Effects of feeding on circulating
    micronutrient concentrations in Burmese pythons. FASEB J. 15:A89.
  20. Faulkner, A.C., and S.M. Secor. 2001. Determinates of the post-feeding metabolic response of the toad,Bufo marinus. Am. Zool. 41:1441.
  21. Secor, S.M. 2001. The source and sense of the metabolic response to feeding. Am. Zool. 41:1583.
  22. Secor, S.M., and T.R. Nagy. 2001. Determination of lean, fat, and ash mass of snakes using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Am. Zool. 41:1651.
  23. Secor, S.M. 2002. Stomach pH and the cost of gastric digestion for the Burmese python. The Physiologist 45:345.
  24. Secor, S.M. 2002. Allometry of SDA, scaling the metabolic response to digestion. Integr. Comp. Biol.
    42:1309.
  25. Lignot, J.-H. and S.M. Secor. 2002. Postprandial morphological changes of the intestinal villi and
    enterocytes in the Burmese pythons. Integr. Comp. Biol. 42:1267.
  26. Secor, S.M. 2003. Metabolic plasticity during fasting and feeding: from pilot light to full burners. Bull.
    Can. Soc. Zool. 34:93.
  27. Secor, S.M, and S.E. White. 2003. Preliminary investigation in patterns of blood flow during exercise and digestion for the Burmese python (Python molurus). Bull. Can. Soc. Zool. 34:94.
  28. Gandolfi, B.M., C. Bobino, and S.M. Secor. 2003. Allometric scaling of intestinal performance for
    colubrid snakes. Integ. Comp. Biol. 43:878.
  29. Boehm, M.C., and S.M. Secor. 2003. Energy budget models of specific dynamic action for the amphibians Ambystoma tigrinum and Bufo cognatus. Integ. Comp. Biol. 43:1038.
  30. Secor, S.M. 2003. Evolutionary and proximate mechanisms of intestinal adaptation. Integ. Comp. Biol. 43:809.
  31. Lignot, J.-H. and S.M. Secor. 2003. Apoptosis in the intestinal mucosa of the Burmese python. Integ.Comp. Biol. 43:878.
  32. Secor, S.M. and S.E. White. 2004. Effects of exercise, digestion, and body mass on cardiac output and patterns of blood flow for the Burmese python (Python molurus). Integr. Comp. Biol. 44: 639
  33. Bagley, J.C. and S.M. Secor. 2004. The allometry of metabolic and intestinal performance for the marine toad and diamondback water snake. Integr. Comp.Biol.44:674.
  34. Roth, E.B. and S.M. Secor. 2004. Proximate mechanisms regulating performance for the Burmese
    python, Python molurus. Integr. Comp. Biol. 44:743.
  35. Lignot, J.-H., C. Helmstetter, and S.M. Secor. 2004. Structural changes of the intestinal epithelium with fasting and feeding for the Burmese python (Python molurus) Integr. Comp. Biol.719.
  36. Stubblefield, M.C., G.R. Ultsch, and S.M. Secor. 2004. Metabolic and intestinal response to hibernation for the eastern garter snake, Thamnophis s. sirtalis. Integr. Comp. Biol. 44:648.
  37. Ott, B.D. and S.M. Secor. 2004. Metabolic and intestinal responses to feeding for the genus Python.
    Integr. Comp. Biol. 44:616.
  38. Wooten, J.A. and S.M. Secor. 2004. Determinants of the specific dynamic action of anurans. Integr.
    Comp. Biol. 44:668.
  39. Andres, D.L., R.I. Mackie, S.M. Secor, and R.E. Espinoza. 2004. Can the cost of diet switching explain the evolution of herbivory in reptiles? Integr. Comp. Biol. 44:516.
  40. Secor, S.M. and J.-H. Lignot. 2005. Plasticity of intestinal morphology underlies the regulation of nutrient uptake for the Burmese python. FASEB J. 19:A751.
  41. Cox, C. and S.M. Secor. 2005. Determinants of energy efficiencies for juvenile Burmese pythons (Python molurus). Integr. Comp. Biol. 45: 1121.
  42. Secor, S.M. 2005. Heart position in snakes, ontogenetic shifts and correlation with other organs. Integr. Comp. Biol. 45:1071.
  43. Picard, C., E. Newsom, and S.M. Secor. 2005. Postprandial response of circulating metabolites for snakes. Integr. Comp. Biol. 45:1179.
  44. Ott, B.D. and S.M. Secor. 2005. Postprandial upregulation of intestinal morphology and function in
    pythons  Integr. Comp. Biol. 45:1053.
  45. Helmstetter, C., S. M. Secor, R.K. Pope, and J.H. Lignot. 2005. Postprandial cellular replication and
    morphological responses of the Burmese python gastrointestinal tract. Integr. Comp. Biol. 45: 1143.
  46. Hernandez, R.A., S.M. Secor, and R.E. Espinoza. 2005. Is a dietary jack of all trades a master of none? Adaptability of gut form and function in an omnivorous lizard. Integr. Comp. Biol. 45:1011.
  47. Secor, S.M. 2006. Scaling of physiological performance during digestion FASEB J. 20:A823.
  48. Secor, S.M. 2006. Maximum cardiac performance for the Burmese python. The Physiologists 49:C1-51.
  49. Lignot, J., R.K. Pope, S. Secor. C. Helmstetter. 2006. Postprandial morphological responses of the
    gastrointestinal tract of Burmese pythons (Python molurus). The Physiologists 49:C1-51.
  50. Boback, S.M., C.L. Cox, B.D. Ott, R. Carmody, R.W. Wrangham, and S.M. Secor. 2006. Testing the
    selective advantage to cooking in human evolution. Integr. Comp. Biol. 46:e171.
  51. Secor, S.M. and S.E. White. 2006. Cardiovascular response to digestion and exercise in the Burmese
    python. Integr. Comp. Biol. 46:e247.
  52. Boback, S.M. and S.M. Secor. 2006. Causal association between organ masses and aerobic metabolism in the diamondback water snake. Integr. Comp. Biol. 46:e13.
  53. Secor, S.M., S.M. Boback, and J.-H. Lignot. 2006. Spatial and temporal variation in the pH of the
    gastrointestinal tract of the Burmese python. Integr. Comp. Biol. 46:e128.
  54. Ott, B.D. and S.M. Secor. 2006. Implications of meal type effects on specific dynamic action for optimal foraging. Integr. Comp. Biol. 46:e106.
  55. Christel, C.M., D.F. DeNardo, and S.M. Secor. 2006. Gila monster digestion and exendin-4: absence of exendin-4 effect on metabolism, intestinal performance, or plasma nutrient concentration. Integr. Comp. Biol. 46:e25.
  56. Cox, C.L. and S.M. Secor. 2006. Intestinal hydrolase activity of the Burmese python, Python molurus.
    Integr. Comp. Biol. 46:e29.
  57. Pope, R., C. Helmstetter, J. Lignot, and S. Secor. 2007. Bone absorption through specialised intestinal cells in juvenile Burmese pythons. Comp. Biochem Physiol. A 146:S174.
  58. Lignot, J., N. Reix, M.T. Flachebba, C. Helmstetter, R. Pope, and S. Secor. 2007. Feeding-induced
    morphological and thermal changes in the gut of juvenile Burmese pythons. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 146:S174.
  59. Secor, S.M. 2007. The python model: New insights in the regulation of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular performance. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 148:S103.
  60. Cox, C.L. and S.M. Secor. 2007. Modest regulation of gastrointestinal morphology and function for the frequently feeding diamondback watersnake, Nerodia rhombifer. Integr. Comp. Biol. 47:e23.
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  62. Copeland, D.L., K.J. Rodnick, R.L. Earley, and S.M. Secor. 2007. Postprandial response of ventricular mass and metabolic enzyme activities for the Burmese python, Python molurus. Integr. Comp. Biol. 47:e169.
  63. Powolny, T., S. Secor, and J.-H. Lignot. 2007. Thermogenesis of digestion in juvenile Burmese pythons. Integr. Comp. Biol. 47:e220.
  64. Secor, S. and J. Lignot. 2008. Intestinal form dictates function: the underlying mechanisms regulating
    intestinal performance. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 150:S58.
  65. Lignot, J., S. Secor, A. Ackermann, and C. Helmstetter. 2008. Plasticity of the intestinal wall of various Boidae. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 150:S59.
  66. Secor, S.M., C.A. Riquelme, and L. Leinwand. 2009. Python model of physiological and pathological hypertrophy. FASEB J. 23:953.8
  67. Secor, S.M., C. Wall, C. Riquelme, and L. Leinwand. 2010. Morphological and molecular development in python model of pathological cardiac hypertrophy. FASEB J. 24:1036.3

  68. Wall, C.E., C.A. Riquelme, S. Secor, and L.A. Leinwand. 2010. Transcriptional regulation of metabolic genes in the postprandial adaptation. FASEB J. 24:1036.5

 

Invited Seminars:

  1990 - 2003 49 invited seminars.

2004 Department of Plant, Animal, and Environmental Sciences, University of Witwatersrand
2005 Centre d'Ecologie et Physiologie Energetiques, Strasbourg, France
2005 Departments of Evolutionary and Organismal Biology and Bioanthropology, Harvard University
2005 Department of Surgery, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston
2006 Department of Biology, Francis Marion University
2006 Molecular Cellular Division Biology, University of Colorado
2007 Department of Biology, Louisiana State University at Lafayette
2007 Department of Biology, California State University, Fresno
2007 Institute Butantan, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2008 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
2009 Department of Biology, Brock University
2009 Department of Biology, University of Memphis
2010 Department of Zoology, Göteborg University

 

Invited Symposium Presentations:

1991

Venomous Snakes held in Boise, Idaho. "The energetics of the sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes."

1993

Reptilian Behavioral Ecology held at the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles meeting. Bloomington, Indiana. "Ecological consequences of foraging mode for the snakes Crotalus cerastes and Masticophis flagellum."

1994

Ecophysiology of Reptiles held at the Second World Congress of Herpetology. Adelaide, Australia. "Physiological correlates of foraging mode for the snakes Crotalus cerastes and Masticophis flagellum" and "Digestive response to foraging mode in snakes."

1996

George A. Bartholomew Award held at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting. Albuquerque, New Mexico. "Evolutionary design of digestive physiology."

1997

Digestive Tract of Amniotes held in Giessen, Germany. "The snake digestive tract and its adaptive responses."

2000

Physiological Consequences of Feeding held at the Society of Experimental Biology meeting, Exeter, England. "Adaptive interplay between feeding ecology and digestive physiology."

2001

Starvation as a Normal Feature of Animal Life Histories held at the International Union of Physiological Sciences Congress, Christchurch, New Zealand. "Physiological responses to long-term fasting in amphibians and reptiles."

2003

Metabolic Plasticity in Animal Adaptations held at the Canadian Society of Zoologist meeting, Waterloo, Canada. "Metabolic plasticity to feeding and fasting: from pilot light to full burners."

2004

Integrative Biology: A Symposium Honoring George A. Bartholomew held at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. "Evolutionary and proximate mechanisms of intestinal adaptation."

2004

Physiology of Intermittent Feeding held at the International Conference of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Ithala Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. "Metabolic and intestinal responses to life history traits of aphagia for amphibians and reptiles."

2004

Physiology of Foraging held at the International Conference of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Ithala Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. "Feast or famine, physiological responses to feeding and fasting for sit-and-wait foraging snakes."

2007

Snake: Good Model for Physiological Regulation Studies held at the International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Salvador, Brazil. "The python model, new insights in the regulation of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular performance."

2008

Pathology and Physiological Regulation of Cardiac Hypertrophy held at Keystone Symposia, Copper Mountain, Colorado. "The python heart: Extreme regulation of form and function."

2008

The Multifunctional Gut held at the Society of Experimental Biology, Marseille, France. "Intestinal form dictates function: the underlying mechanisms regulating intestinal performance."

2008

The Integrative Comparative Physiology of Digestion held at the International Conference of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. "Form and function: structural plasticity dictates the regulation of intestinal performance."

 

Presentations at Scientific Meetings:

  1983-03 101 first-author presentations (143 total including as co-author).

2004

-Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, New Orleans, Louisiana.

-American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Herpetologists' League, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Norman, Oklahoma.

-International Conference of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Ithala Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

2005

-Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Diego, California.
-Experimental Biology / International Union of Physiological Sciences Congress, San Diego, California.

-American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Herpetologists' League, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Tampa, Florida.

2006

-Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Orlando, Florida
-Experimental Biology, San Francisco, California.

-American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Herpetologists' League, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, New Orleans, Louisiana.

-American Physiology Society, Comparative Physiology, Virginia Beach, Virginia

2007

-Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Phoenix, Arizona

-International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Salvador, Brazil

2008

-Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Antonio, Texas

-Keystone Symposia, Pathological and physiological regulation of cardiac hypertrophy, Copper Mountain, Colorado

-Society of Experimental Biology, Marseille, France

-International Conference of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

2009

-Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston, Mass.

-Experimental Biology, New Orleans, Louisiana

2010

-Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Seattle, Washington
-Experimental Biology, Anaheim, California

-American Physiology Society, Comparative Physiology, Westminster, Colorado

 

Film , TV, and Radio:

1997

Scientific consultant, 'Anaconda', Columbia Pictures.

1998

Scientific consultant on camera, Jackie Bibby setting world record for sitting in bath tub with rattlesnakes, Guinness Prime Time, Fox.

2006

Filming in Everglades and in my laboratory at University of Alabama and interview on the encounter of a Burmese python and alligator in the Everglades National Park. Explorer episode "Python vs. Gator", National Geographic.

2007

Filming in central Florida and interview on the encounter of a Burmese python and alligator in the Everglades National Park. "Python Invasion in the Everglades", Tigress Production, UK.

2007

Filming in my laboratory at the University of Alabama and interview on the adaptive features of the python gut. Daily Plant series, Discovery Channel Canada

2008

Filming in my laboratory at the University of Alabama and interview on the adaptive features of the python gut and use of pythons to test the hypothesis of the energetic advantage of cooking food for human evolution. Evolve series "Guts", History Channel

2009

Filming in my laboratory at the University of Alabama and interview on the introduction of Burmese pythons into the Everglades National Park, produced by Nigel Marven and Image Impact. Shown on Nature Channel as "Invasion of the Giant Python", 02/21/2010

2009

Interview on radio by Spud McConnell (7/15) regarding the establishment of pythons in the Everglades and the attempts to remove them, station WWL, New Orleans.

2010 Filming in my laboratory at the University of Alabama and interview on testing the hypothesis of the energetic advantage of cooking food for human evolution by BBC. Shown on BBC as "Did Cooking Make us Human", 03/02/2010