The Secor Laboratory of Evolutionary and Integrative Physiology

at the University of Alabama




 Journal articles:

  1. Secor, S.M. 1987. Courtship and mating behavior of the speckled kingsnake, Lampropeltis getulus holbrooki. Herpetologica 43:15-28. pdf

  2. Secor, S.M. 1987. The golden topminnow, Fundulus chrysotus (Cyrpinodontidae), an addition to the fish fauna of Oklahoma. Southwest. Nat. 32:522-525. pdf

  3. Secor, S.M. 1988. Perch sites of calling male bird-voiced treefrogs, Hyla avivoca, in Oklahoma. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 68:71-73. pdf

  4. Secor, S.M. 1990. Reproductive and combat behavior of the Mexican milksnake, Lampropeltis mexicana. J. Herpetol. 24:217-221. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  7. Secor, S.M. 1994. Ecological significance of movements and activity range for the sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes. Copeia 1994:631-645. pdf

  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. pdf

  9. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1995. Adaptive responses to feeding in Burmese pythons, pay before pumping. J. Exp. Bio. 198:1313-1325. pdf

  10. Secor, S.M. 1995. Digestive response to the first meal in hatchling Burmese pythons (Python molurus). Copeia. 1995:947-953. pdf

  11. Secor, S.M. 1995. Ecological aspects of foraging mode for the snakes Crotalus cerastes and Masticophis flagellum. Herp. Monog. 9:169-186. pdf

  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. pdf

  13. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1997. Determinants of post-feeding metabolic response in Burmese pythons (Python molurus). Physiol. Zool. 70:202-212. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  19. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 1998. A vertebrate model of extreme physiological regulation. Nature 395:659-662. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  23. Secor, S.M. and J. Diamond. 2000. Evolution of regulatory responses to feeding in snakes. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 73:123-141. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  26. Secor, S.M. 2001. Regulation of digestive performance: a proposed adaptive response. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 128:565-577. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  33. Secor, S.M. 2005. Evolutionary and cellular mechanisms regulating intestinal performance of amphibians and reptiles. Integr. Comp. Biol. 45:66-78. pdf

  34. Secor, S.M. 2005. Physiological responses to feeding, fasting, and estivation for anurans. J. Exp. Biol. 208:2595-2608. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  38. Ott, B.D., and S.M. Secor. 2007. Adaptive regulation of digestive performance in the genus Python. J Exp. Biol. 210:340-356 pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  45. Secor, S.M. 2008. Digestive physiology of the Burmese python, broad regulation of integrated performance. J. Exp. Biol. 211:3767-3774. pdf

  46. Secor, S.M. 2009. Specific dynamic action, a review of the postprandial metabolic response. J. Comp. Physiol. 179:1-56. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  51. Cox, C.L. and S. M. Secor. Integrated postprandial responses of the diamondback watersnake, Nerodia rhombifer. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 83:618-631. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. pdf

  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. 183-208. In. Aestivation: Molecular and Physiological Aspects (Navas, C.A. and J.E. de Carvalho, eds). Springer Publ., Heidelberg.

  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.