Published Papers

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O'Connor, T.K., R.G. Laport, and N.K. Whiteman. 2019. Polyploidy in creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) shapes the distribution and diversity gradients of specialist herbivores. Journal of Biogeography 46:

Ng, J., W. Weaver, and R.G. Laport. 2019. Testing Darwin's naturalization conundrum using phylogenetic relationships: generalizable patterns across disparate communities. Diversity and Distributions 25: 361-373.

Gaynor, M, J. Ng, and R.G. Laport. 2018. Phylogenetic structure of plant communities: are polyploids distantly related to co-occurring diploids? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6: 52.

Laport, R.G., J. Ng. 2017. Out of one, many: the biodiversity considerations of polyploidy. American Journal of Botany, 104: 1119-1121. Chosen for inclusion in the 2018 Wiley virtual issue celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Laport, R.G., P. Muhia, C. Kennell, H. Hasan. 2017. Assessing water use variation among the cytotypes of the autopolyploid southwestern desert creosotebush (Larrea tridentata (DC.) Coville; Zygophyllaceae). MadroƱo 64: 32-42.

Laport, R.G., R.L. Minckley, J. Ramsey. 2016. Ecological distributions, phenological isolation, and genetic structure in sympatric and parapatric populations of the Larrea tridentata polyploid complex. American Journal of Botany 103: 1358-1374.

DeLong, J.P., V.E. Forbes, N. Galic, J.P. Gibert, R.G. Laport, J.S. Phillips, J.M. Vavra. 2016. How fast is fast? Eco-evolutionary dynamics and rates of change in populations and phenotypes. Ecology and Evolution 6: 573-581.

Laport, R.G. 2016. Remnant American chestnut (Castanea dentata [Marsh.] Borkh.) in upland forests of northwestern New York. In Press, Proceedings of the Rochester Academy of Science. BioRxiv 

Laport, R.G., and J. Ramsey. 2015. Morphometric analysis of the North American creosote bush (Larrea tridentata, Zygophyllaceae) and the microspatial distribution of its chromosome races. Plant Systematics & Evolution 301: 1581-1599.

Laport, R.G., L. Hatem, R.L. Minckley, J. Ramsey. 2013. Ecological niche modeling implicates climatic adaptation, competitive exclusion, and niche conservatism among Larrea tridentata cytotypes in North American deserts. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 140: 349-363.

Laport, R.G., and R.L. Minckley. 2012. Occupation of active Xylocopa virginica nests by the recently invasive Megachile sculpturalis in upstate New York. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 85: 384-386.

Laport, R.G., and R.L. Minckley. 2013. Cytogeography of Larrea tridentata at the Chihuahuan-Sonoran Desert ecotone. In: G.J Gottfried, P.F. Ffolliott, B.S. Gebow, L.G. Eskew, and L.C. Collins, comps. Proceedings, Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th conference on research and resource management in the southwestern deserts; May 1-5, 2012, Tucson, AZ. RMRS-P-67. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO, USA.

Laport, R.G., R.L. Minckley, J. Ramsey. 2012. Phylogeny and cytogeography of the North American Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata; Zygophyllaceae). Systematic Botany 37: 153-164.

Glor, R.E., and R.G. Laport. 2012. Are subspecies of Anolis lizards that differ in dewlap color and pattern also genetically distinct?: A Mitochondrial Analysis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64: 255-260.

Cooper, J.L., B.J. Till, R.G. Laport, M.C. Darlow, J.M. Kleffner, A. Jamai, T. El-Mellouki, S. Liu, R. Ritchie, N. Nielsen, K.D. Bilyeu, K. Meksem, L. Comai, S. Henikoff. 2008. TILLING to detect induced mutations in soybean. BMC Plant Biology 8(9).


Till, B.J., J. Jankowicz-Cieslak, O.A. Hyunh, M.M. Beshir, R.G. Laport, B.J. Hofinger. 2015. Low-Cost Methods for Molecular Characterization of Mutant Plants. Tissue Desiccation, DNA Extraction and Mutation Discovery: Protocols. Springer International Publishing.

Popular press

Ng, J. and R.G. Laport. 2014. What's the Buzz about Flower Color Diversity? Aquilegia 38(4): 24-26.  Newsletter of the Colorado Native Plant Society. 

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