Nancy L. Staub, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

I am an organismal biologist interested specifically in salamander evolutionary biology. I study the evolution of sexual dimorphism and monomorphism in various salamander clades. I also have several projects focused on understanding how skin glands are...

Nancy Staub

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Zoology, University of California at Berkeley

B.A., Biology, Earlham College

Courses Taught

BIOL 105: Information Flow in Biological Systems

BIOL 207: Genetics

BIOL 334: Advanced Evolutionary Biology

BIOL 399: Advanced Topics

BIOL 484: Biology Research Seminar

BIOL 499: Senior Colloquium


I am an organismal biologist interested specifically in salamander evolutionary biology. I study the evolution of sexual dimorphism and monomorphism in various salamander clades. I also have several projects focused on understanding how skin glands are used in communication (which ones, of the many in amphibian skin, produce pheromones?). I enjoy all the teaching I do–from freshman introductory biology classes to senior seminars. If you are interested in working in my lab, please schedule a time to chat. I’m always looking for bright and motivated students to work in my lab.

Publications (* indicates undergraduate authors)

Zack, R, EF Vacha, and NL Staub. In press. Science in Action! Outreach Program Promotes Confidence in Teaching Science. The American Biology Teacher.

Staub, NL and RL Mueller. In press. Historical Perspective: David Burton Wake. Copeia 2017.

Staub, NL, LS Blumer, CW Beck, VA Delesalle, GD Griffin, RB Merritt, BS Hennington, WH Grillo, GP Hollowell, SL White, and CM Mader. 2016. Course-based Science Research Promotes Learning in Diverse Students at Diverse Institutions. Council for Undergraduate Research Quarterly 37:36-46.

Sever, DM, AD Pinsoneault*, B Wagner Mackenzie*, DS Siegel & NL Staub. 2016. A Description of the Skin Glands and Cloacal Morphology of the Plethodontid Salamander Karsenia koreana. Copeia 104:816-823.

Staub, NL, M Poxleitner, A Braley, H Smith-Flores, CM Pribbenow, L Jaworski, D Lopatto, and KR Anders. 2016. Scaling Up: Adapting a Phage-hunting Course to Increase Participation of First-year Students in Research. CBE – Life Sciences Education 15:1-11.

Staub, NL. 2016. The Age of Plethodontid Salamanders: A short review on longevity. Copeia 104:118-123.

Staub, NL. 2016. Age, Sexual Dimorphism, and Growth Rates in the Black Salamander, Aneides flavipunctatus (Plethodontidae). Copeia 104:52-59.

Hippe, SR,* CR Propper , and NL Staub. 2014. The presence of sexually dimorphic submandibular glands in Taricha granulosa the Rough-Skinned Newt (Salamandridae). Copeia 2014:38-43.

Sever, DM and NL Staub. 2010. Hormones, sex accessory structures and secondary sexual characters in amphibians, In "Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates" (D.O. Norris and K.H. Lopez, eds.), vol. 2, pp. 83-98, San Diego, Elsevier.

Fontana MF,* LD Houck, and NL Staub. 2007. In situ localization of plethodontid courtship pheromone mRNA in formalin-fixed tissue. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 150:480-485.

Fontana MF,* KA Ask,* RJ MacDonald,* AM Carnes,* and NL Staub. 2006. Loss of traditional mucous glands and presence of a novel mucus-producing granular gland in the plethodontid salamander Ensatina eschscholtzii.   Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 87: 469-477.

Staub, NL, PG Pauw, and D Pauw.* 2006. Seeing the forest through the trees: Helping students appreciate life’s diversity by building the Tree of Life. The American Biology Teacher 68:149-151.

Staub NL, CA Palmer, A Carnes,* C Quitiquit,* and M Susantio.* 2005. A dorsal tail tubercle containing hypertrophied granular and mucous glands is present in female Salamandra luschani (Salamandridae). Herpetologica 61(4):415-421.

Staub, NL and DB Wake. 2005. Aneides ferreus Cope, 1869, Clouded Salamander. Pp 658-660. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. Volume 2: Species Accounts. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

Staub, NL and DB Wake. 2005. Aneides flavipunctatus (Strauch, 1870), Black Salamander. Pp 660-661. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. Volume 2: Species Accounts. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

Staub, NL and DB Wake. 2005. Aneides lugubris (Hallowell, 1949), Arboreal Salamander. Pp 662-664. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. Volume 2: Species Accounts. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

Staub, NL and DB Wake. Aneides vagrans Wake and Jackman, 1998, Wandering Salamander. Pp 664-666. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. Volume 2: Species Accounts. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

Staub, NL. 2002. Teaching evolutionary mechanisms: Genetic drift and "M&M's"®, Bioscience 42:373-377.

Staub, NL and R Anderson.* 2001. A Novel Behavior For Urodeles: Micturition In The Plethodontid Salamander Aneides lugubris. Herpetological Review 32:158-9.

Staub, NL and M DeBeer.* 1997. The role of androgens in female vertebrates: A review. General and Comparative Endocrinology 108:1-24. Chosen for cover article.

Staub, NL and J Paladin.* 1997. The presence of modified granular glands in male and female Aneides lugubris (Amphibia: Plethodontidae). Herpetologica 53:339-344.

Staub, NL, CW Brown, and DB Wake. 1995. Movement patterns of the salamander Ensatina eschscholtzii platensis in the Sierra Nevada of California. Journal of Herpetology 29:593-599.

Staub, NL. 1995. Plethodon idahoensis Predation. Herpetological Review 26: 199.

Staub, NL. 1993. Intraspecific agonistic behavior of the salamander Aneides flavipunctatus (Amphibia: Plethodontidae) with comparisons to other plethodontid species. Herpetologica 49:271-282.