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2014

Phillips JB and Jorge PE (2014). Olfactory navigation: failure to attempt replication of critical experiments keeps controversy alive. Reply to Wallraff. Anim. Behav. 90:e7-e9.

Jorge P, Phillips J, Goncalves A, Marques P, and Nemec P (2014) Odours stimulate neuronal activity in the dorsolateral area of the hippocampal formation during path integration.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281(1783):20140025

2013

Painter, MS, DH Dommer, WW Altizer, R Muheim & JB Phillips 2013. Spontaneous magnetic orientation in larval Drosophila shares properties with learned magnetic compass responses in adult flies and mice. J. Exp. Biol. 216: 1307-1316.

Diego-Rasilla, FJ & JB Phillips 2013. Use of a light-dependent magnetic compass for y-axis orientation in European common frog (Rana temporaria) tadpoles.  J. Comp. Physiol. A 199: 619-628.

Durif, CMF, Browman, HI, Phillips, JB, Skiftesvik, AB, Vãllestad, LA & Stockhausen, HH 2013 Magnetic Compass Orientation in the European Eel. PLoS ONE 8, e59212.

Phillips JB, Youmans PW, Muheim R, Sloan KA, Landler L, et al. (2013) Rapid Learning of Magnetic Compass Direction by C57BL/6 Mice in a 4-Armed ‘Plus’ Water Maze.PLoS ONE 8(8): e73112. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073112.

2012

Deutschlander, M.E., Phillips, J.B. & Munro, U. (2012) Age-Dependent Orientation to Magnetically-Simulated Geographic Displacements in Migratory Australian Silvereyes (Zosterops l. lateralis).The Wilson Journal of Ornithology124, 467-477.

2010

Jorge, P., A. Estrela, & J.B. Phillips 2010. Activational effects of odours on avian navigation. J. Roy. Soc. B 277: 45-49. 

Phillips, J. B., P.E. Jorge, & R. Muheim 2010. Light-dependent magnetic compass orientation in amphibians and insects: candidate physiological and molecular mechanisms. J. R. Soc. Interface 7: S241-256. 

Phillips, J. B., R. Muheim, & P. E. Jorge 2010. A behavioral perspective on the biophysics of the light-dependent magnetic compass: a link between directional and spatial perception? J. Exp. Biol. 213: 3247-3255. 

Diego-Rasilla, F.J., R.M. Luengo & J.B. Phillips 2010. Light-dependent magnetic compass in Iberian green frog tadpoles. Naturwissenschaften 97: 1089-1095. 

2009

Phillips, J.B. & P. Jorge 2009. What can homing pigeons tell us about navigational impairments in Alzheimer’s patients? Activational effects of odors. Commun. Integr. Biol. 2(6): 494-496. 

Muheim, R., J.B. Phillips & M.E. Deutschlander 2009. White-throated sparrows calibrate their magnetic compass by polarized light cues both in the beginning of migration in autumn and at the end of migration in spring. J. Exp. Biol. 212: 3466-3472. 

Willis, J, J.B. Phillips, R. Muheim, F.J. Diego-Rasilla, and A.J. Hobday 2009. Spike dives of juvenile southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii): a navigational role? Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 64: 57-68. 

2008

Diego-Rasillo, F.J., R.M. Luengo & J.B. Phillips 2008. Use of a magnetic compass for nocturnal homing orientation in the palmate newt, Lissotriton helveticus. Ethology 114: 808-815. 

Dommer, D.H., Gazzolo, P.J., Painter, M.S., and J.B. Phillips 2008. Magnetic compass orientation by larval Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Insect Physiology 54:4: 719-726. 

Muheim, R., S. Akesson & J.B. Phillips 2008. Response to R. Wiltschko et al. (J. Ornithol.): Contradictory results on the role of polarized light in compass calibration in migratory songbirds. J. Ornith. 149: 659-662.

2007

Diego-Rasillo, F.J. and J.B. Phillips 2007. Magnetic compass orientation in larval Iberian green frogs, Pelophylax perezi. Ethology 113: 1-6. 

Muheim, R., J.B. Phillips, and S. Akesson 2007. Magnetic compass of migratory songbirds is calibrated by skylight polarization at sunrise and sunset.  J. Ornithol. 148: Supplement 2. S485-S494. .

2006

Muheim, R, J.B. Phillips, S. Akesson 2006. Polarized light cues underlie compass calibration in migratory songbird. Science 313: 837-839. 

Muheim, R., F.R. Moore & J.B. Phillips 2006. Calibration of magnetic and celestial compass cues - a review of cue-conflict experiments. J. Exp. Biol. 209: 2-17. 

Rowe, M.P., C.L. Baube & J.B. Phillips 2006. Trying to see red through stickleback photoreceptors: Functional substitution of receptor sensitivities. Ethology 112: 218-229. 

Phillips, J.B., R. Muheim & K. Schmidt-Koenig 2006. True Navigation: Sensory Bases of Gradient Maps.  In M.F. Brown and R.G. Cook (Eds.). Animal Spatial Cognition: Behavioral, Comparative, Computational & Neural Approaches. [Available On-line: (Fall 2006)].

Muheim, R, N.M. Edgar, K.S. Sloan & J.B. Phillips 2006. Magnetic compass orientation in C57BL/6 mice. Learn. Behav. 34:366-373. 

Freake, M.J., R. Muheim & J.B. Phillips 2006. Magnetic Maps in Animals – a theory comes of age? Quart. Rev. Biol. 81:327-347. 

2005

Freake, M.J. & J.B. Phillips. 2005. Light-dependent shift in bullfrog tadpole magnetic compasss orientation: evidence for a common magnetoreception mechanism in anuran and urodele amphibians. Ethology 111: 241-254. 

Diego-Rasilla, F. J., R. M. Luengo & J. B. Phillips 2005. Magnetic compass mediates nocturnal homing by the alpine newt, Triturus alpestris. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 58: 361-365. 

Wente, W.H. & J.B. Phillips 2005. Microhabitat selection by the Pacific treefrog, Hyla regilla. Anim. Behav. 70: 279-287 

Wente, W.H. & J. B. Phillips 2005. Seasonal color change in a population of Pacific treefrogs, Hyla regilla. J. Herp. 39: 161-165.

2004

Ritz, T, P. Thalau, J.B. Phillips, R. Wiltschko & W. Wiltschko. 2004. Resonance effects indicate a radical-pair mechanism for avian magnetic compass. Nature 429: 177-180. 

Rowe, M.P., C.L. Baube, E.R. Lowe & J.B. Phillips 2004. Optimal mechanisms for finding and selecting males: How threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) should encode male belly colors. J. Comp. Physiol. 190: 241-256. 

2003

Deutschlander , M.E., M.J. Freake, S.C. Borland, J.B. Phillips, R.C. Madden, L.E. Anderson, & B.W. Wilson. 2003. Learned magnetic compass orientation by the Siberian Hamster, Phodopus sungorus. Animal Behaviour 65: 779-786. 

Fischer, J.H., U. Munro, & J.B. Phillips. 2003. Magnetic navigation by an avian migrant? In: Avian Migration. P. Berthold, E. Gwinner & E. Sonnenschein (Eds.). pp. 423-432. Springer: Heidelberg, New York.

Wente, W.H. & J.B. Phillips 2003. Fixed green and brown color morphs and a novel color changing morph in the Pacific treefrog, Hyla regilla. Amer. Nat. 162: 461-473. 

2002

Freake, M.J., S.C. Borland & J.B. Phillips. 2002. Use of a magnetic compass for Y-axis orientation in l larval bullfrogs, Bufo catesbeiana. Copeia 2002: 466-471.

Phillips, J.B., S.C. Borland, M.J. Freake, J. Brassart & J.L. Kirschvink. 2002. 'Fixed axis' magnetic orientation by an amphibian: non-shoreward-directed compass orientation, misdirected homing or positioning a magnetite-based map detector in a consistent alignment relative to the magnetic field? J. Exp. Biol. 205: 3903-3914. 

Ritz, T., D.H. Dommer & J.B.Phillips. 2002. Shedding light on vertebrate magnetoreception. Neuron 34: 503-506. 

Phillips, J.B., M.J. Freake, J.H. Fischer, S.C. Borland 2002. Behavioral titration of a magnetic map coordinate. J. Comp. Physiol. 188: 157-160. 

2001

Fischer, J.H., M.J. Freake, S.C. Borland & J.B. Phillips. 2001. Evidence for the use of a magnetic map by an amphibian. Anim. Behav. 62(1): 1-10. (pdf )

Phillips, J.B., M.E. Deutschlander, M.J. Freake, S.C. Borland 2001. The role of extraocular photoreceptors in newt magnetic compass orientation: evidence for parallels between light-dependent magnetoreception and polarized light detection in vertebrates. J. Exp. Biol. 204: 2543-2552. 

Möller, A., M. Gesson, C. Noll, J. Phillips, R. Wiltschko and W. Wiltschko 2001. Light-dependent magnetoreception in migratory birds: previous exposure to red light alters the response to red light. In: Orientation and Navigation - Birds, Humans and other Animals. Royal Institute of Navigation, Oxford, pp. 6-1 - 6-6.

2000

Deutschlander, M.E. , J.B. Phillips & S.C. Borland 2000. Magnetic compass orientation in the Eastern red-spotted newt, Notophthalmus viridescens: Rapid acquisition of the shoreward axis. Copeia 2000 : 413-419.

1999

Brassart, J., J.L. Kirschvink, J.B. Phillips & S.C Borland. 1999. Ferromagnetic material in the Eastern red-spotted newt. J. Exp. Biol. 202: 3155-3160.

Deutschlander , M.E. , S.C. Borland & J.B. Phillips. 1999a. Extraocular magnetic compass in newts. Nature 400: 324-325. 

Deutschlander , M.E. , J.B. Phillips & S.C. Borland. 1999b. The case for light-dependent magnetic orientation in animals. J. Exp. Biol. 202: 891-908. 

Phillips, J.B., W. Wiltschko & U. Munro 1999. Visual system involvement in magnetoreception in birds. In: Adams, N. & R. Slotow (Eds.). Proc. 22nd Int. Ornithol. Congr., Durban, University of Natal.

1998

Phillips, J.B. 1998. Magnetoreception. In: Amphibian Biology, Vol. 2, Sensory Perception. H. Heatwole (Ed.), Surrey Beatty & Sons.

1997

Munro, U., J.A. Munro & J.B. Phillips. 1997a. Evidence for a magnetite-based navigational "map" in birds. Naturwissenschaften 84: 26-28. 

Munro, U., J.A. Munro, J.B. Phillips & W. Wiltschko. 1997b. Effect of wavelength of light and pulse magnetisation on different magnetoreception systems in a migratory bird. Australian Journal of Zoology 45: 189-198.( pdf )

Phillips, J.B. and M.E. Deutschlander 1997. Magnetoreception in terrestrial vertebrates: Implications for possible mechanisms of EMF interaction with biological systems. In: The Melatonin Hypothesis: Electric Power and the Risk of Breast Cancer, R.G. Stevens, L.E. Andrews, & B.W. Wilson (Eds.). Battelle Press, Coumbus, OH, pp. 111-172.

1996

Phillips, J.B. 1996. Magnetic navigation. J. Theor. Biol. 180: 309-319. 

1995 and older

Phillips, J.B., K. Adler & S.C. Borland. 1995. True navigation by an amphibian. Anim. Behav. 50: 855-858. 

Deutschlander, M. and J.B. Phillips 1995. Characterization of an ultraviolet photo- reception mechanism in the retina of an amphibian. Neurosci. Let. 197: 93-96.

Phillips, J.B. & S.C. Borland. 1994. Use of a specialized magnetoreception system for homing by the eastern red-spotted newt, Notophthalmus viridescens. J. Exp. Biol. 188: 275-291. 

Phillips, J.B. & O. Sayeed. 1993. Wavelength-dependent effects of light on magnetic compass orientation in Drosophila melanogaster. J Comp Physiol A 172: 303-308. 

King, R.B., S. Hauff and J.B. Phillips. 1994. Physiological Color Change in the Green Treefrog: Responses to Background Brightness and Temperature. Copeia (2):422-432.

King, R., Douglas, J.K., J.B. Phillips and C. Baube. 1993. Scotopic spectral sensitivity of the optomotor response in the green tree frog Hyla cinerea. J. Exp. Zool. 267:40-46.

Rodda, G.H. and J.B. Phillips. 1992. Navigational systems develop along similar lines in amphibians, reptiles and birds. Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 4:43-51.

Phillips, J.B. and F.R. Moore.  1992.  Calibration of the sun‑compass of a migratory bird by sunset polarized light patterns.  Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 31:189‑194

Phillips, J.B. & S.C. Borland. 1992a. Magnetic compass orientation is eliminated under near-infrared light in the eastern red-spotted newt, Notophthalmus viridescens. Anm. Behav 44: 796-797. 

Phillips, J.B. & S.C. Borland. 1992b. Behavioral evidence for the use of a light-dependent magnetoreception mechanism by a vertebrate. Nature 359:142-144. 

Etchberger, C.R., M.A. Ewert, J.B. Phillips, C.E. Nelson and H.D. Prange. 1992. Physiological responses to carbon dioxide in embryonic red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta). J. Exp. Zool. 264:1-10.

Waldvogel, J.A. & J.B. Phillips. 1991. Pigeon homing: Olfactory navigation does not explain the permanent‑resident deflector-loft effect. J. Exp. Biol. 155:643-660. 

Etchberger, C.R., J.B. Phillips, M.A. Ewert, C.E. Nelson, and H.D. Prange. 1991. Effects of oxygen concentration on sex determination in the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta). J. Exp. Zool. 258:394-403.

Phillips, J.B. 1990. Lek behavior in birds: Do displaying males reduce nest predation? Anim. Behav. 39:555-565. (.pdf)

Moore , F.R. and J.B. Phillips. 1988. Sunset, skylight polarization and the migratory orientation of yellow-rumped warblers (Dendroica coronata). Anim. Behav. 36:1770-1778.

Waldvogel, J.A., J.B. Phillips, and A.I. Brown. 1988. Changes in the short‑term deflector loft effect are linked to the sun compass of homing pigeons. Anim. Behav. 36:15-158.

Phillips, J.B. and J.A. Waldvogel. 1988. Celestial polarized light patterns as a calibration reference for the sun compass of homing pigeons. J. Theor. Biol. 131:55-67.

Madden, R.M. and J.B. Phillips. 1987. Failure to demonstrate magnetic field sensitivity in two species of small mammal. Anim. Learn. Behav. 15:130-134.

Phillips, J.B. 1987. Homing orientation in the Eastern red-spotted newt (Notophthalums viridescens). J. Exp. Biol. 131: 215-229.

Phillips, J.B. 1986a. Magnetic compass orientation in the Eastern red-spotted newt, Notophthalmus viridescens. J. Comp. Physiol. 158: 103-109. (.pdf )

Phillips, J.B. 1986b. Two magnetoreception pathways in a migratory salamander. Science 233: 765-767. (.pdf)

Adler, K. and J.B. Phillips. 1985. Orientation in a desert lizard (Uma notata): time compensated compass movement and polarotaxis. J. Comp. Phyiol. 156:547-552.

Phillips, J.B. and J.A. Waldvogel. 1982. Reflected light cues generate the short-term deflector-loft effects, pp. 190-202. In: Avian Navigation. Papi, F. and H.G. Wallraff, (Eds.). Springer-Verlag.

Waldvogel, J.A., J.B. Phillips, D.B. McCorkle, and W.T. Keeton. 1980. Short‑term residence in deflector lofts alters initial orientation of homing pigeons. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 7:207-211.

Schmidt-Koenig, K. and J.B. Phillips. 1978. Local anesthesia of the olfactory membrane and homing in pigeons. In: Animal Migration, Navigation, and Homing. Schmidt‑Koening, K. and W.T. Keeton (Eds.). Springer-Verlag.

Phillips, J.B. 1977. Use of the earth's magnetic field by orienting cave salamanders (Eurycea lucifuga). J. Comp. Physiol. A. 121:273-288.