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  • Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M., K.E. Tracy, K.R. Lips and K.R. Zamudio. 2018. Genetic variation and selection of MHC class I loci differ in two congeneric frogs. Genetica 146: 125-136.

  • Arnold, S.J., K.M. Kiemnec-Tyburczy and L.D. Houck. 2017. The evolution of courtship behavior in plethodontid salamanders, contrasting patterns of stasis and diversification. Herpetologica 73: 190-205.

  • Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M. and J.R. Sapp. 2017. Courtship behaviors of two salamander congeners and the evolution of a novel courtship behavior in the genus Aneides. Herpetological Review 48: 6-10.

  • Eddy, S., D. Wilburn, A. Chouinard, K. Doty, K. Kiemnec-Tyburczy and L. Houck. 2016. Male terrestrial salamanders demonstrate sequential mate choice based on female gravidity and size. Animal Behaviour 113: 23-29.

  • Eddy, S., E. Vaccaro, C. Baggett, K. Kiemnec-Tyburczy and L. Houck. 2015. Sperm Mass Longevity and Sperm Storage in the Female Reproductive Tract of Plethodon shermani (Amphibia. Herpetologica 71: 177-183.

  • Tracy, K., K. Kiemnec-Tyburczy, J. DeWoody, G. Parra-Olea and K. Zamudio. 2015. Positive selection drives the evolution of a major histocompatibility complex gene in an endangered Mexican salamander species complex. Immunogenetics 67: 323-335.

  • Savage, A., K. Kiemnec-Tyburczy, A. Ellison, R. Fleischer and K. Zamudio. 2014. Conservation and divergence in the frog immunome. GENE 542: 98-108.

  • Marosi, B., K. Kiemnec-Tyburczy, I. Ghira, T. Sos and O. Popescu. 2014. Identification and characterization of major histocompatibility complex class IIB alleles from three species of European ranid frogs. Molecular Biology Research Communications 3: 215-222.

  • Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K. and K. Zamudio. 2013. Novel locus-specific primers for major histocompatibility complex class II alleles from glass frogs developed via genome walking. Conservation Genetics Resources 5: 109-111.

  • Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M., S.L. Eddy, A.J. Chouinard and L.D. Houck. 2012. Low Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Two Plethodontid Salamanders from North Carolina, USA. Herpetological Review 43: 85-87.

  • Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K., S. Woodley, R. Watts, S. Arnold and L. Houck. 2012. Expression of Vomeronasal Receptors and Related Signaling Molecules in the Nasal Cavity of a Caudate Amphibian (Plethodon shermani). Chemical Senses 37: 335-346.

  • Eddy, S., K. Kiemnec‐Tyburczy, J. Uyeda, L. Houck and D. Zeh. 2012. Influence of Sequential Male Courtship Behaviors on Courtship Success and Duration in a Terrestrial Salamander, Plethodon shermani. Ethology 118: 1240-1250.

  • Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K., S. Woodley, P. Feldhoff, R. Feldhoff and L. Houck. 2011. Dermal Application of Courtship Pheromones Does Not Influence Receptivity in Female Red-Legged Salamanders (Plethodon shermani). Journal of Herpetology 45: 169-173.

  • Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K., R. Watts and S. Arnold. 2011. Characterization of two putative cytokine receptors, gp130 and ciliary neurotrophic factor receptor, from terrestrial salamanders. Genes & Genetic Systems 86: 131-137.

  • Sapp, J. and K. Kiemnec-Tyburczy. 2011. circular tail-straddling walk of the clouded salamander, Aneides ferreus. Amphibia-Reptilia 32: 235-243.

  • Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K., J. Richmond, A. Savage and K. Zamudio. 2010. Selection, trans-species polymorphism, and locus identification of major histocompatibility complex class II[beta] alleles of New World ranid frogs. Immunogenetics 62: 741.

  • Houck, L., E. Vaccaro and K. Kiemnec-Tyburczy. 2010. Consistency of Male Courtship Behavior in a Plethodontid Salamander. Journal of Herpetology 44: 645-648.

  • Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K., J. Richmond, A. Savage and K. Zamudio. 2010. Selection, trans-species polymorphism, and locus identification of major histocompatibility complex class IIβ alleles of New World ranid frogs. Immunogenetics 62: 741-751.

  • Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K., R. Watts, R. Gregg, D. von Borstel and S. Arnold. 2009. Evolutionary shifts in courtship pheromone composition revealed by EST analysis of plethodontid salamander mental glands. Gene 432: 75-81.

  • Houck, L., R. Watts, S. Arnold, K. Bowen, K. Kiemnec, H. Godwin, P. Feldhoff and R. Feldhoff. 2008. Recombinant Courtship Pheromone Affects Sexual Receptivity in a Plethodontid Salamander. Chemical Senses 33: 623-631.

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Educational Background

  • 2009 – Ph.D., Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (Zoology)

  • 2004 – B.S. (Honors), Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (Biology)

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  • Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics Fellowship

  • Keystone Symposia Education Fund Scholarship

  • OSU Graduate School Sports Lottery Scholarship

  • Student Travel Award, Association for Chemoreception Sciences

  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

  • Highlands Biological Station Ralph M. Sargent Memorial Scholarship

  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Student Research

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Positions & Honors

  • 2013-present – Lecturer, Humboldt State University

  • 2012 – Instructor, Oregon State University

  • 2009-2012 – Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University

  • 2005-2008 – Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation

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Collaborators, Advisors & Advisees

  • Arnold, S – Oregon State University

  • Eddy, S – University of Texas, Austin

  • Feldhoff, R – University of Louisville

  • Houck, L – Oregon State University

  • Wilburn, D – University of Washington

  • Woodley, S – Duquesne University

  • Zamudio, K – Cornell University

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