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† Equal Contribution; * Undergrad Mentorship

Peer-Reviewed Publications


de Oliveira-Dalland LG, Alencar LRV, Tambosi LR, Carrasco P, Rautsaw RM, Sigala-Rodriguez J, Scrocchi G, Martins M. Conservation gaps for Neotropical vipers: Mismatches between protected areas, species richness and evolutionary distinctiveness. Biological Conservation 275(109750). DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109750


Holding ML, Trevine VC, Zinenko O, Strickland JL, Rautsaw RM, Mason AJ, Hogan MP, Parkinson CL, Grazziotin FG, Santana SE, Davis MA, Rokyta DR. Evolutionary allometry and ecological correlates of fang length evolution in vipers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 289(1982). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2022.1132


Myers EA, Strickland JL, Rautsaw RM, Mason AJ, Schramer TD, Nystrom GS, Hogan MP, Yooseph S, Rokyta DR, Parkinson CL. 2022. De novo genome assembly highlights the role of lineage-specific duplications in the evolution of the venom in Fea’s Viper. Genome Biology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evac082


Mason AJ, Holding ML, Rautsaw RM, Rokyta DR, Parkinson CL, Gibbs HL. 2022. Venom gene sequence diversity and expression jointly shape diet adaptation in pitvipers. Molecular Biology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msac082


Rautsaw RM, Jiménez-Velázquez G, Hofmann EP, Alencar LRV, Grünwald CI, Martins M, Carrasco P, Doan TM, Parkinson CL. 2022. VenomMaps: Updated distribution maps and niche models for New World pitvipers (Viperidae: Crotalinae). Scientific Data 9(232). DOI: 10.1038/s41597-022-01323-4


Schramer TD, Rautsaw RM, Bayona-Serrano JD, Nystrom GS, West TR, Ortiz-Medina JA, Sabido-Alpuche B, Meneses-Millán M, Borja M, Junqueira-de-Azevedo ILM, Rokyta DR, Parkinson CL.  2022. An integrative view of the toxic potential of Conophis lineatus (Dipsadidae: Xenodontinae), a medically relevant rear-fanged snake. Toxicon 205(15):38-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2021.11.009


Jenkins DG, Ohyama L, Lopez-Borghesi F, Hart JD, Bogata-Gregory JD, Rautsaw RM, Roldán VC, Guilfoyle K, Jarvis A, Loch J, Mercier KP, Myers O, Shaw R, Volk D, Bard AM. 2021. Biogeography and predictors of wildlife killed on roads at peninsular Florida State Parks. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7743


Hofmann EP, Rautsaw RM, Mason AJ, Strickland JL, Parkinson CL. 2021. Duvernoy’s Gland Transcriptomics of the Plains Black-Headed Snake, Tantilla nigriceps (Squamata, Colubridae): Unearthing the Venom of Small Rear-Fanged Snakes. Toxins 13(5):336. DOI: 10.3390/toxins13050336


Rautsaw RM†, Nachtigall PG†, Ellsworth S, Mason AJ, Rokyta DR, Parkinson CL, Junqueira-de-Azevedo ILM. 2021. ToxCodAn: a new toxin annotator and guide to venom gland transcriptomics. Briefings in Bioinformatics. DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbab095


Holding ML, Strickland JL, Rautsaw RM, Hofmann EP, Mason AJ, Hogan MP, Nystrom GS, Ellsworth SA, Colston TJ, Borja M, Castañeda-Gaytán G, Grünwald CI, Jones JM, Freitas-de-Sousa L, Viala VL, Margres MJ, Grazziotin FG, Junqueira-de-Azevedo ILM, Moura-da-Silva AM, Hingst-Zaher E, Gibbs HL, Rokyta DR, Parkinson CL. 2021. Phylogenetically diverse diets favor more complex venoms in North American pitvipers. PNAS 118(17):e2015579118. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2015579118


Margres MJ, Rautsaw RM, Strickland JL, Mason AJ, Schramer TD, Hofmann EP, Stiers E, Ellsworth SA, Nystrom GS, Hogan MP, Bartlett DA, Colston TJ, Gilbert DM, Rokyta DR, Parkinson CL. 2021. The Tiger Rattlesnake genome reveals a complex genotype underlying a simple venom phenotype. PNAS 118(4): e2014634118. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2014634118


Rautsaw RM, Schramer TD, Acuña R, Arick LN, DiMeo M, Mercier KP, Schrum M, Mason AJ, Margres MJ, Strickland JL, Parkinson CL. 2021. Genomic adaptations to salinity resist gene flow in the evolution of Floridian watersnakes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 38(3): 745–760. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msaa266


Bayona-Serrano JD, Viala VL, Rautsaw RM, Schramer TD, Barros G. Nishiyama Junior MY, Sousa L, Moura-da-Silva AM, Parkinson CL, Grazziotin FG, Junqueira-de-Azevedo ILM. 2020. Metalloproteinase replacement and parallel structural simplification maintain venom phenotypes in diverse groups of rear-fanged snakes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 37(12): 3563-3575. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msaa1920810


Rautsaw RM, Hofmann EP, Margres MJ, Holding ML, Strickland JL, Mason AJ, Rokyta DR, Parkinson CL. 2019. Intraspecific sequence variation and gene expression contribute little to venom diversity in the Sidewinder Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286(1906). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0810


Rautsaw RM†, Hofmann EP†, Strickland JL, Holding ML, Hogan MP, Mason AJ, Rokyta DR, Parkinson CL. 2018. Comparative venom-gland transcriptomics and venom proteomics of four Sidewinder Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes) lineages reveal little differential expression despite individual variation. Scientific Reports 8: 15534. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-33943-5


Martin SA, Rautsaw RM, Bolt MR, Parkinson CL, Seigel RA. 2018. Estimating the response of wildlife communities to coastal dune construction. Ocean & Coastal Management 161(1): 31-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.04.021


Rautsaw RM, Martin SA, Lanctot K*, Vincent BA*, Bolt MR, Seigel RA, Parkinson CL. On the road again: Assessing the use of roadsides as wildlife corridors for Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Journal of Herpetology 52(2): 136-144. DOI: 10.1670/17-013


Rautsaw RM, Martin SA, Vincent BA*, Lanctot K*, Bolt MR, Seigel RA, Parkinson CL. 2018. Stopped dead in their tracks: The impact of railways on Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) movement and behavior. Copeia 106(1): 135-143. DOI: 10.1643/CE-17-635


Martin SA, Rautsaw RM, Robb F, Bolt MR, Parkinson CL, Seigel RA. 2017. Set AHDriFT: Applying game cameras to drift fences for surveying herpetofauna and small mammals. The Wildlife Society Bulletin 41(4): 804-809. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.805


Martin SA, Rautsaw RM, Bolt MR, Parkinson CL, Seigel RA. 2017. Adapting coastal management to climate change: Mitigating our shrinking shorelines. The Journal of Wildlife Management 81(6): 982-989. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21275

* Undergrad Mentorship

Natural History


Rautsaw RM, Holding ML, Strickland JL, Castañeda-Gaytán JJ, García-González FC, Castañeda-Gaytán JG, Borja M, Parkinson CL. 2018. Hypsiglena tanzeri (Tanzer’s Night Snake): Geographic Distribution. Herpetological Review 49(2): 287.


Rautsaw RM, Yanick CJ*, Medina S*, Parkinson CL, Martin SA, Bolt MR. 2016. Gopherus polyphemus (Gopher Tortoise): Predation. Herpetological Review 47(3): 447-448.

* Undergrad Mentorship

Other Publications


Rautsaw RM. 2022. Phylogenomics of Vipers and the Role of Competition on Venom Evolution. PhD Dissertation. Clemson University.


Rautsaw RM. 2017. The paths less traveled: Movement of Gopher Tortoises along roads and railways. MS Thesis, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL USA. Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5705.

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