Publications & Media Attention

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Media Attention


Vinauger, C., Lutz, E.K., Riffell, J.A. (2014). Olfactory learning and memory in the disease vector mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Journal of Experimental Biology. doi: 10.1242/jeb.101279.

Shlizerman, E., Riffell, J.A., and Kutz, J.N. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. In press.

Riffell, J.A., Shlizerman, E., Sanders, E. Abrell, L., Medina, B. Hinterwirth, A.J., Kutz, J.N. Flower discrimination by pollinators in a dynamic chemical environment. Science. In press.


Riffell, J.A.(2013). Neuroethology: Lemon-fresh scent makes flies lay eggs. Current Biology, 23, R1108-R1110.

Byers, K.J.R.P., Bradshaw, H.D., Riffell, J.A. (2013). Three floral volatiles contribute to differential pollinator attraction in monkeyflowers (Mimulus). Journal of Experimental Biology. doi:10.1242/jeb.092213.

Sprayberry, J.D.H., Ritter, K.A.,Riffell, J.A. (2013). The effect of olfactory exposure to non-insecticidal agrochemicals on bumblebee foraging behavior. PLoS ONE 8(10): e76273. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076273

Martin, J.P., Lei, H., Riffell, J.A., Hildebrand, J.G. (2013). Enhanced synchrony of antennal-lobe projection neurons encodes the behaviorally effective ratio of sex-pheromone components in male Manduca sexta. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 199: 963-979.

Riffell, J.A. and Alarcon, R. (2013). Multimodal floral signals and moth foraging decisions. PLoS-ONE 8(8): e72809. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072809.

Clifford, M.R., Riffell, J.A. (2013). Mixture and odorant processing in the olfactory systems of Insects: a comparative perspective. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 199:911-928. doi: 10.1007/s00359-013-0818-6

Fricke, E.C., Simon, M.J., Reagan, K.M., Haak, D.C., Levey, D.J., Riffell, J.A., and Tewksbury, J.J. (2013). When condition trumps location: seed consumption by fruit-eating birds removes pathogens and predator attractants. Ecology Letters 16:1031-1036.

Riffell, J.A., Reisenman, C.A., Hicks, M. 2013. Chemical ecology and olfactory preferences of ovipositing Manduca sexta moths. Journal of Chemical Ecology 39:76-89. doi: 10.1007/s10886-012-0228-1

Riffell, J.A., Lei, H., Abrell, A., Hildebrand, J.G. 2013. Neural basis of a pollinator’s buffet: olfactory specialization and learning in Manduca sexta. Science 339: 200-204. [Recommended by Faculty of 1000; featured in: e!Science News, Science Daily,, others: “Moths wired two ways”]

Byers, K.J., Sanders, E., Riffell, J.A. 2013. Identification of olfactory volatiles using gas chromatography-multi-unit recordings (GCMR) in the insect antennal lobe. Journal of Visualized Experiments e4381, doi:10.3791/4381.


Dacks, A.M., Riffell, J.A., Martin, J.P., Gage, S.L., Nighorn, A. (2012). Olfactory modulation by dopamine in the context of aversive learning. Journal of Neurophysiology 108: 539-550. [cover article]

Riffell, J.A. 2012. Olfactory ecology and the processing of complex mixtures. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 22: 236-242,


Veitinger, T.*, Riffell, J.A.*, Zimmer, R.K., Hatt, H., Spehr, M. (2011). Chemosensory Ca2+ fingerprints define diverse behavioral phenotypes in human sperm. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286:17311-17325.  *authors contributed equally

Himes, J., Riffell, J.A., Zimmer, C.A., Zimmer, R.K. (2011). Sperm chemotaxis as revealed with live and synthetic eggs. Biological Bulletin, 220:1-5.

Agrawal, S. Riffell, J.A. (2011). Behavioral Neurobiology: The Bitter Life of Male Flies. Current Biology, 21: R470-R472.

Riffell, J.A. (2011). The neuroecology of a pollinator’s buffet: Olfactory preferences and learning in insect pollinators. Integrative and Comparative Biology, doi:10.1093/icb/icr094.

Zimmer, R.K.*, Riffell, J.A. (2011). Sperm Chemotaxis, Fluid Shear, and the Evolution of Sexual Reproduction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. *authors contributed equally.

Martin, J., Dacks, A., Beyerlein, A., Reisenman, C., Riffell, J.A., Lei, H., Hildebrand, J.G. (in press). The neurobiology of insect olfaction: sensory processing in a comparative context. Progress in Neurobiology.


Alarcón, R.A., Riffell, J.A., Davidowitz, G., Bronstein, J.L., and Hildebrand J.G. 2010. Sex-dependent variation in the floral preferences of a hawkmoth (Manduca sexta). Animal Behavior, 80: 289-296.

Reisenman, C.E., Riffell, J.A., Bernays, E., and Hildebrand, J.G. Floral odor signals and context-dependent behaviors in female Manduca sexta moths. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 277: 2371-2379.
Lei, H., Oland, L., Riffell, J.A., Beyerlein, A., and Hildebrand, J.G. 2010. Microcircuits in the Manduca sexta antennal lobe. In Handbook of brain microcircuits, eds Shepherd, G. and Grillner, S. Oxford University Press.


Riffell, J.A., Lei, H., and Hildebrand J.G. 2009. Neural correlates of behavior in the moth Manduca sexta in response to complex odors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 106: 19219-19226.

Reisenman, C.E., Riffell, J.A., and Hildebrand J.G. 2009. Neuroethology of oviposition behavior in the moth Manduca sexta. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1170: 462-470.

Krug, P.J., Riffell J.A., and Zimmer R.K. 2009. Dynamics of sperm attractant production and release from an abalone egg. Journal of Experimental Biology 212: 1092-1100.

Lei, H., Riffell, J.A., Gage, S.L., and Hildebrand J.G. 2009. Contrast enhancement of stimulus intermittency in a primary olfactory network and its behavioral significance. Journal of Biology 8:2,21: 1-16.

Riffell, J.A., Lei, H., Christensen T.C., and Hildebrand J.G. 2009. Characterization and coding of complex olfactory stimuli. Current Biology 19: 335-340.


Riffell, J.A., Alarcón, R., Abrell, L., Davidowitz, G., Bronstein, J.L., and Hildebrand J.G. 2008.  Behavioral consequences of innate preferences and olfactory learning in hawkmoth-flower interactions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105: 3404-3409.

Riffell, J.A., Abrell, L., and Hildebrand J.G. 2008. Physical processes and real-time chemical measurement of the insect olfactory environment. Journal of Chemical Ecology 34: 837-853.

Riffell, J.A. and Hildebrand J.G. 2008. Preface to the special issue on Olfactory Ecology. Journal of Chemical Ecology 34: 820-821.

Riffell, J.A., Alarcón, R., and Abrell, L. 2008. Floral trait associations in hawkmoth-specialized and mixed pollination systems: Datura wrightii and Agave spp. in the Sonoran Desert. Communicative & Integrative Biology 1: 6-8.


Riffell, J.A. and Zimmer R.K. 2007.  Sex and flow: the consequences of fluid shear for sperm–egg interactions.  Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 3644-3660.


Spehr, M., Schwahn, K., Riffell, J.A., Zimmer, R.K., and Hatt H.  2006.  Odorant receptors and olfactory-like signaling mechanisms in mammalian sperm. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 250(1-2): 128-136.


Spehr, M., Schwahn, K., Riffell, J.A., Barbour, J., Zimmer, R.K., Neauhaus, E.M., and Hatt H. 2004. Olfactory receptor-mediated chemotaxis in human sperm: key role of particulate adenylate cyclase.  Journal of Biological Chemistry 279(40): 40194-40203.

Riffell, J.A., Krug P.J., and Zimmer R.K.  2004.  The ecological and evolutionary consequences of sperm chemoattraction.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 101(13): 4501-4506.


Spehr, M., Gusselman G., Poplawski, A., Riffell J.A., Zimmer R.K., and Hatt H.  2003.  A novel testicular odor receptor controls human sperm chemotaxis.  Science 299: 2054-2058.


Riffell, J.A., Krug P.J., and Zimmer R.K.  2002.  Fertilization in the sea: The chemical identity of an abalone sperm attractant. Journal of Experimental Biology 205: 1439-1450.

Media Attention

“Study of Abalone Yields New Insights Into Sexual Reproduction”. The New Scientist, August 8, 2011.

“Polluted perfume could put pollinators off the scent”. The New Scientist, February 7, 2011.

“Hunt for the molecules that hold ecosystems together”. The New Scientist, January 21, 2011.

“Three papers make ‘sense’ of scent detection in insects”. Biotechniques – The International Journal for Life Science Method, March 3, 2010.

“How moths key into a scent of a flower”. Science Daily, March 6, 2009.

“Abalone sperm follow TRP trail to find eggs”. Inside JEB, 2009, 212: i - a.

“Go with the flow”. Inside JEB, 2007, 210(20): i - ii.

“UCLA Biologists Elucidate Fertilization Process”. Science Daily, April 11, 2003.

“A sense of direction”. Science STKE Editor’s choice, 2003, 13.

“Smelling the Roses?” Science Perspectives. 2003, 299: 1993-1994.

“By a Nose? Human sperm may sniff out the path to an egg.” Science News. 2003, 163: 13.

“Bugs do it, Birds do it. Even Tiny Little Sperm do it!”. Inside JEB. 2002, 205: 1001.