Papers


* Denotes undergraduate student at time of project


*Musaelian A, Gaffin DD (2020) High-throughput simulations indicate feasibility of navigation by familiarity with a local sensor such as scorpion pectines. bioRxiv preprint doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.17.156612


Gaffin DD, Curry CM (2020) Arachnid navigation – a review of classic and emerging models. Invited review article for Journal of Arachnology 48:1–25. https://doi.org/10.1636/0161-8202-48.1.1


*Hughes KL, Gaffin DD (2019) Investigating sensory processing in the pectines of the striped bark scorpion. Invertebrate Neuroscience 19:9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10158-019-0228-8


Knowlton ED, Gaffin DD (2019) Female wolf spider (Schizocosa avida) vibration receptor responses to male courtship. Southwestern Entomologist 44(1):213–228. https://doi.org/10.3958/059.044.0124


*Kelley S, *Yut K, *Kulkarni R, Gaffin DD (2019) Avoidance of rosemary oil by scorpions. Journal of Arachnology 47(1):159–161. https://doi.org/10.1636/0161-8202-47.1.159


*Rivera Roldan NM, Gaffin DD (2018) New, sensitive behavioral assay shows scorpions are attracted to multiple wavelengths of light. Journal of Arachnology 46(3):432–437. https://doi.org/10.1636/JoA-S-17-068.1


*Ashford K, *Blankenship R, *Carpenter W, *Wheeler I, Gaffin DD (2018) Response of the eastern grassland scorpion, Paruroctonus utahensis, to air movement from a moth analog. Journal of Arachnology 46(2):226–230. link


Gaffin DD, Brayfield BP (2017) Exploring the chemo-textural familiarity hypothesis for scorpion navigation. Journal of Arachnology 45(3):265–270. link


Gaffin DD, Brayfield BP (2016) Autonomous visual navigation of an indoor environment using a parsimonious, insect inspired familiarity algorithm. PLoS ONE  11(4): e0153706. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153706. link


Gaffin DD, Dewar A, Graham P, Philippides A (2015) Insect-inspired navigation algorithm for an aerial agent using satellite imagery. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0122077, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122077. link


*Vinnedge J, Gaffin DD (2015) Determination of in-lab site fidelity and movement patterns of Paruroctonus utahensis. Journal of Arachnology 43:54–58. pdf


Gaffin DD, Barker TN (2014) Comparison of scorpion behavioral responses to UV under sunset and nighttime irradiances. Journal of Arachnology 42:111–118. pdf


Cushing PE, Casto P, *Knowlton ED, Royer S, Laudier D, Gaffin DD, Prendini L, Brookhart JO (2014) Comparative morphology and functional significance of setae called papillae on the pedipalps of male camel spiders (Arachnida, Solifugae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 107(2): 510–520. link


Taylor MS, *Cosper C, Gaffin DD (2012) Behavioral evidence of pheromonal signaling in desert grassland scorpions, Paruroctonus utahensis. Journal of Arachnology 40:240–244. pdf


Gaffin DD, Bumm LA, Taylor MS, *Popokina NV, Mann S (2012) Scorpion fluorescence and reaction to light. Animal Behaviour 83:429−436. link


Gaffin DD (2011) In situ infrared videography of sand scorpion nighttime surface activity. In: Fet V, Selden PA, editors. “SCORPIONS 2011” John L. Cloudsley-Thompson 90th Birthday Commemorative Volume. Euscorpius  122: 1–13. pdf


*Knowlton ED, Gaffin DD (2011) Functionally redundant peg sensilla on the scorpion pecten. Journal of Comparative Physiology A  197:895–902. link


*Knowlton ED, Gaffin DD (2011) Electrophysiology of scorpion peg sensilla. Journal of Visualized Experiments 50. link


*Knowlton ED, Gaffin DD (2010) A new tip-recording method to test scorpion pecten chemoresponses to water-soluble stimulants. Journal of Neruroscience Methods 193:264–270. pdf


Gaffin DD (2010) Analysis of sensory processing in scorpion peg sensilla. Journal of Arachnology 38:1–8. pdf


*Knowlton ED, Gaffin DD (2009) A new approach to examining scorpion peg sensilla: the mineral oil flood technique. Journal of Arachnology 37:379–382. pdf


*Blass GRC, Gaffin DD (2008) Light wavelength biases of scorpions. Animal Behaviour 76:365–373. pdf


Lewis R, Parker B, Gaffin D, Hoefnagels M (2007) Life, 6th ed. McGraw-Hill Corporation. (General biology textbook).


*Porterfield JZ, Gaffin DD, *Porterfield C, *Johnston C (2004) Screening for scorpions: a non-invasive approach to tracking the movements of arachnids in sand. Proceedings of the 3rd Scorpiology Symposium, American Arachnological Society 28th Annual Meeting, Norman, Oklahoma, 28 June 2004. Euscorpius 17:17–23. pdf


*Steinmetz SB, Bost KC, Gaffin DD (2004) Response of male Centruroides vittatus (Scorpiones: Buthidae) to aerial and substrate-borne chemical signals. Euscorpius 12:1–6. pdf


Fet V, Gaffin DD (2004) Preface. Proceedings of the 3rd Scorpiology Symposium, American Arachnological Society 28th Annual Meeting, Norman, Oklahoma, 28 June 2004. Euscorpius 17: i–v. pdf


Bost KC, Gaffin DD (2004) Sand scorpion home burrow navigation in the laboratory. Proceedings of the 3rd Scorpiology Symposium, American Arachnological Society 28th Annual Meeting, Norman, Oklahoma, 28 June 2004. Euscorpius 17:1–5. pdf


Gaffin DD, Walvoord ME (2004) Scorpion peg sensilla: are they the same or are they different? Proceedings of the 3rd Scorpiology Symposium, American Arachnological Society 28th Annual Meeting, Norman, Oklahoma, 28 June 2004. Euscorpius 17:7–15. pdf


Gaffin DD (2002) Electrophysiological analysis of synaptic interactions within peg sensilla of scorpion pectines. Microscopy Research and Technique 58:325–334. pdf


Lewis R, Gaffin D, Hoefnagels M, Parker B (2002) Life, 4th ed. McGraw-Hill Corporation. (General biology textbook).


Gaffin DD (2001) Electrophysiological evidence of synaptic interactions between sensory neurons in peg sensilla of Centruroides vittatus (Say, 1821) (Scorpiones: Buthidae). In: Fet V, Selden PA, editors. Scorpions  2001. In memoriam Gary A. Polis. Burnham Beeches, Bucks: British Arachnological Society. pp 325–330. pdf


Gaffin DD, Brownell PH (2001) Chemosensory behavior and physiology. In: Brownell PH, Polis GA, editors. Scorpion Biology and Research. Oxford University Press. pp 184–203. pdf


*Camp EA, Gaffin DD (1999) Escape behavior mediated by negative phototaxis in the scorpion Paruroctonus utahensis (Scorpiones, Vaejovidae). Journal of Arachnology 27:679–684. pdf


Gaffin DD, Brownell PH (1997) Electrophysiological evidence of synaptic interaction within chemosensory peg sensilla of scorpion pectines. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 181:301–307. pdf


Gaffin DD, Brownell PH (1997) Response properties of chemosensory peg sensilla on the pectines of scorpions. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 181:291–300. pdf


Gaffin DD, *Wennstrom KL, Brownell PH (1992) Water detection in the desert sand scorpion Paruroctonus mesaensis (Scorpionida, Vejovidae). Journal of Comparative Physiology A 170:623–629. pdf


Gaffin DD, Brownell PH (1992) Evidence of chemical signaling in the sand scorpion, Paruroctonus mesaensis (Scorpionida:Vejovidae). Ethology 91:59–69. pdf


Gaffin DD, Jubran I (1991) TSG Software: Data acquisition and analysis program. Biotechnology Software 8:4–7. pdf


Gaffin DD, Gaffin AZ (1988) Thinking objectively: a biological approach to designing neural networks. Micro Cornucopia 44:26–31. pdf