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2010                Altshuler, D.L., R. Dudley, S.M. Heredia, and J.A. McGuire. Allometry of hummingbird lifting performance. Journal of Experimental Biology 213:725-734.

Altshuler, D.L., K.C. Welch, R.K. Josephson, B.H. Cho, D.B. Welch, A.F. Lin, W.B. Dickson, and M.H. Dickinson. Neuromuscular control of wingbeat kinematics in Anna's hummingbirds (Calypte Anna). Journal of Experimental Biology 213:2507-2514.

Buermann, W., J. Chaves, R. Dudley, J.A. McGuire, T. Smith, and D.L. Altshuler. Projected changes in elevational distribution and flight performance of montane Neotropical hummingbirds in response to climate change. Global Change Biology. Published online 9/23/2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02330.x

Wild, J.M., N.O.E. Krützfeldt, and D.L. Altshuler. Trigeminal and spinal dorsal horn (dis)continuity and avian evolution. Brain, Behavior, and Evolution 76:20-31.

2009                Altshuler, D.L., M. Princevac, H. Pan, and J. Lozano. Wake patterns of the wings and tail of hovering hummingbirds. Experiments in Fluids 46:835-846.


                        McGuire, J.A., C.C. Witt, J.V. Remsen, Jr., and D.L. Altshuler. A higher-level taxonomy for hummingbirds. Journal of Ornithology 150:155-16.

                        Welch, K.C., and D.L. Altshuler. Fiber type homogeneity of the flight musculature in small birds. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 152:324-331.


2007                McGuire, J.A., C.C. Witt, D.L. Altshuler, and J.V. Remsen, Jr. Phylogenetic systematics of hummingbirds: Bayesian and maximum likelihood analyses of partitioned data and selection of an appropriate partitioning strategy. Systematic Biology 56:837-856.


Welch, K.C., D.L. Altshuler, and R.K. Suarez. Oxygen consumption in hovering hummingbirds reflect substrate-dependent differences in P/O ratios: Carbohydrate as a ‘premium fuel’. Journal of Experimental Biology 210:2146-2153.  


2006                Altshuler, D.L. Flight performance and competitive displacement of hummingbirds along elevational gradients. American Naturalist 167:216-229.


Altshuler, D. L., and R. Dudley. The physiology and biomechanics of avian flight at high altitude. Integrative and Comparative Biology 46:62-71.


2005                Altshuler, D.L., W.B. Dickson, J.T. Vance, S.P. Roberts, and M.H. Dickinson. Short amplitude, high frequency wing strokes underlie the aerodynamics of honeybee flight. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 102:18213-18218.


                        Stiles, F. G, D. L. Altshuler, and R. Dudley. Wing morphology and flight behavior of some North American hummingbird species. The Auk 122:872-886.


2004                Altshuler, D.L., R. Dudley, and C.P. Ellington. Aerodynamic forces of revolving hummingbird wings and wing models. Journal of Zoology 264:327-332.


                        Altshuler, D.L., R. Dudley, and J.A. McGuire.  Resolution of a paradox: Hummingbird flight at high elevation does not come without a cost. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 101:17731-17736.


                        Altshuler, D. L., F. G. Stiles, and R. Dudley.  Of hummingbirds and helicopters: Hovering costs, competitive ability, and foraging strategies. American Naturalist 163:16:25.


                        Stiles, F. G, and D. L. Altshuler.  Conflicting terminology for wing measurements in ornithology and aerodynamics. The Auk 121:973-976.


Tobalske, B. W., D. L. Altshuler, and D. R. Powers. Take-off mechanics in hummingbirds (Trochilidae). Journal of Experimental Biology 207:1345-1352.


2003                Altshuler, D. L. Flower color, hummingbird pollination, and habitat light irradiance in four neotropical forests. Biotropica 35:344-355.


Altshuler, D. L., and R. Dudley.  Kinematics of hovering hummingbird flight along simulated and natural elevational gradients. Journal of Experimental Biology 206:3139-3147.


2002                Altshuler, D.L., and R. Dudley. The ecological and evolutionary interface of hummingbird flight physiology. Journal of Experimental Biology 205: 2325-2336.


2001                Altshuler, D. L. Ultraviolet reflectance in fruits, ambient light composition, and fruit removal in a tropical forest. Evolutionary Ecology Research 3:767-778.


Altshuler, D. L., and A. Nunn. Observational learning in hummingbirds. The Auk 118:795-799.


Altshuler, D. L., P. Chai, and J. S. P. Chen. Hovering performance of hummingbirds in hyperoxic gas mixtures. Journal of Experimental Biology 204:2021-2027.


1999                Altshuler, D. L. Novel interactions of non-pollinating ants with pollinators and fruit consumers in a tropical forest. Oecologia 119:600-606.


Chai, P., D. L. Altshuler, D. B. Stephens, and M. E. Dillon. Maximal horizontal flight performance of hummingbirds: Effects of body mass and molt. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 72:145-155.





2006                Altshuler, D. L. Ecology and Biomechanics: Book Review. Quarterly Review of Biology 81:413.


Altshuler, D. L., and R. Dudley. Adaptations to life at high elevation: An introduction to the symposium. Integrative and Comparative Biology 46:3-4.


2003                Altshuler, D.L., and C.J. Clark.  Darwin’s hummingbirds. Science 300:588-589.


1999                Altshuler, D. L. Aglaiocercus berlepschi; A. kingi; Colibri serrirostris; Selasphorus sasin. Handbook to the Birds of the World, Vol. 5. Barn owls to Hummingbirds (ed. J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott and J. Sargatal). Barcelona: Lynx Edicions.  Pages 558, 659-660, 680.