Rita S. Mehta
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz


Santini, F., Kong, X., Sorenson, L., Carnevale, G., Mehta, R.S., Alfaro, M.E., 2013. A multi-locus molecular timescale for the origin and diversification of eels (Order: Anguilliformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 69(2013), 884-894.

Collar, D.C., Reynaga, C.M., Ward, A.B., Mehta, R.S., 2013. A revised metric for quantifying body shape in vertebrates. Zoology, 116(2013), 246-257.

Reece, J.S., Mehta, R.S., 2013. Evolutionary history of elongation and maximum body length in moray eels (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi: 10.1111/bij.12098

Holzman, R., Collar, D.C., Mehta, R.S., and Wainwright, P.C. 2012. An integrative modeling approach to elucidate suction feeding performance. Journal of Experimental Biology 215, 1-13.

Holzman, R., Collar, D.C., Mehta, R.S., Wainwright, P.C. 2011. Functional Complexity Can Mitigate Performance Trade-Offs. The American Naturalist 177:3 E69-E83.

Mehta, R.S., A.B. Ward, M.E. Alfaro, P.C. Wainwright. 2010. Body Elongation in Eels. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 50: 1091-1105.

Ward, A.B., and Mehta, R.S. 2010. Axial Elongation in Fishes: Using Morphological Approaches to Elucidate Developmental Mechanisms in Studying Body Shape. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 50: 1106-1119.

*Tran, H., R.S. Mehta and P.C. Wainwright. 2010. The effects of ram speed on juvenile tarpon feeding kinematics. Zoology. 113: 75-84.

Mehta, R.S. 2009. Ecomorphology of the moray bite: Relationship between dietary extremes and morphological diversity. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology  82 : 90-103.

Mehta, R.S. 2009. Experience shapes the development of behavioral repertoires of hatchling snakes. Journal of Ethology 27: 143-151.

Holzman, R., S.W. Day, R.S. Mehta , and P.C. Wainwright. 2008 . Integrating the determinants of suction feeding forces in centrarchid fishes. Journal of Experimental Biology. 211: 3296-3305.

Wainwright, P.C., R.S. Mehta , and T.E.Higham. 2008. Stereotypy, flexibility and coordination: Central concepts in behavioral functional morphology. Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 3523-3528.

Holzman, R., S.W. Day, R.S. Mehta , and P.C. Wainwright. 2008 . Jaw protrusion enhances forces exerted on prey by suction feeding fishes. Journal of the Royal Society Interface . 5:1445-1447. 

Mehta, R.S. and P.C. Wainwright. 2008. Functional innovation in the pharyngeal jaw apparatus of moray eels. Journal of Morphology 269: 604-619.

Mehta, R.S. and G.M. Burghardt. 2008. Contextual flexibility: Reassessing the effects of prey size and status on prey restraint behavior of macrostomate snakes. Ethology 114: 133145.

Mehta, R.S. and P.C. Wainwright. 2007b. Raptorial jaws help moray eels swallow large prey. Nature 449: 79-82.

Mehta, R.S. and P.C. Wainwright. 2007a. Biting releases constraints on moray eel feeding kinematics. The Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 495-504.

Moon, B.R. and R.S. Mehta. 2007. The scaling of constriction behavior in snakes. In: The Biology of Boas and Pythons (ed. R.W. Henderson). Eagle Mountain Publishing Co. Pp 275-281.

Mehta, R.S. 2006. Meal size effects on antipredator behavior of hatchling trinket snakes, Elaphe helena. Ethology 112: 649-656.

Mehta, R.S. 2003. Prey-handling behavior in neonate Elaphe helena. Herpetologica   59: 469-474.

An asterisk (*) denotes undergraduate author supported by NSF -IOS-0819009 and mentored by R.S.M.