Scientific and wildlife illustration

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Scientific publications

This is a list of my papers in high impact, peer-reviewed journals during the last years. Please contact me if you would like to read any of them, I will be happy to provide a PDF. You can also check them on my Research Gate profile.
  • Baldoni C, Thomas WR, von Elverfeldt D, Reisert M, Lázaro J, Muturi M, Davalos, LM, Nieland JD, Dechmann DKN. 2023: Histological and MRI brain atlas of the common shrew, Sorex araneus, with brain region-specific gene expression profiles. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 17, 1168523 (2023)
  • Nováková L, Lázaro J, Muturi M, Dullin C, Dechmann DKN. 2022: Winter conditions, not resource availability alone, may drive reversible seasonal skull size changes in moles. Royal Society Open Science, 9 (9), 220652
  • Taylor JRE, Muturi M, Lázaro J, Zub K, Dechmann DKN. 2022 Fifty years of data show the effects of climate on overall skull size and the extent of seasonal reversible skull size changes (Dehnel's phenomenon) in the common shrew. Ecology and Evolution, 12 (10), e9447
  • Al-Sheikhly OF, Kryštufek B, Hutterer R, Haba MK, Fazaa NA, Al-Asady RH, Mousavi SB, Ivajnšič D, Lázaro J. First photographic records and new distribution range of the endangered long-tailed nesokia Nesokia Bunnii. Bull. Irag nat. Hist. Mus. 16 (4): 635-647.
  • Krystufek B, Al-Sheikhly OF,  Lázaro J, Haba MK, Hutterer R, Mousavi SB, Ivajnsic D. 2021 A forgotten rodent from the Garden of Eden: what really happened to the long-tailed nesokia rat in the Mesopotamian marshes? Mammalia, 85 (2), pp. 103 - 108 (2021)
  • Lázaro J & Dechmann DKN. 2021 Dehnel’s phenomenon. Current Biology, 31: R459–R466
  • Lázaro J, Nováková L, Hertel M, Taylor, JRE, Muturi M, Zub K, Dechmann DKN. 2021 Geographic patterns in seasonal changes of body mass, skull and brain size of common shrews. Ecology and Evolution, 00: 1-18.
  • Schaeffer PJ, O’Mara MT, Breiholz J, Keicher L, Lázaro J, Muturi M, Dechmann DKN. 2020 Metabolic rate in common shrews is unaffected by temperature, leading to lower energetic costs through seasonal size reduction. R. Soc. Open Sci. 7: 191989
  • Lázaro J, Hertel M, Muturi M, Dechmann DK. (2019). Seasonal reversible size changes in the braincase and mass of common shrews are flexibly modified by environmental conditions. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-10.
  • Lázaro J, Hertel M, Sherwood CC, Muturi M, Dechmann DK. (2018). Profound seasonal changes in brain size and architecture in the common shrew. Brain Structure and Function, 223(6), 2823-2840.
  • Lázaro J, Hertel M, LaPoint S, Wikelski M, Stiehler M, Dechmann DKN. (2018). Cognitive skills of common shrews (Sorex araneus) vary with seasonal changes in skull size and brain mass. Journal of Experimental Biology 221. doi: 10.1242/jeb.166595 
  • Lázaro J, Dechmann DKN, LaPoint S, Wikelski M, Hertel M. (2017). Profound reversible seasonal changes of individual skull size in a mammal. Current Biology 27: R1106-R1107. 
  • Wieczorek M, Szafrańska PA, Labecka AM, Lázaro J, Konarzewski M. (2015) Effect of the abrasive properties of sedges on the intestinal absorptive surface and resting metabolic rate of root voles. Journal of Experimental Biology: 218:309-315. doi:10.1242/jeb.117168

Talks and conferences

These are my contributions in international and national scientific conferences and symposiums, as talks and posters. I have also given individual talks as invited lecturer in Universities.

  • Lázaro, J, Dechmann, DKN, LaPoint, S, Dullin, C, Hertel, M, Taylor, J, Zub, K and Wikelski, M. (2017). CT Scans reveal profound seasonal changes in the ossified skull of two mammals. Poster. 13th European Molecular Imaging Meeging. Cologne, Germany. 
  • Lázaro, J, Dechmann, D KN, LaPoint, S, Wikelski, M and Hertel, M (2017). Seasonal individual shrinking and regrowth of the braincase in recaptured common shrews. Conference talk. IV Intertational Colloquium: Biology of the Soricidae. Poznan, Poland. 
  • Lázaro, J, Hertel, M and Dechmann, DKN. (2015). "Taming of the Shrew". Reinvestigation of the surprising Dehnel Phenomenon. Conference Talk. Symposium of the German Society of Osteology. Wittenberg, Germany. 
  • Lázaro J., Román J., Calzada J. (2011). Phenotypic diversity of the white-toothed shrew Crocidura suavelolens in the Iberian Peninsula. X Congress of the Spanish Society for the Study and Conservation of Mammals. Fuengirola, Spain.