Peer-reviewed publications


Thorstensen, M.J., Turko, A.J., Heath, D.D., Jeffries, K.M. and Pitcher, T.E. Acute thermal stress elicits interactions between gene expression and alternative splicing in a fish of conservation concern.

Tigert, L., Turko, A.J. and Wright, P.A. Positive feedback promotes terrestrial emergence behaviour in an amphibious fish.


Turko, A.J., Rossi, G.S., Blewett, T.A., Currie, S., Taylor, D.S., Wright, P.A. and Standen, E.M. (2022). Context-dependent relationships between swimming, terrestrial jumping, and body composition in the amphibious fish Kryptolebias marmoratus. Journal of Experimental Biology jeb.243372.

Turko, A.J. and Rossi, G.S. (2022). Habitat choice promotes and constrains phenotypic plasticity. Biology Letters 18: 20210468.

Martin, K.E., Blewett, T.A., Burnett, M., Rubinger, K., Weir, L., Standen, E.M., Taylor, D.S., Trueman, J., Turko, A.J., West, C.M., Wright, P.A. and Currie, S. (2022). The importance of familiarity, relatedness and vision in social recognition in wild and laboratory populations of a selfing hermaphroditic mangrove fish. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 76: 34.


Turko, A.J., Rossi, G.S., and Wright, P.A. (2021). More than breathing air: evolutionary drivers and physiological implications of an amphibious lifestyle in fishes. Physiology 36: 307-314.

Turko, A.J., Leclair, A.T.A., Mandrak, N.E., Drake, D.A.R., Scott, G.R. and Pitcher, T.E. (2021). Choosing source populations for conservation reintroductions: lessons from variation in thermal tolerance among populations of the imperilled redside dace. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 78: 1347-1355.

Salena, M.G., Turko, A.J., Singh, A., Pathak, A., Hughes, E., Brown, C. and Balshine, S. (2021). Understanding fish cognition: a review and appraisal of current practices. Animal Cognition 24: 395-406.

Tunnah, L., Robertson, C.E., Turko, A.J. and Wright, P.A. (2021). Acclimation to prolonged aquatic hypercarbia or air enhances hemoglobin-oxygen affinity in an amphibious fish. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 252: 110848.


Fudge, D.S. and Turko, A.J. (2020). The best predictions in experimental biology are critical and persuasive. Journal of Experimental Biology 223: jeb231894.

Turko, A.J., Nolan, C.B., Balshine, S., Scott, G.R. and Pitcher, T.E. (2020). Thermal tolerance depends on age, season, and body condition in imperiled redside dace Clinostomus elongatus. Conservation Physiology 8: 10.1093/conphys/coaa062.

Turko, A.J., Cisternino, B., and Wright, P. A. (2020). Calcified gill filaments increase respiratory function in fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287: 20192796.


Turko, A.J., Doherty, J.E., Yin-Liao, I., Levesque, K., Kruth, P., Holden, J.M., Earley, R.L. and Wright, P.A. (2019). Prolonged survival out of water is linked to a slow pace of life in a self-fertilizing amphibious fish. Journal of Experimental Biology 222: jeb209270.


Rossi, G.S., Tunnah, L., Martin, K.E., Turko, A.J., Taylor, D.S., Currie, S. and Wright, P.A. (2019). Mangrove fishes rely on emersion behavior and physiological tolerance to persist in sulphidic environments. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 92: 316-325.

Turko, A.J., Maini, P. Wright, P. A. and Standen, E. M. (2019). Gill remodelling during terrestrial acclimation in the amphibious fish Polypterus senegalus. Journal of Morphology 280: 329-338.


Livingston, M.D., Bhargav, V., Turko, A.J., Wilson, J.M. and Wright, P.A. (2018). Widespread use of emersion and cutaneous ammonia excretion in Aplocheiloid killifishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20181496. Featured by Outside JEB


Turko, A.J., Tatarenkov, A., Currie, S., Earley, R.L., Platek, A., Taylor, D.S. and Wright, P.A. (2018). Emersion behaviour underlies variation in aquatic respiratory function in the amphibious fish Kryptolebias marmoratus. Journal of Experimental Biology 221: jeb.168039.


Rossi, G.S., Turko, A.J. and Wright, P.A. (2018). Oxygen drives skeletal muscle remodeling in an amphibious fish out of water. Journal of Experimental Biology jeb.180257.


Sutton, A.O., Turko, A.J., McLaughlin, R.L. and Wright, P.A. (2018). Behavioural and physiological responses of an amphibious, euryhaline mangrove fish to acute salinity exposure. Copeia 106: 305-311.



Turko, A.J., Kültz, D., Fudge, D., Croll, R.P., Smith, F.M., Stoyek, M.R. and Wright, P.A. (2017). Skeletal stiffening in an amphibious fish out of water is a response to increased body weight. Journal of Experimental Biology 220, 3621-3631. Featured by Inside JEB

Heffell, Q., Turko, A.J. and Wright, P.A. (2017). Skin water permeability and skin thickness are plastic in the amphibious mangrove rivulus Kryptolebias marmoratus out of water. Journal of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry B 188: 305-314.


Platek, A., Turko, A.J., Donini, A., Kelly, S. and Wright, P.A. (2017). Environmental calcium regulates gill remodeling in a euryhaline teleost fish. Journal of Experimental Zoology A 327:139-142.


Blewett, T.A., Simon, R.A., Turko, A.J. and Wright, P.A. (2017). Copper alters hypoxia sensitivity and the behavioural emersion response in the amphibious fish Kryptolebias marmoratus. Aquatic Toxicology 189: 25-30.



Brunt, E.M., Turko, A.J., Scott, G.R. and Wright, P.A. (2016). Amphibious fish jump better on land after acclimation to a terrestrial environment. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 3204-3207.


Wright, P.A. and Turko, A.J. (2016). Amphibious fishes: evolution and phenotypic plasticity. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 2245-2259.


Regan, M.D., Turko, A.J., Heras, J., Andersen, M.K., Lefevre, S., Wang, T., Bayley, M., Brauner, C.J., Huong, D.T.T., Phuong, N.T. and Nilsson, G.E. (2016). Ambient CO2, fish behaviour and altered GABAergic neurotransmission: exploring the mechanism of CO2-induced behaviour by taking a hypercapnia dweller down to low CO2 levels. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 109-118. Featured by Inside JEB



Turko, A.J. and Wright, P.A. (2015). Evolution, ecology and physiology of amphibious killifishes (Cyprinodontiformes). Journal of Fish Biology 87:815-835.

Wells, M.W., Turko, A.J. and Wright, P.A. (2015). Fish embryos on land: Terrestrial embryo deposition lowers oxygen uptake without altering growth or survival in the amphibious fish Kryptolebias marmoratus. Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 3249-3256. Featured by Inside JEB

Gibson, D.J., Sylvester, E.V.A., Turko, A.J., Tattersall, G.J. and Wright, P.A. (2015). Out of the frying pan into the air – emersion behaviour and evaporative heat loss in an amphibious mangrove fish (Kryptolebias marmoratus). Biology Letters doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0689 Featured by National Geographic News, Science News, and IFL Science


Robertson, C.E., Turko, A.J., Jonz, M.G. and Wright, P.A. (2015). Hypercapnia and low pH induce neuroepithelial cell proliferation and emersion behaviour in the amphibious fish Kryptolebias marmoratus. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:2987-2990.

2011 - 2014

Turko, A.J., Robertson, C.E., Bianchini, K., Freeman, M. and Wright, P.A. (2014). The amphibious fish Kryptolebias marmoratus uses different strategies to maintain oxygen delivery during aquatic hypoxia and air exposure. Journal of Experimental Biology 217:3988-3995.


Johnson, A.C., Turko, A.J., Klaiman, J.M., Johnston, E.F. and Gillis, T.E. (2014). Cold acclimation alters the connective tissue content of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) heart. Journal of Experimental Biology 217:1868-1875.

Turko, A.J., Cooper, C.A. and Wright, P.A. (2012). Gill remodelling during terrestrial acclimation reduces aquatic respiratory function of the amphibious fish Kryptolebias marmoratus. Journal of Experimental Biology 215:3973-3980.


Turko, A.J., Earley, R.L. and Wright, P.A. (2011). Behaviour drives morphology: voluntary emersion patterns shape gill structure in genetically identical mangrove rivulus. Animal Behaviour 82:39-47.