Ovchinnikov, S. and S. E. Masta. 2012.  Pseudoscorpion mitochondria show rearranged genes and genome-wide reductions of RNA gene sizes and inferred structures, yet typical nucleotide composition bias.  BMC Evolutionary Biology.  12:31. Available online at

Masta, S. E., McCall, A., and S. J. Longhorn. 2010.  Rare genomic changes and mitochondrial sequences support novel relationships among the pycnogonids.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  57: 59-70.

Masta, S.E. 2010. Mitochondrial rRNA secondary structures and genome arrangements distinguish chelicerates: comparisons with a harvestman (Arachnida: Opiliones: Phalangium opilio). Gene 449: 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.gene.2009.09.009

Fahrein, K., Masta, S.E., Podsiadlowski, L., 2009. The first complete mitochondrial genome sequences of Amblypygi (Chelicerata: Arachnida) reveal a conservation of the ancestral arthropod gene order. Genome 52: 456-466. doi:10.1139/G09-023

Masta, S. E., S. J. Longhorn, and J. L. Boore. 2009. Arachnid relationships based on mitochondrial genomes: asymmetric nucleotide and amino acid bias affects phylogenetic analyses. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 50: 117-128.

Reed, S. M., M.-T. Do, and S. E. Masta. 2008. Parallel factor analysis of spider fluorophores. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology 93:149-154.

Masta, S. E., Klann, A. E., and L. Podsiadlowski. 2008. A comparison of the mitochondrial genomes from two families of Solifugae (Arthropoda: Chelicerata): Eremobatidae and Ammotrechidae. Gene 417 (1): 35-42. doi:10.1016/j.gene.2008.03.011

Masta, S. E., and J. L. Boore. 2008. Parallel evolution of truncated transfer RNA genes in arachnid mitochondrial genomes.Molecular Biology and Evolution 25(5): 949-959doi:10.1093/molbev/msn051

Andrews, K., S. M. Reed, and S. E. Masta. 2007. Spiders fluoresce variably across many taxa. Biology Letters 3(3): 265-267.FirstCite.

Masta, S. E., and J. L. Boore. 2004. The complete mitochondrial genome sequence of the spider Habronattus oregonensisreveals rearranged and extremely truncated tRNAs. Molecular Biology and Evolution 21: 893-902. pdf

Masta, S. E., N. M. Laurent, and E. J. Routman. 2003. Population genetic structure of the toad Bufo woodhousii: an empirical assessment of the effects of haplotype extinction on nested cladistic analysis. Molecular Ecology 12: 1541-1554. pdf

Masta, S. E., B. K. Sullivan, T. Lamb, and E. J. Routman. 2002. Molecular systematics, hybridization, and phylogeography of theBufo americanus complex in Eastern North America. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 24: 302-314. pdf

Masta, S. E. and W. P. Maddison. 2002 Sexual selection driving diversification in jumping spiders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 99 (7): 4442-4447. pdf

Masta, S. E. 2000. Phylogeography of the jumping spider Habronattus pugillis (Araneae: Salticidae): recent vicariance of sky island populations? Evolution 54 (5): 1699-1711. pdf

Masta, S. E. 2000. Mitochondrial sequence evolution in spiders: intraspecific variation in tRNAs lacking the TYC arm. Molecular Biology and Evolution 17 (7): 1091-1100. pdf

McDade, L. A., S. E. Masta, M. L. Moody, and E. Waters. 2000. Phylogenetic relationships among Acanthaceae: evidence from two genomes. Systematic Botany 25: 105-120.

McDade, L. A., T. F. Daniel, S. E. Masta, K. M. Riley. 2000. Phylogenetic relationships within the tribe Justicieae (Acanthaceae): evidence from molecular sequences, morphology, and cytology. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 87: 435-458.