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  1. Hiramatsu, C., Takashima, T., Sakaguchi, H., Chen, X., Tajima, S., Seno, T. and Kawamura, S. (2023 Sep 13). Influence of colour vision on attention to, and impression of, complex aesthetic images. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 290 (2006): 20231332.
  2. Melin, A. D., Veilleux, C. C., Janiak, M. C., Hiramatsu, C., Sanchez-Solano, K. G., Lundeen, I. K., Webb, S. E., Williamson, R. E., Mah, M. A., Murillo-Chacon, E., Schaffner, C. M., Hernandez-Salazar, L., Aureli, F. and Kawamura, S. (2022 Aug 31) Anatomy and dietary specialization influence sensory behaviour among sympatric primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 289 (1981): 20220847.
  3. Munds, R. A., Cooper, E., Janiak, M. C., Lam, L. G., DeCasien, A., Surratt, S. B., Montague, M., Martinez, M., Cayo-Biobank-Research-Unit, Kawamura, S., Higham, J. P. and Melin, A. D. (2022 Aug) Variation and heritability of retinal cone ratios in a free-ranging population of rhesus macaques. Evolution, 76 (8): 1776-1789..
  4. Akhtar, M. S., Ashino, R., Oota, H., Ishida, H., Niimura, Y., Touhara, K., Melin, A. D. and Kawamura, S. (2022 Jul 22) Genetic variation of olfactory receptor gene family in a Japanese population. Anthropological Science, 130 (2): 93-106..
  5. Wikberg, E. C., Jack, K. M., Campos, F. A., Bergstrom, M. L., Kawamura, S. and Fedigan, L. M. (2022 Jul) Should I stay or should I go now: Dispersal decisions and reproductive success in male white-faced capuchins (Cebus imitator). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 76 (7): 88..
  6. Toda, Y., Hayakawa, T., Itoigawa, A., Kurihara, Y., Nakagita, T., Hayashi, M., Ashino, R., Melin, A. D., Ishimaru, Y., Kawamura, S., Imai, H., and Misaka, T. (2021 Oct 25) Evolution of the primate glutamate taste sensor from a nucleotide sensor. Current Biology, 31 (20): 4641-4649.e5. Correction (2021 Oct 25). Current Biology 31 (20): 4675-4676.
  7. Veilleux, C. C., Kawamura, S., Montague, M. J., Hiwatashi, T., Matsushita, Y., Fernandez-Duque, E., Link, A., Di Fiore, A., D. and Max Snodderly, M. (2021 May) Color vision and niche partitioning in a diverse neotropical primate community in lowland Amazonian Ecuador. Ecology and Evolution, 11 (10): 5742-5758.
  8. Orkin, J. D., Montague, M. J., Tejada-Martinez, D., de Manuel, M., del Campo, J., Hernandez, S. C., Di Fiore, A., Fontsere, C., Hodgson, J. A., Janiak, M. C., Kuderna, L. F. K., Lizano, E., Martin, M. P., Niimura, Y., Perry, G. H., Valverde, C. S., Tang, J., Warren, W. C., de Magalhaes, J. P., Kawamura, S., Marques-Bonet, T., Krawetz, R. and Melin, A. D. (2021 Feb 16). The genomics of ecological flexibility, large brains, and long lives in capuchin monkeys revealed with fecalFACS. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118 (7): e2010632118.
  9. Hao, Q., Zheng, M., Weng, K., Hao, Y., Zhou, Y., Lin, Y., Gao, F., Kou, Z., Kawamura, S., Yao, K., Xu, P., Chen, J., Zou, J. (2021 Jan 20) Crumbs proteins stabilize the cone mosaics of photoreceptors and improve vision in zebrafish. Journal of Genetics and Genomics, 48 (1): 52-62.
  10. Nishikawa, M., Ferrer, N., Cheves, S., Lopez, R., Kawamura, S., Fedigan, L. M., Melin, A. D., Jack, K. M. (2020 Dec). Infant cannibalism in wild white-faced capuchin monkeys. Ecology and Evolution, 10 (23): 12679-12684.
  11. Melin. A. D., Hogan, J. D., Campos, F. A., Wikberg, E., King-Bailey, G., Webb, S., Kalbitzer, U., Asensio, N., Murillo-Chacon, E., Hernandez, S. C., Chavarria, A. G., Schaffner, C. M., Kawamura, S., Aureli, F., Fedigan, L., Jack, K. M. (2020 Nov). Primate life history, social dynamics, ecology, and conservation: contributions from long-term research in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Biotropica, 52 (6): 1041-1064.
  12. Matsumoto, Y., Oda, S., Mitani, H. and Kawamura, S. (2020 Jun). Orthologous divergence and paralogous anticonvergence in molecular evolution of triplicated green opsin genes in medaka fish, genus Oryzias. Genome Biology and Evolution, 12 (6): 911-923.
  13. Mackin, R. D., Frey, R. A., Gutierrez, C., Farre, A. A., Kawamura, S., Mitchell, D. M. and Stenkamp, D. L. (2019 Aug 20). Endocrine regulation of multichromatic color vision. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116 (34): 16882-16891..
  14. Melin, A. D., Nevo, O., Shirasu, M., Williamson, R. E., Garrett, E., Endo. M., Sakurai, K., Matsushita, Y., Touhara, K. and Kawamura, S. (2019 Jun 3). Fruit scent and observer colour vision shape food-selection strategies in wild capuchin monkeys. Nature Communications, 10:2407.
  15. Kuroki-Kami, A., Nichuguti, N., Yatabe, H., Mizuno, S., Kawamura, S. and Fujiwara, H. (2019 May 22). Targeted gene knockin in zebrafish using the 28S rDNA-specific non-LTR retrotransposon R2Ol. Mobile DNA, 10: 23.
  16. Kawamura, S. (2018 Dec). Color vision genetics learned from New World monkeys in Santa Rosa, Costa Rica. In: Primate Life History, Sex Roles, and Adaptability - Essays in Honour of Linda M. Fedigan (Kalbitzer, U. and Jack, K. M. eds.), pp. 257-277, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham, Switzerland
  17. Wikberg, E. C., Jack, K. M., Fedigan, L. M. and Kawamura, S. (2018 Dec). The effects of dispersal and reproductive patterns on the evolution of male sociality in white-faced capuchins. In: Primate Life History, Sex Roles, and Adaptability - Essays in Honour of Linda M. Fedigan (Kalbitzer, U. and Jack, K. M. eds.), pp. 117-132, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham, Switzerland
  18. Sakai, Y., Kawamura, S. and Kawata, M. (2018 Nov 27). Genetic and plastic variation in opsin gene expression, light sensitivity and female response to visual signals in the guppy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115 (48): 12247-12252.
  19. Hogan, J. D., Fedigan, L. M., Hiramatsu, C., Kawamura, S. and Melin, A. D. (2018 Jul 18). Trichromatic perception of flower colour improves resource detection among New World monkeys. Scientific Reports, 8: 10883.
  20. Brasington, L. F., Wikberg, E. C., Kawamura, S., Fedigan, L. M. and Jack, K. M. (2017 Dec). Infant mortality in white-faced capuchins: the impact of alpha male replacements. American Journal of Primatology, 79 (12): e22725.
  21. Melin, A. D., Chiou, K. L., Walco, E. R., Bergstrom, M., L., Kawamura, S. and Fedigan, L. M. (2017 Sep 26). Trichromacy increases fruit intake rates of wild capuchins (Cebus capucinus imitator). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (39): 10402-10407.
  22. Jinam, T. A., Phipps, M. E., Aghakhanian, F., Majumder, P. P., Datar, F., Stoneking, M., Sawai, H., Nishida, N., Tokunaga, K., Kawamura, S., Omoto, K. and Saitou, N. (2017 Aug). Discerning the origins of the Negritos, first Sundaland people: deep divergence and archaic admixture. Genome Biology and Evolution, 9 (8):2013-2022.
  23. Koganebuchi, K., Haneji, K., Toma, T., Joh, K., Soejima, H., Fujimoto, K., Ishida, H., Ogawa, M., Hanihara, T., Harada, S., Kawamura, S. and Oota, H. (2017 Mar). The allele frequency of ALDH2*Glu504Lys and ADH1B*Arg47His for the Ryukyu islanders and their history of expansion among East Asians. American Journal of Human Biology, 29 (2): e22933.
  24. Melin, A. D., Khetpal, V., Matsushita, Y., Zhou, K., Campos, F. A., Welker, B. and Kawamura, S. (2017 Mar). Howler monkey foraging ecology suggests convergent evolution of routine trichromacy as an adaptation for folivory. Ecology and Evolution, 7 (5): 1421-1434. Journal Cover Image
  25. Kalbitzer, U., Bergstrom, M. L., Carnegie, S. D., Wikberg, E. C., Kawamura, S., Campos, F. A., Jack, K. M. and Fedigan, L. M. (2017 Feb 6). Female sociality and sexual conflict shape offspring survival in a Neotropical primate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (8): 1892-1897. New Scientist 6 Feb 2017, PHYS ORG 7 Feb 2017
  26. Wikberg, E. C., Jack, K. M., Fedigan, L. M., Campos, F. A., Yashima, A. S., Bergstrom, M. L., Hiwatashi, T., Kawamura, S. (2017 Jan). Inbreeding avoidance and female mate choice shape reproductive skew in capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus imitator). Molecular Ecology, 26 (2): 653-667. Journal Cover Image
  27. Tsutsui, K., Otoh, M., Sakurai, K., Suzuki-Hashido, N., Hayakawa, T., Misaka, T., Ishimaru, Y., Aurel, F., Melin, A. D., Kawamura, S. and Imai, H. (2016 Oct 12). Variation in ligand responses of the bitter taste receptors TAS2R1 and TAS2R4 among New World monkeys. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16: 208. Video
  28. Katsumura, T., Fukuyo, Y., Kawamura, S. and Oota, H. (2016 Sep 28). A comparative study on the regulatory region of the PERIOD1 gene among diurnal/nocturnal primates. Journal of Physiological Anthropology, 35: 21. Equally contributed.
  29. Kawamura, S., Kasagi, S., Kasai, D., Tezuka, A., Shoji, A., Takahashi, A., Imai, H. and Kawata, M. (2016 Oct). Spectral sensitivity of guppy visual pigments reconstituted in vitro to resolve association of opsins with cone cell types. Vision Research, 127: 67-73.
  30. Kawamura, S. (2016 Sep). Color vision diversity and significance in primates inferred from genetic and field studies. Genes & Genomics, 38 (9): 779-791.
  31. Sargeant, E. J., Wikberg, E. C., Kawamura, S., Jack, K. M. and Fedigan, L. M. (2016 Jun). Paternal kin recognition and infant care in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). American Journal of Primatology, 78 (6): 659-668.
  32. Sakai, Y., Ohtsuki, H., Kasagi, S., Kawamura, S. and Kawata, M. (2016 May 18). Effects of light environment during growth on the expression of cone opsin genes and behavioral spectral sensitivities in guppies (Poecilia reticulata). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16: 106.
  33. Melin, A. D., Wells, K., Moritz, G. L., Kistler, L., Orkin, J. D., Timm, R. M., Bernard, H., Lakim, M. B., Perry, G. H., Kawamura, S. and Dominy, N. J. (2016 Apr). Euarchontan opsin variation brings new focus to primate origins. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33 (4): 1029-1041.

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Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
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