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ORCID: 0020-4435-6914

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26. Burdfield-Steel, E., Brain, M.Rojas, B. & Mappes, J. 2018. The price of safety: food deprivation in early life influences the efficacy of chemical defence in an aposematic moth. Oikos, in press. DOI:10.1111/oik.05420

25. Rojas, B.*, Burdfield-Steel, E., Gordon, S. P., De Pasqual, C., Hernández, L., Mappes, J., Nokelainen, O., Rönkä, K., Lindstedt, C. 2018. Multimodal aposematic signals and their emerging role in mate attraction. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9:93.  DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00093/abstract

24. Rönkä, K., Mappes, J., Kiviö, R., Salokannas, J., Michalis, C. & Rojas, B. 2018. Can multiple-model mimicry explain warning signal polymorphism in the wood tiger moth, Arctia plantaginis (Lepidoptera: Erebidae)? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 124: 237-260. DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly042 PDF

23. Burdfield-Steel, E., Pakkanen, H., Rojas, B., Galarza, J. A. &  Mappes, J. 2018. De novo synthesis of chemical defences in an aposematic moth. Journal of Insect Science 18. PDF

22. Henze, M. J., Lind, O., Mappes, J., Rojas, B. and Kelber, A. 2018. An aposematic colour‐polymorphic moth seen through the eyes of conspecifics and predators ‐ sensitivity and colour discrimination in a tiger moth. Functional Ecology. DOI:10.1111/1365-2435.13100 PDF

21. Rönkä, K., De Pasqual, C., Mappes, J., Gordon, S. P. & Rojas, B.  2018. Colour alone matters: no predator generalisation among morphs of an aposematic moth. Animal Behaviour 135: 153–163DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.11.015 PDF


20. Rojas, B.*‡, Burdfield-Steel, E.‡, Pakkanen, H., Suisto, K., Maczka, M., Schulz, S. & Mappes, J. 2017. How to fight multiple enemies: target-specific chemical defences in an aposematic moth. (‡Equal contribution). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20171424. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1424 PDF

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19. Rojas, B.* & Burdfield-Steel, E. Predator Defense. 2017. In: J. Vonk & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer International Publishing.  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_708-1 PDF

18. White, T. E., Rojas, B. , Mappes, J., Rautiala, P. & Kemp, D. J. 2017. Colour and luminance contrasts predict the human detection of natural stimuli in complex visual environments. Biology Letters 13: 20170375. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0375 PDF

17. Nokelainen, O., Rojas, B., & Valkonen, J. Camouflage. 2017. In: T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer International PublishingDOI:10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2665-1  PDF

16. Rojas, B.*, Nokelainen, O., & Valkonen, J. Aposematism. 2017. In: T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer International Publishing. DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2669-1  PDF


15. Rojas, B.* 2016. Behavioural, ecological, and evolutionary aspects of diversity in frog colour patterns. Biological Reviews. DOI: 10.1111/brv.12269 PDF


14. Stynoski, J. L.‡, Schulte, L. M.‡ & Rojas, B.‡ 2015. Poison frogs. Quick Guide. Current Biology 25:R1026–R1028.(‡ Equal contribution) PDF

13. Rojas, B.* 2015. Mind the gap: treefalls as drivers of parental tradeoffs. Ecology & Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1648 PDF

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12. Rojas, B.*‡, Gordon, S. P.‡ & Mappes, J. 2015. Frequency-dependent flight activity in the colour polymorphic wood tiger moth. Current Zoology 61:765-772. Special issue on ‘Anti-predator coloration and behavior’ (‡ Equal contribution) PDF

11. Gordon, S. P., Kokko, H., Rojas, B., Nokelainen, O. & Mappes, J. 2015. Colour polymorphism torn apart by opposing positive frequency-dependent selection, yet maintained in space. Journal of Animal Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12416 PDF

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10. Exnerová, A., Jezová, D., Štys, P., Doktorovová, L., Rojas, B. & Mappes, J. 2015. Different reactions to aposematic prey in 2 geographically distant populations of great tits. Behavioral Ecology 26:1361-1370. DOI 10.1093/beheco/arv086 PDF

9. Hämäläinen, L., Valkonen, J., Mappes, J. & Rojas, B.* 2015. Visual illusions in predator-prey interactions: birds find moving patterned prey harder to catch. Animal Cognition 18:1059-1068. DOI 10.1007/s10071-015-0874-0 PDF

8. Rojas, B.*, Valkonen, J. & Nokelainen, O. 2015. Aposematism. Quick Guide. Current Biology 25:R350-R351. PDF


7. Rojas, B.*, Rautiala, P. & Mappes, J. 2014. Differential detectability of polymorphic warning signals under varying light environments. Behavioural Processes 109(B): 164-172. Special issue on ‘Animal Cognition in the Wild’. PDF


6. Rojas, B.*, Devillechabrolle, J. & Endler, J. A. 2014. Paradox lost: colour pattern and movement are associated in an aposematic frog. Biology Letters 10: 20140193. PDF

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5. Rojas, B.* 2014. Strange parental decisions: fathers of the dyeing poison frog deposit their tadpoles in pools occupied by large cannibals. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68:551-559. PDF

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4. Rojas, B.* & Endler, J. A. 2013. Sexual dimorphism and intra-populational colour pattern variation in the aposematic frog Dendrobates tinctorius. Special Issue on the ‘Evolutionary Ecology of Poison Frogs’. Evolutionary Ecology 27:739-753. PDF


3. Ringler, E., Rojas, B., Ringler, M. & Hödl, W. 2012. Characterisation of nine polymorphic microsatellite loci in the dyeing poison frog Dendrobates tinctorius (Dendrobatidae), and their cross-species utility in two other dendrobatoid species. Herpetological Journal 22: 265-267. PDF

Before 2012

2. Endler, J. A. & Rojas, B. 2009. The spatial pattern of natural selection when selection depends on experience. American Naturalist 173: E62-E78. PDF

1. Rojas, B., Amézquita, A. & Delgadillo, A. 2006. Matching and symmetry in the frequency recognition curve of the poison frog Epipedobates trivittatus. Ethology 112: 564-571. PDF


Submitted/Under review

Rojas, B.*, Mappes, J. & Burdfield-Steel, E. Multiple components of insect warning displays have additive effects against wild predators.

Lawrence, J. P.‡, Rojas, B.‡, Fouquet, A., Mappes, J., Blanchette , A., Saporito, R., Bosque, R. J., Courtois, E., & Noonan, B. P. Weak warning signals can persist in the absence of gene flow. (‡Equal contribution).

Rojas, B.* & Pašukonis, A. From habitat use to social behavior: natural history of a voiceless poison frog, Dendrobates tinctorius.


In preparation

Rönkä, K., Valkonen, J., Nokelainen, O., Rojas, B., Gordon, S., Burdfield-Steel, E., Tasane, T. & Mappes, J. Warning signal polymorphism despite positive frequency-dependent selection.

Schulte, L. M., Ringler, E., Rojas, B. & Stynoski, J. L. Developments in amphibian parental care research: history, present advances and future perspectives.



Other publications

2. Rojas, B. 2018. Comentario científico: Hacia un estudio integral del papel de los patrones de coloración en las interacciones entre depredadores y presas. Boletín Colombiano de Biología Evolutiva 6: 14-15. PDF

1. Burdfield-Steel, E. & Rojas, B. 2017. Doubling down. BIOSPHERE Magazine 29:29-36. PDF