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Robert Huber - Publications


  • Huber R, Bannasch D & P Brennan. 2011. Aggression. Advances in Genetics Vol. 75. Hardbound, 216 Pages, ISBN 13: 978-0-12-380858-5, Elsevier Academic Press.

Quantitative Behavior and Modeling Approaches

  • Hughson BN, Anreiter I, Jackson Chornenki NL, Murphy KR, Ja WW, Huber R & MB Sokolowski. in press. The adult foraging assay (AFA) detects strain and food-deprivation effects in feeding-related traits of Drosophila melanogaster. J Insect Physiol.
  • Murphy KR, Park JH, Huber R, & WW Ja. 2017. Simultaneous measurement of sleep and feeding in individual Drosophila, Nature Protocols 12, 2355-2366 <doi:10.1038/nprot.2017.096> - full text
  • Murphy KR, Deshpande SA, Yurgel ME, Quinn JP, Weissbach JL, Keene AC, Dawson-Scully K, Huber R, Tomchik SM & WW Ja. 2016. Postprandial sleep mechanics in Drosophila. eLife 2016;5:e19334 <> - full text
  • Posta B, Huber R & DE Moore. 2013. The Effects of Housing on Zoo Elephant Behavior: A Quantitative Case Study of Diurnal and Seasonal Variation. Int. J. Comp. Psych. 26(1): 37-52
  • Donelson N, Kim EZ, Slawson JB, Vecsey CG, Huber R & LC Griffith. 2012. High-resolution long-term tracking for analysis of Drosophila sleep and locomotion. PLoS ONE 7(5): e37250 - full text
  • Daws A, Hock K & R Huber. 2011. Spatial structure of hierarchical groups: testing for processes of aggregation, clustering, and spatial centrality in crayfish (Orconectes rusticus). Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology 44(4): 209-222 - full text
  • Hock K & R Huber. 2009. Models of Winner and Loser Effects: A Cost-Benefit Analysis. Behaviour 146: 69-87 - full text
  • Hock K & R Huber. 2007. Effects of fighting decisions on formation and structure of dominance hierarchies. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology 40(2): 153-169 - full text
  • Hock K & R Huber. 2006. Modeling the acquisition of social rank in crayfish: winner and loser effects and self-structuring properties. Behaviour 143: 325-346 - full text
  • Goessmann C, Hemelrijk C & R Huber. 2000. The formation and maintenance of crayfish hierarchies: behavioral and self-structuring properties. Behav. Ecology & Sociobiol. 48: 418-428 - full text

Field Studies

  • Davis K & R Huber. 2007. Activity patterns, behavioural repertoires, and agonistic interactions of crayfish: A non-manipulative field study. Behaviour 144: 229-247 - full text

Drug-sensitive Reward

  • Shipley T., Imeh-Nathaniel A, Orfanakos VB., Wormack LN., Huber R & TI Nathaniel. 2017. The Sensitivity of the Crayfish Reward System to Mammalian Drugs of Abuse. Frontiers Physiol. 8: 1007 <doi:10.3389/fphys.2017.01007> - full text
  • Bhimani R & R Huber. 2016. Operant avoidance learning in crayfish, Orconectes rusticus: Computational ethology and the development of an automated learning paradigm. Learning & Behavior 44(3), 239-249 <doi:10.3758/s13420-015-0205-y> - full text
  • Imeh-Nathaniel A, Adedeji A, Huber R & T Nathaniel. 2016. The rewarding properties of methamphetamine in an invertebrate model of drug addiction. Physiology & Behavior 153: 40-46 <doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.10.017> - full text
  • Imeh-Nathaniel A, Okon M, Huber R & T Nathaniel. 2014. Exploratory behavior and withdrawal signs in crayfish: Chronic central morphine injections and termination effects. Beh. Brain Res. 264: 181–187 - full text
  • Nathaniel T, Panksepp J & R Huber. 2012. A New Path in Drug Addiction Research: The Crayfish Model and Morphine-Sensitive Reward. Adv. Med. Biol. 45: 207-214
  • Nathaniel T, Panksepp J & R Huber. 2012. Alteration of c-Fos mRNA in the accessory lobe of crayfish is associated with a conditioned-cocaine induced reward. Neurosci Res. 72: 243-256 - full text
  • Nathaniel T, Huber R & J Panksepp. 2012. Repeated cocaine treatments induce distinct locomotor effects in Crayfish. Brain Research Bull. 87: 328–333 - full text
  • Alcaro A, Panksepp J & R Huber. 2011. d-amphetamine stimulates unconditioned exploration/approach behaviors in crayfish: Towards a conserved evolutionary function of ancestral drug reward. Pharmacol. Biochem. & Behav. 99(1): 75-80 - full text
  • Huber R, Panksepp JB, Nathaniel T, Alcaro A & J Panksepp. 2011. Drug-sensitive reward in crayfish: An invertebrate model system for the study of SEEKING, reward, addiction, and withdrawal. Neurosci. & Biobehav. Rev. 35(9): 1847-1853 - full text
  • Nathaniel T, Panksepp J & R Huber. 2010. Effects of a single and repeated morphine treatment on conditioned and unconditioned behavioral sensitization in Crayfish. Behavioural Brain Research 207(2): 310-320 - full text
  • Nathaniel T, Panksepp J & R Huber. 2009. Drug-seeking behavior in an invertebrate system: evidence of morphine-induced reward, extinction and reinstatement in crayfish. Behavioural Brain Research 197: 331–338 - full text
  • Panksepp JB & R Huber. 2004. Ethological analyses of crayfish behavior: A new invertebrate system for measuring the rewarding properties of psychostimulants. Behavioural Brain Research 153: 171-180 - full text
  • Panksepp J, Nocjar C, Burgdorf J, Panksepp JB & R Huber. 2004. The role of emotional systems in addiction: A neuroethological perspective. In: Motivational factors in the etiology of drug abuse (Bevins RA & MT Bardo eds.): 85-126. Univ. Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, USA

Neuropharmacology of Aggression

  • Nilsen SP, Chan Y-B, Huber R & EA Kravitz. 2004. Gender-selective patterns of aggressive behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 101 (33): 12342-12347 - full text
  • Chen S, Lee AY, Bowens NM, Huber R & EA Kravitz. 2002. Fighting fruit flies: a model system for the study of aggression. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 99(8): 5664-5668 - full text
  • Panksepp JB & R Huber. 2002. Long-term changes in serotonin function: dynamic neurochemical properties in agonistic behavior of the crayfish Orconectes rusticus. J. Neurobiol. 50(4): 276-290 - full text . Also view the videos of all behavior patterns elicited by psychostimulants in crayfish.
  • Huber R & A Delago. 1998. Serotonin alters decisions to withdraw in fighting crayfish, Astacus astacus: the motivational concept revisited. J. comp. Physiol. A 182 (5): 573-583 - full text
  • Huber R, K Smith, A Delago, K Isaksson & EA Kravitz. 1997. Serotonin and aggressive motivation in crustaceans: altering the decision to retreat. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 94: 5939-5942 - full text

Brain Evolution in Fishes

  • Huber R, MJ van Staaden, LS Kaufman, & K Liem. 1997. Microhabitat use, trophic patterns, and the evolution of brain structure in African cichlids. Brain, Behav. Evol 50: 167-182 - full text
  • van Staaden MJ, R Huber, LS Kaufman, & K Liem. 1995. Brain evolution in cichlids of the African Great Lakes: brain and body size, general patterns and evolutionary trends. ZACS 98: 165-178 - full text


  • Huber R & P Brennan. 2011. Aggression. In: Aggression (Huber R, Bannasch D, Brennan P. eds.)., Advances in Genetics Vol. 75. Chapter 1. Elsevier Academic Press. - full text
  • Huber R and EA Kravitz. 2009. Aggression in Social Behavior: genes, ecology and evolution (Székely T, Moore AJ & J Komdeur). ch 7. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK
  • Kravitz EA & R Huber. 2008. Aggression: Towards an Integration of Gene, Brain, and Behavior. Chapter 27.
  • Alcaro A, Huber R & J Panksepp. 2007. Behavioral functions of the mesolimbic dopaminergic system: an affective neuroethological perspective. Brain Research Rev. 56(2): 283-321 - full text
  • Kravitz & R Huber. 2007. Aggression in Invertebrates: The Emergence and Nature of Agonistic Behavioral Patterns (proofs)
  • Huber R. 2005. Amines and motivated behaviours: A simpler systems approach to complex behavioural phenomena. J. comp. Physiol. A 191: 231-239 - full text
  • Kravitz EA & R Huber. 2003. Aggression in invertebrates. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 13(6): 736-743 - full text
  • Panksepp JB, Yue Z, Drerup C & R Huber. 2003. Amine neurochemistry and aggression in crayfish. Microscopy Research & Technique 60: 360-368 - full text
  • Kotrschal K, MJ van Staaden & R Huber. 1998. Fish brains: evolution and functional relationships. Rev. Fish Biology and Fisheries 8: 373-408 - full text

other Publications

  • Huber R., Daws A, Tuttle SB & JB Panksepp. 2004 Quantitative behavioral techniques for the study of crustacean aggression in: K Wiese and M Schmidt (eds.): Physiology of the crustacean nervous system. Springer, Berlin - full text
  • Bergman DA, Kozlowski CP, McIntyre JC, Huber R, Daws AG and PA Moore. 2003 Temporal dynamics and communication of winner-effects in the crayfish, Orconectes rusticus. Behaviour 140: 805-825 - full text
  • Huber R, Panksepp JB, Yue Z, Delago A & PA Moore. 2001. Dynamic interactions of behavior and amine neurochemistry during acquisition and maintenance of social rank in crayfish. Brain, Behav., Evolution 57: 271-282 - full text
  • Schroeder L & R Huber 2001. Fighting strategies in small and large individuals of the crayfish, Orconectes rusticus. Behaviour 138: 1437-1449 - full text
  • Stocker AM & R Huber. 2001. Hunger and presence of a food cue influence aggressive strategies in crayfish, Orconectes rusticus Ethology 107(8): 727-736 - full text
  • Zulandt-Schneider RA, Huber R & PA Moore. 2001 Information transfer in crayfish, Orconectes rusticus, agonistic encounters: the role of urine in communication. Behaviour 138: 137-153 - full text
  • Huber R, M Orzeszyna, N Pokorny & EA Kravitz. 1997. Biogenic amines and aggression: experimental approaches in crustaceans. Brain, Behav., Evol. 50 (suppl. 1): 60-68 - full text
  • Benton J, R Huber, M Ruchhoeft, S Helluy & B Beltz. 1997. Serotonin depletion by 5,7-Dihydroxytryptamine alters deutocerebral development in the lobster, Homarus americanus. J. Neurobiol. 33: 357-373 - full text
  • Huber R & EA Kravitz. 1995. A quantitative study of agonistic behavior and dominance in juvenile American lobsters (Homarus americanus). Brain, Behav., Evol. 46: 72-83 - full text
  • Huber R & M Martys. 1993. Male - male pairs in greylag geese (Anser anser L.). J. Ornithol. 134: 155-164 - full text
  • Huber R & MK Rylander. 1992. Brain morphology and turbidity preference in Notropis and related genera (Cyprinidae, Teleostei). Environm. Biol. Fish. 33: 153-165 - full text
  • Huber R & MK Rylander. 1992. Quantitative histological study of the optic nerve in species of minnows (Cyprinidae, Teleostei) inhabiting clear and turbid water. Brain, Behav., Evol. 40: 250-255 - full text
  • Huber R & MK Rylander. 1991. Quantitative histological studies of the optic tectum in six species of Notropis and Cyprinella (Cyprinidae, Teleostei). J. Hirnforsch. 32: 309-316 - full text
  • Huber R 1988. Sex-specific behavior in greylag geese, Anser anser L. Texas J. Sci. 40: 107-109

Editorials and Commentary

  • Huber R. 2006, Sources & Sinks: Scientific Trajectories and the Austrian Brain Drain. Bridges (invited Open Editorial and Commentary). J. Science and Technology Policy 10: <>
  • van Staaden M & R Huber. 2001. Multidisciplinary dissection of behavioral arousal: The role of muscarinic acetylcholine stimulation in grasshopper stridulatory behavior (invited commentary). Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 98(17): 9468-9470 - full text

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