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Public interest

2021 Article for The Conversation - Griffith, OW, Dudley JS From baby blue-tongues to elephant doulas: motherhood across the animal kingdom. 7/05/2021 

2019 Article for The Conversation - Griffith, OW New research could lead to a pregnancy test for endangered marsupials. 20/06/2019

2018 Opinion Piece for the Sydney Morning Herald - Griffith, OW Growing up gay in a Christian school had lasting effects on my life. 06/11/2018 

2017 Article for The Conversation - Griffith, OW What marsupials taught us about embryo implantation could help women using IVF. 27/07/2017

2017 Article for The Conversation – Griffith, OW Using the placenta to understand how complex organs evolve. 29/03/2016

2016  Article for The Conversation – Griffith, OW 2016 Pregnancy: cooperative paradise or conflict-driven battle between mother and child?, 05/05/2016

2014    Article for The Conversation – Griffith, OW 2014 Lizards help us find out which came first: The baby or the egg?, 20/08/2014


32. Ishihara, T, Fenelon, JC, Griffith, OW, Ishiguro, K, Renfree, MB (In Press) Conserved H3K27me3-associated chromatin remodelling allows STRA8 but not MEIOSIN expression in mammalian germ cells. Reproduction.

31. Ishihara, T, Hickford, D, Fenelon, JC, Griffith, OW, Suzuki, S, Renfree, MB (2022) Evolution of the short form of DNMT3A, DNMT3A2, occurred in the common ancestor of mammals. Genom. Biol. Evol. 14(7).

30. Ishihahra, T, Hickford, D, Griffith, OW, Suzuki, S, Renfree, MB (In Press) Placental imprinting of SLC22A3 in the IGF2R imprinted domain is conserved in therian mammals. Epigenetics Chromatin. 15(32)

29. Wen, J, Ishihara, T, Renfree, MB, & Griffith, OW (In Press) Comparing the potential for maternal-fetal signalling in oviparous and viviparous lizards. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B.

28. Whittington, CM, Buddle, AL, Griffith, OW, Carter, AM, (In Press) Embryonic specialisations for vertebrate placentation. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B

27. Ishihara, T, Griffith, OW, Suzuki, S, & Renfree, MB (2022) Presence of H3K4me3 on paternally expressed genes of the paternal genome from sperm to implantation. Front. Cell Dev. Biol. Download

26.     Smith-Paredes D, Griffith OW, Fabbri M, Yohe L, Blackburn DG,  Siler CD, Bhullar BS, Wagner GP (2021) Hidden limbs in the “limbless skink” Brachymeles lukbani: developmental observations. J Anat.

25. Chapple et al. (97 authors) (2021) Conservation status of the world’s skinks (Scincidae): taxonomic and geographic patterns in extinction risk. Biol Conserv.

24. Ishihara, T, Griffith, OW, Tarulli, GA, Renfree, MB (2021) Male germline development in the tammar wallaby, Macropus eugenii. Reproduction.

23. Gavrin, A, Loughlin, PC, Brear, E, Griffith, OW, Bedon, F, Grotemeyer, MS, Escudero, V, Reguera, M, Qu, Y, Mohd-Noor, SN, Chen, C, Orsorio, MB, Rentsch, D, Gonzalez-Guerrero, M, Day, DA, Smith, PMC (2021) Soybean Yellow Stripe-like7 is a symbiosome membrane peptide transporter essential for nitrogen fixation. Plant Physiol Download

22. Griffith, OW (2021) Novel tissue interactions support the evolution of placentation. J Morph


21. Chavan AR, Griffith OW, Stadtmauer D, Maziarz J, Pavlicev M, Fishman R, Koren L, Romero R, Wagner GP (2020) Evolution of embryo implantation was enabled by the origin of decidual cells in eutherian mammals. Mol Biol Evol. 38 (3), 1060-1074.


20. Griffith, OW, Vhavan, AR, Pavlicev, M, Protopapas, S, Callahan, R, Maziarz, J, Wagner, GP (2019) Endometrial recognition of pregnancy occurs in the grey short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica). Proc Roy Soc B, 286, 20190691. Download

19. Erkenbrack, EM, Maziarz, JD, Griffith, OW, Liang, C, Chavan, AR, Nnamanim MC, and Wagner, GP (2018) The mammalian decidual cell evolved from a cellular stress response. PLoS Biol Download

18. Van Dyke, JU & Griffith OW (2018) Mechanisms of reproductive allocation as drivers of developmental plasticity in reptiles. J Exp Zool Part A. Download

17. Wagner, GP, Griffith, OW, Bergmann, P, Bello-Hellegouarch, G, Kohlsdorf, T, Bhullar, A, & Siler, CD (2018) Are there general laws for digit evolution in squamates? The loss and re-evolution of digits in a clade of fossorial lizards (Brachymeles, Scincinae). J Morph 279 (8) 1104-1109 Download

16. Griffith, OW, Chavan, AR, Protopapas, S, Maziarz, J, Romero, R, & Wagner, GP (2018) Reply to Liu: inflammation before implantation both in evolution and development, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA115 (1), E3-E4. ​


15. Cornetti, L, Griffith, OW, Benazzo, A, Panziera, A, Whittington, CM, Thompson, MB, Vernesi, C, Bertorelle, G (2018) Candidate genes involved in the evolution of viviparity: a RAD sequencing experiment in the lizard Zootoca vivipara (Squamata: Lacertidae), Zool J Linn Soc, 183 (1), 196-207 Download

14. Chavan, AR, Griffith, OW, & Wagner, GP (2017) The inflammation paradox in the evolution of mammalian pregnancy: turning a foe into a friend, Cur Opin Genetics Dev, 47, 24-32. Download

13. Griffith, OW, Chavan, AR, Protopapas, S, Maziarz, J, Romero, R, & Wagner, GP (2017) Embryo implantation evolved from an ancestral inflammatory attachment reaction, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 114 (32), E6566-E6575. Download

12. Griffith, OW & Wagner, GP (2017) The placenta as a model for understanding the origin and evolution of vertebrate organs, Nature Ecol Evol, 1 (4), 0072. Download

11. Siler, CD, Davis, DR, Watters, JL, Freitas, ES, Griffith, OW, Bindaday, JW, Lobos, AHT, Armaga, AK, & Brown, RM (2017) The first record of the Pseudogekko brevipes Complex from the northern Philippines, with description of a new species from Luzon Island. Herpetologica. 73 (2), 162-175. Download

10. Griffith, OW, Brandley, MC, Whittington, CM, Belov, K, & Thompson, MB (2017) Comparative genomics of hormonal signaling in the chorioallantoic membrane of oviparous and viviparous amniotes, Gen Comp Endocrinol. 244, 19-29. Download

9. Griffith, OW, Brandley, MC, Belov, K, & Thompson, MB (2016) Reptile pregnancy is underpinned by complex changes in uterine gene expression: a comparative analysis of the uterine transcriptome in viviparous and oviparous lizards, Genome Biol Evol, 8 (10), 3226-3239. Download


8. Griffith, OW, Brandley, MC, Belov, K, & Thompson, MB (2016) Allelic expression of mammalian imprinted genes in a matrotrophic lizard, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii, Dev Genes Evol, 26 (2), 79-85. Download


7.     Whittington, CW, Griffith, OW, Qi, W, Thompson, MB, & Wilson, AB (2015) Seahorse brood pouch transcriptome reveals common genes associated with vertebrate pregnancy, Mol Biol Evol, 32 (12), 3114-3131.


6. Griffith, OW (2015) Mechanisms of placental evolution: the genetics and physiology of pregnancy in lizards. PhD Thesis, University of Sydney. Download


5.     Griffith, OW, Blackburn, DG, Brandley, MC, Van Dyke, JU, Whittington, CW, & Thompson, M.B. (2015) Ancestral state reconstructions require biological evidence to test evolutionary hypotheses: A case study examining the evolution of reproductive mode in squamate reptiles, J Exp Zool Part B, 324 (6), 493-503.



4.    Van Dyke, JU, Griffith, OW, & Thompson, MB (2014) High food abundance permits the evolution of placentotrophy: evidence from a placental lizard, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii. Am Nat, 184 (2), 198-210.



3.    Griffith, OW, Ujvari, B, Belov, K, & Thompson, MB (2013) Placental lipoprotein lipase (LPL) gene expression in a placentotrophic lizard, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii. J Exp Zool Part B, 320 (7), 465-470.



2.    Griffith, OW, Van Dyke, JU, & Thompson, MB (2013) No implantation in an extrauterine pregnancy of a placentotrophic reptile. Placenta, 34 (16), 510-511.



1. Wongvilas, S, Deowanish, S, Lim, J, Xie, VRD, Griffith, OW, & Oldroyd, BP (2010). Interspecific and conspecific colony mergers in the dwarf honey bees Apis andreniformis and A. florea. Insectes Sociaux, 57, 251-255.

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