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Biology research

Biology students and faculty members at UW-Eau Claire are continuously researching topics that affect the world around them. This research not only contributes to improvements in our economy, agriculture, the environment and more — research breakthroughs happening right here have helped researchers around the world further the advancement of all the biological sciences. 

Listed below are recent biology publications by our faculty and students. They are linked to the research publication they appear in. Student co-authors are indicated by asterisk. 

Ames S*, Pischke K*, Schoenfuss N*, Snobl Z*, Soine J*, Weiher E and Wellnitz T (2012). Biogeographic patterns of lichens and trees on islands of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. BIOS 83(4): 145-154.

Bae YK, Lyman-Gingerich J, Barr MM and Knobel KM (2008) Identification of genes involved in the ciliary trafficking of C. elegans PKD-2. Developmental Dynamics 237 (8): 2021-2029.

Chalcraft D, Cox SB, Clark C, Cleland EE, Suding KN, Weiher E and Pennington D (2008) Scale-dependent responses of plant biodiversity to nitrogen enrichment. Ecology 89: 2165-2171.

Christians MJ, Gingerich DJ, Hua Z, Lauer TD and Vierstra RD (2012) The light-response BTB 1 and 2 Proteins assemble nuclear ubiquitin ligases that modify phytochrome B and D signaling in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 160 (1): 118-134.

Cronje R, Murray K, Rohlinger S* and Wellnitz T (2011) Using the Science Writing Heuristic to improve undergraduate writing in biology. International Journal of Science Education doi:10.1080/09500693.2011.628344.

Falster DS, Reich PB, Ellsworth DS, Wright IJ, Westoby MW, Oleksyn J and Lee TD (2012) Lifetime return on investment increases with leaf lifespan among 10 Australian woodland species. New Phytologist 193: 409-419.

Floyd CH , Flores-Martínez JJ, Herrera LG, Mejía O and May B (2009) Conserving the endangered fishing bat ( Myotis vivesi): Microsatellite variation indicates extensive gene flow among islands in the Gulf of California. Conservation Genetics 11: 813-822.

Floyd CH, Van Vuren DH, Crooks K, Garcelon D, Belfiore N, Dragoo J and May B (2011) Genetic differentiation of island spotted skunks, Spilogale gracilis amphiala. Journal of Mammalogy 92: 148-158.

Grace JB, Anderson TM., Smith MD, Seabloom E, Andelman SJ, Meche G, Weiher E, Allain LK, Julita H, Sankaran M, Knops J, Ritchie M and Willig MR (2007) Does species diversity limit productivity in natural grassland communities? Ecology Letters 10: 680-689.

Graham LE, Arancibia-Avila P, Taylor WA, Strother PK and Cook ME (2012) Aeroterrestrial Coleochaete (Streptophyta, Coleochaetales) models early land plant adaptation to land. American Journal of Botany 99: 1-15.

Hintz WD and Wellnitz T (2013) Current velocity influences the facilitation and removal of algae by stream grazers. Aquatic Ecology 47 (2): 235-244.

Kattge J et al. (with co-authors Lee TD and Weiher E) (2011) TRY - a global database of plant traits. Global Change Biology 17: 2905-2935.

Kleintjes Neff PK, Fettig SM and VanOverbeke DR* (2007) Variable response of butterflies and vegetation to elk herbivory: An exclosure experiment in ponderosa pine and aspen-mixed conifer forests. The Southwestern Naturalist 52: 1-14.

Korb S*, Arikawe A*, Lee F* and Bryant W (2010) Environmental estrogens stimulate gene transcription in the prolactin promoter. International Journal of Biology. 2(1): 35-43.

Lee TD, Barrott SH and Reich PB (2011) Photosynthetic responses of 13 grassland species across 11 years of free-air CO 2 enrichment is modest, consistent and independent of N supply. Global Change Biology , 17: 2893-2904.

Merten E, Hintz W*, Lightbody A and Wellnitz T (2010) Subtle effects of macroinvertebrate grazers on periphytic accrual in a field-scale experimental stream. Hydrobiologia 652 (4): 179-184.

McEachern MB, Van Vuren DH, Floyd CH, May B and Eadie JM (2010) Bottlenecks and rescue effects in a fluctuating population of golden-mantled ground squirrels ( Spermophilus lateralis). Conservation Genetics 12: 285-296.

Reich PB, Falster DS, Ellsworth DS, Wright IJ, Westoby M, Oleksyn J and Lee TD (2009) Controls on declining carbon balance with leaf age among 10 woody species in Australian woodland: do leaves have zero daily net carbon balances when they die? New Phytologist 183: 153-166.

Rohrer JR , O'Brien MA* and Anderson JA (2008) Phylogenetic analysis of North American plums ( Prunus sect. Prunocerasus: Rosaceae) based on nuclear LEAFY and s6pdh sequences. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 2: 401-414.

Rohrer JR (2012) Geum (Rosaceae); Prunus (Rosaceae). Pages 1179 & 1196-1198 in Baldwin BG et al. [editors]. The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second edition, University of California Press, Berkeley.

Schoen J*, Merten E and Wellnitz T (2013) Current velocity as a factor determining macroinvertebrate assemblages on wood surfaces. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 28 (2): 271-275.

Sheldahl LC, Shapiro RA, Bryant DN, Koerner IP, and Dorsa DM (2008) Estrogen induces rapid translocation of ER beta but not ER alpha to the neuronal plasma membrane. Neuroscience 153 (3): 751-61.

Sims L, Pastor J, Lee T and Dewey B (2012). Nitrogen, phosphorus and light effects on reproduction and fitness of wild rice. Botany 90: 876-883.

Sims L, Pastor J, Lee T and Dewey B (2012) Nitrogen, phosphorus and light effects on growth and allocation of biomass and nutrients in wild rice. Oecologia 70: 65-76.

Schiedler S*, Peterson P*, Yang T and Showsh S (2012). Determining the Efficacy of IonatorEXP Activated Tap Water on Growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. The American Journal of Undergraduate Research 10 (4): 11-18.

Swanson JI* and Kleintjes Neff PK (2007) Karner blue butterfly Lycaeides melissa samuelis (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) response to an aggregation of Lytta sayi (Coleoptera: Meloidae) on Lupinus perennis L. Great Lakes Entomologist 40: 68-78.

Taylor WA and Gullickson KA* (in press 2012) Ultrastructure of transitional Middle Devonian dispersed megaspores from New York. International Journal of Plant Sciences.

Taylor WA , Gensel PG and Wellman CW (2011) Wall ultrastructure in three species of the dispersed spore Emphanisporites from the early Devonian. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 163: 264-280.

Taylor WA (2009) Laminae in palynomorph walls from the Middle Cambrian - Lower Devonian of North America. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 156: 7-13.

Taylor WA and Wellman CH (2009) Ultrastructure of enigmatic phytoclasts ("banded tubes") from the Silurian - Lower Devonian: evidence for affinities and role in early terrestrial ecosystems. PALAIOS 24: 167-180.

Taylor WA and Strother PK (2009) Ultrastructure, morphology, and topology of Cambrian palynomorphs from the Lone Rock Formation, Wisconsin, USA. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 153: 296-309.

Taylor WA and Strother PK (2008) Ultrastructure of some Cambrian palynomorphs from the Bright Angel Shale, Arizona, USA. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 151: 41-50.

Turtinen LW, Croswell A* and Obr A* (2008) Microarray analysis of amphotericin B-treated THP-1 monocytic cells identifies unique gene expression profiles among lipid and non-lipid drug formulations. Journal of Chemotherapy 20: 327-335.

Van Overbeke DR*, Kleintjes Neff PK and Fettig SM (2007) Potentilla fruticosa as a nectar plant for butterflies . Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 61: 222-227.

Webb CJ, Chan-Weiher CCY and Johnson DA (2008) Isolation of a novel family of genes related to 2-oxoglutarate-dependent dioxygenases from soybean and analysis of their expression during root nodule senescence. Journal of Plant Physiology 16: 1736-1744.

Weiher E (2010) A primer of trait and functional diversity. In: Magurran AE and McGill BJ [editors]. Biological Diversity: Frontiers in Measurement and Assessment. Oxford University Press, pp. 175-193.

Weiher E , Freund D, Bunton T*, Stefanski A, Lee T and Bentivenga S (2011) Advances, challenges, and a developing synthesis of ecological community assembly theory. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 2403-2413.

Wellman CH, Gensel PG and Taylor WA (2009) Spore wall ultrastructure in the early lycopod Leclercqia (Protolepidodendrales) from the Lower Devonian of North America: evidence for a fundamental division in the lycopsids. American Journal of Botany 96: 1849-1860.