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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 , 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 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.
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.
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.