Biology

Faculty Highlights

Highlights of Faculty Activity

Todd Aschenbach was the co-author of 2 presentations given at Grand Valley State University. The two presentations entitled Green Curriculum, Green Architecture and Ottawa County's Pigeon River: A Qualified Success Story,  were part of the Sustainable Community Development Initiative. He also co-authored an article that was published on-line entitled The Initial Phase of a Longleaf Pine-Wiregrass Savanna Restoration: Species Establishment and Community Responses.

Sheila Blackman contributed to a press release regarding the recent Nature paper by Melcher et al (Van Andel Institute): A gate-latch-lock mechanism for hormone signaling by abscisic acid receptors. She also presented a poster entitled Acquisition of Desiccation Tolerance During Seed Development in Phalaenopsis, at the Joint annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Phycological Society of America in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Margaret Dietrich was the co-author of an article entitled, Morphological functions of endogenous gibberellins in filicalean gametophytes: insights into the evolution of form and gender expression.

Christopher Dobson was the co-author of a journal article published in Science and Children (2014) entitled, The amazing ecology of terrestrial isopods: Third-grade students investigate roly-polies to learn about ecosystems. He was the co-author of a journal article published in Science Scope (2013) entitled, Next Generation Science Standards: Lost in the woods? He also conducted a presentation at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in San Antonio, TX (2013) entitled, Integrating climate change for elementary pre-service teachers.

Tim Evans published a book chapter entitled Plant Systematics in the 21st Century in the book Contemporary Plant Systematics: 4th Ed. He was also the co-author and presenter of a presentation given at both the Botany 2009, Botanical Society of America and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists in Snowbird, Utah and the Botany 2009, Van Andel Research Institute, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The presentation was entitled A preliminary phylogenetic analysis of the genus Aneilema (Commelinaceae) based on chloroplast DNA sequences.

Gary Greer was the co-author of a journal article that was published in the Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society entitled Morphological Functions of Endogenous Gibberellins in Leptosporangiate Gametophytes: Insights into the Evolution of Form and Gender Expression. He was also the co-author of a presentation given at the Botany 2009, joint meeting of American Botanical Society, American Bryological and Lichenological Society, American Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and American Mycological Society in Snowbird, Utah. The presentation was entitled Ailanthus altissima Increases Nodulation in Trifolium pratense:  A Novel Weapon for an Invasive Species?

Carol “Griff” Griffin submitted a report to the Manistee National Forest in Manistee, Michigan entitled Dunes Wilderness Visitor Use Survey – Summer 2009. She also submitted a publication that was accepted by the Michigan Academician entitled Visitors’ Perceptions of the North Country National Scenic Trail. 

Mike Henshaw was the co-author of a presentation entitled Prey choice in Polistes: Comparing three Michigan species, which was given at the URGE Undergraduate researcher presentations at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, MI.

Robert Hollister was the co-author of two accepted journal articles, entitled Above and below ground plant biomass response to experimental warming in northern Alaska and Remote sensing of tundra gross ecosystem productivity and light use efficiency under varying temperature and moisture conditions. He was also the co-presenter and co-author of seven presentations. The presentations were entitled Barrow Arctic Terrestrial Observatory (BATO): An IPY Legacy, Arctic Observing Networks: Collaborative Research: Sustaining and amplifying the ITEX AON through automation and increased interdisciplinarity of observations, IPY Arctic Observing Networks. Collaborative Research: Study of Arctic ecosystem changes in the IPY using the International Tundra Experiment, Monitoring the response of tundra vegetation to temperature at Barrow and Atqasuk, Alaska, Lessons learned from past ITEX synthesis efforts, Changes in distribution of northern and southern Arctic plant species due to warming, and Long-term Phenological Changes in Tundra Plants in Response to Experimental Warming and Observed Changes in Climate.

Jodee Hunt was the co-author of an article entitled Innovative teaching to engage and challenge twenty-first century entrepreneurship students: an interdisciplinary approach. She was also the co-presenter of five presentations. The first two presentations entitled Development of ecotourism and curriculum development in Miraflo?r, Nicaragua: outreach and collaboration with faculty of FAREM, Esteli, and Short-term effects of soil amendments in restoring riparian habitat following gravel mining in an urban inland lake, were given at the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM. The third presentation entitled Agroecology and ecotourism in Nicaragua: an Interdisciplinary Exploration, was
given at the NSF Advance research symposium and celebration on the Pew Campus of GVSU. The last two presentations entitled Effects of perches and rodent-exclusion fences on the restoration of an urban riparian plant community and Effects of manure and sawdust + sucrose amendments on soil nutrients and plant species abundance in urban riparian restoration, were given at The Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems, 2nd annual conference of the Stewardship Network in East Lansing, MI.

Joe Jacqout was the presenter of a poster entitled Rising above the conflict:
Meadow jumping mice coexist with meadow voles through vertical habitat partitioning.
He was also the co-author of a poster entitled Identifying hybrids of Peromyscus leucopus and P. maniculatus in Michigan using molecular genetics.

Paul Keenlance was the presenter and co-author of a presentation entitled Small Mammal Use of a Savannah Restoration Site in West Michigan, given at the 70th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, IL DNR/The Wildlife Society in Springfield, IL. He was the co-author of a poster presentation entitled Impacts of Savannah Restoration on Small Mammal Density and Diversity in West Michigan and the author of a presentation entitled The effectiveness of individual identification of bobcats (Lynx rufus) using automatically triggered cameras in Michigan, both presentations were given at the 16th Annual Wildlife Society Conference in Monterey, CA.

Michael Lombardo was the co-author of a publication entitled Captivity affects sperm production, testes size and beak color in House Sparrows (Passer domesticus). He was the co-author of 5 poster presentations given at the West Michigan Undergraduate Research Conference, Van Andel Institute, in Grand Rapids, MI. The presentations were entitled Parent anti-predator responses during the nestling period in Tree Swallows, Nest site characteristics and reproductive success in Tree Swallows, Factors that affect egg mass in Tree Swallows, Sex differences in innate immunity in Tree Swallows, and Development of innate immunity in Tree Swallows. He was also the co-presenter and co-author of two presentations given at the Ornithologists’ Union, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA entitled Sex differences in innate immunity in Tree Swallows and Social environment and beak color in House Sparrows.

Mark Luttenton was the co-author of a publication entitled An analysis of internal phosphorus loading in White Lake, Michigan. He was the co-author of a journal article entitled Analysis of mitochondrial nucleotide polymorphism in the ND-1 locus in the North American brown trout (Salmo trutta), which was published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. He also gave a presentation entitled Local, Regional and Global Water Issues, given at Loyola University of Chicago, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy.

Neil MacDonald was the co-author of a research report entitled Establishing a Diverse Assemblage of Native Grasses and Forbs on a Knapweed-Infested Site in the Bass River Recreation Area, Ottawa County, Michigan. He was also the author of a presentation given at both the Ottawa County Water Quality Forum in West Olive, MI and the Campus Sustainability Week on the Allendale Campus of GVSU. The presentation was entitled Ottawa County's Pigeon River: A Qualified Success Story.  

Shaily Menon was the co-author of publication entitled Projected climate change effects on nuthatch distribution and diversity across Asia, which was published in The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. She was the co-author of a publication entitled Fundamentals for using geographic information science to measure the effectiveness of land conservation projects, which was published in Geoinformatics for Natural Resource Management. In addition, she presented a paper entitled Predictive Modeling of Plant Diseases to Manage Climate Change Risk in Forests, given at the IUFRO Working Group Meeting in Hilo, Hawaii.

Rod Morgan was the co-author of a journal article entitled An Efficient Enrichment Technique for the Isolation and quantification of indigenous Diesel-Fuel Utilizing Bacteria Present in Freshwater Sediments, which was accepted by the Journal of Biotech Research. He was also the co-author of a presentation given at the West Michigan Undergraduate Science Research Conference, Van Andel Institute, in Grand Rapids, MI, entitled Amides as Potentially New Antibacterial Agents.

Alex Nikitin gave a presentation entitled The Origins of Agriculture East of the Carpathians: Cultural Diffusion or Demic Influence? which was given at the Questions on the Neolithic and Eneolithic of Our Land, 28th Annual Meeting, Charles University, Melnik, Prague. He was also the co-author of three journal articles. The first article, entitled Analysis of mitochondrial nucleotide polymorphism in the ND-1 locus in the North American brown trout (Salmo trutta), was published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. The second article, entitled Mitochondrial DNA sequence variation in Boyko, Hutsul and Lemko populations of Carpathian highlands, was published in Human Biology. The third article, entitled The genetic trail of pre-historic migrations in ethnic Carpathian populations, was published in The Carpathians: People, Ethnos, Civilization.

Erik Nordman was the co-author of a journal article entitled Beliefs and attitudes of four stakeholder groups in the Saranac Lakes are of New York’s Adirondack Park, which was published in the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies. He was the co-author of a journal article entitled The science of ecological economics: A content analysis of Economics, which was accepted by the Ecological Economics Reviews 2010. He was the co-presenter and co-author of a presentation entitled Smart+Connected Learning: Building Sustainable Next Generation Learning Environments and Communities, given at TEDIndia, Mysore, India. He was also the co-author of two presentations given at the West Michigan Undergraduate Science Research Conference, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MI, entitled Education as an additional management factor in the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum and Nest site characteristics and reproductive successes in Tree Swallows. In addition, he was the co-presenter and co-author of a presentation given at the Michigan Public Service Renewable Energy Program and the Ottawa County Planning Commission, entitled Status and trends of Wind Energy Development in West Michigan.

Amy Russell was the co-author of a journal article entitled Roadkilled bats, highway design, and the commuting ecology of bats, published by Endangered Species Research. She also co-authored a journal article published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution entitled Multiple colonizations of the Western Indian Ocean by Pteropus fruit bats (Megachiroptera: Pteropodidae): the furthest islands were colonized first. She was the co-author of four presentations given at the North American Society for Bat Research in Portland, OR.  The presentations were entitled Assessing the utility of genetic data as a monitoring tool: a case study of eastern red bats (Lasiurus borealis), Constant frequency calls as determinants of divergence between Antillean populations of Pteronotus parnellii (Mormoopidae), How to store mammalian tissues for DNA-based analyses in tropical field conditions, and Island area change, not species range, explains bat extinction in the West Indies. She was the also the co-presenter and co-author of two presentations given at the North American Symposium on Bat Research, North American Society for Bat Research in Portland, OR, entitled Population growth of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana) predates human agricultural activity and Recent radiation in a Neotropical bat? A genetic analysis of population structure and possible cryptic speciation in Pteronotus parnelli.i In addition, she was the co-presenter and co-author of a presentation entitled Adaptive radiation in a Neotropical bat? Contributions from NSF ADVANCE, which was given at the NSF ADVANCE Grant Celebration, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Georgette Sass was the co-author of a presentation given at the West Michigan Undergraduate Research Conference, Van Andel Institute, in Grand Rapids, MI entitled PCR characterization of the pkndln?5 derivative in Drosophila melanogaster. She was also the presenter and author of a presentation entitled Genetic considerations of the delorean mutation of Drosophila melanogaster, which was given at the NSF Advance Celebration, NSFAdvance, Grand Valley State University, Devos Center, Pew Campus.

Eric Snyder was the co-author of a journal article entitled Summer Movement Patterns of Fish in Sickle Creek, Manistee County, Michigan, which was accepted by the American Midland Naturalist. He was the presenter and author of a presentation given at the CLAS colloquium and Sabbatical Showcase, GVSU, entitled Alpine stream response to glacial retreat. He was also the presenter and author of a presentation given at the Annual meeting of the North American Benthological Society, NABS, Grand Rapids, MI, entitled An argument for the preservation and protection of a unique set of 1st order tributary streams and their response to a press disturbance.

Mark Staves was the co-presenter of a presentation entitled Increasing the density of the external medium inhibits and reverses root gravitropism, which was given at the International Symposium on Plant Neurobiology in Florence, Italy.

Pat Thorpe was the co-author of a paper entitled Captivity affects sperm production, testes size and beak color in House Sparrows (Passer domesticus), which was published in International Studies of Sparrows.  He was also the co-author of two presentations given at the West Michigan Undergraduate Research Conference, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MI, entitled Nestling Oral Microbial Colonization in Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) and Sex differences in innate immunity in Tree Swallows.

Megan Woller-Skar was the author of a dissertation entitled Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) promotion of cyanobacteria in low-nutrient lakes and the subsequent production and fate of microcystin.

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