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Dr. G.W. Fairchild published the following: Saunders, L.L., S.S. Kilham, G.W. Fairchild and R.Verb. 2012. Effects of small-scale environmental variation on metaphyton condition and community composition.  Freshwater Biology 57:1884-1895. 

Biology Graduate Student Shane O’Brien published the following article: Hensley, H.H., Roder, N.A., O’Brien, S.W., Bickel, L.E., Xiao, F., Litwin S., and Connolly, D.C. 2012. Combined in vivo molecular and anatomic imaging for detection of ovarian carcinoma-associated protease activity and integrin expression in mice. Neoplasia 14:451-462. 

Biology graduate student Abby Myhre presented "A comparison of three closely related human lymphoblastoid cell lines with different p53 functionality in the in vitro micronucleus assay" at the Genetic Toxicology Association meeting held in Newark Delaware on Oct. 24, 2012. 

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer had the following research articles published: Schedlbauer, J.L., J.W. Munyon, S.F. Oberbauer, E.E. Gaiser, & G. Starr. 2012. Controls on ecosystem carbon dioxide exchange in short- and long-hydroperiod Florida Everglades freshwater marshes. Wetlands 32:801-812. and Jimenez, K.L., G. Starr, C.L. Staudhammer, J.L. Schedlbauer, H.W. Loescher, S.L. Malone, & S.F. Oberbauer. 2012. Carbon dioxide exchange rates from short- and long-hydroperiod Everglades freshwater marsh. Journal of Geophysical Research 117:G04009.

Dr. Josh Auld had the following research article accepted for publication: Auld, J.R. & R. Rubio de Casas. 2012. "The correlated evolution of dispersal and mating-system traits". Evolutionary Biology:in press. Dr. Auld also received a Faculty Grant Development award in support of his research proposal entitled: "Evaluating the role of predation risk in the consequences of alternative mating strategies."

Dr. Frank Fish published a book review on  Darwin’s Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us about the History of Life by John Long in the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology 52(4):546-547 (2012) and present an invited talk “Morphometrics and ray kinematics: update” at the Biologically-Inspired Autonomous Sea Vehicle MURI Review Meeting, which was held at Princeton University on October 23, 2012.

Biology undergraduate Norah G. Taraska, Marie-Josée Abgrall, Biology graduate student Eve L. Fontanella, Léophane Leblanc, Éric Tremblay and Dr. S. Anne Böttger presented "Hemic Neoplasia and Clam Populations in a Canadian Park: Kouchibouguac National Park" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, which was held in Charleston, SC, January 3-8 2012.

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Biology undergraduate Nora G. Taraska and Dr. S. Anne Böttger presented "Hemic Neoplasia: Initiation of hemic neoplasia in the soft-shell clam Mya arenaria – Evidence of Viral Disease Etiology?" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, which was held in Charleston, SC, January 3-8 2012.
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Dr. Josh Auld gave an oral presentation at the joint meeting of the American Malacological Society and the Conchologists of America on June 21 in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Dr. Frank Fish had a poster "Biomimetic AUV based on the geometry and kinematics of the manta ray" presented at the NSF-sponsored Bio-Inspired Workshop: Charting a Course for Computer-Aided Bio-inspired Design Research held at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX on June 5, 2012. Professor Fish, presented the keynote talk ―Vorticity and flow patterns for energy conservation of organized formations for the Flocks, Schools and Swarms Symposium at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Salzburg, Austria on July 2, 2012. At the same meeting, Dr. Fish gave an invited talk ―The advent of diving behavior of aquatic mammals: Association of hydrodynamics, swimming mode and thermoregulation in relation to energetic as part of the symposium ―Towards a New Synthesis of the Physiology and Evolution of Diving on July 1.

Dr. Maureen Knabb, B. Miezeiewski, K. McSane-Kay (biology undergraduate), Dr. Richard Woodruff, and Dr. Gustave Mbuy published online August 1, "Herpes simplex virus type 2 infectivity in gap junctional intercellullar communication-competent and --deficient cell lines," Intervirology DOI:10.1159/000339301.

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer presented a poster entitled "Carbon dioxide exchange in the serpentine barrens of southeastern Pennsylvania: examining the role of fire management and environmental drivers," at the Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, on August 8.

Dr. Greg Turner presented a paper "Importance of ecology coverage in introductory biology courses for biology majors at the university level" co-authored by R.F. Poole and Dr. S.A. Boettger at the 97th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Portland, OR, on August 8. 
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Dr. Frank Fish published the book chapter “Biomimetic swimmer inspired by the manta ray, Chapter 17” in Biomimetics: Nature-Based Innovation, which was edited by Y. Bar-Cohen and published by CRC Press, Boca Rotan, FL, 2012, pp. 495-523. The chapter was coauthored by H. Bart-Smith, H. Haj-Hariri, A. Smits, and T. Iwasaki. Dr. Fish also coauthored the paper “Fused traditional and geometric morphometrics demonstrate pinniped whisker diversity” in PloS ONE 7(4): e34481. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034481 (2012) with Carly Ginter (biology undergraduate), Thomas DeWitt, and Dr. Christopher Marshall of Texas A&M University.

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer published “Controls on sensible heat and latent energy fluxes from a short-hydoperiod Florida Everglades marsh” with S.F. Oberbauer, G. Starr and K.L. Jimenez, in Journal of Hydrology, 411: 331-341. She also served as a reviewer of grant proposals on the U.S. Department of Energy 2012 Terrestrial Ecosystem Science Review panel in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. G.W. Fairchild, C. Robinson, Biology graduate student A. Brainard and G. Coutu published the paper "Historical changes in the distribution and abundance of constructed ponds in an urbanizing watershed." in Landscape Research DOI:10.1080/01426397.2012.672640 (2012).

Dr. Oné R. Pagán, Biology graduate student Debra Baker, Sean Deats, Biology undergraduate students Erica Montgomery, Matthew Tenaglia, Clinita Randolph, Dharini Kotturu, Daniel Bach, Galia Wilk, Scott Rawls, and Christopher Tallarida and Robert B. Raffa published "Planarians in pharmacology: parthenolide is a specific behavioral antagonist of cocaine in the planarian Girardia tigrina" in Int. J. Dev. Biol. 56: 193-196 doi: 10.1387/ijdb.113486op (2012).

Dr. Frank Fish was author on three presentations that were made at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, which was held in Charleston, SC, January 3-8: (1) “Hydrodynamic function of the cephalic lobes of the cownose ray for bottom swimming stabilization,” with Dr. John T. Beneski; Biology graduate student Molly Gabler; Samantha Mulvany and Keith Moored; (2) “Batoid out of hell: Hydrodynamic geometry of rays related to swimming mode,” with Dr. John T. Beneski; Biology undergraduate students Janet E. Fontanella, Elizabeth I. Barchi; Biology graduate student Rachel H. Nichols; and Regina Campbell- Malone; and, (3) “Kinematics of terrestrial locomotion in phocid seals: Importance of spinal flexion by an amphibious mammal,” co-authored with Biology graduate student Jennifer Garrett.

Dr. Josh Auld received a 2012 CASSDA grant for "Evaluating the role of resource availability in the reproductive dynamics of a freshwater snail."

Biology undergraduate student Anna Sberna has been accepted to the Genetics doctoral program at Penn State University for Fall 2012.

Biology undergraduate Mark Pugliese, Dr. S. Anne Böttger, and  Dr. Frank Fish published the paper “Barnacle bonding: Morphology of attachment of Xenobalanus globicipitis to its host Tursiops truncatus” in the Journal of Morphology 273:453-459 (2012).

Biology graduate student Molly Gabler and Dr. Frank Fish presented a talk “Morphometrics, muscle structure, and ray flow visualization: update” at the Biologically-Inspired Autonomous Sea Vehicle ONR MURI Review Meeting, which was held at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Fish also present a talk “Free-swimming platform design for scientific study: performance and comparison” at the same meeting.

Biology graduate student Lori Timm and Dr. Frank Fish published a paper "A comparative morphological study of head shape and olfactory cavities of sharks inhabiting benthic and coastal/pelagic environments"  in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 414-415: 75-84 (2012).

Dr. Frank Fish participated in the project Whale Watch (http://whalewatch.weekly.com/) which was created as part of the Youth Design Team Digital Task Force Fall 2011 program at the Field Museum in Chicago. In addition, he presented several invited seminars including: (1) “Biomimetics: Advances in hydrodynamic control from aquatic locomotion in animals” to the Physics Department of Millersville University; (2) “Bio-Inspired Sea Vehicle MURI, Part I” at the 2012 USSV PI Meeting held in Arlington, VA with Dr. Hilary Bart-Smith of the University of Virginia; (3) “Biomimetics: Advances in hydrodynamic control from aquatic locomotion in animals” to the Department of Biology of the University of Scranton; (4) "Biomimetic tags: Insight from studies of remoras and Xenobalanus" at the Collaborators Meeting: NOPP/ONR-funded project: Improving attachments of remotely-deployed dorsal fin-mounted tags: tissue structure, hydrodynamics, in situ performance, and tagged-animal follow-up, Seattle, WA.

Biology undergraduate student Janet Fontanella  was the Winner for the best Undergraduate Student Poster at the WCU 16th Annual All Science Poster Session (2012) for her poster "Batoid out of hell: Hydrodynamic geometry of rays related to swimming mode."

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