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Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer published the following paper: Malone, S.L., C.L. Staudhammer, S.F. Oberbauer, P. Olivas, M.G. Ryan, J.L. Schedlbauer, H.W. Loescher, & G. Starr. 2014. El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) enhances CO2 exchange rates in the freshwater marsh ecosystems in the Florida Everglades. PLoS ONE 9(12):e115058, doi:10.1371. 

Dr. Oné R. Pagán published the following book chapter: Why do Plants Contain Biologically Active Compounds?.  In: Kratom and Other Mitragynines: The Chemistry and Pharmacology of Opioids from a Non-Opium Source. (2014) Edited by Dr. Robert B. Raffa.  CRC Press. 

Dr. Josh Auld is the Principle Investigator for a grant from the Directorate for Biological Sciences, Evolutionary Processes Cluster, National Science Foundation entitled "RUI: A theoretical and empirical investigation of optimal mating strategies in a hermaphrodite: $213,858. Co-PI: Allison Kolpas." (2014-2017).

Dr. Frank Fish presented two invited symposium talks at the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston, MA, July 6-11, 2014. (1) The Evolution of Swimming and Its Associated Hydrodynamics by Advanced Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates, which was presented in the symposium “The evolutionary biomechanics of animal locomotion” and (2) "Kinematics and Hydrodynamics of Mobuliform Swimming" which was presented in the symposium “How swimmers generate and use flow.”

Dr. Xin Fan published the following: Eason M, Fan X (2014) The role and regulation of catalase in respiratory tract opportunistic bacterial pathogens. Microbial Pathogenesis, 74:50-58. 

Dr. Frank Fish received a grant for $17,078 from the National Science Foundation to fund a symposium titled “Unsteady Aquatic Locomotion with Respect to Eco-Design and Mechanics” to be held at the 2015 Annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology on January 3-7 in West Palm Beach, FL.

Dr. Frank Fish received a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for $1,055,297 for the Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) program. The proposed research is entitled "Bio-inspired Flexible Propulsors for Fast, Efficient Swimming: What Physics Are We Missing?" The project will look at fast swimmers with flexible flukes (dolphins, whales, tuna and trout) to explore the possibility of a system that could replace propellers for underwater propulsion. 

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer published the following paper: Malone, S.L., C.L. Staudhammer, H.W. Loescher, P. Olivas, S.F. Oberbauer, M.G. Ryan, J.L. Schedlbauer, & G. Starr. 2014. Seasonal patterns in energy partitioning of two freshwater marsh ecosystems in the Florida Everglades. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 119, doi:10.1002/2014JG002700.

Dr. Josh Auld and biology undergraduate student John Henkel published the following: Auld, J. R. & J. F. Henkel. 2014. Diet alters delayed selfing, inbreeding depression, and reproductive senescence in a freshwater snail. Ecology & Evolution 4:2968-2977. 

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is pleased to announce that West Chester University Graduate Student Veronica Pistoia (’13, M.S.) is among the first 50 Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellows, announced today by Governor Chris Christie at the New Jersey State House in Trenton. The highly competitive program recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math—the STEM fields—and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools. Each Fellow receives $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a year-long classroom experience.

Dr. Frank Fish published the paper “Limitations on swimming speed: How can natural technologies be utilized?” in the Proceedings of the XIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming. Pp. 20-26 (2014). 

Dr. Josh Auld published the following two papers: (1) Auld, J.R., P. Jarne, V. Sarda, H. Jourdan-Pineau, T. Lamy, B. Pelissie & P. David. 2014. Evaluating the contributions of change in investment and change in efficiency to age-related declines in male and female reproduction.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27:1837-1848; and (2) McClain, C. R., R. Filler & J. R. Auld. 2014. Does energy availability predict gastropod reproductive strategies?  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281 (1789):20140400. 

Dr. Frank Fish presented the keynote address "Limitations on swimming speed: How can natural technologies be utilized" at the Twelfth Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming Conference in Canberra, Australia on April 29, 2014; Dr. Fish also presented the invited seminar “Embracing the dolphin: Redefining the sport of swimming” to the Australian Institute of Sport Smart Talk Seminar Series in Canberra, Australia on May 5, 2014. 

Dr. Giovanni Casotti published the following case study (online): "Lost? Ask a Turtle: Navigation and Migration in Loggerheads." National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. 2014. This case study is from a graduate Biology course: Case Study's in Physiology.

Dr. Frank Fish presented two invited seminars at the University of California Berkeley. (1) “Biomimetic designs: Advances in technologies based on marine megafauna” for the Center for Interdisciplinary Biological-Inspiration in Education and Research (CiBER)– Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) seminar on April 10, 2014 and (2) “Extraordinary maneuvers by rolling and spinning animals” as part of the Biomechanics Seminar Series on April 11, 2014. 

Dr. Frank Fish presented three invited seminars for the Goldstein Lecture Series to the Technion Autonomous Systems Program at the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel on March 4 and 5, 2014. (1) “Lessons from animals and the development of a highly maneuverable AUV” and (2) “Biomimetics: Determining engineering opportunities from nature for efficient AUV propulsion,” and (3) “The humpback whale flipper for application of bio-inspired tubercle technology” at the Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences in Eilat, Israel an March 13, 2014.

Biology Undergraduate Student Joseph R. Mossman and Dr. John M. Pisciotta made the following presentation "Antiviral Water Filtration System" at the American Society for Microbiology’s annual Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting in Washington DC on January 29th, 2014. 

Dr. Oné R. Pagán published the following book "The First Brain The Neuroscience of Planarians". 2014. Oxford University Press.

Dr. Frank Fish, published two papers: (1) “Measurement of hydrodynamic force generation by swimming dolphins using bubble DPIV” in the Journal of Experimental Biology 217(2): 252-260 (2014) with Drs. Paul Legac, Terrie Williams, and Tim Wei, and (2) “Hydrodynamic performance of the flippers of large-bodied cetacean in relation to locomotor ecology” in Marine Mammal Science 30(2): 413-432 (2014) with Drs. Paul Weber, Laurens Howle, Mark Murray, and Joy Reidenberg. 

Dr. Frank Fish and Dr. John T. Beneski published the book chapter “Evolution and bio-inspired design: Natural limitations” in Biologically Inspired Design: Computational Methods and Tools. 2014. (A. Goel, D. A. McAdams and R. B. Stone, eds.), Springer-Verlag, London, pp. 287-312. 

Biology Graduate Student Steven Bukowski and Dr. Josh R. Auld published the following article: Bukowski, S.J. & J.R. Auld. 2014. The effects of calcium in mediating the inducible morphological defenses of a freshwater snail, Physa acuta.  Aquatic Ecology 48:85-90.  

Dr. Josh R. Auld published the following two articles: (1) Murren, C.J., H.J. Maclean, S.E. Diamond, U.K. Steiner, M.A. Heskel, C.A. Handelsman, C.K. Ghalambor, J.R. Auld, H.S. Callahan, D.W. Pfennig, R.A. Relyea, C.D. Schlichting & J.G. Kingsolver. 2014. Evolutionary change in continuous reaction norms. American Naturalist 183:453-467; and (2) Willis, C.G., C. Baskin, J. Baskin, J.R. Auld, D.L. Venable, J. Cavender-Bares, K. Donohue & R. Rubio de Casas. 2014. The evolution of seed dormancy: environmental cues, evolutionary hubs, and diversification of the seed plants.  New Phytologist 203:300-309.

Dr. Frank Fish presented the following three invited seminars: (1) "Biomimetic applications from the natural technologies of whales, at the STEM Education Series – Innovative Concepts in Engineering Design (ICED-T)" held at Bentley Systems in Lionville, PA on February 19, 2014; (2) "Biomimetic designs: Advances in technologies based on marine megafauna" at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Clarkson University on February 7, 2014; and (3) “Biomimetic applications from the natural technologies of whales for efficient propulsion” as the EvMorph Speaker of the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy of the University of Chicago January 23, 2014. 

Dr. Frank Fish made the following four presentations at the  Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, TX, January 3-8, 2014: (1) “The ‘dog paddle’: Stereotypic swimming gait pattern in different dog breeds” with co-author Nicole DiNenno (biology undergraduate); (2) “Body density of batoids in relation to ecology: Morphological control of buoyancy” with co-authors Janet Fontanella (biology undergraduate), Molly Gabler (biology graduate student) and, Medhi Saadat of the University of Virginia; (3) “Pectoral fin muscular architecture of batoids in relation to ecological lifestyle” with Molly Gabler (biology graduate student) and Dr. David Coughlin; and (4) “Aquatic burst locomotion by hydroplaning and running in Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima)” with William Gough and Stacy Farina of Cornell University. 

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