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Dr. Frank Fish and biology graduate student Lori Timm published the article “Flow through the nasal cavity of the spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias” in the European Physical Journal Special Topics 224: 3407-3417 (2015).

Dr. Frank Fish won the Award for Excellence in Science Communication of the Society for Marine Mammalogy at the Biennial meeting held in San Francisco, CA, December 13-18, 2015.

Dr. Frank Fish presented a contributed paper “Measurement of hydrodynamic force generation by tail stands in dolphins using Bubble PIV” at the Biennial Meeting of the Society of Marine Mammalogy, San Francisco, CA, December 13-18. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Terrie Williams of the University of California Santa Cruz and Dr. Timothy Wei of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Also at the meeting, Dr. Fish presented an invited paper “Energetic cost of migration” at the workshop on Baleen Whale Migration, Revisited on December 13, 2015.

Biology graduate student William Gough and Dr. Frank Fish published the following article: Gough, W. T., Farina, S. C. and Fish, F. E. 2015. Aquatic burst locomotion by hydroplaning and running in common eiders (Somateria mollissima). Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 1632-1638.

Dr. Frank Fish presented an invited lecture, “Natural swimmers and the development of advanced technologies” for the Milstein Science Series: Ocean Locomotion held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on December 6, 2015. The presentation also included a panel discussion with Fabien Cousteau. 

Dr. Josh Auld made the following presentation: "Sex, Food & Fear in the Life of a Snail: Evaluating Life-History Shifts and Trade-Offs" at Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY) on November 6, 2015.

Dr. Teresa Donze-Reiner published the following: Rinerson, C., Scully, E., Palmer, N., Donze-Reiner, T., Rabara, R., Tripathi, P., Shen, Q., Sattler, S., Rohila, J., Sarath, G., Rushton, P. (2015). The WRKY transcription factor family and senescence in switchgrass. BMC Genomics.16:912.

Dr. Frank Fish presented an invited seminar entitled “Maneuverability in charismatic marine megafauna and the development of biomimetic devices” to the Department of Biology of Eastern University in  St. David’s, PA on November 11, 2015.

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer recieved a 2015-16 CAS Grant for Student Engagement entitled, "Laying the foundation: student baseline research at the Mount Cuba Center's Long-Term  Reforestation Experiment". The project supports two undergraduate Biology students, Lukas Bernhardt and Cheryl Mauch, as they conduct independent studies focused on assessing soil properties at sites slated for future reforestation. The data collected will be used to assess baseline soil conditions thereby providing valuable comparative information for decades following the implementation of the experimental reforestation treatments at the Mount Cuba Center.

Dr. Frank Fish, Dr. Maura Sheehan (health), biology graduate student Kelsey Tennett, and biology undergraduate student Danielle Adams presented a talk entitled “The CUR-rent state of weight distribution of a familiar terrestrial quadrupooch” at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Divisions of Vertebrate Morphology and Comparative Biomechanics, mid-Atlantic Regional meeting, held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology on November 7, 2015.

At the 2015 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Divisions of Vertebrate Morphology and Comparative Biomechanics, mid-Atlantic Regional meeting, biology graduate student Kelsey Tennett presented a talk entitled “Kinematics of terrestrial locomotion of northern elephant seals”, biology graduate student William Gough presented a talk entitled “Physical properties of the sub-dermal fibrous layers in cetacean tail flukes”, and biology undergraduate student Danielle Adams presented a talk entitled “Assessment of swimming records for thunniform propulsors.”

Dr. Xin Fan published the following: Alrousan E and Fan X (2015) Glycerophosphorylcholine Regulates Haemophilus influenzae glpQ Gene Expression. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 362(9). pii: fnv051. doi: 10.1093/femsle/fnv05.

Dr. Frank Fish and Dr. Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago presented “Swimming function in the cretaceous giant Spinosaurus aegyptiacus based on the kinematics of undulatory swimming in the American alligator” at the meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Dallas, TX, October 14-17, 2015.

Dr. Josh Auld published the following: Auld, J. R. & P. Jarne. Sex and recombination in snails. 2015. In: The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology. Kliman, R. M. (Ed.). Elsevier.

Dr. Frank Fish delivered a presentation on  "Diving for research: Marine mammals, manta machines, and misaligned motion" for the Keystone Divers Club of West Chester, PA (10/7/15).

Dr. G. W. Fairchild published the following: Ruhí, A., Fairchild, G.W., Spieles, D.J., Becerra-Jurado, G. & D. Moreno-Mateos. Invertebrates in Created and Restored Wetlands (chapter 15). In: Batzer, D. & D. Boix. Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands: An international perspective on their ecology. Springer (In Press).

Dr. Frank Fish, Biology undergraduate student Danielle Adams, Biology graduate student Kelsey Tennett, and Biology graduate student William Gough presented an invited talk “Dynamics and construction with regard to flexibility in the propulsors of cetaceans” at the semi-annual Office of Naval Research -Multi-disciplinary University Research Initiative (ONR-MURI) Meeting: Hydrodynamics of non-traditional propulsion bio-inspired flexible propulsors for fast, efficient swimming: What physics are we missing? at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, on  September 21, 2015.

Dr. Frank Fish presented an invited seminar “Humpback whale tubercles and the development of innovative biomimetic designs” at the Research and Technology Forum of the New York State’s Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems at Syracuse University on September 8, 2015.

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer, Biology graduate students Dana Charitonchick and Nicole Havrilchak, and former Biology undergraduate student Calvin Cooper presented the following posters at the 2015 Ecological Society of America's 100th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md: (1) Havrilchak, N.A. and J.L. Schedlbauer. Photosynthetic responses of two dominant grasses and an encroaching vine in serpentine barrens of southeastern Pennsylvania; (2) Charitonchick, D.A. and J. L. Schedlbauer. The seed banks of Mid-Atlantic forest fragments: Influx of non-native species and implications for forest regeneration; and (3) Schedlbauer, J.L., C. Cooper, and J. Hom. A common garden experiment: tree physiological performance across a suburban to urban gradient.

Dr. Josh Auld and Biology graduate student Ryan Hauser published the following: Auld, J.R. & R. Houser. 2015. Age-dependent effects of predation risk on reproductive success in a freshwater snail. Evolution 69:2793-2798.

Dr. Frank Fish published the following: "Comparative analysis of the flexural stiffness of pinnipeds vibrissae” in the on-line journal PLOS ONE (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127941) (2015).The article was co-authored with former WCU Biology undergraduate student Carly Ginter Summarell and Dr. Christopher Marshall of Texas A&M University.

Dr. John M Pisciotta and Mary C. Fullington presented a poster on the “History of Bacteriophage Therapy Against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria” at the 115th General Meeting of the America Society for Microbiology (ASM) on May 30th in New Orleans, LA. At the meeting the ASM Council Policy Committee (CPC) voted to approve the West Chester University Microbiology Club as a formal Student Chapter of the ASM.

Dr. Josh Auld published the following: Pannell, J. R., J. R. Auld, Y. Brandvain, M. Burd, J. W. Busch, P.-O. Cheptou, J. K. Conner, E. Goldberg, A.-G. Grant, D. Grossenbacher, S.M. Hovick, B. Igic, S. Kalisz, T. Petanidou, A. M. Randle, R. Rubio de Casas, A. Pauw, J. C. Vamosi & A. A. Winn. 2015. The scope of Baker’s law. New Phytologist in press.

Dr. John M. Pisciotta (1) presented a talk titled “Use of electricity to direct microbial metabolite production”, (2) organized a workshop on “Metabolomics Research Using Bioelectrochemical Systems” and (3) co-chaired a research presentation session with Dr. Giulia Guerriero of the University of Naples Federico II, Italy at the 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics & Systems Biology from April 27 – 29 in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Frank Fish published the following: “Biomechanical model of batoid skeletal structure and kinematics: implications of bio-inspired design” in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics  Volume 10: 046002 (2015). The paper was co-authored with Scott Russo, Silvia Blemker, and Hilary Bart-Smith of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the University of Virginia. Dr. Fish also published the article "Flow dynamics of whale tubercles” in the journal De Physicus 26(2): 22-24 (2015).

Dr. Frank Fish and WCU Biology graduate student William Gough co-authored a paper "Aquatic burst locomotion by hydroplaning and running in common eiders (Somateria mollissima)” that was published in the Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 1632-1638 (2015).

Dr. Jessica Sullivan-Brown was awarded $10,000 by the WCU Foundation to study folic acid metabolism during neural tube development. As part of the study, Biology Graduate student Patricia Bianchino will be analyzing RNA expression by folic acid metabolism genes during neural tube development in Xenopus laevis.

Dr. One Pagán published the following: Evidence of Nicotine-Induced, Curare-Insensitive, Behavior in Planarians. Pagán OR, Montgomery E, Deats S, Bach D, Baker D. Neurochem Res. 2015 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25614180. In addition, Dr. Pagán had the following articles posted on-line: (1) A Toxic Tale: This Scorpion Can Make Two Kinds of Venom; (2) 13 Things You Didn't Know About Planarians ; (3) People Behind the science and (4) NTN 24 Science news (part 1part 2)

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer published the following paper: Malone, S.L., C. Keough, C.L. Staudhammer, M.G. Ryan, W.J. Parton, P. Olivas, S.F. Oberbauer, J. Schedlbauer, & G. Starr. 2015. Ecosystem resistance in the face of climate change: a case study from the freshwater marshes of the Florida Everglades. Ecosphere 6(4):57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00404.1

Dr. Frank Fish published the following paper: “Estimation of shape of the sea lion for hydrodynamic analysis. Response to ‘Cambered profile of a California sea lion’s body’.” Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 1271-1272 (2015). 

Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer published the following: J.L. Schedlbauer. 2015. Serpentine ecosystem responses to varying water availability and prescribed fire in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. Ecosphere 6(7):108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00528.1

Dr. Frank Fish presented the following: (1) an invited seminar "Underlying physics derived from nature: Examination of mobuliform swimming and the development of a high-performance AUV" at the Biology Department of Adelphi University on March 27, 2015; (2) an invited symposium talk “Flying fish and swimming birds: adaptations for locomotor performance at the air-water interface” at the Founders Symposium of the Western Interior Paleontological Society on Fossils and Flight at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center in Golden, CO on March 15, 2015; and (3) an invited talk “Anatomical and performance attributes of thunniform propulsors” at the Office of Naval Research-MURI Meeting: Hydrodynamics of non-traditional propulsion bio-inspired flexible propulsors for fast, efficient swimming: What physics are we missing? That was held at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA on March 2, 2015. 

Dr. Josh Auld published the following: Murren, C.J., J. R. Auld, H. Callahan, C. Ghalambor, C. Handelsman, M. A. Heskel, J. G. Kingsolver, H. Maclean, J. Masel, H. Maughan, D. Pfennig, R. A. Relyea, S. Seiter, E. Snell-Rood, U. K. Steiner & C. D. Schlichting. 2015. Constraints on the evolution of phenotypic plasticity: Limits and costs of phenotype and costs of plasticity. Heredity Heredity 115:293-301.

Dr. Frank Fish was a co-organizer with Dr. Paolo Domenici of the National Research Council of Italy for the symposium “Unsteady Aquatic Locomotion with Respect to Eco-Design and Mechanics” held at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting in West Palm Beach, FL., January 3-7, 2015 . At the same meeting Dr. Fish presented “Stability design and response to waves by batoids” with West Chester University Biology graduate student Jessica Hoffman, and “Swimming turned on its head: Stability and maneuverability of the shrimpfish (Aeoliscus punctulatus)” with Dr. Roi Holzman of Tel Aviv University and co-authored “Development of a batoid-inspired autonomous underwater vehicle” with Dr. Hilary Bart-Smith of the University of Virginia, “Understanding the role of fin flexion in rays’ forward swimming” with Dr. Haibo Dong of the University of Virginia, and “Unsteady forces form in flapping foils and depend on fluid-solid coupling in water but not in air” with Dr. Thomas Daniel of the University of Washington. 

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