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Faculty-Student Research Collaborations

Our Faculty & their research interests:

  • Derek Barkalow, Ph.D., Rutgers University; cell biology, physiology
  • Cynthia Bennington, Ph.D., West Virginia University; plant ecology and evolutionary biology; restoration ecology
  • Roslyn Crowder, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham; anticancer properties of naturally occurring plant-based compounds
  • Terry Farrell, Ph.D., Oregon State University reptile Ecology, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Animal Behavior
  • Melissa Gibbs, Ph.D., University of Delaware; spring fish ecology, invasive species, developmental biology
  • Michael King, Ph.D., University of Virginia brain mechanisms underlying behavioral responses to taste
  • Peter May, Ph.D., University of Florida; Florida natural history, avian ecology and behavior
  • Alicia Slater, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University; molecular ecology of freshwater macroinvertebrates, science pedagogy
  • David Stock, Ph.D., North Carolina State University; microbial genomics, DNA repair, cyanobacteria, ornithology
  • Kirsten Work, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma aquatic ecology, conservation

Publications with students:

Arnaldi KG, Fenwick AM, Sheldon AL, and AA Slater (2015) Contrasting Patterns of Population Genetic Structure in Two Great Basin Stoneflies. Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research, 4(18). Available at: http://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/papersandpubs/vol4/iss1/18

Bennington CC, R Burnett, and J Jett (2012) Predator sense and prey defense: a lab exercise in evolutionary hypothesis formulation and experimentation. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching (http://www.ableweb.org/proceedings/SPT--FullRecord.php?ResourceId=1006)

Gibbs M and Groff B (2015) Air-breathing in Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus in Volusia Blue Spring. Florida Scientist, 77(2):53-68.

Gibbs M, Kurth B, and Bridges C (2013) Age and Growth Patterns in Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus in Volusia Blue Spring Florida. Aquatic Invasions 8(2):207-218.

Matthews C, T Marchbanks, and CC Bennington (2014) Inducibility and tradeoffs in defense traits of a common perennial vine (Passiflora incarnata). Florida Scientist 77(2): 98-108.

Peterson CA, N Fetcher, JB McGraw, and CC Bennington(2012) Clinal variation in stomatal characteristics of an Arctic sedge, Eriophorum vaginatum L. (Cyperaceae). American Journal of Botany 99:1-10.

Pilgrim MA, TM Farrell and PG May, MR Vollman and RA Seigel (2011) Secondary sex ratios in six snake species. Copeia. 2011:553-558.

Riley CA and King MS (2013) Differential effects of electrical stimulation of the central amygdala and lateral hypothalamus on Fos-immunoreactive neurons in the gustatory brainstem and taste reactivity behaviors in conscious rats. Chemical Senses 38: 705-717.

Rubio VY, Gibbs MA, Work KA, and CE Bryan (2016) Abundant feces from an exotic armored catfish, Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus (Weber, 1991), create nutrient hotspots and promote algal growth in a Florida spring. Aquatic Invasions 11(3):337-350.

Schultheis AS and CR Kellmann (2013) Cyanobacteria-rich diet reduces growth rates of the Hyacinth siltsnail Floridobia floridana, Walkerana, 16, (1): 1-8.

Schultheis AS, Booth JY, Perlmutter LR and AS Sheldon (2012) Phylogeography and species biogeography of montane Great Basin. Molecular Ecology 21, 3325-3340.

Work K and C Mills (2013) Rapid population growth countered high mortality in a demographic study of the invasive snail, Melanoides tuberculata (Müller, 1774), in Florida, Aquatic Invasions 8(4): 417–425.

Presentations with students:

Barnes D and J Jett (2016) Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) survival in captivity. 77th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Concord, NC. April 2016.

Bennington CC, R Burnett, and J Jett (2012) Predator sense and prey defense: a lab exercise in evolutionary hypothesis formulation and experimentation. Annual meeting of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. June 19-22, 2012 Chapel Hill, NC.

Curren SR and R Crowder (2016) Comparison of Genistein-induced apoptosis in T-cell leukemia jurkat and nonmalignant lung fibroblast MRC-5 cells. 77th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Concord, NC. April 2016.

Farrell T, JA Klotz, WE Richardson, and PG May (2013) The Ecology of a Rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius): Integrating Information from Museum Specimens with a Field Study. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Farrell TM, SA Smiley, TJ Fisk, and CC Wolfe (2014) The Effect of Prey Type on Foraging Behavior in Pigmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius) Biology of the Pitvipers Meeting, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Fetcher N, JB McGraw, CC Bennington, MC Vavrek, CA Peterson, and GR Shaver (2012) Effect of ecotypic variation on survival and performance of tundra plants. International Tundra Experiment 20th Anniversary Workshop. University of Texas. El Paso, TX. January 18-21, 2012.

Gibbs M, Watson P, and K Johnson-Sapp (2015) Rapid change in reproductive patterns of the invasive catfish Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus in a Florida spring system. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Reno, NV, July 2015. Paper.

Jenista C, R Peck, and C Bennington (2012) The sexual system of Passiflora incarnata: It’s complicated. Association of Southeastern Biologists annual meeting, Athens, GA. April 4-7, 2012.

King MS, Riley CA, and Nagrani NK (2012) Differential effects of electrical stimulation of the central amygdala and lateral hypothalamus on taste reactivity behaviors in conscious rats. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Abstract 877.09.

King MS and Rowe GS (2013) Stimulation of the gustatory cortex in conscious rats increases ingestive and aversive taste reactivity behaviors and Fos-immunoreactive neurons in the gustatory brainstem. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Abstract 159.23.

King MS, Fremming MJ, and Kelsey TC (2014) Mapping taste-responsive neurons in the gustatory cortex using Fos-immunohistochemistry. Annual Meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, Abstract 30.

King MS, Linnik D, Luke R, Rivera DF, and Gurjar P (2015) Electrical stimulation of the anterior but not the posterior gustatory cortex elicits taste reactivity behaviors in conscious rats. Annual Meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, Abstract 128.

Marchbanks T, C Matthews, and C Bennington (2012) Genetic variability for the defensive response of passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) to herbivory. Association of Southeastern Biologists annual meeting, Athens, GA. April 4-7, 2012.

Matthews C and C Bennington (2013) Staying alive in the face of herbivory: Genetic variability and tradeoffs in defense traits of Passiflora incarnata. 74th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Charleston, WV, April 10-13,2013.

McColl DE, K Oliveira, SA Smiley, and TM Farrell (2015) Pigmy Rattlesnakes Predation on Ground Skinks and Florida Blue Centipedes: Prey Behavior Influences Predator Success. Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting, Chattanooga, Tennessee

McCoy C, Lind C, and T Farrell (2016) Seasonal variation in immune function, energetic status, and infection with snake fungal disease in free-ranging pigmy rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius) in Central Florida. 77th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Concord, NC. April 2016.

McCoy C, C Lind, and T Farrell (2016) Seasonal Variation in Immune Function, Energetic Status, and Infection with Snake Fungal Disease in Free-Ranging Pigmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius) in Central Florida. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, Louisiana

Nagrani NK and King MS (2012) The effect of lateral hypothalamus stimulation on taste-related behaviors and neural activity in the gustatory brainstem. Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, March 16-17.

Patrick G and K Work (2016) Resolving a Florida spring food web through diet analysis of fish. 77th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Concord, NC. April 2016.

Petri T and C Bennington (2016) Restoration of sandhill ecosystems: The importance of soil fungi on the growth of a native perennial, Liatris tenuifolia Nutt. 77th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Concord, NC. April 2016.

Riley CA and King MS (2012) The neural and behavioral responses ta an umami taste solution in conscious rats. Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, March 16-17

Rivera D and C Bennington (2015) Acidic soils benefit seedling growth in two perennial plant species native to Florida sandhill ecosystems. 76th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Chattanooga, TN. April 2015.

Royal E and TM Farrell (2015) The effect of prey species on caudal luring behavior in pigmy rattlesnakes. Association of Southeastern Biologists meeting. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Rubio V and C Bennington (2014) Genetic variability and gender specialization in Passiflora incarnata. 75th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Spartanburg, SC. April 2 – 5, 2014.

Schultheis AS, Kellmann CR and JE Bond (2012) Molecules, ecology, and morphology: An Examination of the silt snail genus, Floridobia (Hydrobiidae). Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science. Louisville, KY.

Smiley SA, K Braeutigam, J Butler, HL Gibbs, and TM Farrell (2015) Inequality among Snakes: Significant Individual and Population-level Functional Differences in Venom of Pigmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius). Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Work K, Gibbs M, Rubio V, and Bryan C (2015) Abundant feces from an exotic armored catfish, Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus, create nutrient hotspots in a Florida spring. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Reno, NV, July 2015. Poster

Work K, Gibbs M, Bell A, Kaelin M., and C Bryan (April 2013) Superabundant feces of t the invasive armored catfish, Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus, leach nutrients into a Florida spring. Society for Freshwater Sciences, Jacksonville.

Work K, Gibbs M, and K Codner (2016) How effective is discharge management on maintaining Florida spring fish assemblage structure? American society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wolfe CC, TJ Fisk, SA Smiley, TM Farrell (2014) The Effect of prey type on the foraging behavior in pigmy rattlesnakes. Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting, Spartanburg, South Carolina