Biology Publications

 

An overarching research theme in the Department of Biology is the exploration of how organisms respond and adapt to changing environments. While covering a wide spectrum of topics, research interests can be broadly grouped into four major groupings. These clusters are loosely labeled as “Animal Physiology”, “Cell and Molecular Biology”, “Ecology and Evolution” and “Plant Stress Biology”, with significant inter-connectedness across clusters.

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Submissions from 2017

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Thermal preference and performance in a sub-Antarctic caterpillar: A test of the coadaptation hypothesis and its alternatives., Tanya M Haupt, Brent J Sinclair, and Steven L Chown

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Cold tolerance of third-instar Drosophila suzukii larvae., Ruth Jakobs, Banafsheh Ahmadi, Sarah Houben, Tara D Gariepy, and Brent J Sinclair

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Does cold activate the Drosophila melanogaster immune system?, Golnaz Salehipour-Shirazi, Laura V Ferguson, and Brent J Sinclair

Submissions from 2016

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Winter warming effects on overwinter survival, energy use, and spring emergence of Cerotoma trifurcata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), Emily A. Berzitis, Heather A. Hager, Brent J Sinclair, Rebecca H. Hallett, and Jonathan A. Newman

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Similar metabolic rate-temperature relationships after acclimation at constant and fluctuating temperatures in caterpillars of a sub-Antarctic moth., Steven L Chown, Tanya M Haupt, and Brent J Sinclair

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Further support for thermal ecosystem engineering by wandering albatross on Marion Island, Steven L Chown, Justine D. Shaw, Tanya M Haupt, and Brent J Sinclair

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Ion and water balance in Gryllus crickets during the first twelve hours of cold exposure., Lauren E Des Marteaux and Brent J Sinclair

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Paradoxical acclimation responses in the thermal performance of insect immunity., Laura V Ferguson, David E Heinrichs, and Brent J Sinclair

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Can we predict the effects of multiple stressors on insects in a changing climate?, Sirpa Kaunisto, Laura V Ferguson, and Brent J Sinclair

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Editorial overview: Global change biology: Linking pattern and process to prediction and policy., Vladimir Koštál and Brent J Sinclair

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Possible Radiation-Induced Damage to the Molecular Structure of Wooden Artifacts Due to Micro-Computed Tomography, Handheld X-Ray Fluorescence, and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic Techniques, Madalena Kozachuk, Alexandra Suda, Lisa Ellis, Mary Walzak, Mark Biesinger, Sheila Macfie, Robert Hudson, Andrew Nelson, Ronald Martin, and Arlen Heginbotham

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Regulation of mitochondrial metabolism during hibernation by reversible suppression of electron transport system enzymes., Katherine E Mathers, Sarah V McFarlane, Lin Zhao, and James F Staples

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Can we predict ectotherm responses to climate change using thermal performance curves and body temperatures?, Brent J Sinclair, Katie E Marshall, Mary A Sewell, Danielle L Levesque, Christopher S Willett, Stine Slotsbo, Yunwei Dong, Christopher D G Harley, David J Marshall, Brian S Helmuth, and Raymond B Huey

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Metabolic Flexibility: Hibernation, Torpor, and Estivation., James F Staples

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Reproductive arrest and stress resistance in winter-acclimated Drosophila suzukii., Jantina Toxopeus, Ruth Jakobs, Laura V Ferguson, Tara D Gariepy, and Brent J Sinclair

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Freeze tolerance of Cyphoderris monstrosa (Orthoptera: Prophalangopsidae), Jantina Toxopeus, Jacqueline Lebenzon, Alexander H. Mckinnon, and Brent J. Sinclair

Submissions from 2015

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Overwintering biology of the carob moth Apomyelois ceratoniae (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), Banafsheh Ahmadi, Saeid Moharramipour, and Brent J Sinclair

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Thermal Biology and immersion tolerance of the Beringian pseudoscorpion Wyochernes 4 asiaticus, Susan E. Anthony, Christopher M. Buddle, and Brent J Sinclair

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DNA Methylation Differences in Monozygotic Twin Pairs Discordant for Schizophrenia Identifies Psychosis Related Genes and Networks, Christina A. Castellani, Benjamin I. Laufer, Melkaye G. Melka, Eric J. Diehl, Richard L. O'Reilly, and Shiva M. Singh

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Insects in fluctuating thermal environments., Hervé Colinet, Brent J Sinclair, Philippe Vernon, and David Renault

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Sex Differences in Spatial Memory in Brown-Headed Cowbirds: Males Outperform Females on a Touchscreen Task, Mélanie F. Guigueno, Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton, and David F. Sherry

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Strategies for Precision Modulation of Gene Expression by Epigenome Editing: An Overview, Benjamin I. Laufer and Shiva M. Singh

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Parallel ionoregulatory adjustments underlie phenotypic plasticity and evolution of Drosophila cold tolerance., Heath A MacMillan, Laura V Ferguson, Annegret Nicolai, Andrew Donini, James F Staples, and Brent J Sinclair

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Tomato Whole Genome Transcriptional Response to Tetranychus urticae Identifies Divergence of Spider Mite-Induced Responses Between Tomato and Arabidopsis, Catherine Martel, Vladimir Zhurov, Marie Navarro, Manuel Martinez, Marc Cazaux, Philippe Auger, Alain Migeon, M. Estrella Santamaria, Nicky Wybouw, Isabel Diaz, Thomas Van Leeuwen, Maria Navajas, Miodrag Grbic, and Vojislava Grbic

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Saponin-Permeabilization is Not a Viable Alternative to Isolated Mitochondria for Assessing Oxidative Metabolism in Hibernation, Katherine E. Mathers and James F. Staples