Recent Student Research Grant Recipients

2016 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

First place, $2,000: 

Ernest North, Biology Department, University of Houston at Clear Lake, Clear Lake,TX

Proposal Title: Do bacteria help species become invasive? Comparative metagenomics of native and introduced snail gut microbiomes. 

Russell Minton – Advisor.

 

Second place, $1,500:

Hannah Jones, Biology Department, Hardin-Simmons University, Abiline, TX

Proposal Title: An analysis of coyote (Canis latrans) urine constituents which impact organismal behavior. 

Wendi Wolfram - Advisor

 

Third place, $1,000:

Devin Garcia, Freshwater Biology Department, Temple College, Temple, TX

Proposal Title: Vertical distribution, colonization, and growth of the invasive zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) in a subtropical reservoir in central Texas. 

Jason Locklin – Advisor.


 

2016 GRADUATE STUDENTS - MASTERS

First place, $2,000: 

Nicole Traub, Department of Biological Sciences & Texas Research Institute for Environmental Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

Proposal Title: Parasites lost?  Cryptic species in the Tschertovilepis segitera complex in Arctic breeding waterfowl. 

Autumn Smith-Herron – Advisor.

 

Second place, $1,500: 

Mary Ruble, Department of Biological Sciences, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

Project Title:  Femur microbiome project. 

Patrick Lewis and Aaron Lynne – Advisors.

 

Third place tie, $500:

Kallie Davis, Department of Biological Sciences, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

Project Title: Do plasticizers inhibit toll-like receptor activity?

 

Third place tie, $500: 

Lindsey Ramirez, Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M  University at Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX.

Project Title: Does elevated salinity induce a physiological response in Texas diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin littoralis)? 

Paul Zimba – Advisor.


 

2016 GRADUATE STUDENTS - DOCTORAL

First place, $2,000: 

Joshua Lively, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

Project Title: Macroevolution in the greenhouse:  morphological disparity of Mosasauridae and the evolution of late Cretaceous marine ecosystems. 

Chris Bell – Advisor.

 

Second place, $1,500: 

I-Shuo Huang, Department of Marine Biology, Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M  University at Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX.

Proposal Title: Cladistic assessment of cyanobacterial toxin production in unialgal cultures and potential for synergistic activity of microcystins and anabaenopeptins.

 

Third place, $1,000

Kersten Bergstrom, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University at College Station, College Station, TX.

Proposal Title: Reassessing Ngaloba (LH 18) taxonomic affinity using 3D geometric morphometrics: Implications for modern human origins in East Africa. 

Darryl de Ruiter - Advisor


 

TAS Grant-Supported Publications

*Please submit your TAS-supported publications to Dr. Don Harper (polychaete1@verizon.net).

Boland, B. B., M. Meerhoff, C. Fosalba, N. Mazzeo, M. A. Barnes, & R. L. Burks.  2008.  Juvenile snails, adult appetities: contrasting resource consumption between two species of applesnails (Pomacea). J. Mollus. Stud. 74:47-54.

Bordelon, V. L. & R. C. Harrel.  2004.  Freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) of the Village Creek drainage basin in southeast Texas.  Tex. J. Sci. 56.

Chumchal, M. M., R. W. Drenner, B. Fry, K. D. Hambright, & L. W. Newland.  2008.  Habitat-specific differences in mercury concentration in a top predator from a shallow lake.  T. Am. Fish. Soc. 137:195-208.

Jass, C. N.  2009.  Pleistocene lagomorphs from Cathedral Cave, Nevada.  PaleoBios 29:1-12.

Jass, C. N. & C. J. Bell.  2010.  Desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) from Pleistocene sediments in Cathedral Cave, White Pine County, Nevada.  Southwest. Nat. 55:558-563.

Jass, C. N. & C. J. Bell.  2011. Arvicoline rodent fauna from the Room 2 excavation in Cathedral Cave, White Pine County, Nevada, and its biochronologic significance.  J. Vert. Paleontol. 31:684-699.

Kyle, C. H., A. W. Kropf, & R. L. Burks.  2011.  Prime waterfront real estate: apple snails choose wild taro for oviposition sites.  Curr. Zool. 57:630-641.

Lee. D. L., R. S. Pfau, & L. K. Ammerman.  Taxonomic status of the Davis Mountains cottontail, Sylvilagus robustus, revealed by amplified fragment length polymorphism.  J. Mammal. 91:1473-1483.

Leonard, W. J. & O. W. Van Auken.  2013.  Light levels and herbivory partially explain the survival, growth, and niche requirements of Streptanthus bracteatus A. Gray (Bracted Twistflower, Brassicaceae), a rare central Texas endemic.  Nat. Area J. 33:276-285.

Locklin, J. L. & D. S. Vodopich.  2010.  Eugregarine parasitism of Erythemis simplicicollis (Say) at a constructed wetland: a fitness cost to females?  (Anisoptera: Libellulidae). Odonatologica 39:319-331.

Locklin, J. L. & D. S. Vodopich. 2010.  Patterns of gregarine parasitism in dragonflies: host, habitat, and seasonality.  Parasitol. Res. 107:75-87.

Locklin, J. L., J. S. Huckabee & E. J. Gering.  2012.  A method for rearing large quantities of the damselfly, Ishnura ramburii (Odonata: Coenagrionidae), in the laboratory.  Fla. Entomol. 95:273-277.

Malone, J. H., D. J. Hawkins Jr & P. Michalak.  2006.  Sex-biased gene expression in a ZW sex determination system.  J. Mol. Evol. 63:427-436. *Cover*

Malone, J. H. & P. Michalak.  2008.  Physiological sex predicts hybrid sterility regardless of genotype.  Science 319: 59.

Malone, J. H. & P. Michalak.  2008.  Gene expression analysis of the ovary of hybrid females of Xenopus laevis and X. mueller.  BMC Evol. Biol. 8:82.

Michalak, P. & J. H. Malone.  2008.  Testis-derived microRNA profiles of African Clawed Frogs (Xenopus) and their sterile hybrids.  Genomics 91:158-164.

McDonough, M. M., L. K. Ammerman, R. M. Timm, H. H. Genoways, P. A. Larsen, & R. J. Baker.  2008. Speciation within bonneted bats (genis Eumops): the complexity of morphological, mitochondrial, and nuclear data sets in systematics.  J. Mammal. 89:1306-1315.

Perez, K. E.  2011.  A new species of Praticolella (Gastroposa: Polygyridae) from northeastern Mexico and revision of several species of this genus.  Nautilus 125:113-126.