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Student Publications & Presentations

The Biology Department at Muhlenberg College recognizes that a research experience is an extremely important aspect of an undergraduate curriculum. We encourage our students to become actively engaged in research. Students may work on projects with faculty sponsors on campus during the academic year or summer, as well as participate in research at an off-campus site or external program during the summer months. The Honors Program provides an opportunity for outstanding senior biology majors to work on a project for an entire year, culminating in a public seminar and written thesis.

In addition, some of these student research experiences result in publication or presentation at a regional or national conference. Recent examples include:

Student Publications (undergraduate authors are underlined)

Weber, K. P., Alvaro, C. G. ('10), Baer, G. M. ('12), Reinert, K. ('02), Cheng, G. ('06), Clever S., Wightman, B., 2012, Analysis of C. elegans NR2E nuclear receptors defines three conserved clades and ligand-independent functions, BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12:81.

Verghese, E. (’08), Schocken, J. (’09), Jacob, S., Wimer, A. M. (’05), Royce, R., Nesmith, J.E. (’09), Baer, G.M. (’12), Clever, S., McCain, E., Lakowski, B., and B. Wightman, 2011, The tailless ortholog nhr-67 functions in the development of the C. elegans ventral uterus, Developmental Biology, 356:516-28.

Cohen, R. ('09), J. Schocken ('09), A. Kaldis, K.E. Vlachonasios, A.T. Hark, and E.R. McCain. 2009. The histone acetyltransferase GCN5 affects the inflorescence meristem and stamen development in Arabidopsis. Planta. 230: 1207-1221.

Hark, A.T., K.E. Vlachonasios, K.A. Pavangadkar, S. Rao, H. Gordon ('07), I.-D. Adamakis, A. Kaldis, M.F. Thomashow, and S.J.Triezenberg. 2009. Two Arabidopsis orthologs of the transcriptional coactivator ADA2 have distinct biological functions. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 1789: 117-124.

Mooney, E.H., E.J. Tiedeken, N.Z. Muth, and R.A. Niesenbaum.  2009.  Differential induced response to generalist and specialist herbivores by Lindera benzoin L. (Lauraceae) in sun and shade.  Oikos, 118:1181-1189.

DeMeo, S. ('04), Lombel, R. ('04), Snowflack, D. ('03), Smith, E. ('02), Reinert, K. ('02), Cronin, M., Clever, S., and B. Wightman (2008) Specificity of DNA-binding by the FAX-1 and NHR-67 nuclear receptors of Caenorhabditis elegans is partially mediated via a subclass-specific P-box residue, BMC Molecular Biology, 9:2.

Muth, N.Z., E.C. Kluger, J.H. Levy, M.J. Edwards and R.A. Niesenbaum. 2008. Increased per capita herbivory in the shade: necessity, feedback, or luxury consumption? Ecoscience,15:182-188

Skoczylas, D., R.A. Niesenbaum, and N.Z. Muth. 2007. Top-down control of herbivory by insectivorous avifauna. Acta Oecologica, 32:337-342.

Niesenbaum, R.A. and E.C. Kluger.  2006.  When Studying the Effects of Light on Herbivory, Should One Consider Temperature? The Case of Epimecis hortaria F. (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) Feeding on Lindera benzoin L. (Lauraceae). Environmental Entomology 35:600 - 606

Wightman, B., N. Carmean (’98), B. Ebert (’99), K. Weber, and S. Clever (2005) The C. elegans nuclear receptor gene fax-1 and homeobox gene unc-42 coordinate interneuron identity by regulating the expression of glutamate receptor subunits and other neuron-specific genes. Developmental Biology 287: 74-85.

Edwards MJ, Faivre AE, Crist R, Sitvarin M and Zyla J (2005) Spatial distribution of 2005 Distribution of the 2004 emergence of seventeen-year periodical cicadas.  Entomological News 116(5) 273-284.

Klem, D., Jr., D. C. Keck, K. L. Marty, A. J. Miller Ball, E. E. Niciu, and C. T. Platt (2004) Effects of window angling, feeder placement, and scavengers on avian mortality at plate glass. The Wilson Bulletin 116(1): 69-73.

 

Student Presentations (undergraduate presenters are underlined)

Erin Jo Tiedeken and Richard A. Niesenbaum.  2010. Inducibility of volatile Compounds to attract parasitoids in defense of herbivory in Lindera benzoinEcological Society of America Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA (Aug. 2010)

C. Alvaro (’10), T. Zehner (’10), K. Weber, B. Wightman, 2009, Function and phylogenetics of the NR2E nuclear receptors, presentation at the 17th International C. elegans Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, June.

Caley A. Caras, Nathaniel Howitz, Katherine R. Goodrich, Richard A. Niesenbaum and Christine M. Ingersoll, 2009. "Effect of soil juglone concentration on herbivory of Lindera benzoin growing near black walnut" 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, DC (Aug. 2009).

B. Sanford (’11), E. Verghese (’08), J. Schocken (’09), J. Nesmith (’09), S. Clever, and B. Wightman, 2009, The tailless ortholog nhr-67 functions in ventral uterus development, presentation at the 17th International C. elegans Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, June.

Caitlin E. Weigle, Julia H. Lehman, Richard A. Niesenbaum and Christine M. Ingersoll, 2009. "Herbivory and plant phenolic content in Lindera benzoin as a function of light environment" 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, DC (Aug. 2009).

C. Alvaro, K. Weber, J. Fiske-Baier, S. Clever, B. Wightman, 2008, Function and phylogenetics of the NR2E nuclear receptors in C. elegans, presentation at the Society for Developmental Biology 67th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, July 26-30.

J. Schocken, E. Verghese, E. Lisco, S. Eng, M. Twardzik, V. Brown, B. Sanford, S. Bywaters, E. McCain, B. Wightman, 2008, The C. elegans tailless ortholog nhr-67 functions in uterus and tail development, presentation (JS, EL, VB, BS, SB) at the Society for Developmental Biology 67th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, July 26-30.

Gordon, H. and A.T. Hark. 2007. Investigation of the function of transcriptional coactivator ADA2 in the growth, development, and stress response of Arabidopsis thaliana,” poster presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Hudis, N. and A.T. Hark. 2007. Domains of Arabidopsis ADA2a and ADA2b necessary for proper biological functioning,” poster presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Irwin, B, N.Z. Muth, and R.A. Niesenbaum.  2007.  Plant volatile emissions and parasitoid attraction by Lindera benzoin when eaten by Epemicis hortaria in sun and shade. Gordon Research Conference, Plant-Herbivore Interactions, Ventura, CA.