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Faculty Publications

(Names in bold are Biology Department faculty;
* denotes a student researcher.)


Janet L . Vaglia, Chet Fornari, Paula K. Evans
Posterior tail development in the salamander Eurycea cirrigera: exploring cellular dynamics across life stages
DOI: 10.1007/s00427-016-0573-0
Development Genes and Evolution  (First Online: 18 January 2017)


Trina Manalo*, Adam May*, Joshua Quinn*, Dominique S. Lafontant*, Olubusola Shifatu, Wei He, Juan M. Gonzalez-Rosa, Geoffrey C. Burns, Caroline E. Burns, Alan R. Burns, Pascal J. Lafontant
Differential Lectin Binding Patterns Identify Distinct Heart Regions in Giant Danio (Devario aequipinnatus) and Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Hearts.
Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry  (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1369/0022155416667928) – First Published September 28, 2016

Lynn Glowczewski Bedard, Raghuvar Dronamraju, Jenny L. Kerschner, Gerald O. Hunter, Elizabeth DeVlieger Axley, Asha K. Boyd, Brian D. Strahl, and Amber L. Mosley Quantitative analysis of dynamic protein interactions during transcription reveals a role for casein kinase II in PAF complex phosphorylation and regulation of H2B monoubiquitylation J. Biol. Chem. jbc.M116.727735. doi:10.1074/jbc.M116.727735 - May 3, 2016


Buzatto, B. A., Buoro, M., Hazel, W. N.,Tomkins, J. L. (2015) Investigating the genetic architecture of conditional strategies using the environmental threshold model. Proc. R. Soc. B; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2075. Published 16 December 2015

Kristina R. Mulry , Bryan A. Hanson , Dana A. Dudle, 2015, Alternative Strategies in Response to Saline Stress in Two Varieties of Portulaca oleracea (Purslane). Plos ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138723

Jamie A. Grivas*, Maria Haag*, Adedoyin Johnson*, Trina Manalo*, Julia Roell*, Tanmoy L. Das*, Evelyn Brown, Alan R. Burns, Pascal J. Lafontant. Cardiac Repair and Regenerative Potential in the Goldfish Heart. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C. (Feb. 15, 2014, Epub ahead of print)


Davis, Sandra L,  Dudle, Dana A, Nawrocki, Jenna R, Freestone, Leah M*, Konieczny, Peter*, Tobin, Michael B*, Britton, Michael M*, 2014, Sexual Dimorphism of Staminate- and Pistillante-Phase Flowers of Saponaria officinalis (Bouncing Bet) Affects Polinator Behavior and Seed Set. PLos ONE 9(4)93615. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093615

Bruno A. Buzatto, Wade N. Hazel and Joseph L. Tomkins. 2014. A theoretical muddle of the conditional strategy: a comment on Neff and Svensson Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London  (Phil. Trans. R.Soc.) B 1471-2970

Tomkins, J.L., Aungier, J., Hazel, W. and Gilbert, L., 2014, Towards an evolutionary understanding of host seeking behavior in the tick Ixodes ricinus. PLos ONE, e110028. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0110028


Lafontant, Pascal J., Ali R. Behzad, Evelyn Brown, Paul Landry, Norman Hu, and Alan R. Burns. 2013. Cardiac myocyte diversity and a fibroblast network in the junctional region of the zebrafish heart revealed by transmission and serial block-face scanning electron microscopy. PLosOne 8:e72388


Townsend, G.C., Hazel, Wade., Steffen, B. 2012. Relationship of Reproduction and Evolutionary Computation to Analytical Modeling of the Ecological Genetics of Inducible Defenses. Proceedings of 2012 Symposium on Applied Computing.

Lafontant, Pascal J., Alan R. Burns, Jamie A. Grivas*, Mary A. Lesch*, Tanmoy D. Lala*, Sean P. Reuter, Loren J. Field, Tyler D. Frounfelter*. 2012. The giant danio (D. aequipinnatus) as a model of cardiac remodeling and regeneration. Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology 295: 234–248.

Schneider, H., L. Fritzky, J. Williams*, C. Heumann*, M. Yochum*, K. Pattar*, G. Noppert*, V. Mock*, and E. Hawley*. 2012. Cloning and expression of a zebrafish 5-HT2c receptor gene. Gene 502: 108-117.

Vaglia, J. L., K. White*, and A. Case*.  2012.  Evolving possibilities:  postembryonic axial elongation in salamanders with biphasic (Eurycea cirrigera, Eurycea longicauda, Eurycea quadridigitata) and paedomorphic life cycles (Eurycea nana and Ambystoma mexicanum). Acta Zoologica 93: 2-13.


Tomkins, J. L., Hazel, W. N., Penrose, M. A., Radwan, N. R. and LeBas, N. R. 2011. Habitat complexity drives the experimental evolution of a conditionally expressed secondary sexual trait. Current Biology 21: 1-5.

Tomkins, J. L. and Hazel, W. N. 2011. Explaining phenotypic diversity: The conditional strategy and threshold trait expression. In Dung beetle ecology and evolution. Wiley-Blackwell.


Hazel, W.N. and Q. Deng.* 2010. Population structure and phylogeography of an acorn barnacle with induced defense and its gastropod predator in the Gulf of California. Marine Biology 157: 1989-2000.

Gould, K.S., Dudle, D.A., and Neufeld, H.S.  2010.  Why some stems are red: cauline anthocyanins shield photosystem II against high light stress.  Journal of Experimental Botany  61: 2707-2717. 

Vaglia, Janet, Kurt White* and Alison Case.* 2010. Evolving possibilities: postembryonic axial elongation in salamanders with biphasic (Eurcyea cirrigera, Eurycea longicauda, Eurycea quadridigitata) and paedomorphic life cycles (Eurycea nana and Ambystoma mexicanum). Acta Zoologica 93: 2-13.


Kinney, K.S. and N. Cohen. 2009.  Neural-immune system interactions in Xenopus.  Frontiers in Bioscience. 14: 112-129.


Ross, C. L., J. H. Benedix, Jr., C. Garcia, K. Lambeth, R. Perry, V. Selwyn, and D. J. Howard. 2008. Scale-independent criteria and scale-dependent agents determining the structure of a ground cricket mosaic hybrid zone (Allonemobius sociusA. fasciatus). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 94: 777-796.

Hazel, W. N. Alexander Berlin*, Jacqueline Betsch*, Tanya Corman*, Ryan Ely*, John Emhardt*, Dennis Fisher*, Kyle Foster*, Andrew Hadley*, Lauren Huff*, Brock Sishc*, Brian Smith*. 2008. Why germline filters out severe mtDNA mutations. Science.  E-Letter response (http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/eletters/319/5865/958) 

Lafontant, Pascal J.. 2008.  Using tablet PCs and DyKnow vision to enhance student engagement in a human anatomy class. In The impact of tablet PCs and pen-based technology on education: evidence and outcomes. Purdue University Press.

Xu X., Sarikas A., Dias-Santagata D.C., Dolios G., Lafontant P.J., Tsai S.C., Zhu W., Nakajima H., Nakajima H.O., Field L.J., Wang R., Pan Z.Q. 2008. The CUL7 E3 ubiquitin ligase targets insulin receptor substrate 1 for ubiquitin-dependent degradation. Molecular Cell 30: 403-414.


Lafontant, Pascal and Loren J. Field. 2007. Myocardial regeneration via cell cycle activation. In Rebuilding the infarcted heart.  United Kingdom:  Informa Healthcare.

Mellencamp, K., M. Hass, A. Werne, R. Stark, and W. Hazel. 2007. The role of larval stemmata in the control of pupal color and pupation site preference in the swallowtail butterflies Papilio troilus, P. polyxenes, Eurytides marcellus, and P. glaucus (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 100: 53-58.

M. Jones, L. Rakes, M. Yochum, G. Dunn, S. Wurster, K. Kinney,W. Hazel. 2007. The proximate control of pupal color in swallowtail butterflies: implications for the evolution of environmentally-cued pupal color in butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Journal of Insect Physiology 53: 40-46.

Tomkins, J. L. and Hazel, W. 2007. The status of the conditional evolutionarily stable strategy. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 22: 522-528.

Kinney, K.S., T.C. Hing and R.M. Sapolsky.  2007. Characterization of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 expression following a kainate model of status epilepticus.  Brain Research 1182: 138-143.


Dudle, Dana A. and M. Altman.  2006. Across the language barrier: plant gender and feminist theory. In: Jill M. Bystydzienski and Sharon R. Bird (eds.).  Removing barriers: women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

N. Cohen and K.S. Kinney. 2006. A phylogenetic history of neural-immune interactions. Pages 1-38 in: R. Ader and N. Cohen, Eds., Psychoineuroimmunology, 4th edition, Academic Press, San Diego.

Schneider, H. and B. Sulner*. 2006. The innervation of dorsal and caudal fin muscles in adult zebrafish, Danio rerio. Journal of Comparative Neurology 497: 702-716.


Townsend, G., Smock, R. and Hazel, W. 2005. Using evolutionary computation methods to validate analytical models for the evolution and maintenance of conditional strategies in Chthamalus anisipoma. Pages 409-414 in Proceedings of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference.

K. S. Kinney and N. Cohen. 2005. Increased splenocyte mitogenesis following sympathetic denervation in Xenopus laevis. Developmental and Comparative Immunology 29: 287-293.


Klump, G. M, J. H. Benedix Jr., H. C. Gerhardt, and P. M. Narins.  2004. AM-representation in green treefrog auditory-nerve fibers: neuroethological implications for pattern recognition and sound localization. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 190: 1011-1021.

Hazel, W. N., Smock, R., and Lively, C. 2004. The ecological genetics of conditional strategies. American Naturalist. 163: 888-900.


Vaglia, J.L. and K.K. Smith. 2003. Early differentiation and migration of cranial neural crest in the opossum, Monodelphis domestica.  Evolution and Development 5: 121-136.


Hazel, W. N. 2002. The environmental and genetic control of seasonal polyphenism in larval color and its adaptive significance in a swallowtail butterfly. Evolution 56: 342-348.


Townsend, G.and Hazel, W. 2001. Computer science and biology get a-life. Journal of Computing in Small Colleges 17: 9-16.

G. Sonnenfeld, M. Tovey, H. Schellekens, K. S. Kinney, T. Belay, D. S. Morton, C. E. Austin, M. Reitman, T.A.T. Fong, and H. S. Vaughan.  2001. Efficacy and safety of oral/sublingual, intranasal and intraperitoneal recombinant murine interferon in the treatment of murine encephalomyocarditis virus. Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research 21: 539-545.

Cohen, N. and K.S. Kinney. 2001. A phylogenetic history of neural immune interactions. Pages 21-54 in R. Ader, D.L. Felten, and N. Cohen, Eds. Psychoineuroimmunology, 3rd edition. Academic Press, San Diego.

G. Sonnenfeld, G.R. Taylor and K.S. Kinney. 2001. Acute and chronic effects of space flight on immune functions. Pages 279-289 in R. Ader, D.L. Felten, and N. Cohen, Eds., Psychoineuroimmunology, 3rd edition. Academic Press, San Diego.


Hazel, W. N. and Smock, R. 2000. Inheritance in the conditional strategy revisited. Journal of Theoretical Biology 204: 307-309.

D. Dréau, M. Foster, D.S. Morton, N. Fowler, K. Kinney, and G. Sonnenfeld. 2000. Immune alterations in three mouse strains following 2-deoxy-d-glucose administration. Physiology & Behavior 70: 513-520

Kinney K. S., C. E. Austin, D. S. Morton, and G. Sonnenfeld. 2000. Norepinephrine as a growth stimulating factor in bacteria – mechanistic studies. Life Sciences 67: 3075-3085.


Benedix, J. H. Jr., and P. M. Narins.  1999. Competitive calling behavior by male treefrogs, Eleutherodactylus coqui (Anura: Leptodactylidae). Copeia 1999: 1122-1126.

Starnecker, G., and W. N. Hazel. 1999. Convergent evolution of neuroendocrine control of phenotypic plasticity in pupal colour in butterflies.  Proceeding of the Royal Society Series B 266: 2409-2412.


Fornari, C.S. 1998. Developmental genetics. Invited article for the Encyclopedia of Genetics. Jeffrey A. Knight, ed., Salem Press, Pasadena, California.

Hazel, W. N., Ante, S*. and Stringfellow, B*. 1998 The evolution of environmentally-cued pupal colour in swallowtail butterflies: natural selection for pupation site and pupal colour. Ecological Entomology 23: 41-44.