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Charlotte Stinson puts her biology training to good use at MOSI
Charlotte (Charly) Stinson, Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Biology, has been putting her biology and marine biology training to good use in Tampa Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) outreach programs and workshops. She has been working there since the spring of 2013, giving presentations to public school students and working with Boy and Girl Scout groups. Read more about Charly's story here.
Taegan McMahon awarded 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award by USF Office of Graduate Studies
Taegan McMahon, Ph.D., was awarded an Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Office of Graduate Studies for her work: "Understanding Amphibian Decline: the Role of Pesticides and the Pathogenic Chytrid Fungus on Amphibians and Aquatic Communities". The award recognizes truly exceptional theses and dissertations submitted by students at USF. Read more about Taegan's award and her dissertation here.
Edward Haller co-authors study on chronic effects of ischemic stroke on the microvasculature of the brain
In the first ultrastructural study to demonstrate widespread damage to the microvascular system of the ipsilateral and contralateral sides of the brain in a chronic ischemic stroke model, researchers from the USF Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair and the Department of Integrative Biology collaborated in a study on stroke-damaged rat brains. The unique finding of this study is that damage was observed to components of the brain-blood barrier on both sides of the brain in stroke animals at 30 days post-ischemic stroke in regions distant from the initial area of ischemia. These findings suggest persistent and/or continued BBB damage in chronic ischemia. Read about their findings here.
Valerie (Jody) Harwood publishes research documenting parallel rain runoff behavior between poultry fecal contamination and Staph aureus bacteria
Using a rainfall simulator and vegetative strips, Valerie (Jody) Harwood joined two other researchers in demonstrating that fecal contamination from poultry was transported in runoff in a similar manner to Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Enterococcus spp. bacteria. They used a microbial source tracking (MST) marker for poultry feces/litter (the 16S rRNA gene of Brevibacterium sp. LA35 [LA35] measured by quantitative PCR) and compared this marker with fecal bacteria flushed out in their experimental system. You can read about their findings here.
Rohr research group publishes article on amphibian resistance to chytrid fungus in the journal Nature
In a continuation of their research into the effects of the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) on frogs, the Rohr lab, led by senior author Taegan McMahon, working with several outside investigators, discovered that 3 species of frogs can acquire behavioral or immunological resistance to the deadly fungus. Their studies showed that frogs learned to avoid the fungus after just one exposure and temperature-induced clearance. Read more about their study, published in Nature, here.
Philip Motta interviewed for "People Behind the Science" Radio Program
Philip Motta was interviewed for the June 24 radio broadcast of "People Behind the Science", a 7 day a week radio podcast featuring leading scientists from varied fields of research. The nearly 38 minute interview covered portions of Phil's personal life and upbringing as well as his education and his research work. You can find out more about Phil and listen to the entire engaging broadcast here.
Lynn (Marty) Martin invited as Fulbright Specialist to the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina
Lynn (Marty) Martin has been invited to come to the Universidad Nacional del Litoral in Sante Fe, Argentina, as a Fulbright Specialist, to present a series of lectures and workshops for faculty and students on eco-immunology. He will be presenting classes and field workshops, as well as giving lectures, covering subjects on methods for immunology, host-parasite evolution, behavioral ecology and psychoneuroimmunology, among other topics. You can read more about his upcoming trip to Argentina here.
Pauline Wanjugi and Valerie (Jody) Harwood co-author a paper on enteric bacterial motility and its effect on bacterial survival in water and sediment environments
Survival of enteric bacteria in aquatic habitats varies depending upon species, strain, and environmental pressures. Mechanisms governing their fate are poorly understood. Authors Pauline Wanjugi and Valerie (Jody) Harwood compare the survival of two motile pathogens of fecal origin by culturing Escherichia coli O157 and Salmonella enterica Typhimurium. Each species has a motile and non-motile counterpart and were cultured in out-door microcosms with protozoan predators (Tetrahymena pyriformis) present or absent. Bacteria were studied in both water and sediment environments. Read more about their study here.
Lauren VanMaurik co-authors a paper on the setal morphology of the commercially important freshwater shrimp Macrobrachium rosenbergii
Using scanning electron microscopy, authors Jennifer Wortham (Univ. of Tampa, Tampa, FL), Lauren VanMaurik (USF Integrative Biology), and W. Wayne Price (Univ. of Tampa, Tampa, FL) examined the setal structures and their arrangement on the grooming appendages and sensory structures of the commercially important shrimp, Macrobrachium rosenbergii. Three male morphotypes and the female shrimp are described in the paper, accompanied with SEM photography of the setae. A literature review of terminology related to the structure of setae and setal types in decapod crustaceans is offered as the usage of various terms is ambiguous and conﬂicting in the literature. Read more about their study here.
Courtney Coon, Amber Brace and Lynn (Marty) Martin co-author a paper on the coping abilities of introduced and native congeners dealing with parasitic infections
Hosts manage parasitic infections using an array of tactics that develop with time and exposure of generations of a species to the parasite. The authors explore whether coping ability of congeners that differ in host-parasite coevolutionary history differed in response to experimental infections with a coccidian parasite. Using non-native (invasive) house sparrows and native gray-headed sparrows, the authors expose both groups of birds to the parasite, and measured physiological and biochemical responses of the birds to the infection. Read more about their study here.
Earl McCoy and Henry Mushinsky co-publish comprehensive guide to North American tortoises
Earl McCoy, Henry Mushinsky and David Rostal co-published the first comprehensive guide to North American tortoises. The 208 page book covers everything about the long-lived herbivores from paleontology to morphology to diet, behavior and conservation. Read more about their new book here.
Lynn (Marty) Martin elected Chair of Division of Ecoimmunology and Disease Ecology at SICB
Lynn (Marty) Martin was elected Chair of the newly formed Division of Ecoimmunology and Disease Ecology of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. The new division was established by SICB in January 2014, formed "to facilitate communication, research, and data sharing among ecoimmunologists and disease ecologists." Read the full story about Marty's new appointment here.
Peter Stiling helps evaluate Sea|mester Caribbean Cruise Program
In April, Peter Stiling joined Amanda Maurer and Thomas Juster on a USF-sponsored trip to the Caribbean, where they boarded the sailboat Ocean Star to evaluate classes in seamanship, student leadership, oceanography, and marine biology offered by Sea|mester, an organization that teaches college classes at sea. They joined 11 students and their instructors on the boat at St. Eustatius to observe the rigor of their classes. Read the full story about their trip here.
Kaitlin Deutsch awarded 2014 Barry Goldwater Scholarship
Kaitlin Deutsch, a junior in the Honors College and CAS with a double major in biology and environmental science and policy, is one of three USF students to be awarded a 2014 Barry Goldwater scholarship. Kaitlin is an undergraduate research assistant in Jason Rohr's lab, studying chytrid fungus. Read the full story about Kaitlin's Goldwater Scholarship here.
National Geographic TV featured Skip Pierce and photosynthetic sea slugs on Invisible Nature program
Sidney (Skip) Pierce featured on a National Geographic "Invisible Nature" broadcast June 25. The program explored plants and photosynthesis. Skip has been studying sea slugs for years, and their ability to ingest algae chloroplasts, and to maintain photosynthesis as a result of their diet. Read more about Skip's work and watch the video clip about these amazing photosynthetic sea slugs here.
Viviana Penuela receives McKnight Doctoral Fellowship award
Viviana Penuela received a three year McKnight Doctoral Fellowship award for her proposed studies on the effects of potable or reclaimed water irrigation of urban lawns on soil chemistry. Read the full story about her research project here.
Jamie Gluvna awarded her second Unruh Book Scholarship from Fern Garden Society
Jamie Gluvna was awarded her second Unruh Book Scholarship from the Fern Garden Club (FGC) of Odessa. Jamie won her first scholarship in 2013. Her research focuses on the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris). Read the full story about her Unruh Scholarship here.
Valerie Harwood receives Fulbright Fellowship to help develop DNA microarray with CSIRO in Australia
Valerie (Jody) Harwood received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an Australian-based federal government agency for scientific research. They will work to develop a DNA microarray chip to test water quality in aquatic environmental water. Dr. Harwood is a leading expert in fecal source tracking, and will work with researchers at CSIRO to develop and test the technology, comparing the chips with other water testing techniques. Read the full story here.
Jason Rohr featured on Canadian TV show Global 16X9
Jason Rohr was interviewed as an expert researcher for part of a Canadian national television broadcast, for the TV show called Global 16x9, Canada's equivalent of the U. S. show 60 Minutes. The show concerned the use of atrazine, an herbicide which has been shown to cause sex change in frogs along with other deformities, and the battle between industry, government regulatory agencies and environmental science research. Read the full story, and watch the informative TV clip, here.
Christy Foust awarded second Unruh Book Scholarship and second Aylesworth Scholarship
Christy Foust was awarded her second Unruh Book Scholarship from the Fern Garden Club (FGC) of Odessa. Christy's first Fern Garden Scholarship was awarded in 2011. Her research focuses on the effects of salt stress on the population structure of the salt marsh plants smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) and sea oxeye (Borrichia frutescens). In February, Christy received her second Aylesworth Scholarship from the Florida Sea Grant program. Read the full story about her Unruh here, and the Aylesworth Scholarship here.
Sarah Seabrook awarded Udall Foundation Scholarship
Sarah Seabrook , Honors College junior majoring in marine biology and environmental science and policy, has received three national scholarships. Her most recent scholarship is a Udall Foundation Scholarship, to support research related to the environment. Sarah is conducting a research project in the marine ecology lab of Department of Integrative Biology professor Susan Bell, to evaluate the food web dynamics between natural and restored oyster reef systems through stable isotope analysis. Read the full story about Sarah's award here.
IB Graduate student Mary Mangiapia completes race of a lifetime
Mary Mangiapia, IB graduate student in KT Scott's lab, successfully completed the grueling 300 mile Everglades Challenge small craft race in the first week in March. She participated in this engineless boat race, which took her from Fort Desoto Park to Key Largo, in an 18 foot sea kayak. Her trek went through open Gulf waters, down the Intercoastal waterway, and through the Everglades. Read the fascinating account of her adventure, accompanied with beautiful photos, here.
Valerie Harwood choosen as distinguished lecturer for American Society for Microbiology program
Valerie (Jody) Harwood has been selected as a distinguished lecturer for the American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer Program, for the Society for 2014 to 2017. The topic of Dr. Harwood’s lectures will be: “The Big Three Vibrio Pathogens: A Study in Contrast,” “Water Quality in the Time of Molecular Biology: New Regulations and Emerging Approaches,” “What’s In Your Water: Microbial Source Tracking,” and “The Life and Times of “Swamp Death” -Vibrio vulnificus Ecology and Virulence.” Dr. Harwood specializes in microbial ecology and public health microbiology, water quality testing and microbial source tracking. Read the full story here.
Lynn Martin to host a symposium, speak at two others, and conduct a 3 day course on "Animal Behavior and Disease Ecology"
Integrative Biology professor Lynn (Marty) Martin will host a symposium on "New perspectives on the ecology and evolution of homeostasis" at the Americam Physiology Society. In addition to this, he is presenting at two additional symposia at other upcoming meetings and giving a 3 day workshop in Guanajuato, Mexico. Read the full story here.
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