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Biology Graduate Students Spencer Weinstein and Rachel Alenius are finalists in the TCU Fall 2017 CSE Three Minute Thesis competition

TCU CSE has completed the qualifying rounds for the Fall 2017 CSE Three Minute Thesis competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, which challenges research graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes while using language […]

Chumchal/Drenner and Hale Labs presented their work at the 13TH International Conference on Mercury

Overview: Matt Chumchal and Ray Drenner along with former graduate students Celeste Ortega-Rodriguez and Eddie Williams made eight presentations at the 13TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MERCURY AS A GLOBAL POLLUTANT in Providence, Rhode Island, July 16-21, 2017.   TCU faculty collaborators on the presentations included: Amanda Hale and Tory Bennet   TCU graduate student collaborators included: Celeste Ortega-Rodriguez MS […]

TCU Aquatic Ecology Lab publishes paper on Recovery of aquatic insect-mediated methylmercury flux from ponds following drying disturbance

Overview: Matt Chumchal and Ray Drenner have published a paper in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  The paper was coauthored by former graduate student Frank Greenhill and former undergraduate students Charlie Gober, Ashlyn Courville and Luke Lossau.  Jim Kennedy a professor at UNT is also a coauthor.   Reference: Chumchal, M.M., R.W. Drenner, F. Greenhill, J. Kennedy, C. […]

Williams lab published paper on Avian malaria, body condition, and blood parameters in four species of songbirds

Overview: Carolina Granthon, a former graduate student in the lab of Dr. Dean Williams, published the results of her Master’s thesis on avian malaria.   Reference: Granthon, C.* and D.A. Williams, 2017, Avian malaria, body condition, and blood parameters in four species of songbirds, Wilson Journal of Ornithology,  v. 129, p. 492-508.   Student: *Carolina […]

The Akkaraju Lab publishes a paper on the Characterization and Activity of a Triazine Bridged Antioxidant Small Molecule

Overview:  The paper elucidates a novel approach in the design of a drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. One hypothesis for the brain degeneration seen in Alzheimer’s disease implicates copper. This hypothesis postulates that copper ions lead to the clumping of a protein called A-beta which in turn leads to inflammation in the brain […]

The Horner lab recently presented their work at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR

The Horner lab recently presented at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR:   Carmickle, Rachel and John Horner. “Turning the tables all over again: The impact of a specialist herbivore on a carnivorous plant.”   Carnivorous plants occupy nutrient-poor environments, and they are unusual among plants in that they have evolved traits […]

The Hale lab recently presented at the Society for the Study of Evolution, in Portland Oregon.  ​

The Hale lab recently presented at the Society for the Study of Evolution, in Portland Oregon.  ​ 1)      Weinstein, Spencer Y.†, Matthew C. Hale, Frank P. Thrower, and Krista Nichols. Should I stay or should I go? Analyzing the genetic basis of migration-related traits in Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Evolution. Portland, OR. 2)      Smith, Christy*, Courtney Bell*, Matthew […]

The Williams lab presented two papers on the Texas horned lizard at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

The Williams lab presented two papers at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists:   Alenius, Rachel,  and Dean Williams. 2017. Variable diet of an ant specialist, the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), living in small Texas towns. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Austin, TX.   Williams, Dean, Amanda Hale, Ashley Wall, Daniella Biffi. […]

The Kroh lab presented work on the Phylogeographic study of Pinus ponderosa and P. jeffreyi at the National meeting of the Botanical Society of America

The Kroh lab presented a paper at the national meeting of the Botanical Society of America.   Barfield, Keri, Dean Williams, Glenn Kroh. 2017. Phylogeographic study of Pinus ponderosa and P. jeffreyi. National meeting of the Botanical Society of America, Fort Worth.

Horner lab presented work on effects of herbivory on the carnivorous plant Sarracenia alata at the Botantical Society of America national meeting

The Horner lab presented at the national meeting of the Botanical Society of America:   Carmickle, Rachel and John Horner. Preliminary investigations of the effects of herbivory on the carnivorous plant Sarracenia alata by the specialist herbivore Exyra semicrocea. National meeting of the Botanical Society of America, Fort Worth, TX, 26 June 2017.   Carnivorous plants occupy nutrient-poor […]