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The Williams lab presented four Texas horned lizard papers at the Texas Conservation Symposium at Southwestern University

The Williams lab presented four Texas horned lizard papers at the Texas Conservation Symposium at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas on January 11, 2019. Stephen Mirkin (M.S. Biology 2019) presented his thesis research on “Urban predation of Texas horned lizards”, Dusty Rhoads (M.S. Biology 2019) presented his thesis research on “Background color-matching in the Texas horned […]

Christopher Gerstle has published his MS thesis on the risk posed by mercury to wading birds in the south central US.

Christopher Gerstle has published his MS thesis on the risk posed by mercury to wading birds in the south central US. Chris’ major advisors, Drs. Ray Drenner and Matt Chumchal are coauthors. Gerstle, Christopher T., Ray W. Drenner, Matthew M. Chumchal. 2019. Spatial patterns of mercury contamination and associated risk to piscivorous wading birds of […]

Jeffries Lab presents research at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Meeting. 

The Jeffries lab delivered three platform presentations and five poster presentations at the SETAC North America meeting in Sacramento, CA. Leah Thornton (MS Biology 2016, PhD Biology 2020) gave two poster presentations – one detailing a novel visual method for assessing thyroid hormone levels in fathead minnow larvae and one describing the impacts of early […]

Drs. Chumchal and Jeffries recognized as top reviewers for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Drs. Chumchal and Jeffries recognized as top reviewers for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Dr. Matt Chumchal (Associate Professor of Biology) and Dr. Marlo Jeffries (Assistant Professor of Biology) were both named as Exceptional Reviewers of 2018 by Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C). This honor recognizes the top 15 reviewers, out of nearly 850, for the […]

Jeffries Lab publishes paper aimed at identifying potential endpoints for use in the fish embryo acute toxicity test

Jeffries Lab publishes paper aimed at identifying potential endpoints for use in the fish embryo acute toxicity test. Julie Krzykwa (MS Biology 2017, PhD Biology 2020), Alexis Olivas (BS Biology 2017) and Dr. Jeffries published an article in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry entitled: “Development of Cardiovascular and Neurodevelopmental Metrics as Sublethal Endpoints for the Fish Embryo Toxicity […]

Phil Hartman co-authors article that appeared in Nature on A natural variant and engineered mutation in a GPCR promote DEET resistance in C. elegans

Phil Hartman is a coauthor on an article (A natural variant and engineered mutation in a GPCR promote DEET resistance in C. elegans) that appeared in this week’s issue of Nature (562:119-123) (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0546-8).   The project was initiated at TCU and completed at the Rockefeller Institute.  Anh Nguyen, currently a physician practicing in the Houston area, […]

Jeffries lab publishes research on the impacts of flame retardants on immune function

Jeffries lab publishes research on the impacts of flame retardants on immune function. Leah Thornton (MS Biology 2015, PhD 2020), Elise Path (BS Biology 2016), Gunnar Nystrom (BS Biology 2017), Dr. Barney Venables (professor at UNT) and Dr. Jeffries, published an article in Fish and Shellfish Immunology entitled “Embryo-larval BDE-47 exposure causes decreased pathogen resistance […]

Kyle Roush authors publication detailing research aimed at optimizing the fathead minnow fish embryo toxicity (FET) test

Kyle Roush authors publication detailing research aimed at optimizing the fathead minnow fish embryo toxicity (FET) test. Kyle (BS Biology 2016, MS Biology 2018) along with co-authors, Julie Krzykwa (MS Biology 2017, PhD Biology 2020), Jacob Malmquist (BS Biology 2016, MS Biology 2018), Dane Stephens (BS Biology 2015) and Dr. Marlo Jeffries, published an article […]

The Williams lab published a paper on Genetic structure of Hydrilla verticillata L.f. Royle in eastern China and the Republic of Korea: implications for surveys of biological control agents for the invasive monoecious biotype

The Williams lab just published a paper. Williams DA, NE Harms, MJ Grodowitz, and M Purcell. 2018. Genetic structure of Hydrilla verticillata L.f. Royle in eastern China and the Republic of Korea: implications for surveys of biological control agents for the invasive monoecious biotype. Aquatic Botany 149:17-27. This study is a collaboration with the US […]

The Chumchal lab has published the following manuscript on Mercury bioaccumulation in bats reflects phylogeny and dietary connectivity to aquatic food webs

The Chumchal lab has published the following manuscript: Becker, D., M.M. Chumchal, H. Broders, J. Korstian*, T. Rainwater, S. Platt, N. Simmons, M. Fenton. 2018. Mercury bioaccumulation in bats reflects phylogeny and dietary connectivity to aquatic food webs, Environmental Pollution, 233:1076-1085. The work is a collaboration between researchers from University of Georgia, University of Waterloo, […]