Students enjoy learning from and with the highly qualified faculty members from the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University, who are personally engaged in students' academic programs and who also continue to be learners themselves. The majority of our faculty have the highest degrees awarded in their fields of emphasis and have received those degrees from institutions around the country and the world.

Faculty research publications

(Bold = Biological Sciences Faculty, * = Biological Sciences Graduate Student, ** = Biological Sciences Undergraduate Student)

*Nicole M. Dubs, *Breck R. Davis, *Victor de Brito, **Kate C. Colebrook, **Ian J. Tiefel, **Madison B. Nakayama, ***Ruiqi Huang, *Samantha J. Hack, **Brent Inkelaar, **Talline R. Martins, **Sarah M. Aartila, **Kelli S. Albritton, *Sarah Almuhanna, **Ryan J. Arnoldi, **Clara K. Austin, **Amber C. Battle, **Gregory R. Begeman, **Caitlin M. Bickings, **Jonathon T. Bradfield, **Eric C. Branch, **Eric P. Conti, **Breana Cooley, **Nicole M. Dotson, **Cheyone J. Evans, **Amber S. Fries, **Ivan G.Gilbert, **Weston D. Hillier, **Pornkamol Huang, **Kaitlin W. Hyde, **Filip Jevtovic, **Mark C. Johnson, **Julie L. Keeler, *Albert Lam, **Kyle M. Leach, **Audrey E. Ledvina, **Jeremy D. Livsey, **Jonathan T. Lo, **Kevin R. Loney, *Nich W. Martin, *Amber S. Mazahem, *Aurora N. Mokris, **Destiny M. Nichols, *Ruchi Ojha, **Nnanna N. Okorafor, *Joshua R. Paris, **Thais Fuscaldi Reboucas, **Pedro Beretta Sant'Anna, **Mathew R. Seitz, **Nathan R. Seymour, **Lila K. Slaski, **Stephen O. Stemaly, **Benjamin R. Ulrich, **Emile N. Van Meter, **Meghan L. Young & Todd J. Barkman. A collaborative classroom investigation of the evolution of SABATH methyltransferase substrate preference shifts over 120 million years of flowering plant history. Molecular Biology and Evolution, Volume 39, Issue 3, March 2022.

Choudhary, Vishakha, Kevin Wu, Zhiyao Zhang, Mark Dulchavsky, Todd Barkman, James C. A. Bardwell and Frederick Stull. 2022. The enzyme pseudooxynicotine amine oxidase from Pseudomonas putida S16 is not an oxidase, but a dehydrogenase. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 298(8): 102251.

*de Brito, V. Betancur-R.R., Burns, M.D., Buser, T.J., Conway, K.W., Fontenelle, J.P., Kolmann, M.A., McCraney, W.T., Thacker, C.E., Bloom, D.D. 2022. Patterns of Phenotypic Evolution Associated with Marine/Freshwater Transitions in Fishes. 62 (2): 406-423 Integrative and Comparative Biology Egan, J.P*., Simons, A.P., Bloom. D.D. In Press. Time for speciation explains the latitudinal diversity gradient in Clupeiformes (anchovies, sardines, and relatives), a trans-marine/freshwater clade of fishes. Journal of Biogeography. *Bloom lab postdoc

Taphorn, D.C., Liverpool, E., Lujan, N.K., DoNascimiento, C., Hemraj, D.D., Crampton, W.G.R., Kolmann, M., Fontenelle, J.P., Werneke, D.C., Ram, M., Bloom, D.D., Sidlauskas, B.L., Holm, E., Lundberg, J.G., Sabaj, M.H., Bernard, C., López-Fernández, H., Armbruster, J.W. In Press. Annotated checklist of the primarily freshwater fishes of Guyana. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia.

*Ellen Badger Hanson, Kathryn M. Docherty. Mini-review: Current and Future Perspectives on Microbially Focused Restoration Strategies in Tallgrass Prairies. Microbial Ecology. (2022) Accepted.

Jaron Adkins, Kathryn M. Docherty and Jessica Miesel. Copiotrophic bacterial traits increase with burn severity one year after a wildfire. Front. For. Glob. Change (2022).

Xingyu Ma, Tengxu Wang, Zhou Shi, Nona R. Chiariello, Kathryn M. Docherty, Christopher B. Field, Jessica Gutknecht, Qun Gao, Yunfu Gu, Xue Guo, Bruce A. Hungate, Jiesi Lei, Audrey Niboyet, Xavier Le Roux, Mengting Yuan, Tong Yuan, Jizhong Zhou & Yunfeng Yang. Longterm nitrogen deposition enhances microbial capacities in soil carbon stabilization but reduces network complexity. Microbiome 10, 112 (2022).

**Sadia I. Kana, **Michael L. Monaco, Steven L. Kohler, Robert Eversole and Karim Essani. Colorectal cancer xenografts regressed by FliC  expressing tanapoxvirus in an immunologically reconstituted mouse model. Japanese J. Gastroenterology (accepted for publication).

**Grabarczyk EE, Gill SA, Vonhof MJ, Alabady MS, Wang Z, Schmidt JM. 2022 Diet composition and diversity does not explain fewer, smaller urban nestlings. PLoS One 17:e0264381.

Turcotte-van de Rydt AV, Petalas C, **Sblendorio J, Pearl CA, Gill SA, Guigueno MF. 2022. Clutch abandoning parasitized yellow warblers have increased circulating corticosterone with no effect of past corticosterone or differences in egg maculation characteristics. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10:711732

Cody H Pham, J Jordan Price, Jason M Tallant, David N Karowe. Climate change is predicted to reduce sympatry among North American woodwarblers. Ornithological Applications, Published online: 09 July 2022.

*Webster SE, *Spitsbergen JB, Linn DM, Webster MK, Otteson D, *Cooley-Themm C, Linn CL. (2022). Transcriptome Changes in Retinal Pigment Epithelium Post-PNU-282987 Treatment Associated with Adult Retinal Neurogenesis in Mice. J Mol Neurosci. 72(9): 1990-2010.

Spitsbergen JB, Webster SE, Linn CL. (2022). Functional changes in the adult mouse retina using an alpha7 nAChR agonist after blast exposure. In Press Neurosci.

Liu, Y, Veranso-Libalah, M.C., Kadereit, G., *Quakenbush, J.P., Lin, C.-W., & Wai, J.S. (2022) Systematics of the tribe Sonerileae. In R. Goldenberg, F. Almeda, F. Michelangeli, (Eds.), Systematics, Evolution, and Ecology of Melastomataceae (pp. 793). Springer.

Eskandari, P., *Beaver, C. L., Rossbach, S., Maddipatla, D., Emani, H., Hanson, A., & Atashbar, M. Z. (2022). Flexible microplasma discharge device for treating burn wound injuries against fungal and bacterial infections. IEEE Journal on Flexible Electronics. Accepted.

Bose, A. K., *Beaver, C. L., Maddipatla, D., Rossbach, S., & Atashbar, M. Z. (2022). In-vitro analysis of thin-film microplasma discharge devices for surface sterilization. IEEE Transactions on Radiation and Plasma Sciences 6:820–828. DOI: 10.1109/TRPMS.2022.3147468

Nyarko S. & Rudge, D. W. Using the History of Plate Tectonics to Teach Nature of Science. International Journal of Science Education, DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2022.2105977

Stewart, N. and T.A. Schriever. In Press. Local environmental conditions drive species replacement in Great Lakes interdunal wetland macroinvertebrate communities. Freshwater Biology. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.14008

*Frazier, C.F. and T.A. Schriever. 2022. Patterns of Invertebrate Community Composition and Functional Structure Across a Dune Succession Gradient. Wetlands 42:75. 01596-w

Edward A. Roth, John M. Spitsbergen and Alberto Cintron Colon. The neurochemistry of instrumental improvisation in adults: A feasibility and pilot study. Advances in Cognitive Psychology (accepted Feb. 2022).

Tolsma, Rachael; Pan, Haiying; Harris, Loyall; Spitsbergen, John; Li, Yong. Hypoxia-Induced Reprogrammed Myoblasts Enhance the Formation of Neuromuscular Junctions: A Pioneer Study. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry (accepted 09-23-2022).

Sungura R, Shirima G, Spitsbergen J, Mpolya E, Vianney J-M. A case-control study on the driving factors of childhood brain volume loss: what pediatricians must explore. PLOS ONE (accepted 11-18-2022).