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)
*O’Donnell, A. J., * R. Huang, J. Barboline and Barkman, T. J.. 2021. Convergent biochemical pathways for xanthine alkaloid production in plants evolved from ancestral enzymes with different catalytic properties. Molecular Biology and Evolution. In press (online at https://
*Hack SJ†, *Kinsey LJ†, Beane WS. (2021) An Open Question: Is Non-Ionizing Radiation a Tool for Controlling Apoptosis-Induced Proliferation? Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2021, 22, 11159. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms222011159 †Contributed equally.
Calvo-Ochoa, E., Byrd-Jacobs, C.A. & Fuss, S.H. Diving into the streams and waves of constitutive and regenerative olfactory neurogenesis: insights from zebrafish. Cell Tissue Res (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00441-020-03334-2
Piller, K.R., Bloom, D.D., Lyons, J., Mercado-Silva, N. 2020. Systematics and taxonomy of Chapalichthys (Cyprinodontiformes: Goodeidae), a small genus of live-bearers from central Mexico. Copeia. 108 (4): 1004-1011.
Armbruster, J., Lujan, N., Bloom, D.D. 2021. Redescription of the Guiana Shield darter species Characidium crandellii and C. declivirostre (Crenuchidae) with descriptions of two new species. Ichthyology & Herpetology.109 (1):102-122.
*Spring, A. Domingue, K., Kerber, T., Mooney, M., Hale, R., Lemmer, K., Docherty, K.M.. (2021) Land use effects on airborne bacterial communities are evident in both near-surface and higher-altitude air. Diversity (Accepted Feb 15, 2021).
Yang, Y., Gao, Y., Ding, J., Yuan, M., Chiariello, N., Docherty, K.M., Field, C., Gu, B., Qi, Q., Gutknecht, J., Hungate, B., Roux,X., Niboyet, A., Shi, Z., Gao, Q., and Zhou, J.,(2021) Long-term warming in a Mediterranean-type grassland affects soil bacterial functional potential but not bacterial taxonomic composition. npj BIofilms and Microbiomes. Accepted 1/7/21
Duncan J.S., *Sheltz-Kempf S.N., Elliott K.L., (2021) Morphological and Molecular Ontogeny of the Auditory System, Evolution of Neurosensory Cells and Systems, CRC Press.
Eng J.T. & Aldenderfer M. (2021). Interdisciplinary approaches to reconstructing early population history in the high Himalayas of Nepal. Bioarchaeology International, 4(2), 130-149. https://doi.org/10.5744/bi.2020.1068
Berger, E., Brunson, K., Kaufman, B., Lee, G.-A., Lui, X., Seblliaud, P., Storozum, M., Barton, L.,
Eng, J.T., Feinman, G., Flad, R., Garvie-Lok, S., Hrivnyak, M., Lander, B., Merrett, D. C., & Ye, W. (in press). Human adaptation to Holocene environments: perspectives and promise from China. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2021.101326
*Kana, S. and Essani, K. Immuno-oncolytic viruses: Emerging options in the treatment of colorectal cancer. Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy (accepted for publication 2021)
Gill, S.A., *Grabarczyk E.E., & D. Potvin. 2021. Human impacts on avian communication. In: D. Proppe (ed). Songbird Behavior and Conservation in the Anthropocene, CRC Press.
Lawson, S.L., J. K. Enos, N. C. Mendes, Gill, S.A. & M.E. Hauber. 2021. Pairing status moderates both the production of and responses to anti-parasitic referential alarm calls in male yellow warblers. Ethology (accepted).
Lawson SL, Enos JK, Antonson ND, Gill S.A., Hauber ME. 2021. Do hosts of avian brood parasites discriminate parasitic vs. predatory threats? A meta-analysis. Advances in the Study of Behavior. 53:63-95 10.1016/bs.asb.2021.03.002
Lawson SL, Enos JK, Gill S.A., Hauber ME. 2021 Eavesdropping on referential Yellow Warbler alarm calls by Red-winged Blackbirds is mediated by brood parasitism risk. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (in press).
Lawson SL, Enos JK, **Wolf CS, Stenstrom K, Winnicki, SK, Benson TJ, Hauber ME, Gill, S.A. 2021 Referential alarm calling elicits future vigilance in the host of an avian brood parasite. Biology Letters, 20210377. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2021.0377 (Caroline Wolf, who graduated a year ago and who was our Presidential Scholar, is an author on the last paper).
*Thomas Groves and Jellies, J. Spectral Responses Across a Dorsal-Ventral Array of Dermal Sensilla in the Medicinal Leech. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 2021 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00359-021-01508-z
*Ojha, R., **Dittmar, A. A., Severin, G.B., and Koestler, B.J. "Shigella flexneri Diguanylate Cyclases Regulate Virulence." Accepted for publication, Journal of Bacteriology. * Selected by editor as a Spotlight Article.
Paris J, Sklar N, Linn C.L., 2021. BrdU positive cells induced in a genetics mouse model of glaucoma. J. Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 6(1): 1046.
*Sarah E. Webster, Nathan C. Sklar, *Jake B. Spitsbergen, *Megan L Stanchfield, Mark K. Webster, David M. Linn, Deborah C. Otteson and Linn, C.L. Stimulation of alpha7 nAChR leads to regeneration of damaged neurons in adult mammalian retinal disease models. Exp. Eye Res. 201: 108717.
Lu Y, Liu L-N, Roston RL, Soll J, Gao H (2020) Editorial: Structure and Function of Chloroplasts - Volume II. Front Plant Sci 11: 620152
*Satyanarayan MB, Zhao J, Zhang J*, Yu F, Lu Y (2021) Functional relationships of three NFU proteins in the biogenesis of chloroplastic iron-sulfur clusters. Plant Direct 5: e00303 (*Jessica Zhang KAMSC)
Anderson SA, *Satyanarayan MB, *Wessendorf RL, Lu Y, Fernandez DE (2021) A homolog of Guided Entry of Tail-anchored proteins3 functions in membrane-specific protein targeting in chloroplasts of Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. Accepted
Li T, Yang H, Lu Y, Dong Q, Liu G, Chen F, Zhou Y (2021) Comparative transcriptome analysis of differentially expressed genes related to the physiological changes of yellow-green leaf mutant of maize. PeerJ 9: e10567
*Carol L. Beaver, Estella A Atekwana, Barbara A Bekins, Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, Lee D Slater, Rossbach, S. Methanogens and their Syntrophic Partners Dominate Zones of Enhanced Magnetic Susceptibility at a Petroleum Contaminated Site. Frontiers in Earth Science, section Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism (accepted 02-23-2021)
Dai, P., Williams, C.T., Witucki, A. & Rudge, D.W. Rosalind Franklin and the Discovery of the Structure of DNA: Using Historical Narratives to Help Students Understand Nature of Science.
*Alberto F. Cintrón-Colón, *Gabriel Almeida-Alves, *Juliana VanGyseghem, Spitsbergen, J.M.. GDNF to the rescue: potential treatment for peripheral nerve injuries. Neural Regeneration Research (accepted for publication 02/04/2021).