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 font indicates biological sciences faculty.

  • Elizabeth Skippington, Todd J. Barkman, Danny W. Rice, and Jeffrey D. Palmer. Miniaturized mitogenome of the parasitic plant Viscum scurruloideum is extremely divergent and dynamic and has lost all nad genes. PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print June 22, 2015, doi:10.1073/pnas.1504491112.

  • Schatzberg D, Lawton M, Hadyniak SE, Ross EJ, Carney T, Beane WS, Levin M, Bradham CA. H+/K+ ATPase activity is required for biomineralization in sea urchin embryos.  Dev Biol. 2015 Aug 15:DBIO15157.
  • Van Nynatten, A.D., Bloom, D.D., Chang, B.S.W., and Lovejoy, N.R. 2015. Out of the blue: adaptive visual pigment evolution accompanies Amazon invasion. Biology Letters.11: 20150349.
  • White, E.J., S.K. Kounelis (REU undergrad), and C.A. Byrd-Jacobs. 2015. Plasticity of glomeruli and olfactory-mediated behavior in zebrafish following detergent lesioning of the olfactory epithelium. Neuroscience 284:622-631.
  • Docherty, K.M., Aiello, S.W., Buehler, B.K., Jones, S.E., Szymczyna, B.R., Walker, K.A. (2015) Ionic Liquid Biodegradability Depends on Specific Wastewater Microbial Consortia.  Chemosphere. 136: 160-166 (Aiello, Buehler and Walker are UG co-authors).

  • Docherty, KM, Borton, H, Espinosa, N, Gebhardt, M, Gil-Loaiza, J, Gutknecht, JLM, Maes, PW, Mott, BM, Parnell, J, Purdy, G, Rodrigues, PA, Stanish, L, Walser, O, Gallery, RE.  Key edaphic properties largely explain temporal and geographic variation in soil microbial communities across four biomes.  PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135352.

  • Morlon H, O'Connor, TK, Bryant, JA, Charkoudian, LK, Docherty KM, Jones, E, Kembel SW, Green JL, Bohannan, BJM. 2015. The biogeography of putative microbial antibiotic production. PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130659.

  • Conrad, S.J., El-Aswad, M., Kurban, E., Jeng, D., Tripp, B.C., Nutting, C., Eversole, R., Mackenzie, C. and Essani, K. Oncolytic tanapoxvirus expressing FliC causes regression of human colorectal cancer xenografts in nude mice. J. Exp. & Clin. Cancer Res., 34: 19, 2015.

  • David Mata, David Linn, Cindy Linn. Retinal ganglion cell neuroprotection induced by activation of alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Neuropharmacology (2015).
  • Cynthia A. Gossman, David Linn, Cindy Linn. Glaucoma-inducing procedure in an in vivo rat model and whole-mount retina preparation. JOVE (2015).
  • Gossman CA, Christie J, Webster MK, Linn DL, Linn CL.  2015. Curr Pharmacol Des.Neuroprotective strategies in glaucoma.  In Press.
  • Clark TJ**, Lu Y. (2015) Analysis of loss-of-function mutants in aspartate kinase and homoserine dehydrogenase genes points to complexity in the regulation of aspartate-derived amino acid contents. Plant Physiology, 168:1512-1526.
  • Nath, K. (WMU postdoc), and Lu, Y. (2015). A paradigm of Reactive Oxygen Species and Programmed Cell Death in Plants. International Journal of Cell Science and Therapy 6, 202.
  • Malcolm, S.B., and B.H. Slager. 2015. Migration and host plant use by the southern monarch, Danaus erippus. Pages 225-235, in, K.A. Oberhauser, K.R. Nail and S. Altizer (editors), Monarchs in a changing world: Biology and conservation of an iconic butterfly. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, N.Y., USASlager, B.H., and S.B. Malcolm. 2015. Evidence for partial migration in the southern monarch butterfly, Danaus erippus, in Bolivia and Argentina. Biotropica 47(3): 355-362.
  • Zalucki, M.P., L.P. Brower, S.B. Malcolm and B.H. Slager. 2015. Estimating the climate signal in monarch population decline: no direct evidence for an impact of climate change? Pages 130-141, in, K.A. Oberhauser, K.R. Nail and S. Altizer (editors), Monarchs in a changing world: Biology and conservation of an iconic butterfly. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, N.Y., USA.
  • Martinez Traverso, Griselle (REU undergrad) and Pearl, Christopher A. Immunolocalization of G protein-coupled receptor in the rat epididymis. Accepted for publication in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 2014.
  • Carol L. Beaver, Anja E. Williams, Estella A. Atekwana, Farag M. Mewafy, Gamal Abdel Aal Lee D. Slater and Silvia Rossbach. Microbial Communities Associated with Zones of Elevated Magnetic Susceptibility in Hydrocarbon-contaminated Sediments. Geomicrobiology Journal, 2015. DOI:10.1080/01490451.2015.1049676.
  • Jason R. Keeler, Edward A. Roth, Brittany L. Neuser, John M. Spitsbergen, Daniel J. Waters, John-Mary Vianney. The Neurochemistry of social flow of singing: Bonding and Oxytocin. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2015).
  • Brierley, L., M. J. Vonhof, K. J. Olival, P. Daszak, and K. E. Jones. In press. Quantifying global drivers of zoonotic bat viruses: A process-based perspective. American Naturalist.
  • Warburton, E. M., S. L. Kohler, and M. J. Vonhof. In press. Patterns of parasite community dissimilarity: the significant role of land use and lack of distance-decay in a bat—helminth system. Oikos.
  • Vonhof, M. J., A. L. Russell, and C. M. Miller-Butterworth. 2015. Range-wide genetic analysis of little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) populations: estimating the risk of spread of white-nose syndrome. PLoS One 10:e0128713.
  • Russell, A., C. Pinzari, M. Vonhof, K. Olival, and F. Bonaccorso. 2015. Two tickets to paradise: multiple dispersal events in the founding of hoary bat populations in Hawai'i. PLoS One 10:e0127912.
  • Vonhof, M. J., and A. L. Russell. 2015. Genetic approaches to the conservation of migratory bats: a study of the eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis). PeerJ 3:e983.

  • Gill, S. A., J. R. Job, K. Myers, K. Naghshineh, and M. J. Vonhof. 2015. Toward a broader characterization of anthropogenic noise and its effects on wildlife. Behavioral Ecology 26:328-333.
  • Zhang, L., J. Yao, J. Withers, X. Xin, R. Banerjee, Q. Fariduddin, Y. Nakamura, K. Nomura, G. A. Howe, W. Boland, H. Yan and S. Y. He. Host target modification as a strategy to counter pathogen hijacking of the jasmonate hormone receptor. (2015) Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112: 14354-14359.
  • Zhang, F., J. Yao*, J. Ke, L. Zhang, V. Q. Lam, X. Xin, X. E. Zhou, J. Chen, J. Brunzelle, P. R. Griffin, M. Zhou, H. E. Xu, K. Melcher and S. Y. He. Structural basis of JAZ repression of MYC transcription factors in jasmonate signaling. (2015) Nature 525: 269-273. (*Co-first author).
  • Xin, X.,K. Nomura, X. Ding, X. Chen, K. Wang, K. Aung, F. Uribe, B. Rosa, J. Yao, J. Chen, and S. Y. He. Pseudomonas syringae effector AvrE localizes to the host plasma membrane and down-regulates the expression of the NDR/HIN1-like 13 gene required for antibacterial immunity in Arabidopsis. (2015) Plant Physiology 169: 793-802.