College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

Publications and Presentations

The following are publications and presentations produced by the SJU graduate and undergraduate fellows and elementary teachers.
•    Publications
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•    Educational Presentations and Publications

Publications

Kiesel, A.L. & McRobert, S.P. (2012). Anxiety, aggression and social behavior in zebrafish. In: Advances in Zoological Research, Vol. 5. Nova Science Publishers. In Press.

Kiesel, A., Snekser, J.L., Ruhl, N., and McRobert, S.P. (2012). Behavioural syndromes and shoaling: connections between aggession, boldness and social behaviour in three different Danios. Behaviour. Submitted.

Oates J., Fingerut J.T. 2011 Internal movement of estuarine digenetic trematodes
through their intermediate snail host Cerithidea californica. Journal of Parasitology  97:1181-3

Fingerut J.T., Simmen L. In Press Silk use by benthic macroinvertebrates. In Silk: properties, production and uses. NOVA Scientific Publishers

Brannin M., O'Donnell M.K., Fingerut J.T. Effects of ontogeny and hydrodynamics
on the growth rates of the black fly Simulium tribulatum. In review at Integrative  Zoology

Dougherty, S., Ledesma, J., Bauer, K. and McRobert, S.P. (2010). The effects of isolation and experience on preference for large shoals in juvenile fish. Behaviour 147: 1567 - 1576.

Snekser, J.L.,  Ruhl, N., Bauer, K. and McRobert, S.P. (2010). The influence of sex and phenotype on shoaling decisions in zebrafish. International Journal of Comparative Psychology 23, 70 - 81.

Ledesma, J. & S.P. McRobert (2008). Innate and learned shoaling preferences based on body coloration in juvenile mollies, Poecilia latipinna. Ethology 114: 1044 - 1048.

Ledesma, J. and S.P. McRobert (2008). Shoaling in juvenile guppies: The effects of body size and shoal size. Behavioural Processes 77: 384-388.

Szerlag-Egger, S. and McRobert, S.P. (2007). Northern diamondback terrapin occurrence, movement, and nesting activity along a salt marsh access road. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 6(2): 295-301.

Szerlag, S. and McRobert, S.P. (2005). Road ecology of the northern diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin terrapin . Proceedings of the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation . 634-637.

S. Szerlag and S.P. McRobert. 2006. Road occurrence and mortality of the northern diamondback terrapin. Applied Herpetology 3(1): p.27-38.

Snekser, J. L., McRobert, S. P., Murphy, C. E. & Clotfelter, E. D. 2006. Aggregation Behavior in Wildtype & Transgenic Zebrafish. Ethology. 112 (2): 181-187.

Snekser J.L., McRobert SP, Clotfelter ED.  2006 Social partner preferences of male and female fighting fish (Betta splendens) Behavioural Processes 72 (1): 38-41.

McNeil EL, Tacelosky D, Basciano P, Biallas B, Williams R, Damiani P, Deacon S, Fox C, Stewart B, Petruzzi N, Osborn C, Klinger K, Sellers JR, Smith CK .  2004.  Actin-dependent motility of melanosomes from fish retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells investigated using in vitro motility assays.  CELL MOTILITY AND THE CYTOSKELETON 58 (2): 71-82 .

Murray, C.E. and J. Watrous. 2004. Simulating the behavior of a networked R15 neuron using SNNAP. FASEB J. 18(4):A343.

Presentations


J. King, I. Schoepe, N. Iaccarino, D. El Naccache, J. Martin, E. Li. Understanding the Physical Principles that Mediate MUC1-C Homodimerization. Poster presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, February 2-6, 2013; Philadelphia, PA.

J. King, N. Iaccarino, K. Mudumbi, G. Montone, I. Schoepe, E. Li. The role of the CQC motif in the dimerization of MUC1. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, December 15-19, 2012; San Francisco, CA.

Healy, B., C.J. Springer. Genomic regions responsible for altered reproductive characteristics of Arabidopsis thaliana grown at elevated carbon dioxide. Invited Oral Presentation. American Society of Plant Biology. Austin, TX. July 2012.

Scholtz, L.A. and C.J. Springer. The role of sugar signaling in elevated CO2-induced altered flowering time. Poster Presentation. American Society of Plant Biology. Austin, TX. July 2012.

Hennessy, B.*, Arango, C.  Carbon Catabolite Repression in Cave Bacterial Isolates. American Society for Microbiology (ASM) 112th General Meeting, June 16-19 2012, San Francisco.

Healy, B. 2012. Genomic regions responsible for altered reproductive characteristics of Arabidopsis thaliana grown at elevated CO2. National Science Foundation GK-12 Project Wide Meeting. Poster. Washington, D.C. April 2012.

Lund R., Grogan, E. D., and M. Fath+.  New Information on Petalodont Chondrichthyans  International Obruchev Symposium, Palaeozoic Early Vertebrates, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

Bauer, K., Dougherty, S., Ledesma, J. and McRobert, S.P. The effects of isolation and experience on preference for large shoals in juvenile fish. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Washington, D.C. 2011.

2010 Effects of stream flow and larval age on black fly growth rates. Michelle Brannin, Saint Joseph's University, Mary Kate O'Donnell, Saint Joseph's University, Jonathan Fingerut, Saint Joseph's University  Ecological Society of America, Pittsburgh PA

Andermann, R. and E. Grogan (2010). Pectoral girdle and fin dimorphism in the holocephalan Harpagofututor volsellorhinus from the Bear Gulch Limestone of Montana (Heath Formation, Big Snowy Group, Serpukhovian) with comments on Chondrenchelys problematica. Presented at the 70th Anniversary meeting of the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology. Pittsburgh, PA. 2010.

Andermann, R. and E. Grogan (2010). Sexual dimorphism in the pectoral girdle and fin of the holocephalan Harpagofututor volsellorhinus from the Mississippian Bear Gulch Limestone of Montana (Heath Formation, Big Snowy Group, Serpukhovian). Presented at the 22nd Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium. Saint Joseph's University. Philadelphia, PA. 2010.

Dougherty, S. and S.P. McRobert (2010). The effects of isolation and experience on preference for large shoals in juvenile fish. Presented at the 22nd Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium. Saint Joseph's University. Philadelphia, PA. 2010.

Oates, J. and J. Fingerut (2010). Internal Movement of a Digenetic Trematode through its Intermediate Snail Host. Presented at the 22nd Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium. Saint Joseph's University. Philadelphia, PA. 2010.

Orozco, R.. and C. Springer(2010). Quantifying Phenotypic Variation in Physiology, Morphology, and Reproduction of Switchgrass. R.A. Orozco and C.J. Springer. Presented at the 22nd Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium. Saint Joseph's University. Philadelphia, PA. 2010.

Orozco, R.. and C. Springer(2010). Quantifying Phenotypic Variation of Three Geographically Distinct Populations of Panicum virgatum. R.A. Orozco and C.J. Springer. Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Science. San Diego, CA. 2010.

Podlinski , R. and McRobert, S.P. Shoaling analysis of fish collected from the Wissahickon Creek, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Presented at the 20th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium. Saint Joseph's University. Philadelphia, PA 2009.

Podlinski , R. and McRobert, S.P. Shoaling analysis of fish collected from the Wissahickon Creek. Presented at the NSF GK-12 Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. 2009

Evich, D., Joiner, W., Seghal, A. and McRobert, S.P. The effects of sleep deprivation on longevity, offspring production and sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. Presented at the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Research Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 2008.

Evich, D., Joiner, W., Seghal, A. and McRobert, S.P. The effects of sleep deprivation on longevity and sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster . Presented at the 44 th Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society. Burlington, VT 2007.

Ledesma, J. and McRobert, S.P. Shoaling preferences in juvenile fish. Presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society. Burlington, VT 2007.

Evich, D., Joiner, W., Seghal, A. and McRobert, S.P. The effects of sleep deprivation on longevity and sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster.  Presented at the 18th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium. Saint Joseph's University. Philadelphia, PA 2007.

Ledesma, J. and McRobert, S.P. Shoaling preferences in juvenile fish. Presented at the 18 th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium. Saint Joseph's University. Philadelphia, PA 2007.

Evich, D., Joiner, W., Seghal, A. and McRobert, S.P. The effects of sleep deprivation on longevity and sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster . Presented at the Fourth Annual Lehigh Valley Ecology and Evolution Society Meeting, Desales University. Center Valley, PA 2007.

Ledesma, J. and McRobert, S.P. Shoaling preferences in juvenile fish. Presented at the  Fourth Annual Lehigh Valley Ecology and Evolution Society Meeting, Desales University. Center Valley, PA 2007.

Ledesma, J. and McRobert, S.P. Shoaling preferences in juvenile fish. Presented at the  National Science Foundation GK-12 Meeting. Washington, D.C. 2007.

Ledesma, J. and McRobert, S.P. Shoaling preferences in juvenile guppies (Poecilia reticulata ). Presented at the 17th Annual Sigma Xi Research Symposium, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA 2006.

Ledesma, J. and McRobert, S.P. Shoaling preferences in juvenile guppies (Poecilia reticulata ). Presented at the Third Annual Lehigh Valley Ecology and Evolution Society Meeting, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 2006.

Bichler, JJ., A.J. McElrone, W.T. Pockman, and R.B. Jackson. Quantifying the contribution of aquaporins to overall water transport in deep roots accessed via caves.  Presented at the annual Ecological Society of America meeting, Memphis, TN Aug 2006.

Bichler JJ., Kuczynski M, and McElrone AJ.  Aquaporin Adventures: Dynamic Physiology of Deep Roots accessed via Caves.  Presented at the annual mid-Atlantic ESA conference.  Delaware River Water Gap, New Jersey.  April 2006.

Bichler JJ., Kuczynski M, and McElrone AJ.  Aquaporin Adventures: Dynamic Physiology of Deep Roots accessed via Caves.  Presented at the annual Sigma Xi conference.  Philadelphia PA, April 2006.

DeGennaro, M., DeLucia, E., Dermody, O., Eastburn, D., and McElrone, A. 2006. Futuristic disease: the effects of atmospheric changes on foliar soybean pathosystems. Presented at Third Annual ESA Mid-Atlantic Ecology Conference. Delaware River Water Gap, New Jersey. April 2006

DeGennaro, M., Foster, J., and McElrone, A. 2006. Futuristic disease: the effects of atmospheric changes on foliar soybean pathosystems. Presented at the 17th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium and the 60th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference.
Szczepanski, J.A.; Brody, J.; Crescenti, L.M.; Blair, B.; Samodio, M.; and Thompson, J.T. Contractile Properties of Squid and Cuttlefish Circular Mantle Muscles. Presented at the annual Sigma Xi conference.  Philadelphia PA, April 2006.

Thompson, J.T., Szczepanski, J.A., Brody, J.H., Crescenti, L.M. Ontogeny of isometric force production by the circular mantle muscles of loliginid squids and cuttlefishes. Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting in Orlando, Jan 4-8, 2006.

Villacorta, G., Timby, C., and Tudor, J. The characterization of predation-deficient mutants of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorous 190J. Presented at the annual Sigma Xi conference.  Philadelphia PA, April 2006.

McElrone, A.J., W.T. Pockman, J.J.Bichler , and R.B. Jackson. Aquaporin-mediated changes in deep tree root hydraulic conductivity studied in central Texas caves.  Presented at the annual Ecological Society of America meeting, Montreal, Canada, Aug 2005.

Szerlag, S. and S.P. McRobert. 2005. Road Occurrence and Mortality of the Northern Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) in the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. Poster presented at the American Fisheries Society 135th Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AK, AAAS Annual Meeting Washington, D.C., 16TH Annual Sigma Xi Saint Joseph’s University Chapter Student Research Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, and Mid Atlantic Diamondback Terrapin Working Group Meeting, Stone Harbor, NJ

Szerlag, S. and S.P. McRobert. 2005. PIT tagging the Northern Diamondback Terrapin to Monitor Road Occurrence and Nesting Activity Along an Access Road. Poster presented at the American Fisheries Society 135th Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AK
 
Szerlag, S. and S.P. McRobert. 2005. Road Ecology of the Northern Diamondback Terrapin.  International Conference of Ecology and Transportation Proceedings, San Diego, CA

Szerlag, S. and S.P. McRobert. 2005. Turtle Crossing:  Assessing Road Mortality of the Northern Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) on a Salt Marsh Access Road in New Jersey. Oral presentation at Long Island University C.W. Post Campus. Biology Department Seminar

Szerlag, S. and S.P. McRobert. 2005. The Effects of Traffic on salt marsh turtles, the Northern Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin). Oral presentation at Millersville University Biology Seminar Series (2005)

Mickle, K., R. Lund, and E. D. Grogan-Lund. Description of Three New Paleoniscoid Actinopterygians from the Bear Gulch Limestone of Montana (Serpukhovian, Namurian E2b) and the Relationships of Early Actinopterygians. Annual Meetings of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Phoenix Arizona. 2005.

Mickle, K., R. Lund, and E. D. Grogan-Lund. 2005. Description of Three New Paleoniscoid Actinopterygians from the Bear Gulch Limestone of Montana (Serpukhovian, Namurian E2b). Presented at the 16th Annual Saint Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Symposium. Sigma Xi Research Sypmposium Proceedings, pg 45.

Szerlag, S. and S. P McRobert. 2004. Road Mortality of the Northern Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) in the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. Poster Presentation at the Third Workshop on the Ecology, Status and Conservation of Diamondback Terrapins, Jacksonville, FL and Saint Joseph's University Excellence in the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Carre, C. , McCann, Michael, and Snetselaar, Karen. 2004. Inducing Ustilago maydis infection structures. Presented at the Mycological Society of American annual meeting, Ashevelle NC, July 2004.

Dawley, M. , Seminack, M., McCann, M., and Snetselaar, K. 2004. Characterizing a Co-enzyme A synthesis gene from Ustilago maydis. Presented at the Mycological Society of American annual meeting, Ashevelle NC, July 2004.

DeGennaro, M., Hannon, E., and McRobert, S. 2004. Analysis of aggressive behavior in the poison dart frogs Dendrobates auratus and Dendrobates azureus. Presented at the 15th Annual Saint Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Symposium.

Morris, M. , McRobert S. 2004. Experimental Evolution: The Effects of Artificial Selection on Sexual Behavior in Drosophila. Presented at the 15th Annual Saint Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Symposium.Sigma Xi Research Symposium Proceedings, pg 31.

Dawley, M. , M.Seminack, M.Grimes, M.McCann, K.Snetselaar. 2004. Cloning and Characterization of the Putative coaB Gene Involved in Co-Enzyme A Synthesis, From the Plant Pathogenic Fungus, Ustilago maydis. Sigma Xi Research Symposium Proceedings, pg 12.

Marchese, R., J. McLaughlin, J., D. Tacelosky , L. Voisey, Wierbowski, C., M. McCann, K. Snetselaar. 2004. Isolation of Ustilago maydis from soil. Presented at the 15th Biennial Workshop on the Smut Fungi. Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Murray, C.E. and Watrous, J. 2004. Simulating the behavior of a networked R15 neuron using SNNAP. Experimental Biology meeting, Washington, D.C. Published abstract (number 226.13). Also presented at Sigma Xi Research symposium. Sigma Xi Research Symposium Proceedings, pg 33.

Snekser, J . and S. McRobert. 2004. Shoaling Behavior in The GloFish, a Transgenic Zebrafish Presented at the 15th Annual Saint Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Symposium. Sigma Xi Research Symposium Proceedings, pg 51.

Wierbowski, C., Biddle, M., Whiteside, S. , McCann, M., and Snetselaar, K. 2004. Survival of Ustilago maydis haploid cells in soil. Presented at the 15th Annual Saint Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Symposium. Sigma Xi Research Symposium Proceedings, pg 57.

M.Seminack, M.Dawley , M.Grimes, M.McCann, K.Snetselaar. 2003. Phenotypic Characterization and Molecular Complementation of a Temperature Sensitive Mutant of Ustilago maydis. Presented at Sigma Xi Research Symposium Proceedings, pg 60.

Fox, C.D., P. Damiani, R.V. Williams, B.M. Biallas, D. M. Tacelosky , and C. King-Smith. 2003. Melanosome motility and identification of the small GTPase, rab27a, in retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells of sunfish ( Lepomis spp.) and zebrafish ( Danio rerio). Molecular Biology of the Cell 14 (Suppl) 332a-333a.

Snetselaar, Karen, Carre, C. Jr. , McCann, M. "Nuclear Condition in Ustilago Filaments and Teliospores." Joint Meeting of Mycological Society of America and British Mycological Society, 2003, Asilomar CA.

Tacelosky, D. and King-Smith, C. 2003. Observing Actin-dependent Motility of Melanosomes Isolated From Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells of Green Sunfish, Lepomis Cyanellus, in a Sliding Filament Assay. Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Educational Presentations and Publications

Fritz, C., Semos, D., Snetselaar, K. (2013). Science in the Summer – Engaging in Teacher Professional Development. Workshop presented at the 2013 Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighbourhood Development Annual Conference on K-16 Partnerships. Bryn Mawr, PA.

Fritz, C., Semos, D., Snetselaar, K. (2012). GeoKids LINKS: Collaborative, Place-based, and Interdisciplinary Science Education. Poster presented at the 2012 NSF GK12 Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 2012.

Snetselaar, K., Glassman, S., Hook, A.  Crossing the Great Divide:  Bridging the Gap Between K-12 and Higher Education.  2010. Annual meeting of the NSTA, Philadelphia PA. 

Snetselaar, Karen, Susan Glassman, Michael McCann, Mary Dana Semos, Scott McRobert, and Becky Mathers Lowery. "Saint Joseph's University GK-12 and Beyond: Institutionalizing Science Education Outreach." 95th ESA Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA. 05 Aug. 2010. Invited Conference Presentation.  Abstract - https://eco.confex.com/eco/2010/techprogram/P22410.HTM

Andermann, R., Dougherty, S. , Fath, M., Lemon-Tate, C., Lizarraga, C., Oates, J. Orozco, R. and Mathers Lowery, B. (2010). Use of a Long-term Water Quality Assessment study in Two elementary classrooms. Presented at the 2010 NSF GK12 Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 2010.

Elementary geoscience curriculum conducted bu a museum-university-school partnership. Ledesma, J, Gallagher L, Lynch, S, Morris, M, Semos, D, and Snetselaar, K. Poster presentation at the GSA annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA October 22-25, 2006.

Urban ecology education enhanced by a museum, university, school partnership. Lynch, S, J Bichler, M DeGennaro, J Ledesma, J Szczepanski, G Villacorta, M Morris, D Semos, and K Snetselaar. Poster presentation at the ESA annual meeting in Memphis, TN August 6-11, 2006.

GK-12 Poster Presentation. Poster presentation at the NSF GK-12 annual meeting in Washington D.C. March 24-26, 2006. Presented by Jessica Ledesma, Sheila Lynch, Mariana Morris, and Karen Snetselaar.

Wetland Animals Lesson and New Species Project. Lesson shared at the NSF GK-12 Conference in Washington D.C. March 24-26, 2006. Presented and shared by Sheila Lynch, Jessica Ledesma, and Mariana Morris. Saint Joseph's University and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

The Great Hook Up:  Community, Collaboration and the Classroom.  Presentation at the National Science Teachers Associate meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.  April 1-4 2004.  Presented by Carlos Carre, Jr, Holly Clark, Debbie Hansen, Mariana Morris, Dana Semos, Karen Snetselaar. Saint Joseph's University; School District of Philadelphia,  Wagner Free Institute of Science.