21 Faculty/Mentors

Integrative Biology

Rauri Bowie, Professor
(1) Adaptation and evolution of hummingbirds, sunbirds, and lizards (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Analyzing skull shape variation in eagles, hawks, falcons, and vultures (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) DNA sequencing to investigate bird diversification and the role of pathogens in modulating biodiversity (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Architectural Innovation and Evolution of Weaverbird Nests (Current Term Now Closed)
George A. Brooks, Professor
(1) Aging Research, Project 1: Cellular and Molecular Studies of Mitochondrial Fragmentation and loss of Metabolic Flexibility in Aging (Check back for status)
(2) Exercise Metabolism, Project 2: Stable Isotopes in the Study of Metabolism in Aging (Check back for status)
(3) Exercise Metabolism, Project 3: Regulation of Muscle Cell Membrane Lactate Transporter Protein Expression (Check back for status)
(4) Project 4: Metabolic Adaptions following Traumatic Brain Injury (Check back for status)
Roy Caldwell, Professor
(1) Behavior of Stomatopod Crustaceans (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) The development and early behavior of octopuses. (Full- no new appr needed)
Todd Dawson, Professor
(1) Determining source and cycling of nitrogen in a deep forest rhizosphere using stable isotope and biogeochemical approaches (Current Term Now Closed)
Robert Dudley, Professor
(2) Hummingbird Dietary Preference for Fermented Nectar (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) How do arboreal lizards glide? (Open)
(4) Hummingbird Flight Performance in the Tropics (Full- no new appr needed)
Seth Finnegan, Professor
(1) Using the recent fossil record to reconstruct human impacts on marine ecosystems (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Environmental and Ecological Change in Coastal Marine California from the Pleistocene to today (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Effects of the Uplift of the Isthmus of Panama on the Ecology, Evolution, and Extinction of Mollusks (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Understanding the links between climate change and extinction: a deep-time perspective (Full- no new appr needed)
Jennifer Frohlich, DVM, Integrative Biology
(1) Apprenticeship in Laboratory Animal Medicine with Veterinary Staff (Current Term Now Closed)
Daniela Kaufer, Professor
(1) Developing an automated image analysis pipeline for quantifying oligodendrocytes and myelination in rodent brains (Current Term Now Closed)
Britt Koskella, Professor
(1) Understanding the importance of the seed-associated microbiome (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Experimental evolution of biofilm formation and its impacts on pathogen virulence and bacteria-phage interactions within a plant host (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Tracking bacteria-phage dynamics in a natural tree disease system (Current Term Now Closed)
(4) The role of inter-host transmission in structuring the evolution of phyllosphere communities (Full- no new appr needed)
Cynthia Looy, Professor
(1) Reconstruction of Cretaceous terrestrial and freshwater arthropod community (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Patterns of herbivory and functional ecology of a Cretaceous tropical forest (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Trends in plant diversity and ecology in the Carboniferous tropics (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Using fossils to better understand periods of global warming in Earth’s past (Full- no new appr needed)
Charles Marshall, Professor
(1) Isolating and documenting 385-million-year-old microarthropod fossils from organic residue (Open)
Brent Mishler, Professor
(1) Liverwort Diversity Across the Geographical Space: Morphology and Species Diversity (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) The Moss Syntrichia: A Non-vascular Plant with External Water Conduction (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Presentation of Scientific Findings (Full- no new appr needed)
Michael Nachman, Professor
(1) The genetic basis of speciation in house mice (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Skeletal variation in tropical and temperate house mice (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Maternal influence on thermal adaptation in house mice (Current Term Now Closed)
Rasmus Nielsen, Professor
(1) Using eDNA to study the ecological impacts of introduced trout (Full- no new appr needed)
Mary E. Power, Professor
(1) Food webs in rivers and watersheds/Eyes on the Eel (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Distribution and toxicity of cyanobacteria in rivers of the California North Coast (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Phenology of Stream Food Webs for Juvenile Salmonids in Northern California (Current Term Now Closed)
Carl Rothfels, Professor
(1) Text analysis -- Extract Flora (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Phylogeny of Sand Verbenas (Current Term Now Closed)
Michael Shapira, Professor
(1) The role of the gut microbiome in host adaptation to environmental toxins (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Characterization of host genes shaping gut microbiota structure and function (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Age-dependent changes in gut microbiota composition and their significance for host aging (Current Term Now Closed)
Ellen Simms, Professor
(1) Global biogeography of Rhizobium bacteria (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Have invasive rhizobia escaped their bacteriophage enemies? And how prevalent are prophages in rhizobia? (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Do rhizobia adapt to herbicide exposure? (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Plant-Microbiome Co-Occurrence (Full- no new appr needed)
Rebecca Tarvin, Professor
(1) Experimental evolution of toxic flies (Full- no new appr needed)
(2) Imperiled frog morphology (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) A review of amphibian chemical defenses (Current Term Now Closed)
Jose Pablo Vazquez-Medina, Professor
(1) Role of lung peroxiredoxin 6 in ferroptosis (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Fasting-associated changes in elephant seal blubber and muscle during postnatal development (Current Term Now Closed)
(3) Developing ex vivo tissue culture systems for marine megafauna (Full- no new appr needed)
(4) Impact of acute and chronic glucocorticoid exposure on cellular oxidative stress (Full- no new appr needed)
Noah Whiteman, Professor
(1) Horizontal transfer of toxin-encoding genes in drosophilid flies (Current Term Now Closed)
(2) Olfactory evolution in herbivorous insects (Full- no new appr needed)
(3) Horizontal transfer of toxin-encoding genes in drosophilid flies (Current Term Now Closed)
(4) Evolutionary genomics of steroid biosynthesis and resistance in a toxic lily-herbivore system (Current Term Now Closed)