The Biology Department's mission is to produce broadly trained biologists with the skills and knowledge that will prepare them to succeed in the biological field of their choosing. The academic programs offered have the intellectual breadth and academic rigor needed to achieve this objective. Goals to meet the mission: 1) Graduates will possess a fundamental knowledge of living organisms. 2) Graduates will possess critical thinking skills and be able to apply the scientific method to solve problems. 3) Graduates will appreciate and be able to describe the role that advances in biology play in our society.

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Submissions from 2019

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Diversity and shifts of the bacterial community associated with Baikal sponge mass mortalities, Sergei Belikov, Natalia Belkova, Tatiana Butina, Lubov Chernogor, Alexandra Martynova-Van Kley, Armen Nalian, Colin Rorex, Igor Khanaev, Olga Maikova, and Sergey Feranchuk

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Whole leaf photosynthetic light response in a carnivorous plant species Sarracenia alata, K. A. Hopkins and Dennis A. Gravatt

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Structural and Functional Determinants of Rodent and Human Surfactant Protein A: A Synthesis of Binding and Computational Data, Armen Nalian, Todd M. Umstead, Ching-Hui Yang, Patricia Silveyra, Neal J. Thomas, Joanna Floros, Francis X. McCormack, and Zissis C. Chroneos

Submissions from 2018

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The roles of inter- and intra-sexual selection in behavioral isolation between native and invasive pupfishes, Cory Becher and Jennifer M. Gumm

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Manipulating hedgerow quality: Embankment size influences animal biodiversity in a peri-urban context, S. Lecq, A. Loisel, Stephen J. Mullin, and Xavier Bonnet

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A Time Course Study of Rotavirus-Infected Intestinal Cells Treated with Stilbenoids and the Regulation of Apoptosis, Rebecca D. Parr, Caleb M. Witcher, Rebekah Napier-Jameson, Hannah L. Wilson, Stormey Wisdom, Macie N. Mattila, Essence B. Strange, Josephine Taylor, Beatrice Clack, Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, and Judith M. Ball

Submissions from 2017

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Dinosaur nest ecology and predation during the Late Cretaceous: was there a relationship between upper Cretaceous extinction and nesting behavior?, John Bois and Stephen J. Mullin

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Ontogenetic shifts in the diet of plains hog-nosed snakes (Heterodonnasicus) revealed by stable isotope analysis, Andrew M. Durso and Stephen J. Mullin

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Importance of ground refuges for the biodiversity in agricultural hedgerows, S. Lecq, A. Loisel, F. Brischoux, Stephen J. Mullin, and Xavier Bonnet

Submissions from 2016

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Forest Management Bolsters Native Snake Populations in Urban Parks, Xavier Bonnet, S. Lecq, J. L. Lassay, Jean-Marie Ballouard, C. Barbraud, J. Souchet, Stephen J. Mullin, and G. Provost

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Spatial Distribution of Earthworms in an East Texas Forest Ecosystem, Melissa A. Bozarth, Kenneth W. Farrish, George A. Damoff, James Van Kley, and J. Leon Young

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Inhibition of Enterobacter cloacae and Klebsiella oxytoca by Garlic (Allium sativum L.) and Garlic Pills, Lucinda Choules, Dennis A. Gravatt, Stephen M. Kosovich, Wei Yuan, Ping Wang, and Ron Havner

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Habitat Use And Avoidance by Foraging Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in East Texas, John N. Macey, Brent Burt, Daniel Saenz, and Richard N. Conner

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Road-Edge Effects on Herpetofauna in a Lowland Amazonian Rainforest, Ross J. Maynard, Nathalie C. Aall, Daniel Saenz, Paul S. Hamilton, and Matthew Kwiatkowski

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Experimental applications, Stephen J. Mullin

A Serosurvey Of Cats For Rickettsia Antibodies, Robert J. Wiggers

Submissions from 2015

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Morphologic and Taxonomic Analysis of the Weedy and Cultivated Amaranthus hybridus Species Complex, Dinesh Adhikary and Donald B. Pratt

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Investigation of Stilbenoids as Potential Therapeutic Agents for Rotavirus Gastroenteritis, Judith M. Ball, Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, Katelyn D. Defrates, Emily Hambleton, Megan E. Hurlburt, Lingling Fang, Tianhong Yang, Luis Nopo-Olazabal, Richard L. Atwill, Pooj Ghai, and Rebecca D. Parr

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Factors Influencing Schoolchildren's Responses to a Questionnaire in Wildlife Conservation Education, Jean-Marie Ballouard, Stephen J. Mullin, Rastko Ajtic, José Carlos Brito, El Hassan ElMouden, Mehmet Erdogan, Monica Feriche, Juan M. Pleguezuelos, Pavol Prokop, Aida Sánchez, Xavier Santos, Tahar Slimani, Bogoljub Sterijovski, Ljiljana Tomovic, Muhammet Uşak, Marco Zuffi, and Xavier Bonnet

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The Frequency of Ticks Carrying Rickettsia sp., Sarah C. Canterberry, Daniel J. Bennett, and Robert J. Wiggers

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Learning and Behavior in Reef Fish: Fuel for Microevolutionary Change?, J. A. Drew and Jennifer M. Gumm

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Effects of urbanization on the occurrence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis: do urban environments provide refuge from the amphibian chytrid fungus?, Daniel Saenz, Taylor L. Hall, and Matthew Kwiatkowski

Submissions from 2014

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Attack Intensity by Two Species of Territorial Damselfish (Pomacentridae) as Estimates of Competitive Overlap with Two Species of Wrasse (Labridae), A. Black, V. Imhoff, J. M. Leese, S. Weiman, Jennifer M. Gumm, M. Richter, and Murray Itzkowitz

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Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors Influence Expression of Defensive Behavior in Plains Hog‐Nosed Snakes [Abstract], Andrew M. Durso and Stephen J. Mullin

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Relationships between the Weedy (Amaranthaceae) and the Grain Amaranths [Abstract], Kiel D. Kielinski, Felix Jimenez, Eric N. Jellen, Peter J. Maughan, Scott M. Smith, and Donald B. Pratt

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Recent Findings of Olixon banskii in the Nearctic with Notes on Its Biology (Hymenoptera: Rhopalosomatidae), Volker Lohrmann, Zachary H. Falin, Daniel J. Bennett, and Michael S. Engel

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Assessing Multiple Endpoints of Atrazine Ingestion on Gravid Northern Watersnakes (Nerodia Sipedon) and Their Offspring [Abstract], L. A. Neuman-Lee, K. F. Gaines, K. A. Baumgartner, J. R. Voorhees, J. M. Novak, and Stephen J. Mullin

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Cloning, Expression, Sequence Analysis and Homology Modeling of the Prolyl Endoprotease from Eurygaster integriceps Puton, Ravi Chandra Yandamuri, Ranjeeta Gautam, Charles Darkoh, Vanitha Dareddy, Mustapha El-Bouhssini, and Beatrice A. Clack

Submissions from 2013

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Mutational Analysis of the Rotavirus NSP4 Enterotoxic Domain that Binds to Caveolin-1, Judith M. Ball, Megan E. Schroeder, Cecelia V. Williams, Friedhelm Schroeder, and Rebecca D. Parr

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Male Association Preference for Conspecifics in the Redband Darter, Etheostoma luteovinctum (Teleostei: Percidae) Based on Visual Cues, Patrick J. Ciccotto, Jennifer M. Gumm, and Tamra C. Mendelson

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No Evidence for Color or Size Preference in Either Sex of a Dichromatic Stream Fish, Percina Roanoka, Patrick J. Ciccotto, Jennifer M. Gumm, and Tamra C. Mendelson

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Differential jumping performance in newly metamorphosed Blanchard's cricket frogs, Acris blanchardi (Anura: Hylidae), from fish- and invertebrate-dominated ponds, Taylor L. Hall, Daniel Saenz, and Matthew Kwiatkowski

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Assessment of Genetic Diversity in Peruvian Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus and A. hybridus) Germplasm Using Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Markers [Abstract], Felix Jimenez, Peter J. Maughan, Aquilino Alvarez, Kiel D. Kielinski, Scott M. Smith, Donald B. Pratt, David B. Elzinga, and Eric N. Jellen

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Differential Habitat Use by Common Watersnakes (Nerodia Sipedon), Lorin A. Neuman-Lee, Andrew M. Durso, Nicholas M. Kiriazis, Melanie J. Olds, and Stephen J. Mullin

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Effects of Storage Conditions on the Morphology and Titer of Lentiviral Vectors, H. Rahman, Josephine Taylor, Beatrice Clack, R. S. Stewart, and Sarah C. Canterberry

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Synergistic effects of the invasive Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) and climate change on aquatic amphibian survival, Daniel Saenz, Erin M. Fucik, and Matthew Kwiatkowski

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Sexual Selection acting on a Speciation Trait in Darters (Percidae: Etheostoma), Tory H. Williams, Jennifer M. Gumm, and Tamra C. Mendelson

Submissions from 2012

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Effects of an Invasive Plant, Chinese Tallow (Triadica sebifera), on Development and Survival of Anuran Larvae, Taylor B. Cotten, Matthew Kwiatkowski, Daniel Saenz, and Michael Collyer

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New Species of Macrocephalic Halictine Bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae) [Abstract], Michael S. Engel, Ismael A. Hinojosa-Diaz, and Daniel J. Bennett

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Sex Recognition of Female-like Sneaker Males in the Comanche Springs Pupfish, Cyprinodon Elegans, Jennifer M. Gumm

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Sex Recognition of Female-like Sneaker Males in the Comanche Springs Pupfish, Cyprinodon Elegans, Jennifer M. Gumm

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Differences in Spectral Sensitivity Within and Among Species of Darters (genus Etheostoma), Jennifer M. Gumm, Ellis R. Lowe, and Tamra C. Mendelson

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A Contribution to the Knowledge of the Ochid Bes of the Los Amigos Biological Station, Peru (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Euglossini) [Abstract], R. Niemack, Ismael A. Hinojosa-Diaz, Daniel J. Bennett, and C. S. Chaboo

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Biodiversity and Biogeography of Sakhalin Island, T. W. Pietsch, V. V. Bogatov, S. Yu Storozhenko, A. S. Lelej, V. Yu Barkalov, H. Takahashi, S. L. Joneson, S. K. Kholin, K. A. Glew, J. A. Harpel, P. V. Krestov, E. A. Makarchenko, N. Minakawa, M. Ohara, Daniel J. Bennett, T. R. Anderson, R. L. Crawford, L. A. Prozorova, Y. Kuwahara, S. V. Shedko, M. Yabe, P. J. Woods, and D. E. Stevenson

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Linking Sexual Selection and Behavioral Isolation in a Colorful Species of Stream Fish, Etheostoma Barrenense (Abstract Only), Tory H. Williams, Jennifer M. Gumm, and Tamra C. Mendelson

Submissions from 2011

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A New Species of Quexua from Southeastern Peru (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae), Daniel J. Bennett

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Vegetation and Avian Response to Prescribed Fire on Glade Habitats in the Missouri Ozarks., Brent Burt, Christopher E. Comer, Andrea L. Bell, Brian P. Oswald, and Warren C. Conway

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Evolutionary losses of facial stripes in New World pitvipers, Brent Burt and Matthew Kwiatkowski

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Rotavirus NSP4: Cell Type-dependent Transport Kinetics to the Exofacial Plasma Membrane and Release from Intact Infected Cells, Thomas F. Gibbons, Stephen M. Storey, Cecelia V. Williams, Avery McIntosh, DeAnne M. Mitchel, Rebecca D. Parr, Friedhelm Schroeder, and Judith M. Ball

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Spectral Characteristics of Male Nuptial Coloration in Darters (Etheostoma), Jennifer M. Gumm, K. D. Feller, and T. C. Mendelson

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The Evolution of Multi-component Visual Signals in Darters (genus Etheostoma), Jennifer M. Gumm and Tamra C. Mendelson

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Management of Interactions Between Endangered Species Using Habitat Restoration, Jennifer M. Gumm, Jennifer L. Snekser, J. M. Leese, K. P. Little, J. K. Leiser, V. E. Imhoff, B. Westrick, and M. Itzkowitz

Submissions from 2010

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Interactions Between Inter- and Intrasexually Selected Behaviors in the Beaugregory Damselfish (Stegastes leucostictus), Jennifer M. Gumm, N. A. Van Breukelen, M. Draud, and Murray Itzkowitz

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Development and characterization of 16 microsatellite markers for the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis ruthveni, and two congeners of conservation concern, Matthew Kwiatkowski, Christopher M. Somers, Ray G. Poulin, D. Craig Rudolph, Jessica Martino, Tracey D. Tuberville, Cris Hagen, and Stacey L. Lance

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Occurrence of Anisophylly and Anisoclady within the Amaranthaceae [Abstract], Donald B. Pratt and Lynn G. Clark

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Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Detected in Amphibians from National Forests in Eastern Texas, USA, Daniel Saenz, Brendan T. Kavanagh, and Matthew Kwiatkowski

Submissions from 2009

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A Remarkable Tiphiiform Wasp in Mid-Cretaceous Amber from Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae), Michael S. Engel, Jaime Ortega-Blanco, and Daniel J. Bennett

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Ecological Parameters of Coluber constrictor etheridgei, with Comparisons to Other Coluber constrictor Subspecies, Robert R. Fleet, D. Craig Rudolph, J. D. Camper, and J. Niederhofer

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Thermoregulation of Male Elaphe Spiloides in an Agriculturally-Fragmented Forest in Illinois, C. Drew Foster, Sarabeth Klueh, and Stephen J. Mullin

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Fin-mutant Female Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Exhibit Differences in Association Preferences for Male Fin Length, Jennifer M. Gumm, Jennifer L. Snekser, and M. Kathryn Lovine

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Association Preferences of Unisexual Amazon Mollies (Poecilia formosa): Differential Response to Swords Based on Sex of the Bisexual Parental Species, Jennifer M. Gumm and Maria Thaker

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Demographics of a Geographically-Isolated Population of Threatened Salamander (Caudata: Ambystomatidae) in Central Illinois, Stephen J. Mullin and Sarabeth Klueh

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Snakes: Ecology and Conservation, Stephen J. Mullin and Richard A. Seigel

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A Primitive Aphidiine Wasp in Albian Amber from Spain and a Northern Hemisphere Origin for the Subfamily (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae), Jaime Ortega-Blanco, Daniel J. Bennett, Xavier Delclòs, and Michael S. Engel

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A survey of reptiles and amphibians on Kinmen Island, Taiwan, Daniel Saenz, Heather V. Podlipny, Pei-Yu Tasi, Brent Burt, and Hsiao-Wei Yuan

Submissions from 2008

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The Ophionine Wasps of Hawaii (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), Daniel J. Bennett

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Pison Menkei, a New Crabronid Wasp in Dominican Amber, Daniel J. Bennett and Michael S. Engel

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Form, Function, and Fitness: Pathways to Survival., Brent Burt, James B. Johnson, and Thomas J. DeWitt

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Anoblepsis, a New, Bizarre Braconid Wasp Genus in Dominican amber (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), Michael S. Engel and Daniel J. Bennett

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Speed and Endurance Of Thamnophis hammondii Are Not Affected By Consuming the Toxic Frog Xenopus laevis, C. Drew Foster and Stephen J. Mullin

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Sexual Selection and Alternative Reproductive Tactics in Cyprinodon Elegans, Jennifer M. Gumm

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Conservation and Conflict Between Endangered Desert Fishes, Jennifer M. Gumm, Jennifer L. Snekser, and Murray Itzkowitz

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Development and Characterization of Microsatellite Markers for the Grain Amaranths [Abstract], Melanie A. Mallory, Rozaura V. Hall, Andrea R. McNabb, Donald B. Pratt, Eric N. Jellen, and Peter J. Maughan

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2C DNA Content Values in Amaranthus (Amaranthaceae) [Abstract], Donald B. Pratt, Shalini N. Jhangiani, and Robert J. Wiggers

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Variation in Surrounding Forest Habitat Influences the Initial Orientation of Juvenile Amphibians Emigrating from Breeding Ponds, Leroy J. Walston and Stephen J. Mullin

Submissions from 2007

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Assessment of Genetic Diversity in the USDA and CIP-FAO International Nursery Collections of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) Using Microsatellite Markers [Abstract], S. A. Christensen, Donald B. Pratt, C. Pratt, P. T. Nelson, M. R. Stevens, Eric N. Jellen, C. E. Coleman, D. J. Fairbanks, A. Bonifacio, and Peter J. Maughan

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Updated and New Amphibian and Reptile Records from Clark County, Illinois [Abstract], C. Drew Foster and Stephen J. Mullin

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Pair-bond Formation and Breeding-site Limitation in the Convict Cichlid, Archocentrus Nigrofasciatus, Jennifer M. Gumm

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Ultrastructure of Teliospores and Promycelium and Basidiospore Formation in the Four-Spored Form of Gymnoconia Nitens, One of the Causes of Orange Rust of Rubus, C. W. Mims, E. A. Richardson, and Josephine Taylor

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A New N-terminal Recognition Domain in Caveolin-1 Interacts with Sterol Carrier Protein-2 (SCP-2), Rebecca D. Parr, Gregory G. Martin, Heather A. Hostetler, Megan E. Schroeder, Kiran D. Mir, Ann B. Kier, Judith M. Ball, and Friedhelm Schroeder

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Selective Cholesterol Dynamics between Lipoproteins and Caveolae/Lipid Rafts, Stephen M. Storey, Adalberto M. Gallegos, Barbara P. Atshaves, Avery L. McIntosh, Gregory G. Martin, Rebecca D. Parr, Kerstin K. Landrock, Ann B. Kier, Judith M. Ball, and Friedhelm Schroeder

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Full-Length, Glycosylated NSP4 is Localized to Plasma Membrane Caveolae by a Novel Raft Isolation Technique, Stephen M. Storey, Thomas F. Gibbons, Cecelia V. Williams, Rebecca D. Parr, Friedhelm Schroeder, and Judith M. Ball

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Population Responses of Wood Frog (Rana Sylvatica) Tadpoles to Overwintered Bullfrog (Rana Catesbeiana) Tadpoles, Leroy J. Walston and Stephen J. Mullin

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Responses of a Pond-Breeding Amphibian Community to the Experimental Removal of Predatory Fish, Leroy J. Walston and Stephen J. Mullin

Submissions from 2006

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A New Moustache Wasp in Dominican Amber, with an Account of Apoid Wasp Evolution Emphasizing Crabroninae (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae), Daniel J. Bennett and Michael S. Engel

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Relationships among arthropods, herbaceous-shrub layer vegetation, and soil in an early succession pine stand., Brent Burt, Richard N. Conner, and Saenz Daniel

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Colony Site Choice of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters: Influences of Soil, Vegetation, and Water Quality., Brent Burt, Hsiao-Wei Yuan, Lee-Ping Wang, Wen-Lian Chang, Ming-Kuang Wang, Chyi-Rong Chiou, and Tzung-Su Ding

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Food for early succession birds: relationships among arthropods, shrub vegetation, and soil, Richard N. Conner, Daniel Saenz, and Brent Burt

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Nest-Site Selection in the Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina, in Illinois [Abstract], Beth A. Flitz and Stephen J. Mullin

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Do I Know You? Species Recognition Operates Within and Between the Sexes in a Unisexual–Bisexual Species Complex of Mollies, Jennifer M. Gumm, R. Gonzalez, A. S. Aspbury, and C. R. Gabor

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Heparin Modulates the 99-Loop of Factor IXa: EFFECTS ON REACTIVITY WITH ISOLATED KUNITZ-TYPE INHIBITOR DOMAINS, Pierre F. Neuenschwander, Stephen R. Williamson, Armen Nalian, and Kimberly J. Baker-Deadmond

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The Rotavirus Enterotoxin NSP4 Directly Interacts with the Caveolar Structural Protein Caveolin-1, Rebecca D. Parr, Stephen M. Storey, DeAnne M. Mitchell, Avery McIntosh, Minglong Zhou, Kiran D. Mir, and Judith M. Ball

Submissions from 2005

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The Malagasy Endemic Dendroportulaca (Portulacaceae) is Referable to Deeringia (Amaranthaceae): Molecular and Morphological Evidence [Abstract], Wendy L. Applequist and Donald B. Pratt

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A Primitive Sapygid Wasp in Burmese Amber (Hymenoptera: Sapygidae), Daniel J. Bennett and Michael S. Engel

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Rainfall, El Nino, and Reproduction of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers., Brent Burt, Richard N. Conner, Daniel Saenz, Richard R. Schaefer, James R. McCormick, and D. Craig Rudolph

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A Survey of Anuran Breeding Activity in Illinois, 1986-1989, Justin Florey and Stephen J. Mullin

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Abejas Altoandinas de Colombia: Guía de Campo, Victor H. Gonzalez, Monica Ospina, and Daniel J. Bennett

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Asexuals Looking for Sex: Conflict Between Species and Mate-quality Recognition in Sailfin Mollies (Poecilia latipinna), Jennifer M. Gumm and C. R. Gabor

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Allometry, sexual size dimorphism, and niche partitioning in the Mediterranean gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus), James B. Johnson, Lance D. McBrayer, and Daniel Saenz

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Antifungal Activity of Camptothecin, Trifolin, and Hyperoside Isolated from Camptotheca Acuminata, Shiyou Li, Zhizhen Zhang, Abigail Cain, Bo Wang, Melissa Long, and Josephine Taylor