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 2004

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Group Size and Nest Success in Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the West Gulf Coastal Plain: Helpers Make a Difference., Brent Burt, Richard N. Conner, Daniel Saenz, Richard R. Schaefer, James R. McCormick, and D. Craig Rudolph

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Evidence of red-cockaded woodpecker nestling displacement by southern flying squirrels., Brent Burt, James R. McCormick, Richard N. Conner, and Daniel Saenz

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Euglandina Rosea (Férussac, 1821) Is Found on the Ground and in Trees in Florida, Elizabeth C. Davis, Kathryn E. Perez, and Daniel J. Bennett

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Relationships Between Habitat and Snag Characteristics and the Reproductive Success of the Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla) in Eastern Texas., L. Lynnette Dornak, Brent Burt, Dean W. Coble, and Richard N. Conner

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Radio Telemetry and Post-Emergent Habitat Selection of Neonate Box Turtles (Emydidae: Terrapene Carolina) in Central Illinois, Patrick Forsythe, Beth A. Flitz, and Stephen J. Mullin

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Descriiption of Asexual Reproduction in a Texas Succulent Sedum Wrightii (Crassulaceae), Dennis A. Gravatt and Josephine Taylor

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Influence of Habitat and Number of Nestlings on Partial Brood Loss in Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers, James R. McCormick, Richard N. Conner, D. Brent Burt, and Daniel Saenz

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Caddisflies (Trichoptera) of the Kuril Archipelago, Noboru Minakawa, Tatyana I. Arefina, Tomiko Ito, Takao Nozaki, Naotoshi Kuhara, Hiroyuki Nishimoto, Makoto Uenishi, Valentina A. Teslenko, Daniel J. Bennett, Robert I. Gara, Kemper L. Kurowski, Pontus B.H. Oberg, Todd I. Ritchie, and Lucie J. Weis

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Snake (Colubridae: Thamnophis) Predatory Responses to Chemical Cues from Native and Introduced Prey Species, Stephen J. Mullin, Hélène Imbert, Jennifer M. Fish, Edward L. Ervin, and Robert N. Fisher

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The Agathidinae (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands, Michael J. Sharkey and Daniel J. Bennett

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Sterol Carrier Protein-2 Directly Interacts with Caveolin-1 in Vitro and in Vivo, Minglong Zhou, Rebecca D. Parr, Anca D. Petrescu, H. Ross Payne, Barbara P. Atshaves, Ann B. Kier, Judith M. Ball, and Friedhelm Schroeder

Submissions from 2003

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To The Knowledge of Trigonalyid Wasps (Hymenoptera: Trigonalyidae) of Sakhalin, Daniel J. Bennett and Arkady S. Lelej

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Site‐Selective in Vivo Targeting of Cytosine‐5 DNA Methylation by Zinc‐Finger Proteins, Christopher D. Carvin, Rebecca D. Parr, and Michael P. Kladde

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The influence of predator threat on the timing of a life-history switch point: predator-induced hatching in the southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala), James B. Johnson, Daniel Saenz, Cory K. Adams, and Richard N. Conner

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Biodiversity and Biogeography of the Islands of the Kuril Archipelago [Abstract], Theodore W. Pietsch, Victor V. Bogatov, Kunio Amaoka, Yuri N. Zhuravlev, Vyacheslav Y. Barkalov, Sarah Gage, Hideki Takahashi, Arkady S. Lelej, Sergey Y. Storozhenko, Noboru Minakawa, Daniel J. Bennett, Trevor R. Anderson, Masahiro Ôhara, Larisa A. Prozorova, Yasuhiro Kuwahara, Sergey K. Kholin, Mamoru Yabe, Duane E. Stevenson, and Erin L. MacDonald

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Accelerated Hatching of Southern Leopard Frog (Rana sphenocephala) Eggs in Response to the Presence of a Crayfish (Procambarus nigrocinctus) Predator, Daniel Saenz, James B. Johnson, Cory K. Adams, and Gage H. Dayton

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Blackspot Disease of Roses [Abstract], Robert J. Wiggers, Josephine Taylor, J. A. Margoitta, and S. G. Pandalai

Submissions from 2002

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Social and Breeding Biology of Bee-eaters in Thailand., Brent Burt

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An automated technique for monitoring nocturnal avian vocalizations., Brent Burt, James B. Johnson, Daniel Saenz, and Richard N. Conner

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Are Pileated Woodpeckers Attracted to Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Cavity Trees?, Richard N. Conner, Daniel Saenz, and James R. McCormick

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Climbing Performance of Rat Snakes and Its Implications for Depredation of Avian Nests, Stephen J. Mullin and Robert J. Cooper

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Prey handling and diet of Louisiana pine snakes (Pituophis ruthveni) and black pine snakes (P. melanoleucus lodingi), with comparisons to other selected colubrid snakes, D. Craig Rudolph, Shirley J. Burgdorf, Richard N. Conner, Christopher S. Collins, Daniel Saenz, Richard R. Schaefer, Toni Trees, C. Michael Duran, Marc Ealy, and John G. Himes

Submissions from 2001

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Delayed reproduction of translocated Red-cockaded Woodpeckers., Brent Burt, James R. McCormick, Richard N. Conner, and Daniel Saenz

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A Red-cockaded Woodpecker Group with Two Simultaneous Nest Trees, Richard N. Conner, James R. McCormick, Richard R. Schaefer, Daniel Saenz, and D. Craig Rudolph

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An unusually large number of eggs laid by a breeding red-cockaded woodpecker female, Richard N. Conner, Daniel Saenz, and James R. McCormick

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Amaranthus rudis and A. tuberculatus, One Species or Two? [Abstract], Donald B. Pratt and Lynn G. Clark

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Pycnothyrium Ultrastructure in Tubakia Dryina [Abstract], Josephine Taylor

Submissions from 2000

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Evolutionary stasis, constraint and other terminology describing evolutionary patterns, Brent Burt

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Influence of habitat use-patterns on cooperative breeding in the Brown-headed Nuthatch., Brent Burt and Albert Herb

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The Foraging Ecology of the Gray Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides). II. Influence of Habitat Structural Complexity when Searching for Arboreal Avian Prey, Stephen J. Mullin and Robert J. Cooper

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Home Ranges of Rat Snakes (Colubridae: Elaphe) in Different Habitats, Stephen J. Mullin, William H. N. Gutzke, Gary D. Zenitsky, and Robert J. Cooper

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A Scanning Electron Microscopic Study of the Infection of Water Oak (Quercus nigra) by Taphrina Caerulescens, Josephine Taylor and Dale O. Birdwell

Submissions from 1999

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Does Nonrandom Nest Placement Imply Nonrandom Nest Predation?: a Reply, Robert J. Cooper, R. Randy Wilson, Gary D. Zenitsky, Stephen J. Mullin, Jennifer A. DeCecco, Matthew R. Marshall, Dorothy J. Wolf, and Lars Y. Pomara

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Caudal Distraction by Rat Snakes (Colubridae, Elaphe): a Novel Behavior Used when Capturing Mammalian Prey, Stephen J. Mullin

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The Foraging Ecology of the Gray Rat Snake (Elaphe Obsoleta Spiloides). I. Influence of Habitat Structural Complexity when Searching for Mammalian Prey, Stephen J. Mullin and William H. N. Gutzke

Submissions from 1998

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The Foraging Ecology of the Gray Rat Snake (Elaphe Obsoleta Spiloides)-Visual Stimuli Facilitate Location of Arboreal Prey, Robert J. Cooper and Stephen J. Mullin

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Inter-and Intraspecific Interaction Rates of Three Species of Lemurs (Subfamily Lemurinae) in an Enclosure at the Memphis Zoo and Aquarium, Stephen J. Mullin

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The Foraging Ecology of the Gray Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides). III. Searching for Different Prey Types in Structurally Varied Habitats [Abstract], Stephen J. Mullin, Robert J. Cooper, and William H. N. Gutzke

Submissions from 1997

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Responses to Prey Odors in Juveniles of the Snake Elaphe Obsoleta Spiloides, a Predatory Generalist [Abstract], Stephen J. Mullin and William H. N. Gutzke

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Use of Experimental Enclosures to Examine Foraging Success in Water Snakes: a Case Study, Stephen J. Mullin and Henry R. Mushinsky

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Conidial Germination and Infection by Diplocarpon Rosae on Susceptible and Resistant Rose Species, Robert J. Wiggers, J. G. West, and Josephine Taylor

Submissions from 1996

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Habitat-use patterns in cooperative and non-cooperative breeding birds: testing predictions with Western Scrub-jays, Brent Burt

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Adaptations Facilitating Facultative Oophagy in the Gray Rat Snake, Elaphe Obsoleta Spiloides [Abstract], Stephen J. Mullin

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Dietary Overview of Hemidactylus turcicus with Possible Implications of Food Partitioning, Daniel Saenz

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Infection and Fungal Development of Tubakia Dryina on Sweet Gum (Liquidambar Styraciflua), Josephine Taylor and Shane Clark

Submissions from 1995

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Confocal Epipolarization Microscopy of Gold Probes in Plant Cells and Protoplasts, Lawrence R. Griffing, Marco A. Villanueva, Josephine Taylor, and Scott Moon

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Estuarine Fish Populations among Red Mangrove Prop Roots of Small Overwash Islands, Stephen J. Mullin

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Foraging Ecology of the Mangrove Salt Marsh Snake, Nerodia clarkii compressicauda: Effects of Vegetational Density [Abstract], Stephen J. Mullin and Henry R. Mushinsky

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Molecular Mimicry between Fc Receptor and S Peplomer Protein of Mouse Hepatitis Virus, Bovine Corona Virus, and Transmissible Gastroenteritis Virus [Abstract], Emilia L. Oleszak, Jacek Kuzmak, Brenda Hogue, Rebecca D. Parr, Ellen W. Collisson, L. Scott Rodkey, and Julian L. Leibowitz

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Association of Mouse Fibrinogen-Like Protein with Murine Hepatitis Virus-Induced Prothrombinase Activity, Rebecca D. Parr, Laisum Fung, Jeffrey Reneker, Nancy Myers-Mason, Julian L. Leibowitz, and Gary Levy

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Pattern of Disease after Murine Hepatitis Virus Strain 3 Infection Correlates with Macrophage Activation and Not Viral Replication, M. Pope, O. Rotstein, E. Cole, S. Sinclair, Rebecca D. Parr, B. Cruz, R. Fingerote, S. Chung, R. Gorczynski, L. Fung, J. Leibowitz, Y. S. Rao, and G. Levy

Submissions from 1994

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Comparison of Dietary Overlap between Allopatric and Sympatric Geckos, Paul D. Klawinski, R. Kathryn Vaughan, Daniel Saenz, and William Godwin

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Life History Characteristics of Nerodia clarkii compressicauda at Placido Bayou, Florida, Stephen J. Mullin

Submissions from 1993

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Endocytosis in Plant Protoplasts: Visualization and Quantitation of Fluid-Phase Endocytosis Using Silver-Enhanced Bovine Serum Albumin-Gold [Abstract], Marco A. Villanueva, Josephine Taylor, and Lawrence R. Griffing

Submissions from 1991

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Fungal Development and Host Cell Responses to the Rust Fungus Puccinia substriata var. indica in Seedling and Mature Leaves of Susceptible and Resistant Pearl Millet [Abstract], Josephine Taylor and C. W. Mims

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Infection of and Colony Development within Leaves of Susceptible and Resistant Pearl Millet and Two Nonhosts by the Rust Fungus Puccinia Substriata Var. Indica, Josephine Taylor and C. W. Mims

Submissions from 1989

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Dietary Protein Deficiency and Mycobacterium Bovis BCG Affect Interleukin-2 Activity in Experimental Pulmonary Tuberculosis, David N. McMurray, C. L. Mintzer, R. A. Bartow, and Rebecca D. Parr

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Ultrastructure of the Early Stages of Infection of Peanut Leaves by the Rust Fungus Puccinia Srachidis [Abstract], C. W. Mims, Josephine Taylor, and E. A. Richardson

Submissions from 1986

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Management of plant communities in wilderness areas, J. D. McCullough

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Floristic composition and management of East Texas pitcher plant bogs, E. S. Nixon and J. R. Ward

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Limnological aspects of Upland Island: A wilderness area in East Texas, J. A. Sidnell, C W. Reed, and J. D. McCullough

Submissions from 1984

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Promoting Soft Mast for Wildlife in Intensively Managed Forests, John J. Stransky and John H. Roese