Accomplishments and Activities by Biology Majors

 

 Acceptance into Professional Schools and Programs

Guang Yang (July 2015, M.S., Advisor: Eric Yang) was accepted to Ph.D. program at Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translation in the University of Florida.

Guangyi Gao (July 2015, M.S., Advisor: Eric Yang) was accepted to Ph.D. program of Department of Biostatistics in the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Jiyu Jiang (July 2015, M.S., Advisor: Eric Yang) was accepted to Ph.D. program of Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Missouri.

Shea Schmidt (B.S., Biology 2012) was accepted into optometry school at NSU in Oklahoma.

Peng Shi (May 2015, M.A) was accepted to MSFS program of ESU.

Chris Schwinghamer was accepted to MS program of Department of Biology at Southeast Missouri State University.

William Blair (B.S., Biology 2015) was accepted to MS program of Department of Biological Sciences in ESU.

Marcus Portofee (B.S., Biology 2015) was accepted to MS program of Department of Biological Sciences in ESU.

Andew Rutter (B.S. Biology, 2013) was accepted to MS program of Southern Illinois University.

Ayoub Sehloui (B.S., Biology, May 2015) was accepted to MSFS program of ESU.

Marah Carney (B.S., Biology, May 2015) was accepted to MSFS program of ESU

Cailin Wilson -- Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Science, University of Kansas Medical Center

Jennifer Singleton -- Ph.D. Program in Biology, University of California at Riverside

Hanna Kim -- Ph.D. Program, University of Alabama

David Nasrazadani -- University of Kansas School of Medicine

Christopher Smith -- University of Kansas School of Medicine

Awards, Honors, and Accomplishments

Undergraduate Students

Benjamin Kerbs (ESU biology undergrad and newly-minted Shepard’s Scholar) authored his first publication in the primary literature!  The paper emanated from his independent study in Ecuador in the summer of 2013.  The citation is:

Kerbs, B. 2015.  Xanthosoma undipes (Araceae) as a food source for Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager (Aanisognathus notabilis) and Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster) in northwest Ecuador.  Ornitologia Neotropical 26:103–107.

Brittany Miller received the First Place Undergraduate Poster at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in March 2012.

Yusuke Suita received the Second Place Undergraduate Poster at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in March 2012.

Jennifer Schroeder received the Second Place Undergraduate Poster at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in March 2012.

Natasha Zarnstorff received the Outstanding Poster Award at the annual Benthic Ecology Meeting in March 2012.

Jennifer Schroeder received the Best Undergraduate Poster Award at the Annual ESU Research and Creativity Day, April 2011.

Allison Volkens honored as the ESU Female Student Athlete of the Year in May 2011.

Jennifer Schroeder received the First Place Undergraduate Poster at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in April 2011.

Graduate Students

Ben Smith received the First Place Master’s-level Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in March 2012.

Ben Smith received the First Place Master’s-level Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in March 2012.

Nathan Holoubek received the Second Place Master’s-level Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in March 2012.

Han Na Kim received the Third Place Master’s-level Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in March 2012.

Nathan Holoubek received a Student Travel Award for the 2012 North American Ornithological Conference.

Nathan Holoubek was the recipient of the Harold Durst Graduate Research Award for 2012.

Sklyer Delmott and Ben Smith received a Student Travel Award each for the 2012 annual meeting the Southwestern Association of Naturalists.

Anthony Dalisio awarded the Harold Durst Graduate Research Award for 2011.

Jeff Miller received “Best Student Presentation Award” for his presentation at the 2011 Kansas Natural Resources Conference.

Amanda Anderson received the First Place Master’s-level Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in April 2011.

Amanda Logsdon received the Second Place Master’s-level Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in April 2011.

Matt Linden received the First Place Master’s-level Poster at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in April 2011.

Chang Liu received the Second Place Master’s-level Poster at the Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science in April 2011.

Jodie Hearlson received the 2010 Howard Kay Gloyd - Edward H. Taylor scholarship from the Kansas Herpetological Society.

 

Faculty and Student Peer-reviewed Publications

Smith, B.R., D.R. Edds, and J.M. Goeckler. 2015. Lowhead dams and the downstream dispersal of zebra mussels. Hydrobiologia DOI 10.1007/s10750-015-2211-7.

Holoubek, N.S. and W. E. Jensen.  2015.  Avian occupancy varies with habitat structure in oak savanna of the south-central United States.  Journal of Wildlife Management 79:458-468.

Benjamin R. Smith and David R. Edds. September, 2014. Zebra Mussel Colonization of Construction Materials, and Effectiveness of a Foul Release Coating. Transaction of the Kansas Academy of Science. 117 (3-4): 159–166

Skyler E. Delmott and David R. Edds. 23 September, 2014. Zebra mussel maturation and seasonal gametogenesis in Marion Reservoir, Kansas, USA. BioInvasions Records (2014) Volume 3, Issue 4: 247–260

Long, A. M., W. E. Jensen, and R. S. Matlack.  2014.  Influence of prescribed burning on bird abundance and species assemblage in a semiarid Great Plains grassland.  Western North American Naturalist 74:396-404

 

Faculty-student Collaborative Presentations (oral and poster)

Judith Bilyea, David Edds, Scott Crupper, and Jason Goeckler - Zebra Mussel Distribution:  Tracking an Invasion in the Marais des Cygnes River, Kansas. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, February 2015, Wichita, KS.

Marcus Portofee, Paul Stockebrand and David Edds. Fishes of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015.

Bilyea, J., D. Edds, S. Crupper and J. Goeckler. Early detection of zebra mussels in the Marais des Cygnes River, Kansas.  2015.  Freshwater Mussel Conservation Society, St. Louis.

Bilyea, J., D. Edds, S. Crupper and J. Goeckler. Early detection of zebra mussels in the Marais des Cygnes River, Kansas.  2015. Southwestern Association of Naturalists, San Diego.

Portofee, M., P. Stockebrand and D. Edds. Fishes of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.  2015. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita.

Smith, D. Edds, and J. Goeckler. , Zebra Mussels in the Neosho River Basin. 2015 Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

Bilyea, J.S., D.R. Edds, S.S. Crupper, and J.M. Goeckler. Early detection and density distribution of zebra mussels in the Marais des Cygnes River, Kansas. 2014. Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Delmott, S.W. and D.R. Edds. Zebra mussel maturation and seasonal gametogenesis in Marion Reservoir, Kansas.  2014. Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Smith, B.R., D.R. Edds, and J.M. Goeckler. Zebra mussels in the Neosho River Basin. 2014. Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Marcus Portofee, Paul Stockebrand (presenter), and David Edds - Fishes of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, February 2015, Wichita, KS.

Wilson, E., W. Jensen, and R. Schultheis.  Habitat use by secretive marsh birds in moist soil managed wetlands in Eastern Kansas.  9th Annual Kansas Natural Resources Conference, 29-30 January 2015, Airport Hilton, Wichita, KS.

Wilson, E., W. Jensen, and R. Schultheis.  Habitat use by secretive marsh birds in moist soil managed wetlands in Eastern Kansas.  66th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Ornithological Society, 3-5 October 2014, Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KS.

Eric Wilson and William Jensen. Habitat Use by Secretive Marsh Birds in Moist-Soil Managed Wetlands in Eastern Kansas. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Milan Piva and Brenda Koerner. Control of Sericea Lespedeza: Impact of Fuel Load and Burn Season on Plant Density. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Milan Piva, Erin Lingenfelter, and Brenda Koerner - Control of Sericea Lespedeza: Impact of Fuel Load, Burn Season, and Fire Frequency on Plant Density. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, February 2015, Wichita, KS.

Wenji Wang and Brenda Koerner - Allelopathy of Serciea Lespedeza in Restored and Native Prairie. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, February 2015, Wichita, KS.

Koerner, B.A. and Y. Wang.  January 2015.  Growth responses of sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) to inoculation with rhizobia.  Kansas Natural Resources Conference.  Wichita, KS.

Wenji Wang and Brenda Koerner. Allelopathy of Sericia Lespedeza in Restored and Native Prairie. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Marah Carney, Brittany Miller, Kyle Wells, Xuan Lam, Charles Wells and Melissa Bailey. N-acetyl-L-cysteine Reduces the Incidence of Specific Malformations in CD-1 Mice. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Charles Wells, Marah Carney, Doug Kepko, Xuan Lam and Melissa Bailey. Maternal Restraint Effects on Cyclophosphamide Teratogenesis. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Marah Carney, Brittany Miller, Kyle Wells, Xuan Lam, Charles Wells and Melissa Bailey. N-acetyl-L-cysteine Reduces the Incidence of Specific Malformations in CD-1 Mice. Annual Meeting of Kansas Academy of Sciences, April 2015

Charles Wells, Marah Carney, Doug Kepko, Xuan Lam and Melissa Bailey. Maternal Restraint Effects on Cyclophosphamide Teratogenesis. Annual Meeting of Kansas Academy of Sciences, April 2015

Wells, C. B., M. E. Carney, X. T. Lam, D. E. Kepko, M. L. Mueller, B. M. Miller, R. E. Peterson, and M. M. Bailey. The Effects of Psychological Stress on Cyclophosphamide Teratogenensis. 13th Annual K-INBRE Symposium, Topeka, KS

Ashley Messner and Dr. Lynnette Siervert. Energy Allocation after Caudal Autotomy in the Great Plains Skink, Plestiodon obsoletus. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Pauly-Hubbard, E and LM Sievert.  Why do Prairie Ring-necked Snakes Aggregate? Presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society. November 2014

McElfish, M and LM Sievert. Behavioral Responses of Two Salamander Species to the Herbicide Atrazine. Presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society. November 2014

Messner, A and LM Sievert.  Energy Allocation after Caudal Autotomy in Great Plains Skinks, Plestiodon obsoletus.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society. November 2014

Coleman, A and LM Sievert.  Sound Production in the Small-mouthed Salamander (Ambystoma texanum).  Presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society. November 2014

Maria Castro Munoz and Tim Burnett. Low Oxygen Impairs Intestinal Response to Bacteria. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015.

Tiffany Khounsombath, Tim Burnett. Insertion Sequence Hot Spots within a Gene Encoding Gas Vesicle Protein in Halobacterium sp. NRC-1. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Castro Munoz, M. and T. Burnett. Pattern Recognition and Response Are Not Influenced by Bacteria or Hypoxia in a Cell Culture Model of Intestinal Epithelium. 13th Annual K-INBRE Symposium, Topeka, KS

Burdiek, W. and T. Burnett. Production and purification of a Monoclonal Antibody to Block IL-2 Signaling in Mice. 13th Annual K-INBRE Symposium, Topeka, KS

Wesley Burdiek and Tim Burnett. Purification of Rat Antibody Using Affinity Chromatography. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015.

Gao, G. Yang, Y. Ma, L. Wang, Y. Yang. Effect of Vitamin C on the Cytotoxicity of Vemurafenib or Doxorubicin Human Malignant Melanoma Cells. 2014 General meeting of American Society of Cell Biology at Philadelphia, PA

Yang, J. Jiang, L. Wang, Y. Ma, Y. Yang. Effect of Let-7a on Human Malignant Melanoma Cells. 2014 General meeting of American Society of Cell Biology at Philadelphia, PA

Yang, G. Gao, J. Jiang, Y. Yang. Effect of MiR-26a on Human Malignant Melanoma Cells. 2014 General meeting of American Society of Cell Biology at Philadelphia, PA

Chunmiao Yu, Jiyu Jiang, and Dr. Eric Yixin Yang. The Effect of Ultra-Violet Light on the Expression of P53 Downstream Genes.  ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Younan Ma, Lin Wang, Eric Yixin Yang. Purification, Characterization and Identification of the Antimicrobial Agent Produced by Soil Bacterium Brevibacillus laterosporus. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Guangyi Gao and Eric Yixin Yang. Effect of Anti-oxidants on the Cytotoxicity of PLX-4032 against Human Malignant Melanoma Cells. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Younan Ma and Eric Yixin Yang. Purification, Characterization and Identification of Antimicrobial and Anti-Cancer Agent produced by a Soil Bacterium Collected from the Rocky Mountain National Park. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Guang Yang and Eric Yixin Yang. Effect of Vitamin C on the Cytotoxicity of Vemurafenib (PLX-4032) against Human Malignant Melanoma Cells. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Younan Ma and Lin Wang and Eric Yixin Yang. Purification and Characterization of Antimicrobial Compounds Produced by a Soil Bacterium. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Emerie Hall. Petal Size Analysis of Purple Stem-Hairy, Green Stem-Hairy, and Green Stem-Hairless Genotypes of the Brassica raps Plant. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Candace Cote. Marfan Syndrome. ESU Research and Creativity Day, May 2015

Student Accomplishment/Honors

Research Presentation Awards (Graduate Students)

McElfish, M (M.S. Biology Student; Advisor: Lynnette Sievert) won the Toland Award for best student presentation at the annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society in November 2014. (Title: Behavioral Responses of Two Salamander Species to the Herbicide Atrazine).

Milan Piva (M.S. Biology Student; Advisor: Brenda Koerner) received the first place award of Three Minute Thesis Talk (Title: Control of Sericea Lespedeza: Impact of Fuel Load and Burn Season on Plant Density) at ESU 2015 Research and Creativity Day.

Younan Ma (M.S. Biology Student; Advisor: Eric Yang) received the third place award of Three Minute Thesis Talk (Title: Characterization and Identification of Antimicrobial and Anti-Cancer Agent Produced by a Soil Bacterium Collected from Rocky Mountain National Park) at ESU 2015 Research and Creativity Day.

Chunmiao Yu and Jiyu Jiang (M.S. Biology Student; Advisor: Eric Yang) received Phi Kappa Phi Awards for best graduate abstracts (Title: The Effect of Ultra-Violet Light on the Expression of P53 Downstream Genes) at 2015 ESU Research and Creativity Day.

Guang Yang (M.S. Biology Student; Advisor: Eric Yang) received Graduate Student Travel Grant of the General Meeting of American Society for Cell Biology held in Philadelphia, PA in December 2014.

Research Presentation Awards (Undergraduate Students)

Maria Castro Munoz (B.S. Biology Student) received Phi Kappa Phi Awards for best undergraduate abstracts (Title: Low Oxygen Impairs Intestinal Response to Bacteria) at 2015 ESU Research and Creativity Day.

Other Student Awards and Recognition

Ben Kerbs (B.S. Biology student) received Young Botanist Award from The Botanical Society of America. Ben was the first recipient in the history of the award who was not a graduating senior.

Ben Kerbs (B.S. Biology student) was selected as the 2015 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professors Scholar. This award was presented to the most outstanding applicant for the Shepherd Scholarship. 

Ben Kerbs (B.S. Biology student) was recognized as 2015-2016 Emporia State University Shepherd Scholars. Shepherd Scholars are selected through a competitive process led by ESU‘s distinguished Roe R. Cross Professors.

Guang Yang (M.S. Biology student, Advisor: Eric Yang) was selected 2012 recipient of the Harold Durst Graduate Research Award.

Nathan Holoubek (M.S. Biology Student; Advisor: W. Jensen) was selected to receive an ESU Boylan Scholar Award for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Alumni Accomplishments/Honors

Chole Yunqi Zhao (M.S. Biology; 2009; Advisor: Eric Yixin Yang) received 2015 Outstanding Recent alumni Award.

Ashely M. Long (M.S. Biology; 2010) received her doctorate from Texas A&M University and recently acquired a position as Research Scientist with the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. Dr. Long coauthors the SIXTH publication in the primary literature to emanate from her work in the Department of Biological Sciences at ESU!  The new citation, coauthored with her advisor Bill Jensen, is as follows: Long, A. M., W. E. Jensen, and R. S. Matlack.  2014*.  Influence of prescribed burning on bird abundance and species assemblage in a semiarid Great Plains grassland.  Western North American Naturalist 74:396-404.  (*Publication reached print in April 2015)

Nathan S. Holoubek (M.S. Biology; 2014) is now working as a wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Nathan is lead author (coauthored with his major advisor Bill Jensen) of the following new publication in the Journal of Wildlife Management, which emanated from his thesis project in the Department of Biological Sciences: Holoubek, N.S. and W. E. Jensen.  2015.  Avian occupancy varies with habitat structure in oak savanna of the south-central United States.  Journal of Wildlife Management 79:458-468.

Alyssa Floro (B.S. in Biology, May 2015) received Rotary Teacher Award in spring 2015.

James Whitney (B.S. Biology, 2007): Dr. Whitney recently accepted an assistant professor position in the Biology Department at Pittsburg State University, where he will teach ichthyology and aquatic ecology.

Dr. David Gillette (M.S. 2002), Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina – Asheville, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2015-16, and will conduct research on fish ecology in Nepal.

Brittany Miller (B.S. Biology 2012, M.S. Biology 2015, advisor: Melissa Bailey) joined Covance at Indianapolis as a study toxicologist in March 2015.

John Kraft (B.S. Biology, 2013), now in the graduate program in biology at Kansas State University, won the best student presentation award from the Kansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society for the following presentation: John D. Kraft, R. T. Plumb, D. A. Haukos, and J. C. Pitman - Seasonal Habitat Selection by Female Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Varying Landscapes.

Dr. Jeff Kohlmeier (B.S. Biology, 2008) finished dental school and a residency in orthodontics and is returning to Emporia to practice.

William Jensen (M.S. 1999), was elected as the president of the Kansas Chapter of the Wildlife Society.