Photography Calvin A. Porter
Associate Professor Department of Biology Xavier University of Louisiana 1 Drexel Drive New Orleans, LA 70125 Email: cporter@xula.edu
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Name Research Interests: I am interested in various aspects of evolution, systematics, cytogenetics, herpetology, and mammalogy. My MS research in the Sites laboratory was a study of the cytogenetics of the Sceloporus grammicus complex in Mexico. My doctoral research at Texas Tech University (completed in 1992) was an examination of genome organization in squamates reptiles, while I also worked concurrently on the evolution and cytogenetics of mammals. I did postdoctoral work with Morris Goodman at Wayne State University School of Medicine and with Richard Tashian at the University of Michigan Medical School, working primarily with nuclear DNA sequences to elucidate relationships among primate and mammalian clades. I have recently worked in collaboration with Robert Baker of Texas Tech on several studies of bat systematics. My current research at Xavier University of Louisiana focuses on the evolution of repetitive elements in the genome of unisexual species of whiptail lizards.
Photography Jeffery A. Wilkinson
Research Biologist Department of Herpetology, California Academy of Sciences 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA 94118-4503 Email: jwilkinson@calacademy.org; ph: 415/379-5288
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Name Research Interests: My MS work in the Sites lab at BYU focused on estimation of population structure of two venom types of the Mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) in the southwestern US; using starch gel protein electrophoresis, and immuno-diffusion assays and protease assays on venom proteins, I detected a zone of intergradation occurring in Arizona. For my doctoral work at Texas Tech University (completed in 1997), I researched the phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships (based on mtDNA) of endemic rhacophorid frogs of the Japanese Archipelago, and related some aspects of the biogeographic history of these taxa to geologic history of the islands. My current research focuses on the taxonomy and phylogenetic systematics of Asian species of frogs, and published work to date is based on studies of Asian treefrogs in the family Rhacophoridae and Asian spadefoot toads in the family Megophryidae. Presently I am conducting field work in Myanmar and southwestern China. In particular, my work in Myanmar with other members of the Department of Herpetology as well as other herpetologists has uncovered over 70 potentially new species of amphibians and reptiles, and increased the known herpetological diversity within the country by 21 percent. I have described new species in the genera Amolops, Chiromantis, Leptobrachium, and Rhacophorus, and currently am working on phylogenetic analyses and new species descriptions in the genera Amolops, Ansonia, Chiromantis, Leptolalax, Occidozyga, Polypedates, Philautus, Theloderma, and Xenophrys. The photo was taken in the Dulong Valley of northwestern Yunnan Province, China; the snakes are Rhabdophis himalayanus. Web: http://www.calacademy.org/
Photography Mark C. Grover
Native Aquatics Biologist Utah Division of Wildlife Resources 1115 North Main Street Springville, Utah 84663 E-mail: markgrover@utah.gov Phone: 801 491-5660
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Name Research Interests: I received an M.S. degree in Zoology from BYU in 1992, and left to begin dissertation work with Henry Wilbur at the University of Virginia that fall. My dissertation research explored how communities of plethodontid salamanders are structured along ecotones (i.e., streamside and seep habitats) and involved three large-scale field experiments, two descriptive studies, and a lab study (which examined interspecific differences in dehydration/rehydration rates). I received my Ph. D. in August of 1996, worked briefly at two temporary jobs (first as a seasonal fisheries biologist with the Bureau of Land Management in Richfield, Utah and then as a UDWR GIS-technician) before landing a faculty position in 1998 in the Wildlife and Fisheries Department at Feather River College (FRC) in Quincy, California. My FRC responsibilities included teaching biology and aquaculture courses and managing the campus trout hatchery. While at FRC, I teamed up with the California Department of Fish & Game, along with 30+ undergraduate students, to conduct a long-term field study on density-dependent growth and life-history variation in kokanee salmon. I was granted tenure at FRC in 2003, and left soon after for a much lower paying job at Southern Utah University in Cedar City (go figure). While at SUU, I taught a wide variety of courses, including ecology and conservation biology, and organized service learning activities that involved SUU students in conservation-related work coordinated with activities of biologists and land managers from government agencies. I also continued my kokanee research and resumed the field work in the Pine Valley Mountains on Sceloporus lizard ecology that I began during my Master’s research way back in 1989. The summer of 2008 was the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I began a temporary job as a field biologist at Great Basin National Park, decided that I had had enough of interminable grading, half-day weekends, and writing countless letters of recommendation for pre-dental and pre-med students, left my teaching job after one more year at SUU, and went back for another summer at the Park in 2009. I also started applying for full-time permanent jobs with state and federal agencies. I am now working as a Native Aquatics Biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in Springville. The emphasis of the job is on monitoring and management of sensitive species of fish and amphibians.
Photography Pamela Faber
Professor of Biology Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences Heidelberg University 310 E. Market Street Tiffin, OH 44883 Email: pfaber@heidelberg.edu ph: 419.209.2458 cell 419.448.2976 office
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Name Research Interests: I received an M.S. degree in Zoology from BYU in 1985; I was Jack’s first graduate student. Upon completion of this degree, I enrolled in the Doctor of Arts Program at Idaho State University; this degree emphasizes breadth of knowledge and teaching, rather than research in a narrow field. My doctoral project was pedagogical in nature and investigated the use of color vs. black and white line art to elucidate three-dimensional anatomical detail. I guess you could say I am the black sheep of the Sites lab, as I neither went on in the field of evolutionary genetics, nor did I choose a career in research. Upon graduation (fall 1987), I was hired to teach anatomy and physiology and to serve as the Health Professions Advisor at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, OH. I taught until 1997, when I tried my hand at administrative duties as the Registrar of the College. Although that role was very fulfilling, I missed interacting with the students in lecture and lab, and returned to the department in the fall of 2006 when my former position was vacated. I attribute my love of teaching to my first anatomy lab taught as an undergraduate for Dr. Kent VanDeGraaff, and to the subsequent labs I was able to teach while pursuing my graduate degrees. My research projects in the Sites lab prepared me to continue on with research and to supervise undergraduate research experiences. I cannot imagine a better preparation for a science educator. My love of learning resulted in three additional degrees from Heidelberg. I earned an MBA in 1999, a BA in Health Services Management in 2000, and an MS in Clinical Counseling in 2004. I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Ohio, and volunteer four client hours a week at a local United Way funded clinic that serves our local uninsured population. My hobbies include photography, gardening, walking my dog Omaha, and scrap booking. My current research interest is in the efficacy of historical contraceptives, and I will spend my sabbatical in the spring of 2010 investigating this area using the resources of the Percy Skuy Collection at the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Photography David Bos
Department of Biological Sciences, 915 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907. Phone: 765 494-8528. Email: dbos@purdue.edu
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Name I graduated from Brigham Young University in 1997 with a BSc in Zoology and began work towards a Master’s degree at BYU soon afterward. My MS research was a conservation genetics study of the Columbia spotted frog, including a phylogeography of the species’ southern range. After earning this degree in 2000, I began work towards a PhD in Zoology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Here my research focused on the molecular evolution of immunological genes, using the African Clawed frog as a model organism. After successfully completing the PhD, I took a postdoctoral position at Purdue University, and continued publishing research on genes of the immune system. Research at Purdue focused on the evolution of alternative splicing, and molecular evolution of MHC genes, but I was also able to publish on diverse subjects, including the population genetics of salamanders, behavior and mate choice, and sperm storage. Collaborative research also lead to publications on the sex determining mechanisms in fish, and anatomical malformations in salamanders. A second postdoc was completed, also at Purdue University, in the lab of Dr. Dennis Minchella, where my research focused on a genome-wide analysis of regulatory proteases in the human parasite, Schistosomiasis mansoni. I then accepted a faculty position at Purdue University in 2008, and am currently a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences. My main responsibilities include teaching a rigorous two-semester series of Introductory Biology mostly for pre-professional school students, the majority of which are pre-pharmacy students. Despite a heavy teaching load, I continue to stay active in research and am currently collaborating with Dennis Minchella on the isolation, identification, and functional genomics of S. mansoni micro-RNAs.