Sunday, May 27, 2018

Michael Moore publishes two articles in American Journal of Botany: Tree of Life special issue

Associate Professor of Biology Michael Moore is among twenty-one collaborators on the first paper listed below, which also appears in Tree of Life virtual issue:

From cacti to carnivores: Improved phylotranscriptomic sampling and hierarchical homology inference provide further insight into the evolution of Caryophyllales.
Joseph F. Walker, … Michael J. Moore, Stephen A. Smith.
American Journal of Botany  105 (3): 446-462
First published: 08 May 2018  (open access)

Moore also co-authored this guide:
Using and navigating the plant tree of life.
Douglas E. Soltis, Michael J. Moore, Emily B. Sessa, Stephen A. Smith, Pamela S. Soltis.
American Journal of Botany, Special Issue
First Published: 27 April 2018 (open access)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Senior August Blackman publishes in Behavioral Ecology

Senior Augie Blackman is co-author of this paper resulting from research supported by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate program at Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia. 

Plethodon glutinosus, from
Salamander climbing behavior varies among species and is correlated with community composition.
Tori D Mezebish, August Blackman, Alexander J Novarro.
Behavioral Ecology, Volume 29, Issue 3, 9 May 2018, Pages 686–692, (open access)

Partial abstract: Species coexistence is often facilitated by behavioral strategies that minimize competition for limited resources. Terrestrial, kingless salamanders (genus Plethodon) coexist in predictable assemblages of body size guilds, but little is known about the behavioral mechanisms that promote such coexistence. Here, we considered the hypothesis that Plethodon salamanders use climbing behavior to reduce competitive interactions, thereby promoting coexistence through spatial partitioning.  (As indexed in Web of Science)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Galaxy pairs and galaxy mergers featured in new publication from Jillian Scudder
New publication by Jillian Scudder, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Violino, Giulio; Ellison, Sara L.; Sargent, Mark; Coppin, Kristen E. K.;
Scudder, Jillian M.; Mender, Trevor J.; Saintonge, Amelie.  Galaxy pairs in the SDSS - XIII. The connection between enhanced star formation and molecular gas properties in galaxy mergers.

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 476 (2):2591-2604; 10.1093/mnras/sty345 MAY 2018 

Published by Oxford University Press, Academic on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Senior Jacob Rosenthal (Biology) co-authors paper in GBE

About GBE
Congratulations to Jacob Rosenthal, who co-authored this article in Genome Biology and Evolution, an open access journal published by Oxford University on behalf of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution:

"Patterns of Population Variation in Two Paleopolyploid Eudicot Lineages Suggest That Dosage-Based Selection on Homeologs Is Long-Lived."

AUTHORS:  Hao, Yue; Washburn, Jacob D.; Rosenthal, Jacob; Nielsen, Brandon; Lyons, Eric; Edger, Patrick P.; Pires, J. Chris; Conant, Gavin C.

GENOME BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION  Volume: 10  Issue: 3  Pages: 999-1011
DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evy061  Published: MAR 2018
Partial abstract: Genes that are inherently subject to strong selective constraints tend to be overretained in duplicate after polyploidy. They also continue to experience similar, but somewhat relaxed, constraints after that polyploidy event. We sought to assess for how long the influence of polyploidy is felt on these genes' selective pressures. We analyzed two nested polyploidy events in Brassicaceae: the At-a genome duplication that is the most recent polyploidy in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and a more recent hexaploidy shared by the genus Brassica and its relatives... Our results paint a picture of the long-lived effects of polyploidy on plant genomes, suggesting that even yesterday's polyploids still have distinct evolutionary trajectories.

Co-authors include researchers from North Carolina State University, Cornell University, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, and University of Missouri.  As indexed in Web of Science.