Hot Student Papers

Effects of Bythotrephes longimanus (Crustacea, Cladocera) on the abundance, morphology, and prey community of Leptodora kindtii (Crustacea, Cladocera)

19 Mar 2012 - 2:29pm

Sophie FosterThis week we recognize the work of former PhD student Sophie Foster from the Sprules Lab and former EEB Post-Doc Angela Strecker.

Their paper recently appeared in Hydrobiologia. In this paper they demonstrate interesting indirect ecological effects of the invasive predatory invertebrate (Bythotrephes) on a related native predator (Leptodora); probably by changing the composition of the zooplankton community upon which both predators depend, Bythotrephes has induced morphological changes in Leptodora.

Energy acquisition and allocation patterns of lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) are modified when dreissenids are present

5 Mar 2012 - 2:30pm

This week we recognize the work of former Ph.D. student Mike Rennie from the Sprules Lab.

Mike’s paper was recently published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. His research demonstrates indirect ecological effects of invading dreissenid mussels on lake whitefish. The mussels have modified the prey base in a manner that increases the foraging activity and hence costs for whitefish, and this probably explains why individual growth rates of whitefish have declined in many invaded lakes.

Mike is currently working as a scientist with the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans in Winnipeg. Congratulations, Mike!

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Contrasting community versus population-based estimates of grazing and virus-induced mortality of phytoplankton

27 Feb 2012 - 2:32pm

Michael StaniewskiOne of the most exciting moments in the Hot Student Paper forum is having the opportunity recognize and celebrate the beginning of a graduate students’ career through the publication of their first lead-author paper. This week we mark one such beginning through the work of current Ph.D. student Michael Staniewski from the Short lab.

Drosophila melanogaster females change mating behavior and offspring production based on social context

15 Feb 2012 - 2:34pm

Reza AzanchiSamyukta JagadeeshJean-Christophe BilleterThe Hot Student Paper forum is using the day after Valentine’s Day to recognize the consequences of love … in the fly world. This week we recognize a collaboration by former members of the Levine lab.

The cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor roscovitine inhibits kinase activity, cell proliferation, multicellular development, and Cdk5 nuclear translocation in Dicytyostelium discoideium

6 Feb 2012 - 2:57pm

Robert HuberFor a second week in a row we recognize the work of Ph.D. student Robert Huber from the O’Day lab.

Robert's paper was recently published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. In this paper, Robert confirms the role of Cdk5 in cell proliferation, and determines that the nuclear translocation of Cdk5 is likely the primary target of the drug. This work also gives clues to how roscovitine might affect other organisms.

Amazing productivity, Robert! Keep it up!

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