Hot Student Papers

EGF-like peptide of Dictyostelium discoideum is not a chemoattractant but it does restore folate-mediated chemotaxis in the presence of signal transduction inhibitors

30 Jan 2012 - 2:59pm

Robert HuberThe Hot Student Paper forum closes out January by recognizing the work of former BIO 481 student Ina Nikolaeva and current Ph.D. student Robert Huber from the O’Day lab.

Their paper was recently accepted to Peptides. This work uncovered the possible existence of a novel motility pathway controlling Dictyostelium behavior. Since doing this work Ina has started a Ph.D. at Rutgers University and Robert is finishing his Ph.D.

Congratulations on this exciting discovery!

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The last ‘pelycosaur’: a varanopid synapsis from the Pristerognathus Assemblage Zone, Middle Permian of South Africa

23 Jan 2012 - 3:00pm

Nicolás CampioneThis week we are recognizing a second paper from the M.Sc. thesis of Nicolás Campione, a former Biology student co-supervised by Prof. Robert Reisz.

Nicolás' co-authored paper was recently published in Naturwissenschaften. This paper describes new varanopids, which were small carnivores with a cosmopolitan distribution and wickedly sharp teeth. Their research describes the youngest known varanopid from the Southern Hemisphere and the youngest pelycosaur ever described.

Congratulations on this exciting discovery!

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Temporal changes in the benthic invertebrate community of Lake Simcoe, 1983-2008

16 Jan 2012 - 3:07pm

This week we celebrate the work of former undergraduate student Andrea Jimenez, former Ph.D. student Michael Rennie (Sprules’ lab), and former M.Sc. student Jake La Rose (Collins lab).

Their paper recently appeared in a special issue of Journal of Great Lakes Research. In this paper they examined how changes in nutrient loading and the invasion of dreissenid mussels (i.e. Zebra and Quagga Mussels) in Lake Simcoe during the last 80 years has impacted the benthic community.

Michael Rennie now works as a Research Scientist with the Federal Dept of Fisheries and Oceans in Winnipeg, and Jale La Rose is a Biologist with OMNR. Andrea’s whereabouts are unknown.

Congratulations on this exciting paper!

Morphology and evolutionary significance of the atlas-axis complex in varanopid synapsids

9 Jan 2012 - 3:09pm

Nicolás CampioneThis week we celebrate the work of Nicolás Campione, a former M.Sc. student in the Reisz lab.

Nicolás’ paper appeared in a recent issue of Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. In this paper Nicolás provides the first comparative study of the axis-atlas spinal morphology of the Varanopids, a synapsid pelycosaur that resembled monitor lizards.

Congratulations on this exciting paper!

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Will changes in root-zone temperature in boreal spring affect recovery of photosynthesis in Picea mariana and Populus tremuloides in a future climate?

2 Jan 2012 - 3:10pm

Emmanuelle FréchetteWith the new year we celebrate new things, and for a young scientist there are few things more exciting, more rewarding or more important than publishing your first paper.

It is for that reason that the first Hot Student Paper of 2012 is by Ph.D. student Emmanuelle Fréchette from the Ensminger lab, who recently published her first paper. This paper, which appeared in recent issue of Tree Physiology, shows that early snow melt due to climate warming could impose physiological stress on some boreal tree species.

Congratulations, Emmanuelle, on this exciting first publication!