First Paper Award

First Paper Award

The Department of Biology has created the “First Paper Award” to recognize a major accomplishment in a graduate student’s research career, the publication of a first-authored paper.  This award will be given to each student at the time they publish their first lead authored paper based on research completed as a graduate student at UTM in the Department of Biology. Students who previously published a first-authored paper prior to beginning their graduate work at UTM will still be eligible for the award. Students will receive a certificate in recognition of this achievement plus a $50 gift certificate from the department. These awards will also be publicized through the department’s news feed, social media and the Hot Student Paper series.
 
Students or the faculty with whom they’ve worked should provide Mihai Baetu with the information for their first paper upon successful acceptance of that paper for publication. The goal of the award is to recognize the achievements of our graduate students in accomplishing this important milestone in their scientific careers.

 

Date Name Supervisor Title
Jan 2022
 Jessica Browne
 Darryl Gwynne
 Deceived, but not betrayed: static allometry suggests female ornaments in the long‑tailed dance fly (Rhamphomyia longicauda) exaggerate condition to males
Jan 2022
 Areej Al-Dailami
 Angela Lange
 Exploring the role of glycoprotein hormone GPA2/GPB5 in the medically important insect Rhodnius prolixus 
Jan 2022
 Ishrat Maliha Islam
Ted Erclik
 Identification of enhancers that drive the spatially restricted expression of Vsx1 and Rx in the outer proliferation center of the developing Drosophila optic lobe
Nov 2021
 Tim Fernandes
 Bailey McMeans
 The timing of spring warming shapes reproductive effort in a warm-water fish: the role of mismatches between hepatic and gonadal processes
Nov 2021
 Nick Boehler
 Mary Cheng
 Sox2 Ablation in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Perturbs Anxiety- and Depressive-like Behaviors
Oct 2021
 Celia Hein
 Helen Wagner
 Can We Compare Effect Size of Spatial Genetic Structure Between Studies and Species Using Moran Eigenvector Maps?
Sep 2021
 David Murray-Stoker
 Marc Johnson
  Ecological consequences of urbanization on a legume-rhizobia mutualism
Sep 2021
Christopher Lowden
 Mary Cheng
  Homeostatic control of nuclear-encoded mitochondrial gene expression by the histone variant H2A.Z is essential for neuronal survival
June 2021
 Urfa Arain
 Ted Erclik
Dissection, Immunohistochemistry and Mounting of Larval and Adult Drosophila Brains for Optic Lobe Visualization
June 2021
Devin Noordermeer
Ingo Ensminger
Autumn Warming Delays the Downregulation of Photosynthesis and Does Not Increase the Risk of Freezing Damage in Interior and Coastal Douglas-fir
April 2021
Shirley Long
Jodie Jenkinson & Derek Ng
Metabolism in Motion: Engaging Biochemistry Students with Animation
Nov 30, 2020
Alice Li
Jayson Parker
Clinical trial risk in leukemia: Biomarkers and trial design
August 17, 2020
Sydney Wilkinson
Bailey McMeans
Highly branched isoprenoids: a novel tracer of diatom-based energy pathways in freshwater food webs
Aug 10, 2020
Lauren Jarvis
Bailey McMeans
Species-specific preferences drive the differential effects of lake factors on fish production
May 25, 2020
Yuen Yan Wong
Adriano Senatore
Early metazoan origin and multiple losses of a novel clade of RIM pre-synaptic calcium channel scaffolding protein homologues
Mar 23, 2020
Nawar Alwash
Joel Levine
Network analyses reveal structure in insect social groups
Feb 10, 2020
Kayla Bazzana
Robert Reisz
Neurocranial anatomy of Seymouria from Richards Spur, Oklahoma
Feb 7, 2020
Alex Paquette
Steven Short &
George Espie
Dynamic changes in community composition of Scenedesmus-seeded artificial, engineered microalgal biofilms
Dec 6, 2019
Felipe Torres Vanegas
Helene Wagner
The Landscape Genetic Signature of Pollination by Trapliners: Evidence From the Tropical Herb, Heliconia tortuosa
Nov 11, 2019
Christine Palermo
Steven Short
Metagenomic analysis of virus diversity and relative abundance in a eutrophic freshwater harbour
Nov 4, 2019
Christopher Wong
Ingo Ensminger
Carotenoid based vegetation indices for accurate monitoring of the phenology of photosynthesis at the leaf-scale in deciduous and evergreen trees
Oct 30, 2019
Matthew Bergman
Michael Phillips
Distinct metabolic pathways drive monoterpenoid biosynthesis in a natural population of Pelargonium graveolens (rose scented geranium)
Oct 28, 2019
Jerry Gu
Derek Ng
Rethinking enzyme kinetics: Designing and developing a biomolecular interactive tutorial (BIOMINT) learning tool for undergraduate students
Oct 15, 2019
Vishal Sangha
Angela Lange & Ian Orchard
Physiological effects of biostable kinin and CAPA analogs in the Chagas disease vector, Rhodnius prolixus
Oct 7, 2019
Wassim Elkhatib
Adriano Senatore
A Na+ leak channel cloned from Trichoplax adhaerens extends extracellular pH and Ca2+ sensing for the DEG/ENaC family close to the base of Metazoa
Sep 17, 2019
Gordana Scepanovic
Bryan Stewart
Analysis of Drosophila nervous system development following an early, brief exposure to ethanol
Sep 16, 2019
Tim Fernandes
Bailey McMeans
Coping with the cold: energy storage strategies for surviving winter in freshwater fish
August 15, 2019
Ahmed Hassan
Rob Ness
Consequences of recombination for the evolution of the mating type locus in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
June 4, 2019
Arjan Banerjee
Sasa Stefanovic
Caught in action: fine-scale plastome evolution in the parasitic plants of Cuscuta sect. Ceratophorae (Convolvulaceae)
May 17, 2019
Sara Hegazi
Joel Levine & Mary Cheng
A Symphony of Signals: Intercellular and Intracellular Signaling Mechanisms Underlying Circadian Timekeeping in Mice and Flies
March 25, 2019
Arthur H. Cheng
Mary Cheng
SOX2-Dependent Transcription in Clock Neurons Promotes the Robustness of the Central Circadian Pacemaker
Feb 25, 2019
Sophie Breitbart
H. Wagner & M. Johnson
Visualizing a Disease Outbreak Using ESRI Story Maps
July 30, 2018
James Santangelo
M. Johnson & R. Ness
Modern spandrels: the roles of genetic drift, gene flow and natural selection in the evolution of parallel clines
July 17, 2018
Ruth Rivkin
M. Johnson
The effects of plant sexual system and latitude on resistance to herbivores
April 10, 2018
Sarah French
S. McCauley
Canopy cover affects habitat selection by adult dragonflies
July 18, 2017
Jigar Trivedi
L.M. Kohn
Fungus causing white-nose syndrome in bats accumulates genetic variability in North America with no sign of recombination
Apr 19, 2017
Lucia Mendoz-Viveros
M. Cheng
miR-132/212 modulates seasonal adaptation and dendritic morphology of the central circadian clock
Apr 3, 2017
Sam Hana
A. Lange
Octopamine and tyramine regulate the activity of reproductive visceral muscles in the adult female blood-feeding bug, Rhodnius prolixus
Mar 9, 2017
Hussain Al-Alkawi
A. Lange & I. Orchard
Cloning, localization, and physiological effects of sulfakinin in the kissing bug, Rhodnius prolixus
Mar 2, 2017
Yara Haridy
R. Reisz
Ontogenetic change in the temporal region of the early permian parareptile Delorhynchus cifellii and the implications for closure of the temporal fenestra in amniotes
Feb 23, 2017
Hussain Al-Alkawi
A. Lange
Cloning, localization, and physiological effects of sulfakinin in the kissing bug, Rhodnius prolixus
Feb 9, 2017
Dachin Frances
S. McCauley
Effects of environmental warming during early life-history on libellulid odonates
Jan 30, 2017
Jacob Jezovit
J. Levine
Phylogeny, environment and sexual communication across the Drosophila genus
Jan 20, 2017
Maryam Moazami-Goudarzi
G. Espie
The structure, kinetics and interactions of the β-carboxysomal β-carbonic anhydrase, CcaA
Oct 31, 2016
Laura Junker
I. Ensminger
Relationship between leaf optical properties, chlorophyll fluorescence and pigment changes in senescing Acer saccharum leaves
Aug 15, 2016
Zina Hamoudi
I. Orchard and A.B. Lange
Identification and Characterization of the Corazonin Receptor and Possible Physiological Roles of the Corazonin-Signaling Pathway in Rhodnius prolixus
Aug 3, 2016
Christine Nguyen
B. Stewart
Influence of postsynaptic structure on missing quanta at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction
Jun 20, 2016
Mireille Golemiec
J. Levine
Layered social nework analysis reveals complex relationships in kindergarteners
Apr 8, 2016
Krystal Nunes
P. Kotanen
Variation in herbivory along a latitudinal gradient for native and exotic Asteraceae
Apr 5, 2016
Ken Thompson
M. Johnson
Antiherbivore defenses alter natural selection on plant reproductive traits
Apr 5, 2016
Colin Cassin
P. Kotanen
Invasive earthworms as seed predators of temperate forest species
Apr 3, 2016
Andrew Long
S. Short
Seasonal determinations of algal virus decay rates reveal overwintering in a temperate freshwater pond