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Recent News from Biology Faculty

Below are recent faculty achievements, including publications, grants, and awards. Please see individual faculty profiles for comprehensive descriptions of faculty research interests and publications.

The yearly fossil expedition undertaken by Dr. John Syring’s Evolution students was recently profiled in the News-Register. Watch Dr. Syring and his students discuss their trip down the Yamhill River and their findings.

Dr. Jeffrey Brown has published a paper entitled “The impact of transient heat transfer on tissue culture cell distribution” in Biosystems Engineering with collaborators from University of Portland.

Dr. Sreerupa Ray has published a paper entitled “DNA polymerase beta participates in DNA End-joining” in Nucleic Acids Research with collaborators from Yale University

Dr. Cecilia Toro has published a paper entitled “Cell-Specific RNA Binding Protein Rbfox2 Regulates CaV2.2 mRNA Exon Composition and CaV2.2 Current Size” in eNeuro with collaborators from Brown University and University of New Hampshire, Durham

Dr. John Syring has published a paper entitled “Evaluating allopolyploid origins in strawberries (Fragaria) using haplotypes generated from target capture sequencing” in BMC Evolutionary Biology with collaborators from Stanford University and Oregon State University.

Dr. Chadwick Tillberg was awarded a sub-grant from the Bureau of Land Management to fund collaborative research with Dr. Cheryl Shultz (Washington State University, Vancouver) on Fender’s Blue Butterfly, and the plant and invertebrate communities with which it interacts. 

Dr. John Syring has published a paper entitled “Targeted Capture Sequencing in Whitebark Pine Reveals Range-Wide Demographic and Adaptive Patterns Despite Challenges of a Large, Repetitive Genome” in Frontiers in Plant Science with collaborators from Oregon State University, University of Connecticut, and the USDA Forest Service. Authorship on this paper includes a recent Linfield graduate. 

Dr. Jeremy Weisz received the 2016 Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is a co-PI on a recently awarded a grant of $648,563 (#1565174) from the National Science Foundation S-STEM program to provide scholarships to science majors with financial need and to support extracurricular science programming for all students. 

Dr. Jeremy Weisz was awarded a $128,416 grant from the National Science Foundation to study interactions between sponges in the genus Cliona and their associated zooxanthellae in Florida (award # 1555444). He travelled to Florida with two student researchers during the summer of 2016 to begin conducting this research.

Dr. Chadwick Tillberg has published a paper entitled “Abiotic mediation of a mutualism drives herbivore abundance” in Ecology Letters with collaborators from University of California at Irvine and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. 

Dr. Cecilia Toro has published a paper entitled “Dopamine Modulates the Activity of Sensory Hair Cells” in The Journal of Neuroscience with coauthors from the Oregon Health and Science University, which was featured in the Society for Neuroscience’s Neuronline

Dr. Catherine Reinke was awarded a $60,000 grant from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Research Program for Natural Sciences. Her project is entitled “Identifying and deciphering the molecular mechanisms of microRNA-mediated gene silencing.” 

Dr. John Syring has published a paper entitled “An empirical evaluation of two-stage species tree inference strategies using a multilocus dataset from North American pines” in BMC Evolutionary Biology along with colleagues from Penn State University, the University of Michigan, and Oregon State University.

Dr. Chadwick Tillberg has published a paper entitled “Foraging Ecology of the Tropical Giant Hunting Ant Dinoponera australis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)—Evaluating Mechanisms for High Abundance” in Biotropica with student co-authors Benjamin Edmonds and Alex Freauff. This work was reported on by Discover Magazine and Wired

Dr. Catherine Reinke has published a paper entitled “A Course-Based Research Experience: How Benefits Change with Increased Investment in Instructional Time” in CBE—Life Sciences Education with collaborators from over seventy different colleges and universities.

Dr. Jeremy Weisz has published a paper entitled “Sponge heterotrophic capacity and bacterial community structure in high- and low-microbial abundance sponges” in Marine Ecology along with collaborators from the University of Richmond.