Wesleyan Graduate Students Excel
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Bernardo, Melissa (Ph.D. student). 2015: Article recognition. "A mixed diet of toxic plants enables increased feeding and anti-predator defense by an insect herbivore", Oecologia, 2014, has been recommended in F1000Prime as being of special significance in its field by F1000 Faculty Member Patrick Tobin.Bernardo, Melissa (Ph.D. student). 2015: Awarded $18,500 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for project titled “Nutrient-mediated manipulation of host feeding behavior by a parasitoid."
Bernardo, Melissa (Ph.D. student). 2014: Awarded Entomological Society of America President’s Prize – 2nd Place in Student Ten-Minute Paper Competition for talk titled “ Evidence for manipulation in caterpillar feeding behavior by a parasitoid wasp ” Presented at the national conference in Portland, OR.
Bernardo, Melissa (PhD student). 2014: Research Coordination Network for Ecoimmunology Research Exchange Grant. Learning and standardizing techniques for measuring diet and parasite mediated immune responses in Grammia incorrupta caterpillars.
Bernardo, Melissa (Ph.D. student). 2013: Poster Competition President's Prize Runner-up for "A battle for control in a host-parasitoid system?". Entomological Society of America. Austin, TX.
Clark, Robert (Ph.D. student). 2014: Awarded $12,000 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for project titled “A mechanistic test of the keystone mutualism hypothesis.”
Clark, Robert (Ph.D. student). 2014: Awarded Entomological Society of America President’s Prize – 2nd Place in Student Ten-Minute Paper Competition for talk titled “How do sap-feeding insect modify the trophic ecology of ants? Examining the community-level consequences of a food-for-protection mutualism.” Presented at the national conference in Portland, OR.
Herman, Jacob (PhD student). 2012: Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research. Epigenetics and Transgenerational Plasticity: Does Parental Drought Influence DNA Methylation in Polygonum persicaria?
Kopac, Sarah (Ph.D. student). 2011: Awarded a $20,000 graduate fellowship from the Connecticut Space Grant, funded by NASA.
Kopac, Sarah (Ph.D. student). 2011: Awarded a travel grant to present her poster at the 2011 meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans.
Mason, Peri (Ph.D. student). 2010: National Science Foundation. DISSERTATION RESEARCH: The role of toxin complementation in herbivore defense. NSF DEB 1011503. ($10,000). With Professor Michael Singer.
Tulenko, Frank (Ph.D. student). 2010: Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research. A Lineage Analysis of Somitic and Lateral Mesoderm in Lamprey: Implications for the Origin of Paired Appendages.
Tulenko, Frank (Ph.D. student). 2010: NSF Travel Award for presenting "Investigating the Lateral Somitic Frontier in Lamprey: Implications for the Origin of Paired Appendages" at the Ninth International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Tulenko, Frank (Ph.D. student). 2009: Best Student Oral Presentation for "Body Wall Formation in Lamprey." Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology, Division of Developmental and Evolutionary Biology. Boston, Mass.
Andrade López, J.M., Lanno, S.M., Auerbach, J.M., Moskowitz, E.C., Sligar, L.A., Wittkopp, P.J., Coolon, J.D. (2017) Genetic basis of octanoic acid resistance in Drosophila sechellia: functional analysis of a fine-mapped region. Molecular Ecology, 26:1148-1160. doi:10.1111/mec.14001
Asik K, Rao JL, Kirn JR. A Method for exploring adult neurogenesis in the songbird brain. Cold Spring Harb Protoc, 2014 Nov, doi:10.1101/pdb.prot084590.
Henderson KW, Gupta J, Tagliatela S, Litvina E, Zheng X, Van Zandt MA, Woods N, Grund E, Lin D, Royston S, Yanagawa Y, Aaron GB, Naegele JR (2014). Long-term seizure suppression and optogenetic analyses of synaptic connectivity in epileptic mice with hippocampal grafts of GABAergic interneurons. J Neurosci 34(40): 13492-504.
Mason, P. A., Bernardo, M. A., and Singer, M. S. (2014). A mixed diet of toxic plants enables increased feeding and anti-predator defense by and insect herbivore. Oecologia, 176: 477–86. doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-3029-0.
Herman, J.J., H.G. Spencer, K. Donohue, and S.E. Sultan. 2014. Faculty of 1000 Recommended Article. How stable ‘should’ epigenetic modifications be? Insights from adaptive plasticity and bet-hedging. Evolution 68-3:632-643.
Tulenko,F., McCauley,D., MacKenzie, E., Mazan, S., Kuratani,S. Kusakabe, R. and Burke, A.C. 2013 Body wall development in lamprey and a new perspective on the origin of vertebrate paired fins. PNAS, 110 ( 29):11899–11904.
Germain N., Hartman, N; Cai, C., Becker S., Naegele, J., and Grabel, L. (2012). Teratocarcinoma formation in embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitor (ESNP) hippocampal transplants. Cell Transplantation 21: 1603-1611.
Herman J.J., S.E. Sultan, T. Horgan-Kobelski, and C. Riggs. (2012). Adaptive Transgenerational Plasticity in an Annual Plant: Grandparental and Parental Drought Stress Enhance Performance of Seedlings in Dry Soil. Integrative and Comparative Biology 52(1): 77-88.
LaMonica K., and Grabel. L. (2012). The planar cell polarity pathway and parietal endoderm cell migration. To appear in “Planar Cell Polarity: Methods and Protocols. pp. 187-200 doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-510-7_15 K. Turksen ed, Springer/Human Press.
Maisano X, Litvina E, Tagliatela S, Aaron G, Grabel L, Naegele JR. (2012) Differentiation and Functional Incorporation of Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived GABAergic Interneurons in the Dentate Gyrus of Mice with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Journal of Neuroscience 32(1): 46-61.
Windner SE, Bird NC, Patterson SE, Doris R, Devoto SH (2012) Fss/Tbx6 is required for central dermomyotome cell fate in zebrafish. Biology Open 1: 806-14.
Bird NC, Windner SE, Devoto SH (2012). Immunocytochemistry to Study Myogenesis in Zebrafish. J. DiMario (ed.) Methods in Molecular Biology 798:153-69. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-343-1_9 Humana Press.
Briggs SW, Walker JD, Asik K, Lombroso PL, Naegele JR, Aaron G. STEP regulation of seizure thresholds in the hippocampus. Epilepsia 52: 497–506, 2011
Cohan, F. M. & Kopac, S. M. (2011). Microbial genomics: E. coli relatives out of doors and out of body. Curr Biol 21, R587-589.
Hartman N., Grabel, L., and Naegele, J (2011) Migration of transplanted neural stem cells in experimental models of neurodegenerative diseases. In: Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, pp. 315-336. Springer/Humana Press.
Herman J.J. and Sultan S.E. (2011) Adaptive transgenerational plasticity in plants: case studies, mechanisms, and implications for natural populations. Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics 2:102. doi:10.3389/fpls.2011.00102.
Kopac S. & Cohan, F. M. (2011). A theory-based pragmatism for discovering and classifying newly divergent bacterial species. In Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, pp. 21-41. Edited by M. Tibayrenc. London: Elsevier.
Mason P.A., S.R. Wilkes, J.T. Lill, and M.S. Singer. (2011). Abundance trumps quality: bi-trophic performance and parasitism risk fail to explain host use in the fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea, Arctiidae). Oikos 120(10): 1509-1518.
Shearman R.M, Tulenko F.J., Burke A.C. (2011). 3D reconstructions of quail-chick chimeras provide a new fate map of the avian scapula. Developmental Biology 355(1): 1-11.
Smilanich, A.M., P.A. Mason, L. Sprung, T.R. Chase, and M.S. Singer. (2011). Complex effects of parasitoids on pharmacophagy and diet choice of a polyphagous caterpillar. Oecologia 165: 995-1005.
Wiedenbeck J. & Cohan, F. M. (2011). Origins of bacterial diversity through horizontal gene transfer and adaptation to new ecological niches. FEMS Microbiology Reviews 35: 957-976.
Windner SE, Steinbacher P, Obermayer A, Kasiba B, Zweimüller-Mayer J, Stoiber W (2011) Distinct modes of vertebrate hypaxial muscle formation contribute to the teleost body wall musculature. Development, Genes and Evololution 221:167–78.
Germain N, Banda E, Grabel L. (2010). Embryonic stem cell neurogenesis and neural specification. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 111(3):535-42.
Hartman N., Carpentino, J., LaMonica, K., Mor, D., Naegele, J., and Grabel, L. (2010). CXCL12-Mediated Guidance of Migrating Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Neural Progenitors Transplanted into the Hippocampus. PLOS One 5(12): e15856. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015856.
Winslow, B.B. and A.C Burke (2010) Atypical molecular profile for joint development in the avian costal joint. Developmental Dynamics, 239(10):2547-57.
LaMonica K, Bass M, Grabel L. (2009). The planar cell polarity pathway directs parietal endoderm migration. Developmental Biology 330(1):44-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2009.03.008.
Singer, M.S., K.C. Mace, and E.A. Bernays. (2009). Self-medication as adaptive plasticity: Increased ingestion of plant toxins by parasitized caterpillars. Public Library of Science One 4: e4796.
Cai C, Thorne J, Grabel L. (2008). Hedgehog serves as a mitogen and survival factor during embryonic stem cell neurogenesis. Stem Cells. 26(5): 1097-108
Carpentino JE, Hartman NW, Grabel LB, Naegele JR. (2008). Region-specific differentiation of embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitor transplants into the adult mouse hippocampus following seizures. Journal of Neuroscience Research 86(3): 512-524.
Durland, J. L., Sferlazzo, M., Logan, M. and A.C.Burke (2008). Visualizing the lateral somitic frontier in the Mouse using the Prx1Cre transgenic. Journal of Anatomy. 212: 590-602.
Hurley P, Pytte C., and JR Kirn (2008). Nest of origin predicts adult vocal control neuron addition rates in the zebra finch. Brain, Behavior & Evolution 71: 263-270.
Cai C, Grabel L. (2007). Directing the differentiation of embryonic stem cells to neural stem cells. Developmental Dynamics 236(12): 3255-3266.
Hong T, Grabel LB. (2006). Migration of F9 parietal endoderm cells is regulated by the ERK pathway. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 97(6): 1339-1349.
Mills E, LaMonica K, Hong T, Pagliaruli T, Mulrooney J, Grabel L. (2005). Roles for Rho/ROCK and vinculin in parietal endoderm migration. Cell Communication and Adhesion 12(1-2): 9-12.
Presentations and Posters
Anatone, Kayla (Ph.D. student). July 2016: Poster Presentation at the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists meeting in New Orleans, LA. "The Genetic Structure of Longnose Dace, Rhinichthys cataractae, from two Waterfalls in Connecticut".
Anatone, Kayla (Ph.D. student).July 2015: Poster Presentation at the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists meeting in Reno, NV. "Over the Falls: the Effect of Waterfalls on the Genetic Structure of the Eastern Blacknose Dace, Rhinichthys atratulus, in Connecticut."
Herman, Jacob (PhD student). Participant in the NSF microMORPH workshop “Phenotypic Plasticity: Evolution at the Intersection of Ecology, Genetics, and Development”. Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, Boston, MA. May 1-3, 2015. Oral presentation: Drought-induced transgenerational plasticity depends on DNA methylation in the annual plant Polygonum persicaria.
Clark, Robert (Ph.D. student). January 2014: Poster presentation at the American Society of Naturalists meeting in Pacific Grove, CA. “A keystone mutualism between a community of ants and sap-feeders indirectly benefits plants.”
Jacob Herman (PhD student), June 22, 2014 (oral presentation). Preliminary Evidence for DNA Methylation as a Mechanism of Adaptive Transgenerational Plasticity in the Annual Plant Polygonum persicaria. Society for the Study of Evolution and American Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC.
Clark, Robert (Ph.D. student). April 2013: Invited talk at the Northeastern Natural History Conference in Springfield, MA. “An ant-treehopper mutualism strengthens the predatory effects of ants by altering ant community structure.”
Windner Stefanie (PhD student), Ferguson CM, Doris RA, Devoto SH. April 19-21, 2013. Genetic regulation of dermomyotome progenitors in zebrafish. Oral presentation at the Northeast Regional meeting of the Society of Developmental Biology, Woods Hole, MA.
Herman, Jacob (PhD student). November 15, 2012 (poster presentation). Adaptive response to drought stress persists over multiple generations in the annual plant Polygonum persicaria. Symposium: Global Change in the Mediterranean: Learning from Experiences Worldwide. Seville, Spain.
Herman, Jacob (PhD student). July 9, 2012 (oral presentation). Adaptive transgenerational plasticity in an annual plant: Grandparental and parental drought stress enhance seedling performance in dry soil. First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology. Ottawa, Canada.
Kopac, Sarah (PhD student), Jane Wiedenbeck (MA), Menherit Goodwyn, S. Aracena, M. Koren, J. Sherry, A. Rooney, and F. M. Cohan. Diversification of Bacillus subtilis ecotypes along a salinity gradient. June 2011. Presented at the meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. July 2011 Presented at Gordon Research Conference on Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Fournier, Claire (PhD student). 2011. Assessment of Protein Translation in Yeast through Amino Terminal Peptide Identification. American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference, Sanibel Florida.
Herman, Jacob (PhD student). April 22-24, 2011. Selected for participation in microMORPH, an NSF sponsored workshop on the microevolution of plant development. Boulder, CO. Oral presentation: Adaptive transgenerational plasticity persists over two generations in the generalist annual Polygonum persicaria.
Windner Stefanie (PhD student). October 1, 2010. Myotome patterning and growth – The role of Tbx24. Oral presentation at the Connecticut Valley Zebrafish Meeting, Wesleyan University, CT
Windner Stefanie (PhD student) and Devoto SH. August 5-9, 2010. Myotome Patterning and Growth in Zebrafish - The Role of Tbx24. Poster presentation at the Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology, Albuquerque, NM, USA.
Kopac, Sarah (PhD student), Jane Wiedenbeck (MA), Menherit Goodwyn, S. Aracena, M. Koren, A. Rooney, and F. M. Cohan. August 2010. Diversification of Bacillus ecotypes in desert rhizospheres. Presented at the International Symposium of Microbial Ecology.
Wiedenbeck, Jane (MA), (MA), Z.Wang, M. Wu, and F.M. Cohan. August 2010. Genomic heterogeneity among extremely close relatives in Bacillus. Presented at the International Symposium of Microbial Ecology.
Fournier, Claire, (PhD student) Cherny, Justin (PhD student) and Truncali, Kris. September 2010. Amino Termini of Many Yeast proteins Map to Downstream Start Codons. Wesleyan Biophysics Retreat.
Mace, Kevi (MA 08). 2008. Adaptive plasticity in the use of plant secondary chemicals: A woolly bear caterpillar self-medicates. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. With Professor Michael Singer.
Mason, Peri (PhD Student). 2010. Abundance trumps quality: Bi-trophic performance and parasitism risk fail to predict host use in the fall webworm. Society for the Study of Evolution Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. With Professor Michael Singer, Stephen Wilkes and John T. Lill.
McMichael, Collin (MA 10). 2010. Host-plant mediated effects on three larval lepidopteran immune systems. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA. With Professor Michael Singer.
Miller, Kate (PhD Student) and Barry Chernoff. March 2010. Bat activity and the aquatic community in two Connecticut rivers. Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources. Oral presentation.
Miller, Kate (PhD Student) and Barry Chernoff. August 2010. Bat activity and the aquatic community. Ecological Society of America, Annual Conference, Aquatic Ecology: Streams and Rivers Section. Oral presentation.
Tipton, Michelle (PhD student). 2010. The Effects of Drought on Marcroinvertebrates and Fish in Connecticut Streams. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists.
Tipton, Michelle (PhD student), Phoebe Stonebraker, Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn and Barry Chernoff. 2010. Phylogeography of the Blacknose Dace, Rhinichthys atratulus, in the Connecticut and Adjacent River Basins. 2010. Speed Presentation & Poster at the Southern New England Chapter American Fisheries Society, Winter Meeting.
Tipton, Michelle (PhD student). 2010. Phylogeography of the Blacknose Dace, and complications with Rhinichthys obtusus. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
Tipton, Michelle (PhD student), Doug Carlson and Barry Chernoff. 2010. Eastern and Western Blacknose Dace Genetic Differences in New York Streams. New York Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting.
Wiedenbeck, Jane, M Wu, and F Cohan. 2010. Genomic heterogeneity among extremely close relatives of Bacillus; POSTER: International Society of Microbial Ecology, Seattle, WA, (August, 2010)
Kopac, Sarah (PhD student), Wiedenbeck, Jane (MA), A Dombroski, and F Cohan. 2010. Bacillus speciation in the rhizosphere; POSTER: Microbial Pathogenesis Retreat, Dartmouth University. (February, 2010).
Wiedenbeck, Jane (MA), V Neino, S Allison, and A Martiny. 2010. Enzyme Activity in Coastal Marine Waters: response to temperature and metal ion availability; POSTER: American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences Conference, Portland, OR, (February, 2010)
Tipton, Michelle (PhD student), Phoebe Stonebraker, Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn and Barry Chernoff. 2009. Phylogeography of the Blacknose Dace, Rhinichthys atratulus, in the Connecticut and Adjacent River Basins. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
Miller, Kate (PhD Student) and Barry Chernoff. August 2009. Environmental conditions influencing the strucure and interactions of biological communities in CT streams. Ecological Society of America, Annual Conference. Riparian and Floodplain Habitats section. Poster.
McDonald, Kate and John Kirn. 2009. Anatomical correlates of adult song plasticity in the zebra finch. Poster. Society for Neuroscience.
Mason, Peri (PhD Student). 2009. Geographic mosaic in host-plant use: Regional variability in host preference and tri-trophic performance of the fall webworm. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. With Professor Michael Singer, Stephen Wilkes and John T. Lill.
Windner Stefanie, Steinbacher P, Sänger AM, Stoiber W. May 28-June 2, 2009. Teleost ventral body wall formation combines myogenic cell migration and direct myotomal extension. Making Muscle in the Embryo and Adult, Columbia University, NY.
Farkas, Tim (MA 09). 2009. Influence of host plant species identity on herbivore-parasitoid interactions: Disentangling trait-mediated from density-mediated effects. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM. With Professor Michael Singer.
Miller, Kate (PhD Student), Michelle Tipton (PhD Student) and Barry Chernoff. March 2009. The effect of dam removal on BMI and fish communities. Northeast Association of Environmental Biologists Annual Conference. Poster.
Miller, Kate (PhD student), Michelle Tipton (PhD student) and Barry Chernoff. 2009. The Effects of Dam Removal on BMI and Fish Communities. 33rd Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists.
Mason, Peri (PhD student). 2008. Ecological determinants of polyphagy by an insect herbivore (Hyphantria cunea, Arctiidae). Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. With Professor Michael Singer.
Farkas, Tim (MA 09). 2008. Top-down impacts on insect herbivores: Bird and spider predation on temperate forest caterpillars. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. With Professor Michael Singer.
Liu, Jiang (PhD student), Keily, Owen, Wes Fuhrman, John Kirn. 2007. The young and the restless: Preferential induction of gene expression by singing in adult-formed neurons added to a pre-motor vocal control region. Society for Neuroscience.
Classes and Travel
Mason, Peri (PhD student). 2010. Student in the Organization for Tropical Studies Graduate Specialty Course, Ecology of Plant-Animal Interactions in the Tropics. La Selva Biological Station.
Tulenko, Frank (PhD student). 2009.MBL Class: Student in "Embryology: Concepts and Techniques in Modern Developmental Biology" at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Wood's Hole, MA.