Faculty Publications


  • Crerar, L.D., Freeman, E.W., Domning, D.P. and Parsons, E.C.M. 2016. Illegal trade of marine mammal bone exposed: simple test identifies bones of “mermaid ivory” or Steller’s sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas). Frontiers in Marine Science 3: 272.
    doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00272
  • Luther, D., & Danner, R. (2016), Males with larger bills sing at higher rates in a hot and dry environment. The Auk, 133(4), 770-778. DOI: 10.1642/AUK-16-6.1
  • Jayachandran, P., V.N. Olmo, S.P. Sanchez, R.J. McFarland, V.E. Werner, E. Hong, N. Sandez-Alberola, A. Molodstov, and R.M. Brewster. 2016. Microtubule-associated protein 1b is required for shaping the neural tube. Neural Development. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13064-015-0056-4
  • Ernst, C.H., A.F. Laemmerzahl, and J.E. Lovich 2016. A morphological review of subspecies of the Asian box turtle, Cuora amboinensis, (Testudines, Geomydidae). Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 129: 144-156.
  • Ernst, C.H., T.R. Creque, J.M. Orr, A.F. Laemmerzahl, and T.D. Hartsell. 2016. Characteristics of a snake community in Northern Virginia, USA. Herpetological Bulletin 135: 15-23.
  • Gillevet, P.M.
    1. Miller, G.E., et al., Lower Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status Associated with Reduced Diversity of the Colonic Microbiota in Healthy Adults. PLoS One, 2016. 11(2): p. e0148952.
    2. Kang, D.J., et al., Gut microbiota drive the development of neuro-inflammatory response in cirrhosis. Hepatology, 2016.
    3. Dal-Forno, M., et al., From one to six: unrecognized species diversity in the genus Acantholichen (lichenized Basidiomycota: Hygrophoraceae). Mycologia, 2016. 108(1): p. 38-55.
    4. Betrapally, N.S., P.M. Gillevet, and J.S. Bajaj, Changes in the Intestinal Microbiome and Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Liver Diseases: Causes or Effects? Gastroenterology, 2016. 150(8): p. 1745-1755.e3.
    5. Bajaj, J.S., et al., Erratum: Gut Microbiota Alterations can predict Hospitalizations in Cirrhosis Independent of Diabetes Mellitus. Sci Rep, 2016. 6: p. 20447.
    6. Ahluwalia, V., et al., Impaired Gut-Liver-Brain Axis in Patients with Cirrhosis. Sci Rep, 2016. 6: p. 26800.
  • Schwebach, J.R, Gerasimova D, Luther D.A., Verhoeven A.B., Davis C.P., Gostel M., Romulo C., Schreffler L., Seshaiyer P., Nelson J.K. 2016. Advancing Graduate Education and Faculty Development with Discipline Based Education Research and the SIMPLE Framework: Design Memos in Biology for Active Teaching. Athens Journal of Education. IN PRESS.
  • Broeckelman-Post MA, Johnson A, and Schwebach J.R. 2016. Calling on students using notecards: engagement and countering communication anxiety in large lecture. J. College Science Teaching 45 (5): 27-33.
  • Kathryn H. Jacobsen (GCH), A. Alonso Aguirre (ESP), Charles L. Bailey (SSB), Ancha Baranova (SSB), Paul L. Delamater (GGS), Jhumka Gupta (GCH), Kylene Kehn-Hall (SSB), Aarthi Narayanan (SSB), Mariaelena Pierobon (SSB), Katherine E. Rowan (Communication), J. Reid Schwebach (Biology), Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (Math), Dann M. Sklarew (ESP), Anthony Stefanidis (GGS),and Peggy Agouris (COS). 2016. Lessons from the Ebola Outbreak: Action Items for Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response (ECH-15-0072) EcoHealth. 13: 200-213.
  • Katie Araneo (Student), Melissa Csiskari (HHMI), and J. Reid Schwebach. Advising the biology major about career choices: resources and information for biology instructors. 2016. American Biology Teacher. IN PRESS.
  • Luther, D. A., Brooks, T. M., Butchart, S. H., Hayward, M. W., Kester, M. E., Lamoreux, J., & Upgren, A. (2016). Determinants of bird conservation action implementation and associated population trends of threatened species. Conservation Biology, 30: 1338–1346. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12757
  • Raymond M. Danner, Brian J. Olsen, and David Luther. (2016) Migratory Status, Winter Subspecies Interactions, and Habitat Segregation of Atlantic Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia atlantica). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology: June 2016, Vol. 128, No. 2, pp. 434-437.
  • Derryberry, E. P., Danner, R. M., Danner, J. E., Derryberry, G. E., Phillips, J. N., Lipshutz, S. E., … & Luther, D. A. (2016). Patterns of Song across Natural and Anthropogenic Soundscapes Suggest That White-Crowned Sparrows Minimize Acoustic Masking and Maximize Signal Content. PloS one, 11(4), e0154456.
  • Luther, D., Skelton, J., Fernandez, C., & Walters, J. (2016). Conservation action implementation, funding, and population trends of birds listed on the Endangered Species Act. Biological Conservation, 197, 229-234. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.03.019
  • Luther, D. A., Phillips, J., & Derryberry, E. P. (2016). Not so sexy in the city: urban birds adjust songs to noise but compromise vocal performance. Behavioral Ecology, 27(1), 332-340.
  • Chaboo, C.S. Biesele, M., Hitchcock, R.K. and A. Weeks. 2016. Beetle and plant arrow poisons of the Ju|’hoan and Hai||om San peoples of Namibia (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae; Plantae, Anacardiaceae, Apocynaceae, Burseraceae). ZooKeys 558: 9-54. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.558.5957
  • Gostel, M., Phillipson, P. and A. Weeks. 2016. Phylogenetic reconstruction of the myrrh genus, Commiphora (Burseraceae), reveals multiple radiations in Madagascar and clarifies infrageneric relationships. Systematic Botany 41(1): 67-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1600/036364416X690598
  • Muellner-Riehl, A.N., Weeks, A., Clayton, J.W., Buerki, S., Chung, Y., Cody, S., Nauheimer, L., and S.K. Pell. 2016. Molecular phylogenetics and molecular clock dating of Sapindales based on plastid rbcL, atpB and trnL-trnF DNA sequences. Taxon. In Press.
  • Gostel, M.R., Weeks, A., Raharimampionona, J. and P.B. Phillipson. 2016. A partial taxonomic revision of the Rhynchocarpa clade of Commiphora (Burseraceae) endemic to Madagascar. Systematic Botany. In Press.
  • Hawkins, Melissa T.R., Kristofer M. Helgen, Jesus E. Maldonado, Larry L. Rockwood, Mirian T.N. Tsuchiya, Jennifer Leonard. 2016. Phylogeny, biogeography and systematic revision of plan long-nosed squirrels (genus Dremomys, nannosciurinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 94: 752-764.
  • Crerar, L., Parsons, E.C.M. and Domning, D. 2016. Serendipity in research—investigation into illegal wildlife trade discovers a new population of Steller’s sea cows. Biology Letters 12(2): 20150670, 1-2.
  • Tsuchiya, M.T.N., K.P. Koepfli, R.B. Dikow, P. Frandsen, L.L. Rockwood, R. Kays, K.M. Helgen, and J.E. Maldonado. Whole genome sequencing of Procyonids: Insights into adaptation and alternative de novo assembly methods. 2016 American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, Tuesday, June 28th.
  • L.D. Parker, M.T.R. Hawkins, J.A. Leonard, M. Camacho-Sanchez, T.R. Wilbert, H.C. Lim, L.L. Rockwood, K.M. Helgen and J.E. Maldonado. Population genomics of the mountain treeshrew (Tupaia montana) in the sky islands of Borneo. 2016 American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, Monday, June 27th.
  • Cella, E.L., Parsons, E.C.M., & Rockwood, L.L. 2016. Non-governmental organizations and government agencies lead in cultivating positive sea turtle conservation attitudes. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 21(5).
    doi: 10.1080/10871209.2016.1171933
  • Hawkins MTR, Leonard JA, Helgen KM, McDonough MM, Rockwood LL, & Maldonado JE. 2016. Evolutionary history of endemic Sulawesi squirrels constructed from UCEs and mitogenomes sequenced from museum specimens. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 16: 1–16. doi: 10.1186/s12862-016-0650-z
  • Sitar, A. , May-Collado, L.J. , Wright, A.J., Peters-Burton, E., Rockwood, L., & Parsons, E.C.M. 2016. Boat operators in Bocas del Toro, Panama display low levels of compliance with national whale-watching regulations. Marine Policy 68: 221-228.


  • Ernst, C.H., J.M. Orr, A.F. Laemmerzahl, and T.R. Creque. 2015. Variation and Zoogeography of the turtle, Chrysemys picta, in Virginia, USA. Herpetological Bulletin 130: 915.
  • Gillevet, P.M.
    1. Wisittipanit, N., et al., Classification methods for the analysis of LH-PCR data associated with inflammatory bowel disease patients. Int J Bioinform Res Appl, 2015. 11(2): p. 111-29.
    2. Valcheva, R., et al., Soluble Dextrin Fibers Alter the Intestinal Microbiota and Reduce Proinflammatory Cytokine Secretion in Male IL-10-Deficient Mice. J Nutr, 2015. 145(9): p. 2060-6.
    3. Frankenfeld, C.L., et al., High-intensity sweetener consumption and gut microbiome content and predicted gene function in a cross-sectional study of adults in the United States. Ann Epidemiol, 2015. 25(10): p. 736-42.e4.
    4. Brown, R.E., et al., Quorum-sensing dysbiotic shifts in the HIV-infected oral metabiome. PLoS One, 2015. 10(4): p. e0123880.
    5. Bajaj, J.S., et al., Gut Microbiota Alterations can predict Hospitalizations in Cirrhosis Independent of Diabetes Mellitus. Sci Rep, 2015. 5: p. 18559.
    6. Bajaj, J.S., et al., Salivary microbiota reflects changes in gut microbiota in cirrhosis with hepatic encephalopathy. Hepatology, 2015. 62(4): p. 1260-71.
    7. Bajaj, J.S., N.S. Betrapally, and P.M. Gillevet, Decompensated cirrhosis and microbiome interpretation. Nature, 2015. 525(7569): p. E1-2.
  • Reid Schwebach, Alex Johnson. 2015. Four Methods for Engaging Students with Socratic Teaching Techniques in Large Enrollment STEM Courses Using Notecards. Conference Proceedings. Innovations in Teaching and Learning. http://journals.gmu.edu/ITLCP/article/view/675
  • Schaffer, A., Schwebach J.R. 2015. Usefulness of Livescribe Webrecordings Created by a Student Scholar to Engage Undergraduates in a Large Lecture Course. Journal of College Science Teaching 44(4): 54.
  • Swaddle, J. P., Francis, C. D., Barber, J. R., Cooper, C. B., Kyba, C. C., Dominoni, D. M., … & Luther, D. (2015). A framework to assess evolutionary responses to anthropogenic light and sound. Trends in ecology & evolution, 30(9), 550-560.
  • Ferrer-Gallego, P.P., Laguna, E., Alexander, S.N. and A. Weeks. 2015. Epitypification of Kosteletzkya pentacarpos (Malvaceae). Novon 24(3): 240 -245. http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2014001
  • Ariyawansa, H. A. et al. (127 authors including J. D. Lawrey). 2015. Fungal diversity notes 111-252—taxonomic and phylogenetic contributions to fungal taxa. Fungal Diversity 75: 27–274.
  • Rossman, A. Y., P. W. Crous, K. D. Hyde and the Working Group on Dothideomycetes (includes J. D. Lawrey). 2015. Recommended names for pleomorphic genera in Dothideomycetes. IMA Fungus 6: 507–523.
  • Ertz, D., P. Diederich, J. D. Lawrey, F. Berger, C. E. Freebury, B. Coppins, A. Gardiennet & J. Hafellner. 2015. Dismantling Dacampiaceae (Pleosporales): Didymocyrtis (Pleosporales) with Phoma-like anamorphs resurrected and segregated from Polycoccum (Trypetheliales, Polycoccaceae fam. nov.). Fungal Diversity 74: 53–89.
  • Dal-Forno, M., R. Lücking, F. Bungartz, A. Yánez-Ayabaca, M. P. Marcelli, A. A. Spielmann, L. F. Coca, J. L. Chaves, A. Aptroot, M. Sikaroodi, P. Gillevet, H. J. M. Sipman & J. D. Lawrey. 2015. From one to six: unrecognized species diversity in the genus Acantholichen P.M. Jørg. (lichenized Basidiomycota: Hygrophoraceae). Mycologia 108: 38–55.
  • Birchard, G.F. and D.C. Deeming. 2015. Chapter 9 Egg allometry: influences of phylogeny and the altricial-precocial continuum. Pp 97-112. In: Nests, Eggs and Incubation. D.C. Deeming and S.J. Reynolds eds. Oxford University Press.
  • Hawkins MTR, Helgen KM, Maldonado JE, Rockwood LL, Tsuchiya MTN, & Leonard JA. 2016. Phylogeny, biogeography and systematic revision of plain long-nosed squirrels (genus Dremomys, Nannosciurinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 94: 752–64. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.10.023
  • Springer MS, Signore AV, Paijmans JL, Vélez-Juarbe J, Domning DP, Bauer CE, He K, Crerar L, Campos PF, Murphy WJ, Meredith RW, Gatesy J, Willerslev E, MacPhee RD, Hofreiter M, Campbell KL. 2015. Interordinal gene capture, the phylogenetic position of Steller’s sea cow based on molecular and morphological data, and the macroevolutionary history of Sirenia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 91(10):178-193. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.05.022
  • Suija, A., D. Ertz, J. D. Lawrey & P. Diederich. 2015. Multiple origin of the lichenicolous life habit in Helotiales, based on nuclear ribosomal sequences. Fungal Diversity 70: 55-72.
  • Lawrey, J. D., G. Marson, J. Etayo, M. Dal-Forno, K. Driscoll & P. Diederich. 2015. Molecular data support establishment of a new genus for the lichenicolous species Neobarya usneae (Hypocreales). The Bryologist 118: 83-92.
  • Swaddle, John, C. D. Francis, J. R. Barber, C. B. Cooper, C.C.M. Kyba , D. Dominoni , G. Shannon , E. Aschehoug, S. E. Goodwin, A. Y. Kawahara, D. A. Luther, K. Spoelstra, M. Voss, and T. Longcore. 2015. A framework to assess evolutionary responses to anthropogenic light and sound. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. In press.
  • Bozarth, Christine A., Beth Gardner, Larry L. Rockwood and Jesus E. Maldonado. 2015. Using Fecal DNA and Spatial Capture-Recapture to Characterize a Recent Coyote Colonization. Northeastern Naturalist 22 (1): 144-162. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1656/045.022.0124
  • Rockwood, Larry L. 2015. Introduction to Population Ecology, 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom, 363 pp.
  • Schaffer, A. and J.R. Schwebach. 2015. Usefulness of Livescribe Webrecordings Created by a Student Scholar to Engage Undergraduates in a Large Lecture Course. Journal of College Science Teaching 44: 54-60.


  • Crerar, L.D., A.P. Crerar, D.P. Domning and E.C.M. Parsons. 2014. Rewriting the history of an extinction-was a population of Steller’s sea cows (Hydrodamalis gigas) at St. Lawrence Island also driven to extinction? Biology Letters 20140878.
  • Forkner, R.E. 2014. Simulated herbivory advances autumn plant phenology in Acer rubrum. International Journal of Biometeorology 58: 499-507. DOI:10.1007/s00484-013-0701-8
  • Hibbett, D. S., R. Bauer, M. Binder, A. J. Giachini, K. Hosaka, A. Justo, U. Kõljalg, E. Larsson, K. H. Larsson, J. D. Lawrey, O. Miettinen, L. Nagy, R. H. Nilsson, M. Weiß & R. G. Thorn. 2014. Agaricomycetes. Pp. 373–429. In: David J. McLaughlin et al. (eds.), The Mycota Vol. VII. Systematics and Evolution. Part A. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
  • Wijayawardene, N. N., P. W. Crous, P. M. Kirk, D. L. Hawksworth, S. Boonmee, U. Braun, D. Dai, M. J. D’souza, P. Diederich, A. Dissanayake, M. Doilom, S. Hongsanan, E. B. Gareth Jones, J. Z. Groenewald, R. Jayawardena, J. D. Lawrey. et al. (53 authors total). 2014. Naming and outline of Dothideomycetes–2014 including proposals for the protection or suppression of generic names. Fungal Diversity 69: 1-55. DOI: 10.1007/s13225-014-0309-2
  • Lücking, R., M. Dal-Forno, K. Wilk & J. D. Lawrey. 2014. Three new species of Dictyonema (lichenized Basidiomycota: Hygrophoraceae) from Bolivia. Acta Nova 6: 4-16.
  • Lücking, R., M. Dal-Forno, M. Sikaroodi, P. M. Gillevet, F. Bungartz, B. Moncada, A. Yánez-Ayabaca, J. L. Chaves, L. F. Coca & J. D. Lawrey. 2014. A single macrolichen constitutes hundreds of unrecognized species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.) 111: 11091-11096.
  • Ertz, D., J. D. Lawrey, R. S. Common, P. Diederich. 2014. Molecular data resolve a new order of Arthoniomycetes sister to the primarily lichenized Arthoniales and composed of black yeasts, lichenicolous and rock-inhabiting species. Fungal Diversity 66: 113-137.
  • Lücking, R., J. D. Lawrey, P. M. Gillevet, M. Sikaroodi & S. A. Berger. 2014. Multiple ITS haplotypes in the genome of the lichenized basidiomycete Cora inversa (Hygrophoraceae): fact or artifact? Journal of Molecular Evolution 78: 148-162.
  • Diederich, P., J. D. Lawrey, M. Capdet, S. Pereira, A. I. Romero, J. Etayo, A. Flakus, M. Sikaroodi & D. Ertz. 2014. New lichen-associated bulbil-forming species of Cantharellales (Basidiomycetes). Lichenologist 46: 1-14.
  • Schmull, M., M. Dal-Forno, R. Lücking, S. Cao, J. Clardy & J. D. Lawrey. 2014. Dictyonema huaorani (Agaricales: Hygrophoraceae), a new lichenized basidiomycete from Amazonian Ecuador with reported hallucinogenic properties. The Bryologist 117: 386-394.
  • Luther, D.A. and J. Magnotti. 2014. Can animals detect differences in vocalizations adjusted for anthropogenic noise? Animal Behaviour. 92: 111-116.
  • Luther, D.A. 2014. The invasion of terrestrial fauna into marine habitat: Birds in mangroves. In Invasion Biology and Ecosystem Theory – Insights from a continent in transition. Pages 103-117. Eds Gordon, I. and H. Prins. Cambridge Press, Cambridge UK.
  • Luther, D.A. and R. Greenberg. 2014. Contributing factors to bill morphology: Climate, habitat, and sex. Ecology and Evolution. 4(6): 699-705.
  • Luther, D.A. 2014. Introductory Biology for Non-majors Laboratory Manual, Second Edition. Hayden-McNeil Publishing, Inc., Plymouth MI.
  • Weeks, A., Zapata F., Pell, S.K., Daly, D.C., Mitchell, J.D. and Fine, P.V.A. 2014. To move or to evolve: contrasting patterns of intercontinental connectivity and climatic niche evolution in “Terebinthaceae” (Anacardiaceae and Burseraceae). Frontiers in Genetics. 5: 1-20.
  • Weeks, A., Bachman, B., Josway, S., Laemmerzahl, A.F., and B. North. 2014. Guiding student inquiry of eukaryotic organismal biology using the plasmodial slime mold, Physarum polycephalum. The American Biology Teacher 76(3): 196-200.
  • Gostel, M. and A. Weeks. 2014. Developing novel EPIC markers from EST databases and evaluating their phylogenetic utility in Commiphora (Burseraceae). Applications in Plant Sciences 2(4):1-6.