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Works from 2021

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From coast to coast to coast: Ecology and management of eelgrass systems across Canada, Sarah Joy Bittick

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A functional genomics screen identifying blood cell development genes in Drosophila by undergraduates participating in a course-based research experience, Cory Evans

Works from 2020

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Herbivory strength is similar or even greater in algal-compared to coral-dominated habitats on a recovering coral reef, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Inaccurate and Biased Global Media Coverage Underlies Public Misunderstanding of Shark Conservation Threats and Solutions, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Seasonally specific changes in migration phenology across 50 years in the Black-throated Blue Warbler, Kristen M. Covino

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Spring migration of blackpoll warblers across North America, Kristen M. Covino

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Investigating Los Angeles' urban roadway network from a biologically-formed perspective, Tatiana Kuzmenko and Demian A. Willette

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Humanity’s best friend: A dog-centric approach to addressing global challenges, Eric Strauss

Works from 2019

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A rapidly expanding alga acts as a secondary foundational species providing novel ecosystem functions in the South Pacific, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Expression-based cell lineage analysis in Drosophila through a course-based research experience for early undergraduates, Cory J. Evans

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Visitors’ attachment to urban parks in Los Angeles, CA, Michele Romolini, Emily R. Simso, and Eric G. Strauss

Works from 2018

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A tale of two algal blooms: negative effects of two dominant genera on seagrass and its epiphytes, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Informing Canada’s commitment to biodiversity conservation: A science-based framework to help guide protected areas designation through Target 1 and beyond, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Patterns of uncertainty in life-history and extinction risk for Arctic vertebrates, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Breaking Boundaries in Computing in Undergraduate Courses, Kam D. Dahlquist, John David N. Dionisio, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, and Anna E. Bargagliotti

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Accurate measurement of main aerosol constituents from heated tobacco products (HTPs): Implications for a fundamentally different aerosol, Hovik J. Gasparyan

Works from 2017

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Empirical data demonstrates risk-tradeoffs between landscapes for herbivorous fish may promote reef resilience, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Simultaneous synergist, antagonistic, and additive interactions between multiple local stressors all degrade algal turf communities on coral reefs, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Effect of fuel deposition rate on departure fuel load of migratory songbirds during spring stopover along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Kristen M. Covino

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Clinical implications of augmenter of liver regeneration in cancer: A systematic review, Deepa V. Dabir

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Osm1 facilitates the transfer of electrons from Erv1 to fumarate in the redox-regulated import pathway in the mitochondrial intermembrane space, Deepa V. Dabir

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Leg Loss and Fitness in Female Green Lynx Spiders Peucetia viridans (Araneae: Oxyopidae), Martina G. Ramirez

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Seasonal expression of migratory behavior in a facultative migrant, the pine siskin, Heather E. Watts, Ashley R. Robart, Jasmine K. Chopra, and Carmela E. Asinas

Works from 2016

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Measures of Relative Dentary Strength in Rancho La Brea Smilodon fatalis over Time, Wendy J. Binder, Kassaundra S. Cervantes, and Julie A. Meachen

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Bolstered physical defences under nutrient-enriched conditions may facilitate a secondary foundational algal species in the South Pacific, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Nutrients induce and herbivores maintain thallus toughness, a structural antiherbivory defense in Turbinaria ornata, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Sediments influence accumulation of two macroalgal species through novel but differing interactions with nutrients and herbivory, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Preliminary Report: A survey of aggressive behaviors in the American coot (Fulica americana) at Ballona Wetlands, California, Victor D. Carmona-Galindo, Mariele Anne Courtois, and Kiara Cerda

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A “Rule-of-Five” Framework for Models and Modeling to Unify Mathematicians and Biologists and Improve Student Learning, Kam D. Dahlquist

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GRNsight: a web application and service for visualizing models of small- to medium-scale gene regulatory networks, Kam D. Dahlquist, John David N. Dionisio, Ben G. Fitzpatrick, Nicole A. Anguiano, Anindita Varshneya, Britain J. Southwick, and Mihir Samdarshi

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A potential mate influences reproductive development in female, but not male, pine siskins, Heather E. Watts, Bruce Edley, and Thomas P. Hahn

Works from 2015

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A preliminary study of Argiope argentata as indicators of southern California metal contamination, Sarah A. Carratt and Martina G. Ramirez

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DNA-Based Authentication of Botanicals and Plant-Derived Dietary Supplements: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?, Denise F. Coutinho Moraes, David W. Still, Michelle R. Lum, and Ann M. Hirsch

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Fall migratory patterns of the Blackpoll Warbler at a continental scale, Kristen M. Covino

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Patterns of testosterone in three Nearctic-Neotropical migratory songbirds during spring passage, Kristen M. Covino

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Parameter Estimation for Gene Regulatory Networks from Microarray Data: Cold Shock Response in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Kam D. Dahlquist, Ben G. Fitzpatrick, Erika T. Camacho, Stephanie D. Entzminger, and Nathan C. Wanner

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Proteomic analysis of cardiac response to thermal acclimation in the eurythermal goby fish Gillichthys mirabilis, W. Wesley Dowd, Nishad Jayasundara, Lars Tomanek, and George N. Somero

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Thermal Variation, Thermal Extremes and the Physiological Performance of Individuals, W. Wesley Dowd, Felicia A. King, and Mark W. Denny

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Mining the phytomicrobiome to understand how bacterial coinoculations enhance plant growth, Nancy Fujishige

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Micro-scale environmental variation amplifies physiological variation among individual mussels, Ana Gabriela Jimenez, Sarah Jayawardene, Shaina Alves, Jeremiah Dallmer, and Wesley W. Dowd

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A reliable method for the selection and confirmation of transconjugants of plant growth-promoting bacteria especially plant-associated Burkholderia spp., Michelle Lum

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Mia40 Protein Serves as an Electron Sink in the Mia40-Erv1 Import Pathway, Sonya E. Neal, Deepa V. Dabir, Heather L. Tienson, Darryl M. Horn, Kathrin Glaeser, Rachel R. Ogozalek Loo, Antoni Barrientos, and Carla M. Koehler

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Spiderling sex ratio and maternal investment in the bolas spider Mastophora cornigera (Araneae, Araneidae), Martina G. Ramirez

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Variation among individuals in photoperiod responses: Effects of breeding schedule, photoperiod, and age-related photoperiodic experience in birds., Heather E. Watts

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Annual Schedules, Heather E. Watts, Thomas P. Hahn, Kathleen R. Brazeal, Elizabeth M. Schultz, Helen E. Chmura, Jamie M. Cornelius, and Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton

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Biological Timekeeping: Individual Variation, Performance, and Fitness, Heather E. Watts, Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton, and Thomas P. Hahn

Works from 2014

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Effects of sediment depth on algal turf height are mediated by interactions with fish herbivory on a fringing reef, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Differential Resource allocation of black mustard plants (Brassica nigra L.) with proximity to black walnut trees (Jug/ans californica L.) in a Southern California Riparian ecosystem, Victor D. Carmona-Galindo, Matt Cronrod, and Kellyanne Gold

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Sub-Canopy Temperature Dynamics of a Native Tree Plantation from a Lowland Tropical Rainforest in Costa Rica, Victor D. Carmona-Galindo, Traci-Lynn Hirai, Stacie Samuelson, Cherie Hale, and Elizabeth Braker

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Characterization of Sugar Diversity in Floral and Extra-Floral Nectar from the Coastal Coral Tree (Erythrina caffra Thunb.) in Southern California, Victor D. Carmona-Galindo, Kenny Morales, Renee Maser, Julius Doyle, and Mera Gobrial

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Exploration of climate influences on the abundance of galls on red willow (Salix /aevigata) across two riparian communities in Southern California, Victor D. Carmona-Galindo, Rachael Sears, Tauras P. Vilgalys, Emily Hand, and Sara Morledge-Hampton

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Insect visitation of peduncular and petiolar extrafloral nectar glands on castor bean (Ricinus communis L.) plants in Southern California, Victor D. Carmona-Galindo, Taylor Waters, and David Chirikian

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Drosophila hematopoiesis: Markers and methods for molecular genetic analysis, Cory Evans

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Pvr expression regulators in equilibrium signal control and maintenance of Drosophila blood progenitors, Cory Evans

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Stage-dependent plasticity of the anterior neural folds to form neural crest, Maxellende Ezin

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The fossil record of phenotypic integration and modularity: A deep-time perspective on developmental and evolutionary dynamics, Anjali Goswami, Wendy J. Binder, Julie Meachen, and F. Robin O'Keefe

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Cranial morphometrics of the dire wolf, Canis dirus, at Rancho La Brea: temporal variability and its links to nutrient stress and climate, F. Robin O'Keefe, Wendy J. Binder, Stephen R. Frost, Rudyard W. Sadlier, and Blaire Van Valkenburgh

Works from 2013

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Meiosis I Arrest Abnormalities Lead to Severe Oligozoospermia in Meiosis 1 Arresting Protein (M1ap)-Deficient Mice, Nelson Alexander Arango, Li Li, Deepa V. Dabir, Fotini Nicolau, Rafael Pieretti-Vanmarcke, Carla Koehler, John R. McCarrey, Naifang Lu, and Patricia K. Donahoe

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La Diversidad de los Análisis de Diversidad La Diversidad de los Analisis de Diversidad [The Diversity of Diversity Analyses], Victor D. Carmona-Galindo and Tizziana V. Carmona

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A preliminary study of Ricinus communis survivorship at Ballona Wetlands and Temescal Canyon, Los Angeles, California, Victor D. Carmona-Galindo, Daryle Hinton-Hardin, Jodi Kagihara, and Mary Rose Pascua

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Differential bait preference and rate of attraction by Argentine ants (Linepithema humile Mayr) at freshwater and saltwater marsh sites in southern California, Victor D. Carmona-Galindo, Meghan Moore, and Melanie Tansuwan

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Anthropogenic Impacts of Irrigation on the Arthropod Community Structure of a Coastal Sage Scrub Habitat in Los Angeles, Victor D. Carmona, Justin Aquino, and Mindi Catala

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An Examination of Opuntia Littoralis Fruit Volume, Sugar Concentration, Number of Seeds and Average Seed Mass in Relation to Fitness, Victor D. Carmona, Kathleen Foster, and Carolyne Hoey

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Relationship Between Elaiosome and EFN Gland Size in Castor Bean (Ricinus Communis L.), an Exotic Mymercophyte in Southern California, Victor D. Carmona, Andrew Henslin, and Lisa Liceaga

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Assessing the Impact of Invasive Species Management Strategies on the Population Dynamics of Castor Bean (Ricinus communis L., euphorbiaceae) at Two Southern California Coastal Habitats, Victor D. Carmona, Daryle Hinton-Hardin, Jodi Kagihara, and Mary Rose T. Pascua

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The Relationship Between Castor Bean Stem Diameter and Extrafloral Nectary Gland Size, Victor D. Carmona, Stephen Line, and Kevin Hong

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A small molecule inhibitor of redox-regulated protein translocation into mitochondria, Deepa V. Dabir

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Behavior and survival of Mytilus congeners following episodes of elevated body temperature in air and seawater, W. Wesley Dowd and George N. Somero

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Variation of NimC1 expression in Drosophila stocks and transgenic strains, Cory Evans

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Obligate versus rich patch opportunism: Evolution and endocrine mechanisms, Heather E. Watts

Works from 2012

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Role of twin Cys-Xaa9-Cys motif cysteines in mitochondrial import of the cytochrome c oxidase biogenesis factor Cmc1, Deepa V. Dabir

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Challenges for Biological Interpretation of Environmental Proteomics Data in Non-model Organisms, Wesley W. Dowd

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Biophysics, environmental stochasticity, and the evolution of thermal safety margins in intertidal limpets, W. Wesley Dowd and M. W. Denny

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Society, demography and genetic structure in the spotted hyena, Heather E. Watts

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Non-photoperiodic regulation of reproductive physiology in the flexibly breeding pine siskin (Spinus pinus), Heather E. Watts and Thomas P. Hahn

Works from 2011

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Preliminary Report: Investigation of Castor Bean Investment in Extra-Floral Nectary Glands and Reproduction, Victor D. Carmona-Galindo, Kavita Goss, Tina Marie Moger, and Ashton Nielson

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Relationship between Soil Sodium Concentration and Plant Height in Salicornia Virginica in the Ballona Wetlands in Los Angeles, California, Victor D. Carmona, Molly Bogeberg, and Stephanie Vivanco

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A Preliminary Study of Heteromeles Arbutifolia Fruit Morphology at Ballona Wetlands and Temescal Canyon, Los Angeles, California, Victor D. Carmona, Phil Simmons, Elise Vo, and Elizabeth Wight

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Interaction between differentiating cell- and niche-derived signals in hematopoietic progenitor maintenance, Cory J. Evans

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Relationships between physiological characteristics and trace metal body burdens of banded garden spiders Argiope trifasciata (Araneae, Araneidae), Martina Ramirez, Jeremy McCallum, James M. Landry, Viviana A. Vallin, Sarah H. Fukui, Heidi E. Gergus, Jaclyn D. Torres, and Charisse L. Sy

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Urban environmental education: Leveraging technology and ecology to engage students in studying the environment, Eric G. Strauss

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Genetic diversity and structure in two spotted hyena populations reflects social organization and male dispersal, Heather E. Watts

Works from 2010

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A comparison of tooth wear and breakage in Rancho La Brea sabertooth cats and dire wolves across time, Wendy J. Binder

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Turbinaria ornata as an herbivory refuge for associate algae, Sarah Joy Bittick

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Substrate specificity of the TIM22 mitochondrial import pathway revealed with small molecule inhibitor of protein translocation, Deepa V. Dabir

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Erratum: The BioPAX community standard for pathway data sharing, Kam D. Dahlquist

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Proceedings of the 11th Annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) 2010, Kam D. Dahlquist

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The BioPAX Community Standard for Pathway Data Sharing, E. Demir, M. P. Cary, S. Paley, K. Fukuda, C. Lemer, I. Vastrik, G. Wu, P. D’Eustachio, C. Schaefer, J. Luciano, F. Schacherer, I. Martinez-Flores, Z. Hu, V. Jimenez-Jacinto, G. Joshi-Tope, K. Kandasamy, A. C. Lopez-Fuentes, H. Mi, E. Pichler, I. Rodchenkov, A. Splendiani, S. Tkachev, J. Zucker, G. Gopinath, H. Rajasimha, R. Ramakrishnan, I. Shah, M. Syed, N. Anwar, O. Babur, M. Blinov, E. Brauner, D. Corwin, S. Donaldson, F. Gibbons, R. Goldberg, R. Hornbeck, A. Luna, P. Murray-Rust, E. Neumann, O. Reubenacker, M. Samwald, M. van Iersel, S. Wimalaratne, K. Allen, B. Braun, M. Whirl-Carrillo, K. H. Cheung, Kam D. Dahlquist, A. Finney, M. Gillespie, E. Glass, L. Gong, M. Honig, O. Hubaut, D. Kane, S. Krupa, M. Kutmon, J. Leonard, D. Marks, D. Merberg, V. Petri, A. Pico, D. Ravenscroft, L. Ren, N. Shah, M. Sunshine, R. Tang, R. Whaley, S. Letovksi, K. H. Buetow, A. Rzhetsky, V. Schachter, B. S. Sobral, U. Dogrusoz, S. McWeeney, M. Aladjem, E. Birney, J. Collado-Vides, S. Goto, M. Hucka, N. Le Novère, N. Maltsev, A. Pandey, P. Thomas, E. Wingender, P. D. Karp, C. Sander, and G. D. Bader

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Proteomic and physiological responses of leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata) to salinity change, W. Wesley Dowd, B. N. Harris, J.J. Chech Jr, and D. Kültz

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Chinmo Is a Functional Effector of the JAK/STAT Pathway that Regulates Eye Development, Tumor Formation, and Stem Cell Self-Renewal in Drosophila, Cory J. Evans

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Candidate Genes for Chromosomes 6 and 10: Quantitative Trait Loci for Age-Related Retinal Degeneration in Mice, D.G. Ogando, Kam D. Dahlquist, M. Alizadeh, K. Kunchithapautham, J. Li, N. Yu, M.M. LaVail, B. Rohrer, D. Vollrath, and M. Danciger

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Male Remating Success and the Frequency of Copulatory Plugs in the Green Lynx Spider Peucetia viridans (Araneae, Oxyopidae), Martina G. Ramirez, Angelik C. Achekian, Catherine R. Coverley, Rachel M. Pierce, Sarah S. Eiman, and Melissa M. Wetkowski

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Responses of spotted hyenas to lions reflect individual differences in behavior, Heather E. Watts

Works from 2009

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G-TRACE: rapid Gal4-based cell lineage analysis in Drosophila, Cory Evans

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TEN1 is essential for CDC13-mediated telomere capping, Hovik J. Gasparyan

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Yeast telomere capping protein Stn1 overrides DNA replication control through the S phase checkpoint, Hovik J. Gasparyan

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Evidence for Multiple Paternity in Broods of the Green Lynx Spider Peucetia viridans (Araneae: Oxyopidae), Martina G. Ramirez

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Coywolf, Canis latrans × lycaon, pack density doubles following the death of a resident territorial male, Eric Strauss

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Ecological determinants of survival and reproduction in the spotted hyena, Heather E. Watts

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Evolution of environmental cue response mechanisms: Adaptive variation in photorefractoriness, Heather E. Watts