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Conference Presentations by Undergraduate Students in 2016

*Aguirre, N.M. and S.D. Davis. 2016. The effect of water stress on the growth of a fungal pathogen, Botryosphaeria dothidea. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract Hub-302-65.

*Aquirre, N.M., *M.E. Ochoa, and S.D. Davis. 2016. Historic Drought in California is Associated with Fungal-Induced dieback in a Keystone Chaparral Species. Research Experience for Undergraduates Symposium, Council of Undergraduate Research, 23-24 October 2016, Arlington, VA Abstract 1-9.

*Borges, A.J., *E.R. Pierce, *M.K. Taylor, *F.J. Morales, and S.D. Davis 2016. Using Koch's Postulate to identify the causative agent of dieback in Malosma laurina during historic drought in California. The 41st Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference. Point Loma Nazarene University, Sand Diego, CA. Poster 118.

*Chu, J., and P.M. Joyner. 2016. Investigation of toxic alkaloids from native plants in the Santa Monica Mountains. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract Hub-302-131.

*Davis, A.N., *N.M. Aguirre, *S.B. Nelson, *A.J. Borges, *E.R. Pierce, *G.S. Gilderman, *K.E. Sauer, *F.J. Morales, *M.K. Taylor, *G.N. Palmeri, *H.I. Holmlund, and S.D. Davis. 2016. Historic drought in California is linked to fungal-induced dieback in a keystone chaparral species. 110th Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Savannah, GA. Contributing Paper 3001.

*Davis, A.N., *S.B. Nelson, *N.M. Aguirre, and S.D. Davis. 2016. Root hydraulic conductance during fungal-induced dieback in a keystone chaparral shrub, Malosma laurina. Stanford Research Conference, April 15-17, Stanford, CA. Poster Presentation.

*Davis, A.N., *S.B. Nelson, *N.M. Aguirre, and S.D. Davis. 2016. Root hydraulic conductance in Malosma laurina experiencing severe dieback in the Santa Monica Mountains. The 41st Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference. Point Loma Nazarene University, Sand Diego, CA. Seminar 45.

*Duff, J.D., *B.K. LaFerney, *C.Y. Jones, P.M. McClatchey, J.L. Brewster. 2016. Carbon black exposure induces alterations in mitochondrial morphology in human lung cells: a software-based quantitative analysis. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract S-171.

*Duff J.D., *LaFerneyB.K., *Jones C.Y., McClatchey P.M., and Jay L. Brewster. 2016. Carbon Black Exposure Induces Alterations in Mitochondrial Morphology in Human Lung Cells: A Software-Based Quantitative Analysis, American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Abstract 6491.

*Gilderman, G.S., *K.E. Sauer, *G.N. Palmeri, S.D. Davis. 2016. The relationship of drought to chaparral shrub dieback in the Santa Monica Mountains. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract Hub-302-174.

*Gilderman, G.S., *K.E. Sauer, *E.R. Pierce, *A.J. Borges, *G.N. Palmeri, and S.D. Davis. 2016. Relationship between unprecedented drought in California and extensive dieback in the chaparral shrub Malosma laurina. Stanford Research Conference, April 15-17, Stanford, CA. Poster Presentation.

*Gilderman, G.S., *K.E. Sauer, *G.N. Palmeri, and S.D. Davis. 2016. Extensive Dieback in Malosma laurina in coastal exposures of the Santa Monica Mountains associated with unprecedented drought in California. The 41st Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference. Point Loma Nazarene University, Sand Diego, CA. Poster 61.

*Gribble, M.L., and F.J. Stewart. 2016. Salt marsh sediment microbial structure with links to iron-sulfur cycle. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract Hub-302-43.

*Gutierrez, K.V., and T.L. Vandergon. 2016. Growth responses in HUVECs to treatment with endorepellin. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Poster Presentation.

*Holmlund, H.I., *V.M. Lekson, *B.M. Gillespie, *N.M. Nakamatsu, *A.M. Burns, *K.E. Sauer, J. Pittermann, and S.D. Davis. 2016. Differential response to eight fern species to severe drought in California. 110th Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Savannah, GA. Poster Presentation D001.

*Holmlund, H.I., *V.M. Lekson, *A. M. Burns, *G. Palmeri, *S. Reese, and S.D. Davis. 2016b. Foliar water uptake in ferns on Santa Cruz Island versus the Santa Monica Mountains. 9th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, CA: October 2016, Abstract 21.
*Jones, M.T., C.L. Davis, and T.A. Lucas. 2016. A discrete stage-structured model of newt population declines due to severe drought. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract S-171.

*Jones C, *Calixto A, *Manes E, *Blair E, *Alvarado S, and J.L. Brewster. 2016. Nanoparticle-induced stress leads to elevated reactive oxygen species, punctate mitochondria, and apoptosis in human lung cells. West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, Point Loma Nazarene.

*Jones, M. 2016. A Discrete Stage-Structured Model of Newt Population Dynamics in
Santa Monica Mountain Streams During a Period of Drought" Mathematical Association of America MathFest 2016, Columbus Ohio,

*Milligan. W. 2016. "Predicting the Effects of Manual Crayfish Removal on Newt
Persistence" Mathematical Association of America MathFest 2016, Columbus Ohio,
Mathematical Association of America MathFest 2016, Columbus Ohio,

*Ochoa, M.E. and S.D. Davis. 2016. Water and carbon starvation predisposes a keystone chaparral shrub to fungal infection. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract S-171.

*Ordog, T.V., and T.L. Vandergon. 2016. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug effects on angiogenic responses to HUVECs. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract Hub-302-70.

*Ota, W., and J.D. Monzón. 2016. Can the lone star tick invade California? Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract HUB-269.

*Ota, W., B. *Olsen, and L.B. Kats. 2016. Do California newts affect New Zealand mud snail movement? Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract HUB-302-85.

*Pierce, E. R., K. L. Martin, and *V. V. Quach. 2016. The Median Size of Grunion Runs is Decreasing at Beaches in Los Angeles County. Western Society of Naturalists 100th Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA.

*Palmeri, G.N., *S.R. Reese, *H.I. Holmlund, F.W. Ewers, and S.D. Davis. 2016. Malosma laurina dieback associated with fungal-induced loss in hydraulic conductivity and photosynthesis. 110th Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Savannah, GA. Poster Presentation P003.

*Rector J, and J.L. Brewster. 2016. The effects of heat shock preconditioning on protein induction and cell survival after nanoparticle exposure, West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, Point Loma Nazarene.

*Sanderson, S.B., C.L. Davis, and T.A. Lucas. 2016. Investigating the Spatial Effects of Severe Drought on a California Newt Population. Mathematical Association of America MathFest 2016, Columbus Ohio,

*Sanderson, S.B., C.L. Davis, and T.A. Lucas. 2016. Investigating the spatial effects of severe drought on a California newt population. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract S-171.

*Sauer, K.E., and K.L. Martin. 2016. Hatching success of California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, in response to increased temperature and decreased sand humidity. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract Hub-302-143.

*Scott. L.M., and K.L. Martin. 2016. Yolk supply and consumption at two temperatures of the California grunion. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract Hub-367.

*Schueller, R., C.L. Davis, and T.A. Lucas. 2016. An Agent-Based Model that Analyzes the Effectiveness of Barriers and Crayfish Trapping on Newt Persistence in the Santa Monica Mountain Streams" Mathematical Association of America MathFest 2016, Columbus Ohio,

*Shelley, C.E. and K.L. Martin. 2016.Progression of activity and predator avoidance in California Grunion larvae. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract S-173.

*Yarbrough, A. and K. L. M. Martin. 2016. Potential Effects of Climate Change on Embryonic Development of California Grunion. Western Society of Naturalists 100th Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA.

Pepperdine student presents his poster

Selected Recent Publications in Biology by Undergraduate Students 

*Allison, B.J., *M.C. Allenby, *S.S. Bryant, J.E. Min, *H. Hieromnimon, M.P. Joyner. 2016. Comparison of the in vitro bioactivity of a panel of indigenous American medicinal plants and identification of antibacterial flavonoids from Artemisia californica. Natural Product Research, DOI: 10.1080/14786419.2016.1217201 (published online ahead of press)

*Holmlund, H.I., *V.M. Lekson, *B.M. Gillespie, *N.A. Nakamatsu, *A.M. Burns, *K.E. Sauer, J. Pittermann, and S.D. Davis. 2016 Seasonal changes in tissue water relations for eight species of ferns during historic drought in California. American Journal Botany (In Press).

*Jones, M.T., *W.R. Milligan, L.B. Kats, T.L. Vandergon, R.L. Honeycutt, R.N. Fisher, C.L. Davis, T.A. Lucas. 2016. A Discrete Stage-Structured Model ofCalifornia Newt Population Dynamics During a Period of Drought, Journal of Theoretical Biology, (in press).

Lucas, T.A, *R.A. Dona, *W. Jiang, *G.C. Johns, *D.J. Mann, *C.N. Seubert, *N.B.C. Webster, *C.H. Willens, S.D. Davis. 2016. An Individual-Based Model of Chaparral Vegetation Response to Frequent Wildfires. Theoretical Ecology (in Press).

*Lumley, E.M., *A.R. Osborn, *J.E. Scott, *A.G. Scholl, *V. Mercado, *Y.T. McMahan, *Z.G. Coffman, and J.L. Brewster. 2016. Moderate Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Activates a PERK and p38-dependent apoptosis, Cell Stress and Chaperones, [epub ahead of print 20 Oct 216]

Venturas, M.D., E.D. MacKinnon, *H.L. Dario, A.L. Jacobsen, R.B. Pratt, and S.D. Davis. 2016. Chaparral Shrub Hydraulic Traits, Size, and Life History Types Relate to Species Mortality during California's Historic Drought of 2014. PloS one, 11(7), p.e0159145.

Pausas, J, R.B. Pratt, J. Keeley, A. Jacobsen, A. Ramirez, A. Vilagrosa, S. Paula, *I. Kaneakua-Pia, S.D. Davis. 2016. Towards understanding resprouting at the global scale. New Phytologist 209:945-954.

Ingram, C. M., *N. J. Troendle, C. A. Gill, S. Braude, and R. L. Honeycutt. 2015. Challenging the inbreeding hypothesis in a eusocial mammal: Population genetics of the naked mole-rat, Heterocephalus glaber. Molecular Ecology 24:4848-4865.

Pratt, R.B., A.L. Jacobsen, *A.R. Ramirez, *A. M. Helms, *C.A. Traugh, M.F. Tobin, *M. Heffner, S.D. Davis. 2014. Mortality of resprouting chaparral shrubs after a fire and during a record drought: physiological mechanisms and demographic consequences. Global Change Biology, 20: 893-907.

Ingram, C. M., *N. J. Troendle, C. A. Gill, and R. L. Honeycutt. 2014. Development of 12 new microsatellite markers for the naked mole-rat, Heterocephalus glaber. Conservation Genetics Resources, DOI 10.1007/s12686-014-0147-2.

*Li, A.,G.M. Bucciarelli, L.B. Kats, and D.B. Green. 2014. Quantifying tetrodotoxin levels in the California newt using a non-destructive sampling method. Toxicon. 80, 87-93.

Kats, L., G. Bucciarelli, T. L. Vandergon, R. L. Honeycutt, *E. Matthiasen, *A. Sanders, S. P. Riley, J. L. Kerby, and R. N. Fisher. 2013. Effects of natural flooding and manual trapping on the facilitation of invasive crayfish-native amphibian coexistence in a semi-arid perennial stream. Journal of Arid Environments 98:109-112.

*Ishibashi, C.D., *A.R. Shaver, *D.P. Perrault, S.D. Davis, and R.L. Honeycutt. 2013. Isolation of microsatellite markers in a chaparral species endemic to southern California, Ceanothus megacarpus (Rhamnaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences 1(5):1200393.

*Matthiasen E. , *A. Sanders, L.B. Kats, G. Bucciarelli, T. L. Vandergon, R. L. Honeycutt, S. P. Riley, *J. L. Kerby, and R. N. Fisher. 2013. Effects of natural flooding and manual trapping on the facilitation of invasive crayfish-native amphibian coexistence in a semi-arid perennial stream. Journal of Arid Environments 98:109-112.

*Ramirez, A.R., B.R. Pratt, A.L. Jacobsen, and S.D. Davis. 2012. Exotic deer diminish post-fire resilience of native shrub communities on Santa Catalina Island, southern California. Plant Ecology 213:1037-1047.

*Murphy, L.A., *E.A. Ramirez, *V.T. Trinh, *A.M. Herman, *V.C. Anderson, and J.L. Brewster. 2011. Endoplasmic reticulum stress or mutation of an EF-hand Ca(2+)-binding domain directs the FKBP65 rotamase to an ERAD-based proteolysis. Cell Stress and Chaperones 16(6):607-619.

*Student authors denoted by asterisk*