Biological Sciences strives to provide students with broad training in biology and a solid foundation of core courses in the liberal arts. With a strong emphasis on student research, the department provides students with lab and field opportunities where they may explore at the molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels of biological organization.

Below you will find scholarly and other professional works of faculty in the Biological Sciences.

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Submissions from 2017

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Featured Herbarium: BUT—The Friesner Herbarium of Butler University, Rebecca W. Dolan

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Floristic response to urbanization: Filtering of the bioregional flora in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Rebecca W. Dolan, Myla F.J. Aronson, and Andrew L. Hipp

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Floristic Inventory of Woollen’s Gardens Nature Preserve, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA, With Quantitative Vegetation Sampling of Permanent Plots in 2003 and 2016, Rebecca W. Dolan and Marcia E. Moore

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Results of the 2016 Indianapolis Biodiversity Survey, Marion County, Indiana, Jeffrey D. Holland, Rebecca W. Dolan, Jeremy J. Sheets, Michael S. Finkler, Brant E. Fisher, Roger L. Hedge, Tom Swinford, Nick Harby, Robert P. Jean, Megan K. Martin, Bill McKnight, Marc Milne, Kirk Roth, Paul Rothrock, and Carl Strang

Submissions from 2016

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Invasive Species in an Urban Flora: History and Current Status in Indianapolis, Indiana, Rebecca W. Dolan

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Indiana Plant Atlas, Rebecca W. Dolan and Marcia E. Moore

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The Anaphase-Promoting Complex (APC) ubiquitin ligase affects chemosensory behavior in C. elegans, Julia Wang, Alexandra K. Jennings, and Jennifer R. Kowalski

Submissions from 2014

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A global analysis of the impacts of urbanization on bird and plant diversity reveals key anthropogenic drivers, Myla F.J. Aronson, Frank A. La Sorte, Charles H. Nilon, Madhusudan Katti, Mark A. Goddard, Christopher A. Lepczyk, Paige S. Warren, Nicholas S.G. Williams, Sarel Cilliers, Bruce Clarkson, Cynnamon Dobbs, Rebecca W. Dolan, Marcus Hedblom, Stefan Klotz, Jip Louwe Kooijmans, Ingolf Kühn, Ian MacGregor-Fors, Mark McDonnell, Ulla Mörtberg, Petr Pyšek, Stefan Siebert, Jessica Sushinsky, Peter Werner, and Marten Winter

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Nitrogen Fertilization Has a Stronger Effect on Soil Nitrogen-Fixing Bacterial Communities than Elevated Atmospheric CO2, Sean T. Berthrong, Chris M. Yeager, Laverne Gallegos-Graves, Blaire Steven, Stephanie A. Eichorst, Robert B. Jackson, and Cheryl R. Kuske

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Bacon's Swamp- Ghost of a Central Indiana Natural Area Past, Rebecca W. Dolan

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Did Androgen-Binding Protein Paralogs Undergo Neo- and/or Subfunctionalization as the Abp Gene Region Expanded in the Mouse Genome?, Robert C. Karn, Amanda G. Chung, and Christina M. Laukaitis

Beta diversity of urban floras among European and non-European cities, Frank A. La Sorte, Myla F. J. Aronson, Nicholas S. G. Williams, Laura Celesti-Grapow, Sarel Cilliers, Bruce D. Clarkson, Rebecca W. Dolan, Andrew Hipp, Stefan Klotz, Ingolf Kühn, Petr Pyšek, Stefan Siebert, and Marten Winter

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Beta diversity of urban floras among European and non-European cities, Frank A. La Sorte, Myla F.J. Aronson, Nicholas S.G. Williams, Laura Celesti-Grapow, Sarel Cilliers, Bruce D. Clarkson, Rebecca W. Dolan, Andrew Hipp, Stefan Klotz, Ingolf Kühn, Pter Pyšek, Stefan Siebert, and Marten Winter

Submissions from 2013

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Agricultural Management and Labile Carbon Additions Affect Soil Microbial Community Structure and Interact with Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling, Sean T. Berthrong, Daniel H. Buckely, and Laurie E. Drinkwater

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Mapping the Design Process for Urban Ecology Researchers, Alexander J. Felson, Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman, Tim Carter, Franco Montalto, Bill Shuster, Nikki Springer, Emilie K. Stander, and Olyssa Starry

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The Role of Retrotransposons in Gene Family Expansions: Insights from the Mouse Abp Gene Family, Václav Janoušek, Robert C. Karn, and Christina M. Laukaitis

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Acyl-Lipid Metabolism, Younghua Li-Beisson, Basil Shorrosh, Fred Beisson, Mats X. Andersson, Vincent Arondel, Philip D. Bates, Sébastien Baud, David Bird, Allan DeBono, Timothy P. Durrett, Rochus B. Franke, Ian A. Graham, Kenta Katayama, Amélie A. Kelly, Tony Larson, Jonathan E. Markham, Martine Miquel, Isabel Molina, Ikuo Nishida, Owen Rowland, Lacey Samuels, Katherine M. Schmid, Hajime Wada, Ruth Welti, Changcheng Xu, Rémi Zallot, and John Ohlrogge

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Movement and habitat use of the snapping turtle in an urban landscape, Travis J. Ryan, William A. Peterman, Jessica D. Stephens, and Sean C. Sterrett

Submissions from 2008

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The pholcid spiders of Micronesia and Polynesia (Araneae, Pholcidae), Joseph A. Beatty, James W. Berry, and Bernhard A. Huber

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Metabolic Engineering of the Content and Fatty Acid Composition of Vegetable Oils, E. B. Cahoon and Katherine M. Schmid

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Capturing Genetic Variation during Ecological Restorations: An Example from Kankakee Sands in Indiana, Rebecca W. Dolan, Deborah L. Marr, and Andrew Schnabel

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Genetic change following fire in populations of a seed-banking perennial plant, Rebecca W. Dolan, Pedro F. Quintana-Ascencio, and Eric S. Menges

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Rapid Bursts of Androgen-Binding Protein (Abp) Gene Duplication Occurred Independently in Diverse Mammals, Christina M. Laukaitis, Andreas Heger, Tyler D. Blakely, Pavel Munclinger, Chris P. Ponting, and Robert C. Karn

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Movement and habitat use of two aquatic turtles (Graptemys geographic and Trachemys scripta) in an urban landscape, Travis J. Ryan, C A. Conner, B A. Douthitt, S C. Sterrett, and Carmen M. Salsbury

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Distribution Patterns of Sciurus niger (Eastern Fox Squirrel) Leaf Nests Within Woodlots Across a Suburban/Urban Landscape, Carmen M. Salsbury

Submissions from 2007

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Environmental Controls on the Landscape-Scale Biogeography of Stream Bacterial Communities, Noah Fierer, Jennifer L. Morse, Sean T. Berthrong, Emily S. Bernhardt, and Robert B. Jackson

Submissions from 2005

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Descriptive ecology of a turtle assemblage in an urban landscape, Conner C. A, B A. Douthitt, and Travis J. Ryan

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A new species of Streptanthus (Brassicaceae) from Three Peaks in Lake County, California, Rebecca W. Dolan and Richard O'Donnell

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The Uptake of Amino Acids by Microbes and Trees in Three Cold-Temperate Forests, Adrien C. Finzi and Sean T. Berthrong

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Cortactin regulates cell migration via activation of N-WASP, Jennifer Kowalski, C. Egile, S. Gil, S. B. Snapper, R. Li, and S. M. Thomas

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Diverse Spatial, Temporal, and Sexual Expression of Recently Duplicated Androgen-Binding Protein Genes in Mus musculus, Christina M. Laukaitis, Stephen R. Dlouhy, Richard D. Emes, Chris P. Ponting, and Robert C. Karn

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Stereochilus marginatus, Travis J. Ryan

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Eurycea longicauda, Travis J. Ryan and C. A. Conner

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Eurycea guttolineata, Travis J. Ryan and Brittney A. Douthitt

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Eurycea junaluska, Travis J. Ryan and D. M. Sever

Submissions from 2004

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Population genetic structure in Nolina brittoniana (Agavaceae), a plant endemic to the central ridges of Florida, Rebecca W. Dolan, Rebecca Yahr, and Eric S. Menges

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Eurycea junaluska, Geoffrey Hammerson and Travis J. Ryan

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Comment on "A Reservoir of Nitrate Beneath Desert Soils", R. B. Jackson, Sean T. Berthrong, C. W. Cook, E. G. Jobbagy, and R. L. McCulley

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Hatching asynchrony, survival, and the fitness of alternative adult morphs in Ambystoma talpoideum, Travis J. Ryan

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Effects of science interest and experience on pseudoscientific beliefs--An Empirical Test, Travis J. Ryan, Jessica Brown, Angela Johnson, Colin Sanberg, and Megan Schilmidier

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The Distribution of Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) Leaf Nests within Forest Fragments in Central Indiana, Carmen M. Salsbury, Rebecca W. Dolan, and Emily B. Pentzer

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Lipid Metabolism, Katherine M. Schmid

Submissions from 2002

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Monitoring herpetofauna in a managed forest landscape: effects of habitat types and census techniques, Travis J. Ryan, Thomas Philippi, Yale A. Leiden, Michael E. Dorcas, T. Bently Wigley, and J. Whitfield Gibbons

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Lipid Metabolism in Plants, Katherine M. Schmid and J. B. Ohlrogge

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Ultrastructure of the reproductive system of the black swamp snake (Seminatrix pygaea). Part III. The sexual segment of the male kidney., David M. Sever

Submissions from 2001

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DESCRIPTION OF HAKKA, A NEW GENUS OF JUMPING SPIDER (ARANEAE, SALTICIDAE) FROM HAWAII AND EAST ASIA, James W. Berry and Jerzy Prószyński

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Geographic distribution. Farancia abacura., Kate Ingram, Travis W. Perry, and Travis J. Ryan

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Comparative genetics of seven plants endemic to Florida’s Lake Wales Ridge, Eric S. Menges, Rebecca W. Dolan, Rebecca Yahr, and Doria R. Gordan

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Does sex influence post-reproductive metamorphosis in Ambystoma talpoideum?, Travis J. Ryan and Gabrielle Swenson

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Effects of hydroperiod on metamorphosis in Rana sphenocephala, Travis J. Ryan and Christopher T. Winne

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Aspects of sex-specific differences in the expression of an alternative life cycle in the salamander Ambystoma talpoideum, Christopher T. Winne and Travis J. Ryan

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Evaporative water loss in two natricine snakes, Nerodia fasciata and Seminatrix pygaea, Christopher T. Winne, Travis J. Ryan, Yale Leiden, and Michael E. Dorcas

Submissions from 2000

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Genetic diversity and reproductive biology in Warea carteri (Brassicaceae), a narrowly endemic Florida scrub annual, Margaret E.K. Evans, Rebecca W. Dolan, Eric S. Menges, and Doria R. Gordon

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The global decline of reptiles, deja’ vu amphibians, J. Whitfield Gibbons, David E. Scott, Travis J. Ryan, Kurt A. Buhlmann, Tracey D. Tiuberville, Brian S. Metts, Judith L. Greene, Tony Mills, Yale Leiden, Sean Poppy, and Christopher T. Winne

Adaptive amplification, an inducible chromosomal instability mechanism, P. J. Hastings, H. K. Bull, Jennifer Kowalski, and S. M. Rosenberg

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Seminatrix pygaea. Diet., Mark S. Mills, Travis J. Ryan, Sean M. Poppy, Anthony M. Mills, and Michael E. Dorcas

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Life history evolution and adaptive radiation of hemidactyliine salamanders, Travis J. Ryan and R. C. Bruce

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Sex and size interaction and standard metabolic rate of paedomorphic Ambystoma talpoideum: size does matter, Travis J. Ryan and William A. Hopkins

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Ultrastructure of the reproductive system of the black swamp snake (Seminatrix pygaea): Part II. Annual oviducal cycle, David M. Sever, Travis J. Ryan, Deborah Patton, and Shannon Swafford