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Body size and fitness in plants: Revisiting the selection consequences of competition
Having capacity for a relatively large plant body size is usually regarded as a key functional trait associated with success under competition between resident species within natural vegetation. This traditional ...
Valuation Branding for Bioscience Research in the Twenty-First Century
Not my brother’s keeper: A thought experiment for Hamilton’s rule.
The now popular ‘selfish gene’ view defines evolutionary fitness at the gene levele in terms of the number of gene copies residing in future generations (or propelled from previous generations). Yet, most current biology ...
High-Latitude Responses of Diatom and Chironomid Assemblages to Regional Climate Changes and Other Environmental Stressors
High-latitude freshwater ecosystems are amongst the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. However, the response to warming is rarely straightforward and may be modulated by local or regional factors, producing variability ...
Does the goldfish COX4-1 gene promoter possess cold-responsive elements?
Mitochondrial biogenesis permits tissues to increase mitochondrial content in response to environmental and physiological stressors. In many species of fish mitochondrial biogenesis is triggered by cold exposure. The greater ...
Tissue Specific Functions and Regulation of DAF-18/PTEN
The insulin signaling antagonist daf-18/PTEN is known to play various roles in the response of C. elegans to starvation. While daf-18’s roles in promoting dauer formation are well understood, the extent of its roles in L1 ...
No Evidence of Sampling Bias in a Comparison of Two Common Avian Capture Methods
A common assumption underlying many biological studies is that the data we collect from a subset of individuals are representative of the broad population of interest. However, in studies of free-ranging animals, different ...
Towards the Development of Transgenic Reporter Lines for Assessing and Characterizing a LAC-Regulated UAS-GAL4 System
I designed and prepared the components of an inducible gene expression system based on the mouse lac system to address limitations in conventional Drosophila melanogaster inducible gene expression systems that preclude ...
Molecular Characterization of Arabidopsis Plastid Rhomboid Proteins
Rhomboid protease genes have been found in the majority of sequenced genomes. Rhomboid proteins control various cellular mechanisms such as cellular development, quorum-sensing, immune system evasion, and mitochondrial ...
The Role of Breeding Habitat Loss in the Decline of Eastern Whip-Poor-Will (Antrostomus Vociferus) Populations in Canada
Populations of birds that feed on flying insects (i.e., aerial insectivores) have been declining for several decades in North America, yet the cause of these declines is poorly understood. Among aerial insectivores, Eastern ...