Journal Publications at UTRGV-Biology since 2014

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Ecology and Systematics

Nekola, J.C., B. T. Hutchins, A. Schofield, B. Najev, K.E. Perez. 2019. Caveat comsumptor notitia museo: Let the museum data user beware. Global Ecology and Biogeography, Early Look, .

Gladstone, N.S., K.E. Perez, N. Shoobs, E.B. Pieper, K.E. Dooley, E.T. Carter, A.S. Engel, M.L Niemiller. A new species of stygobitic snail in the genus Antrorbis Hershler and Thompson, 1990 (Gastropoda: Cochliopidae) from the Appalachian Valley and Ridge of eastern Tennessee, USA. Zookeys, 898: 103-120.

Taylor, CM, Miyazono, S. Cheek, CA, Edwards, RJ and R Patiño. 2019. The spatial scale of homogenization and differentiation in Chihuahuan Desert fish assemblages. Freshwater Biology 64 (1), 222-232

Lonard, R.I, J.W. Judd, K.R. Summy, H. DeYoe, and R. Stalter. 2017. The biological flora of coastal dunes and wetlands: Avicennia germinans. Journal of Coastal Research 33(1):191-207.

Stalter, R., Lonard, R.I., and Judd, F. 2016. The biology of Limonium carolinianum (Walt.) Britt. (Plumbaginaceae) in coastal wetlands. International Biology Review. KEI journals. 1-13.

Leonard, R.L., F.W.. Judd, R. Statler, and J.J. Brown . 2016. A Review of the North American Halophyte Suaeda linearis (Ell.) Moq. In: M.A. Khan et al. (eds). Sabkha Ecosystems Volume V: The Americas, Tasks for Vegetation Science 48, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-27093-7_5.

Leonard, R.L., F.W.. Judd, and R. Statler. 2015. The Biological Flora of Coastal Dunes and Wetlands: Solidago sempervirens L. subsp. mexicana (L.) Semple. Journal of Coastal Research 31(6):1512-1520.

Leonard, R.L., F.W.. Judd, and R. Statler. 2015. The Biology of the Subtropical and Pantropical Shrub, Sophora tomentosa L., (Fabaceae), in Coastal Dune Environments. International Biology Review, Issue 2. 1-15.

Leonard, R. I., F. W. Judd, and R. Stalter. 2015. Biological flora of coastal dunes and wetlands: Borrichia frutescens (L.) DC. Review Articles. Journal of Coastal Research 31 (3): 749-757.

Miller, E., S.K. Wagner, J. Klavins, T. Brush, and H.F. Greeney. 2015. Striking Courtship Displays in the Becard Clade Platypsaris. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127: 123-126.

Werner, S., M. Sallie, J. Hejl, and T. Brush. 2015. Nesting ecology of the Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet ( Camptostoma imberbe) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, U.S.A. Ornitología Neotropical 26: 89-101.

Harried, B.,K. Fischer., K. E. Perez, and G.J. Sandland. 2015. Assessing infection patterns in Chinese mystery snails from Wisconsin, USA, using field and laboratory approaches. Aquatic Invasions 10(2):169-175.

Leonard, R.I., F.W. Judd, and R. Stalter. 2015. Biological flora of coastal dunes and wetlands: Paspalum vaginatum Sw. Review Articles. Journal of Coastal Research  31(1):213-223.

Seiji Miyazono, Reynaldo Patiño, Christopher M. Taylor.2015. Desertification, salinization, and biotic homogenization in a dryland river ecosystem.  Science of the Total Environment 511: 444–453

Christopher A. Cheek,, Christopher M. Taylor. 2015.  Salinity and geomorphology drive long-term changes to local and regional fish assemblage attributes in the lower Pecos River, Texas. Ecology of Freshwater Fish (Online Journal, Jan. 2015 issue). 12 p.

Brush, T.. 2014. Painted Redstarts in South Texas during 2013-2014. Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society 47: 41-44

V itek, CJ. Gutierrez, JA, Dirrigl, FJ. 2014. Dengue vectors, human activity, and dengue virus transmission potential in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas United States. Journal of Medical Entomology. Volume 51, Issue 5, pages 1019-1028.

Champion, S., and Vitek, CJ. 2014. Dengue vector distribution and abundance in Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas USA. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Urban Pests; 2014 July 20-23; Zurich, Switzerland. Hungary: OOK-Press Kft; 2014.

Champion, SR., and Vitek, CJ. 2014. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus habitat preferences in South Texas. Environmental Health Insights. Suppl. 2, pages 35-42.

Rose, F. L. and F. W. Judd. 2014. The Texas Tortoise: A Natural History. University of Oklahoma Press. Volume 13 of the Animal Natural History Series. 188 pages, 34 B&W illustrations, 34 color illustrations, 11 tables, and 3 maps.

Leonard, R.I., F.W. Judd, and R. Stalter. 2014. The biological flora of coastal dunes and wetlands: Distichlis littoralis (Engelm.) H.L. Bell & Columbus. Journal of Coastal Research 30(1):199-204.

Diaz, P.H., D. Alvear, K.E. Perez. 2020. Mesohabitat associations of the Devil Tryonia, Tryonia diaboli (Gastropoda: Truncatelloidea: Cochliopidae). Freshwater Mollusk Biology and Conservation, 23:18–24.

Alvear, D.A., P.H. Diaz, R. Gibson, B.T. Hutchins, B. Schwartz, K.E. Perez. 2020. Expanding the known ranges of the endemic, phreatic snails (Mollusca, Gastropoda) of Texas, USA. Freshwater Mollusk Biology and Conservation, 23:1-17.


Vidal, P., Martinez, M., Hernandez, C., Raj Adhikari, A., Mao, Y., Materon, L., Lozano, K. 2019. Development of chromatic biosensor for quick bacterial detection based on polyvinyl butyratepolydiacetylene nonwoven fiber composites, European Polymer Journal (2019), doi: j.eurpolymj.2019.109284

De la Garza, D., De Santiago, L.A. Materon, M. Chipara and M. Alcoutlabi. 2019.  Fabrication and characterization of centrifugally poly(acrylic acid) nanofibers. Applied Polymer Sciences. DOI 10.1002/APP.47480.

Akia, M.; Salinas, N.; Rodriguez, C.; Gilkerson, R.; Materon, L.; Lozano, K. 2018. “Texas sour orange juice used in scaffolds for tissue engineering.” Membranes 8 (3).

Cremar, L., J. Gutierrez, J. Martinez, L. Materon, R. Gilkerson, F.Xu and K. Lozano. 2018.  Development of antimicrobial chitosan-based nanofiber dressings for wound healing applications. Nanomedical Journal 5(1):1-14.

Magdalena, D., E. Ibrahim, L. Materon, D. Padilla and M. Chipara. 2016. Raman spectrometry in biology and medicine. J. Nanomedicine. Vol. 3(4):00062, DOI:10.15406/jnmr.2016.0300062.

M. Li, J. Wang, Qi Zhan, L. Lin, A. Kuang, L. Materon, X.Ji. and Y. Wei.  2015. Isolation and Characterization of the Lytic Cold-Active Bacteriophage MYSP06 from the Mingyong Glacier in China. Current Microbiology. DOI 10.1007/s00284-015-0926-3. Vol. 71(6)  1-8 p.

Xu, F., B. Weng, R. Gilkerson, L.A. Materon, and K. Lozano. 2015. Development of tannic acid/chitosan/pollulan composite nanofibers from aqueous solution for potential applications as wound dressing. Carbohydrate Polymers 115:16-24.

Organismal and Cellular Physiology

Gilkerson, R. 2018. “A disturbance in the force: Cellular stress sensing by the mitochondrial network.” Antioxidants 7 (10).

Garcia, I.; Innis-Whitehouse, W.; Lopez, A.; Keniry, M.; Gilkerson, R. 2018. “Oxidative insults differentially impact mitochondrial fission/fusion dynamics in cultured mammalian cells.” Redox Rep. 23 (1): 160-167.

Akia, M.; Salinas, N.; Rodriguez, C.; Gilkerson, R.; Materon, L.; Lozano, K. 2018. “Texas sour orange juice used in scaffolds for tissue engineering.” Membranes 8 (3).

Minton, R.L., M. A. Martinez Cruz*, M.L. Farman, K.E. Perez. 2016. Two complete mitochondrial genomes from Praticolella mexicana Perez, 2011 (Polygyridae) and gene order evolution in Helicoidea (Mollusca, Gastropoda). ZooKeys 626: 137-154.

Perez, K.E., R.L. Werren, C.A. Lynum, L.A. Hartman, G. Majoros, and R.A. Cole. 2016. Genetic structure of faucet snail, Bithynia tentaculata populations in North America, based on microsatellite markers. Freshwater Mollusk Biology and Conservation 19(2):56-68.

Gilkerson, R. and L. Materon. 2014. Two roads of converging mitochondria and inflammatory signaling. Journal of Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy, 1(1) 6p.

Keniry,M. and L.Materon. 2014. Distinctive Roles for the FOXO1 Transcription Factor in Immunological Development, Homeostasis and Malignancy, Journal of Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy, 1(1).

Martinez-Chacin,R., Keniry,M., and R.K. Dearth. 2014. Title: Analysis of High Fat Diet Induced Genes During Mammary Gland Development: Identifying Role Players in Poor Prognosis of Breast Cancer. BMC Research Notes, BMC Research Notes, 7:543.

Keniry, M., Dearth,R.K., Persans,M., and R. Parsons. 2014. New Frontiers for the NFIL3 bZIP Transcription Factor in Cancer, Metabolism and Beyond. Discoveries Apr-Jun; 2(2): e15.

Physiological Ecology

Rahman, M.S. and P. Thomas. 2015. Molecular characterization and hypoxia-induced upregulation of neuronal nitric oxide synthase in Atlantic croaker: reversal by antioxidant and estrogen treatments. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 185:91-106.

Thomas, P., M.S. Rahman, M.E. Picha, W. Tan. 2015. Impaired gamete production and viability in Atlantic croaker collected throughout the 20,000 km 2 hypoxic region in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Pollution Bulletin 101:182-192.

Miscellaneous Publications

Price, R.M., & K.E. Perez. 2018. Many paths towards discovery: a module for teaching how science works. Journal of College Science Teaching 47(3):78-87.

Patoka, J., Magalhães, A., Kouba, A., Faulkes, Z., Jerikho, R., Vitule, J. (2018). Invasive aquatic pets: failed policies increase risks of harmful invasions. Biodiversity and Conservation, 27 (11), 3037-3046. 10.1007/s10531-018-1581-3

Faulkes, Z. (2017). Filtering out parasites: Sand crabs (Lepidopa benedicti) are infected by more parasites than sympatric mole crabs ( Emerita benedicti).PeerJ, 5 ,

Faulkes, Z. (2017). The phenology of sand crabs, Lepidopa benedicti (Decapoda: Albuneidae). Journal of Coastal Research, 33(5), 1095-1101. 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-16-00125.1

Faulkes, Z. (2017). Slipping past the barricades: the illegal trade of pet crayfish in Ireland. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 117 (1), 10.3318/BIOE.2017.02

Price, R.M., K.E. Perez. 2016. Beyond the Adaptationist Legacy: Updating Evolution Education to Include a Diversity of Evolutionary Mechanisms. The American Biology Teacher 78(2):101-108. DOI: 10.1525/abt.2016.78.2.101

Gerrish, G., A. Sanderfoot, M. Abler, T. King Heiden, K.E. Perez. 2015. Building the impetus for change: an across curriculum initiative in Biology. Journal of College Science Teaching 44(4): 28-35.

Faulkes, Z. (2015). The global trade in crayfish as pets.Crustacean Research, 44, 75-