The following researchers from EEB had covers in this year’s celebration: Professors Paul Berry, Christopher Dick, Meghan Duffy, Philip Gingerich, Lacey Knowles, John Lehman; Professor Emeritus Michael Wynne; Catherine Searle, postdoctoral fellow, Ricarda Riina former postdoctoral fellow; and Jess Peirson and Brian Dorsey, EEB alumni.

Taxon coverFollowing are the names of the journals and books, titles, authors, publication dates:

Taxon: “Phylogenetics, morphological evolution, and classification of Euphorbia subgenus Euphorbia” Paul E. Berry, Brian L. Dorsey, et al. 20 April 2013

Taxon: “A worldwide molecular phylogeny and classification of the leafy spurges, Euphorbia subgenus Esula (Euphorbiaceae) Paul E. Berry, Ricarda Riina, Jess A. Peirson, et al. 20 April 2013

Taxon: “A molecular phylogeny and classification of the largely succulent and mainly African Euphorbia subg. Athymalus (Euphorbiaceae) Paul E. Berry, Jess A. Peirson, et al. 20 Dec 2013

Journal of BiogeographyJournal of Biogeography, Special Issue: “Phylogeography of Neotropical trees,” Christopher W. Dick, et al., 16 March 2013

Ecology and Evolution, “Daphnia predation on the amphibian chytrid fungus and its impacts on disease risk in tadpoles,” Meghan A. Duffy, Catherine L. Searle, Sept 2013

Estimating Species Trees Practical and Theoretical Aspects, Wiley-Blackwell, L. Lacey Knowles, et al. 2010

Lake and Reservoir Management, “Dynamics of Aphanizomenon and Microcystis (cyanobacteria) during experimental manipulation of an urban impoundment,” Kahli E. McDonald and John T. Lehman, June 2013

Lake and Reservoir Management, “Effect of reducing allochthonous P load on biomass and alkaline phosphatase activity of phytoplankton in an urbanized watershed, Michigan,” John T. Lehman, P. Doubek, Elliot W. Jackson, June 2013

The Red Algal Families Delesseriaceae and Sarcomeniaceae. Königstein, Germany: Koeltz Scientific Books, Michael J. Wynne, 2013.

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, “Aegyptocetus tarfa, n. gen. et sp. (Mammalia, Cetacea), from the middle Eocene of Egypt: Clinorhynchy, olfaction, and hearing in a Protocetid whale,” Philip D. Gingerich et al., November 2011

Lake and Reservoir Management coverSummaries that were available of the research behind these covers follow:

There were two articles by Lehman and his coauthors in the journal, Lake and Reservoir Management, that featured Lehman’s cover. Both pertain to Ford Lake in southeast Michigan. In “Dynamics of Aphanizomenon...” they describe how experimental manipulation of Ford Lake made it possible for them to transform a summer nuisance community of cyanobacteria ('bluegreen algae') into a summer community of diatom algae.

In “Effect of reducing...” they show that the nuisance algal problems in Ford Lake were the result of phosphorus dynamics inside the lake and not the result of phosphorus income supplied by the Huron River.

Ecology and Evolution coverSearle and Duffy’s research in Ecology and Evolution was about how population declines of amphibians around the world have been attributed to the fungal parasite, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. This fungus is commonly transmitted through a spore stage that swims through the water to find uninfected amphibians. During this stage, the fungus may be vulnerable to predation. We tested the ability of two species of Daphnia (freshwater crustaceans) to consume this fungus and to reduce its density in water and infection in tadpoles. We found that Daphnia can reduce parasite levels, but these effects vary with species, algal concentration, and Daphnia density. Therefore, the ability of Daphnia to reduce amphibian infection will depend on ecological context.

The Red Algal Families coverWynne’s book, The Red Algal Families, which includes descriptions of more than 100 genera assigned to two families of red algae, represents the culmination of his research on these seaweeds. His interest dates back to when he was a graduate student at the University of California Berkeley and described a new genus that was collected in northern California. Over his academic career he went on to author or co-author the descriptions of a total of 15 new genera and numerous new species of Delesseriaceae, based on his own collections made from California, the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, the West Indies, and Oman, and from collections made by others from Australia, the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar, and Île Amsterdam in the southern Indian Ocean. The book provides new illustrations of these two red algal families with species occurring in all seas.

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