Featured Publications


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Assistant Professor Camilo Zalamea and Research Associate Carolina Sarmiento from IB in collaboration from colleagues around the planet published a paper in Science.

'Termites and Temperature, Wood Decompositin Across Latitudes'
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Mosquito research led by the Carney Lab featured by the National Science Foundation

'Integrating global citizen science platforms to enable next-generation surveillance of invasive and vector mosquitoes'. Insects, 2022. Ryan M. Carney, Connor Mapes, Russanne D. Low, Alex Long, Anne Bowser, David Durieux, Karlene Rivera, Berj Dekramanjian, Frederic Bartumeus, Daniel Guerrero, Carrie E. Seltzer, Farhat Azam, Sriram Chellappan & John R. B. Palmer. Special issue: 'Citizen science approaches to vector surveillance'.

This research and accompanying Global Mosquito Observations Dashboard ( was featured on the USF homepage and National Science Foundation website. The study includes four USF student coauthors, and is the most-viewed Insects paper over the last six months.

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New Book by Dr. Sean Doody is out

'The Secret Social Lives of Reptiles'. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021. J. Sean Doody, Vladimir Dinets & Gordon M. Burghardt.

The book "is an outstanding compilation of the rich emotional lives that reptiles have, which is confirmed again and again by neuroscientists." Dr. Deby Cassill.

Secret Lives Reptiles


New Review Publication by Jeannie Mounger - Richards Lab

'Epigenetics and the success of invasive plants'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 2021. Jeannie Mounger, Malika L. Ainouche, Oliver Bossdorf, Armand Cavé-Radet, Bo Li, Madalin Parepa, Armel Salmon, Ji Yang & Christina L. Richards.

This review paper is now published as part of an excellent collection of papers in a Theme issue: ‘How does epigenetics influence the course of evolution?’ compiled and edited by Alyson Ashe, Vincent Colot and Ben Oldroyd.

With this paper, Jeannie helped to pull together a global collection of co-authors, with a wide range of expertise. These colleagues are all participating in our MOPGA project on the "Genomics and epigenomics of invasive species" funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) of Germany.

Mounger Paper


New publication by Nils Tack

Nils' research in the Gemmell lab investigates Anguilliform Locomotion across a Natural Range of Swimming Speeds.

'Anguilliform Locomotion across a Natural Range of Swimming Speeds'. Fluids, 2021. Nils B.Tack, Kevin T. Du Clos & Brad J. Gemmell.

Tack Paper


Research by Dr. Brad Gemmell (Tampa campus) on how Jellyfish swim has been featured in New York Times

'The most efficient metazoan swimmer creates a ‘virtual wall’ to enhance performance' Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2021. Brad J. Gemmell, Kevin T. Du Clos, Sean P. Colin, Kelly R. Sutherland & John H. Costello.

The paper was featured in the New York Times on January 7, 2021.

Check out the podcast/radio interview with an international broadcast based in Canada, soon to be featured on the Discovery Channel!



New publication by Dr. Sridhar in BMC Cancer

'Gene expression analysis of human prostate cell lines with and without tumor metastasis suppressor CD82'. BMC Cancer, 2020. Pushpaja Dodla, Vanitha Bhoopalan, Sok Kean Khoo, Cindy Miranti & Suganthi Sridhar.

Prostate Cancer Research


Research by Dr. Sean Doody (St. Petersburg campus) featured in Science News

Research by Sean Doody is featured in an article in Science News about how other inhabitants of the monitor lizard’s habitat in Australia use its burrows. The invasive cane toad is depleting monitor lizard populations, and concern is rising that the toad invasion could affect other animals that use the lizard burrows.

Lizard Burrow


USF News Article on Cancer Research by Sridhar Lab

'Prostate Cancer: The Second Leading Cause of Cancer Death in Men

Prostate cancer research

New publication by Carney lab featured in the New York Times

'Evidence corroborates identity of isolated fossil feather as a wing covert of Archaeopteryx'. Scientific Reports, 2020. Ryan M. Carney, Helmut Tischlinger & Matthew D. Shawkey.

Dinosaur feather study debunked in a new analysis by Dr. Ryan Carney (USF, NY Times, National Geographic).

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USF Article on Cane Toad Research by Dr. Sean Doody

'Biologists build “gene bank” to save species devastated by toxic toads'

Cane Toad

Publication by Pierce Lab

'The complete disappearance of a long standing sacoglossan sea slug population following Hurricane Irma, despite recovery of the local algal community'.
Symbiosis, 2020. M. L. Middlebrooks, N. E. Curtis & S. K. Pierce.

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Publication by Parkinson Lab

'Molecular tools for coral reef restoration: Beyond biomarker discovery'.
Conservation Letters, 2020. John E. Parkinson, Andrew C. Baker, Iliana B. Baums, Sarah W. Davies, Andréa G. Grottoli, Sheila A. Kitchen, Mikhail V. Matz, Margaret W. Miller, Andrew A. Shantz & Carly D. Kenkel.

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