Recent Publications

APRIL 2022

Les Buck’s Lab 


Review: A history and perspective of mitochondria in the context of anoxia tolerance   

Authors: PJ Hawrysh, AM Myrka & LT Buck 

Where to find it: 2022, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 110733, doi: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2022.110733 


Chelsea Rochman’s Lab 


Monitoring microplastics in drinking water: An interlaboratory study to inform effective methods for quantifiying and characterizing microplastics

 Authors: H DeFrond, L Thornton Hampton, S Kotar, K Gesulga, C Matuch, W Lao, SB Weisberg, CS Wong & CM Rochman 

Where to find it: 2022, Chemosphere, 298, 134282, doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.134282  


Sustainable strategies to treat urban runoff needed  

Authors: M Lapointe, CM Rochman & N Tufennkji  

Where to find it: 2022, Nature Sustainability, doi: 10.1038/s41983-022-00853-4 


Emissions inventories of plastic pollution: A critical foundation of an international agreement to inform targets and quantify progress 

Authors: X Zhu & CM Rochman 

Where to find it: 2022, Environmental Science and Technology, 56 (6), 3309-3312, doi: 10.1186/s43591-022-00028-0 


Microplastics: a multidimensional contaminant requires a multidimensional framework for assessing risk 

Authors: K Bucci & CM Rochman 

Where to find it: 2022, Microplastics and Nanoplastics, 2, 7doi: 10.1186/s43591-022-00028-0 


Njall Rollinson’s Lab 


Nesting in close quarters: causes and benefits of high density nesting behaviour in painted turtles (Chrysemys picta) 

Authors: SJ Kell, N Rollinson, RJ Brooks & JD Litgus 

Where to find it: 2021, Canadian Journal of Zoology, 100, 208-218, doi: 10.1139/cjz-2021-0159 


Melanie Woodin’s Lab 


Striatal chloride dysregulation and impaired GABAergic signaling due to cation-chloride cotransporter dysfunction in Huntington’s disease 

Authors: M Serranilla and MA Woodin  

Where to find it: 2022, Frontiers in Cellular Neurosciencedoi: 10.3389/fncel.2021.817013 


David Lovejoy’s, Marius Locke’s, and Leslie Buck’s Labs 

Regulation of skeletal muscle metabolism and contraction performance via teneurin-latrophilin action  

Reid AL, Hogg DW, Dodsworth TL, Chen Y, Reid RM, Xu M, Husic M, Biga PR, Slee A, Buck LB, Barsyte-Lovejoy D, Locke M & Lovejoy DA (2021) Plos One. Doi: 10.1101/2021.10.25.465698. Early online publication.  

John Peever’s Lab 

Review: Brain circuits underlying narcolepsy 

Pintwala SK & Peever J (2021) The Neuroscientist. Doi: 10.1177/10738584211052263. Early online publication. 

Chelsea Rochman’s Lab 

ATR-FTIR spectral libraries of plastic particles (FLOPP and FLOPP-e) for the analysis of microplastics   

De Frond H, Rubinovitz R & Rochman CM (2021) Analytical Chemistry, 93 (48), 15878-15885. Doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c02549.  

Conventional and biological treatment for the removal of microplastics from drinking water  

Cherniak SL, Almuhtaram H, McKie MJ, Hermabessiere L, Yuan C, Rochman CM & Andrews RC (2021) Chemosphere. Doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.132587. Early online publication. 

The potential of aerial insectivores for monitoring microplastics in terrestrial environments 

Sherlock C, Fernie KJ, Munno K, Provencher J & Rochman C (2021) Science of the Total Environment. Doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150453. Early online publication. 

Prevalence of microplastics and anthropogenic debris within a deep-sea food web 

Hamilton BM, Rochman CM, Hoellein TJ, Robinson BH, Van Houtan KSV & Choy CA (2021) Marine Ecology Progress Series, 675; 23-33. Doi: 10.3354/meps13846.   

Helen Rodd’s Lab 

Female preference for color-enhanced males: a test of the sensory bias model in medaka, a drab fish 

Downer-Bartholomew BMB & Rodd HF (2021) Behavioral Ecology, arab131. Doi: 10.1093/beheco/arab131. 

Njal Rollinson’s Lab 

Climate-associated decline of body condition in a fossorial salamander 

Moldowan PD, Tattersall GJ & Rollinson N (2021) Global Changes in Biology. Doi: 10.1111/gcb.15766. Early online publication. 

Kaori Takehara-Nishiuchi’s Lab 

Lateral entorhinal cortex suppresses drift in cortical memory representations 

Pilkiw M, Jarovi J Takehara-Nishiuchi K (2021) Doi: 10.1101/2021.11.04.467279. Early online publication.  

Lateral entorhinal cortex supports the development of prefrontal network activity that bridges temporally discontiguous stimuli 

Yu XT, Yu J, Choi A & Takehara-Nishiuchi K (2021) Hippocampus. Doi: 10.1002/hip.23389. Early online publication.  

Vince Tropepe’s Lab 

Usher syndrom Type 1-associated gene, pcdh15b, is required for photoreceptor structural integrity in zebrafish  

Miles A, Blair C, Emili A & Tropepe V (2021) Disease Models and Mechanisms. Doi: 10.1242/dmm.048965. Early online publication.  


Les Buck’s Lab 

Some species like the painted turtles you can find at Evergreen Brickworks can survive without oxygen for long periods of time. Here, the authors show that cold temperature is one of the key factors that allow them to do this! 

Lari E & Buck LT (2021) Exposure to low temperature prepares the turtle brain to withstand anoxic environments during overwintering. Journal of Experimental Biology, 242793. Doi: 10.1242/jeb.242793.  

Belinda Chang 

Do you enjoy having colour vision? Did you know that the genetics for colour vision often differs between male and female primates? Except in some cases such as the howler monkeys discussed in this article.  

Henrique LD, Hauzman E, Oiveira Bonci DM, Chang BSW Pereira Carneiro Muniz JA, da Silva Souza G, de Lima Silveira LC, de Faria Galvao O, Goulart PRk, & Fix Ventura D (2021) Uniform trichromacy in Alouatta caraya and Alouatta seniculus: behavioural and genetic colour vision evaluation. Frontiers in Zoology, 18: 36. Doi: 10.1186/s12983-021-00421-0.  

Do you or someone you know suffer from inflammatory bowel disease? Here Belinda Chang, Sergio Peisajovich and colleagues demonstrate that a modified yeast can be a therapeutic treatment!   

Scott BM, Gutierrez-Vazquez C, Sanmarco LM, da Silva Pereira JA, Li Z, Plasencia A, Hewson P, Cox LM, O’Brien M, Chen SK, Moraes-Vieira PM, Chang BSW, Peisajovich SG, & Quintana FJ (2021) Self-tunable engineered yeast probiotics for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Nature Medicine, 27, 1212-1222. Doi: 10.1038/s41591-021-0139 

Jennifer Mitchell 

In this Viewpoint article, five experts, including our own Dr. Jennifer Mitchell, discuss enhancer clusters in the genome.  

Blobel GA, Higgs DR, Mitchell JA, Notani D & Young RA (2021) Testing the super-enhancer concept. Nature Reviews Genetics. Doi: 10.1038/s41576-021-00398-w. 

Chelsea Rochman’s Lab 

Have you heard about microplastics and their effects on the environment and fish? Here Chelsea Rochman and colleagues show us just how much they have permeated the environment.  

Hermabessiere L & Rochman CM (2021) Microwave assisted extraction for quantification of microplastics using pyrolysis GC/MS. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1002/etc.5179.  

Munno K, Helm PA, Rochman C, George T, & Jackson DA (2021) Microplastic contamination in Great Lakes fish. Conservation Biology. Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1111/cobi.13794. 

Guo Y, O’Brien AM, Lins TF, Shahmohamadloo RS, Almirall XO, Rochman CM, & Sinton D (2021) Effects of hydrogen peroxide on cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa in the presence of nanoplastics. ASC EST Water,1 (7), 1596-1607. Doi: 10.1021/acestwater.1c00090. 

Chibwe L, Parrott J L, Shires K, Khan H, Clarence S, Lavalle C, Sullivan C, O’Brien AM, De Silva AO, Muir DCG, & Rochman CM (2021) A deep dive into the complex chemical mixture and toxicity of tire wear particle leachate in fathead minnow. Environmental Toxicology, advance online publication. Doi: 10.1002/etc.5140.  

McIlwraith HK, Kim J, Helm P, Bhavsar SP, Metzger JS & Rochman CM (2021) Evidence of microplastic translocation in wild-caught fish and implications for microplastic accumulation dynamics in food webs. Environmental Science and Technology. Doi: 10.1021/acs.est.1c02922.  

Helen Rodd 

What is the colour difference between a chinook salmon and a lake trout? How do you describe and quantify this for your scientific research? In this article, these researchers have developed a novel method to characterize colour differences from digital images.  

Valvo JJ, Aponte JD, Daniel MJ, Dwinell K, Rodd H, Houle D & Hughes KA (2021) Using Delaunay triangulation to sample whole-specimen color from digital images. Ecology and Evolution, 00, 1-17. Doi: 10.1002/ece3.7992.  

JULY 2021

Les Buck’s Lab 

How long can you hold your breath under water? How about goldfish? Read more to find out how goldfish withstand extended periods with no oxygen.  

Pillai V, Buck L & Lari E (2021) Scavenging reactive oxygen species mimics the anoxic response in goldfish pyramidal neurons. Journal of Experimental Biology, 238147. Doi: 10.1242/jeb.238147. 

Les Buck’s and Sergey Plotnikov’s Labs 

Did you know that western painted turtles can survive under the ice and without oxygen for months? Read on to find out the effects these conditions. 

Myrka A, Frost R, Distefano D, Plotnikov S & Buck L (2021) Evidence of cold induced cytoskeletal arrest in hepatocytes of the western painted turtle. FASEB Journal, 35, S1. Doi: 10.1096/fasebj.2021.35.S1.01536.  

Laura Corbit’s Lab 

Do you remember that time when…ummm…I forget the details. Right, it’s a fuzzy memory. Here, these scientists discuss that these fuzzy fear memories may be due to less learning time and less neurons activated in the hippocampus.   

Leake J, Zinn R, Corbit LH, Fanselow MS & Vissel B (2021) Engram size varies with learning and reflects memory content and precision. Journal of Neuroscience. Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.2786-20.2021.  

Marius Locke’s Lab 

Have you ever torn a muscle and it took months to heal? You may be able to heal faster if you use a regenerative biomaterial such as a methacrylic-acid hydrogel! 

Carleton MM, Locke M & Sefton MV (2021) Methacrylic acid-based hydrogels enhance skeletal muscle regeneration after volumetric muscle loss in mice. Biomaterials. Doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2021.120909. Advance online publication.  

Luke Mahler’s Lab 

Have you wondered how some terrestrial and semi-aquatic animals can stay underwater for so long? In this ground-breaking article, Luke Mahler and co discovered that some Anolis lizards will extend their underwater time by re-inhaling exhaled air! 

Boccia CK, Swierk L, Ayala-Varela FP, Boccia J, Borges IL, Estupinan CA, Martin AM, Martinez-Grimaldo RE, Ovalle S, Senthivasan S, Toyama KS, del Raario Castaneda M, Garcia A, Glor RE & Mahler DL (2021) Repeated evolution of underwater rebreathing in diving Anolis lizards. Current Biology. Doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.04.040. Advance online publication.  

Jennifer Mitchell’s Lab 


You spend plenty of time giving birth to new research ideas, but have your researched giving birth? Check out this fascinating story of transcriptional regulation during labour.   

Khader N, Shchuka VM, Shynlova O & Mitchell JA (2021) Transcriptional control of parturition: insights from gene regulation studies in the myometrium. Molecular Human Reproduction, gaab024. Doi: 10.1093/molehr/gaab024. 

John Peever’s Lab 


Are you interested in the neural circuits underlying sleep? In this article, the authors review a recent study that added another piece to the sleep puzzle.  

Taksokhan A, Fraigne J & Peever J (2021) Neuroscience: Glutamate neurons in the medial septum control wakefulness. Current Biology, R340-342. Doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.03.006 

Chelsea Rochman’s Lab 

Here is more proof that microplastics in the environment can adversely affect wildlife.  

Bucci K, Bikker J, Stevack K, Watson-Leung T & Rochman C (2021) Impacts to larval fathead minnows vary between preconsumer and environmental microplastics. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1002/etc.5036. 

Hoellein TJ & Rochman CM (2021) The “plastic cycle:” a watershed67 20 scale model of plastic pools and fluxes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 19(3), 176-183. Doi: 10.1002/fee.2294. 

Werbowski LM, Gilbreath AN, Munno K, Zhu X, Grbic J, Wu T, Sutton R, Sedlak MD, Deshpande AD & Rochman CM (2021) Urban stormwater runoff: a major pathway for anthropogenic particles, black rubbery fragments, and other types of microplastics to urban receiving waters. ACS EST Water. Doi: 10.1021/acsestwater.1c00017. Advance online publication. 

Zhu X, Munno K, Grbic J, Werbowski LM, Bikker J, Ho A, Guo E, Sedlak M, Sutton R, Box C, Lin D, Gilbreath A, Holleman RC, Fortin M-J & Rochman C (2021) Holistic assessment of microplastics and other anthropogenic microdebris in an urban bay sheds light on their sources and fate. ACS EST Water. Doi: 10.1021/acsestwater.0c00292. Advance online publication. 

Cowger W, Steinmetz Z, Gray A, Munno K, Lynch J, Hapich H, Primpke S, De Frond H, Rochman C & Herodotu O (2021) Microplastic spectral classification needs an open source community: Open specy to the rescue! Analytical Chemistry. Doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c00123. Advance online publication. 

APRIL 2021

Belinda Chang’s Lab 

Did you know that pigments from marine animals are used as neurobiological tools? In this article, Belinda Chang’s lab investigates the evolution of the pigment rhodopsin in the freshwater croaker.  

Van Nynatten A, Castiglione GM, Gutierrez EA, Lovejoy NR, & Chang BSW (2021) Recreated ancestral opsin associated with marine to freshwater croaker invasion reveal kinetic and spectral adaptation. Molecular Biology and Evolution, msab008. Doi:10.1093/molbev/msab008.  

Nature or Nurture? Here Dr. Chang’s lab shows that variable light environments were important in shaping opsin diversity in cichlids. 

Hauser FE, Ilves KL, Schott RK, Alvi E, Lopez-Frenandez H, Chang BSW (2021) Evolution, inactivation, and loss of short wavelength-sensitive opsin genes during the diversification of Neotropical cichlids. Molecular Ecology. Doi: 10.1111/mec.15838. Advance online publication. 

Laura Corbit’s Lab 

Are you concerned about your waistline? Here Laura and Zac discuss the idea that habits contribute to our weight gain and make it difficult to lose weight.  

Pierce-Messick Z & Corbit L (2021) Problematic eating as an issue of habitual control. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychology, 110294. Doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2021.110294. Advance online publication. 

David Lovejoy 

It’s cold out. And your metabolism feels sluggish, right? Did you know there are proteins that can protect species from that?  Here, David Lovejoy et al explore the role of TCAP-3 on metabolic activity in zebrafish. 

Reid RM, Reid AL, Lovejoy DA, Biga PR (2021) Teneurin C-Terminal Associated Peptide (TCAP)-3 increases metabolic activity in zebrafish. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 591160. Doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.591160. 

Chelsea Rochman’s Lab 

We all know that plastics are not good for the environment. In this article, Chelsea Rochman and co show us a model of how plastics can end up in our water systems.  

Hoellein TJ & Rochman CM (2021) The “plastic cycle”: a watershed-scale model of plastic pools and fluxes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Doi: 10.1002/fee.2294. Advance online publication. 

How do we know how much plastic is actually in the environment? With proper sampling techniques, of course. 

Hung, C, Klasios N, Zhu X, Sedlak M, Sutton R, & Rochman CM (2021) Methods matter: Methods for sampling microplastic and other anthropogenic particles and their implications for monitoring and ecological risk assessment. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 17(1), 282-291. Doi: 10.1002/ieam.4325. 

You can even find microplastics in the Arctic. 

Hamilton BM, Bourdages MPT, Geoffroy C, Vermaire JC, Mallory ML, Rochman CM & Provencher JF (2021) Microplastics around an arctic seabird colony: Particle community composition varies across environmental matrices. Science of the Total Environment. Doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145536. Advance online publication. 

Using fish from museums from as far back as 1900, these researchers found that fish from the 1950s and onward have remnants of plastics such as polyester in their digestive tracts.  

Hou L, McMahan CD, McNeish RE, Munno K, Rochman CM & Hoellein TJ (2021) A fish tale: a century of museum specimens reveal increasing microplastic concentrations in freshwater fish. Ecological Applications, e2320. Doi: 10.1002/eap.2320. Advance online publication. 

Review Article 

Syberg K, Nielsen MB, Clausen LPW, van Calster G, van Wezel A, Rochman C, Koelmans AA, Cronin R, Pahl S, Hansen SF (2021) Regulation of plastic from a circular economy perspective. Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 100462. Doi: 10.1016/j.cogsc.2021.100462. 

Helen Rodd’s Lab 

How do you know that your sister is your sister? Check out this article by Helen Rodd et al to find out how guppies identify siblings. 

Daniel MJ & Rodd HF (2021) Kin recognition in guppies uses self-referencing based on olfactory cues. The American Naturalist, 197(2). Doi: 10.5061/dryad.1vhhmgqr1.  

In this article, Helen Rodd’s lab found that chronic Ritalin use in male guppies can affect their offspring and their offspring’s offspring.  

De Serrano AR, Hughes KA & Rodd H (2021) Paternal exposure to a common pharmaceutical (Ritalin) has transgenerational effects on the behaviour of Trinidadian guppies. Scientific Reports, 11, 3985. Doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-83448-x. 

 Njall Rollinson’s Lab 

Snapping turtles, temperature variation, sex determination, and immunity. Are they related? Find out more in the article from Njall Rollinson’s lab. 

Leivesley JA & Rollinson N (2021) Maternal provisioning and fluctuating thermal regimes enhance immune response in a reptile with temperature-dependent sex determination. Journal of Experimental Biology, jeb.237016. Doi: 10.1242/jeb.237016.