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Dr. Ellen Yerger

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Education

Postdoctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. Entomology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.S. Biology (Honors), Union College, Schenectady NY 

Field

Entomology

Courses

BIOL 111 Principles of Biology I
BiOL 112 Principles of Biology II

Interests

Insect Plant Interactions, Forest Lepidoptera, Chemical Ecology.

Publications

Chips, M.J., E.H. Yerger, A.N.Hervanek, T. Nuttle, A.A. Royo, J.N. Pruitt, T.P McGlynn, C.L. Riggall, W.P. Carson. Under review. A legacy of overbrowsing creates a depauperate arthropod community: results from 60 years of relief from browsing. Submitted April 2013 to American Midland Naturalist.

Wheatall, L., T. Nuttle, and E.H. Yerger. 2013. Indirect effects of
pandemic deer overabundance inferred from caterpillar-host relations.
Conservation Biology 27(5): 1107-1116.

Dr. Yerger ResearchYerger, E. H. 2012. Student perspectives on introductory biology labs designed to develop relevant skills and core competencies. In Robert E. Yager, ed., Exemplary College Science Teaching. National Science Teachers Association Press. Book Chapter.

Nuttle, T., E. H. Yerger, S. H. Stoleson, and T. E. Ristau. 2011. Legacy of top-down herbivore pressure ricochets back up multiple trophic levels in forest canopies over 30 years. Ecosphere 2: 1-11. (Ecosphere is an online only journal)

Dr. Yerger DataYerger, E.H. 2008. Assessments that Assist in Motivating Students. In Linda W. Crow, Donald French, and Tom Lord, eds., College Science Teacher’s Guide to Assessment. National Science Teachers Association Press. ISBN-13: 978-1-93353-111-3.

Yerger, E.H., and M.C. Rossiter. 1996. Natural causes and rates of early larval mortality in gypsy moths (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) sampled from field populations in different density states. Environmental Entomology 25: 1002-1011.

Grazzini, R., D. Hesk, E. Yerger, D. Cox-Foster, J. Medford, R. Craig, R.O. Mumma. 1995. Species distribution of biochemical and morphological characters associated with small pest resistance in Pelargonium xhortorum. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 120(2): 336-342.

Grazzini, R., D. Hesk, E. Yerger, D. Cox-Foster, J. Medford, R. Craig, R.O. Mumma. 1995. Distribution of anacardic acids associated with small pest resistance among cultivars of Pelargonium xhortorum. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 120(2): 343-346.

Mumma, R.O., R. Craig, D. Cox-Foster, J. Medford, H. Grossman, R. Grazzini, D. Hesk, D. Walters, E. Yerger. 1992. Biochemistry and Genetics of Small Arthropod Resistance in Pelargonium. In R. Craig and J. Selchau, eds., Proceedings of the Third International Geranium Conference. Ball Publishing, Geneva, IL.

Mumma, R.O., R. Craig, D. Cox-Foster, J. Medford, R. Grazzini, E. Yerger, D. Hesk. 1992. Chemistry, Morphology, and Genetics of Small Pest Resistance in Geraniums. In J.A. Garbarino and P. Fiedler, eds., Actas: 1er Simposio Internacional Quimica de Productos Naturales y sus Aplicaciones. Division Quimica de Productos Naturales, Sociedad Chilena de Quimica, publisher. pp. 45-59.

Yerger, E.H., R.A. Grazzini, D. Hesk, D.L. Cox-Foster, R. Craig and R.O. Mumma. 1992. A Rapid Method for Isolating Glandular Trichomes. Plant Physiol. 99: 1-7.

Grazzini, R.A., E. Yerger, D. Hesk, D. Cox-Foster, J. Medford, R. Craig, and R.O. Mumma. 1991. Glandular trichome-specific lipid composition of geranium (abstract no. 711). HortScience 26: 167.

Grazzini, R.A., D. Hesk, E. Yerger, C.C. Reddy, G. Hildenbrandt, J. Medford, D. Cox-Foster, R. Craig, and R.O. Mumma. 1991. Inhibition of prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase and lipoxygenase by anacardic acids (abstract no. 694). HortScience 26: 165.

Grazzini, R., D. Hesk, E. Heininger, G. Hildenbrandt, C. C. Reddy, D. Cox-Foster, J. Medford, R. Craig, and R.O. Mumma. 1990. Inhibition of lipoxygenase and prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase by anacardic acids. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 176: 775-780.

Heininger, E.E. 1989. Effects of furocoumarin and furoquinoline allelochemicals on host plant utilization by Papilionidae. PhD thesis. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana IL. Under the direction of May R. Berenbaum.

Tuveson, R.W., M.R. Berenbaum, and E.E. Heininger. 1986. Inactivation and mutagenesis by phototoxins using Escherichia coli strains differing in sensitivity to near- and far- ultraviolet light. J. Chem. Ecol. 12: 933-948.

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