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Megan Porter

Megan Porter
Assistant Professor
Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
UCL Churchill-Haines Labs 170B
Phone: 605-677-6176
Teaching Interests:
Introduction to Molecular Biology, Molecular Evolution, Vision Science, Biological Rhythms, Sensory Biology, The Biology of Color, Science Writing, Vision lab course
Research Interests:
Evolution of vision, evolution of circadian rhythms
Education:
  • Ph D, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Brigham Young University, 2005
  • MS, Microbial Ecology, University of Cincinnati, 1999
  • BA, Biology, Wittenberg University, 1996
Grants:
  • A&S Faculty Summer Research Funds Program, USD CAS
  • A&S Travel Grant Program, USD
  • CAS Travel Grant Program, USD
  • Conservation assessment of crangonyctid amphipods within the subterranean genus Stygobromus of the Virginias, Cave Conservancy of the Virginias, (2013 - 2015)
Publications:
  • Feller, K. D., Cronin, T. W., Ahyong, S. T., Porter, M., (2013), Morphological and molecular description of the late-stage larvae of Alima Leach, 1817 (Crustacea: Stomatopoda) from Lizard Island, Australia, Zootaxa, vol. 3722, iss. 1, pp. 22-32. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3722.1.2)
  • Porter, M., Speiser, D. I., Zaharoff, A., Caldwell, R. L., Cronin, T. W., Oakley, T. H., (2013), The evolution of visual system complexity in stomatopods: insights from transcriptomics, Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 53, iss. 1, pp. 39-49. (DOI: doi:10.1093/icb/ict060)
  • Engel, A., Johnson, L. R., Porter, M., (2013), Arsenite oxidase gene diversity among Chloroflexi and Proteobacteria from El Tatio Geyser Field, Chile, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol. 83, iss. 3, pp. 745-756. (DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12030)
  • Breinholt, J. W., Porter, M., Crandall, K. A., (2012), Testing Phylogenetic Hypotheses of the Subgenera of the Freshwater Crayfish Genus Cambarus (Decapoda: Cambaridae), PLoS One, vol. 7, iss. 9, p. e46105. (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046105)
  • Fong, D. W., Porter, M., Slay, M. E., (2012), Cave Life of the Virginias: A field guide to commonly encountered species, vol. 1, p. 41.
  • Porter, M., Blasic, J. R., Bok, M. J., Cameron, E. G., Pringle, T. W., Cronin, T. W., Robinson, P. R., (2012), Shedding new light on opsin evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, vol. 279, pp. 3-14. (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2011.1819 )
  • Porter, M., Roberts, N., Cronin, T. W., (2011), Molecular mechanisms of polarization sensitivity, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B , vol. 366, pp. 627-637. (DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0206)
  • Porter, M., Bok, M. J., Robinson, P. R., Cronin, T. W., (2009), Molecular diversity of visual pigments in Stomatopoda (Crustacea), Visual Neuroscience, vol. 26, pp. 255-265.
Awards and Honors:
  • Travel Grant, University of South Dakota,College of Arts & Sciences, 2013
  • A&S Faculty Summer Research Award, University of South Dakota, College of Arts & Sciences, 2013
  • Travel Grant, University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences, 2013
Presentations:
  • Porter, M., Feller, K., Dowd, S. E. (2014, January). Stomatopod opsin expression patterns in simple larval versus complex adult eyes. Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, TX.
  • Porter, M. (2013, November). Complexity compounded: The evolution of phototransduction in stomatopods.
  • Porter, M., Speiser, D. I., Zaharoff, A. K., Caldwell, R. L., Oakley, T. H., Cronin, T. W. (2013, August). Complexity compounded: The evolution of phototransduction in stoamtopods. Presented at the International Conference on Invertebrate Vision, Sweden.
  • Porter, M., Feller, K. D., Cronin, T. W. (2013, July). Developmental genetics of visual system complexity in stomatopods. Presented at the Symposium 'Development of the visual system in insects', Detroit, MI.
  • Porter, M. (2013, April). Complexity Compounded: The evolution of stomatopod vision.
  • Porter, M., Caldwell, R. L., Oakley, T. H., Cronin, T. W. (2013, January). Transcriptomics and the evolution of stomatopod visual systems . Presented at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA.
  • Feller, K. D., Porter, M., Cronin, T. W. (2013, January). Molecular and morphological description of stomatopod larvae. Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco CA.
  • Bok, M. J., Porter, M., Cronin, T. W. (2013, January). The physiological basis of polychromatic ultraviolet vision in mantis shrimp. Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA.
  • Porter, M., Roberts, N. W., Cameron, E. G., Robinson, P. R., Partridge, J. C. (2012, September). Evolution under pressure: adaptation of visual pigment compressibility in deep-sea environments. Presented at the Animal Vision Conference, University of Sussex, UK.