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Daniel Fong Assoc Professor Department of Biology

Degrees
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Northwestern University<br>MS, Zoology, University of Oklahoma<br>BA, Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

See Also
Biology Department
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Teaching

Spring 2022

  • BIO-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Subterranean Animals

  • HNRS-050 Honors Supplement

Fall 2022

  • BIO-423 Ecology

  • BIO-466 Evolution

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

       
  • Blilandzija, H., Laslo, M., Porter, M.L., Fong, D.W. 2017. Melanization in response to wounding is ancestral in arthropods and conserved in albino cave species. Scientific Reports 7: 17148. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-17471-2
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  • Carlini, D.B., Fong, D.W. 2017. The transcriptomes of cave and surface populations of Gammarus minus (Crustacea: Amphipoda) provide evidence for positive selection on cave downregulated transcripts. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186173. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186173
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  • Niemiller, M.L., Porter, M.L., Keany, J., Gilbert, H., Fong, D.W., Culver, D.C., Hobson, C., Kendall, K.D., Davis, M.A., Taylor, S.J. 2017. Evalution of eDNA for groundwater invertebrate detection and monitoring: a case study with endangered Stygobromus (Amphipoda: Crangonyctidae). Conservation Genetics Resources (2017). doi: 10.1007/s12686-017-0785-2
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  • Culver, D.C., Fong, D.W. 2018. Terrestrial Fauna of the Greenbrier Karst. In: W.B. White (ed.), pp. 371-383, Chapter 17, Caves and Karst of the Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia. Cave and Karst Ecosystems of the World. Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-65801-8   
  • Fong, D.W., Culver, D.C. 2018. The Subterranean Aquatic Fauna of the Greenbrier Karst. In: W.B. White (ed.), pp. 385-397, Chapter 18, Caves and Karst of the Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia. Cave and Karst Ecosystems of the World. Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-65801-8

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
  • Fellow, National Speleological Society
  • Chair, Grants and Awards Committee, Cave Conservanacy of the Virginias
  • Fellow, National Speleological Society
  • Monolistra fongi Prevorcnik and Veronik 2010
  • Niphargus fongi Fiser and Zagmajster 2009  
  • Pseudotremia fongi Shear 2008

Research Interests

       
  • Ecology and evoluton of groundwater crustacean fauna.
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  • Biodiversity and conservation of subterranean fauna.
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  • Determinants of community structure in karst spring habitats.

Work In Progress

       
  • Population dynamics of the federally threatened Madison Cave Isopod, Antrolana lira, in phtreatic groundwater of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Population structure of the stygobiotic amphipod, Stygobromus tenuis potamacus, and of the isopod, Caecidotea kenki, from hypotelminorheic habitats along the Potomac River.
  • Genetics of eye and pigment loss in subterranean arthropods.   
  • Variation in life-history parameters among spring-dwelling populations of hte amphipod Gammarus minus and its effects on invertebrate community structure in karst springs.