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Dr. Laura D Mydlarz

Name

[Mydlarz, Dr. Laura D]
  • Associate Professor / Associate Chair, Department of Biology

Professional Preparation

    • 2004 Ph.D. in Marine ScienceUniversity of California at Santa Barbara
    • 1998 M.S. in Marine BiologyFlorida Atlantic University
    • 1996 B.S. in Marine BiologyFlorida Atlantic University

Appointments

    • Aug 2013 to Present Assoc Prof
      University of Texas at Arlington   Science   Department of Biology
    • Sept 2006 to Aug 2013 Assist Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington   Office of the President   Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs   College of Science   Department of Biology
    • Sept 2004 to Aug 2006 Post-doc
      Cornell University   Ecology

Memberships

  • Membership
    • July 2014 to Present Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Journal Affiliation
    • July 2014 to Present Marine Biology

Awards and Honors

    • Jan  2014 Faculty Development Leave (Spring semester) sponsored by Provosts Office
      Description:

      Research leave to visit California State University and Hawaii Institutie of Marine Biology to cnduct coral reef reserach.

News Articles

    • Oct 2013 Water Worlds

      Researchers protect vital water systems from harmful blooms, man made contaminants, and climate change.

    • Apr 2013 Hot topic

      The debate about global warming isn't whether it's real, but about how fast it's causing changes in Earth's climate, and what the consequences will be on people and the environment. Through their research, Laura Gough, Laura Mydlarz and Arne Winguth are providing evidence to help answer those questions.

Research and Expertise

  • Coral Immunity and Disease

    Coral reef ecosystems have sustained some of the most damaging effects of climate change. Despite demonstrated impacts and high mortality caused by temperature stress, little information exists on how variations in temperature and nutrients due to coastal runoff affect the quality of coral immune responses and ability to fight infectious diseases. In addition, the study of biotic and abiotic stressors on marine invertebrates provides excellent study systems for elucidating chemical signaling cues and cellular processes of the innate immune system. In addition these systems can provide important insights into the evolution of defense mechanisms.

    The Mydlarz Lab focuses on the the biology and physiology of coral and alga in response to stress. Specifically we apply concepts of ecological immunity to examine variation in immune responses between different species and under biotic and abiotic stress.

Publications

      Journal Article 2012
      • Demuth, J.D. A.N. Bandari, L.D. Mydlarz. 2012. Sex, War, and Disease: The role of parasite infection on weapon development and mating success in a horned beetle (Gnatocerus cornutus). PLoS ONE. 7(1):e28690.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • Schug, K.A. E. Wang, S. Shen, S. Rao, S.M. Smith, L. Hunt, and  L. D. Mydlarz. 2012. Affinity Screening Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry Assay for Identification of Antibacterial Agents from Natural Product Sources. Analytica Chimica Acta. 71:103-110.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • Hunt, L.R., S.M. Smith, K.R. Downum and L. D. Mydlarz. 2012. Microbial regulation in gorgonian corals. Marine Drugs. Special Issue, Marine Antibiotics. 10: 1225-1243; doi:10.3390/md10061225.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • McGinty, E.S., J. Pieczonka and L.D. Mydlarz. 2012. Variations in Reactive Oxygen Release and Antioxidant Activity in Multiple Symbiodinium Types in Response to Elevated Temperature. Microbial Ecology. Online first.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2011
      • Mydlarz, L.D. and C.V. Palmer. 2011. The presence of multiple phenoloxidases in Caribbean reef-building corals. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A. 159:372-378.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • Palmer, C.V., E.S. McGinty, D.J. Cummings, S.M. Crader, E. Bartels, and L.D. Mydlarz. 2011. Patterns of coral ecological immunology: Variation in the responses of Caribbean corals to elevated temperature and a pathogen elicitor. Journal of Experimental Biology. 214: 4240-4249
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2010
      • Brooks B.W, S.V. James, T.W. Valenti Jr., F. Urena-Boeck, C. Serrano, L. Schwierzke, L.D. Mydlarz, J.P. Grover and D. L. Roelke. 2010. Comparative Toxicity of Prymnesium parvum in Inland Waters. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 46(1):45-62
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2010
      • Skingel, T.R., Spencer S.E., Le C.Q., Serrano C.A, Mydlarz L.D., Scarbrough, B.J., Schug, K.A., Brooks B.W., and Grover J.P. 2010. Hemolytic toxicity and nutritional status of Prymnesium parvum during population growth. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 61:141-148.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2010
      • Schug K.A., Skingel T.S., Spencer S.E., Serrano C, Le C.Q., Schug C.A., Valenti, Jr. T., Brooks B.W., Mydlarz L.D. and Grover J.P. 2010. Hemolysis, Fish Mortality, and LC-ESI-MS Fingerprinting of Cultured Crude and Fractionated Golden Alga (Prymnesium parvum). Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 46(1):33-44.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2010
      • Mydlarz, L. D.; McGinty, E. S.; Harvell, C. D. What are the physiological and immunological responses of coral to climate warming and disease?. Journal of Experimental Biology. 2010.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2010
      • Martin, L. B.; Hopkins, W. A.; Mydlarz, L. D.; Rohr, J. R. he effects of anthropogenic global changes on immune functions and disease resistance. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Year in Ecology and Conservation 2010, 1195, 129-148.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2009
      • Palmer, C. V.; Modi, C. K.; Mydlarz, L. D. Coral fluorescent proteins as antioxidants. PLoS ONE 2009, 4 (10), e7298.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2009
      • Mydlarz, L. D.; Couch, E. W.; Smith, C. D. H. Immune defenses of healthy, bleached and diseased Montastraea faveolata during a natural bleaching event. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2009.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2008
      • Mydlarz, L. D.; Holthouse, E. C. P.; Harvell, C. D. Cellular Responses in Sea Fan Corals: Granular Amoebocytes React to Pathogen and Climate Stressors. PLoS ONE 2008, 3 (3), e1811.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2008
      • Couch, C. S.; Mydlarz, C. D. H.; Douglas, N. L. Variation in measures of immunocompetence of sea fan coral, Gorgonia ventalina, in the Florida Keys. Marine Biology 2008, 155, 281-292.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2008
      • Palmer, C. V.; Mydlarz, B. W. Evidence of an inflammatory-like response in non-normally pigmented tissues of two scleractinian corals. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London � B- Biological Sciences 2008, 275, 2687-2693.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2007
      • Ellner SE, Jones LDM, Harvell CD. 2007. Within-host disease ecology in the sea fan Gorgonia ventalina: modeling the spatial immunodynamics of a coral-pathogen interaction. American Naturalist 170(6).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2007
      • Mydlarz LD Harvell CD. 2007. Peroxidase Activity and Inducibility in the Sea Fan Coral Exposed to a Fungal Pathogen. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 146:54-62.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2006
      • Mydlarz LD, Jones LE, Harvell CD. 2006. Innate Immunity, Environmental Drivers and Disease Ecology of Marine and Freshwater Invertebrates. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 37:251-288.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2006
      • Mydlarz LD Jacobs RS. 2006. An Inducible Release of Reactive Oxygen Radicals in Four Species of Gorgonian Corals. Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology 39(2):143-152.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2006
      • Busse LB, Venrick RA, Miller VV, Silver CM, Mydlarz LD, Prezelin BB. 2006. Domoic acid in phytoplankton and fish in San Diego, CA, USA. Harmful Algae 5:91-101.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2004
      • Mydlarz, L.D. and R.S Jacobs. 2004. Comparison of an inducible oxidative burst in free-living and symbiotic dinoflagellates reveals properties of the pseudopterosins. Phytochemistry, Vol, 65 (24) pp. 3231-3241
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2004
      • Santiago-Vázquez, L., L.D. Mydlarz, R. S. Jacobs and J.G. Pavlovich. 2004. Identification of hydroxy fatty acids by liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry in Euglena gracilis. Journal of Chromatography B, Anl.Tech. in the Biomed. and Life Sci, Vol. 803 (2) pp. 233-236
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2004
      • Jacobs, R.S., L.D. Mydlarz and C.E. Moya. 2004. Methods for Treating, Preventing, or Inhibiting Injuries, Cell Membrane Stabilization, and Calcium Mobilization Using Pseudopterosin Compounds. US Patent and Trademark Office, Case No. 2003-474-4
        {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2003
      • Mydlarz, L.D, Jacobs R.S., Bohnlein, J and Kerr, R.G. 2003. Pseudopterosin biosynthesis in Symbiodinium sp., the dinoflagellate symbiont of Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae. Chemistry and Biology. Vol. 10, (11) pp 1051-1056, November, 2003
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2002
      • Jacobs, R.S, L.D. Mydlarz, and R. Kerr. 2002. Pseudopterosins of Symbiodinium spp. Isolated From Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae. US Patent and Trademark Office, Serial No: 264026
        {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 1999
      • Coleman, A.C, Mydlarz, L.D. and Kerr, R.G. 1999. In Vivo and In Vitro investigations into the biosynthetic relatedness of the Pseudopterosins. Organic Letters, Vol. 1 (13) pp 2173-2175.

        {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Presentations

  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D. 2005. The role of oxidative stress and coral health. Cornell University Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series, Ithaca, NY
  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D. and C. D. Harvell. 2007. Ecological Immunity of corals under climate stress. Ecological Society of America, Symposia 21: Epidemics, ecological immunology, and environmental change: Insights from theory and field systems, San Jose, CA
  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D. 2007. Climate Change and Coral Disease. University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tech Series, Arlington, TX.
  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D, C.D. Harvell, L. E Jones, S. P. Ellner. 2007. Sea Fan Coral Resistance to Fungal Infections: Immunology and a Lesion Growth Model. Ecology and evolution of Infectious Diseases, PI meeting, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D. 2011. Climate Change and Coral Bleaching and Disease. Oklahoma State University. Biology Colloquia. Stillwater, OK.
  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D. 2010. The effects of Climate Change on Coral Bleaching and Disease. Sam Houston State University. Biology Colloquia. Huntsville, TX.
  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D. 2011. Coral Health and Diseases: Effects of Climate Change and Other Human Impacts. Texas Women's University. Biology Colloquia, Denton, TX.
  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D. 2012. Coral Health and Diseases: Effects of Climate Change and Other Anthropogenic Impacts. University of Texas at Tyler. Biology Colloquia, Tyler, TX.
  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D. 2012. Is coral Immunology the key to understanding reef declines? University of South Florida, Marine Science College, Seminar Series, St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D. 2012. Service-learning pedagogy: Combining undergraduate education and NSF broader impacts. University of California, Riverside, Academy of Distinguished Teachers Seminar, Riverside, CA.
  • Past
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      Mydlarz, L.D. 2012. Is coral Immunology the key to understanding reef declines? University of California, Riverside. Biology Colloquia, Riverside, CA.

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Jan 2010 to Jan 2015 Robert Noyce Scholarship Program for Science and Mathematics Teachers sponsored by  - $1449999
    • Jan 2010 to Jan 2013 Collaborative Research: Assessing the effect of environmental stressors on invertebrate innate immunity using a coral pathosystem sponsored by  - $409537
    • Jan 2008 to Jan 2013 UBM-Institutional: Undergraduate Training in Theoretical Ecology Research (UTTER) sponsored by  - $780946
    • Jan 2008 to Jan 2009 Novel Anti-microbial Compounds from Resistant and Disease Prevalent Caribbean Corals sponsored by  - $9640
    • Jan 2009 to Jan 2011 COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Influence of Temperature and Acidification on the dynamics of Coral Co-Infection and Resistance sponsored by  - $58061
    • Jan 2009 to Jan 2010 Developing critical and reflective thinking skills in marine science sponsored by  - $3500
    • Jan 2007 to Jan 2009 Total Determination of Toxic Constituents from Golden Alga (Pymnesium parvum) sponsored by  - $90073

Collaborators

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      Duration : Jan 2005 to Present

      Professor of Biology at Unversity of Puerto Rico. Coral disease ecologist.

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      Duration : Feb 2011 to Present

      Post-doctoral trainee working on coral immunity.

Courses

      • BIOL 3301-002 CELL PHYSIOLOGY

        This course is a detailed tour of the inner workings of the cell. From the structure and function of each organelle to how cells communicate. The material is linked to real world and current content whenever possible.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        1. Identify the major parts of the cell and explain key functions of each part.

        2. Build Structure to Function relationships.

        3. Understand the fundamental physiological mechanisms of cell function.

        4. Relate cell mechanisms to disease and dysfunction.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • BIOL 3349-017 COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY

        This course is designed to allow college students to receive credit for their relevant work experiences in the field. Students can receive 1, 2, or 3 hours of course credit for their paid or volunteer hands-on work in an area of Biology, or Health-related sciences. Please note that you will be charged tuition for the number of credit hours received, just as you would for any other class.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • BIOL 3101-001 Seminar in Biology

        This is a seminar/special topics course. You will attend one 1 hour seminar every week, on Thursdays at 4pm in LS 124. The seminars will be presented by experts in the field of biology and they will be presenting their research to an audience in biology.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • BIOL 3249-017 COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY

        This course is designed to allow college students to receive credit for their relevant work experiences in the field. Students can receive 1, 2, or 3 hours of course credit for their paid or volunteer hands-on work in an area of Biology, or Health-related sciences. Please note that you will be charged tuition for the number of credit hours received, just as you would for any other class.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • BIOL 3149-017 COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY

        This course is designed to allow college students to receive credit for their relevant work experiences in the field. Students can receive 1, 2, or 3 hours of course credit for their paid or volunteer hands-on work in an area of Biology, or Health-related sciences. Please note that you will be charged tuition for the number of credit hours received, just as you would for any other class.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • BIOL 3301-002 CELL PHYSIOLOGY

        This course is a detailed tour of the inner workings of the cell. From the structure and function of each organelle to how cells communicate. The material is linked to real world and current content whenever possible.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        1. Identify the major parts of the cell and explain key functions of each part. Build Structure to Function relationships.

        2. Understand the fundamental physiological mechanisms of cell function.

        3. Know the scientific methods that are currently being used to explore cell physiology.

        4. Relate cell mechanisms to disease and dysfunction.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • BIOL 1334-001 Introduction to Biology II

        This course is for non-science majors and together with BIOL1333, will satisfy the laboratory science requirements for students in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Business Administration and in the School of Social Work.

        Emphasis is on fundamental principles, concepts, and topical subjects related to biology. We will use many current events in science to explain basic concepts related to evolution and ecology. Students will gain an appreciation for the sciences and be able to apply their knowledge to real world problems, such as antibiotic resistance and climate change. Biology is integrative, so many of the concepts will incorporate elements of math, chemistry, physics and computer science.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • BIOL 3301-002 Cell Physiology

        This course is a detailed tour of the inner workings of the cell. From the structure and function of each organelle to how cells communicate. The material is linked to real world and current content whenever possible.

        1. Identify the major parts of the cell and explain key functions of each part. Build Structure to Function relationships.

        2. Understand the fundamental physiological mechanisms of cell function.

        3. Know the scientific methods that are currently being used to explore cell physiology.

        4. Relate cell mechanisms to disease and dysfunction.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours1 Document
      • BIOL 3301-002 Biol 3301-002 CELL PHYSIOLOGY

        This course is a detailed tour of the inner workings of the cell. From the structure and function of each organelle to how cells communicate. The material is linked to real world and current content whenever possible.

        1. Identify the major parts of the cell and explain key functions of each part. Build Structure to Function relationships.

        2. Understand the fundamental physiological mechanisms of cell function.

        3. Know the scientific methods that are currently being used to explore cell physiology.

        4. Relate cell mechanisms to disease and disfunction.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • BIOL 1300-001 First Year Seminar: Global change and you

        First year seminar dealing with the causes and effects of population rise, climate change on our society and environment. 

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • BIOL 3301-002 CELL PHYSIOLOGY
        No Description Provided.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • BIOL 3301-002 CELL PHYSIOLOGY
        No Description Provided.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010

Other Teaching Activities

    • Teaching Experience and Curriculum Development
      • Service Learning Collaborative, Center for Community Service Learning