Biology professor Sarah Boyer with collaborators and co-authors Penny Kahn '17, Eva Larsen '17, Raine Ikagawa '17

At Mac, students both learn from professors and work alongside them on research opportunities—often publishing their findings. These collaborations between undergraduate students and faculty members are rare opportunities at larger institutions, making them unique to Macalester.

Working in science labs or out in the field, driven undergraduate students co-author work with faculty members on topics ranging from molecular phylogeny of mite harvestmen to surveillance and privacy in higher education. Below is a partial list of recently published work co-authored by students and professors.

Mac professors and students appear in bold



Fowler-Finn, K. D., S. L. Boyer, R. Ikagawa ’17, T. Jeffries, P. C. Kahn ’17, E. M. Larsen ’17, D. Lee, D. Sasson, and M. Smeester. Qualitative and quantitative comparisons of mating behavior across multiple populations and six species of leiobunine harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones). In press, Behaviour.

Fowler-Finn, K. D., S. L. Boyer, R. Ikagawa ’17, T. Jeffries, P. C. Kahn ’17, E. M. Larsen ’17, D. Lee, and M. Smeester. 2018. Variation in the determinants of mating dynamics within and across five species of Leiobunum harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones). Biology7(36). (Special Issue: Evolution of Mating Choice) 

Kahn, P. C. ’17, D. C. Cao, M. M. Burns, and S. L. Boyer. 2018. Nuptial gift chemistry reveals convergent evolution correlated with antagonism in mating systems of harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones). Ecology and Evolution 8(14): 7103-7100.

Oberski, J. T. ’16, P. P. Sharma, K. R. Jay ’16, M. J. Coblens ’16, K. A. Lemon ’16, J. E. Johnson ’16, and S. L. Boyer. 2018. A dated molecular phylogeny of mite harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones: Cyphophthalmi) elucidates ancient diversification dynamics in the Australian Wet Tropics. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 127: 813-822. 

Sharma, P. P., C. M. Baker, J. Cosgrove, J. E. Johnson ’16, J. T. Oberski ’16, R. J. Raven. M. S. Harvey, S. L. Boyer, and G. Giribet. 2018. Testing the phylogenetic position and age of the temperate Gondwanan family Bothriuridae in the scorpion tree of life. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 122: 37-45. 

Sharma, P. P., J. T. Oberski ’16, M. A. Santiago, R. Kriebel, S. M. Lipps, P. A. C. Buenavente, A. C. Diesmos, M. Janda, S. L. Boyer, R. M. Clouse, and W. C. Wheeler. 2018. There is no evidence that Podoctidae carry eggs of their own species: Reply to Machado and Wolff (2017). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 129: 349-353.



Pilgram, Clemens ’15 and Sarah West, “Fading Premiums: The Effect of Light Rail on Residential Property Values in Minneapolis, Minnesota,” Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2018.

Solis-Garcia, Mario and Xie, Yingtong ’15. 2018. “Measuring the size of the shadow economy using a dynamic general equilibrium model with trends.” Journal of Macroeconomics 56, pp. 258-275.

Disa Hynsjo ’15 and Amy Damon (2016) “Cognitive Achievement and Medium of Instruction: The effect of bilingual education in Peru” Economics of Education Review (53):116-153.

Damon, Amy and Devon Kristiansen ’12. (2014) “Childhood obesity in Mexico: the effect of international migration” Agricultural Economics 45: 1-17.

Environmental Studies

Billups, Katharina., Kelsee York ’18, Louisa I. Bradtmiller (2018). Water column stratification in the Antarctic Zone of the Southern Ocean during the mid-Pleistocene climate transition. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 33.

Bradtmiller, Louisa I., David McGee, Peter B. DeMenocal, Christopher W. Kinsley, Mitchell Awalt ’13, Joe Evers ’14, and Haley Yerxa ’13 (2016). Changes in biological productivity along the northwest African Margin over the past 20,000 years. Paleoceanography, 31, doi:10.1002/2015PA002862.



Lebowitz, A. ’15, and Trudeau, D. (2017) “Digging In: Lawn dissidents, Performing Sustainability, and Landscapes of Privilege.” Social & Cultural Geography 18(5): 706-731.

Trudeau, D., and Kaplan, J. ’14. (2016) “Is there diversity in the New Urbanism? Analyzing the demographic characteristics of New Urbanist neighborhoods in the United States” Urban Geography 37(3): 458-482.

Moseley, W.G. and J. Morgan ’17. 2018. “Why it’s important to recognise multiple food systems in Africa.” The Conversation Africa. June 18.

Fehr, R. ’16 and W.G. Moseley. 2019. “Gardening Matters: A Political Ecology of Female Horticulturists, Commercialization, Water Access and Food Security in Botswana.” African Geographical Review. DOI: 10.1080/19376812.2017.1286247



Curry Rogers, K. and Z. Kulik ’16. 2018. Osteohistology of Rapetosaurus krausei(Sauropoda: Titanosauria) from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2018.1493689

Hartford, G. Jr.’17, and Chapman, A.D.,  2018, Search for the lost arc: A U-Pb zircon geochronologic and Hf isotopic study of the Las Tablas unit, Franciscan Complex of Central California, in Ingersoll, R.V., Lawton, T.F., and Graham, S.A., eds., Tectonics, Sedimentary Basins, and Provenance: A Celebration of William R. Dickinson’s Career: Geological Society of America Special Paper 540, p. 367–382,

Rogers, R.R., K.A. Curry Rogers, B.C. Bagley, J.J. Goodin ’17, J.H. Hartman, J.T. Thole, and M. Zatoń. 2018. Pushing the record of trematode parasitism of bivalves upstream and back to the Cretaceous. GEOLOGY 46:431-434.

Rogers, R.R.K.A. Curry Rogers, M.T. Carrano, M. Perez ’16, and A. Regan ’17. 2017. Isotaphonomy in concept and practice: an exploration of vertebrate microfossil bonebeds in the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Judith River Formation, north- central Montana. Paleobiology 43:248-273.

Curry Rogers, K., M. Whitney ’13, M. D’Emic, and B. Bagley. 2016. Precocity in a tiny titanosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. Science 352:450-454.

Rogers, R.R., S.M. Kidwell, A. Deino, J.P. Mitchell, K. Nelson ’09, and J. Thole. 2016. Age, correlation, and lithostratigraphic revision of the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Judith River Formation in its type area (north-central Montana), with a comparison of low- and high-accommodation alluvial records. Journal of Geology 124:99-135.

Schachtman, N. ’14MacGregor, K.R., Myrbo;, A. Hencir, N.R.’12, Riihimaki, C.A., Thole, J.Bradtmiller, L. (2015). Lake core record of Grinnell Glacier dynamics during the Late Pleistocene and Younger Dryas, Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S.A. Quaternary Research, v. 84, no. 1, p. 1-11, doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2015.05.004


Political Science

Paul Dosh and Julia Smith Coyoli ’11. 2019. “Lessons from the Left in Lima: Susana Villarán and the Fleeting Return of Progressive Politics to City Hall.” Latin American Perspectives 46, 1 (January): 263-281.

Alex Ramiller ’18 and Patrick Schmidt. 2018. “Scale Limits to Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Evidence from Three Danish Cases.” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 27: 48-58.

Sarah Shoemaker ’15 and Patrick Schmidt. 2018. “Building Ivory Surveillance Towers: Transformations of Privacy and Public Space in Higher Education,” in Privacy in the Streets: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Changing Nature of Public Space, Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan and Bert-Jaap Koops, eds. London: Routledge.

Elizabeth Levi ’17 and Patrick Schmidt. 2018. “FEC v. Massachusetts Concerned for Life,” in Money in American Politics, David Schultz, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Katherine Davis ’17 and Patrick Schmidt. 2018 “Free Air Time,” in Money in American Politics, David Schultz, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Lisa Mueller and Lukas Matthews ’19. 2016. “The National Elections in Niger, February-March 2016.” Electoral Studies 43: 203-206.

Lisa Mueller and Lukas Matthews ’19. 2016. “4 things you should know about Niger’s recent elections.” Monkey Cage/Washington Post (April 17).

Lisa Mueller and Lukas Matthews ’19. 2016. “The upcoming Niger election and the drama surrounding it, explained.” Monkey Cage/Washington Post (February 17).



Cari Gillen-O’Neel, Emily C. Roebuck ’17, Joan M. Ostrove. 2019. “Class and the Classroom: The Role of Individual- and School-Level Socioeconomic Factors in Predicting College Students’ Academic Behaviors.” Emerging Adulthood.

February 12 2019

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