Deanna M. Soper, Ph.D.

2007-2012 Biology Indiana University, Bloomington, Bloomington, IN, United States 
 2016- Biology University of Dallas 
Evolution of Reproduction, Host-Parasite Coevolution
"Deanna Soper"

Deanna M. Soper obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology and Science Education from Trine University in Angola, IN in 1999. She went on to obtain an M.B.A. from Indiana University Northwest prior to starting a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2007 under the direction of Curt Lively and Lynda Delph. During her Ph.D. she studied the reproductive biology of a freshwater snail from New Zealand, Potamopyrgus antipodarum. Her studies documented the mating behavior and reproductive anatomy and physiology of the snail, whose wild populations can experience extreme selection pressure from a trematode parasite. After graduating she returned to her home city and lived in the suburbs of Chicago. After a short post-doc with Maurine Neiman at the University of Iowa she began a year and a half teaching position at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. In 2016 she moved to Dallas to begin a tenure-track position at the University of Dallas. Here, she diversified her research interests and developed multiple courses in the field of marine biology. Taking a more ecological turn, she primarily researches the distribution and abundance of species in the deep sea and also seeks to better understand coral biology and gene expression.
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Curt M. Lively grad student 2012 Indiana University
 (The reproductive biology of Potamopyrgus antipodarum at the organismal and cellular level.)


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Maurine Neiman collaborator University of Iowa
 (Also Postdoctoral Advisor (2013-2014))
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White PS, Penley MJ, Tierney ARP, et al. (2019) Dauer life stage of Caenorhabditis elegans induces elevated levels of defense against the parasite Serratia marcescens. Scientific Reports. 9: 11575
Soper DM, Hatcher KM, Neiman M. (2015) Documentation of copulatory behaviour in triploid male freshwater snails Ethology Ecology and Evolution
Soper DM, King KC, Vergara D, et al. (2014) Exposure to parasites increases promiscuity in a freshwater snail. Biology Letters. 10: 20131091
Soper DM, Neiman M, Savytskyy OP, et al. (2013) Spermatozoa Production by Triploid Males in the New Zealand Freshwater Snail Potamopyrgus antipodarum. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. Linnean Society of London. 110
Soper DM, Delph LF, Lively CM. (2012) Multiple paternity in the freshwater snail, Potamopyrgus antipodarum. Ecology and Evolution. 2: 3179-85
Neiman M, Paczesniak D, Soper DM, et al. (2011) Wide variation in ploidy level and genome size in a New Zealand freshwater snail with coexisting sexual and asexual lineages. Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution. 65: 3202-16
Montgomery BR, Soper DM, Delph LF. (2010) Asymmetrical conspecific seed-siring advantage between Silene latifolia and S. dioica. Annals of Botany. 105: 595-605
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