Professor, Biology Department
Cooney-Jackman Endw, Academic Affairs
Phone: 814-871-7405
Office: Z 210
ganger001@gannon.edu

  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research

Courses Taught

  • Molecular & Cellular Biology (BIOL 122)
  • Ecosystem Biology & Evolution (BIOL 126)
  • Botany & Laboratory (BIOL 220, 221)
  • Genetics (BIOL 345)
  • Plant Physiology (BIOL 358)
  • Tropical Marine Biology—travel study course (BIOL 383)
  • Plant Ecology & Laboratory (BIOL 390, 391)
  • Special Topics:  Plants & Society (BIOL 490)

Educational History

  • Ph.D. in Plant Biology, 1998, University of New Hampshire, Dissertation:  “Reproductive ecology of Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense Desf.)”
  • M.S. in Zoology, 1992, University of New Hampshire, Thesis:  “Age and growth of juvenile smelt, Osmerus mordax, from the Great Bay Estuary as indicated by daily growth increments of lapilli”
  • B.S. in Biology, 1990, Siena Heights University, Thesis:  “Interspecific competition between Paramecium aurelia and Paramecium multimicronucleata

Publications

  • McGivern JJ, Ganger MT, Ewing SJ (2013) Patterns of FT and NPR1 expression in Arabidopsis thaliana in response to salicylate addition.  BIOS 84:241-249
  • Ganger MT, McGivern J, Boccian L, Brown N-A, and Perenic J (2012) Vegetation Characterization of the Fringe Habitat in the Erie Bluffs State Park in Erie County, Pennsylvania.  Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences 86:10-21
  • Wasson C, Zourelias J, Aardsma N, Eells J, Ganger M, Schober J, Skwor T (2012) Inhibitory effects of near-ultraviolet light (NUV) on Chlamydia trachomatis growth and characterization of the ensuing inflammatory response in HeLa cells.  BMC Microbiology 12:176 (doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-12-176)
  • Ganger MT, Sturey T (2012) Antheridiogen concentration and spore size predict gametophyte size in Ceratopteris richardii.  Botany 90:1-5 (doi: 10.1139/b11-097)
  • Gluvna J and Ganger MT (2011) First-year colonization of an old field within the Erie Bluffs State Park in Pennsylvania.  Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences 85:81-87
  • Andraso G, Ganger MT, and Adamczyk J (2011) Size-selective predation by round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) on dreissenid mussels in the field.  Journal of Great Lakes Research 37:298-304  (doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2011.02.006)
  • Ayrapetov A and MT Ganger (2009) Nutrient levels do not affect male gametophyte induction in Ceratopteris richardii.  American Fern Journal 99:273-278  (doi: 10.1640/0002-8444-99.4.273)
  • Alibozek J and MT Ganger (2008) Temporal changes in stream insect abundance in northwestern Massachusetts.  Journal of Freshwater Ecology 23:673-676
  • Wootters A, Ganger M (2007) Content-based Courses for Pre-service Elementary School Teachers.  SENCER E-Newsletter 6(5)
  • Wootters A, Ganger M (2006) Science Education for Pre-service Teachers:  What Constitutes Adequate Preparation?  SENCER E-Newsletter 6(2)
  • Ganger, MT (2004) Inferring genet development:  interplay of meristem commitment and genet integrity.  Rhodora 106:210-225
  • Ganger, MT (2000) Do reproductive history traits relate to seed maturation in a clonal herb?  Rhodora 102:142-153
  • Ganger, MT (1999) The spatial and temporal distribution of young-of-the-year Osmerus mordax in the Great Bay Estuary.  Environmental Biology of Fishes 54:253-261  (doi: 10.1023/A:1007585904932)
  • Ganger, MT (1997) The influence of pollen addition and ramet isolation on the current sexual reproduction in a clonal herb.  Oecologia 110:231-236  (doi: 10.1007/s004420050155)

Scholarship/Research

Appointments:

  • 2013--present, Cooney-Jackman Endowed Professor
  • 2010--present, Research Associate, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Research:

My research interests concern the reproductive ecology of organisms and the flora of northwestern Pennsylvania.  Current research explores (1) the factors that influence gender determination in Ceratopteris richardii, a homosporous fern, and the regulation of gender development; (2) the foraging behavior of Neogobius melanostomus, the round goby, which is an invasive fish in Lake Erie; (3) reproductive allocation in Bythotrephes longimanus, a zooplankton recently introduced to Lake Erie; and (4) the flora of the Erie Bluffs State Park.

Presentations at Scientific Meetings:

  • Ganger M, Smith H, Girouard J, Bahny B, Ewing S (2013) Antheridiogen and abscisic acid influence conversion and ANI1 expression in the homosporous fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Botany2013 (joint meeting with the International Association of Plant Taxonomy, American Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, American Bryological and Lichenological Society, and the Botanical Society of America), New Orleans, LA
  • Ganger M, Smith H, Girouard J, Bahny B, Ewing S (2013) Antheridiogen and abscisic acid influence ANI1 expression and conversion in the homosporous fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Bradford, PA
  • Ganger M, Sturey T, Bahny B (2011) Induction and conversion in Ceratopteris richardii, a gender-labile fern: more pieces to the puzzle. Botany 2011 (joint meeting of Botanical Society of America, American Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and Society for Economic Botany), St. Louis, MO
  • McGivern J, Bocian L, Brown N-A, Perenic J, Ganger M (2011) Life on the fringe: characterization of the forest-field ecotone in the Erie Bluffs State Park using hierarchical clustering and indicator species analysis. Botany 2011 (joint meeting of Botanical Society of America, American Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and Society for Economic Botany), St. Louis, MO
  • Bocian L, McGivern J, Brown, N-A, Perenic J, Ganger M (2011) The vascular plant species of the fringing habitat ecotone in the Erie Bluffs State Park.  Botany 2011 (joint meeting of Botanical Society of America, American Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and Society for Economic Botany), St. Louis, MO
  • Andraso GM and Ganger MT (2011) Factors influencing size-selective predation by round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) on dreissenid mussels.  International Association of Great Lakes Research, 54th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research.  Duluth, MN
  • Andraso GM, Ganger MT, Gluvna J (2009) Possible factors influencing size-selective predation on dreissenid mussels by round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) in the field.  Regional Science Consortium Research Symposium, Erie, PA
  • Andraso GM and Ganger MT (2008) Size-selective predation on dreissenid mussels by round gobies (Apollonia melanostomus) in the field.  Regional Science Consortium Research Symposium, Erie, PA
  • Wootters A, Ganger MT (2007) Science education for pre-service teachers: what constitutes adequate preparation?  SENCER Capitol Hill Poster Session:  Innovative Projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education.  Washington, D.C.
  • Wootters A and Ganger MT (2007) Science education for pre-service teachers: what constitutes adequate preparation? Plenary at SENCER New England Regional Symposium, Springfield, MA
  • Wootters A and Ganger MT (2006) Science education for pre-service teachers: what constitutes adequate preparation?  SENCER Summer Institute 2006, Santa Clara, CA
  • Wootters A and Ganger MT (2005) Teaching middle school science teachers:  lessons learned.  SENCER New England Regional Symposium, Springfield, MA
  • Ganger MT (2004) Factors influencing flowering shoot recruitment and reproductive success in a clonal herb.  The Northeast Natural History Conference VIII, Albany, NY
  • Ganger MT (2003) Inferring genet development: the interplay of meristem commitment and genet integrity.  Combined meetings of the Ecological Society of America and The International Society for Ecological Modeling—North American Chapter.  Uplands to Lowlands:  Coastal Processes in a Time of Global Change, Savannah, GA
  • Ganger MT (2002) Reproductive success and genet development in a clonal herb:  the case for context.  Combined international meetings of American Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Botanical Society of America, Canadian Botanical Association, and Phycological Society of America:  Botany 2002.  Botany in the Curriculum:  integrating research and teaching, Madison, WI
  • Ganger MT (2002) Factors affecting reproductive success in a clonal herb: the importance of ramet context.  The Northeast Natural History Conference VII, Albany, NY
  • Ganger MT (1997) The ecological implications of ramet context: a case study.  Botanical Society of America meeting, Montreal, Ontario
  • Ganger MT (1996) Factors affecting current sexual reproduction in a clonal herb.  Ecological Society of America meeting, Providence, RI

Student Presentations at Undergraduate Conferences:

  • Singh S, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) Relative expression of CMADS2, CMADS3, and CMADS6 in the fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Twenty-Third Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi
  • Leix J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) Hermaphrodite gametophytes of the fern Ceratopteris richardii express CRKNOX1, CRKONX2, and CRKNOX3 genes.  Twenty-Third Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi
  • Hallowell H, McAllister N, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) The soil bacterium Lysinibacillus xylanilyticus blocks induction in the homosporous fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Twenty-Third Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi
  • Girouard J, Norman K, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) An exploration of ANI1 expression in the hermaphrodite gametophytes of the fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Twenty-Third Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi
  • Ford R, Wimer A, Ganger M, Andraso G (2014) Age and growth of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) from Lake Erie and a small invaded pond.  National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2014).  Lexington, KY
  • Hallowell H, McAllister N, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) The soil bacterium Lysinibacillus xylanilyticus blocks induction in the homosporous fern Ceratopteris richardii.  National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2014).  Lexington, KY
  • McAllister N, Hallowell H, Shinko J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) Identification of a diverse group of soil bacteria to study their potential for blocking male development in Ceratopteris richardii gametophytes.  National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2014).  Lexington, KY
  • Hallowell H, Marasco M, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) The gender-bending effect of two soil bacteria, Lysinibacillus xylanilyticus and Aeromonas eucrenophila, on gametophytes of the homosporous fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Celebrate Gannon
  • Leix J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) Hermaphrodite gametophytes of the fern Ceratopteris richardii express CRKNOX1, CRKONX2, and CRKNOX3 genes.  Celebrate Gannon
  • McAllister N, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) Development and optimization of an inverse PCR method to identify unknown regions flanking the known ANI1 cDNA sequence.  Celebrate Gannon
  • Singh S, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) Relative expression of CMADS2, CMADS3, and CMADS6 in the fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Celebrate Gannon
  • McAllister N, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) Development and optimization of an inverse PCR method to identify unknown regions flanking the known ANI1 cDNA sequence.  Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention, Grove City, PA
  • Singh S, Ganger M, Ewing S (2014) Relative expression of CMADS2, CMADS3, and CMADS6 in the fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention, Grove City, PA
  • Altaher W, Kies B, Ganger M, Sapone S (2014) Quantification of Interleukin-6 and Tumor Necrosis Factor-α production by CRL-9855 macrophages exposed to Immune DefenseTM.  Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention, Grove City, PA
  • Ford R, Wimer A, Ganger M, Andraso G (2014) Age and growth of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) from Lake Erie and a small invaded pond.  Twenty-Third Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi
  • Ford R, Wimer A, Ganger M, Andraso G (2014) Age and growth of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) from Lake Erie and a small invaded pond.  Celebrate Gannon.
  • Norman K, Girouard J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2013) An exploration of ANI1 expression in the hermaphrodite gametophytes of the fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Regional Science Consortium 9th Annual Research Symposium, Erie, PA
  • McAllister N, Shinko J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2013) Isolation of a diverse group of soil bacteria for future use in studying their effect on gender determination in Ceratopteris richardii.  Regional Science Consortium 9th Annual Research Symposium, Erie, PA
  • Ford R, Wimer A, Ganger M, Andraso G (2013) Age and growth of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) from Lake Erie and a small invaded pond.  Regional Science Consortium 9th Annual Research Symposium, Erie, PA
  • Hallowell H, Ganger M, Ewing S (2013) The soil bacterium, Lysinibacillus xylanilyticus, increases the proportion of hermaphrodites and improves germination rates in the fern Ceratopteris richardii.  Regional Science Consortium 9th Annual Research Symposium, Erie, PA
  • McAllister N, Shinko J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2013) Isolation of a diverse group of soil bacteria for future use in studying their effect on gender determination in Ceratopteris richardii.  Twenty-Second Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi, Erie, PA
  • Smith H, Jirouard J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2013) ANI1 expression is influenced by anth eridiogen and abscisic acid during conversion in Ceratopteris richardii.  Twenty-Second Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi, Erie, PA
  • Youngdahl D, Ganger M, Ewing S (2013) Development of a screening protocol to assess the potential for a gender-bending effect of soil bacteria on Ceratopteris richardii.  Twenty-Second Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi, Erie, PA
  • Legerski M, Ganger M, Andraso G (2013) First report of the invasive, predatory cladoceran Cercopagis pengoi in Presque Isle Bay.  Twenty-Second Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi, Erie, PA
  • McAllister N, Shinko J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2013) Isolation of a diverse group of soil bacteria for future use in studying their effect on gender determination in Ceratopteris richardii.  Celebrate Gannon
  • Smith H, Jirouard J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2013) ANI1 expression is influenced by antheridiogen and abscisic acid during conversion in Ceratopteris richardii.  Celebrate Gannon
  • Youngdahl D, Ganger M, Ewing S (2013) Development of a screening protocol to assess the potential for a gender-bending effect of soil bacteria on Ceratopteris richardii.  Celebrate Gannon
  • Glancy S, Andraso G, Ganger M (2012) Plasticity in reproductive investment of the invasive cladoceran Bythotrephes longimanus.  Regional Science Consortium 7th Annual Research Symposium.  Erie, PA
  • McGivern J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2012) Expression of NPR1 and FT in Arabidopsis thaliana during flowering.  Beta Beta Biological Honor Society National Biennial Convention, Puerto Rico
  • DiAngi M, Ganger M, Ewing S (2012) Is expression of the gene ANI1 induced by antheridiogen in wild type and mutant Ceratopteris richardii?  Celebrate Gannon.
  • King L, Sapone S, Ganger M (2012) Analysis of the proposed immunostimulatory effects of Immune DefenseTM.  Celebrate Gannon
  • McGivern J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2012) Expression of NPR1 and FT in Arabidopsis thaliana during flowering.  Twenty-First Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi
  • Glancy S, Ganger M, Andraso G (2012) Morphometric predictors of reproductive success in the invasive cladoceran Bythotrephes longimanus.  Twenty-First Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi
  • McGivern J, Ganger M, Ewing S (2012) Expression of NPR1 and FT in Arabidopsis thaliana during flowering.  Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention, Loretto, PA
  • McGivern J, Bocian L, Brown N-A C, Perenic J, Ganger M (2011) Vegetation Characterization of the Fringing Habitat Ecotone in the Erie Bluffs State Park using Hierarchical Clustering and Indicator Species Analysis.  Twentieth Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi, Erie, PA
  • Bahny B, Ganger M (2011) Abscisic acid negatively affects male gametophyte conversion in Ceratopteris richardii.  32nd Annual Undergraduate Biology Symposium for Western PA, Erie, PA
  • Sturey T, Ganger M (2011) Ceratopteris richardii gametophyte growth and development is affected by antheridiogen concentration and spore size.  32nd Annual Undergraduate Biology Symposium for Western PA, Erie, PA
  • McGivern J, Bocian L, Brown N-A C, Perenic J, Ganger M (2011) The use of hierarchical clustering and indicator species analysis to characterize the vascular plant community of the forest-field ecotone in the Erie Bluffs State Park.  Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention, Westminster, PA
  • DiAngi M, Ganger M (2011) Expression of ANI1 in wild type and her1 mutant gametophytes of Ceratopteris richardii.  Twentieth Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi, Erie, PA
  • Sturey T, Ganger M (2011) The influence of antheridiogen and spore size on gametophyte growth and development in Ceratopteris richardii.  Twentieth Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi, Erie, PA
  • Bocian L, McGivern J, Brown N-A C, Perenic J, Ganger M (2010) The vascular plant species of the fringing habitat ecotone in the Erie Bluffs State Park.  Regional Science Consortium 6th Annual Research Symposium.  Erie, PA
  • McGivern J, Bocian L, Brown N-A C, Perenic J, Ganger M (2010) Vegetation characterization of the fringing habitat ecotone in the Erie Bluffs State Park using ordination and association analysis. Regional Science Consortium 6th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA
  • Sturey T and Ganger M (2010) Size determinants of Ceratopteris richardii and their potential influence on gender.  Regional Science Consortium 6th Annual Research Symposium.  Erie, PA
  • Sturey T and Ganger M (2010) The effect of antheridiogen concentration on conversion and size of male gametophytes of Ceratopteris richardii.  Nineteenth Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi.  Erie, PA
  • Sturey T and Ganger M (2010) The effect of antheridiogen concentration on conversion and size of male gametophytes of Ceratopteris richardii.  Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society District Convention, Erie, PA
  • Alfieri J, M Ganger, T Skwor (2010) Escherichia coli increases the number of hermaphrodites in the gender labile fern, Ceratopteris richardii.  Regional Science Consortium 6th Annual Research Symposium.  Erie, PA
  • Alfieri J, M Ganger, T Skwor (2010) Escherichia coli increases the number of hermaphrodites in the gender labile fern, Ceratopteris richardii.  Gannon University Research and Creative Projects Conference.  Erie, PA
  • Alfieri J, M Ganger, T Skwor (2010) Escherichia coli increases the number of hermaphrodites in the gender labile fern, Ceratopteris richardii.  Nineteenth Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.  Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi.  Erie, PA
  • Trumbell B, M. Ganger, T Skwor (2010) Utilization of real-time PCR to determine the expression of ANI1 during sexual differentiation in Ceratopteris richardii.  Gannon University Research and Creative Projects Conference.  Erie, PA
  • Ayrapetov A, MT Ganger (2009) Do nutrient levels alter the effectiveness of the sex-determining antheridiogen, ACE, in Ceratopteris richardii? Eighteenth Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.   Penn State Behrend—Sigma Xi.  Erie, PA
  • Ayrapetov A, MT Ganger (2009) Do nutrient levels alter the effectiveness of the sex-determining antheridiogen, ACE, in Ceratopteris richardii?  Gannon University Research and Creative Projects Conference.  Erie, PA