Dr. DorothyBelle Poli
BS Biology from University of Pittsburgh
PhD from University of Maryland
Research & Teaching Interests
I enjoy teaching botany, general biology, cell biology, plant physiology, evolution, and plant development.
My interests in the research laboratory range from paleobotany to plant physiology. I am currently working with Virginia Museum of Natural History on some botanical natural history from the Carboniferous. At Roanoke College, we are also exploring reclaimation practices using bryophytes and polar auxin transport evolution.
The movement of plants from the water to the land created the need for plants to become larger and erect in order to compete for light. This transition resulted in the evolution of vascular tissue, stomata, guard cells, and the cuticle. My research examines these features across the extant plants to begin to fill in the evolutionary relationships between the physical changes and the physiological processes.
1. Exploring the biology behind tattooing
2. The Clergy Letter Project
1. Poli, DB., Klink, V., and Cooke, T. J. (in prep) The role of auxin on Marsilea vestita embryogenesis.
2. Neifert, B., Corbicz, M., Dooley, A. C., and Poli, DB. (in prep) Niche partitioning in fossil sharks? A comparison of tooth breakage rates in Miocene carcharhiniform sharks from the Carmel Church Quarry, Carolina County, Virginia.
3. Poli, DB., McDaniel, S., Szovenyi, P., Litt, A., Buck, W., and Goffinet, B. (in prep) Using the structure of society meetings and a (forced) creative use of time to aid graduate student professional life training
4. Kalaji, H. M., Allakverdiev, S. I., Bresti?, M., Zivcak, M., Bussotti, F., Pollastrini, M., Calatayud, A., Penella, C., D?browski, P., Ferroni, L., Pancaldi, S., Goltsev, V., Guidi, L., Hogewoning, S. W., Jajoo, A., Misra, A. N., Nebauer, S. G., Poli, DB., Serôdio, J., Suresh, K., Tambussi, E., Yanniccari, M., Li, P., Losciale, P., Mishra, V. K., Prakash, R.,Rosyara, U., Sarkar, R. K., Xu, Z., and Elsheery, N. I. (in prep) Answers for the most common FAQ’s about chlorophyll fluorescence: Practical and Technical issues. Photosynthesis Review.
5. Kalaji, H. M., Allakverdiev, S. I., Bresti?, M., Zivcak, M., Bussotti, F., Pollastrini, M., Calatayud, A., Penella, C., D?browski, P., Ferroni, L., Pancaldi, S., Goltsev, V., Guidi, L., Hogewoning, S. W., Jajoo, A., Misra, A. N., Nebauer, S. G., Poli, DB., Serôdio, J., Suresh, K., Tambussi, E., Yanniccari, M., Li, P., Losciale, P., Mishra, V. K., Prakash, R.,Rosyara, U., Sarkar, R. K., Xu, Z., and Elsheery, N. I. (in prep) FAQ’s about chlorophyll fluorescence: Theoretical issues. Photosynthesis Review.
6. Poli, DB. and Cooke, T. J. (in review) Polar auxin transport in the moss Polytrichum ohioense: developmental regulation, environmental sensitivity, and evolutionary implications.
7. Bader, G. A., Piatkowski, B. T., Branning, J., Corbicz, M., Cooke, T.J. and Poli, DB. (in review) Evolution of polar auxin transport in plant gametophytes.
8. Poli, DB. (2012) Captain Obvious Strikes Again: Using Cell Phones to Learn. The Bryological Times 136: 17.
9. Poli, DB., Fleenor, M. C., and Rearick, M. (2012) Drawing on Popular Culture: Using Tattooing to Introduce Biological Concepts. American Biology Teacher 74 (6): 381-385.
10. Poli, DB. And Lassiter, C. (Feb.19, 2012) Science seeks to understand, not to kill God. Roanoke Times (Horizon section) 1, 4.
11. Poli, DB., Berenotto, C., Blankenship, S., Piatkowski, B., Bader, G. A., and Poore, M. (2012) Bringing Evolution to a Technological Generation: A Case Study with SPORE. American Biology Teacher 74 (2): 100-103.
12. Vogel, S. I., Piatkowski, B. T., Dooley, A., and Poli, DB. (2011) Effects of Fire on Lycopodium digitatum strobili. Jeffersoniana 27: 1-9.
13. Poli, DB. (2011) ABLS 2011: A Meeting and an Adventure. The Bryological Times 133:12.
14. Poli, DB. (2011) Sex and the Scientific Method: Using Condoms to Engage College Students. American Biology Teacher 73 (6): 348-352.
15. Poli, DB. (2011)Teaching Cultural and Botanical Connections: Ethnobotany with Tea. American Biology Teacher 73 (4): 242.
16. Poli, DB. (2010) Bryology: We need some apps for that! The Bryological Times 131: 8.
17. Ramesh, M. A., Collins, R., Lassiter, C. S., Poli, DB., and Poore, M. (2010) There’s an App for That: Utilizing iPod Touch Applications for College Level Biology Instruction. Pages 389-390, in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 32 (K. McMahon, Editor). Proceedings of the 32nd Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education.
18. Poli, DB. (2010) iPlant’s DNA Subway is an easy way to teach genomics, annotation. The Bryological Times 130: 4.
19. Fleenor, M. C., Poli, DB., and Rearick, M. (2010) Having your cake and eating too: student engagement and collaborative faculty development. Proceeding for the Lilly 2010 Conference. https://freyr.uncg.edu/conference/lillyconference/proceedings.jsp
20. Contributing Author on Bryophytes in:
Evans, A.V. (Editor). (2009) The 2006 Potomac Gorge BioBlitz. Overview and results of a 30-hour rapid biological survey. Produced for the National Park Service in accordance with NPS/TNC Cooperative Agreement 1443CA309700101, Modification 0008. George Washington Memorial Parkway, Turkey Run Park, McLean, VA 22101. Banasteria 32:1-80.
21. Cooke, T. J., Poli, DB., and Cohen, J. D. (2004) Did auxin play a crucial role in the evolution of novel body plans during the late Silurian – early Devonian radiation of vascular plants? In A. R. Hemsley and I. Poole (eds.), Evolution of plant physiology, pp. 85-107. Elsevier Academic Press: Amsterdam.
22. Poli, DB., Jacobs, M., and Cooke, T. J. (2003) Auxin regulation of axial growth in bryophyte sporophytes: its potential significance for the evolution of early land plants. American Journal of Botany 90: 1405-1415.
23. Cooke, T. J., Poli, DB., Sztein, A. E., and Cohen, J. D. (2002) Evolutionary patterns in auxin action. Plant Molecular Biology 49: 319-338.