Zen   Faulkes

Professor  

Office: ESCNE 2.364
Phone: (956) 665-2614
Email: zen.faulkes@utrgv.edu
Website: doctorzen.net

Dr. Zen Faulkes

Studying brains, behaviour, and evolution, mainly using decapod crustaceans.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Neuroethology
    • Crustacean biology
  • Education

    • PhD, Biology, University of Victoria, 1996
    • BA, Psychology, University of Lethbridge, 1989
  • Currently Teaching

    BIOL 4400 91L - Biological Communication:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Jiří Patoka, André Magalhães, Antonín Kouba, Zen Faulkes, Rikho Jerikho, and Jean Vitule. "Invasive aquatic pets: failed policies increase risks of harmful invasions," Biodiversity and Conservation 27, no. 11 (June 2018): 3037-3046.

  • Zen Faulkes. "Filtering out parasites: Sand crabs (Lepidopa benedicti) are infected by more parasites than sympatric mole crabs (Emerita benedicti)," PeerJ 5, (September 2017): e5832.

  • Zen Faulkes. "The phenology of sand crabs, Lepidopa benedicti (Decapoda: Albuneidae)," Coconut Creek, Florida: Journal of Coastal Research 33, no. 5 (September 2017): 1095-1101.

  • Zen Faulkes. Stinging the Predators: A Collection of Papers That Should Never Have Been Published. 3.1, August 2017: 169.

  • Zen Faulkes. "Case study – The “me brand”: tips for successful personal branding," ReSearch: A Career Guide for Scientists. London: Academic Press, June 2017: 134-135.

  • Zen Faulkes. "Slipping past the barricades: the illegal trade of pet crayfish in Ireland," Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 117, no. 1 (May 2017): 15-23.

  • Tadashi Kawai, Zen Faulkes, and Gerhard Scholtz, ed. Freshwater Crayfish: A Global Overview. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 2016: 679.

  • Zen Faulkes. "Marble crayfish as a new model organism and a new threat to native crayfish conservation," Freshwater Crayfish: A Global Overview. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 2016: 31-53.

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo and Zen Faulkes. "Predicting the distribution of crayfish species: a case study using marble crayfish," Freshwater Crayfish: A Global Overview. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 2016: 13-30.

  • Zen Faulkes. Model organism. Interstellate: A Collection of Thoughts (Volume 1). South Jordan, Utah: Lucid Press, 1, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2016.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Erin Schuenzel. MRI: Acquisition of a next-generation sequencer for biological research at a Hispanic serving institute in South Texas, National Science Foundation, $158,420.00 (January 1, 2013 - August 31, 2016)

  • Zen Faulkes. Meeting: SICB 2014 parasitic manipulation symposium, Austin, Texas, 3-7 January 2014, National Science Foundation, $12,238.00 (September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2014)

  • Zen Faulkes. REU Site: Long term research in biology at Hispanic gateway institution, National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates, $284,707.00 (March 15, 2007 - August 15, 2010)

  • Zen Faulkes. Acquisition of a Genetic Analysis System for Biology, The University of Texas-Pan American, National Science Foundation, $101,240.00 (September 1, 2006 - August 31, 2009)

  • Zen Faulkes. SGER: Establishing the parthenogenetic "Marmorkrebs" crayfish as a model organism in North America, National Science Foundation #0813581, $22,332.00 (March 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009)



Selected Presentations


  • Zen Faulkes, Heriberto Deleon, and John Thomas. "Cloning crayfish cell culture," International Crustacean Congress IX, The Crustacean Society, Washington, DC, USA (May 2018)

  • Zen Faulkes. "Laws don’t stop claws: Regulations to limit the trade of pet crayfish are ineffective," Northeast Natural History Conference, Burlington, Vermont (April 2018)

  • Zen Faulkes, Claudette Segura, Leslie Garcia, J Terry, and Matthew Terry. "Blind sand crabs have visual opsins," Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, California USA (January 2018)

  • Zen Faulkes. "More larval tapeworms in sand crabs than mole crabs," American Society of Parasitologists, American Society of Parasitologists, San Antonio, Texas, USA (July 2017)

  • Jarrett Brynes, Jai Ranganathan, Barbara Walker, Zen Faulkes, and Anthony Salvagno. "What do 159 crowdfunding projects tell us about science fundraising?," 9th annual National Organization of Research Development Professionals conference, National Organization of Research Development Professionals, Broomfield, Colorado (May 2017)

  • Claudette Segura, Leslie Garcia, Matthew Terry, and Zen Faulkes. "The vestigial vision of adult sand crabs," Evolution, Society for the Study of Evolution, Austin, TX, USA (July 2016)

  • Claudia Segura, Matthew Terry, and Zen Faulkes. "Vestigial eyespots but many opsins in sand crabs," Evolution 2016, Society of Systematic Biologists, Austin, TX (June 2016)

  • Zen Faulkes, Leslie Garcia, and Matthew Terry. "Eyes under the beach: the visual system of sand crabs (Lepidopa benedicti)," Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Portland, Oregon, USA (January 2016)

  • Andres Martinez, Zen Faulkes, Frank Ambriz, and Shawn Saladin. "Would you trust a robot surgeon? Fear and Technology in Medicine," UTPA PACE Biomedical Ethics Conferenc, PACE, UTPA, Edinburg, TX (March 2012)

Current Courses

BIOL 4400 91L - Biological Communication:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses