Dr. Barrie E. Overton

Dr. Barrie E. Overton

boverton@lhup.edu | 205 East Campus Science Center, Lock Haven, PA 17745 | (570) 484-2580

Areas of Expertise: Mycology and Plant Pathology, Identification of Wild Edible Mushrooms, White Nose Syndrome in Bats/Cave Fungi

Education: 

The Pennsylvania State University, Mycology/Plant Pathology, Ph.D.-2004

Southern Illinois University, Botany (Mycology), M.S.-1997

Alma College, Alma Michigan, Biology/Chemistry, B.S.-1994

Courses Most Commonly Taught: Principles of Biology, Basic Biology, Mycology, Science Seminar, Biological Evolution

Courses Developed: Mycology, Topics in Biology

Programs Developed: Member of the Environmental Focus Group: served on committee during development of Environmental Science Minor. Associates of Arts degree in Sustainability Studies at LHU Clearfield Campus

Professional Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles

Turner Gregory G., Carol Uphoff Meteyer, Hazel Barton, John F. Gumbs, DeeAnn M. Reeder, Barrie Overton, Hana Bandouchova,Tomáš Bartonička, Natália Martínková, Jiri Pikula, Jan Zukal, and David S. Blehert.  2014.  Non-lethal screening of bat wing skin using UV fluorescence to detect lesions indicative of white-nose syndrome.  Journal of Wildlife Disease. 50(3):566:573. 

Raudabaugh, D.B., M. B. Tzolov, J.P. Calabrese, B.E. Overton. 2013.  Synthesis of silver nanoparticles by a bryophilous Rhizoctonia species.  International Journal of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology.  3 (2):1-6.  

Smyth, C., S. Schlesinger, B.E. Overton, and C. Butchkoski.  2013.  The alternative host hypothesis and potential virulence genes in Geomyces destructans.  Bat Research News. 54(2):17-24. 

Buonaccorsi, V.P., M.D. Boyle, D. Grove,  C. Praul, E. Sakk, A. Stuart, T. Tobin, J. Hosler, S. L. Carney, m. Engle, B.E. Overton, J.D. Newman, M. Pizzorno, J. R. Powell, and N. Trun.  2011.  GCAT-SEEKquence:  Genome Consortium for Active Teaching of Undergraduates through Increased Faculty Access to Next-Generation Sequencing Data. CBE—Life Science Education. 10:342-345. 

Raudabaugh, D.B., B.E. Overton, S.E. Zelski and A.N. Miller.  2011.  Pure culture response of bryophilous fungi to matric-induced water stress.  Mycosphere.  2(6):656-667.

Books/Field Guides

Stewart, E.L., Overton, B.E, and Wenner, N.G.  2008.  Towards a Clean Grapevine Program for the Mid-Atlantic:  How To Detect Petri Disease, Tomato Ring Spot Virus, Crown Gall in Grape using Molecular Methods and Initiate a Grape Meristem Tip Culture Program.  The Pennsylvania Stare University, 62 Pages. 

Samuels, G.J., Rossman, A.Y., Chaverri, P., Overton, B.E., and Poldmaa, K.  2006.  Hypocreales of the Southeastern United Stateds: An Identification Guide.  CBS Biodiversity Series No. 4, 145 pp.

Extension and Electronic Publications

Overton, B.E.  2013.  Stalking the Scottish Highlands.  The Hemlock,Volume 7, Issue 1, October. 

Overton, B.E.  2010.  To Foray or Not to Foray, That Is the Question.  The Hemlock, Current Issue. 

Overton, B.E., Kutay, A., Starr, J., Beerley, T., Ochrietor, L.  2010.  Saving Hemlocks,Pennsylvania’s Economy, and our Hunting and Fishing Traditions.  The Hemlock, Volume 3, Issue 4, February.

Professional Presentations

2014.  White Nose Syndrome Conference, St. Louis Mo, September 8-12.  Invitation only event with presentation abstracts juried before acceptance to present. 

2014.  White Nose Syndrome Student Research Symposium Sponsored by Anadarko.  Lock Haven University Science Center, April 29th, 2014.  Special invitation only event. 

2014.  NSF-funded Council of Undergraduate Research Symposium and Workshop. Washington DC.  Co-presented a poster on Institutionalization of undergraduate research at Lock Haven University, March. 

2014.  Yellowstone Workshop Summary.  Lock Haven University Foundation. Prepared and co-presented a presentation by request of the Provost. 

2013.  NSF-funded Council of Undergraduate Research Symposium and Workshop. PASSHE, Harrisburg PA.  Co-presented a 15 minute presentation on Institutionalization of undergraduate research at Lock Haven University. 

2012.  White Nose Syndrome in Bats.  Invited speaker by the Central Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, 4th Annual Foray.

Selected Student Presentations

Lose S. *, J. Perryman, M. Manning, J. McEvoy, C. Morrow, S. Coval and B. Overton, 2014.  Evaluation of Epicoccum nigrum Link and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG 8000) in the Control of Pseudogymnascus destructans (Blehert and Gargas) Minnis and D.L. Lindner.  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists meeting held at Bloomsburg University, April, independent study.  Second Place Winner Platform Presentation.                       

Rivera I.J. *and B.E. Overton, 2014. Bio-Prospecting For Strains Of Epicoccum nigrum Link From Plant Residue To Be Used In The Biocontrol Of Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Blehert And Gargas) Minnis And D.L. Lindner.  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists meeting held at Bloomsburg University, April, independent study.  

Sprecher M.O. *, B.O. Okoyo and B.E. Overton, 2014. Psychrophilic and mesophilc fungi on bats that succumbed to White Nose Syndrome.   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists meeting held at Bloomsburg University, April, independent study.  First Place Winner Platform Presentation. 

Morrow C. *, S. Lose, M. Manning, J. Calabrese, S. Coval, B. Overton, 2014.  Bio-prospecting Fungi in a Cave Environment in Search of Novel Antibiotics. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists meeting held at Bloomsburg University, April, independent study.  Second Place Winner Platform Presentation. 

Bair K.L. * and B.E. Overton, 2014. Elucidation of phototropism in Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Blehert & Gargas) Minnis & D.L. Lindner.  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists meeting held at Bloomsburg University, April, independent study.  First Place Winner Platform Presentation. 

Krupnik B. A. *, B. E. Overton, and L. Dickson, 2014. Using Calcoflour-White to Optically Ascertain Organic Fibers in Insulating Materials: Emphasis on Characterizing Asbestos and Non-Asbestos Fibers.   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists meeting held at Bloomsburg University, April, Environmental capstone project. 

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