109 Carrigan Drive Burlington, VT 05405
I am broadly interested in understanding the ecological, evolutionary, and genomic determinants of resiliency or susceptibility to climate change.
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Florida
Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Hahn
PhD, Biology; University of Vermont (Burlington), Department of Biology
Thesis title: Evolutionary innovations in ants to thermally stressful environments
Undergraduate researchers in italics
Dissertation research; University of Vermont
Worked independently and in collaboration to complete Dimensions grant objectives.
Took projects from ideas to experimentation, data analysis, visualization, and manuscript preparation.
Research Associate, Dr. Lori Stevens lab; University of Vermont
Determined infection frequency of Trypanosome parasites in Kissing bugs that cause Chagas disease.
Technician; Reaction Biology Corp
High through put screening of potentially therapeutic small compounds.
Technician, Antibody Core Department; Morphotek Inc.
Developed therapeutic antibodies against Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Co-op intern, Reproductive Toxicology; GlaxoSmithKline
Studied red blood cell differentiation from mouse embryonic stem cells.
Co-op intern, Antibody Core Department; Morphotek Inc.
Developed neutralizing antibodies against Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB).
Northern range limits of common forest ants is reflected in trade-offs between basal and induced cold tolerances, Evolution meeting, Austin, TX (poster)
Physiological response to climate change in Aphaenogaster picea , Northeast Natural History- Ant Ecology session, Springfield, MA (talk)
Sequence and Cis-regulatory Evolution of Heat Shock Protein hsp83, in Social Hymenoptera, International Union for the Study of Social Insects- North American Section Meeting (IUSSI-NAS), Greensboro, NC (poster)
Heat shock proteins and thermal tolerance in Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenophest, Petersham, MA (talk)
Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB)
American Society of Naturalists (ASN)
Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution (sMBE)
International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI)
Ecological Society of America (ESA)
Ariana Maleki and John Matthew Fisher worked on developing microsatellites for population genetic work on common woodland ants.
Kerri Pinder, Skyler Resendez, and Jeremy Pustilnik worked on how previous exposures to starvation and desiccation impact thermal tolerance and underlying stress responses (using heat shock proteins as a proxy). This work led to a manuscript in the Journal of Comparative Physiology B
Teddy Herriman and Austin Sherburne worked on identifying potential morphological innovations that may temper and/or mitigate the effects of heat stress.
Curtis A. Provencher worked on how experimental warming affects the stress levels of common woodland ants.
Megan Brown and Jordan Zitnay identified trade-offs between constitutive and induced cold tolerances at the northern range boundary in common forest ants, likely constraining their northern expansion.
Helper, Software Carpentry, University of Vermont
Helped participants troubleshoot code (Unix command line, R, Github)
Graduate Mentor, Ant Camp, University of Vermont
Collected ants and described their natural history with high school students