Curriculum Vitae


Professional Appointments                                          

     2013 – present  Goldwin Smith Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

     2010 – 2013      Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

     2005 – 2010      Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

     1999 – 2005      Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

     1997 – 1998      NSF Minority Post-doctoral Fellow, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley


1996            Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle.

                    “Ecological, evolutionary, and applied aspects of lizard life histories.”

1991            B.A. in Zoology, Highest Honors. University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Invited Presentations                                             

Invited Speaker, Department of Biology, Dayton University, Dayton. November 2012

Invited Speaker, Department of Biology, Memphis University, Memphis. October 2012

Invited Speaker, Department of Biology, Florida State University, Gainesville. April 2012

Invited Speaker, Department of Biology, University of Cincinnati. March 2012

Invited Speaker, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Brazil. December 2011

Invited Speaker, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil.  August 2011

Invited Speaker, Universidade Federal de Goias, Goiania, Brazil. September 2011

Invited Symposium Speaker, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Diadema, Brazil. September 2011

Invited Symposium Speaker, Ecological Genetics Symposium, Purdue University. October 2008

Invited Speaker, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. September 2008

Invited Speaker, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. March 2008

Invited Speaker, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. October 2007

Invited Symposium Speaker, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, 50th Anniversary: Herpetology in the Age of Genomics. July 2006.

Invited Speaker, Universidade Nacional de Brasilia, Brasil. May 2006

Invited Speaker, Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, Michigan, September 2005

Invited Speaker, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, April 2005

Grants & Fellowships                                   

2013    • National Science Foundation. Dissertation Research: Genetic and Environmental Mechanisms Mediating Disease Resistance and Tolerance in Amphibians (co-PI A. Longo) [$20,833, July 2013-June 2015]

            • National Science Foundation. Dissertation Research: The Genetic Architecture and Ecological Function of a Novel Coloration Phenotype (co-PI R. Bell) [$20,778, July 2013-June 2015]

2012    • Cornell Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Rapid Response Fund. The Amphibian Microbiome: Discovery, Biogeography, and Genomics of Amphibian Hosts and their Skin Bacteria [$20,700, Oct 2012-Sep 2013]

            • National Science Foundation, Office of International Science and Engineering. Catalyzing New International Collaborations: Into the Heart of an Epidemic: a US-Brazil Collaboration for Integrative Studies of the Amphibian-Killing Fungus in Brazil. (PI Tim James, Univ. Michigan) [$63,683, Apr 2012-Mar 2014]

            • National Science Foundation. Dissertation Research: Effects of Host Community Structure on Amphibian Disease Risk (co-PI G. Becker) [$14,995, Aug 2012-July 2014]

2011    • National Science Foundation Population Evolutionary Processes Grant. Collaborative Research: Genetic and Demographic Determinants of Population Responses to Emergent Infectious Disease (co-PI K. Lips) [$728,045, Sep 2011-Aug 2015]

            • Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future, Academic Venture Fund Award. Harnessing Genomics to Advance Biodiversity and Conservation Research (with M. Hare, I. Hewson, and A. Travis). [$79,072, July 2011-Dec 2012]

2010    • National Science Foundation Dimensions of Biodiversity Grant.  An Integrative Traits-based Approach to Predicting Variation in Vulnerability of Tropical and Temperate Stream Biodiversity (with L. Poff, W. C. Funk, C. Ghalambor, A. S. Flecker, S. Thomas and J. Bernardo) [$1,392,023, Apr 2011-Mar 2016]

            • Cornell Center for Comparative Population Genomics, Research Priming Grant. Jump-starting Population Genomics for the Infectious Fungal Pathogen of Amphibians, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. [$16,500, Jan 2010- Dec 2011]

            • Cornell Center for Vertebrate Genomics, Research Priming Grant. Comparative Transcriptomics of Lowland Leopard Frogs (Lithobates yavapaiensis) with Divergent Responses to a Pathogenic Fungus. [$13,744; July 2011-June 2012]

2009    • Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future, Academic Venture Fund Award. Forecasting Disease and Economic Consequences of Climate Change (with C. D. Harvell and L. C. Harrington) [$156,558, Jan 2009-July 2010]

            • National Science Foundation. Dissertation Research: Immunogenetics of Chytridiomycosis Resistance and Susceptibility in Rana yavapaiensis, a Declining North American Anuran (co-PI Anna E. Savage). [$14,980, June 2009-July 2011]

2008    • National Science Foundation Population Biology Grant. Collaborative Research: Evolution of Amhibian MHC Genes after Infectious Disease Outbreak (co-PI K. Lips) [$341,996, Oct 2008-Sep 2012)

            • Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award, Cornell University Instructional Technology Dept.

            • Cornell University ADVANCE Research Initiation Grant. [$50,000, July 2008 – June 2009]

2006    • National Science Foundation Biotic Survey and Inventory Grant. Biotic Survey of Atlantic Coastal Forest Frogs and an Emergent Pathogen Implicated in Amphibian Declines [$437,868, Aug 2006 – Jul 2009]

            • Fulbright Research/Lecture Fellowship, Brazil.

2004    • National Science Foundation Population Biology Grant. Barriers to Intraspecific Gene Flow Among Highly Divergent Salamander Lineages [$486,000, June 2004-May 2008]

            • National Science Foundation Multi-User Equipment Grant. A New Capillary Sequencer for the Evolutionary Genetics Core Facility at Cornell University (with co-PIs R. Harrison, B. Danforth, J. Doyle, and C. Hopkins) [$123,745; July 2004-June 2005]

            • National Science Foundation. Dissertation Research: Spatial Analysis of Effective Size and Genetic Structure in Desert Breeding Anurans (with co-PI L. Chan) [$12,560; June 2004-May 2006]

2003    • National Science Foundation Systematic Biology Grant. Molecular Phylogenetics and the Evolution of Rattlesnakes (Crotalus and Sistrurus) [$296,269; Mar 2003-Feb 2006]

2002    • National Science Foundation Biological Research Collections Grant. A New Facility for the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates: Moving, Compactors, and Cases (with A. R. McCune, J. P. Friel, H. W. Greene, and D. W. Winkler) [$471,999; July 2002- June 2004]

            • Mellon Foundation Minority Career Enhancement Fellowship.

            • NSF/AAAS Women in International Scientific Cooperation (WISC) Grant.

            • National Geographic Grant, Committee on Research and Exploration.

2001    • McStennis-Hatch Federal Formula Funds.

2000    • President's Council of Cornell Women, Affinito-Stewart Grant.

1999    • National Science Foundation Multi-User Instrumentation Grant.

            • National Science Foundation Research Starter Grant.

1996    • National Science Foundation Minority Post-doctoral Fellowship.

            • Chancellor’s Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (declined).

            • President’s Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of California (declined).

1995    • Theodore Roosevelt Grant, American Museum of Natural History.

1994    • Collection Study Grant, American Museum of Natural History.

            • Thomas J. Dee Collection Study Grant, Field Museum of Natural History.

            • C. Stearns Collection Study Grant, California Academy of Sciences.

1993    • Eloise Gerry Fellowship, Graduate Women in Science.

1992    • Helen T. Gaige Award for Graduate Research, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

1991    • National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.

Professional Honoraries and Awards                                   

Goldwin Smith Endowed Professorship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell, July 2013.

Invited Plenary Speaker, 7th World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, Canada, August 2012.

Robert A., and Donna B. Paul Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, Cornell University. 2009.

Fulbright International Teaching/Research Fellowship, Brasil. 2006

Walton Lectureship, Mountain Lake Biological Station, Virginia, July 2002

Herpetologist's League Award, Meeting of the Herpetologist's League, July 1997.

Stoye Award-Best Student Presentation in Ecology. Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. July 1996.

Professional Activities                                   

Professional Societies and Activities

Member: American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH), American Society of Naturalists (ASN), Herpetologist’s League (HL), Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), Society for the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians (SSAR), Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB).

Elected Positions: Board of Governors, ASIH (1999-2001); Council Member, SSB (2003-2005); Chair, SSB Awards Committee (2005-2008); SSB Program Chair, SSB (2009-2011).

Editorial Boards

Associate Editor, Systematic Biology, 2007-2009

Editorial Board, Systematic Biology, 1998-2000

Reviewer (since 1998): Systematic Biology, Animal Behavior, Copeia, Journal of Herpetology, Herpetologica, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Evolution, Conservation Biology, Conservation Genetics, PNAS.

Research Panels

NSF Workshop (Leader), Catalyzing Brazil-USA Research Collaborations through Dimensions of Biodiversity, July 9-11, 2011

NSF Workshop, Future Directions in Systematic Biology, October 28-31, 2009.

Ecological Genetics Panel, National Science Foundation, 2009.

Assembling the Tree of Life (AToL), National Science Foundation, 2008.

Systematic Biology Panel, National Science Foundation, 2006.

Population Biology Panel, National Science Foundation, 2004.

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Panel, National Science Foundation, 2001.

Outreach Efforts

Organizing Committee, Frontiers in the Life Sciences Symposium, April 2012

Panelist, Cornell University Advance Informational on Foreign Research Collaborations, April 2011

Panelist, 2008 Women’s Institute Summer Enrichment Program (WISE), June 10, 2008.

Resource For Media                                   

Interview for “Sunday Forum” special on Evolution, WVBR, 93.5 FM. February 2009.

Interview for Science News for the article “All in the Family” featuring our work on mate choice in salamanders, April 2008.

Interview for Ranger Rick for “Their Work Is Wild!” a section of the monthly magazine that highlights field research, March 2003.

Television Interview for “Science and Technology”, CNN, aired May 2, 2002

Radio interview on "Quirks and Quarks," a weekly science program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, December 23, 2000.

Radio interview on "As It Happens," an evening news service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, December 12, 2000.

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