Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1991, B.A. (Zoology), University of Washington
  • 1998, Ph.D. (Zoology), University of Washington

Dissertation Title:  ‘The avian stress response:  corticosterone and behavior in a wild seasonal vertebrate’    John C. Wingfield, advisor

Research and Professional Experience

  • 2014-: Professor, Organismal Biology and Ecology, University of Montana
  • 2008-2014: Associate Professor, Organismal Biology and Ecology, University of Montana
  • 2006-2008: Assistant Professor, Organismal Biology and Ecology, University of Montana
  • 2001-2006: Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1998-2001: Post-doctoral fellow, Arizona State University:  characterization of neuroendocrine mechanisms of the stress response;  Miles Orchinik, advisor
  • 1992-98: Dissertation:  avian endocrinology  
  • 1992: Research Technician--Bristol Meyers Squibb—mouse transgenics
  • 1991: Post-bac Research Assistant:  Drosophila genetics

Academic and Professional Honors

  • 2010: Student invited key-note speaker at North Dakota State University graduate symposium
  • 2008: NSF CAREER Award
  • 2004: The College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2004: Invited Participant, ESF/NSF Workshop: “Trade-offs and Constraints in Avian Reproduction” in Wageningen, Netherlands
  • 2003:  Invited Speaker, Institute for Neuroscience Symposium at University of Texas at Austin; one of three graduate student elected speakers.
  • 2002: Invited Participant, ESF/NSF Exploratory Workshop: “Adaptation and constraints in avian reproduction: integrating ecology and endocrinology” in Wageningen, Netherlands
  • 2002:  Invited Speaker, “Frontiers in Comparative Physiology,” Univ. of California at Davis
  • 1997: Honorable Mention; Best Student Paper Award for the Division of Comparative Endocrinology in the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biologists
  • 1997: The Ingrith Deyrup-Olsen Teaching Award
  • 1996: The Crary Award for Excellence in Biology Graduate Student Teaching
  • 1994: The Richard C. Snyder Award for Graduate Student Research in Vertebrate Zoology Grants and Awards

Extramural

  • 2014-2017: Noyce NSF Grant: Learning assistants become teachers (LABT), co-PI starting August  2014, $1,200,000
  • 2008-13: NSF CAREER: Corticosteroid binding globulins in the vertebrate stress response: integrating cellular, plasma and organismal studies   $800,000
  • 2008-09: NSF DDIG to Rachel Sprague: Dissertation Research:  Transition to Independence: Exploring an extreme life history   $12,000
  • 2005-10:  NSF IGERT: Montana-Ecology of Infectious Disease: Integrative Graduate Training on Multi-Scalar Computational, Mathematical and Empirical Approaches to Complex Biological Problems.  Co-PI starting in July, 2008.   $3,260,729
  • 2006: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) supplement to LTREB $6,000
  • 2004: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) supplement to LTREB $6,000
  • 2003-08: NSF LTREB grant: Responses to Unpredictable Environmental Events:  an integrated study of stress physiology, environmental cues, and reproductive success.  C. Breuner—lead PI; T.P. Hahn (U.C. Davis)—co-PI      $300,000
  • 2002:  NSF Starter Grant; for purchase of start-up equipment  $35,000
  • 1998-00: National Science Foundation:  Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biosciences related to the Environment $90,000
  • 1998: Chapman Award from the American Museum of Natural History $1,400

 Intramural

  • 2012:  International Committee short-term travel award  $500
  • 2006: Undergraduate Research Fellowship (UT) to Sharon Monsivais to work in my lab $1,000
  • 2004-05: Undergraduate Research Fellowship (UT) to Sonal Thakar to work in my lab $940
  • 2003-04: Undergraduate Research Fellowships to Megan Noel, Sonal Thakar, and Brandy Zrubek  to work in my lab   $2,800 total.
  • 2002-03:  Fast Tex grant (UT) to develop interactive animation for classroom use ~ $2000
  • 2002: Reeder Centennial Fellowship: Integrative Biology, UT Austin  $10,000
  • 2002: Undergraduate Research Fellowship (UT) to David Pinto to work in my lab  $1,000
  • 2002: Faculty Development Program Summer Research Assignment  $12,200
  • 2001-02: Fast Tex grant (UT) to develop interactive CD-ROM and web modules ~ $2000
  • 1994: The Richard C. Snyder Award for Graduate Student Research in Vertebrate Zoology -- $700        

Teaching Experience

Mentoring

PhDs awarded:

  • Haruka Wada: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Texas at Austin
  • Meredith Swett: Organismal Biology and Ecology, University of Montana
  • Rachel Seabury Sprague: Wildlife Biology University of Montana
  • Steve Patterson: Organismal Biology and Ecology, University of Montana
  • Ondi Crino: Organismal Biology and Ecology, University of Montana

MSs awarded

  • Warren Hansen: Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana

I currently have one Ph.D. and one M.S. graduate student:  Sara Berk and Devin Landry

Courses Taught

  • 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014: Endocrinology (graduate and undergraduate)     
  • 2007-2014: Wildlife Physiological Ecology (undergraduate)
  • 2011: Philosophy of teaching (graduate)
  • 2011, 2015: Organismal Function (graduate—part of the core series of courses for OBE graduates)
  • 2009: Advanced topics in Physiology (graduate)
  • 2009: Essential concepts in Ecophysiology, Microbiology, Genetics and Evolution  (gradate—co-taught with two other professors; core course for the IGERT program)
  • 2005: Mechanisms of Behavior: part of the core course for Ecology, Evolution and Behavior graduate students (UT)
  • 2001-2005: Vertebrate Endocrinology (UT-graduate and undergraduate)
  • 2003: Physiological Ecology (UT-graduate and undergraduate)
  • Rural Girls in Science Program (UW-1995-96):  I was a teacher and mentor in a two year, NSF-funded project aimed at increasing opportunities in science for high school girls from rural cities in Washington.

Professional and Public Service

National/International

  • 2011-: Member of the International Committee for the International Symposium on Avian   Endocrinology
  • 2007: Lead judge and organizer for the Student Poster and Oral presentation competition for the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Meetings
  • 2005-2007: Member of the Steering Committee for an NSF-Research Coordination Network:  Integrating Ecology and Endocrinology into Avian Reproduction
  • 2004: Organized symposium on acute actions of glucocorticoids for the International Symposium on Avian Endocrinology
  • 2002, 2003: Student Poster and Oral presentation judge for the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology meetings

Intramural

  • 2014: Organized and taught a summer workshop on active and collaborative learning for STEM high school teachers and undergraduates becoming STEM teachers.
  • 2014-: Avian Science Center (UM), Advisory Council
  • 2011-: UM STEM task force
  • 2011-: NSF Noyce grant LABT advisory board
  • 2008-11: Chair-Admissions Committee for Organismal Biology and Ecology Graduate Program
  • 2007-11: Steering Committee for Montana-- Ecology of Infectious Disease (MEID-IGERT) graduate program
  • 2007-08: Admissions Committee for Organismal Biology and Ecology Graduate Program
  • 2008, 2010-11: Graduate Evaluation Committee for Ecology of Infectious Disease (MEID-IGERT) graduate program
  • 2009-11: Graduate evaluation committee for the Wildlife Biology Graduate Program
  • 2008-09: Division of Biological Sciences search committee for Neurobiologist—OBE representative
  • 2008-09: Integrative Microbiology and Biochemistry search committee for Virologist—outside member
  • 2007-10: Admissions Committee for Montana-- Ecology of Infectious Disease (MEID-IGERT) graduate program
  • 2007: Authored a Diversity Report on the Organismal Biology and Ecology program
  • 2007-: Wildlife Biology undergraduate advising
  • 2006-07: Wildlife Biology search committee member for the Boone & Crockett Chair
  • 2004-05: Admissions Committee for Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior graduate program
  • 2004: Core Course Development committee for EEB graduate program
  • 2003-04: Institute for Neuroscience Graduate Rotation Committee
  • 2002-04: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Graduate Student Evaluation and Fellowship Committee
  • 2002-06: Minority Liaison Officer for Integrative Biology, University of Texas
  • 2002-03: Ecology Evolution and Behavior Search Committee for an Evolutionary Biologist committed to the UTeach program
  • 1994-95: Graduate Student Representative on the Curriculum and Undergraduate Affairs Committee, University of Washington
  • 1992-93: Senator for the Zoology Department in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, University of Washington

Graduate advising committees

  • 2006-: The University of Montana: I have served on 10 graduate committees from the following graduate programs: Organismal Biology and Ecology; Fish and Wildlife Biology; Integrative Microbiology and Biochemistry; IGERT program: Ecology of Infectious Disease
  • 2008-2010: Utah State University: I served on the graduate committee for a student in Biology
  • 2001-2009: University of Texas: I served on 15 graduate student committees from the following graduate programs: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Neuroscience; Zoology; Marine Science Institute; Behavioral Neuroscience; Psychology

Undergraduate research

  • 2002-2000: University of Texas: 6 undergraduate students worked in the lab and attended lab meetings
  • 2006-: The University of Montana: 11 students have worked in the lab and attended lab meetings

Grant Review

National Science Foundation Grant Review Panel Member:  2003, DDIG; 2004, EEP; 2006, EEP; 2008 PSI; 2010, OEI; 2012 ModII

Ad hoc reviewer for the following granting agencies: 

  • National Science Foundation
  • BARD: Binational Agricultural Research and Development fund (Israeli Granting Agency)
  • ANR:  Agence Nationale de la Recherche (French Granting Agency)
  • Washington Sea Grant

Journal Review

Ad hoc reviewer for the following journals:

  • American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology;
  • American Naturalist
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Conservation
  • Behaviour
  • Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society
  • The Condor
  • Conservation Biology
  • Current Zoology
  • Ecology
  • Endocrinology
  • European Journal of Wildlife Research
  • Functional Ecology
  • General and Comparative Endocrinology
  • Hormones and Behavior
  • Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Journal of Avian Biology
  • Journal of Comparative Physiology B
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
  • Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part A
  • Oecologia
  • Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • Physiology and Behavior
  • Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
  • PLoS ONE
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society, B
  • Science
  • The Wilson Bulletin
  • Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Outreach

  • 2009 and 2010: brought UM undergrads and grad students to teach about basic stress physiology and our specific field research to three separate high schools in the Mono Basin area in California
  • 2008: Montana High School Science Fair: lead judge
  • 2005:  Judge for the Regional Siemens Westinghouse Science & Technology Competition
  • 2001: Judge for the Regional Siemens Westinghouse Science & Technology Competition

Memberships in Scientific Societies

  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Sigma Xi, AAAS