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SCOTT E. SOLOMON, Ph.D.

Department of BioSciences
Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Rice University
6100 Main St., MS 170
Houston, TX 77005-1827

Phone: (713) 348-2661
Email:  scott.solomon@rice.edu
Twitter: @ScottESolomon
Instagram: scottesolomon
Web: http://solomon.rice.edu

 

APPOINTMENTS
Associate Teaching Professor (January 2018–present), BioSciences at Rice, Rice University, Houston, TX

Professor in the Practice (July 2013–December 2017), BioSciences at Rice, Undergraduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX

Center for Teaching Excellence Fellow (June 2014–July 2017), Rice University, Houston, TX

Faculty Fellow (September 2015-July 2017), Baker College, Rice University, Houston, TX

Resident Associate (July 2010–July 2017), Baker College, Rice University, Houston, TX

Research Collaborator (Nov 15, 2009–present), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator (Oct 2009–July 2013), Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX

Visiting Scientist (Sept 2007–Sept 2009), Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

 

PREPARATION
NSF International Research Fellow (Dec 2008- Sept 2009), Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Host: Ted R. Schultz, Ph.D.; (Nov 2007- Nov 2008) Universidade Estadual Paulista, Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil. Host: Mauricio Bacci, Jr., Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, The University of Texas at Austin, Aug. 2007
Dissertation Title: Biogeography and evolution of widespread leafcutting ants, Atta spp. (Formicidae, Attini) Supervising Professor: Ulrich G. Mueller, Ph.D.

B.S. in Cell and Structural Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2000

 

ADDITIONAL TRAINING                                                                                  
OpEd Project, December 2017
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Workshop, September 2016
Symposium and Workshop on New Methods for Phylogenomics & Metagenomics, February 2013
HHMI/National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology, June 2011
Molecular Evolution Workshop, Smithsonian Institution, June 2009
Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 2006
Ant Course, California Academy of Sciences, Southwest Research Station, August 2002
Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach, Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica, 2001

 

COURSES TAUGHT AT RICE UNIVERSITY:
Introductory Biology II (EBIO 202)
Introductory Lab Module in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EBIO 213)
Tropical Field Biology (EBIO 319; new course developed Summer 2012)
Insect Biology (EBIO 326)
Biological Diversity Lab (EBIO 327)
Insect Biology Lab (EBIO 330)
Advanced Communication in the Biological Sciences (EBIO 412; new course developed Fall 2010)
Graduate Core Course in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO 569; team-taught)
Seminar in Public Science Communication (NSCI 320/520; new course developed Spring 2017)
Evolution and Society / Master in Liberal Studies Program (new course developed Fall 2018)

OTHER COURSES TAUGHT:
Rocky Mountain Ecosystems / Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (new course developed Summer 2019)
Methods in Field Ecology / Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution / The Great Courses (new course released in 2019)
The Future of Human Evolution / Glasscock School of Continuing Studies (new course developed Spring 2017)

PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS
Solomon, S., Rabeling, C., Sosa-Calvo, J., Lopes, C., Rodrigues, A., Vasconcelos, H., Bacci, Jr., M., Mueller, U., Schultz, T. (2019) The molecular phylogenetics of Trachymyrmex ants and their fungal cultivars provide insights into the origin and co-evolutionary history of “higher-attine” ant agriculture. Systematic Entomology https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12370

Mueller, U.G., Kardish, M., Ishak, H., Wright, A., Solomon, S.E., Bruschi, S., Carlson, A., Bacci Jr., M. (2018) Phylogenetic patterns of ant-fungus associations indicate that farming strategies, not only a superior fungal cultivar, explain the ecological success of leafcutter ants Molecular Ecology 27(10): 2414-2434. doi: 10.1111/mec.14588.

Mueller, U.G., Heather D Ishak, Sofia M Bruschi, Chad C Smith, Jacob J Herman, Scott E Solomon, Alexander S Mikheyev, et al. (2017) Biogeography of mutualistic fungi cultivated by leafcutter ants Molecular Ecology 26 (24): 6921-6937. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14431

Meirelles, L.A. Solomon, S.E., Bacci Jr., M., Mueller, U.G., and Rodrigues, A. (2015) Shared Escovopsis parasites between leaf-cutting and non-leaf-cutting ants in the higher-attine fungus-growing ant symbiosis Royal Society Open Science 2.9: 150257.

Meirelles, L.A., Montoya, Q.V. Solomon, S.E., and Rodrigues, A. (2015) New light on the systematics of fungi associated with attine ant gardens and the description of Escovopsis kreiselli sp. nov. PLoS ONE 10(1): e0112067. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112067

Meirelles, L.A., Mendes, T.D., Solomon, S.E., Bueno, O.C., Pagnocca, F.C., Rodrigues, A. (2014) Broad Escovopsis-inhibition activity of Pseudonocardia associated with Trachymyrmex ants, Environmental Microbiology Reports 6(4): 339–345.

Mendes, T. D. Borges, W. S., Rodrigues, A., Solomon, S. E., Vieira, P. C., Duarte, M. C. T., Pagnocca, F. C. (2013) Anti-Candida properties of urauchimycins from actinobacteria associated with Trachymyrmex ants BioMed Research International vol. 2013, Article ID 835081.

Mueller, U.G., Mikheyev, A.S., Hong, E., Sen, R., Warren, D., Solomon, S.E., Ishak, H., Cooper, M. Miller, J., Shaffer, K., Juenger, T. (2011) Evolution of cold-tolerant fungi permits winter fungiculture by leafcutter ants at northern frontier of a tropical ant-fungus symbiosis Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi: 10.1073/pnas.1015806108.

Mueller, U.G., Mikheyev, A.S., Solomons, S.E., Cooper, M. (2011) Frontier mutualism: Co-evolutionary patterns at the northern range limit of the leafcutter ant-fungus symbiosis Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0125.

Solomon, S.E., Lopes, C.T., Mueller, U.G., Rodrigues, A., Sosa-Calvo, J., Schultz, T.R., and Vasconcelos, H.L. (2011) Nesting biology and fungiculture of Mycetagroicus cerradensis (Formicidae: Attini): New light on the origins of higher attine agriculture Journal of Insect Science 11:12, http://insectscience.org/11.12.

Bacci, M., Solomon, S.E., Silva-Pinhati, A.C.O., Mueller, U.G. Martins, V.G., Carvalho, A.O.R., Vieira, L.G.E. (2009) Phylogeny of leafcutter ants in the genus Atta Fabricius (Formicidae: Attini) based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51(3): 427-437. Epub 2008 Nov. 13, doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2008.11.005.

Solomon, S.E., Bacci, M., Martins, J., Gonçalves Vinha, G., Mueller, U.G. (2008) Paleodistributions and comparative molecular phylogeography of leafcutter ants (Atta spp.) provide new insight into the origins of Amazonian diversity. PLoS ONE 3(7) e2738. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002738

Martins, J., Solomon, S.E., Mikheyev, A.S., Mueller, U.G., Ortiz, A., Bacci, M. (2007) Nuclear mitochondrial-like sequences in ants: evidence from Atta cephalotes (Formicidae: Attini). Insect Molecular Biology 16(6): 777-784.

Solomon, S.E. and Mikheyev, A. (2005) The ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) fauna of Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Florida Entomologist 88: 415–423.

Solomon, S.E., Mueller, U.G. Schultz, T.R. Currie, C.R., Price, S.L., Bacci, M., Oliveira da Silva- Pinhati, A.C., Vasconcelos, H. (2004) Nesting biology of the fungus growing ants Mycetarotes Emery (Attini, Formicidae), Insectes Sociaux 51: 333–338.

 

BOOKS
Solomon, S. (2016) Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution, Yale University Press: New Haven.
***named a “Best Book of 2017” by Science Books and Films/AAAS)***

 

POPULAR WRITING
“Is Darwin Relevant Today?” Beyond Bones, February 12, 2019
“The Pangenesis Idea—Charles Darwin’s Biggest Mistake” The Great Courses Daily, Feb 8, 2019
“Climate Change Could Affect Human Evolution. Here’s How” NBC News, Sep 7, 2018
“Are Humans Still Evolving?” Houston Chronicle, Feb 12, 2018
“The Future is Mixed Race” Aeon, Feb 2, 2017
“Has Culture Replaced Natural Selection?” Yale Books Unbound, Nov 15, 2016
“The Martians Are Coming– And They’re Human” Nautilus, Oct 27, 2016
“The Man Who Predicted Our Evolutionary Future” Beyond Bones, September 21, 2016
“Summer School” Rice Magazine, Summer 2016
“The Rhythm of the Tide” Nautilus Quarterly, Winter 2015
“Conducting an Inventory of the Big Thicket” Rice At Large, Winter 2014
“A Bird’s Eye View” Rice Magazine, Spring 2014
“Sex changes, beheadings, and resurrection” Rice Magazine, Spring 2013
“The Science of Communicating” Rice At Large, Spring 2012
“We’re Not So Different, Slime Molds and Us” Slate Magazine, January 19, 2011
“Lucy 2.0: Famous Fossil Hominid Goes Digital” Wired.com, February 6, 2009
“Can Ants Eat Your Computer?” Slate Magazine, May 20, 2008
“Do We Need the Original Lucy Fossil” Slate Magazine, September 7, 2007
“Slipping under Texas” The Daily Texan, January 26, 2006
“Protecting paradise” The Daily Texan, April 10, 2006
“Palm weevils constitute balanced diet” The Daily Texan, May 4, 2006
“Jumping and jiving with poison frogs” The Daily Texan, June 15, 2006

 

BOOK REVIEWS
Solomon, S. (2014) Rev. of Planet of the Bugs: The Evolution and Rise of Insects by Scott Richard Shaw. Washington Independent Review of Books.

 

PRESENTATIONS
2019:
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX
Rice Science Café, Houston, TX
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Kountze High School, Kountze, TX
Fort Bend County Astronomy Club, Stafford, TX

2018:
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Guarujá, Brazil
Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas, TX,
Taste of Science, Houston, TX (2x)
Clifton Middle School, Houston, TX (AAAS Classroom Science Days)
Rice Science Café, Houston, TX

2017:
Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA
TEDx University of Houston, Houston, TX
The Explorers Club, New York, NY
Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
The Avid Reader, Davis, CA
Science Under the Stars, Austin, TX
Heights High School, Houston, TX (Baker Institute Civic Scientist Program)
Science Café, College Station, TX
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, Houston, TX (Webinar)
Energized for STEM Academy, Houston, TX

2016:
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Gothic, CO
Evolution 2016, Austin, TX
Lone Star College, Kingwood, TX
Rice Science Café, Houston, TX
Sierra Club Houston, Houston, TX
Texas Master Naturalists – Coastal Prairie Chapter, Rosenberg, TX
Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA
Reagan High School, Houston, TX (Baker Institute Civic Scientist Program)
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, Houston, TX

2015:
AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Meeting, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Sciences, Baton Rouge, LA
Yale-NUS College, Singapore
Big Thicket Science Café, Beaumont, TX
Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Houston, TX
Texas Master Naturalists -Coastal Prairie Chapter, Rosenberg, TX
Magnolia High School, Magnolia, TX (Baker Institute Civic Scientist Program)
Sharpstown International School, Houston, TX (Baker Institute Civic Scientist Program)
Center for Early Childhood Education, Houston, TX

Prior to 2015:
University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX (2014)
Evolution 2013, Snowbird, UT (2013)
Rice Science Café, Houston, TX (2013)
University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD (2012)
National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (2009)
Smithsonian Institution, Department of Entomology, Washington, DC (2008)
São Paulo State University, Rio Claro, SP, Brazil (2008)
XVIII Simpósio de Mirmecologia, São Paulo, SP, Brazil (2007)
Evolution 2007, Christchurch, New Zealand (2007)
International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Washington, DC (2006)
UT Science Summer Camp, Austin, TX (2006)
Explore UT, Austin, TX (2006)
Evolution 2005, Fairbanks, AK (2005)
Matthews Elementary School, Austin, TX (2005)
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, New Orleans, LA (2004)
International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Payson, AZ (2004)
Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Miami, FL (2004)
Evolution 2004, Fort Collins, CO (2004)
UT Science Summer Camp, Austin, TX (2003)
Lake Travis Middle School, Austin, TX (2002)
Explore UT, Austin, TX (2002)

INTERVIEWS AND APPEARANCES
“Life 2.0, Episode 1” Xploration Station (2020)
“NASA’s Unexplained Files, Season 6, Episodes 1, 5, 6” Science Channel (2019)
“Houston Matters” KUFH Radio FM 88.7 (2019, 2016, 2014)
“Houston Museum of Natural Science – Facebook Live” (2019 x 2)
“Fox News Roundup” Fox News Network (2019)
“Daily Planet” Discovery Canada (2018)
Think Bigger Think Better” Podcast (2018)
“Academic Minute” Inside Higher Ed (2017)
“Big John and Ramblin’ Ray” WLS-AM Radio Chicago, IL (2017)
“On the Bus” Podcast (2017)
“Tech Insider” Business Insider (2016 x 2)
“Think” KERA Radio (2016)
“Yale Books” Podcast (2016)
“Radio Hotline with Dennis Price” WEBR Radio Fairfax, VA (2009)

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS
2019:
George R. Brown Teaching Award, Rice University

2018:
NSF RAPID: Ant community responses to a 1,000-year flooding event

2017:
Finalist, George R. Brown Teaching Awards, Rice University
Dr. Alemka Kisic Distinguished Service Award, Rice University
Honorary Associate, Baker College, Rice University

2016:
Brown Foundation Teaching Grant
National Park Service grant in support of bioblitz in Big Thicket National Preserve
Arthur A. Seeligson, Jr. Conservation Fund
Selected as Participant in Treybig Teaching & Innovation Colloquy (Rice CTE)

2015:
Thicket of Diversity Research Grant
Nominee, Chair of Faculty Fellows of Center for Teaching Excellence, Rice University
Finalist, George R. Brown Teaching Awards, Rice University

Prior to 2015:
Fellow, Center for Teaching Excellence, Rice University (2014-2017)
Brasil@Rice Travel Grant (2014)
Thicket of Diversity Research Grant (2013)
New Methods for Phylogenomics and Metagenomics Travel Award (2013)
Charles Duncan Award for Instruction in Natural Sciences (2012)
National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences (2011-2012)
Brown Foundation Teaching Grant (2011)
Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined) (2011)
NSF International Research Fellowship (2007–2010)
NSF IGERT Fellowship in computational phylogenetics (2005–2007)
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2004–2007)
Hartman Graduate Fellowship (2005)
Zoology Scholarship Endowment for Excellence (2005)
Amazon Conservation Association Research Grant (2004)
Hartman Graduate Fellowship (2004)
Hamilton Graduate Fellowship (2003)
Hartman Graduate Fellowship (2003)
Dorothea Bennett Memorial Graduate Fellowship (2003)
Zoology Scholarship Endowment for Excellence (2002)
University Teaching Award, Nominee (2002)
OTS/STRI Post-Course Fellowship (2002)
Dorothea Bennett Memorial Graduate Fellowship (2001 x 2)
Dean’s Excellence Award (2000)

 

STUDENT MENTORSHIP
2018-2019
Alice Gong (BA Student, Rice University): Tool-use in the ant Aphaenogaster treatae
Kyle Dickens (BA Student, Rice University): Developing a citizen science approach to track invasive ants in east TX

2016-2017
Cassidy Kempf (BS Student, Rice University): Competitive interactions between ant species in the Big Thicket National Preserve

2015-2016
Meghan Hager and Gabriela Zambrano (BS Students, Rice University): Ant community dynamics in the Big Thicket National Preserve

2014-2015:
Gabriela Zambrano, Angela Yang and Radina Khalid (BS Students, Rice University): Ant community dynamics in the Big Thicket National Preserve

2013:
Brittney Olivarez (BS Student, Rice University): Insect diversity on the Rice campus

2012-2013:
George Romar (BS Student, Rice University): The biogeographic context of recent speciation among Amazonian biota

2011-2012:
Effie Rahman (BS Student, Rice University): Molecular characterization of social form of Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta); Nylanderia fulva natural history

2010-2011:
Alexander K. Wu (BS Student, Rice University): Preparation and identification of ant specimens from Cocos Island, Costa Rica

2008-2009:
Cauê T. Lopes (MS student, Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, Brazil): Ant diversity surveys of major Brazilian ecoregions

2006–2007:
Divya Seval (BS student, U. Texas): PCR and sequencing of mtDNA and nDNA

2005–2006:
Ame Wongsa, Lingda Tao, Shanila Tillekeratne, Carter Poage (BS students, U. Texas): Identification and curation methodology of Fijian ants

2005:
Sangamithra Narasimhan (BS student, U. Texas): PCR amplification of ant mtDNA

2004–2006:
Heather Luong (BS student, U. Texas): PCR and sequencing of mtDNA and nDNA

2004–2005:
Kenmon Kuon (BS student, U. Texas): Quantification of color in ants

2004:
Sin Park (BS student, U. Texas): Extraction of fungal DNA from preserved material

2003–2004:
Shelly Haferkamp (BS student, U. Texas): PCR and sequencing of mtDNA

 

 

DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY, AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
2019-2020:
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Tropical Ecology
Senator, Faculty Senate
Chair, University Working Group on the Use of the Pass/Fail Grading Option
Chair, BioSciences Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Dept of BioSciences
Committee Member, Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee
Major Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Transfer Credit Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Faculty Sponsor, Rice Men’s Basketball Club
Faculty Sponsor, EEB Graduate Student Association
Faculty Associate, Baker College

2018-2019:
Senator, Faculty Senate
Chair, BioSciences Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Dept of BioSciences
Committee Member, Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee
Committee Member, University Benefits Committee
Committee Member, Campus Bookstore Advisory Committee
Major Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Transfer Credit Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Faculty Sponsor, Rice Men’s Basketball Club
Faculty Sponsor, EEB Graduate Student Association
Faculty Associate, Baker College

2017-2018:
Senator, Faculty Senate
Chair, BioSciences Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Dept of BioSciences
Committee Member, Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee
Committee Member, University Committee for Teaching
Committee Member, Campus Bookstore Advisory Committee
Committee Member, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Search Committee
Committee Member, Natural Sciences Strategic Planning Committee
Major Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Transfer Credit Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Faculty Sponsor, Rice Men’s Basketball Club
Faculty Sponsor, EEB Graduate Student Association
Faculty Associate, Baker College

2016-2017:
Chair, BioSciences Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Dept of BioSciences
Chair, Subcommittee on peer-peer interactions, University Committee on Teaching
Chair, EBIO Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Dept of BioSciences
Committee Member, Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee
Committee Member, University Committee for Teaching
Committee Member, Campus Bookstore Advisory Committee
Faculty Advisor, Center for Teaching Excellence Undergraduate Advisory Board
Major Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Transfer Credit Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Faculty Sponsor, Student-taught course on “The Endangered Species” by Lucrecia Aguilar
Judge, Rice Study Abroad Photo Contest
Faculty Sponsor, Rice Men’s Basketball Club
College Marshall, Commencement

2015-2016:
Chair, Undergraduate Programs Task Force, Dept of BioSciences
Chair, EBIO Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Dept of BioSciences
Committee Member, University Committee for Teaching
Committee Member, Campus Bookstore Advisory Committee
Faculty Advisor, Center for Teaching Excellence Undergraduate Advisory Board
Major Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Transfer Credit Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Committee Member, Undergraduate Laboratory Renovation Committee, Dept of BioSciences
Panelist, Center for Teaching Excellence Symposium on Teaching & Learning
Faculty Sponsor, Rice Men’s Basketball Club
Judge, 2015 Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium
College Marshall, Commencement

2014-2015:
Presentation, “Teaching Matters”, Center for Teaching Excellence
Chair, Undergraduate Programs Task Force, Dept of BioSciences
Chair, EBIO Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Dept of BioSciences
Committee Member, University Committee for Teaching
Committee Member, Vision Task Force, Dept of BioSciences
Major Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Transfer Credit Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Faculty Sponsor, Rice Men’s Basketball Club
College Marshall, Commencement
Panelist, Rice University Campus Sustainability Day
Reviewer, Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-Based Assessment Resources for Teachers (MOSART) High School Life Science project
Judge, Science and Engineering Fair of Houston Science Writing Contest
Judge, Rice Study Abroad Photo Contest
Judge, Greene Prize Environmental Writing Competition
Judge, 2014 Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium

2013-2014:
Major Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
Transfer Credit Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept of BioSciences
College Marshall, Commencement
Judge, Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium
Reviewer, Assessments for chs. 26, 27, & 28 in How Life Works, W.H. Freeman & Co.
Reviewer, STEMscopes online K-12 Science Curriculum

2012-2013:
Chair, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, EEB Dept
Major Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, EEB Dept
Judge, Centennial Research Poster Competition
Judge, 2012 Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium
Reviewer, How Life Works, Ch 21, Evolution: Change Over Time, W.H. Freeman & Co.
Reviewer, STEMscopes online K-12 Science Curriculum
Marshall, Rice University Centennial Academic Procession
Marshall, Commencement

2011-2012:
Major Advisor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, EEB Dept
Committee Member, Educational Technologies Committee
Judge, Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium
College Marshall, Commencement
Reviewer, How Life Works, chapter 23, Evolutionary Patterns: Phylogeny and Fossils
Reviewer, STEMscopes online K-12 Science Curriculum

PEER REVIEWER
The American Naturalist, Evolution, Oecologia, Journal of Biogeography, Molecular Ecology, Frontiers in Zoology, Insectes Sociaux, Mycologia, Zoology, Entomological News, Journal of Applied Entomology, Journal of Insect Behavior, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata

 

FIELD RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica (mainland and Cocos Island), Ecuador (mainland and Galapagos Islands), Fiji, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, USA (Arizona, Illinois, Texas), Venezuela

MEDIA COVERAGE
NBC News, New Scientist, Business Insider, Houston Chronicle, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Daily Planet (Discovery Canada), Houston Matters, KERA Think, NSF Science 360, Futurity, Science Daily, Ars Technica, Gizmodo, NASA’s Unexplained Files (Science Channel), The Academic Minute, New York Post, Daily Mail, Digital Journal, WLS-AM Radio (Chicago), International Business TimesMorning Ag Clips, Earthbeat (Radio Netherlands Worldwide), Folha de São Paulo (Brazil), Folha Online (Brazil), Ciencia Hoje (Brazil), Fresh Ghana (Ghana), Houston Matters (KUFH Radio FM 88.7), Radio Hotline with Dennis Price (WEBR Radio, Fairfax, VA), Around The Mall (Smithsonian.com), Culture MapSputnik International, The Daily Texan, The Rice Thresher, Rice News

LANGUAGE EDITOR
Oecologia Brasiliensis

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
Society for the Study of Evolution

ADDITIONAL SKILLS
Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish
Advanced SCUBA Diver (PADI)
Adult CPR and First Aid (American Red Cross)