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Curriculm Vitae

Last Updated: 12 March 2017

RESEARCH SUMMARY:

  • Peer-reviewed publications: 16 (plus 1 in review)
  • Competitive grants or research awards: 7 awarded (total of $279,260)
  • Oral or poster presentations: 26
  • Classes taught: Instructor for 8 courses and co-instructor for 2 courses (including an integrated lecture-lab), 28 guest lectures, 4 laboratories, and 5 teaching assistantships
  • Students mentored with directed projects: 2 undergraduates, 1 master’s student, 2 doctoral students
  • Field experience: 7 research cruises, 12 coastal expeditions in SE Gulf of Mexico, Belize and Bonaire
  • Museum experience: long-term work experience at 3 different museums, 3 trips

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Assistant Professor of Biology: 2016-present, Department of Biology, Jackson State University.

Lecturer: 2016-present, Summer Field Program, Department of Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi.

Post-doctoral Research Associate: 2012-2015, Laboratory for Crustacean Research, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Graduate Research Assistant: 2011, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Board of Regents Doctoral Fellow: 2006-2010, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Environmental and Evolutionary Biology
2012, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Advisor: Dr. Darryl L. Felder

M.S. Coastal Sciences
2006, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Advisor(s): Dr. Richard W. Heard, Dr. Jinx Campbell

B.A. Biology with Honors
2003, University of Missouri-Columbia

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

Foster, J.M. and B.P. Thoma. 2016. Polycheria josephensis, a new species of symbiotic amphipod (Crustacea: Dexaminidae) from the Northern Gulf of Mexico, with notes on its ecology. Zoosystematics and Evolution. 92: 23-31 DOI:10.3897/zse.92.5789 --- PDF

Felder, D.L., B.P. Thoma, W. Schmidt, T. Sauvage, S. Self-Krayesky, A. Chistoserdov, and H. Bracken-Grissom, S. Fredericq. 2014. Monitored Seaweeds and Decapod Crustaceans on Northwestern Gulf Deep Banks following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. BioScience. 64: 808-819. --- PDF

Thoma, B.P., D. Guinot, and D.L. Felder. 2014. Evolution of American mud crabs (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Xanthoidea) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial markers with comments on adult morphology. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society. (Early View posted online on 18 Dec 2013) --- PDF

Lai, C.Y., B.P. Thoma, P.K.L. Ng, P.C. Clark, and D.L. Felder. 2014. Phylogeny of eriphioid crabs (Brachyura, Eriphioidea) inferred from molecular and morphological studies. Zoologica Scripta. 43 (1): 52-64. (Early View posted online on 18 Aug 2013) --- PDF ---Supplemental Information

Lasley, R.M., C.Y. Lai, and B.P. Thoma. 2013. A new genus for Chlorodiella longimana (H. Milne Edwards, 1834) supported by morphology and molecular data, and a preliminary phylogeny of the subfamily Chlorodiellinae (Crustacea: Decapoda: Xanthidae). Invertebrate Systematics. 27 (4): 379-390. --- PDF

Thoma, B.P., P.K.L. Ng, and D.L. Felder. 2012. Review of the family Platyxanthidae Guinot, 1977 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Eriphioidea), with the description of a new genus and a key to genera and species. Zootaxa. 3498: 1-23. --- PDF

Thoma, B.P. and D.L. Felder. 2012. Redescription of Hexapanopeus lobipes (A. Milne-Edwards, 1880), and its reassignment to Milnepanopeus n. gen. (Decapoda: Brachyura: Panopeidae). Journal of Crustacean Biology. --- PDF

Felder, D.L., and B.P. Thoma. 2010. Description of Etisus guinotae n. sp., and discussion of its recent discovery in the Gulf of Mexico (Brachyura, Decapoda, Xanthidae). In Castro, P., P.J.F. Davie, P.K.L. Ng, & B. Richer de Forges (eds.) Studies on Brachyura: a homage to Daniele Guinot. Crustacean Monographs 11: 117-138. --- PDF

Thoma, B.P., C.D. Schubart, and D.L. Felder. 2009. Molecular phylogeny of the western Atlantic representatives of the genus Hexapanopeus (Decapoda: Brachyura: Panopeidae). In: Martin, J.W., K.A. Crandall, and D.L. Felder (eds.) Decapod Crustacean Phylogenetics. Crustacean Issues. Koenemann, S. (series ed.) Vol. 18. Boca Raton, London, New York: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. 551-565 pp. --- PDF

Thoma, B.P., R.W. Heard, and D.L. Felder. 2009. Redescription of Pinnixa arenicola Rathbun, 1922 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Pinnotheridae), with new observations on its range and hosts. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 122 (1): 72-80. --- PDF

Thoma, B.P. and R.W. Heard. 2009. A new species of the genus Gammarus (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Gammaridae) from the low salinity habitats in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Zootaxa. 2015: 42-54. --- PDF

Thoma, B.P. 2008. Notes on crabs of the families Goneplacidae and Dorippidae (Decapoda: Brachyura) from the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement No. 73: 299-302. --- PDF

Heard, R. W., R. A. King, D. M. Knott, B. P. Thoma, and S. Thornton-DeVictor. 2007. A guide to the Thalassinidea (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Decapoda) of the South Atlantic Bight. NOAA Professional Papers Series NMFS 8: i-iii, 1-30. --- PDF

Thoma, B.P., R.W. Heard, and R. Vargas. 2005. A new species of Parapinnixa (Decapoda: Brachyura: Pinnotheridae) from Isla del Coco, Costa Rica. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 118 (3): 543-550. --- PDF

Foster, J.M., B.P. Thoma, and R.W. Heard. 2004. Range extensions and a review of the caprellid amphipods (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Caprellidae) from the shallow, coastal waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico (Suwannee River, Florida to Port Aransas, Texas) with an illustrated key to the species. Gulf and Caribbean Research 16: 161-175. --- PDF

Foster, J.M., B.P. Thoma, and R.W. Heard. 2004. Stomatopoda (Crustacea: Hoplocarida) from the shallow, inshore waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico (Apalachicola River, Florida to Port Aransas, Texas). Gulf and Caribbean Research 16: 49-58. --- PDF

GRANTS AWARDED:

  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration: Educational Cooperative Science Centers: 2017, “Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems”, Co-Principal Investigator at Jackson State University (Partnership led by Florida A&M University, Senior Principal Investigator – Larry Robinson)
  • National Science Foundation: International Research Fellowship Program: 2012, “Towards a Global Synthesis of Mud Crabs: Utilizing Phylogenetic Relatedness to Derive a Biologically Meaningful Classification and Infer Historical Origins of Cryptogenic Taxa”, Senior Principal Investigator.
  • EDIT Support for Exchange of Researchers, "Old World, New World Xanthoidea: a synthesis”: 2010, European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy, Participant, (Senior Principal Investigator - Paul Clark).
  • Board of Regents Doctoral Fellowship: 2006-2010, Louisiana State Board of Regents Doctoral Support Fund, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Recipient.
  • Graduate Student Organization: Research Funds Grant: 2006-2012 University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Recipient.
  • Bearcat Grant: 2001, Northwest Missouri State University, Recipient.
  • E.B. Stueben Student Support Fund: 2009, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Recipient.

POSTERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

Thoma, B.P. 2016. Phylogenetic systematics and natural history of mud crabs (Decapoda: Xanthoidea). The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Invited Speaker.

Thoma, B.P. 2015. Evolution and adaptation in mud crabs. Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. Invited Speaker.

Thoma, B.P. 2014. Evolution and diversity of American mud crabs. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina. Invited Speaker.

Thoma, B.P. 2014. Documenting Diversity: genes to ecosystems. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina. Invited Speaker.

Thoma, B.P. 2013. Evolution and diversity of American mud crabs. California State University Stanislaus, Department of Biological Sciences, Turlock, California. Invited Speaker.

Thoma, B.P. 2013. Marine Invertebrate Zoology: Why I love it. UL-Lafayette Biological Society, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Invited Speaker.

Thoma, B.P. 2013. Molecular and morphological diversity of American mud crabs. Louisiana State University Museum Seminar Series, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Invited Speaker.

Thoma, B.P., J.C.Y. Lai, J.C. Mendoza, P.F. Clark, D. Guinot, P.K.L. Ng, and D.L. Felder. 2013. Evolutionary relationships of the superfamily Xanthoidea MacLeay, 1838 inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial markers. The Crustacean Society & Latin American Association of Carcinology Summer Meeting, San José, Costa Rica. July 7th-11th. Abstract, international. Oral presentation.

Thoma, B.P. 2013. Evolution of American mud crabs. Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. Invited Speaker.

Felder, D.L., S. Fredericq, B.P. Thoma, E. Palacios-Theil, H.D. Bracken, and K. Crandall. 2013. Assessment of Deepwater Horizon spill impacts on shelf and slope decapod crustaceans. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. January 21st-23rd. Abstract, national. Oral presentation.

Bracken-Grissom, H.D., D.L. Felder, B.P. Thoma, P. Cabezas, and K. Crandall. 2013. Biodiversity discoveries and gene expression studies applied to assess the stress response of decapod crustaceans affected by the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. January 21st-23rd. Abstract, national. Oral presentation.

Thoma, B.P. 2012. Evolution of American mud crabs. Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, USA. Invited Speaker.

Felder, D.L., B.P. Thoma, E. Palacios-Theil, H. Bracken-Grissom, K.A. Crandall, and A.Y. Chistoserdov. 2012. Assessment of deepwater horizon spill impacts on benthic decapod crustaceans, 60-200m. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City. February 20th-24th. Abstract, regional. Oral presentation.

Thoma, B.P. and D.L. Felder. 2011. Phyloecology and hypotheses on historical origins for American panopeid and pseudorhombilid crabs (Brachyura: Xanthoidea). The Crustacean Society Summer Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. June 6th-9th. Abstract, international. Oral presentation.

Thoma, B.P. and D.L. Felder. 2010. Molecular phylogeny of Xanthoidea sensu Ng et al. (2008), with emphasis on the Pseudorhombilidae. Seventh International Crustacean Congress, Qingdao, China. June 20th-25th. Abstract, international. Poster presentation.

Bracken, H.D., D.L. Felder, J.W. Martin, R. Robles, B.P. Thoma, A.W. Windsor, E. Palacios-Theil, J. Rasmussen, D. Kim, and K. Crandall. 2009. A tree of life phylogeny for the Decapoda. The Crustacean Society Summer Meeting, Tokyo, Japan. September 20th-24th. Abstract, international. Oral presentation.

Thoma, B.P. and D.L. Felder. 2009. Molecular phylogeny of Xanthoidea sensu Ng et al. (2008), with emphasis on the subfamilies of Xanthidae. The Crustacean Society Summer Meeting, Tokyo, Japan. September 20th-24th. Abstract, international. Poster presentation.

Lai, J.C.Y., B.P. Thoma, P.K.L. Ng, and D. L. Felder. 2008. Molecular phylogeny of the superfamily Eriphioidea (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura): is the Eriphioidea monophyletic? The Crustacean Society Summer Meeting, Galveston, Texas. June 9th-13th. Abstract, international. Oral presentation.

Thoma, B.P., C.D. Schubart, and D.L. Felder. 2008. Re-examination of Hexapanopeus, Acantholobulus, and related genera of the Panopeidae (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) by morphological and molecular methods. The Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas. January 2nd-6th. Abstract, international. Oral presentation.

Thoma, B.P. 2006. Pseudogenes as confounding factors in molecular phylogenetics. 7th Annual Graduate Student Symposium. University of Louisiana-Lafayette. October 11th-13th. Abstract, regional. Oral presentation.

Thoma, B.P. 2005. The Gammarus mucronatus (Gammaridae, Amphipoda) species complex in the northern Gulf of Mexico: ecophenotypic variants or distinct species? XII International Colloquium on Amphipoda, National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland. July 24th-27th. Non-Abstract, international. Poster presentation.

Thoma, B.P. 2005. The Gammarus mucronatus (Gammaridae, Amphipoda) species complex in the northern Gulf of Mexico: ecophenotypic variants or distinct species? Sixth International Crustacean Congress, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland. July 17th-22nd. Abstract, international. Poster presentation.

Thoma, B.P. 2004. Taxonomy and Morphology of the Decapoda. Florida Association of Benthologists Fall Crustacea Workshop, Long Key, Florida. October 13th-15th. Non-Abstract, regional. Invited lecturer.

Foster, J.M. and B.P. Thoma. 2004. Preliminary investigations of the comparative occurrence of sponge dwelling amphipods in Tedania ignis (Porifera, Demospongiae, Tedaniidae) from a turtle grass bed and a red mangrove forest in the Florida Keys, USA. Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, Biloxi, Mississippi. February 19th-20th. Abstract, regional. Presenting author, poster presentation. Received Best Student Poster Award.

Thoma, B.P. and J.M. Foster. 2004. Comparative occurrence of sponge-dwelling amphipods in Tedania ignis (Demospongiae, Tedaniidae) from a turtle grass bed and a red mangrove forest in the Florida Keys, USA. Graduate Student Symposium co-hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi, University of South Alabama, and Louisiana State University, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. January 30th-31st. Abstract, regional. Presenting author, oral presentation.

STUDENT MENTORING

Committee member for: 1 master's and 2 doctoral students

Undergraduate students with independent projects:

Jing Zhang - Undergraduate Honors Student, “Description of a new genus and species of Pseudorhombilidae (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura)”: 2010-present,University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Department of Biology, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Simon J. Pecnik - Undergraduate Technician and Independent Study Student, “Revision of the brachyuran crab genus Palicus with emphasis on gonopod morphology”:2009-present, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Department of Biology, Lafayette, Louisiana.

RESEARCH AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

2012-2015, Post-doctoral Research Associate; ‪Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative; Gene expression and resilience to hydrocarbon exposure in decapod crustaceans; University of Lousiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana.

2011, Graduate Research Assistant; ‪NSF-funded RAPID project; Identification of macrocrustaceans; University of Lousiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana.

2006-2010, Louisiana State Board of Regents Doctoral Fellow; Assembling the Tree of Life: Decapoda; Morphological and molecular analysis of the Cancroidea and Xanthoidea sensu lato; University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana.

2005-2006, Graduate Research Assistant; Compass Point Decapod Larvae Project; Identification of decapod larvae from plankton; The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Invertebrate Zoology Section, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2004-2005, Graduate Research Assistant; Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Museum; Maintenance of Museum collections and database; The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Museum, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2004, Graduate Research Assistant; Sturgeon Feeding Grounds, Benthic Biodiversity Study; Identification of benthic invertebrate species; The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Invertebrate Zoology Section, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

2002-2003, Student Laboratory Technician; Arthropod Ecology Lab; Identification of insects and arachnids from leaf litter samples; University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Biology, Columbia, Missouri.

2000-2001, Student Technician; Northwest Missouri State University Museum; Maintenance of teaching collections for General Zoology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, and Herpetology; Northwest Missouri State University, Department of Biology, Maryville, Missouri.

FIELD EXPERIENCE:

2017, Research Scientist aboard the R/V Chapman with submersible, Curasub, with the Smithsonian’s Deep Reef Observation Program’s expedition to Bonaire; collected and documented decapod crustaceans from deep-water coral communities.

2013, Research Scientist aboard the R/V Pelican, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative funded expedition to the Gulf of Mexico; utilized box dredge and epibenthic skimmer to document decapod fauna of deepwater hard banks and collect samples to be used in transcriptome analyses and population genomics.

2012, Research Scientist aboard the R/V Pelican, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative funded expedition to the Gulf of Mexico; utilized box dredge and epibenthic skimmer to document decapod fauna of deepwater hard banks and collect samples to be used in transcriptome analyses.

2012, Research Scientist at Smithsonian’s Field Station on Carrie Bow Cay, Belize, Smithsonian Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems (CCRE) Program; collection and identification of benthic macrocrustaceans.

2012, Research Scientist aboard the R/V Tommy Munro, Florida SEAMAP; utilized fine-mesh otter trawl to collect fishery-independent data from sites along Florida’s Gulf coast.

2011, Research Scientist aboard the R/V Pelican, National Science Foundation RAPID Expedition to the Gulf of Mexico; utilized box dredge and epibenthic skimmer to explore deepwater hard banks to record macrocrustacean divsersity.

2010, Research Scientist aboard the R/V Pelican, National Science Foundation RAPID Expedition to the Gulf of Mexico; utilized box dredge and epibenthic skimmer to explore deepwater hard banks to record macrocrustacean divsersity.

2008, Research Scientist at Smithsonian’s Field Station on Carrie Bow Cay, Belize, Smithsonian Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems (CCRE) Program; shore collection of various benthic macrocrustaceans.

2004-2005, 2007-2008, 2010-2012, 2014-2016, Volunteer for Bay Environmental Studies Team, 1 week each summer; collected benthic samples (snorkeling and SCUBA) from various habitats in St. Andrew Bay (Panama City), St. Joe Bay (Port St. Joe), and Florida Keys from Keys Marine Lab (Long Key) to Key West.

2005, Volunteer for Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center aboard the R/V Nancy Foster; utilized otter trawl, box dredge, and ponar grab to collect benthic samples on hard-bottom habitats off Charleston, South Carolina.

2005, Volunteer for US Fish and Wildlife Service; collection of near shore benthic samples in suspected Gulf Sturgeon feeding grounds off Panama City, Florida.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

BIO-115L General Zoology Laboratory, Coordinator/Instructor (3 sections): 2017-Present, Jackson State University, Department of Biology, Jackson, Mississippi.

BIO-115 General Zoology, Instructor (3 sections): 2016-Present, Jackson State University, Department of Biology, Jackson, Mississippi.

BIO-114 Introduction to Marine and Environmental Science, Instructor (3 sections): 2016, Jackson State University, Department of Biology, Jackson, Mississippi.

BIO-304 Marine Science, Instructor: 2016, Jackson State University, Department of Biology, Jackson, Mississippi.

COA-428/528(L) Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Lecture & LaboratoryInstructor 2016, Summer Field Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

BIO-319/419(L) Survey of Invertebrate Animals, Lecture & LaboratoryInstructor: 2015, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Department of Biology, Lafayette, Louisiana.

BIO-305 Survey of Marine Biology, Co-Instructor: 2015 University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Department of Biology, Lafayette, Louisiana.

BIO-305 Survey of Marine Biology, Guest Lecturer (28 lectures): 2009-2014 University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Department of Biology, Lafayette, Louisiana.

BIO-595 Scientific Illustration and Biological Macrophotography, Lecturer & Laboratory Instructor (7-week module, graduate level - “Integration of Digital Techniques in Scientific Illustration”): 2011, The University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Department of Biology, Lafayette, Louisiana.

BIO-221 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory, Teaching Assistant: 2012, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Department of Biology, Lafayette, Louisiana.

BIO-231 Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory, Teaching Assistant: 2011, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Department of Biology, Lafayette, Louisiana.

BIO-319L Survey of Invertebrate Animals Laboratory, Teaching Assistant: 2010, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Department of Biology, Lafayette, Louisiana.

COA-692 Special Problems in Taxonomic Database Development, Instructor & Course Developer: 2005, The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

COA-428 Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Teaching Assistant: 2004, Summer Field Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

BIOL-04115 General Zoology Laboratory, Instructor: 2001 (Fall Semester), Northwest Missouri State University, Department of Biology, Maryville, Missouri.

BIOL-04115 General Zoology Laboratory, Teaching Assistant: 2001 (Spring Semester), Northwest Missouri State University, Department of Biology, Maryville, Missouri.

VOLUNTEER AND SERVICE EXPERIENCE:

The Crabby Taxonomists; 2011; creation and maintenance of a website to educate and excite the general public about marine invertebrates, www.crabbytaxonomists.com.

All in the family: A family tree for crabs. 2010; a presentation to 10th grade biology classes at Lafayette High School, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Peeling away the mystery of DNA: A banana DNA extraction lab. 2009; a presentation to 10th grade biology classes at Lafayette High School, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Carcinology: What is it and who cares? 2009; a presentation to 10th grade biology classes at Lafayette High School, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Invertebrate Zoology: Why should we care about critters without backbones anyway?  2008; a presentation to 10th grade biology classes at Lafayette High School, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Extinction of the Jellybelliidae: A laboratory exercise demonstrating natural selection in a predator-prey model. 2008; a presentation to 10th grade biology classes at Lafayette High School, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Carcinology: What is it and who cares? 2007; a presentation to 10th grade biology classes at Lafayette High School, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Graduate Student Symposium Organizing Committee; 2007; Department of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Science Fair Judge; 2007; Louisiana Regional Science Fair; University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Wild Survival Tactics. 2005; a presentation to 4th graders about the various tactics animals use to avoid predation in the wild; Popp’s Ferry Elementary School, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Science Fair Judge; 2005; Ocean Springs Middle School, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Taxonomic Expert for AMRAT (Alabama-Mississippi Rapid Assessment Team); 2004; Identified crustacean specimens that were collected; Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Wild Survival Tactics. 2004; a presentation to 4th graders about the various tactics animals use to avoid predation in the wild; Popp’s Ferry Elementary School, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Department of Biology Student Liaison to the Dean; 2001; Faculty elected position, liaison between students and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Northwest Missouri State University, Department of Biology, Maryville, Missouri.

Freshman Peer Advisor; 2001; Faculty nominated position, assisted faculty with setup and instruction of freshman seminar course, liaison between students and faculty of the Department of Biology; Northwest Missouri State University, Department of Biology, Maryville, Missouri.

Herpetology Proctor for Junior Science Olympiad; 2001; Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri.

PEER REVIEW:

Gulf and Caribbean Research
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Journal of Crustacean Biology
Invertebrate Systematics
Journal of Heredity
Zoologica Scripta

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS (Past and Present):

The Biological Society of Washington
The Crustacean Society
Society of Systematic Biologists
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
Golden Key International Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
The Willi Hennig Society

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS:

ESRI Introduction to ArcGIS 1 Certified; May 2004.
PADI Open Water Certified SCUBA Diver; April 2004.
Snell Infrared, Level One Certified Infrared Thermographer; March 1999.