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Sean O'Donnell, Ph.D.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Professor, Department of Biology

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Office Phone: (215) 571-4177

Email: sean.odonnell "at" drexel.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Community ecology and biological diversity of tropical social insects, especially of army ants (Formicidae: Ecitoninae) and their avian associates

Tropical montane forest ecology

Social behavior, especially of eusocial Hymenoptera: Behavioral, genetic and physiological regulation of division of labor in wasps (Vespidae) and bees (Apidae)

Brain/behavior relationships and the evolution of brain structure in social insects

Network models of social group organization

 

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

Professor of Biology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Spetember 2011to present.

Professor of Animal Behavior, Department of Psychology, Adjunct Professor- Department of Biology, and Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, September 2010 to August 2011.

Program Officer, Behavioral Systems Cluster, National Science Foundation, August 2007- August 2008.

Area Head, Animal Behavior, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, 2006/2007 academic year.

Associate Professor of Animal Behavior, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, September 2002 to August 2010.

Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, September 1996 to August 2002.

 

POSTDOCTORAL AND GRADUATE TRAINING

Postdoctoral Fellow: National Science Foundation Division of Environmental Biology (DEB-9303244). Laboratory of Robert E. Page, Jr., University of California-Davis, September 1994 to August 1996

Postdoctoral Fellow: University of California-Davis NSF Animal Behavior Research Training Grant. Laboratories of Hugh Dingle and Robert E. Page, Jr., September 1993 to August 1994

Ph.D. in Zoology and Entomology (joint major, advisors Robert Jeanne and Jack Hailman), University of Wisconsin-Madison, January 1990 to May 1993. Ph.D. Thesis: Patterns and regulation of division of labor in the eusocial wasp Polybia occidentalis Olivier (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).

MS in Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 1989. MS Thesis: Forager specialization and the control of nest repair in Polybia occidentalis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).

University of Costa Rica/Organization for Tropical Studies; Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach, Course #88-3, summer 1988

 

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

BS in Biology Cum Laude, Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia PA), May 1986

 

FIELD RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Tropical montane (cloud) forest Monteverde, Costa Rica: 1993, 1994, 1995-1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Mindo, Ecuador: 2003

Tropical lowland wet forest

La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica: 2009, 2010

Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Ecuador: 2003, 2007

Yasuni National Park, Napo Province, Ecuador: 1994, 1995, 2007

Iquitos area, Loreto Province, Peru: 1993, 1994

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama: 1990, 1998

Cuzco Amazonico lodge, Madre de Dios Province, Peru: 1989

Tropical dry forest

Santa Rosa sector, Guanacaste Conservation Area, Costa Rica: 2008

Centro Ecológico la Pacífica, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica: 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005

Hato Masaguaral, Venezuela: 1991, 1992

RESEARCH AWARDS

Current funding

Lead PI on National Geographic Society Waitt grant: Bivouac checking: Automated tracking of a complex cognitive task in the field. Start 1 June 2010 for 12 months, budget $15,000.

Lead PI on NSF-IOS 0923680 Collaborative research: Comparative-developmental analysis of brain architecture in social wasps (Sarah Farris co-PI), start 1 January 2010 for 36 months, UW budget $270,000

 

Previous major grant awards

Lead PI on NSF-IBN 0347315 Behavioral Neuroscience panel, Collaborative research: Brain plasticity and division of labor- from simple to complex societies (Theresa Jones co-PI), starting March 2004 for 60 months, total budget $416,555

National Geographic Society Research Grant (M. Kaspari PI; J. Lattke Co-PI), Behavior and

Diversity of Army Ants across a Latitudinal Gradient, June 2003 for 12 months, $24,221

PI on NSF-IBN 9904885, Dominance and division of labor in social wasps, October 1999 to March 2003, $86,578

NSF-DEB Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California at Davis, 1994-1996, $69,600

 

NSF Research Training Grant Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California at Davis, 1993-1994, $21,200

 

Previous home institution funding

University of Washington Royalty Research Fund: Army ant population genetics and forest fragmentation, 2006-2008, $34,775; Dominance and division of labor in social paper wasps 1997-1998, $28,969

University of Washington Startup Grant, 1996-1999, $80,000

University of Wisconsin: Entomology Department Travel Award 1992; Zoology Department Davis Travel Award 1991 and 1992; Graduate School Vilas Travel Grant 1990

 

Previous grant supplements and short-term funding

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates supplemental award, Sean Tully, 10 months starting June 2009, $6,655

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates supplemental award, Kayla Helem, 12 months starting June 2008, $6,426

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates supplemental award, Justin Neste, November 2006 for 9 months, $3500

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates supplemental award, Andrea Repetto, 12 months starting June 2005, $5950

NSF-IBN Research Opportunity Award 0119690 Animal Behavior panel, Social Aggression in Bees (Robin Foster Co-PI), June-September 2001, $13, 074

Organization for Tropical Studies/Pew Charitable Trust Tropical Fellowship, 1991

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Short-term Fellowship, 1990

Organization for Tropical Studies/Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation Pilot Research Award, 1988

 

 

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS: see separate publications page.

 

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

O'Donnell, S. 2011. In memoriam: Carl W. Rettenmeyer (1931-2009). Insectes Sociaux 58: 279-280.

O'Donnell, S. 1993. Scientific note: Neotropical social wasp folklore. Sphecos 25: 13-14.

O'Donnell, S. 1992. Scientific note: Time-sharing, drifting, and pilfering: inter-nest activities of Polybia occidentalis foragers. Sphecos 23: 4.

O'Donnell, S. 1992. Scientific note: Gastral rubbing observed in Mischocyttarus immarginatus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in Costa Rica. Sphecos 23: 5.

O'Donnell, S. 1991. Scientific note: Swarm-founding wasp defensive behavior (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Epiponini). Sphecos 21: 14-15.

O'Donnell, S. 1990. Collecting report: Southeastern Peru 1989. Sphecos 20: 31-32.

O'Donnell, S. 1986. Niche partitioning among Anisoptera (dragonfly) nymphs in a small pond community. The Bio Digest, Shaffrey Chapter AIBS, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 15-17.

 

 

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

Symposia I have organized

Program Symposium- Making Connections: Social Interactions and Social Networking in Insects (with J. Fewell and S. Schneider), Entomological Society of America national meetings, December 2007, San Diego, CA

Symposium on Neuroethology (with C. Kleinedam). 15th International Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, August 2006, Washington, DC

Section C Symposium on Parasites and Pathogens in Insect Societies (with R. Rosengaus) Entomological Society of America national meetings, December 2002, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Invited Talk Session on Aggression and Social Behavior (with R. Foster) Animal Behavior Society National Meetings, Corvallis, OR, July 2001

Section C Symposium on Coevolution with Social Insects (with T. Singer) Entomological Society of America national meetings, December 1997, Nashville, TN

Section C Symposium on Behavioral Genetics (with G. Hunt), Entomological Society of America national meetings, December 1995, Las Vegas, NV

Informal Conference on Symbioses involving eusocial insects: an evolutionary perspective. Entomological Society of America national meetings, December 1992, Baltimore, MD

 

Invited symposium talks and competitive presentations

Poster, Workshop on Microbes to metazoans: regulation, dynamics, and evolution of social behavior. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA December 2009

12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, August 2008, Ithaca, NY.

Entomological Society of America national meetings, December 2001, San Diego, CA

XIII International Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, January 1999, Adelaide, Australia

Subsection Cb student paper competition. Entomological Society of America national meetings, December 1992, Baltimore, MD

Program Symposium presentation (Physiology of Insect Colonies). Entomological Society of America National Meetings, Dec. 1990, New Orleans, LA

 

Invited university and government talks

2011: University of Miami Department of Biology; University of Victoria Department of Biology (BC, Canada); University of Washington Behavioral Neuroscience Program; Drexel University Department of Biology

2010: Washington State University Department of Entomology/Graduate Student Choice; University of Washington Biology faculty minisymposium; University of Washington Physiology & Biological Structure

2009: University of Miami Department of Biology

2008: University of Maryland Department of Entomology

2007: National Science Foundation Integrative Organismal Systems

2006: National Science Foundation Integrative Organismal Biology; George Washington University Department of Biological Sciences

2005: Mount Holyoke College, Biology Department; University of Washington Neurobiology and Behavior Program; University of Washington Conservation Colloquium; Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, Biological Sciences; USDA Entomology Center, Gainesville, FL

2004: University of Illinois, Department of Entomology; University of Texas-Austin Institute for Neuroscience

2003: University of Washington Biology Department; Louisiana State University Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Entomology

2002: Washington State University Department of Entomology

2000: University of Oklahoma Zoology Department

1999: University of Georgia-Athens Department of Entomology

1998: University of Puget Sound Biology Department

1997: University of Oregon Program in Evolutionary Biology

1995: University of Washington Psychology

 

SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE OF RESEARCH

2011 October: Moscow (Russia) Kommersant "Science" www.kommersant.ru/doc/1774523; April/May: Moscow (Russia) news media portal BFM.ru; US News & World Report; ScienceDaily; E!ScienceNews

2010 November: Credited consultant for National Geographic series Great Migrations, Episode 2: The Need to Breed; National Geographic Science of Great Migrations web page: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/great-migrations-science-army-ant; University of Washington homepage; University Week newspaper September: Futurity website

2009 October: University of Washington homepage, National Science Foundation homepage (NSF.gov), Frontier Economy, New Scientist, Christian Science Monitor, UPI science news, ScienceDaily

2008 July/August: New Scientist magazine; National Science Foundation Biology Directorate website; ScienceDaily; NewsSmashHits.com; Webwire.com; Eureka!ScienceNews; ScienceCentric.com; Physorg.com June: Scientific American MIND magazine March: EurekAlert! (AAAS website); Medical News Today website; ScienceCentric website; University of Washington-Daily; ScienceDaily website; IndiaEduNews.net January: National Science Foundation multimedia gallery (http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/)

2007 May: National Science Foundation multimedia gallery (http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/); January: University Week (UW campus newspaper); Washington Post (DC) science briefs; Presszoom.com; Biologynews.net; Newscientist.com; Physorg.com; LiveScience.com

2006 December: Sciencedaily.com; UPI.com/NewsTrack; Physorg.com; Medicalnewstoday.com; May/June: Science & Vie magazine (Paris, France), p. 32; Smithsonian Magazine Wild Things section; University of Washington Daily front page; Animal communication project- http://acp.eugraph.com; March : University of Washington homepage; FoxNews.com; Baltimore Sun; LiveScience.com

2004 April: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Quirks & Quarks; Der Spiegel magazine (Germany); The Oregonian (Portland, OR Newspaper); Science Daily web site

2002 March: National Geographic World magazine

2001 September: Natural History Magazine, In Sum Section; June/July 2001: New York Times Science Section; ABCnews.go.com SciTech Section; Science 292: 2399 (Editor's Choice Section); Science News

1999 October: Seattle Times Science Section; February: Newsday Magazine, Discovery section; Science News; The Daily (U.W. Campus Newspaper); ScienceNOW (Science magazine website)

1997 May: New Scientist Magazine; Focus Magazine (Germany); January: The Oregonian (Portland, OR Newspaper).

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Tropical field course teaching

Coordinator, Organization for Tropical Studies graduate short course: Neotropical Social Insects, Costa Rica, March 2009

Co-coordinator, University of California Education Abroad Program. Monteverde, Costa Rica, Fall 1995

 

University-level courses- Graduate

Core Concepts in Behavioral Genetics, 4 cr.

Evolutionary Psychology of Human Reproduction, 3 cr.

Topical Seminars (Geographic Variation in Behavior; Senescence and Behavior; Parasites and Behavior; Animal Behavior Journal Club), 2 cr.

Current Research in Animal Behavior, U.C. Davis Animal Behavior Group

 

University-level courses- Undergraduate

Insect Behavior, 4 cr.

Behavioral Genetics, 4 cr.

Animal Communication, 5 cr.

Mechanisms of Animal Behavior, 4 cr.

Biodiversity, 4 cr.

Animal Behavior (majors) , 5 cr.

Comparative Animal Behavior (general ed.), 5 cr.

 

Student advising/mentoring

Graduated Ph.D. students:

Yamile Molina, Animal Behavior Area, Defense April 2009

Anjali S. Kumar, Animal Behavior Area, Defense June 2008

Adam R. Smith, Animal Behavior Area, Defense July 2005

Graduated M.S. student:

Jason Stafstrom, Psychology Animal Behavior Area, spring 2011

 

Current graduate students: Thesis advisor

Tom Soare, Psychology Animal Behavior Area Ph.D. student started fall 2008

 

Graduate Lab Rotations/Research Assistants

Marie Clifford, Biology Ph.D. student

Robin Harris, Neurobiology and Behavior rotation

William Wood, Neurobiology and Behavior Ph.D. student

 

Other graduate advising: Served on committee of 1 Animal Behavior completed Ph.D. (1999)

11 current Ph.D. student advisory committees or rotation supervision (Psychology, Neurobiology & Behavior, and Zoology)

 

Grants/fellowships to students for research in my laboratory

Marie Clifford, 2011, UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation travel award

Kayla Helem, 2008, Mary Gates Endowment Research Scholarship, $4000; 2008 Edith Lucena Riehl Endowed Scholarship, UW Biology, $2000

Yamile Molina, 2007, Society for Integrative/Comparative Biology fellowship, $2000

Andrea Repetto, 2005, Mary Gates Endowment Research Scholarship, $3,000

Anjali Kumar, 2005, ALCOR Fellowship award, $5,000; 2005, Organization for Tropical Studies post course award, $500

Adam Smith, 2003, A.W. Mellon Research Exploration Award in Tropical Biology, $3,000; 2000, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Short-Term Fellowship, $3,000; 1999, Organization for Tropical Studies Stone Endowment, $1,750; 1999, American Museum of Natural History Roosevelt Fund, $1,600 (declined)

Amelia Brunskill, 2000-2001, Mary Gates Endowment Research Scholarship, $4500

Daniel Markiewicz, 1999, Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research, $750

Renee Robinette, 1998, Animal Behavior Society, $600

Monica Reichardt, 1998, Hughes Foundation Fellowship, $2,300

 

Undergraduate directed research/advising: 38 students

 

Undergraduate honors teaching and mentoring

Psychology Honors Program, 1 year starting Fall 2010, Anna Pollock

Psychology Honors Program, 2 years starting Fall 2008, Sean Tully

Insect Behavior, Spring 2009, Marie Clifford and Amy Sharp (Biology)

Animal Behavior, Fall 2008 Kayla Helem (Biology)

 

Resource faculty positions

Organization for Tropical Studies undergraduate field course, Costa Rica, September 2009 and February 2005

Quality Education for Minorities Network workshop, Washington DC, September 2007

Georgetown University Natural History and Culture course, Ecuador, June 2007

University of San Francisco-Quito exchange course, Ecuadorian ecosystems: 2007

School for International Training Comparative Ecology & Conservation Course, Ecuador, 2003

Council for International Educational Exchange field course, Costa Rica: 2000, 2002, 2004

Organization for Tropical Studies graduate field courses, Costa Rica, 1992, 1997, 1998

Evergreen State College field course, Costa Rica: Winter 1996

University of California Education Abroad Program course in tropical biology, Monteverde, Costa Rica, 1993, 1994, 2008

Guest lectures and other teaching service

Drexel University graduate seminar: 2011

University of Washington Psychology graduate recruitment lecture: 2011

University of Washington Biology Graduate Student Symposium faculty reviewer: 2010

University of Washington Psychology Honors Seminar: 1996, 1998, 2004, 2008, 2010

University of Washington Biology General Entomology course student interview: 2009

University of Washington Psychology Graduate Seminar on Decision Making: 2009

University of Washington Graduate Psychology Grant Writing Seminar: 2008

University of Washington Psychology Graduate Proseminar: 2004, 2008

University of Washington session moderator, Psychology graduate research festival: 2007

University of Washington Biology Natural History Seminar: 2006, 2007

University of Washington Psychology Behavioral Neuroscience seminar: 2007

University of Washington Psychology Graduate Seminar Neurobiology of Language: 2005

University of Washington Biology Molecular Evolution: 2003

University of Washington Biology General Entomology: 2001

University of Washington Psychology Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Seminar: 2000

University of California Davis Entomology Insect Diversity and Evolution: 1994

University of Wisconsin Zoology Organic Evolution: 1989

 

Workshops attended/professional development

National Science Foundation Program Management Seminar, September 2007

Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) resident director/faculty training workshop, Portland, ME, June 2003

University of Washington Faculty Fellows Program, September 1996

 

Graduate and undergraduate teaching assistantships held

BIOCORE (Biology Core Curriculum) Honors Program, Organismal Biology, Fall 1992

Minority Student Science Enrichment Program, University of Wisconsin, Summer 1991-1992

General Entomology, University of Wisconsin, Spring 1989

General Biology, University of Miami, Fall 1986, Spring and Summer 1987

Electron Microscopy, Ecology, and Ethology, St. Joseph's University, 1985 and 1986

 

Teaching honors

Invited external Ph.D. committee member:

-Biology student Elizabeth Jimenez C.,Universidad del Valle, Colombia, November 2009-present

-Environmental Biology student Sean McCann, Simon Fraser University, May 2008-present

-Biology student Floria Mora-Kepfer, University of Miami, August 2006-present

-External Ph.D. defense examiner for Biological Sciences student Shelley Hoover, Simon Fraser University, October 2005

 

Nominated, University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, 2007

 

Nominated by University of Washington seniors as "Most influential undergraduate instructor," U.W. Alumni Association, Spring 2007 and Spring 2005

 

Academic honors

Who's Who in Science and Engineering 1993

University of Wisconsin Vilas Fellow 1990-1991

Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship 1987 and 1988

Sigma Xi National Research Honor Society, elected 1986

Outstanding Young Men of America, 1986

Dean's list 5 semesters, St. Joseph's University

 

Academic scholarships and awards

Summer Field Biology Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Graduate School 1988

Dorsey Memorial Scholarship (Mountain Lake Biological Station) University of Virginia 1987

Field Course Award, University of Miami 1987

St. Joseph's University Scholarship 1982-86

National Merit Scholarship 1982-86

 

Consulting, guiding, and technician positions

Expert resource on environmental change at tropical research sites, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute study, May 2008 and September 2009

Reviewed behavioral genetics textbook for Oxford University Press, Fall 2007

Reviewed book, "Architecture by Birds and Insects" by McNamara, Bates, & Boone, University of Chicago Press, Fall 2006

Tropical biology guide, Amazon River in Loreto Province, Peru, March 1993 and January 1994

Analytical technician: mass spectroscopy/chromatography, Uniroyal Chemical Co., 1984-1986

 

Graduate research assistantships held

USDA Hatch Grant 3544 (R.L. Jeanne, PI): Behavior and ecology of foraging in yellow jackets (Vespula spp.). June to August 1992; January to May 1993

NSF Grant BNS-8517519 (R.L. Jeanne, PI): Regulation of Nest Repair Behavior in Polybia occidentalis. September 1987 to June 1992

 

SERVICE

Elected professional positions

Vice-chair for Research (Board of Directors position), Organization for Tropical Studies, three year position start Spring 2009

Nominations committee, Organization for Tropical Studies, three year position start Spring 2009

U.W. Delegate to Board, Organization for Tropical Studies, 2006-2011

 

Scientific journal editorial board positions

Journal of Insect Behavior, 2005-present

Insectes Sociaux, 2003-present

Animal Behaviour, 2006-2007

 

Member, Monteverde Conservation League, elected 2005

 

Secretary/Treasurer, North American section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, 2001-2004

 

At-large Member, Committee on International Affairs (Latin America), Entomological Society of America, 2000-2002

 

Nominating Committee, at-large member, North American Section, International Union for the Study of Social Insects, 2000-2001

 

Executive Officer, Entomological Society of America Subsection Cb (Apiculture and Social Insects), 1997-1999

 

 

Ad hoc reviews of scientific grant proposals

USDA-CSREES (Entomology panel), U.S. National Science Foundation (Animal Behavior, Behavioral Neuroscience, Integrative Biology, and Population Biology panels), Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, Organization for Tropical Studies, and J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

 

Ad hoc reviews of scientific papers

American Naturalist; Animal Behaviour; Annales Zoologici Fennici; Arthropod Structure and Development; Australian Journal of Zoology; Behavioral Ecology; Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology; Behavioral Processes; Belgian Journal of Zoology; Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society; Biology Letters; Biotropica; Brain, Behavior & Evolution; Canadian Entomologist; Caribbean Journal of Science; Developmental Neurobiology; Ecography; Ecología Austral; Environmental Entomology; Ethology, Ecology, & Evolution; Evolution; Functional Ecology; Hormones and Behavior; Insectes Sociaux; Journal of Economic Entomology; Journal of Ethology; Journal of Field Ornithology; Journal of Hymenoptera Research; Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society; Journal of Insect Behavior; Journal of Insect Physiology; Journal of Neuroscience; Journal of Zoology; Naturwissenschaften; Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; Oecologia; Oikos; Physiology and Behavior; Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA); Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (Series B); Psychological Review; Science; Theoretical Population Biology

 

Other professional service

Judge, Organization for Tropical Studies student paper award, 2011

Grant Review Panel Member, NSF, Fall 2010

Fellowship review for Sigma Delta Epsilon, Graduate Women in Science, 2009

Reviewer for Academic Advancement, Bucknell University, 2007

Grant Review Panel Member, NSF, Fall 2006

Grant Review Panel Member, NSF, Spring 2006

Site visit review panel, NSF, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA, May 2003

Judge, Subsection Cb/Cc Student Talk Competition, Entomological Society of America National Meetings 2002

Grant Review Panel Member, Entomology, U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture, Spring 2002

Grant Review Panel Member, Entomology, U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture, Spring 2001

Head Judge, Subsection Cd/Cf Student Poster Competition, Entomological Society of America National Meetings 1999

Membership committee, Animal Behavior Society, 1994-1997

Head Judge, Subsections Cd & Cf Student Presentation Competition, Entomological Society of America National Meetings 1999

Head Judge, Subsection Cd Student Poster Competition, Entomological Society of America National Meetings 1997

Reviewer for Academic Advancement, Foundation for Research and Development, South Africa,1995

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION ACTIVITY (CURRENT IN BOLD)

International Society for Behavioral Ecology; Animal Behavior Society; Association for Tropical Biology; Entomological Society of America; American Entomological Society; International Union for the Study of Social Insects; Kansas Entomological Society

 

 

DEPARTMENT/UNIVERSITY SERVICE

University governance

University of Washington Faculty Senate, elected to two terms 2000-2004

 

Standing committees

Drexel University Biodiversity, Earth and Enivironmental Sciences curriculum committee, 2011

UW Psychology graduate distinguished teaching award committee, 2010-2011

UW Psychology web page committee chair, 2009-2010

UW Neurobiology and Behavior Program seminar committee, 2009-2010

UW Psychology Planning/executive committee, 2002-2007

UW Psychology Colloquium Committee, 2000-2002

UW Psychology Graduate Training Committee, 1997-2000

UW Psychology Edwards Lecturer Selection Committee 1998-2007

Executive positions (including president), University of Wisconsin Entomology Graduate Student Association, 1988-1992

 

Ad-hoc committees and service

UW Mary Gates Undergraduate Fellowships Review committee, fall 2010

NSF BIO Directorate, Venture Fund for Integrative Research working group, 2007-2008

UW Psychology Search Committee, Tenure-track Quantitative Psychology Faculty Position, 2004-2005

UW Psychology Search Committee, Tenure-track Animal Behavior Faculty Position, 2002-2003

UW Psychology Animal Behavior Area web page design and production, 2002

UW Psychology Ad Hoc Committee for Psychology Graduate Program Revision 1998-1999

UW Psychology Search Committee, Tenure-track Quantitative Psychology Faculty Position, 1997-1998

UW Psychology Ad hoc reviewer, Quantitative Psychology Instructor Search Committee, 1998

University of Washington Royalty Research Fund grant proposal reviews, 1998-2010

PUBLIC OUTREACH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION

2011: Delivered lecture on army ant ecology, Drexel University Arts & Sciences Dean's Seminar; Consultant- Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/fieldnotes/; Neuroscience lab tour, Columbia River High School biology students; Termite biology and brain display, Science Night, Echo Lake Elementary School, Shoreline WA and Hamilton International Middle School, Seattle, WA

2010: Termite biology display, Science Night, Hamilton International Middle School, Seattle, WA, Edmonds Elementary School, Edmonds, WA, Echo Lake Elementary School, Shoreline, WA, and Madison Middle School, Seattle, WA; Butterfly biology talk, Echo Lake Elementary School, Shoreline WA, two 2nd grade classes, Science consultant, New Scientist magazine

2009: Media consultant, La Prensa newspaper, Panama; Delivered lecture on Social Networks in UW Psychology Edwards series; Hosted job shadow experience (research psychology) for Shorewood High School student; Termite biology display, Science Night, Echo Lake Elementary School, Shoreline, WA; Interview on sociobiology of gang behavior, Seattle Times

2008: Belevdere Elementary School, Falls Church VA, three 3rd grade classes, butterfly biology talk

2007: Career day, opportunities in biology, Swanson Middle School, Arlington, VA; Tropical ant biology, Echo lake Elementary School, 2nd grade (3 classes), Shoreline, WA; Co-organized Science Night, Echo Lake Elementary School, Shoreline, WA; Interview for University of Washington Daily newspaper; Bee behavior display, Science Night, Lake Forest Park Elementary School, WA

2006: Bee behavior display, Science Night, Lake Forest Park Elementary School, WA; Interview on animal morality, Seattle Eastside Prep 8th grade class; Training consultant to biology guides, Monteverde, Costa Rica

2005: Training consultant to biology guides, Monteverde, Costa Rica; Creative Learning Center grade school, 1st&2nd grades, field exercise on ant biology, Monteverde, Costa Rica; Creative Learning Center grade school, 5th&6th grades, lecture on army ant biology, Monteverde, Costa Rica

1997: Training consultant to biology guides, Monteverde, Costa Rica

1994: Museum display design, University of Costa Rica Insect Museum: permanent exhibit on Costa Rican eusocial wasps

 

Natural history filmmaking/consulting

Science consultant, Outdoor Learning Network/BBC America series "Bugzilla" with Dominic Monaghan, Cream Film Productions, Toronto, Canada, September 2011

On-camera field expert, Windfall Films/National Geographic television special: Patrick Stewart's Animal Superpowers, Yasuni, Ecuador, July 2011

Science consultant, Windfall Films, London, England, June 2011

On-camera field expert, Ammonite Ltd./National Geographic Television special: City of Ants, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica: spring 2010. Winner, 2011 International Wildlife Film Festival, best scientific content (under title, "Antzilla"); 2011 Japan Wildlife Film Festival's Award for Best Technical Achievement

Science consultant, Discovery Channel, February 2010

Field expert, National Geographic Television series: Great Migrations, Monteverde and Sta. Rosa, Costa Rica, March and November 2008. Winner, 2011 Emmy awards: best cinematography and best music; 2011 Montana International Wildlife Film Festival special jury award for series and best use of music.

Scientific consultant, National Geographic television, fall 2007