Up to date as of 2 May 2017. For a hardcopy version, transcripts, or references, please email email@example.com. My scientific publications to date are listed on a separate page.
Experience inpopulation genomics and genetics, field biology, phylogenetics, geographic data collection and analysis, mathematical modeling, computational biology, and statistical analysis, and publication design and production.
Starting Aug 2017: Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, California State University, Northridge. See also the Yoder Lab website.
Aug 2015 – present: Postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Sally Aitken’s lab at the University of British Columbia, studying the population genomics of local adaptation to climate in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) and interior spruce (Picea glauca, P.engelmannii, and their hybrids) as part of the AdapTree project.
May 2011 – Aug2015: Postdoctoral associate in Dr. Peter Tiffin’s lab at the University ofMinnesota, studying the population genomics of the plant-rhizobium mutualism in the model legume Medicago truncatula as part of the Medicago Hapmap Project.
August 2005 – May 2011: Doctoral research in Dr. Olle Pellmyr’s lab at the University of Idaho, involved in field collections, ecological experiments, population genetic and phylogenetic analysis of DNA samples and plant morphological data for NSF-funded study of coevolutionary divergence in Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia)and its pollinator moths (Tegeticula spp.).
October 2004 – July 2005: Intern with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy; involved with GIS data collection, management, and analysis; lab work processing vernal pool invertebrate samples; and field work in plant community ecology. Supervised by Charles Bier.
June – August 2004: Intern with the Friends of the North Fork Shenandoah River (aspart of the Virginia STEPProgram); completed a summer project involving data mining, sample collection and laboratory analysis of well samples, and development of a long-term plan for groundwater monitoring in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Supervised by Alan Raflo.
January 2013 and January 2014: Faculty of the Citizen Science Program, Bard College.
August 2005 – May 2011: Teaching Assistant, University of Idaho Department of Biological Sciences. Led sections of ~25 students in planned laboratory activities for Mammalogy (Biology 483, supervised by David Roon and Jack Sullivan), Ecology and Population Biology (Biology 314, supervised by Scott Nuismer), Cellular and Molecular Biology (Biology 212, supervised by Kristin Simokat), and Biology and Society (Biology 102, supervised by Margaret Ricci).
2017: Understanding the ecological and genomic bases of local adaptation and divergence in an obligate pollination mutualism. Invited full proposal to NSF Division of Environmental Biology. Co-PI with Christopher I. Smith, Willamette University, and others. In preparation.
2016: Blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis) and its microbiome: a model for plant-microbe interactions and climate-related responses in North American grasslands. Preliminary proposal to NSF Division of Environmental Biology. Co-PIwith Joann Mudge, National Center for Genome Research, and others. Not funded.
2015: Genomic basis of rapid adaptation in Medicago truncatula. Invited full proposal to NSF Division of Environmental Biology. Co-PI with Peter Tiffin. Not funded.
2013: Queer in STEM: Anational survey of sexual diversity in science, technology, engineering,and mathematics. National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, $1,400.
2011: Evolution of symbiosis genes across the Legumes. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Mentor Program application, $1,250.
2009: Coevolution and co-divergence in a classical obligate mutualism between Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) and its pollinators (Tegeticula spp.). National Science Foundation doctoral dissertation improvement grant, $15,000.
2009: University of Idaho Student Grant Program dissemination grant, for travel to give invited lecture for the Joshua Tree National Park Association Desert Institute in La Quinta, California, $607.
2008: University of Idaho Student Grant Program dissemination grant, for travel to the Evolution 2008 conference at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, $1075.
2007: A new approach to testing for coevolution. University of Idaho Student Grant Program, $1500.
2007: A geneticapproach to determine the effects of range fragmentation on the futureof Joshua tree (Agavaceae: Yucca brevifolia). Joshua Tree National Park Graduate Student Research Grant Program, $4,000.
2016: Postdoctoral research presentation award, EVO-WIBO 2016.
2015: Delill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, Genetics Society of America.
2015: Distinguished Diversity and Inclusion Award, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences.
2011: Diane Haynes Memorial Award for outstanding dissertation, University of Idaho College of Science.
2011:Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Idaho College of Graduate Studies.
2009: Conference travel fellowship for Best evolution-themed blog post in 2009, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.
2004: First place, C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Competition, Mennonite Central Committee.
2000: National Merit Scholarship finalist.
2000: Eastern Mennonite University Honors Scholarship.
Feb 2016 – present: Associate Editor, Molecular Ecology
April2015 – August 2016: Broader Impacts Steering Committee, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
September 2012 – present: Blog editor and contributing writer for The Molecular Ecologist
August2006 – June 2007: Delegate to the University of Idaho Graduate and Professional Students Association Senate
Peer review: Refereed papers for The American Naturalist,Evolution, Evolution and Ecology, the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, the Journal of Heredity, the Journal of Theoretical Biology, Molecular Ecology, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Systematic Biology, and TRENDS in Ecology andEvolution.
Professional memberships: Society for the Study of Evolution since 2006; American Society of Naturalists since 2008; Genetics Society of America since 2014; National Postdoctoral Association since 2014; National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals since 2014; Botanical Society of America since 2015.
Public outreach and service
2013-2015: Volunteer judge for the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair.
December 2010: Reviewed submissons for the Open Lab 2010 anthology of online science writing.
June 2010: Contributor to group discussion podcast from the Evolution 2010 meetings in Portland, OR, USA.
January – June 2009: Developed and managed the website for the Evolution 2009 meetings in Moscow, ID, USA.