TRACY S. FELDMAN
Address: 1700 Dogwood Mile, St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC 28352
phone: (910) 277-5242
· Assistant Professor of Biology (Plant Biologist), St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC (August 2014 – present)
· Visiting Lecturer, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (January – March 2014), teaching Comparative Animal Physiology
· Visiting Lecturer, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (October – December 2013)—teaching Ecology
· Visiting Scholar, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (March 2013 – August 2014).
· Contract Editor, American Journal Experts, Durham, NC, (February 2013 – August 2014)—edit manuscripts for grammatical correctness and style
· Assistant Professor of Biology (Plant Ecologist), The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI, August 2008 - January 2013.
Projects: demography of Fassett’s Locoweed, an endemic plant in WI; morphological evolution in swallowtail caterpillars; biology and diversity of endophytic fungi.
· Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK, January 2006 - August 2008.
Project: Viruses of plant-associated fungi: their ecology, diversity, and effects on host fungi and plant parasitism (as part of a larger NSF-EPSCoR funded project on plant virus biodiversity).
Supervisor: Dr. Marilyn J. Roossinck
Dissertation: Can pollination facilitation mitigate the Allee effect?
Advisor: Dr. William F. Morris
Thesis: Effects of an introduced plant on oviposition choice and larval survival of native butterflies (Anthanassa spp.) in Monteverde, Costa Rica
Advisor: Dr. Thomas C. Emmel
Thesis: Island biogeography of goldenrod-associated insects
Advisor: Dr. William Maple
Course Instructor and Curriculum Development:
· Introductory Topics in Biology (for Non-Majors): a class and laboratory course for non-majors, covering basic principles and ideas in ecology and evolution, and using the scientific method and natural history
· Ecology: an introductory course to the field of ecology, with an emphasis on science as a practice.
· Botany: a course in plant evolution and ecology, diversity, form and function.
· Plant Diversity: a course covering plant evolution, mechanisms of evolution, and characteristics for identifying major plant groups and several flowering plant families.
· Zoology: a survey course covering animal biodiversity
· Entomology: a special topics course in the biology of insects
· Field Botany: a project-based field course to survey the plants of St. Andrews campus, covering relevant topics in ecology and evolution as needed.
· Team-taught courses in general education:
· Global issues (SAGE 450): a course in ethical issues involving individuals, communities, and the world.
· Human Thought and Culture (SAGE 240): a course covering influential writers and thinkers from the Renaissance to the Modern era.
· Ecology: a course introducing major subfields of ecology, stressing the scientific method as a way to understand major concepts in ecology
· Ecological Methods: a laboratory course with an emphasis on doing ecological research, in which students design their own experiments, collect and analyze data, write lab reports and present their results
· Plant Ecology: an advanced class and laboratory course on ecological principles applicable to plants, emphasizing scientific writing and literacy
· General Biology: a class and laboratory course for non-majors, covering basic principles and ideas in ecology and evolution, and using the scientific method
· Seminars for advanced undergraduates in various topics, including “mutualisms”, “virus evolution and ecology”, and “deception in ecological systems”, that involve presentations and in-depth discussions of primary literature
Student Mentoring (supervisory experience):
· Guided Independent Studies with St. Andrews Students:
· Jared I. Key (fall 2016): effects of artificial light on spider aggregation and catch rate
· Tarryn Holmes (fall 2017): patterns of ant use of extrafloral nectaries on two co-occurring Chamaecrista species.
· Lilian Ignatius (spring 2018): effects of urbanization on herbivory patterns
· Brett Shannon (fall 2017-spring 2019: algae of St. Andrews University
· Masters committee member (2 students, UW-SP College of Natural Resources; 2010-11)
· Mentoring undergraduate research students
· UW-SP (more than 10 students on 4 separate projects; 2009-12)
· The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation (2 students; summers 2007 and 2008).
· Duke University (1 student; summer 2002); the University of Florida (fall 1997)
· Mentored lab members in statistical techniques for analyzing sequence data for studies on virus evolution in the Roossinck lab. (spring-fall 2007)
FACULTY SERVICE, SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES AND OUTREACH:
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS:
· Awarded funding from the University of St. Andrews to develop a co-taught course on symbiosis (cross-listed biology and theology).
· Awarded funding from the American Society for Plant Taxonomy to purchase a plant drier for the herbarium in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence (fall 2018).
· Award from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, to conduct field work to study demography of Fassett’s Locoweed (Oxytropis campestris var. chartacea) (2009-12) $4,700; $3,400; $3400; $3400
· UWSP University Professional Development Committee Grant to study demography of Fassett’s Locoweed (Oxytropis campestris var. chartacea) (2010) $1,500
· Certificate in Teaching in Biology, Duke University Biology Department, (2003-2004)
Published in Refereed Journals:
Eiseman C.S., Lonsdale, O, Van der Linden, J., Feldman T.S., and Palmer, M.W. 2021. Thirteen new species of Agromyzidae (Diptera) from the United States, with new host and distribution records for 32 additional species. Zootaxa 4931 (1): 001-068.
Eiseman C.S., Austin, Kyhl A., Blythe, Julia A. and Feldman T.S. 2020. New records of leaf-mining Tortricidae (Lepidoptera) in North America, with the description of a new species of Grapholita, Zootaxa 4748 (3): 514-530.
Eiseman C.S., Lonsdale O., and Feldman T.S. 2019. Nine new species of Agromyzidae from North Carolina, USA, with new host and distribution records for additional species, Zootaxa 4571: 301-333.
Eiseman, C.S., Davis, D.R., Blyth, J.A., Wagner, D.L., Palmer, M.W., and Feldman, T.S. 2017. A new species of Marmara (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae: Marmarinae), with an annotated list of known host plants for the genus. Zootaxa 4337 (2): 198-222.
Eiseman, C.S., Feldman, T.S., Lopresti, E.F., and Palmer, M.W. 2017. First North American Records of Porphyrosela minuta Clarke (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), with notes on its native congener, P. desmodiella (Clemens). Entomological Society of Washington 119 (1): 18-23.
Feldman, T.S., Morsy, M., and Roossinck, M.J. 2012. Are communities of microbial symbionts more diverse than communities of macrobial hosts? Fungal Biology 116(4): 465-477.
Min, B.E., Feldman, T., Ali, A., Wiley, G., Muthukumar, V., Roe, B., Roossinck M., Melcher, U., Palmer, M.W., and Nelson, R.S. 2011. Molecular characterization, ecology and epidemiology of anovel tymovirus in Asclepias viridis from Oklahoma. Phytopathology 102(2): 166-176.
Feldman, T.S. and Morris, W.F. 2011. Higher survival at low density counteracts lower fecundity to obviate Allee effects in a perennial plant. Journal of Ecology 99:1162-1170online doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01855.x.
Feldman T.S. 2008. The plot thickens: Does low density affect visitation and reproductivesuccess in a perennialherb, and are these effects altered in the presence of a co-flowering species? Oecologia. 156(4):807-817.
Feldman, T.S. and Haber, W.A. 1998. Oviposition behavior, host plant use, and diet breadth of Anthanassa butterflies using plants in the Acanthaceae in a Costa Rican community. The Florida Entomol. 81(3):396-406.
Feldman, T.S. 1998. Fatal Interactions?: when exotic plants are lethal to native insects. Wildland Weeds.
PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS (last 7 years):
Feldman, T..S. 2020. It’s the little things: biodiversity of leaf-mining insects in North Carolina. NC Environmental Educators lecture series.
Ignatius L., Garner E., Henao E., Johnson C., Mobley J. Parini V. Scatton D., and Feldman T.S. 2019. Effects of urbanization on herbivory patterns. Ecological Society of America meetings.
Key J.I., Jones A.D., and Feldman, T.S. 2016. Does artificial light influence aggregation and catch rate in two we-weaving spiders? Ecological Society of America meetings.
Feldman, T.S. 2012. Teaching labs to engage students in the scientific method: a case study in an ecology lab class. University of Wisconsin System 6th Annual Best Practices in Science Conference.
Feldman, T.S. 2012. Demography and population viability of Fassett’s locoweed (Oxytropis campestris var. chartacea), an endemic plant in WI. Ecological Society of America meetings.
Feldman, T.S. 2012. Science is a process: teaching ecology by engaging students in the scientific method. University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point 15th Annual Teaching Conference.
· Charley Eiseman, freelance naturalist in Massachusetts
· Owen Lonsdale, collections manager at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes.
· Michael Palmer, Professor of Biology, Oklahoma State University
· Craig Anderson, Ryan O’Connor, & Thomas Meyer, WI Dept. of Natural Resources
· Cathy Carnes, US Fish and Wildlife Service
· Dr. Marilyn J. Roossinck, Professor of Biology, Pennsylvania State University
· Dr. Richard S. Nelson, Professor of Plant Biology, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
· Dr. Heath E. O’Brien, Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto
· Dr. A. Elizabeth Arnold, Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Arizona
· Dr. William F. Morris, Professor of Biology, Duke University
· Dr. William G. Wilson, Professor of Biology, Duke University
· Dr. William A. Haber, Biology, Missouri Botanical Gardens
· Ecological Society of America (1998 – present)