TRACY S. FELDMAN

CURRICULUM VITAE

June 2013

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Address:         2117 Strebor Street                                                                 Website:                     www.tracysfeldman.com

                        Durham, NC 27705                                                                E-mail:                          info@tracysfeldman.com

                                                                                                                       

POSITIONS HELD:

 

·         Visiting Scholar, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (March 2013 – present)

·         Contract Editor, American Journal Experts, Durham, NC (February 2013 – present)

edit manuscripts for grammatical correctness and style

·         Assistant Professor of Biology (Plant Ecologist), The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI (August 2008 - December 2012)

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

 

EDUCATION:

 

·         Ph.D. in Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC (May 2005).

Dissertation: Can pollination facilitation mitigate the Allee effect? 

Advisor: Dr. William F. Morris

 

·         M.S. in Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (May 1998).

Thesis: Effects of an introduced plant on oviposition choice and larval survival of native butterflies (Anthanassa spp.) in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Main advisor: Dr. Thomas C. Emmel

 

·         B.A. in Biology, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (May 1995). 

Thesis: Island biogeography of goldenrod-associated insects

Advisor: Dr. William Maple

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Course Instructor and Curriculum Development:  

 

·         Full-time faculty, UWSP Department of Biology (August 2008-December 2012; responsible for all aspects of these courses):

 

·         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

 

·         Part-time faculty, teaching Introductory Botany for the Continuing Education Program at Guilford College (fall 2003) 

 

·         Co-designed and co-taught an introductory course in insect biology for advanced undergraduates at Elon University (January term 2003, with Dr. Lisa Carloye) 

 

·         Designed and implemented a laboratory on Arthropoda for an Organismal Evolution class, Duke University (spring 2004)

 

·         Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Instructor (Ecology, Organismal Evolution, Animal Physiology, and Introductory Biology) at Duke University (fall 2000- fall 2005)

 

Student Mentoring (supervisory experience):

 

·         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)

 

·         Wrote several programs used to analyze sequence data for studies on virus evolution in the Roossinck lab. (spring-fall 2007)

 

 

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES AND OUTREACH:

 

 

 

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS:

 

·         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, committee, Duke University Biology Department, 2003-2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Published in Refereed Journals:

  

      Xu P., Chen F., Mannas J. P., Feldman T. S., Sumner. L.W., Roossinck M.J. 2008. Virus infection improves drought tolerance. The New Phytologist 180(4): 911-921.

 

      Feldman T.S. 2008. The plot thickens: Does low density affect visitation and reproductive success in a perennial herb, and are these effects altered in the presence of a co-flowering species? Oecologia. 156(4):807-817.

 

      Feldman T.S., O’Brien H.E. and Arnold A.E. 2008. Moths transport fungi associated with Claviceps paspali and the grass Paspalum. Microbial Ecology 56(4):742-750.

 

Feldman, T.S. 2006. Pollinator aggregative and functional responses to flower density: Does pollinator response to patches of plants accelerate at low-densities? Oikos 115: 128-140.

 

Fleet, C.M., Rosser, M.F.N., Zufall, R.A., Pratt, M.C., Feldman, T.S., and Lemons, P.P.  2006. Hiring Criteria in Biology Departments of Academic Institutions. Bioscience 56(5):430-436.

 

      Feldman, T.S., Morris, W.F., and Wilson, W.G.  2004.  When can two plant species facilitate each other’s pollination?  Oikos 105:197-207.

 

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.

 

Publications in Preparation:

 

Feldman, T.S. and Morris, W.F. Effects of density-dependence in fecundity, growth, and survival on the Allee effect in a perennial plant.

 

Feldman, T.S. Consequences of ovipositing on an unsuitable plant: oviposition choice, enemy-free space, and larval dispersal in Anthanassa ardys (Nymphalidae: Melitaeini).

 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

 

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.

 

Feldman, T.S. 2011. The potential effects of hydrology on the demography of Fassett’s Locoweed (Oxytropis campestris var. chartacea). Botanical Soc. of WI Annual Meeting

 

Feldman, T.S. 2010. Does the snake-mimic morphology in swallowtail caterpillars deter avian predators?  Ecological Society of America meetings.

 

Feldman, T.S. and Roossinck, M.J. 2008. Patterns of fungal virus biodiversity in a natural community of fungi. Ecological Society of America meetings.

 

Feldman, T.S. and Roossinck, M.J. 2007. A field survey of fungal viruses associated with a parasitic plant and its host. Ecological Society of America meetings.

 

Feldman, T.S., Blinkova, O. and Walker, N. 2007. Mycoparasites in symbiotic plant-fungal interactions. Ecological Society of America meetings (given on behalf of O. Blinkova).

 

Feldman, T.S., O’Brien, H.E. and Arnold, A.E. 2006. Moths carry viable propagules of fungal associates of a grass and its pathogen. Ecological Society of America meetings.

 

Feldman, T.S. 2005. Population-level effects of pollination facilitation. Ecological Society of America meetings.

 

Feldman, T.S. 2004. Can one species rescue another from low-density effects? Ecological Society of America meetings.

 

Feldman, T.  S., Morris, W.F. and Wilson, W.G.  2003. When can two plant species facilitate each other’s pollination? (theory and data). Ecological Society of America meetings.

  

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

 

·         Best Practices in Teaching in Science, Technology and Mathematics, Baraboo, WI (August 2010, 2011, 2012)

 

·         Summer Teaching Workshop on learning goals and assessment, Stevens Point, WI (June 2009)

 

·         Faculty College (UW system), Richland Center, WI (May 2009)

 

·         Women & Science workshop on teaching and learning, Green Lake, WI (September 2008 and 2009)

 

 

·         Teaching workshop Duke University (spring 2001).

 

·         Organization for Tropical Studies course in Tropical Biology (Jan-Mar 1997); Independent post-course research on incidental pollination of Begonia by beetles at La Selva biological station in Costa Rica.

 

Studied oviposition behavior, host plant use, and diet breadth of Anthanassa butterflies using plants in the family Acanthaceae

Supervisor: Dr. William Haber

 

COLLABORATIONS:

 

·         Craig Anderson, Ryan O’Connor, & Thomas Meyer, Wisconsin Department 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 A. Haber, Biology, Missouri Botanical Gardens

·         Dr. William F. Morris, Professor of Biology, Duke University

·         Dr. William G. Wilson, Professor of Biology, Duke University

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

 

·         Ecological Society of America (1998-present)

 

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