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Curriculum Vitae

Updated November 2018

Current Address:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Road

Ithaca, NY 14850 (USA)

sm983@cornell.edu

                                                                                               

Positions

Rose Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell Lab of Ornithology                                                       2018 – Present

 

Education

Ph.D. Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City.                                                                                    2012 - 2018

Supervisor: Dale Clayton & Sarah Bush

B.A.    Biology, Pomona College, Claremont CA.                                                                2005 - 2009

Supervisor: Nina Karnovsky                         

 

Publications

10) McNew, S.M., S.A. Knutie, G.B. Goodman, A. Saulsberry, A. Hansen, J Yepez, S.E. Bush and D.H. Clayton. Resource-dependent tolerance to an introduced parasite: Galápagos mockingbirds and Philornis downsi. In review.

9) Barrow, L.N., S.M. McNew, N. Mitchell, S.C. Galen, H.L. Lutz, H. Skeen, T. Valqui, J.D. Weckstein, and C.C. Witt. Deeply conserved susceptibility in a multi-host, multi-parasite system. bioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/424549

8) McNew, S.M. and D.H. Clayton. 2018. Alien invasion: Biology of Philornis downsi, an introduced parasitic fly of Galápagos birds. Annual Review of Entomology. 63: 369-387.

7) McNew, S.M., D. Beck, I. Sadler-Riggleman, S.A. Knutie, J.A. H. Koop, D.H. Clayton, and M.A. Skinner. Epigenetic variation between urban and rural populations of Darwin's finches. BMC Evolutionary Biology 17:183. Press coverage: Forbes, IFL Science, ScienceDaily, Utah Business.

6) Knutie, S.A., J.P. Owen, S.M. McNew, A.W. Bartlow, E. Arriero, J.M. Herman, E. DiBlasi, M. Thompson, J.A.H. Koop and D.H. Clayton. 2016. Galápagos mockingbirds tolerate introduced parasites that affect Darwin’s finches. Ecology. 97(4): 940-950.

5) Knutie SA,  S.M. McNew, A.W. Bartlow, D.A. Vargas, and D.H. Clayton. 2014. Darwin's finches combat introduced nest parasites with fumigated cotton. Current Biology 24(9):R355-6.

4) Dickerman, RW, S.M. McNew, and C.C. Witt. 2013. Long-distance movement in a Dusky Great Horned Owl and limits to phylogeography for establishing provenance. 2013. Western North American Naturalist 72(4): 401-408.

3) Baumann, M.J., S.M. McNew, and C.C. Witt. 2013. Morphological and molecular evidence confirm the first definitive eastern White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta c. carolinensis) for New Mexico. Western Birds 44(2): 90-97

2) Johnson, A.B., S.M. McNew, M.S. Graus and C.C. Witt. 2011. Mitochondrial DNA and meteorological data indicate a Caribbean origin for New Mexico’s first Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus).  Western Birds 42:233-242.

1) Baumann, M.J., N.D. Pederson, J. Oldenettel, M.S. Graus, S.M. McNew and C.C. Witt. 2011.  Molecular and morphological evidence confirm the first record of Eastern Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus) for New Mexico.  New Mexico Ornithological Bulletin 39(1): 1-10.

 

Grants and Awards

2018    George G. Riser Award for Outstanding Research, University of Utah (given annually to 2-3 graduating PhDs)

            Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University (2-year fellowship)

 

2017    Global Change and Sustainability Center Research Award, University of Utah, Identifying reservoirs of invasive parasites? ($2,895)

Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Utah, Epigenetic effects of an invasive parasite on Galápagos mockingbirds ($18,000)

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Epigenetic effects of an invasive parasite on an avian host. ($19,000)

 

2016 George R. Riser Research Fellowship, University of Utah, Importance of food availability in host tolerance to an introduced parasite

Global Change and Sustainability Center Research Award, University of Utah, Does climate mediate the tolerance of Galápagos

mockingbirds to invasive nest flies? ($3000)

 

2013    Student Travel Award, University of Utah ($500)

            Student Travel Award, Global Change and Sustainability Center, ($500)

 

2012    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Avian malaria and host distribution limits in the Peruvian Andes ($120,000)

            Global Change and Sustainability Center Fellowship, University of Utah ($9000)                         

2009    Fulbright Student Fellowship, Ecuador ($10,000)                            

2007    Mellon Summer Research Grant, Claremont McKenna College ($3,000)                           

Teaching Experience

2017    Guest Lecturer: Biology Senior Seminar, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

2016   Guest Lecturer: Biology Senior Seminar, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Teaching Assistant: Advanced Statistical Modeling for Biologists, University of Utah.

Guest Lecturer: Evolution, Caltech field course in the Galápagos Islands, Santa Cruz, Galápagos.

Guest Lecturer: Marine and Natural History Photography, Falmouth University field course in the Galápagos Islands, Santa Cruz, Galápagos.

2014    Guest Lecturer: Parasitology, University of Utah.

2013    Teaching Assistant, Evolution and Diversity of Life, University of Utah.

2012    Teaching Assistant, Principles of Biology, University of Utah.

 

Professional Presentations

McNew, S.M. D. Beck, I. Sadler-Riggleman, S.A. Knutie, J.A. H. Koop, D.H. Clayton, and M.A. Skinner. 2017. Epigenetic variation between urban and rural populations of Darwin's finches. American Ornithological Society, Tucson, AZ. Poster presentation. Honorable Mention, student awards

McNew, S.M. D. Beck, I. Sadler-Riggleman, S.A. Knutie, J.A. H. Koop, D.H. Clayton, and M.A. Skinner. 2017. Epigenetic variation between urban and rural populations of Darwin's finches. Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution , Austin, TX. Poster presentation.

McNew, S.M. and D.H. Clayton 2017. Does an introduced parasite cause life history trade-offs in Galápagos mockingbirds? Evolution, Portland OR. Oral presentation.

McNew, S.M. 2017. Why tolerance to an introduced parasite varies in Galápagos mockingbirds. Utah Valley University Biology Dept. Seminar. Invited oral presentation.

McNew, S.M., G. Goodman, A. Saulsberry, A. Hansen, J. Jackson and D. Clayton. 2016 Galápagos mockingbirds lose tolerance to introduced nest parasites in dry years. North American Ornithological Conference, Washington, DC. Oral presentation.

McNew, S.M., G. Goodman, A. Saulsberry, A. Hansen, J. Jackson and D. Clayton. 2016 Galápagos mockingbirds lose tolerance to introduced nest parasites in dry years. Society for the Study of Evolution, Austin, TX. Oral presentation.

McNew, S.M., Saulsberry, A. Effects of Philornis downsi on Galápagos mockingbirds. 2016. Visiting Scientist Talk, Charles Darwin Foundation, Santa Cruz, Galápagos. 

McNew, S.M. Effects of an introduced parasitic fly on Galápagos mockingbirds. 2015. Department of Biology “TGIF” Seminar. University of Utah. Oral presentation.

McNew, S.M. Effect of a blood parasite infection on homing ability of feral pigeons. 2014. Department of Biology “TGIF” Seminar. University of Utah. Oral presentation.

McNew, S.M, E. Middleton, B. Kim S. Bush and D. H. Clayton. 2013. Testing for effects of blood parasites on homing ability of feral pigeons (Columba livia). Evolutionary Genetics Retreat, Park City, Utah. Poster presentation.

McNew S.M. and D. H. Clayton. 2013. Assessing the cost of haemosporidian infection through flight performance in Rock Pigeons (Columba livia). International Conference on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, Vilnius, Lithuania. Oral presentation.

McNew, S.M, E. Middleton, B. Kim S. Bush and D. Clayton. 2013. Testing for effects of blood parasites on homing ability of feral pigeons (Columba livia). University of Utah Global Change and Sustainability Center Research Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT. Poster presentation.

 

Academic Service and Outreach

Service:

2018    Organizer, University of Utah Biology R Club

 

2017    Biology Annual Retreat Organizing Committee, University of Utah.

Curator, Utah Biology Alumni Resources List.

            Founder and organizer, University of Utah Biology R Club

 

2016    Graduate Student Committee, 7th Year Department of Biology Review, University of Utah.

Chair, Graduate Student Advisory Committee, Department of Biology, University of Utah.

 

2015    Biology Department Graduate Student Grant Committee, University of Utah.

2014    Science Day Organizing Committee Member, College of Science, University of Utah                  

Local organizing committee, Fifth International Conference on Phthiraptera, Park City, UT         

2013    Graduate Invited Speaker Organizer, Department of Biology, University of Utah  

 

Outreach:

2018    Invited Presentation/Workshops: Identification of parasites in nests of birds. Presented in

collaboration with the Association of Naturalist Guides of the Galápagos National Park, Santa Cruz, Galápagos.

 

2017    Presentation to the Wasatch Avian Education Society “Effects of an introduced parasite on Galápagos birds”

 

2016    Workshop: Introduction to Mist-netting Birds. Presented 3-day workshop in

collaboration with the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galápagos National Park, Santa Cruz, Galápagos.

 

Invited Presentation/Workshops: Identification of parasites in nests of birds. Presented in

collaboration with the Association of Naturalist Guides of the Galápagos National Park, Santa Cruz, Galápagos.

 

Public Presentations: Effects of an introduced parasitic fly on Galápagos birds. Reached 150+ tourists and students on Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos.

 

Reviewer: Ethology, Functional Ecology, Biological Invasions, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

Member: American Society of Naturalists, American Ornithological Society, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Society for the Study of Evolution

 

Relevant Field Experience

2013-2016       Study of invasive parasites (Galápagos, Ecuador)

                        University of Utah

Assisted (2013) and lead (2015 and 2016) 2-5 month expeditions on Santa Cruz Island studying the impact of native and introduced parasites on breeding Galápagos birds.

 

2012                Collecting Expedition (Cajamarca, Peru)

                        Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico

Assisted in a collecting trip lead by Curator Chris Witt and Collections Manager Andrew Johnson. I ran mist-nets, took and blood samples and prepared specimens.

2009-2010       Study of mammalian and avian seed dispersers (Esmeraldas, Ecuador)

                        Fulbright Commission of Ecuador, Tulane University

Assisted in the research of Jordan Karubian at the Bilsa Biological Station near Quinindé, Ecuador. Designed and ran new experiments studying the impact of mammalian seed dispersers on palm species. Ran mist-nets and bird censuses.

 

Students Mentored   

Margaux Klingensmith, Fall 2016, Spring 2018 (University of Utah)

Antonia Sowunmi, Summer 2016 (Graduate Preparation Institute, University of Utah)

John Jackson, Fall 2015- Spring 2016 (University of Utah)

Janaí Yépez, Spring 2015 and 2016 (Charles Darwin Foundation, Ecuador)

Angela Hansen, Spring 2014-Spring 2016 (University of Utah)

Eric Middleton, Fall 2012-Spring 2013 (University of Utah)

Daniela Vargas, Spring 2013 (Charles Darwin Foundation, Ecuador)

Brian Kim, Summer 2013 (Hillcrest High School)

Alessandra Quiñonez, Spring 2012 (University of New Mexico).