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Curriculum Vitae
Education
Research and Travel Grants
  • Legacy Resource Management Program, U.S. Department of Defense (2016; $14,269)
  • Phylogenomics Software School Travel Award, National Science Foundation (2016; $500)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation (2014; $19,435)
  • Lewis and Clark Grant for Exploration and Field Research, American Philosophical Society (2013; $1,500)
  • Dissertation Research Grant, University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (2012; $12,000)
  • Travel Award, Graduate Student Association, University of California, Riverside (2012; $400)
  • Summer Research Grant, Department of Biology, University of California, Riverside (2012; $400)
  • Howie Wier Memorial Grant, Anza-Borrego Foundation (2012; $2,500)
  • California Desert Research Fund, Community Foundation (2012; $4,000)
  • Small Grant, University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (2011; $1,500)
  • Newell Travel Grant, University of California, Riverside (2011; $800)
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Needles Field Office (2009; $1,500)
  • Master's Student Grant, Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University (2009; $475)
  • Fort Irwin National Training Center, U.S. Army Research Office (2008; $11,800)
  • Graduate Student Research Grant, Joshua Tree National Park Association (2008; $4,000) California Desert Research Fund, Community Foundation (2008; $4,000)
Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution (2015-2017; $103,000)
  • Alistair and Judith McCrone Graduate Fellowship Award, Humboldt State University (2008; $2,500)
  • Core Values and Performance Scholarship for Interns, Lam Research Corporation (2007; $2,500)
Teaching and Mentoring Experience
  • Mentoring of Undergraduate Interns, Smithsonian Institution
  • Elizabeth DeRycke, McDaniel College (Summer 2016). Natural History Research Experiences program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Trained in morphology, DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing, and phylogenetics.
  • Veronica Pagowski, University of British Columbia (Fall 2016). Smithsonian's general internship program. Currently training in morphology and bioinformatics for our project on species delimitation of zebra-tailed lizards (Callisaurus)
  • Research Assistant, Reeder Lab, San Diego State University (Fall 2013 - Spring 2015)
  • Collected and analyzed next-generation sequencing (NGS) data for Dr. Tod Reeder
  • Trained other graduate students in the Reeder Lab/Biology Department in NGS library preparation and bioinformatics
  • Laboratory Instructor, Herpetology, San Diego State University (Spring 2013, Spring 2011)
  • Prepared lab-lectures and organized laboratory exercises for a class of ~25 undergraduate and master's students per semester, designed/graded laboratory exams, discussion sessions, written papers, and other activities
  • Incorporated field trips to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, San Diego Natural History Museum, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in 2013 curriculum
  • Lectured to class when major professor was unavailable
  • Laboratory Instructor, Organismal Biology, San Diego State University (Fall 2010)
  • Prepared lab-lectures and supervised hands-on laboratory exercises for ~50 undergraduates, designed/graded laboratory exams
  • Laboratory Instructor, Introductory Zoology, Humboldt State University (Fall 2007 - Fall 2009)
  • Prepared lab-lectures and organized laboratory exercises for ~50 undergraduates per semester (4 semesters total), designed/graded laboratory exams
  • Lectured to full class (150+ students) when major professor was unavailable
  • Substitute Teacher, Pleasanton Unified School District, Pleasanton, CA (Spring 2007)
  • Experience substitute teaching at the high school level
Other Employment
  • Intern, Lam Research Corporation, Fremont, CA (Summer 2007, Summer 2003)
  • Website (HTML) and graphic design
  • Laboratory Technician, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, CA (Summer 2005)
  • Dissected coastal fish and mollusk samples to be analyzed for mercury contamination at the Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory
Invited Lectures
  • Gottscho, A. D. Lineage Diversification of Phrynosomatid Sand Lizards in Southwestern North America: Integrating Genomics and Geology. Invited seminar, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (June 1, 2016).
  • Gottscho, A. D. The Mysterious "Mid-Peninsular Break" of Baja California, Mexico: Simultaneous Vicariance or Idiosyncratic Dispersal? Invited lightning talk, Senate of Scientists, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (April 8, 2016).
  • Gottscho, A. D. Speciation and Species Delimitation of Desert Lizards in Southern California and Baja California: Applications of Coalescent Theory to Conservation Biology. Invited seminar, La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, University of California, Los Angeles, CA (April 9, 2015).
  • Gottscho, A. D. Natural History of Baja California: A Herpetologist's Perspective. Invited banquet speaker, 62nd annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (April 4, 2015).
  • Gottscho, A. D. Speciation along the Pacific ring of fire: phylogeography of phrynosomatid lizards in Baja California. Invited seminar, EEOB Lunch Bunch Seminar Series, University of California, Riverside, CA (April 18, 2014).
  • Gottscho, A. D. Statistical phylogeography of fringe-toed lizards (Uma): inferring modes of speciation from multi-locus data. Invited presentation, BioSymposium, Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (October 19, 2012).
  • Gottscho, A. D. Landscape genetics of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia): a multi-locus coalescent approach. Invited 'Herp Group' Seminar Speaker, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, CA (February 22, 2010).
Conference Presentations (*presenting author)
  • DeRycke, E., *A. D. Gottscho, D. Mulcahy, & K. de Queiroz. A New Cryptic Species of Fringe-Toed Lizard (Uma, Phrynosomatidae). Poster presentation, Colorado Desert Natural History Research Symposium, Borrego Springs, CA (November 4, 2016).
  • *Richmond, J., A. D. Gottscho, T. W. Reeder. Does Next-Generation Sequencing Data Support the Case for Parallel Ecological Speciation in Scincid Lizards of the Plestiodon skiltonianus Species Group? Oral presentation, Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA (July 9, 2016).
  • *Gottscho, A. D., B. Hollingsworth, J. Lemos-Espinal, & T. W. Reeder. Phylogeography of Peninsular Brush Lizards (Squamata: Phrynosomatidae: Urosaurus) in Baja California, Mexico using Restriction-Associated DNA Sequencing. Oral presentation, Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA (July 8, 2016).
  • *Gottscho, A. D. Zoogeography of the San Andreas Fault System: Great Pacific Fracture Zones correspond with spatially concordant phylogeographic boundaries in western North America. Oral presentation, Evolution 2016, Austin, TX (June 21, 2016).
  • *Gottscho, A. D. Species Delimitation of Fringe-toed Lizards (Squamata: Phrynosomatidae: Uma notata complex) in the Colorado Desert. Oral presentation, Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Reno, NV (July 16, 2015).
  • *Gottscho, A. D. Comparative Phylogeography and Speciation of Phrynosomatid Lizards in Baja California, Mexico. Oral presentation, Evolution 2015, Guaruja, Brasil (June 28, 2015).
  • *Gottscho, A. D. Phylogeography of the Zebra-tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides) in Southern California and Baja California using genome-wide SNP data. Oral presentation, 62nd annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (April 3, 2015).
  • *Gottscho, A. D. Phylogeography of the Zebra-tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides) in southern California and Baja California using genome-wide SNP data. Poster presentation, Colorado Desert Natural History Research Symposium, Borrego Springs, CA (November 7, 2014).
  • *Gottscho, A. D. Great Pacific Fracture Zones correspond with tectonically homologous biogeographic boundaries in western North America. Oral presentation, Student Research Symposium, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (March 9, 2013).
  • *Gottscho, A. D., S. Marks, & W. B. Jennings. Statistical phylogeography of fringe-toed lizards (Uma): Inferring mode of speciation from multi-locus data. Oral presentation, 2nd California Desert Research Symposium, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA (October 27, 2012).
  • *Gottscho, A. D., S. Marks, & W. B. Jennings. Statistical phylogeography of fringe-toed lizards (Uma): inferring modes of speciation from multi-locus data. Oral presentation, 7th World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, Canada (August 10, 2012).
  • *Gottscho, A. D., S. Marks, & W. B. Jennings. Coalescent analysis of fifteen nuclear loci reveals Pleistocene speciation and low genetic diversity in the Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard, Uma scoparia. Oral presentation, Western Evolutionary Biologists Conference, Irvine, CA (December 11, 2010).
  • *Gottscho, A. D., S. Marks, & W. B. Jennings. Coalescent analysis of fifteen nuclear loci reveals Pleistocene speciation and low genetic diversity in the Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard, Uma scoparia. Oral presentation, Evolution 2010, Portland, OR (June 29, 2010).
  • *Gottscho, A. D., S. Marks, & W. B. Jennings. Coalescent analysis of fifteen nuclear loci reveals Pleistocene speciation and low genetic diversity in the Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard, Uma scoparia. Oral presentation, 24th Annual Desert Symposium, Zzyzx, CA (April 23, 2010).
  • *Gottscho, A. D., S. Marks, & W. B. Jennings. Landscape genetics of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard, Uma scoparia: a multi-locus coalescent approach. Presented poster, 1st California Desert Research Symposium, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA (November 8, 2008).
  • *Gottscho, A. D., S. Marks, & W. B. Jennings. Landscape genetics of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia): a multi-locus coalescent approach. Oral presentation, Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Montreal, Canada (July 27, 2008).
Awards and Honors
  • Herpetologists' League, Graduate Student Research Award (4th runner up), World Congress of Herpetology (2012)
  • Bob and Bobbe Adams Best Student Presentation Award, 24th Annual Desert Symposium (2010)
  • Highest Honors in Major, Marine Biology B.S. (2006)
Other Conferences and Technical Workshops
  • Student Conference on Conservation Science, New York, NY (October 2016)
  • Phylogenomics Software School, National Science Foundation, Austin, TX (June 2016)
  • In Light of Evolution X, Comparative Phylogeography, Irvine, CA (January 2016)
  • Target Enrichment Workshop, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC (March 2016)
  • Peer-led Bioinformatics Series, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC (March 2016)
  • N-Gen Sonoran Desert Researchers Biennial Meeting, Guaymas, Sonora, MX (October 2015)
  • La Kretz Conservation Genomics Workshop, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (March 2014)
  • RADseq Workshop, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (January 2014)
  • Species Tree Workshop, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (January 2010)
Professional Affiliations
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Herpetologists' League
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers
  • Southwestern Association of Naturalists
  • Scholars without Borders Honor Society (SDSU)
Grant and Manuscript Reviews
  • National Science Foundation CAREER grant proposal (1)
  • Molecular Ecology (2)
  • Journal of Biogeography (2)
  • Conservation Genetics (1)
  • Herpetological Conservation and Biology (2)
  • Biochemical Systematics and Ecology (1)
Leadership and Volunteer Service
  • Judge, Stoye Award Student Competition, New Orleans, LA (July 2016)
  • Judged student posters for competition hosted by American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • President/Treasurer, Natural History Club at San Diego State University (2013 - 2015)
  • Organized guest lectures, field trips, and outreach activities related to natural history in southern California, and managed finances for club
  • Completed leadership training program focusing on multi-cultural awareness and conflict resolution
  • Diverse membership of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, including under-represented groups in leadership positions
  • Volunteer, Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project, Hilo, HI (August - October 2006)
  • Monitored beaches for endangered hawksbill turtles in in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and adjacent nesting sites, tagged nesting females during nocturnal patrols, marked and monitored nests, escorted hatchlings to the ocean, controlled exotic predators, engaged in public outreach
  • Volunteer, Pelagic Shark Research Foundation, Santa Cruz, CA (2004)
  • Participated in long-term mark/recapture study of sharks and rays in Elkhorn Slough
Public Outreach
  • "The Scientist is In", Q?rius, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (July 29, 2016)
  • Organized a special outreach event focused on lizards and snakes in Q?rius (Smithsonian's interactive educational area that is visited by thousands of families each month) at the National Museum of Natural History
  • Public Media Appearances:
  • Current research referenced in the popular article "Even Desert Lizards Are Feeling the Heat Due to Climate Change." Smithsonian Magazine (October 5, 2015).
  • Appeared in BBC television series "Cutting Edge California" featuring fringe-toed lizards in Death Valley National Park (January 2009)
Copyright 2016 Andrew Gottscho. Last updated Dec 5 2016.