Curriculum Vitae

Education

2017 

PhD Student

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Mentor: Dr. R. Craig Albertson

2014 – 2016

Master of Science, Biology; Western Kentucky University (WKU)

Mentor: Dr. Michael L. Collyer

Co-Chair and Committee Member: Dr. Steve Huskey

Committee Member: Dr. Carl W. Dick

Thesis Title: Impacts of habitat fragmentation on the cranial morphology of a threatened desert fish (Cyprinodon pecosensis)

2011 – 2014

Bachelor of Science, Biology; Murray State University (MSU)

Research Mentor: Dr. Michael Flinn

2009 – 2011

Associate of Science; West Kentucky Community and Technical College

 

Publications

In prep: Gilbert, MC, ML Collyer. Impacts of habitat fragmentation on the cranial morphology of a threatened desert fish.

Presentations

Oral

Gilbert, MC, ML Collyer. 2016. Impacts of habitat fragmentation on the cranial morphology of a threatened desert fish (Cyprinodon pecosensis). WKU Research Symposium: Reach Week. Bowling Green, Kentucky

Flinn, MB, B Richardson, MC Gilbert, B Tumulo, C Soldo. 2014. Hatchery Creek restoration at Wolf Creek dam, Russel County, KY: Constructing the “Field of Dreams”. Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting. Lexington, Kentucky

Poster

Gilbert, MC, ML Collyer. 2016. Impacts of habitat fragmentation on the cranial morphology of a threatened desert fish (Cyprinodon pecosensis). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. New Orleans, Louisiana

Gilbert, MC, H Cetin, MB Flinn. 2013. Remote sensing analysis of seasonal variation of Chlorophyll-a concentration in Kentucky Lake using Landsat images to determine gradients in habitat quality for Hypophthalmichthys nobilis and Hypophthalmichthys molitrix. Murray State University Scholar’s Week. Murray, Kentucky

 

Research Experience

2016:              QTAG Research Assistant

Created a digital database for the WKU Ichthyology collection and assisted in developing new catalogs and rehydrating desiccated collections.

2014 – 2016:  Collyer Morphometrics Lab (WKU)

Graduate Thesis Research: Impacts of habitat fragmentation on the cranial morphology of a threatened desert fish (Cyprinodon pecosensis)

2012 – 2014:  Flinn Aquatic Ecology Lab (MSU)

  1. Assisted in collecting preliminary data for a pre- and post-evaluation of the restoration of Wolf Creek Hatchery
  2. Developed and conducted a study investigating the diet selection of invasive Hypophthalmichthys molitrix and the interaction with native planktivores, as well as assisted the graduate student who inherited the project
  3. Assisted in conducting research on four local gar species found in the region with the goal of determining diagnostic characters for quick identification for use by anglers

2012 – 2013 Flinn Aquatic Ecology Lab (MSU)

Primary Field Technician for Graduate student collecting dietary and telemetry data corresponding to reintroduced Atractosteus spathula in Clarks River, Kentucky

Teaching  Appointments

2016 – 2017

Adjunct Professor of Biology; Murray State University

2014 – 2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant; Western Kentucky University

2013 – 2014

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant; Murray State University

Teaching Experience

2017: BIO 216 Lecture: Biological Inquiry and Analysis. MSU

2016: BIO 101 Lecture: Biological Concepts. MSU

2015/16:BIOL 225 Lead Teaching Assistant: Zoology Lab. WKU

2014:BIOL 225 Teaching Assistant: Zoology Lab. WKU

2013/14:BIO 216 Teaching Assistant: Biological Inquiry and Analysis. MSU

Grants 

2015:     American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Raney Award ($900)

2015:     Graduate student research grant, WKU ($1500)

2015:     Graduate student travel grant, WKU ($400)

2015:     Graduate student travel grant, WKU Biology ($400)

2012:     Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Award (Research Grant), MSU ($500)

 

Mentoring

Graduate
2015-2016: Mentored undergraduate students (5) in research pertaining to morphological data acquisition and database management.
2016: Mentored undergraduate students (2) in statistical analyses and approaches  for their respective honors thesis surrounding plant ecology.
Undergraduate
2013-2014: Mentored new undergraduate students (3) in fish identification, field collection techniques, water quality monitoring, data collection, and protocol.

Awards

2016:     WKU Research Symposium Session Winner: Best Oral Presentation

2016:     WKU Biology Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

2015:     WKU Biology Graduate Teaching Assistantship

2014:     WKU Biology Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Professional Development

Workshops Attended

2015:   Geometric Morphometric Workshop using geomorph for R, Université du Québec à Montréal (2015)

Certificates

2015:   Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching (WKU)

 

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