Cirriculum Vitae

Please find a PDF of my CV here.

Education

Ph.D. Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station, Department of Biology.  (2017)

B.Sc. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Biological Engineering. (2011).  Minor in Scientific Writing.

Research Experience

Postdoctoral research fellow, Institute of Marine Science, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, 2017 – present.

Doctoral student, Integrative and Organismal Biology, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, 2011 – 2017. Dissertation: “The roles of competition, behavioral plasticity and sensory perception in the foraging behavior of an intertidal gastropod” advised by Dr. Mark Denny. Work included studies on small-scale environmental variation and its impact on limpet foraging behavior, mathematical models of foraging, the biological relevance of scale-free foraging patterns, and the role of personality, behavioral plasticity and social interaction in foraging.

Santa Fe Institute, Student, Complex Systems Summer School, June 2014. Intensive courses on topics including network theory, complex non-linear systems, information theory and scaling.  Collaborative research projects: “Can simple models reproduce complex transportation networks: Human cities and ant colonies” and “Is Evolution a Software Engineer? A Case-based Comparative Analysis of Biological and Software Systems.”

Undergraduate Research Program Intern, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, June – August 2010.  Independent research project: “An Interactive Genomic Map between Budding Yeast Species for the Study of DNA Replication” advised by Dr. Michael Zhang.

SSI Research Intern, California Academy of Sciences, June – August 2009.  Independent research project: “Modeling and Assessing the Behavior of Fossilized Food Webs” advised by Dr. Peter Roopnarine.

Research Papers

LaScala-Gruenewald, D.E., Mehta, R.S., Liu, Y. and M.W. Denny. “Sensory perception plays a larger role in foraging efficiency than heavy-tailed movement strategies.” Submitted to The American Naturalist.

LaScala-Gruenewald, D.E. and M.W. Denny. “Long-term mechanistic hindcasts predict the structure of experimentally-warmed intertidal communities.” Submitted to Global Change Biology.

LaScala-Gruenewald, D.E., Miller, L.P., Bracken, M., Allen, B.J. and M.W. Denny. (2016) Quantifying the top-down effects of grazers on a rocky shore: selective grazing and the potential for competition. Marine Ecology Progress Series 553:49-66 PDF

Research Presentations

LaScala-Gruenewald, D.E. and M.W. Denny. “Suboptimal Limpet Foraging in a Patchy Environment.” The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2016.

LaScala-Gruenewald, D.E. and M.W. Denny. “Long-term Effects of Thermal Variability on Intertidal Communities.” Western Society of Naturalists, 2015.

LaScala-Gruenewald, D.E. and M.W. Denny. “Suboptimal Limpet Foraging in a Patchy Environment.” Animal Behavior Society, 2015.

LaScala-Gruenewald, D.E. and M.W. Denny. “Long-term Effects of Thermal Variability on Intertidal Communities.” The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2015.

LaScala-Gruenewald, D.E., Miller, L.P., Allen, B.J. and M.W. Denny. “Using Microalgal Morphotypes to Characterize Interspecific Competition in Upper Intertidal Limpets.” Western Society of Naturalists, 2014.

Honors and Awards

Melbourne R. Carriker Student Research Award in Malacology 2015 ($900)

Esther M. Zimmer Lederberg Graduate Fellowship 2015 ($18,000)

Dr. Earl H Myers & Ethel M. Myers Oceanographic and Marine Biology Trust Award 2014 ($2,500)

Eugene & Aileen Haderlie Award 2013 ($1,000)

Stanford Biology Excellence in Teaching Award 2012

Scientific Writing

Hopkins Marine Station Science Writing for Non-Scientists Award, “A Glimpse of the Future” 2014

MIT DeWitt Wallace Prize for Science Writing for the Public, “A Call for Action” 2011

MIT DeWitt Wallace Prize for Science Writing for the Public, “Conquering Compulsion” 2010

Teaching Experience

Guest Lecturer at Stanford University, Invertebrate Biology 2014

  • Taught lesson and lab: “The amazing Mr. Limpet: biology, ecology and behavior.”

Teaching Assistant at Stanford University, Scientific Diver Certification 2013

  • Assisted with set-up and accompanied divers on training dives

Teaching Assistant at Stanford University, Invertebrate Biology 2013

  • Assisted with weekly labs, especially organism collection
  • Taught lophophorate, cephalochordate and gastropod lectures in Dr. Watanabe’s absence

Teaching Assistant at Stanford University, Introductory Field and Plant Biology 2012

  • Assisted with weekly lab and field work
  • Graded homework and final projects

Mentoring and Outreach

Undergraduate Interns

Colleen Flynn, summer intern. Mentored independent research project: “Trail-following and homing in the limpet L. scabra.” 2015

Michael Freeman, summer intern. Mentored independent research project: “Characterizing and Comparing Limpet Foraging Strategies Using Power Law Statistics.” 2013

High School and Middle School Outreach

Monterey Bay Aquarium Young Women in Science Day 2014-2015.

  • Taught invertebrate biology lab for young women, many of whom are from low-income, Spanish-speaking neighborhoods

Livermore High School AP Biology Camp 2013-2014.

  • Organized Hopkins Marine Station tour
  • Organized and taught hands-on educational activities

Professional Service

Hopkins Marine Station Faculty Liason 2016

Hopkins Marine Station Graduate Student Seminar Series 2014-2015.

  • Organized seminars and speaker visits
  • Handled budget, lodging and transportation

Hopkins Marine Station Monday Monthly Seminar Series 2013-2014

  • Organized graduate student talks throughout the school year

Scientific Writing

Selected Publications

Seawater Sleuthing with eDNA. Monterey Bay Aquarium Science and Conservation Blog. 2016

Wasting Away: Flesh-melting disease affects Monterey Bay sea stars. Monterey County Weekly. 2013

Two words: Fast Raft: Fast Raft Marine Eco Tours does unique Monterey Bay joyrides. Monterey County Weekly. 2013

Skirts and Sea Stars: Pacific Grove librarian chronicles how women trailblazed hands-on science education. Monterey County Weekly. 2013

Professional Skills

  • Programming in Python, MATLAB, NetLogo and R statistical language
  • Design and construction of specialized lab and field equipment
  • CPR, AED and First Aid Certification (PADI)
  • American Academy of Underwater Scientists (AAUS) Scientific Diver Certification (2012)
  • Communication and promotion of science to general audiences

Professional Memberships

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P.C. Diana LaScala-Gruenewald

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