Heather Maughan--Curriculum vitae

Education

PhD May 2006 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

B.S. Aug. 1999 Biology, Utah State University

 

Fellowships and Research Grants

2006 NIH-NRSA Kirshstein Postdoctoral Fellowship

2006 Honorary Killam Postdoctroral Fellow, U. of British Columbia

2005 Michael A. Cusanovich Dissertation Fellowship, U. of Arizona

2005 Women in Science and Engineering Travel Grant, U. of Arizona

2004 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

2004 Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research (2004 & 2005)

2003 American Society for Microbiology Corporate Partner Travel Grant

2003 EEB Dept. Small Grant (2003, 2004 & 2005), U. of Arizona

2002 NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) Fellowship in Genomics (2002-2004)

2002 Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Grant, U. of Arizona (2002, 2004 & 2005)

2001 Research Training Group Small Grant, U. of Arizona (2001 & 2002)

1998 Undergraduate Research and Career Opportunities small research grant for bachelor thesis

 

Awards

2005 Ernst Mayr Award, Society for Systematic Biologists

2005 Lucrieta B. Hamilton Scholarship, U. of Arizona

2003 Galileo Circle Scholarship, U. of Arizona (2003 & 2004)

 

Membership in Professional Societies:

American Society for Microbiology (1999-present)

Society for the Study of Evolution (1999-present)

International Society for Microbial Ecology (2003-present)

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (2004-present)

 

Publications:

Maughan, H., C.W. Birky, Jr., W.L. Nicholson, W.D. Rosenzweig, and R.H. Vreeland. 2002. The paradox of the „ancientš bacterium which contains „modernš protein-coding genes. Mol. Biol. Evol. 19: 1637-1639.

Nicholson, W.L., and H. Maughan. 2002. The spectrum of spontaneous rifampicin resistance mutations in the rpoB gene of Bacillus subtilis 168 spores differs from vegetative cells and resembles that of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J Bact. 184: 4936-4940.

Cutter, A.D., B.A Payseur, T. Salcedo, A.M. Estes, J.M. Good, E. Wood, T. Hartl, H. Maughan, et al. 2003. Molecular correlates of genes exhibiting RNAi phenotypes in Caenorhabditis elegans. Genome Research 13:2651-2657

Maughan, H., and W.L. Nicholson. 2004. Stochastic processes influence stationary phase decisions in Bacillus subtilis. J. Bact. 186:2212-2214

Maughan, H., B. Galeano, and W.L. Nicholson. 2004. Novel rpoB mutations conferring rifampicin resistance on Bacillus subtilis: global effects on growth, competence, sporulation, and germination. J. Bact. 186:228-2486

Birky, C.W. Jr., C. Wolf, H. Maughan, L. Herbertson, and E. Henry. 2005. Speciation and selection without sex. Hydrobiologia. 546:1-17

Maughan, H., V. Callicotte, A. Hancock, C.W. Birky, Jr,, W.L. Nicholson, and J. Masel. 2006. The population genetics of phenotypic deterioration in experimental populations of Bacillus subtilis. Evolution 60: 686-695

Masel., J., O. D. King, and H. Maughan. 2007. The loss of adaptive plasticity during long periods of environmental stasis. Am. Nat. 169: 38-46

Maughan, H. 2007. Rates of molecular evolution in bacteria are relatively constant despite spore dormancy. Evolution. 61: 280-288

Masel, J. and H. Maughan. 2007. Mutations leading to the loss of sporulation ability in Bacillus subtilis are sufficiently frequent to favor genetic canalization. Genetics. 175: 453-457

 

Presentations and Posters:

(P) poster; (T) talk

2005 SSE meeting at University of Alaska, Fairbanks; H. Maughan. Are spore-forming bacteria slow-evolvers?

2005 Microbial Population Biology Gordon Conference, Andover, New Hampshire (P); H. Maughan, W.L. Nicholson, and C.W. Birky, Jr. Genomic changes during 6,000 generations of evolution with or without selection for sporulation in Bacillus subtilis.

2004 Evolutionary Genomics symposium sponsored by IGERT-Genomics at the University of Arizona, Tucson (P); H. Maughan and C.W. Birky, Jr. Developmental constraints in bacterial adaptation: levels of variation and genome-scale changes.

2004 SSE meeting at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins (T); H. Maughan and C.W. Birky, Jr. Does developmental complexity constrain adaptation? An experimental approach using bacteria.

2004 International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) meeting at Cancun, Mexico (P); H. Maughan. Constraints on ecological adaptation imposed by selection for developmental complexity.

2003 ASM General meeting in Washington DC (P); H. Maughan and W.L. Nicholson. Adaptive changes in phenotype and genomic architecture during laboratory evolution in Bacillus subtilis.

2003 ASM General meeting in Washington DC (P); H. Maughan, B. Galeano, and W.L. Nicholson. Novel phenotypes resulting from rpoB mutations conferring rifampicin resistance in Bacillus subtilis.

2003 SSE meeting at California State University, Chico (T); H. Maughan, W.L. Nicholson, and C.W. Birky, Jr. Responses to divergent selection for development in experimental populations of Bacillus subtilis.

2002 Arizona-Nevada Branch ASM meeting at Northern Arizona University (T); H. Maughan and W.L. Nicholson. Rapid evolution of phenotypic diversity in Bacillus subtilis cultures.

2002 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) General meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah (P); H. Maughan and W.L. Nicholson. Rapid evolution of phenotypic diversity in Bacillus subtilis cultures.

2002 Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) meeting at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana (T); H. Maughan, W.L. Nicholson, and C.W. Birky Jr. Adaptation in laboratory populations of Bacillus subtilis : A genome wide approach.

1999 Honors Showcase at Utah State University (P); H. Maughan and J.D. Fry. Analysis of a possible suppressor mutation in Drosophila.

 

Invited talks:

2005 University of British Columbia, Department of Zoology; H. Maughan. The loss of complex traits in bacterial lineages.

2004 University of California at San Diego, Division of Ecology, Behavior & Evolution; H. Maughan. Do phenotypic constraints affect variation and adaptation in bacterial populations?

2003 University of Arizona, IGERT-Genomics Spring Symposium; H. Maughan. Genomic responses to divergent selection for development: an experimental approach with bacterial populations.

 

Teaching, University of Arizona

Fall 2005 Teaching assistant for Genetics Laboratory (ECOL321)

Spring 2005 Teaching assistant for Genetics (ECOL320)

Fall 2004 Conceptualization and design of experiments for an undergraduate Genetics laboratory class (ECOL 321) under the supervision of C. William Birky, Jr. Fall

2002 Invited lecturer, Microbial Physiology (MIC328).

Jan 2002-May 2002 Teaching Assistant for Microbial Genetics Laboratory (MIC 428/528)

Aug 2001-Dec 2001 Teaching Assistant for Microbial Physiology Laboratory (MIC328)

Fall 2001 Invited lecturer, Microbial Physiology (MIC328)

 

Service Activities, University of Arizona

Microbial Genomics Job Search Committee, student member (Spring 2006)

College of Science Board of Advisors to the Dean, student representative (2003-2005)

Member of Genetics Seminar Committee (2001-2002)

 

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