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University of Guelph Ecology B.Sc. 2004
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Biological Sciences M.S. 2008
Michigan State University Plant Biology & EEBB Ph.D. Candidate 2016


2011-2015 NSF GK-12 Fellow, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, Gull Lake Middle School, Plainwell High School, Gateway Academy and
Kalamazoo Math and Science Center
Summer2011 REU coordinator, Great Lake Biofuel Research Center (GLBRC)
2009-2010 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University
Ecology Laboratory, Microbial Metagenomics
2005-2008 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Research for Undergraduates in Theoretical Ecology (RUTE) Summer
Program, Introductory Biology
2004-2005 Laboratory Technician, Physiological and Ecosystem Ecology Lab,
Evolutionary Ecology Lab, University of Guelph

Publications (*undergraduate co-author):

  • *Portales-Reyes, C., *T. Van Doornik, E.H. Schultheis, and T. Suwa . 2015. A novel impact of a novel weapon: Alliaria petiolata’s allelochemicals disrupt the rhizobia mutualism for a native legume. In press.Biological Invasions. 17:2779-2791.

Synergistic Activities:

  • GK-12 Teacher Workshops and Summer Institutes (2011, 2012) Organized and developed sessions for teachers and provided inquiry-based lesson plans and activities that they can take back to their classrooms.
  • Science Night at Plainwell School District (2012) Worked with students, teachers and
    local community groups to organize the fair. About 400 people attended.
  • Mentored three undergraduate students and four high school students in ecological research.
  • Member of the MSU College of Natural Science Committee on Diversity and Community (2009-2011).
  • SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) mentor for underrepresented undergraduates, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting
    (2009 & 2010).

Professional Affilication

  • Ecological Society of America (2005-Present)
  • Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (2009-2011)
  • Sigma Xi Nebraska Chapter (2008-2009)
  • Sigma Xi Michigan Chapter (2009-Present)

Scientific Journal Reviewed for:

Oikos, Ecosphere, Michigan Botanist  and USDA internal peer review.

Graduate Advisors:

Svata M. Louda (MS Advisor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Jennifer A. Lau (Ph.D. Advisor at Michigan State University, Kellogg Biological Station)