PhD Candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

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Education

PhD Candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Expected 2019)
Cornell University
, Ithaca NY
Advisor: Dr. Monica A. Geber
2014-Present

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, magna cum laude with Distinction
Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Advisor: Dr. Jill S. Miller
2012


Research interests

Plant-pollinator interactions; character displacement; coexistence; floral trait evolution; floral scent


Publications

3. Eisen, K., Case, A. L., and C. M. Caruso. 2017. Variation in pollen presentation in Lobelia siphilitica. International Journal of Plant Sciences 178: 79-84. Featured cover article.
2. Caruso, C. M., Eisen, K. and A. L. Case. 2016. A phylogenetic analysis of gynodioecy and its correlates in the flowering plants. International Journal of Plant Sciences 177: 115-121. Featured cover article.
1. Eisen, K. and A. Barker Plotkin. 2015. Forty years of forest measurements support steadily increasing aboveground biomass in a maturing, Quercus-dominant northeastern forest. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 142: 97-112.

Book Reviews & Digests

2. Eisen, K. E. 2017. Digest: Trait variation in Mimulus provides new evidence for the joint action of ecological sorting and character displacement. Evolution doi: 10.1111/evo.13233
1. Petipas, R. +, and K. E. Eisen +. 2016. The Roots and Shoots of Plant Evolutionary Ecology. A review of G. P. Cheplick 2015. Approaches to Plant Evolutionary Ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31: 409-410. + Authors contributed equally.

Research Experience & Employment

Research Associate
Caruso and Maherali Labs
, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
2012-2014

Field Assistant
Barton Lab (IST Austria, Vienna), Planoles, Spain
Summer 2012

Researcher
Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology, Petersham, MA
Summer 2011


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant
BioEE 1780: Introduction to Evolutionary Biology & Diversity
, Cornell University
Fall 2015


Fellowships & Awards

Lloyd I. Rosenblum Memorial Fellowship Fund for Graduate Study in Plant Biology
Amherst College
2014-2017

Paul Fellowship for Study and Research in Absentia
Cornell University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; January-May 2016
Spring 2016

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2015-2019

Presidential Life Sciences Fellowship
Cornell University; September 2014-May 2015
2014-2015


Grants

Graduate Student Research Fellowships, First Prize
Torrey Botanical Society
2017

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research
American Philosophical Society
2017

Conference Travel Grant
Cornell University Graduate School
2015, 2017

Paul P. Feeny and Richard B. Root Graduate Student Research Funds
Cornell Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2015, 2016, 2017

Research Travel Grant
Cornell University Graduate School
2017

Betty Miller Francis '47 Fund
Cornell Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2016

Andrew W. Mellon Student Research Grant
Cornell University College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
2015, 2016

Orenstein Fund
Cornell Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2015

Rosemary Grant Award for Graduate Student Research
Society for the Study of Evolution
2015

Graduate Student Research Award
Botanical Society of America
2015

Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research
Cornell Chapter Award
2015


Presentations

Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR
Oral presentation. Ecological sorting and character displacement in communities of pollinator-sharing Clarkia species.
August 2017

Botany, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Oral presentation. Sources of variation in pollen dispensing schedules of Lobelia siphilitica.
July 2015

Evolution, Raleigh, NC
Oral presentation. A phylogenetic analysis of gynodioecy and its correlates in the flowering plants.
June 2014

Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium, Guelph, ON
Oral presentation. A phylogenetic analysis of gynodioecy and its correlates in the flowering plants.
May 2014

Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium, London, ON
Poster presentation. Forty years of forest measurements support the continuation of the northeastern carbon sink.
May 2013

Society of American Foresters National Meeting, Honolulu, HI
Oral presentation. Forty years of forest measurements support the continuation of the northeastern carbon sink.
November 2011


Outreach & Mentoring Activities

Scientist Mentor Fellow
Digging Deeper Project
, PlantingScience
  • Participated in research project to improve the success of the PlantingScience, including professional development workshops with high school teachers
2016-Present



Master Plant Science Team Member
PlantingScience
, in conjunction with the Botanical Society of America
  • Mentored student teams working on inquiry-based projects; served as a liasion between mentors and classroom teachers
2015-2016



Undergraduate mentoring and supervising
Cornell University

  • Supervised and mentored two student conducting independent research projects.
2015-Present



Instructor
Graduate Student School Outreach Program (GRASSHOPR)
, Cornell University
  • Developed and taught a mini-course on biodiversity to local 4th grade students
2014-2015



Volunteer Educator
Let's Talk Science
, University of Guelph Chapter
  • Presented hands-on science activities to groups of students ages 7-18
2012-2014



Undergraduate mentoring and supervising
University of Guelph

  • Supervised eight work-study students and mentored two honors thesis students.
2012-2014




Professional Activities

Meeting Organizer, Cornell Ecology and Evolutionary Biology December symposium (2015, 2016); Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium (2014)
Volunteer, Botany 2015 Meeting
Member, Botanical Society of America; California Native Plants Society; Sigma Xi; Society of American Naturalists; Society for the Study of Evolution; Torrey Botanical Society
Reviewer, International Journal of Plant Sciences; Trees
Co-reviewer, Annals of Botany; Ecology; Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B

Special Skills & Training

ALS 5100: Leadership Development for Life Scientists
Cornell University

Spring 2017

Geometric Morphometrics in R
Transmitting Science
, Barcelona; Instructor: Dr. Julien Claude, Assistant Professor, ISEM, France
Spring 2016

COMM 5660: Scientific Communication Workshop
Cornell University

Fall 2015