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Allison J. Shultz
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
ashultz@fas.harvard.edu

Education

PhD           Harvard University
                 Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, expected May 2016
                 Advisor: Dr. Scott Edwards

MSc           San Diego State University
                 Biology, emphasis in Evolutionary Biology, May 2011
                 Advisor: Dr. Kevin Burns

BA             University of California, Berkeley
                 Integrative Biology, May 2007, Honors
                 Honors Thesis Advisor: Dr. Rauri C.K. Bowie

Grants and Awards

2016 Harvard Graduate School in the Arts and Sciences Merit Fellowship ($13,800)
2015 Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science Fellowship ($7,683)
2015 NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant ($21,940)
2014 Putnam Expedition Grant ($3,920)
2013 American Ornithologists’ Union Student Presentation Award
2013 American Ornithologists’ Union Travel Award
2013 Rosemary Grant Graduate Student Research Award ($2,250)
2013 American Ornithologists’ Union Research Grant ($2480)
2013 Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund ($2000)
2009 Los Angeles Audubon Society Schreiber Award ($1500)
2009 American Ornithologists' Union Research Grant ($2125)
2008 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2008 San Diego State University Tuition Scholarship
2007 Joseph LeConte Award - Awarded to one Integrative Biology graduate for outstanding work in Natural History
2003 – 2007 Alumni Scholarship Leadership Award
2004 Class of 1951 Briggs Alumni Scholar

Publications

Termigioni-Garcia, F., Jaramillo-Correa, J.P., Chable-Santos, J., Liu, M., Shultz, A.J., Edwards, S.V., Escalante Pliego, P. 2017. Genomic footprints of adaptation in a cooperatively breeding tropical bird across a vegetation gradient. Molecular Ecology 26:4483-4496.

Burns, K.J.*, McGraw, K.J.*, Shultz, A.J.*, Stoddard, M.C.*, and Thomas, D.B.*. 2017. Advanced Methods for Studying Pigments and Coloration using Avian Specimens. in M. S. Webster, ed. Studies in Avian Biology: The Extended Specimen: Emerging Frontiers in Collections-based Ornithological Research. CRC Press. *These authors contributed equally to this paper.

Shultz, A.J. and Burns, K.J. 2017. The role of sexual and natural selection in shaping patterns of sexual dichromatism in the largest family of songbirds (Aves: Thraupidae). Evolution 71:1061-1074.

Tigano, A., Shultz, A.J., Edwards, S.V., Robertson, G.J., Friesen, V.L. 2017. Outlier analyses to test for local adaptation to breeding grounds in a migratory arctic seabird. Ecology and Evolution. Doi:10.1002/ece3.2819

Shultz, A. J., Baker, A. J., Hill, G. E., Nolan, P. M. and Edwards, S. V. (2016), SNPs across time and space: population genomic signatures of founder events and epizootics in the House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus). Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1002/ece3.2444

Edwards, S.V., Shultz, A. J., Campbell-Staton, S.C. 2015. Next-generation sequencing and the expanding domain of phylogeography. Folia Zoologica 64(3): 187-206.

Dierickx, E.G.* Shultz, A.J.*, Sato, F. Hiraoka, T. Edwards, S.V. 2015. Morphological and genomic comparisons of Hawaiian and Japanese black-footed albatrosses Phoebastria nigripes using double digest RADseq: implications for conservation. Evolutionary Applications 8: 662-678..
*Equal author contributions

Mason, N. A., Shultz, A. J., and K. J. Burns. 2014. Elaborate visual and acoustic signals evolve independently in a large, phenotypically diverse radiation of songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences 281 1788 20140967.

K.J. Burns, A.J. Shultz, P.O. Title, N.A. Mason, F.K. Barker, J. Klicka, S.M. Lanyon, I.J. Lovette. 2014. Phylogenetics and diversification of tanagers (Passeriforms: Thraupidae), the largest radiation of Neotropical songbirds. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 75: 41-77

Shultz, A.J. and Burns, K.J., 2013. Plumage evolution in relation to light environment in a novel clade of Neotropical tanagers.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 112-125.

Burns, K.J., and A.J. Shultz. 2012. Widespread cryptic dichromatism and ultraviolet reflectance in the largest radiation of Neotropical songbirds: implications of accounting for avian vision in the study of plumage evolution. The Auk 129(2): 211-221.

H.K. Snyder, R. Maia, L. D'Alba, A.J. Shultz, K.M.C. Rowe, M.D. Shawkey. 2012. Iridescent colour production in hairs of blind golden moles (Chrysochloridae). Biology Letters 8(3): 393-396.

Shultz, A.J., M.W. Tingley, and R.C.K. Bowie. 2012. A century of avian community turnover in an urban green space in Northern California. The Condor 114(2): 258-267.

Manuscripts

Shultz, A.J. and K.J. Burns. Plumage evolution in the tanagers: a mosaic of natural and sexual selection. For submission to Evolution

Invited Presentations

Shultz, A.J. 2015. History of the House Finch: Introductions, novel pathogens and rapid adaptation. Stonehill College Biology Seminar Series, Easton, Massachusetts

Shultz, A.J. 2015. History of the House Finch: Introductions, novel pathogens and rapid adaptation. Nuttall Ornithology Club Meeting, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Shultz, A.J., Mason, N.A.,Burns, K.J. 2014. The evolution of sexual dichromatism in tanagers: a mosaic of natural and sexual selection. Brazilian Ornithological Meeting of 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Shultz, A.J. 2014. From colorful phenotypes to colorless genotypes, how selective pressures shape avian evolution. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Lunch Seminar, Berkeley, California

Shultz, A.J. Phylogeography and genomic signatures of pathogen-mediated selection using genome-wide diachronic comparisons in the House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus). Lund University Minisymposium in genomics and adaptation, Lund, Sweden.

Shultz, A.J. 2014. From colourful phenotypes to colourless genotypes, how selective pressures shape avian evolution at different scales. Queens University Biology Graduate Research Day, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Shultz, A.J. 2010. Avian coloration: a bird's eye view. San Diego Field Ornithologists, San Diego, California

Shultz, A.J. 2008. 100 years of birds, research of innovation – a history of ornithology in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, MVZ Centennial History Symposium, Berkeley, California

Shultz, A.J. 2007. Ninety-three years after Grinnell: a resurvey of birds on Campus. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Lunch Seminar, Berkeley, California

Oral Presentations

Shultz, A.J. 2016. Rapid evolution in response to a novel pathogen in the House Finch. Boston Evolutionary Genomics Supergroup Annual Retreat. Cambridge, MA

Shultz, A.J. Yu, J., Sackton, T., 2016. Evolution of the innate immune system across the bird tree of life. North American Ornithological Congress, Washington D.C.

Shultz, A.J., Backstrom, N., Baker, A.J., Nolan, P.M., Hill, G., Edwards, S.V. 2013. Phylogeography and genomic signatures of pathogen-mediated selection using genome-wide diachronic comparisons in the House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus). Joint meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, Chicago, Illinois

Shultz, A.J., Backstrom, N., Baker, A.J., Nolan, P.M., Hill, G., Edwards, S.V. 2013. Phylogeography and genomic signatures of pathogen-mediated selection using genome-wide diachronic comparisons in the House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus). Society for the Study of Evolution, Snowbird, Utah

Shultz, A.J. and K.J. Burns. 2011. Male and female plumage evolution in the tanagers: a mosaic of natural and sexual selection. Society for the Study of Evolution, Norman, Oklahoma

Mason, N.A., A.J. Shultz and K.J. Burns. 2011. Diversification rates and phenotypic evolution in the Neotropical seed-eaters (Genus Sporophila). Society for the Study of Evolution, Norman, Oklahoma

Shultz, A.J. and K.J. Burns. 2010. Evolutionary patterns of male and female plumage in the tanagers. Society for the Study of Evolution, Portland, Oregon

Mason, N.A., A.J. Shultz and K.J. Burns. 2010. Elucidating patterns of song evolution in a clade of lowland tanagers: The role of phylogenetic signal and plumage. Society for the Study of Evolution, Portland, Oregon

Shultz, A.J. and K.J. Burns 2010. Different patterns of plumage evolution between sexes in a clade of lowland tanagers. American Ornithologists' Union, San Diego, California

Shultz, A.J. and K.J. Burns. 2009. Sexual dichromatism in tanagers and cardinals: Evolution from an avian perspective. American Ornithologists' Union, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Shultz, A.J., and R.C.K. Bowie. 2007. A Ninety-three year study of the effects of moderate urbanization on an avian community. American Ornithologists' Union, Laramie, Wyoming

Poster Presentations

Shultz, A.J., Backstrom, N., Baker, A.J., Nolan, P.M., Hill, G., Edwards, S.V. 2013. Signatures of pathogen-mediated selection using genome-wide diachronic comparisons in the House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus). 2014. Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics, Gordon Research Conference, Biddeford, Maine

Shultz, A.J., Backstrom, N., Baker, A.J., Nolan, P.M., Hill, G., Edwards, S.V. 2013. Signatures of pathogen-mediated selection using genome-wide diachronic comparisons in the House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus). 2014. “Infectious diseases as drivers of evolution: the challenges ahead”, Conferences Jacques-Monod, Roscoff, France

Teaching Experience

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Spring 2016, OEB 190, Biology and Diversity of Birds.

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Spring 2014, LS1b, Genetics, Genomics and Evolution.

Instructor, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Spring 2014, Adult Class, Avian Adaptation in a Changing World

Guest Lecturer, Harvard University, Spring 2013, OEB 275rb, Evolutionary Genomics and the Museum, From colorful morphology to colorless population genomics: collections and genomics in avian evolutionary biology (connected by video to 4 campuses, including the University of New Mexico, UC Berkeley, and Occidental College)

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Fall 2012, OEB 10, Diversity of life.

Instructor, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Spring 2012, Adult Class, Avian Evolution: Coloration in Bird Plumage

Guest Lecturer, San Diego State University, Fall 2010, BIOL 524, Ornithology, Avian Coloration Lecture and Lab

Guest Lecturer, San Diego State University, Fall 2010, Graduate Seminar: Comparative Methods of Trait Evolution

Instructor, San Diego State University, July and August 2010, Comparative Analyses and Basics in R Workshop, San Diego State University, for Evolutionary Biology graduate students and faculty

Field Teaching Assistant, San Diego State University, Spring 2010 and 2011, volunteer field TA for BIOL 524, Ornithology

Teaching Associate, San Diego State University Fall 2008 – Spring 2009, BIOL 212, Instructor for Human Anatomy Lab

Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2007, IB 98/198: Insights into Vertebrate Evolutionary Research -- Historic and Present: An Investigative Classroom Endeavor

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2007, Natural History of the Vertebrates

Research Experience

Graduate Student, Harvard University, Summer 2011 – Present. Utilizing Rad-tag and whole-genome resequencing techniques to analyze the phylogeography and evolutionary history of the House Finch. Using R, python, unix and MySQL programming for data analysis. Participated in a four-week specimen-collecting trip to Eastern Mongolia in summer 2012, and led specimen-collecting trips to Tempe, Arizona and Seattle, Washington in summer 2014.

Graduate Student, San Diego State University, Fall 2008 – Summer 2011. Collected and analyzed approximately 93,000 reflectance spectra from tanager museum specimens. Learned comparative phylogenetic data analysis and statistical techniques in R, Mesquite, and CAIC, R programming language, python programming language, and phylogenetic tree building techniques

Lab Technician, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2007 – Spring 2008. Extracted, performed PCR reactions, and sequenced 109 Carduelis psaltria individuals under the direction of Dr. Rauri Bowie and Dr. Carla Cicero

Field Assistant, Grinnell Resurvey Project, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, Summers 2006-2008, conducted avian point counts using both aural and visual techniques, collected bird specimens using both mist-nets and shotguns, prepared bird specimens, and entered data from both past and present surveys

Lab Assistant, United States Department of Agriculture, Albany, California, Spring 2006, performed RNA extraction, assisted with experiments involving growth of bacteria at different concentrations

Prep Lab Volunteer, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California Berkeley, 2006 – 2007, prepared bird specimens, primarily museum skins

Past Positions

Museum Scientist – Centennial Coordinator, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, August 2007 – August 2008, organized and prepared all aspects of the Centennial celebration, including symposia, a lecture series, a web page, public outreach and fundraising

Public Programs Committee, Berkeley Natural History Museums, University of California, Berkeley, August 2007 – June 2008, helped to create and implement programs designed to facilitate community participation in and community understanding of UC Berkeley science

Workshops Attended

Harvard miniMBA, Summer 2015, Introduction to business

Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics, July 2013, University of Washington, Scholarship recipient for Population Genetics and Association Mapping, High-dimensional Omics Data, and Network and Pathway Analysis of Omics Data modules.

Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science – evolution, August 2012, FAPESP and USP sponsored.

Comparative Methods and Macroevolution in R Summer Short Course, June 2010, NSF and NCEAS sponsored.

University and Community Service

Chair, Sigma Delta Epsilon – Graduate Women in Science Technology Committee, June 2014 - Present

Reviewer, Evolution (4), Ibis (3), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (1), Wilson Journal of Ornithology (1), Brazillian Journal of Ornithology (1), Molecular Ecology (1), PlosOne (1)

Speaker, Ursuline Academy A.P. Biology class, March 2014

Chair, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Seminar Series Student Committee, San Diego State University, Fall 2010, organized graduate student speaker lunches and helped with speaker logistics

Assistant Event Captain, Science Olympiad, February 2010 and 2011, Ornithology test

Session Assistant, Joint meeting of the Cooper Society, American Ornithologists' Union, and Society of Canadian Ornithologists, February 2010, three sessions

Mentor, Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics Conference, February 2009,

Senior Manager, University of California Marching Band, 2006, managed a 225 member band on a $472,000 yearly budget; recruited, interviewed and trained band committee members on administrative protocol; coordinated all travel arrangements for band, including the fall training program at UC Davis and the full band trip to Los Angeles; designed and purchased 240 new band uniforms

Cal Performances Board of Trustees member, 2006-2007, one of two students on board of trustees designed to provide student perspective on relevant issues including marketing

Professional Memberships

American Ornithologists' Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, Society for the Study of Evolution, Sigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women in Science

Popular Media

2007. Birds in Berkeley: The Changing Campus Habitat, Joe Eaton, in The Berkeley Daily Planet, Vol. 9 Issue 67, pg. 16.

2008. UC Zoology Museum Hosts Rare Birds – Visitors, Patricia Yollin, in The San Francisco Chronicle, April 11, 2008. Link

2011. A Venerable Birding Club, at an Epicenter of All Things Feathered, Cornelia Dean, in The New York Times, November 28, 2011. Link

2012. Campus still a great place for birds despite century of changes, Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley News Center, July 23, 2012. Link

2012. What Birds See and We Can't, in BirdWatcher's Magazine, October 2012. Link

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