Curriculum Vitae

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Education Publications
Awards, Grants, & Fellowships Contributed Presentations
Research Experience Teaching Experience
Undergraduate Mentoring Community Outreach & Service
Academic & Professional Services Programming Experience
Additional Skills Professional Societies

Education

2010 – 2017
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (conferred Aug. 2017)
Dissertation Title: The Adaptive Nature of Stasis for Petal Number: Can Pollinator-mediated Stabilizing Selection Explain Five-petaled Flowers?
Advisor: Dr. Carl Schlichting
2008 – 2010
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Master of Arts in Ecology and Evolution
Thesis Title: Seed Banks in Invasive Plants: Prevalence, Prediction of Invasion, and Control
Advisor: Dr. Jessica Gurevitch
2004 – 2008
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Magna Cum Laude
Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. E. Binney Girdler
2006 – 2007
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Study Abroad through Kalamazoo’s Study Abroad Program

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Publications

In prep.
Mickley, J, T. Moore, A. DeRobertis, E. Mason, and R. Bagchi. Measuring Microenvironment via Microcontroller: The New Frontier of Ecological Sensors.
In prep.
Mickley, J and C. Schlichting. Testing evidence for pollinator-mediated stabilizing selection on petal number.
In prep.
Mickley, J and C. Schlichting. Variation, heritability, and correlated selection in Phlox drummondii petal number.
2017
Rico-Guevara A., and J. Mickley. Bring your own camera to the trap: an inexpensive, versatile, and portable triggering system tested on wild hummingbirds. Ecology and Evolution 7:4592–4598. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3040
2016
Wright T., and N. Zimmerman (eds), [et al, including J. Mickley]. Software Carpentry: R for Reproducible Scientific Analysis. Version 2016.06, June 2016. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.57520
2016
Blischak J., Chen D., Dashnow H., and D. Haine (eds), [et al, including J. Mickley]. Software Carpentry: Programming with R. Version 2016.06, June 2016. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.57541
2016
Cabunoc A., and S. McKay (eds), [et al, including J. Mickley]. Software Carpentry: Using Databases and SQL. Version 2016.06, June 2016. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.57551
2015
Ferson, S., J. O’Rawe, A. Antonenko, J. Siegrist, J. Mickley, C. C. Luhmann, K. Sentz, and A. M. Finkel. Natural language of uncertainty: numeric hedge words. International Journal of Approximate Reasoning. 57:19-39.
doi: 10.1016/j.ijar.2014.11.003
2013
Lowry, E., E. J Rollinson, A. J. Laybourn, T. E. Scott, M. E. Aiello-Lammens, S. M. Gray, J. Mickley, and J. Gurevitch. Biological Invasions: A Field Synopsis, Systematic Review, and Database of the Literature. Ecology and Evolution 3(1):182-196. PDF. doi: 10.1002/ece3.431
2011
Ferson, S., J. Mickley, and W. McGill. Uncertainty Arithmetic on Excel Spreadsheets: Add-In for Intervals, Probability Distributions, and Probability Boxes. Vulnerability, Uncertainty, and Risk. pp. 70-77. doi: 10.1061/41170(400)9
2008
Mickley, J. Tree density and fire scarring in Minnesota Oak Savanna: Implications for Restoration. Undergraduate Thesis. Kalamazoo College Biology Department. 46 pp. PDF. doi: 10920/24324

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Awards, Grants, & Fellowships

2015
$2,000
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The Graduate School, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. $2,000.
2015
$600
Departmental Service Award. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.  Received for developing an online database and map of the campus arboretum.
2015
Nominated, Departmental Excellence in Student Teaching Award.  Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
2014
$1,460
Ronald Bamford Research Grant, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.  Pollination Syndrome as a Driver of Variation in Petal Number: Do Pollinators Impose Stabilizing Selection?
2010 – 2013
$30,500
Outstanding Scholar Fellowship, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.  Three years.
2008 – 2010
$4,000
Presidential Fellowship, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.  Two years.
2008 – 2010
$20,000
Graduate Council Fellowship, The Graduate School, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.  Two years.
2008
$100
Ronald O. Kapp Undergraduate Award for best undergraduate paper, Annual Conference of the Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Tree density and fire scarring in Minnesota oak savanna: Implications for restoration.

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Contributed Presentations

* denotes undergraduate co-authors

7/2016
Mickley J., C. Schlichting. Mating System as a Driver of Variation in Floral Petal Number: Is There Evidence for Adaptation to Pollinators? 2016 Botanical Society of America Meetings, Savannah, GA.
6/2016
Mickley J., C. Schlichting. Variation, Heritability, and Correlated Selection in Phlox Petal Number. 2016 Evolution Meetings, Austin, TX.
6/2015
Mickley J., M. Benedict*, G. Nuttall*, C. Hill*, D. Vine*, E. Mason*, & T. Jordan*. Why Does Phlox Vary in Petal Number? Heritability, Species, and Population Differences. New England Botanical Club 120th Anniversary Research Conference, Northampton, MA.
6/2015
Yung, J.*, G. Nuttall*, H. Holt*, & J. Mickley. Meristem Diameter as a Predictor of Petal Number: Floral Development in Phlox. New England Botanical Club 120th Anniversary Research Conference, Northampton, MA.
4/2010
Hasan, F. N.*, K. Wojtas*, D. Atashsokhan*, J. Mickley, E. Lowry, & J. Gurevitch. Assessing the Invasive Threat of the Plant Centaurea stoebe in New York State.  2010 URECA, Stony Brook, NY.
3/2008
Mickley, J. Tree Density and Fire Scarring in Minnesota Oak Savanna: Implications for Restoration. Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters Annual Meeting. 2008. Kalamazoo, MI.

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Research Experience

2010 – 2017
Doctoral Thesis, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT.
Performed research on natural variation in floral petal number in the Polemoniaceae, including greenhouse experiments to measure correlated selection on multiple floral traits, fieldwork in Texas and California to quantify patterns of variation between species and populations, compared field populations in a greenhouse common garden, and conducted pollinator visitation experiments.
Committee: Dr. Carl Schlichting, Dr. Gregory Anderson, Dr. Pamela Diggle, & Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch.
2010 – 2011
Research Assistant, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Helped digitize the CONN herbarium, including databasing and geo-referencing specimens and connecting the CONN database to GBIF.
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Capers
2009
Graduate Assistant, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.
Designed and established field sites throughout New York to measure demographic parameters of the invasive plant Centaurea stoebe, and co-mentored undergraduate researchers recruited for the project.
Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Gurevitch
2008
Site Botanist, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (UMN), Bethel, MN.
Conducted and supervised experiments involving plant identification including measurements of percent cover, and identifying clipped biomass, trained four interns as botanists, taught plant species to University of Minnesota graduate students, visiting scientists, and other Cedar Creek interns, and assisted in experimental design and logistics.
Supervisors: Troy Mielke, Dr. Clarence Lehman, & Dr. David Tilman
2007 – 2008
Senior Thesis, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI.
Tree density and fire scarring in Minnesota oak savanna: implications for restoration.
Supervisors: Dr. Clarence Lehman and Dr. Binney Girdler.
2007
Intern, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (UMN), Bethel, MN.
Appointed as a botanist and general intern at the research area, worked on percent cover and identified clipped biomass for numerous experiments, conducted tree surveys in oak savanna plots, assisted in modeling savanna tree populations in the C language.
Supervisors: Troy Mielke, Dr. Clarence Lehman, Dr. Peter Reich
2006
Intern, Eneabba Field Site (Curtin University), Western Australia, Australia.
Studied the effects of fire on ant-mediated seed dispersal in the genus Rhytidoponera in Western Australia.
Supervisors: Dr. Aaron Gove, Neil McCoy, and Dr. Rob Dunn
2005
Research Assistant, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI.
Conducted plant surveys and identified plants for a project on the allelopathic effects of Centaurea maculosa on invertebrate diversity.
Supervisor: Dr. Ann Fraser
2004 – 2008
Research Assistant, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI.
Renovated and maintained the college greenhouse, conducted research on competition and plant neighborhoods in Arabidopsis thaliana, the relative importance of neutral and habitat factors in structuring Lake Michigan shoreline plant communities, the effects of spatial competition, herbivory, and dispersal on the population dynamics of the threatened dune thistle Cirsium pitcheri, plasticity in leaf stomatal density, the effects of urban sprawl on wetlands, and provided plant identification for numerous projects.
Supervisor: Dr. Binney Girdler

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Teaching Experience

2016 – present
Certified Instructor, Software and Data Carpentry Foundation.
Software and Data Carpentry instructors teach basic scientific programming, reproducible research, and data management skills in workshops around the world.
2016
Teaching Assistant, EEB 2202 – Evolution and Human Diversity, UConn.
2014 – 2015
Lab Coordinator, EEB 2244 – General Ecology, UConn.
Managed 3-5 TAs and designed labs, exams, and other course material.
2013
Teaching Assistant, BIOL 1110 – Introduction to Botany, UConn.
2013
Teaching Assistant, BIOL 1108 – Principles of Biology II, UConn.
2012
Teaching Assistant, BIOL 1102 – Foundations of Biology, UConn.
2011; 2014
Teaching Assistant, EEB 2244 – General Ecology, UConn.
2008
Teaching Assistant, BIO 150 Lecture – Introductory Biology: The Living World, Stony Brook University.
2008
Teaching Assistant, BIOL 232 – Plant Biology, Kalamazoo College.

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Invited Workshops

October 2016
Software Carpentry(Python-based) – Harvard Medical School
January 2017
Software Carpentry(R-based) – University of Connecticut

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Undergraduate Mentoring

* 18 total, including ten women

2016 – present
Amber DeRobertis, University of Connecticut
2015 – 2016
Miranda Squillace, University of Connecticut
2015 – 2016
Max Engel, University of Connecticut (B.A. 2015, CT Agricultural Experiment Station)
2015
Thomas Jordan, University of Connecticut (B.S. 2015)
2015
Jeffrey Hammond, University of Connecticut (B.S. 2015)
2014 – 2015
Connor Hill, University of Connecticut (B.S. 2016, NIH Postbaccalaureate Fellow)
2014 – 2015
Genevieve Nuttall, University of Connecticut (2015 UConn IDEA grant recipient, accepted to UConn B.S./M.S. program)
2014 – 2015
Matt Benedict, University of Connecticut (B.S. 2017, Terrestrial Ectotherms Keeper, Fort Worth Zoo)
2014 – 2015
Darren Thorne, University of Connecticut (B.A. 2015)
2014 – 2015
Hillary Holt, University of Connecticut (B.S. 2015)
2014 – 2017
Emilia Mason, University of Connecticut
2014 – 2015
Jenny Yung, University of Connecticut
2011
Ellen Deering, University of Connecticut (B.S. 2013)
2010 – 2011
Lauren Abbott, University of Connecticut (B.S. 2013, Research Specialist at UConn)
2009 – 2010
Faria Hasan, Stony Brook University (B.S. 2012)
2009 – 2010
Konrad Wojtas, Stony Brook University (B.S. 2012)
2009 – 2010
Daniel Atashsokhan, Stony Brook University (B.S. 2010)
2009 – 2010
Sun Man Ceng, Stony Brook University (B.S. 2011)

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Community Outreach & Service

2016
Organizer & Contributor, Connecticut State BioBlitz.  Helped organize one of the largest bioblitzes ever held, with over 180 scientists.  This bioblitz set the world record for species found in 24 hours with 2,769.
2016
Bioblitz contributor, Weir Farm National Historic Site. Top contributor.
2016
Ask-a-Scientist Participant, Ask-a-Scientist days at Windham High School.
2016
Science Fair Judge, Talcott Mountain Academy Middle School Science Fair.
2015
Bioblitz contributor, UConn Bioblitz.  Trained undergraduates to identify plant species and was the top contributor of species and observations at one of the largest bioblitzes in Connecticut.
2015, 2016
Walk Leader, Spring ephemeral plant walk, University of Connecticut.
2014 – present
iNaturalist curator. I volunteer as a curator for iNaturalist.org, contributing thousands of plant observations and actively using my plant identification expertise to identify plant specimens logged by other members of the community.  inaturalist.org/people/mickley

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Academic & Professional Services

2016 – 2017
Recording Secretary, New England Botanical Club.  In addition to secretarial duties and sitting on the NEBC executive council, I write summaries of the monthly meetings that are published in the journal Rhodora.
2013 – 2015
Union Organizing Committee Member, GEU-UAW, University of Connecticut.  Formed a graduate employee union at UConn, helped win a first contract, and supervised 12 departmental leaders during organizing efforts.
2010 – present
Committee Member, Arboretum Committee, University of Connecticut.
2009 to 2010
Field Trip Chair, Long Island Botanical Society.
2008 to 2010
Committee Member, Friends of the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve, Stony Brook University.
2005 to 2008
Volunteer, Cleanup and maintenance of the Lillian Anderson Arboretum, Kalamazoo College.
2004 to 2008
Greenhouse Curator, Department of Biology, Kalamazoo College.

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Programming Experience

2014 – 2015
Graduate Assistant, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Collaborated on coding and designing a dynamic website for the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut.
Supervisor: Dr. Paul Lewis
2012 – 2016
Database & Website Developer, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Created a database and interactive website to display data from a large collaborative effort to study biodiversity in South Africa.
Supervisor: Dr. Carl Schlichting
2010 – 2013
Programming Consultant, Applied Biomathematics, Setauket, NY.
Built an add-on platform for Excel to allow for work with mathematical uncertainty calculus and risk analysis.  Conducted research on mathematical uncertainty and the importance and meaning of natural language expressions of uncertainty.
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Ferson
2007 – 2008
Programmer, Monell Chemical Senses Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Designed an interactive database application to provide a testing environment for human subjects involved in research on chemosensory stimuli.
Supervisors: Amy Gordon, & Dr. Johan Lundström.

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Additional Skills

  • Programming Languages:
    • Highly proficient in Python, R, Unix and Unix Shell, Visual Basic, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, HTML, and CSS.
    • Experience with C, C++, and Lua.
    • Experience in collaborative coding environments using Git and Subversion.
    • Experience with Arduino and other microprocessor platforms and using associated environmental sensors in ecological research.
  • Languages:
    • German
    • Latin
  • Photography:
    • I have been an amateur and professional photographer since 2000 and won several regional awards and honorable mentions in international contests. My specialty is photojournalism and nature, but I have worked with a variety of genres and media.
    • Photography website: mickleyphotography.com.
    • Extensive experience with Photoshop, Lightroom, and other image editors

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Professional Societies

  • Botany Society of America
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • American Society of Naturalists
  • New England Botanical Society
  • Long Island Botanical Society

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