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
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. DIY microcontrollers for measuring microenvironment: The new frontier of ecological sensors.
In prep.
Mickley, J and C. Schlichting. Assessing evidence for pollinator-mediated stabilizing selection on petal number.
Submitted
Mickley, J and C. Schlichting. Heritable variation in petal number, correlated selection responses, and merosity in Phlox drummondii.
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 Research, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT.
Devised and oversaw experimental research on variation in floral merosity. Completed field work and collected herbarium vouchers in remote areas of Texas and California to quantify patterns of petal number variation between species and populations and compared field populations in a greenhouse common garden. Conducted pollinator visitation experiments, and collaborated with greenhouse manager to maintain research plants.
Committee: Dr. Carl Schlichting, Dr. Gregory Anderson, Dr. Pamela Diggle, & Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch.
2010 – 2011
Research Assistant, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Worked an NSF grant to digitize the CONN herbarium, including databasing, imaging, and georeferencing specimens. Achieved expertise in curatorial practice and collections databases, led student tours, and demonstrated specimen preparation. Connected the CONN database to GBIF, and accelerated databasing efforts via custom software.
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Capers
2009
Graduate Assistant, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.
Spearheaded project on demography and invasion dynamics of Centaurea stoebe. Designed experiments and established field sites throughout New York to measure demographic parameters. Established partnerships with conservation experts and organizations.
Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Gurevitch
2008
Site Botanist, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (UMN), Bethel, MN.
Taught plant identification to visiting scientists, graduate students, and interns. Designed and coordinated plant identification experiments including, floral surveys, measurements of percent cover, and identifying clipped biomass. Trained and supervised four interns as botanists. Curated a small herbarium.
Supervisors: Troy Mielke, Dr. Clarence Lehman, & Dr. David Tilman
2007 – 2008
Senior Thesis, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI.
Conducted surveys in Quercus macrocarpa and Q. ellipsoidalis oak savanna remnants, to assess population trends and their association with fire intervals and fire scarring. Assisted with modeling savanna tree populations in C.
Supervisors: Dr. Clarence Lehman and Dr. Binney Girdler.
2007
Intern, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (UMN), Bethel, MN.
Worked as a botanist on percent cover surveys and identified clipped biomass for numerous experiments.
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 by installing automatic watering and lighting. Curated the living plant collection. Developed project on above- and below-ground competition and plant neighborhoods in Arabidopsis thaliana. Executed shoreline floral surveys to assess the relative importance of neutral and habitat factors in structuring Lake Michigan plant communities and identified plants for a project on the allelopathic effects of Centaurea stoebe on invertebrate diversity. Measured the effects of spatial competition, herbivory, and dispersal on the population dynamics of the threatened dune thistle Cirsium pitcheri.
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; ’14; ’17
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 (M.A. 2017, Science teacher, Ellington High School)
2014 – 2015
Jenny Yung, University of Connecticut (B.S.N. 2017, Registered nurse, UConn health)
2011
Ellen Deering, University of Connecticut (B.S. 2013)
2010 – 2011
Lauren Abbott, University of Connecticut (B.S. 2013, Medical student, 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

2018
Organizer & Contributor, Greenwich Point Bioblitz.
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.  Sat on the NEBC executive council and wrote monthly meeting summaries 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, trained in and conducted community organizing, 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, database-driven website for the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. Authored custom PHP display modules for WordPress.
Supervisor: Dr. Paul Lewis
2012 – 2016
Database & Website Developer, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Created a database and website to display data from a large collaboration to study biodiversity and trait-environment evolution in South Africa.
Supervisor: Dr. Carl Schlichting
2010 – 2013
Programming Consultant, Applied Biomathematics, Setauket, NY.
Delivered an Excel add-on integrating mathematical uncertainty calculations into Excel for risk analysis. Coded in Visual Basic, Pascal, R, and C++, while collaborating via Subversion and Git. Conducted research on mathematical uncertainty and the importance and meaning of natural language expressions.
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 experienced in R, Python, Unix, Visual Basic, Lua, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, HTML, and CSS.
    • Experience with C and C++, servers, database design and management
    • Experience in collaborative coding environments using Git and Subversion.
    • Experience with Arduino and ESP8266/NodeMCU microprocessor platforms and using associated environmental sensors in ecological research.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office, imageJ, Diva GIS, and Google Earth.
  • Languages:
    • German
    • Latin
  • Photography:
    • I have been a freelance 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 and have broad experience with technical photography and lighting.
    • Photography website: mickleyphotography.com.
    • Extensive experience with Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, 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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