Curriculum Vitae

CV_Sept2017.pdf

EDUCATION


2014        Ph.D. Biological Sciences Vanderbilt University

2008       B.Sc., Biology, Magna Cum Laude  University of New Mexico

POSITIONS


2014-current   NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of New Hampshire, Advisor: S. Rehan

2009–2014      Doctoral Student, Vanderbilt University, Advisor: P. Abbot

2007–2008      Research Technician, University of New Mexico, Advisor: L. Larkin

2007–2008      Research Technician, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Advisor: R. Parmenter

GRANTS


2016                Entomological Society of America Travel Grant ($1500)

2015                National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology ($207,000)

2015                USDA AFRI Postdoctoral Fellowship ($150,000- declined)

2014                Travel grant, International Union for the Study of Social Insects ($1000)

2013                Carl Storm Minority Fellowship, Gordon Research Conference ($1500)

2012                Travel grant, International Union for the Study of Social Insects ($500)

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS


-undergraduate researchers underlined

  1. Lawson SP, Cook CN, Brent CS, Rehan SM (in prep) Biogenic amines regulates nesting cycle in the subsocial carpenter bee.
  2. Lawson SP, Lombard SS, Shell WA, Rehan SM (in prep) The ecological underpinnings of social plasticity in small carpenter bees across a latitudinal gradient.
  3. Lawson SP, Helmreich SL, Rehan SM (2017) Effects of nutritional deprivation on development and behavior in the subsocial bee Ceratina calcarata (Hymenoptera: Xylocopinae). J. Experimental Biology In press.
  4. Lawson SP, Sigle L, Lind A, Legan A, Mezzanotte JN, Honegger HW, Abbot P (2017) An alternative pathway to eusociality: exploring the molecular and functional basis of fortress defense. Evolution 71(8):1986-1998. (pdf)
  5. Lawson SP, Ciaccio KN, Rehan SM (2016) Maternal manipulation of pollen provisions affects worker production in a small carpenter bee. Behavioral Ecology Sociobiology 70(11):1891-1900. (pdf)
  6. Rehan SM, Glastad K, Lawson SP, Hunt B (2016) The genome and methylome of a subsocial small carpenter bee, Ceratina calcarata. Genome Biology and Evolution 8(5):1401-1410. (pdf)
  7. Miller DG, Lawson SP, Estby H, Rinker D, Abbot P (2015) The origin and genetic differentiation of the socially parasitic aphid Tamalia inquilinus. Molecular Ecology 24:5751-5766. (pdf)
  8. Lawson SP, Legan A, Graham C, Abbot P (2014) Comparative phenotyping across a social transition in aphids. Animal Behaviour 96:117-125. (pdf)
  9. Lawson SP, Christian N, Abbot P (2014) Comparative analysis of the biodiversity of fungal endophytes in insect-induced galls and surrounding foliar tissue. Fungal Diversity 66(1):89-97. (pdf)
  10. Chavarria Pizarro* L., McCreery* H, Lawson* SP, Winston* M, O’Donnell S (2012) Sodium-specific foraging by leafcutter ant workers (Atta cephalotes, Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ecological Entomology 37:435-438. *all contributed equally (pdf)

AWARDS


2014                George C. Eickwort Research Award, International Union for the Study of Social Insects

2012                Hickory Stick Award for teaching excellence, Vanderbilt University

2012                Outstanding Oral Presentation, International Union for the Study of Social Insects

2011                National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention

2010                President’s Prize runner-up, Entomological Society of America

2008               Alliance for Minority Participation in Research Scholarship, University of New Mexico

2008               Undergraduate Diversity Program Scholarship, Evolution conference

2004               Presidential Scholarship, University of New Mexico

INVITED TALKS


2017    Seacoast Science Center BioBlitz, Title: Surveying Native Bee Diversity, Rye, NH

2015    Symposium on caste evolution in social organisms, Title: The molecular basis of an effective defense in aphid soldiers, Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN

2015    Department of Biological Sciences, Title: A comparative approach to understanding the evolution of social behavior using Pemphigus aphids as a model system, University of New Hampshire

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY


Symposia Organized

2017    Integrative and comparative approaches to understanding the evolution of social behavior, Entomological Society of America, Denver, CO

2014    Defense mechanisms of social insects, International Union for the Study of Social Insects International Congress, Cairns, Australia

2013    Ecological and evolutionary origins of sociality: connecting commonalities of social behavior across diverse insect taxa, Entomological Society of America, Austin, TX

Papers Presented

2017   Lawson SP, Helmreich S, Rehan S. Effects of nutritional deprivation on development and behavior in the subsocial bee Ceratina calcarata. Animal Behavior Society Conference, Toronto, CA.

2016   Lawson SP, Rehan S. A bee on the brink of eusociality: how maternal manipulation leads to the formation of social hierarchies in the subsocial bee, Ceratina calcarata (Hymenoptera: Apidae). International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, FL.

2015   Lawson SP, Abbot P. The molecular basis of an effective defense in aphid soldiers. Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.

2014   Lawson SP, Abbot P. A comparative approach to understanding the evolution of social behavior. International Union for the Study of Social Insects International Congress, Cairns, Australia.

2014   Lawson SP, Legan A, Abbot P. Fortress defense in social aphids. International Union for the Study of Social Insects International Congress, Cairns, Australia. Poster.

2013   Lawson SP, Abbot P. The causes and consequences of the transition to sociality in aphids Entomological Society of America. Austin, TX.

2013   Lawson SP, Abbot P. Social immunity and housekeeping behaviors in social aphids. Entomological Society of America, Austin, TX. Poster.

2013   Lawson SP, Tooker JF, Abbot P. Aphid soldiers sequester phytochemicals to deter natural predators. Gordon Research Conference on Plant-Herbivore Interactions, Ventura Beach, CA. Poster.

2012   Lawson SP, Legan A, Abbot P.  Do aphid soldiers elicit an immune response in victims?  Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Knoxville, TN.

2012   Lawson SP, Legan A, Abbot P. The basis of an effective defense in social aphids. North American Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects Meeting, Greensboro, NC.

2011   Lawson SP, Tooker JF, Abbot P. Do aphid soldiers sequester secondary plant compounds to combat natural enemies? Vanderbilt University Retreat, Nashville, TN.

2011   Lawson SP, Christian N, Abbot P. Social immunity and the cost of conflict in a eusocial community. Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, Huntsville, AL.

2010   Lawson SP, Abbot P. Social immunity and the cost of conflict in a eusocial community. Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA.

2010   Lawson SP, Abbot P. The effects of conflict on a eusocial community. Vanderbilt University Retreat, Nashville, TN. Poster

2009  Guilinger SP, Larkin L. Let it Bee: Phylogeny of Bioareolina, Plastandreana, Scrapteropsis and Trachandrena subgenera of Andrena (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae) based on five molecular loci. Evolution Conference. Minneapolis, MN. Poster

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


2017                Instructor, Honors Animal Behavior, University of New Hampshire

2015                Guest lecturer, Introduction to Biology, University of New Hampshire

2014               Certificate in College Teaching, Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University

2012                Instructor, Molecular biology pre-college course, Vanderbilt University

2011-13          Instructor, Field ecology, Vanderbilt Summer Academy

2011                Guest lecturer, Comparative Social Evolution, Vanderbilt University

2011-14          Teaching assistant, Advanced Introduction to Biology lab, Vanderbilt University

2009-10       Teaching assistant, Introduction to Biology lab, Vanderbilt University

MENTORSHIP


Undergraduates

Kiley Kennedy (2017-current) undergraduate at University of New Hampshire

Salena Helmreich (2015-2017) graduate of Wheaton College

Sean Lombard (2015-2017) graduate of University of New Hampshire

Alona Brosh (2015) laboratory technician at Normandeu Associates, Inc.

Kayleigh Kane (2015) graduate of University of New Hampshire

Catherine Mitchell (2013-2014) graduate of Vanderbilt University

Emily Neil (2013-2014) researcher at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Perry Blecher (2013) graduate of Vanderbilt University

Caroline Graham (2013) graduate of Grinnell College

Andrew Legan (2012) graduate student at Cornell University

Heather Etsby (2011-2013) medical student at U. Minnesota Medical School

Hayden Hill (2011-2012) medical student at University of South Carolina

Natalie Christian (2010-2012) graduate student at Indiana University

Robin Frede (2009) Fishery analyst at New England Fishery Management Council

High school students

Navu Gill (2012) undergraduate at Vanderbilt University

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE


2017               Manuscript reviewer for Apidologie, Insectes Sociaux and Molecular Ecology

2016               Manuscript reviewer for Journal of Insect Science and Ecological Entomology

2011-12         Graduate Student Association President, Vanderbilt University

2009-11       Graduate Student Association Speaker Chair, Vanderbilt University

COMMUNITY OUTREACH


2017               Social Buzz Facilitator, Science outreach fair, Animal Behavior Conference, Toronto, CA

                          Organizer, 3rd annual New Hampshire Bee BioBlitz, Ossipee, NH

2016              Presenter, Women in Science and Technology forum, Manchester, NH

Presenter, 4H Somersworth Middle School, Durham, NH

Organizer, 2nd annual New Hampshire Bee BioBlitz, Hancock, NH

Presenter, Annual Northern New England  Junior Science Symposium, Durham, NH

2015- 17     Instructor, STEAM Middle School Academy, Course: What does a scientist do, Dover, NH

2015            Volunteer, Pollinator Day, Durham, NH

     Organizer, 1st annual New Hampshire Bee BioBlitz, Jackson, NH

2014            Presenter, Preston Taylor Ministries Summer Program, Nashville, TN

      Presenter, Urban League Science, Nashville, TN

2013            Presenter, Brain Blast, Nashville, TN

2011-13      Presenter, Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Research

2011-14      Instructor, McMurray Middle School science lessons, Nashville, TN

2009-13    Instructor, Vanderbilt Students Volunteer for Science, Nashville, TN

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


2017 Environmental Genomics Course, Instructors: John Colbourne, Joe Shaw, and Ben King. Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME

2017 New England Future Faculty Workshop, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

2012 Organization for Tropical Studies Course: Behavior, Ecology and Diversity of Neotropical Social Insects. Instructors: Sean O’Donnell and Floria Mora-Kepfer. La Selva and Las Cruces field stations, Costa Rica

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP


2012-present      International Union for the Study of Social Insects – North American Section

2009-present    Association for Women in Science

Entomological Society of America

2008-present   National Society of Collegiate Scholar

Phi Beta Kappa