2014 Ph.D. Biological Sciences Vanderbilt University
2008 B.Sc., Biology, Magna Cum Laude University of New Mexico
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
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)
-undergraduate researchers underlined
- Lawson SP, Cook CN, Brent CS, Rehan SM (in prep) Biogenic amines regulates nesting cycle in the subsocial carpenter bee.
- Lawson SP, Lombard SS, Shell WA, Rehan SM (in prep) The ecological underpinnings of social plasticity in small carpenter bees across a latitudinal gradient.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Lawson SP, Legan A, Graham C, Abbot P (2014) Comparative phenotyping across a social transition in aphids. Animal Behaviour 96:117-125. (pdf)
- 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)
- 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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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