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Kathryn Everson

PhD Student at University of Alaska Fairbanks & University of Alaska Museum

About Me

I am a PhD student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Museum. I study evolution, biogeography, and species delimitation on Madagascar, with a focus on small mammals in the family Tenrecidae (tenrecs). I also teach and promote graphic design skills for scientists, especially in the creation of academic conference posters.

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…

Education

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks

    • 2017 PhD, Evolutionary biology
  • The Ohio State University

    • 2012 Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Ecology and evolutionary biology

Teaching

I have served as a Teaching Assistant for evolution and general biology courses at The Ohio State University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I have also led graduate student workshops on designing academic posters.

My teaching capabilities include…

  • Evolution
  • General biology
  • Graphic design for scientists

Research

My PhD research focuses on phylogeography and species delimitation in Madagascar's tenrecs. Using DNA sequences and geographic data, I study the forces driving biodiversity in Madagascar's eastern humid forest, a global biodiversity hotspot. I am also identifying new species and diagnosing species limits in tenrecs, an understudied mammalian lineage.

My research interests include…

  • Madagascar
  • Phylogeography
  • Species delimitation
  • Tenrecidae

Experience

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks & University of Alaska Museum

    • 6/2012 PhD Student and Research Assistant
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks

    • 1/2013 - 6/2014 Teaching Assistant, Biology 481: Evolution
  • The Ohio State University

    • 3/2012 - 6/2012 Teaching Assistant, Biology 113
  • Ology Magazine, The Ohio State University

    • 9/2010 - 11/2011 Co-Founder & Art Manager
  • The Ohio State University

    • 9/2010 - 6/2012 Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab Assistant

Grants

  • Graduate Student Award

    2013 Society of Systematic Biologists

  • Honorable Mention, Graduate Student Fellowship Program

    2012 National Science Foundation

  • Student Travel Award

    2014 UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics

  • Grant for Biological Research in Brazil

    2011 FIPSE-CAPES

  • Maximus Academic Scholarship

    2008 $10,800 (USD), The Ohio State University

Presentations

  • Evolutionary relationships and divergence timing of the subfamily Oryzorictinae

    6/2013 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists; Philadelphia, PA

  • Evolution and diversity of Madagascar's tenrecs

    3/2013 Midnight Sun Science Symposium; Fairbanks, Alaska

  • Reproductive biology of Bay Lavender (Poster)

    6/2013 The 12th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas; San Salvador Island, Bahamas

  • Designing Scientific Posters

    9/2013 University of Alaska Fairbanks; BioBites Seminar Series

  • Adobe InDesign for Scientists (workshop)

    11/2012 University of Alaska Fairbanks; BioBites Seminar Series

Memberships

  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • Society of Systematic Biologists
  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • IUCN Afrotherian Specialist Group

Languages

  • English

    Fluent

  • Portuguese

    Fluent

  • Spanish

    Conversational