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Curriculum Vitae

Anne-Marie C. Hodge

EDUCATION

                          

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING                                2012-Present

PhD Student in Ecology

Laramie, WY

Dissertation topic: Predators versus aliens: interactions between native mammals and invasive prickly pear cactus (Opuntia stricta) in central Kenya. (Adviser: Jacob Goheen)

 

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-WILMINGTON          

Master of Science in Biology                                  2009-2012

Wilmington, NC

GPA: 4.0

Thesis Topic: Margay ecology and intraguild interactions in the eastern Andean foothills of Ecuador (Adviser: Brian Arbogast)

 

 

AUBURN UNIVERSITY                                           2005-2009

Bachelor of Science in Zoology-Conservation and Biodiversity

Minor in Anthropology

Summa cum laude

GPA: 3.95

Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Impacts of diet and exhibit design on the reproductive success of the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) in captivity. (Adviser: Troy Best)

 

RESEARCH GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • University of Wyoming Women in Conservation Award $1,000                2015
  • American Society of Mammalogists Grant-in-Aid of Research $1,500                2015
  • University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute Research Grant $9,000                2014
  • Floyd Clarke Graduate Scholar Award $7,500                2014
  • NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship   $26,000     2013-2014
  • American Society of Mammalogists Grant-in-Aid of Research $1,500                2013
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research $1,000                2013
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship $122,500   2009-2012
  • Explorer’s Club Youth Activity Fund Grant $2,500                2009
  • Undergraduate Research Fellowship: Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics                        2007-2009

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Auburn University Women’s Leadership Institute, College of Sciences and Mathematics Representative
  • College of Sciences and Mathematics Leadership in Life Sciences Award
  • Sigma Xi Poster Presentation Award: Auburn University Undergraduate Research Symposium 2008
  • William R. Gwin Outstanding Research Presentation Award, Auburn University Undergraduate Research Symposium 2009
  • Student Government Organization Board’s “President of the Year” for AU Society for Conservation Biology
  • Senior Dean’s Medalist, College of Science and Mathematics
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • FAS National Merit Scholarship
  • William Allsup Endowment
  • College of Sciences and Mathematics Scholarship
  • Drummond Company Honors Scholarship
  • Cunningham Environmental Institute Scholarship
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
  • Dean’s List: every semester of attendance at Auburn University

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Kimiti, D.W., A. M.C. Hodge, J.E. Herrick, A.W. Beh, and L.E. Abbott. 2017. Rehabilitation of community-owned, mixed-use rangelands: Lessons from the Ewaso ecosystem in Kenya. Plant Ecology. [In press].

Arbogast, B.S., A.M.C. Hodge, and J. Brenner-Coltrain. 2017. Stable isotope analysis of dietary overlap between the endangered red wolf and sympatric coyotes in northeastern North Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist. [In press].

Hodge, A.M.C and B.S. Arbogast. 2015. Carnivore diversity at a montane rainforest site in Ecuador’s Gran Sumaco Biosphere Reserve. Oryx [In press].

Hodge. A.M.C. 2014. Habitat selection of the margay (Leopardus wiedii) in the eastern Andean foothills of Ecuador. Mammalia 78(3):351-358.

Midway, S.E. and A.M.C. Hodge. 2012. Carlquist revisited: history, success, and applicability of a natural history model. Biology and Philosophy 27(4):497-520.

Slobodchikoff, C.N., W.R. Briggs, P.A. Dennis, and A.M.C. Hodge. 2012. Size and shape information serve as labels in alarm calls of Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni). Current Zoology 58(5) [In press].

Vanderhoff, N.E., A.M.C. Hodge, B.S. Arbogast, J. Nilsson, and T.W. Knowles. 2011. Preliminary camera-trap survey of margays (Leopardus weidii) in the eastern Andean foothills of Ecuador. Mastazoología Neotropical 18(2): 271-279.

Hodge, A.M.C. 2009. Not by Design: Retiring Darwin’s Watchmaker [Book Review]. Journal of Integrative and Comparative Biology 49(6): 723-725.

 

 

MANUSCRIPTS IN REVIEW

Hodge, A.M.C. and J. R. Goheen. Does a native mammal facilitate the establishment of invasive prickly pear cactus (Opuntia stricta) in central Kenya? Journal of Applied Ecology.

Dudenhoeffer, M. O.* and A. M. C. Hodge. Seed predation of an invasive cactus (Opuntia stricta) in central Kenya. African Journal of Ecology.

 

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

Hodge, A. M. C. and J. R. Goheen. The effects of a biocontrol insect (Dactylopius opuntiae) on invasive cactus (Opuntia stricta) populations and mammal species richness.

Hodge, A. M. C. and M. Dyck.* Has a biocontrol insect (Dactylopius opuntiae) restored native mutualisms between olive baboons (Papio anubis) and local plants? Ecology.

 

* Undergraduate advisee.

 

SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS (Presenter underlined)

  • Hodge, A.M.C & J.R. Goheen. 2017. Does a native mammal facilitate the success of invasive prickly pear cactus (Opuntia stricta)? American Society of Mammalogists, Moscow, ID.
  • Dyck, M.D.* & A.M.C. Hodge. 2017. Restoration of native baboon-plant mutalisms following eradication of invasive prickly pear cactus (Opuntia stricta). American Society of Mammalogists, Moscow, ID.
  • Apkenas, V., Buttler, B., Demos, T., Ferguson, A., Goheen, J., Helgen, L., Hodge, A.M., Linzey, A., McDonough, M., Moehlman, P., Norris, R., Patterson, B., Rodrigues, C., Rose, R., Schlitter, D., and P. Webala. 2017. A summary of the African Graduate Student Research Fund Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists, 2013-2017. American Society of Mammalogists, Moscow, ID.
  • Hodge, A.M.C. 2016. Predators versus aliens: Wildlife, management, and an invasive cactus in Kenya. Program in Ecology Research Symposium, University of Wyoming. Laramie, WY.
  • Dudenhoeffer, M.*, Hodge, A.M.C., and J.R. Goheen. 2016. Opposing seed dispersal and seed predation by mammals for an invasive cactus in East Africa. American Society of Mammalogists, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Knowles, T.W., B.S. Arbogast, and A.M.C. Hodge. 2015. Mammalogy at Wildsumaco Biological Station: Five years later. American Society of Mammalogists, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Hodge, A.M.C. and J.R. Goheen. 2014. The effects of invasive prickly pear cactus (Opuntia) on wild mammal diversity in central Kenya. American Society of Mammalogists, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Goheen, J.R., S.D. Newsome, D. Boro, K. Fox-Dobbs, A.M.C. Hodge, T.O. Otieno, and H.S. Young. 2013. Pathways to ecological generalism in a savanna small-mammal community: an experimental test of a macroecological pattern. American Society of Mammalogists. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Hodge, A.M.C. and B.S. Arbogast. 2013. Biogeographic patterns, life-history trends and conservation status of wild canids. American Society of Mammalogists. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Hodge, A.M.C., B.S. Arbogast, T.W. Knowles, and E.N. Vanderhoff. 2011. Interspecific spatial overlap and other factors affecting camera-trap success for the margay (Leopardus wiedii). American Society of Mammalogists. Portland, Oregon,
  • Hodge, A.M.C.,N. Vanderhoff, J.R. Burger, B.S. Arbogast, and T.W. Knowles. 2010. Use of remote camera surveys to determine abundance and temporal activity patterns of the margay (Leopardus weidii) in the eastern Andes. American Society of Mammalogists. Laramie, Wyoming.
  • Vanderhoff, E.N., A.M.C. Hodge, S. Arbogast, J.R. Burger, J.D. Camper, and T.W. Knowles. 2010. The margay (Leopardus wiedii) as a flagship species for conservation in the foothills of the Andes. Association of Southeastern Biologists. Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Hodge, A.M.C. 2010. Breaking New Trails in the Route to a Career in Research. Keynote Alumnus Address. Auburn University Undergraduate Research Forum. Auburn, Alabama.
  • Hodge, A.M.C., B.S. Arbogast, E.N. Vanderhoff, J.D. Camper, J.R. Burger, and T.W. Knowles. 2010. Inventory of a mid-elevation assemblage of mammals in Ecuador’s eastern Tropical Andes hotspot. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Seattle, Washington.
  • Hodge, A.M.C. 2009. Factors influencing reproductive success of the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) in captivity. Carnivore Conservation Colloquium. Denver, Colorado.
  • Hodge, A.M.C. 2009. Behavior and reproductive success of the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) in captivity. Auburn University Undergraduate Research Forum. Auburn, AL.
    • 1st Place: William R. Gwin Outstanding Research Presentation Award, University Honors College
  • White, J.A., Peterson, V.A. and M.C. Hodge. 2008. Systematics and Distribution of Short-Tailed Shrews (Blarina spp). Poster presentation, American Society of Mammalogists. Brookings, South Dakota
  • Slobodchikoff, C.N., W.R. Briggs, P. Dennis, and, A.M.C. Hodge. 2008. Size and shape information encoded in alarm calls of the Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni). Auburn University Undergraduate Research Symposium.
    • 2nd Place Sigma Xi Poster Presentation Award
  • White, J.A., V.A. Peterson, and A.M.C. Hodge. 2008. Systematics and Distribution of Short-Tailed Shrews (Blarina spp). Southeastern Bat Diversity Network. Blacksburg, VA.
  • Slobodchikoff, C.N., W.R. Briggs, P. Dennis, and M.C. Hodge. 2008. Size and shape information encoded in alarm calls of the Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni). Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Antonio, TX.
  • Slobodchikoff, C.N., W.R. Briggs, P. Dennis, and M.C. Hodge. 2007. Size and shape information encoded in alarm calls of the Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni). Northern Arizona University, Department of Biological Sciences. Flagstaff, AZ.

 

* Undergraduate advisee.

 

 

GENERAL PRESS PUBLICATIONS

Hodge, A.M.C. 2007. “Moving Mountains.” In: The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs 2007, edited by B. Zivkovic and R. A. Cartwright. Chapel Hill, NC: Coturnix.

Hodge, A.M.C. 2008. “Social clocks: how do cave bats know when it is dark outside?” In: The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs 2008, edited by B. Zivkovic and R. A. Cartwright. Chapel Hill, NC: Coturnix.

Hodge, A.M.C. 2011. Reindeer Harness U.V. Light. Scientific American, 305 (July 2011):20.

Hodge, A.M.C. 2011. Meet Your Newest Ancestor. Scientific American 305 (October 2011):26.

Hodge, A.M.C. Vitamins, Minerals, and MicroRNA. Scientific American 305 (November 2011):22.

Hodge, A.M.C. 2012. Cryptic gardeners. Scientific American 307 (November 2012):26.

Hodge, A.M.C. 2013. Sizing Up Sustainable Seafood. Scientific American 309 (September 2013):23

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Instructor: Mammalogy (ZOO 4370)
    • University of Wyoming, Department of Zoology & Physiology
    • Fall 2016
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant: Principles of Wildlife Management (ENR 2450)
    • University of Wyoming, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
    • Spring 2016
    • Extended assistantship includes giving regular class lectures, writing and grading exams and assignments, and advising group projects.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant: Mammalogy (ZOO 4371)
    • University of Wyoming Department of Zoology & Physiology
    • Fall 2014, Fall 2015
  • Co-Instructor: Conservation Biology Freshman Learning Community (UNIV 1100)
    • Auburn University Department of Biological Sciences
    • Fall 2008
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Honors Organismal Biology (BIOL 1037)
    • Auburn University Department of Biological Sciences
    • Spring 2009

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Founder and President of the Auburn University Chapter
  • “Tigers for Tigers” conservation awareness/education program
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • Association for Women in Science
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES

  • Program in Ecology Curriculum Committee Graduate Representative
    • University of Wyoming, Fall 2016-Spring 2017
  • Program in Ecology Mentorship Committee, Co-Chair
    • University of Wyoming, Fall 2014, Fall 2015
  • African Graduate Student Research Fund Committee
    • American Society of Mammalogists, 2013-present
  • Population Ecology Search Committee Graduate Representative
    • University of Wyoming, Fall 2013
  • Program in Ecology Curriculum Committee Graduate Representative
    • University of Wyoming, Fall 2014
  • Department of Zoology/Physiology Graduate-Faculty Liaison
    • University of Wyoming, Fall 2012

 

 

OTHER MEMBERSHIPS/POSITIONS

  • Society for Women in Sciences and Mathematics,
    • Coordinating Committee for local high school outreach
  • Auburn University Honors College Ambassadors
  • LADIES (Leading Auburn in Developing Interest in Experimental Science)
    • Coordinator of middle school science education outreach program
  • Behavior, Evolution, and Ecology Reading Society, Auburn University

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s Thesis Research
    • Sumaco, Ecuador
    • University of North Carolina-Wilmington
    • August 2009-Present
    • Designed and implemented a remote camera survey of carnivores in the eastern Andean foothills of Ecuador, passive fur collection devices for genetic and stable isotope analysis, habitat structure analysis, and interviews of members of surrounding villages regarding perceptions about and attitudes towards local carnivores.

 

 

  • Field Technician/Research Assistant
    • Las Cuevas Biological Research Station, Belize
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Summer 2008
    • Assisted in setting up and maintaining camera stations, vegetation surveys, and scat tracking and analysis in a study on the competitive exclusionary dynamics of populations of jaguars (Panthera onca) and ocelots (Leopardus pardalis).

 

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates
    • Northern Arizona University Department of Biological Sciences
    • Summer 2007
    • Designed/conducted a research project on the alarm calling behavior of Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni). Produced both a scientific poster and a manuscript from the results of the study, manuscript to be submitted in the fall of 2007.

 

  • Field Assistant
    • Site: Colima, Mexico
    • Auburn University Department of Biological Sciences, in collaboration with the University of Memphis and the University of Oklahoma
    • December 2006-January 2007
    • Assisted in conducting biodiversity surveys of bats and small terrestrial mammals, duties will include mist-netting, camera trapping, examining animals and recording data, monitoring traplines of Sherman live traps, and preparing specimens.

 

  • Research Internship
    • The Montgomery Zoo
    • Summer 2006
    • Conducted a behavioral research study (to be used for an undergraduate honors thesis) on the activity budget and exhibit usage of the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) and effects of the establishment of a mixed-species exhibit with the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla).   Also worked throughout the zoo, performing zookeeper duties for all taxa: feeding, monitoring, and putting animals on/off exhibit, cleaning exhibits, setting up enrichment items.

 

  • Field Assistant
    • Southwestern U.S.
    • Auburn University Department of Biological Sciences
    • Assisted Dr. Troy Best and graduate students in conducting biodiversity surveys in a variety of national parks and national forests throughout the southwest, including Big Bend, Carlsbad Caverns, Coronado National Forest, Carrizozo lava fields, and various other sites. Activities included mist-netting bats, setting Sherman live traps for small mammals, and recording data for all specimens.

 

  • Research Assistant
    • Auburn University Natural History collections
    • Fall 2005-present
    • Duties include specimen analysis, data entry, and participation in field biology surveys. Also currently involved in a research project on the distribution and systematic of short-tailed shrews (Blarina spp) based on museum specimens.

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • Curatorial Assistant, University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates
    • University of Wyoming
    • January 2017-May 2017
    • Responsibilities included curatorial duties with mammal specimens, weekly specimen prep, and guiding museum tours for outreach events.

 

  • Science Content Contributor, Ecology.com
    • Ecology Global Network
    • August 2011-August 2013
    • Responsibilities included contributing original articles, managing newsfeed items, and obtaining content from guest contributors.

 

  • Field Technician
    • Alabama Natural Heritage Program
    • May 2008-July2008
    • Tasks involved terrestrial vertebrate surveys in the Black Belt Prairie region of Alabama, using transects of live traps, in addition to ground truthing and collection of GPS data for field sites.

 

  • Biology Tutor
    • Auburn University ‘Study Partners’
    • August 2007-December 2008
    • Employed by the University’s academic services department, providing tutoring services for introductory biology, organismal biology, genetics, and ecology.

 

  • Animal Enrichment Technician
    • Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
    • May 2006-August 2006
    • Worked with the Department of Lab Animal Health, conducting behavioral enrichment sessions with canine and feline lab animals. Also assisted with regular physical exams, in addition to general kennel and animal care duties.

 

  • Veterinary Assistant
    • Union Hill Veterinary Hospital, Athens, TN
    • June 2003-July 2005
    • General assistant in a small/large animal practice; tasks included surgery preparation and clean –up, feeding and walking patients, care of boarders, general cleaning duties, grooming, assistance during exams, developing X-rays, and operating blood analysis equipment.

 

VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES

  • Educational outreach with the Daraja Academy, Laikipia, Kenya (daraja-academy.org)
  • Community science fair judge (2010, New Hanover County, NC)
  • Auburn University Honors College Mentor
  • Middle-school science outreach program: LADIES (Leading Auburn in Developing Interest in Experimental Science)