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Curriculum Vitae

Rachel E. Prunier


 
University Address:
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
75 N. Eagleville Rd.
U-3043
Storrs, CT 06269

Laboratory and Office:
Biology/Pharmacy Building room 302
Phone: (860) 486-5731
Email: rachel.prunier@uconn.edu
 

Education:
2004-2010       University of Connecticut (UConn)                                   Storrs, CT
        PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
2004-2005       University of Connecticut                                                  Storrs, CT
        MS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
1999 - 2003    University of Virginia                                           Charlottesville, VA
        BA Biology With Distinction

Presentations:
Prunier, R., K. Holsinger, C. Jones, and C. Schlichting.  2008.  Pelargonium community assembly in South Africa: The influence of phylogeny, body plan, and climate. Paper presented at the joint meetings of the Botanical Society of America and Canadian Botanical Association.
Prunier, R.  and K. Holsinger. 2008.  Molecular and ecological diversification in the White Proteas. Paper presented at the joint meetings of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology.
Prunier, R. and K. Holsinger. 2007.  Plastic and genetic influences on Protea leaf traits.  Poster presented at the joint meetings of the Botanical Society of America and American Society of Plant Biologists.
Prunier, R., K. Holsinger, A. Rebelo.  2006.  Evolution in a hotspot: Patterns of morphological divergence in the genus Protea.  Paper presented at the joint meetings of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology.
Prunier, R., K. Holsinger. 2005.  Evolutionary radiations of the Proteaceae in South Africa and Australia.  Paper presented at the UConn EEB graduate spring symposium.
Prunier, R., J. D. Hill, R. G. Shaw.  2004.  Fitness evolution in a new set of Arabidopsis mutation accumulation lines.  Poster presented at the joint meetings of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology.

Awards Received:
Schwenk Graduate Student Mentoring Fellowship 2008 $5000
NSF DDIG  DEB 0709690 $11,965
UConn EEB Bamford Award 2006-2007 $200
UConn Outstanding Student Fellowship: 2004-2007 $33,750
UConn CLAS Fellowship: 2004-2006 $6000
NSF GRFP Honorable Mention: 2004, 2005
NSF REU Awards: Summer 2001, 2002
UVA Biology Distinguished Majors Program

Research Experience:
Junior Scientist to Dr. Ruth Shaw 
Fall 2003-Spring 2004 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; St. Paul, MN
Implementation, data collection and maintenance of mutation accumulation experiment using Arabidopsis thaliana
Supervising two undergraduate assistants

Honors Thesis Advisor: Dr. Douglas Taylor
Fall 2002-Spring 2003 University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA
“The effect of life history on the rates of evolution of nuclear and organellar genomes of three closely related plant species.” [Silene vulgaris, S. latifolia, S. acaulis]

Research Experience for Undergraduates Advisor: Dr. Thomas Ranker; Colorado University, Boulder
Summer 2002 Mountain Research Station; Nederland, CO                                                           
Development, experimental design, implementation, and data analysis of the independent project, “Genetic Variability in Lasthenia conjugens (Asteraceae).”

Independent Research Project Advisor: Dr. Piotr Wolski
Spring 2002  Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Center (HOORC); Maun, Botswana
“The effect of island type on the vegetation of the islands in the Okavango Delta.”

Research Assistant to Dr. Douglas Taylor
Fall 2001 University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA
DNA sequencing and analysis
Pollination and maintenance of Silene latifolia and Silene vulgaris in the greenhouse

Research Experience for Undergraduates Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Walker;
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Summer 2001 Toolik Lake Field Station; Toolik Lake, AK                                                           
Development, experimental design, implementation, and data analysis of the independent project, “Can Salix lanata Indicate Climate Change?”
Data collection for the International Tundra Experiment

Research Assistant to Dr. Laura Galloway
Fall 2000 – Spring 2000  University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA
Data collection and entry
Transplanting and maintenance of Campanula americana

Research Assistant to Dr. Janis Antonovics
Summer 2000    Mountain Lake Biological Station; Pembroke, VA
Day to day care of 4000 Silene latifolia and Silene vulgaris
Data collection and entry
Independent research projects exploring the effects of neighboring flowers on experimental plots, and the effects of nutrient stress on the transmission of disease in Silene latifolia

Teaching Experience:
University of Connecticut: Storrs, CT
    Biology 102 - Introductory biology for non-majors             
    EEB 245 – Evolution
UConn in Cape Town: Cape Town, South Africa
    Graduate Resident Assistant
    EEB 275 – African Field Ecology
University of St. Thomas: St. Paul, MN
    Biology 201 – Adaptation and Diversity            

Service:
EEB Graduate Student Association – Secretary 2007-2008
EEB Graduate Student Association –Monday Evening Seminar Coordinator 2007-2008
Graduate Student Senate – Secretary 2006-2007
Graduate Student Senate – Senator 2004-2006
EEB Graduate Student Association – Executive Committee 2004-2006