Curriculum Vitae

JANE MARGARET LUCAS, PhD

225 Dakota Ave S

Golden Valley, MN 55416

Luca7491@gmail.com

Downloadable PDF: CV_April_18

Education


University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Doctorate of Philosophy in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2013-2018

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, May 2012

Minor in Justice and Peace Studies, May 2012

Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica

Global Health: Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Undergraduate Program, Spring 2011

St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain

Study Abroad Program, Spring 2010

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants


2017 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG), $16,138

2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW), $5000

2017 OU Bullard Research Grant, $1000

2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP), $5000

2015   National Science Foundation Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP), $5000

2015   Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Short Term Fellowship, $2500

2014   Hill Grant, $500

2014   National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), $34000/yr

2014   Adams Graduate Scholarship, $2,500

2013   Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship (GAANN), $32000/yr

2013   Graduate Teaching Academy Fellow

2012   St. Thomas Travel Grant, $500

Research Experience


2018                Post-doctoral Research, Advisor: Dr. Michael Strickland, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

2017                Graduate Researcher, Advisor: Dr. Tomas Roslin, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

2016                Graduate Researcher, Advisor: Dr. Alfonso Alonso, Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability, Washington D.C.

2009-Present   Field Researcher, Barro Colorado Island, Panama

2013-Present   Graduate Researcher, Ant Lab of Mike Kaspari, University of Oklahoma, Department of Zoology

2011                Undergraduate Researcher, Global Health Course by the Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica

2008-2013       Research Assistant, Ecology Lab of Adam Kay, University of St. Thomas,         Department of Biology

Publications


J.M. Lucas, M. Kaspari. Antibiotic compounds shape the brown food web and influence ecosystem function in tropical forests. In prep.

J.M. Lucas, N.A. Clay, M. Kaspari. (2018) External myrmecotrophy benefits host plants of dominant canopy ant, Azteca trigona. accepted Ecological Entomology.

J.M. Lucas, E.M. Gora, A. Alonso. (2017) A view of the global conservation job market and how to succeed in it. Conservation Biology.

J.M. Lucas, B. Bill, B. Stevenson, M. Kaspari. (2016) The microbiome of the ant-built home: the microbial communities of a tropical arboreal ant and its nest. Ecosphere 8(2):e01639.

Kaspari M., N.A. Clay, J.M. Lucas, S. Revzen, A.D. Kay, S.P. Yanoviak. (2015) Thermal adaptation and phosphorus shape thermal performance in an assemblage of rainforest ants. Ecology.

Kaspari M., N.A. Clay, J.M. Lucas, S.P. Yanoviak, A.D. Kay. (2014) Thermal adaptation generates a diversity of thermal limits in a rainforest ant community. Global Change Biology.

Clay, N.A., J.M. Lucas, M. Kaspari and A.D. Kay. (2013) Manna from heaven: Refuse from an arboreal ant connects aboveground and belowground processes in a lowland tropical forest. Ecosphere.

Kaspari M., D. Donoso, J.M. Lucas, T. Zumbusch and A.D. Kay. (2013) Using nutritional ecology to predict community structure: field test in Neotropical ants. Ecosphere.

Posters and Presentations (*presenting author)


Lucas, J.M. Exploring the impact of Azteca trigona in a Neotropical Forest. 2017. University of Louisville: Biology Departmental Presentation, Louisville, KY.

Lucas, J.M. The role of antibiotics in tropical forests. 2017. Ecomunch Presentation. University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.

Lucas, J.M. The impact of antibiotics in Panama’s tropical forests. 2016. STRI Microbial Symposium Oral Presentation. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.

Lucas, J.M. Patterns of bacterial community composition and nutrient content across Azteca trigona ants, their nest, refuse and surrounding soil. 2016 meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

Lucas, J.M. The microbiome of the ant-built home. 2016. OTS Guest Lecture. Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Lucas, J.M. The microbiome of the ant-built home. 2016. Bambi Presentation. Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Lucas, J.M. One ant’s trash is another plant’s treasure: How Azteca trigona connects above and belowground ecosystems. 2016. Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability Presentation, Washington, D.C.

Lucas, J.M. Bridging Science and Film: the scientific perspective. 2016. Guest Lecturer. American University Environmental Film Making Course, Washington, D.C. Oral.

Lucas, J.M., M. Kaspari, The Power of Azteca: How the canopy ant Azteca trigona influences plant growth in a wet tropical forest. 2015 meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.

Lucas, J.M. One ant’s trash is another plant’s treasure: How Azteca trigona connects above and belowground ecosystems. 2015. Ecomunch Presentation. Norman, Oklahoma.

Lucas, J.M. One ant’s trash is another plant’s treasure: How Azteca trigona connects above and belowground ecosystems. 2015. OTS Guest Lecture. Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Lucas, J.M., N.A. Clay, M.E. Kaspari, A.D. Kay. Azteca ants connect aboveground and belowground processes in a wet tropical forest. 2012 Annual Meeting/Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium, St. Olaf, Northfield, MN.

Lucas, J.M., N.A. Clay, M.E. Kaspari, A.D. Kay. Refuse from an arboreal ant connects aboveground and belowground processes in a lowland tropical forest. 2011 meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.

Lucas, J.M., N.A. Clay, M.E. Kaspari, A.D. Kay. Azteca ants connect aboveground and belowground processes in a wet tropical forest. 2012 meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Knoxville, TN.

Honors and Awards

2012            Best Talk in Session, Minnesota Academy of Science Undergraduate Research   Symposium

2012            Presidential prize recipient for best undergraduate talk at the Entomological Society of America meeting,

2011-2012   Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honors Society member

2010-2012   Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society member

2008-2012   Dean’s List, 8 semesters

Professional Memberships


2014-2018    Graduate Women in Science

2011-2018     Entomological Society of America

2011-2018     Ecological Society of America

2009-2012     Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honors Society

2009-2012     Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society

 

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