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EDUCATION

Duke University, Durham, NC, USA                              2013
Ph.D. in Biology
Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Donohue

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA                     2009
A.M. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Advisor: Dr. Charles Davis

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, USA             2005
B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior                               
Minor: History

APPOINTMENTS

FACULTY LECTURER, University of Minnesota             current
College of Biological Sciences

ASSOCIATE, Harvard University                                     current
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

POST-DOC APPOINTMENT, Harvard University           2015-2017
Harvard University Herbaria
RESEARCH FELLOW, Harvard University                       2013-2015
Center for the Environment

PUBLICATIONS

see Publications

AWARDS & GRANTS

  • Amazon Web Services: Cloud Credits for Research (2016)
  • XSEDE Research Allocation (2016)
  • Harold Sanford Perry Prize for best thesis research in the Plant Sciences at Duke University (2014)
  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2010)
  • Arnold Arboretum Deland Award (2009)
  • Society for the Study of Evolution Hamilton Award: Honorable Mention (2008)
  • American Naturalist Travel Grant (2008)
  • Society of Systematic Biology Ernst Mayr Award Finalist (2008)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Honorable Mention (2008)
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Travel Grant: Cuba (2008)    
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Travel Grant: Caribbean (2007)
  • National Conference of Undergraduate Research Travel Grant (2005)
  • University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grant (2005)
  • University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grant (2004)

TEACHING & ADVISING

Course Work

2017

LECTURER, University of Minnesota. (Fall 2017). BIOL1009 ONLINE: General Biology

LECTURER, University of Minnesota. (Fall 2017). BIOL1001: Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives

LECTURER, University of Minnesota. (Fall 2017). BIOL1001 ONLINE: Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives

LECTURER, University of Minnesota. (Spring 2017). BIOL1001: Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives

LECTURER, University of Minnesota. (Spring 2017). BIOL1001 ONLINE: Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives

2016

INSTRUCTOR, Clubes de Ciencia – Mexico. (2016). Forests of the Future

2013

TEACHING ASSISTANT, Duke University. (2013). BIO263W: Organismal Response to Climate Change

2012

COURSE PROCTER, Duke University. (2012). BIO202: Population Genetics

2009

TEACHING ASSISTANT, Duke University. (2009).  BIO102: Evolutionary Ecology

2007

TEACHING ASSISTANT, Harvard University. (2007). BIO64: Feeding the World

 

Undergraduate Advisees

  • Timothy Wang, Duke University (2009-2013). Research assistant, independent research credit 
  • Wendy Yin, Duke University (2012). Research assistant 
  • Laura Brodhead, Duke University (2012). Research assistant 
  • Godelievre Ndunduyenge, Harvard University (2009). Research assistant

K-12 Advisees

  • Andrew Johnson, The Peddie School (summer 2012). Independent student research program. 
  • Kalli Bunch, Atkins Academic & Technology High (summer 2011, 2012). North Carolina Project SEED independent student research program (two summers). 
  • Jamie Sabo, Falmouth High School (summer 2010). Research assistant, summer volunteer.

Outreach

  • Murray Middle School - Science Fair Judge (2017)
  • Clubes de Ciencia - Mexico, Monterrey, MX (2016)
  • Market Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • SALSA! NECSent Science Outreach for K-5, EK Powe Elementary School, Durham, NC (2012)
  • North Carolina Project SEED, Durham, NC (2011, 2012)
  • Darwin Days, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC (2011) 
  • Cafe Scientifique, Bell Museum, Minneapolis, MN (2005)

PRESENTATIONS

  1. Willis, C.G., Law, E., Williams, A., Park, D.S., Davis, C.C. 2017. CrowdCurio: an online crowdsourcing platform to facilitate climate change studies using herbarium specimens. Botany Society of America, Ft. Worth, TX, USA (Invited Presentation)
  2. Barnabas, D., Park, D.S., Willis, C.G., Kennedy, J., Davis, C.C. 2016. Assessing fine-scale sampling bias in herbarium specimens . Botany Society of America, Savannah, Georgia, USA (Poster)
  3. Willis, C.G. 2016. Crowdsourcing the collection of phenological data from digital herbaria. Consortium of Northeastern Herbaria Meeting, Providence, RI, USA (Invited Presentation)
  4. Willis, C.G. 2015. The future impacts of climate change on the North American flora. Joint Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, Minneapolis, MN, USA (Invited Presentation)
  5. Willis, C.G.; B.F. Franzone, Z. Xi; C.C. Davis. 2015. Community assembly meets biogeography: Malpighiaceae and the origin of seasonally dry tropical forests of Mexico. Botany Society of America, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Presentation)
  6. Willis, C.G. 2014. Origin of the Mexican Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Malpighiaceae. Harvard University Herbaria Seminar, Cambridge, MA, USA (Invited Presentation)
  7. Willis, C.G. 2014. Phylo-diversity of the North American flora. University of Minnesota Plant Biology Seminar, Twin Cities, MN, USA (Invited Presentation)
  8. Willis, C.G. 2013. Diversification and speciation in the tribe Brassiceae and genus Cakile. Harvard University Herbaria Seminar, Cambridge, MA, USA (Invited Presentation)
  9. Willis, C.G. 2013. Diversification and speciation in the tribe Brassiceae and genus Cakile. Exit Seminar, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA (Presentation)
  10. Willis, C.G. and K. Donohue. 2012. The evolution heterocarpy and climatic niche in the tribe Brassiceae. Joint Congress of Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa ON, Canada (Poster)
  11. Rubio de Casas, R., C.G. Willis, and J.E. Meireles. 2012. The evolutionary consequences of limited seed dispersal. Joint Congress of Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa ON, Canada (Presentation)
  12. Willis, C.G. 2011. The diversification of the genus Cakile (Brassicaceae). International Bahamas Natural History Conference, San Salvador, Bahamas (Presentation)
  13. Willis, C.G., R. Rubio de Casas, and K. Donohue. 2010. Ecological divergence and speciation in the tribe Brassiceae. Evolutionary Biology, Portland OR, USA (Poster)
  14. Willis, C.G. 2009. Phylogeny and phenology: Linking evolutionary history with species' response to climate change. Duke Systematics Discussion Group, Durham, NC, USA (Presentation)
  15. Cavender-Bares, J., C.G. Willis, and P.B. Reich. 2009. Phylogenetic depth of species turnover in time and space in Minnesota oak savanna communities. Ecological Society of America Conference, Albuquerque, NM, USA (Presentation)
  16. Willis, C.G., B.R Ruhfel, B.R. Primack, A.J. Miller-Rushing and C.C. Davis. 2008. Walden lost: species extinction, phylogenetic selectivity, and climate change in Thoreau’s woods. Evolution Meeting, Minneapolis MN, USA 2008 (Presentation)
  17. Willis, C.G. 2008. The Biogeography and diversification of the sea-rocket: genus Cakile (Brassicaceae). Dialogo Latinoamericano, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, USA (Presentation)
  18. Willis, C.G., K. Donohue. 2008. Patterns and processes of diversification in the genus Cakile (Brassicaceae). Harvard Plant Biology Initiative Symposium, Cambridge MA, USA (Poster) 
  19. Rubio de Casas, R., Willis, C.G., Hall, J.C., Tisdale, T.C., Kramer, E.M., Donohue, K. 2008. Drifting away: molecular and morphological evolution in Cakile (Brassicaceae). Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Barcelona, Spain, (Presentation)
  20. Willis, C.G., B.R Ruhfel, B.R. Primack, A.J. Miller-Rushing and C.C. Davis. 2008. Walden lost: species extinction, phylogenetic selectivity, and climate change in Thoreau’s woods. Harvard Plant Biology Initiative Symposium, Cambridge MA, USA (Poster) 
  21. Willis, C.G., M.T. Brock, and C. Weinig. 2007. Intra-specific competitive ability in Arabidopsis: internal and external factors. Plasticity Conference, University of Connecticut, USA (Presentation)
  22. Willis, C.G., P.B. Reich, and J. Cavender-Bares. 2007. Phylogenetic structure of a long-term experimental community at Cedar Creek Natural History Area, Minnesota. Harvard Plant Biology Initiative Symposium, Cambridge MA, USA (Poster) 
  23. Willis, C.G., P.B. Reich, and J. Cavender-Bares. 2006. Phylogenetic structure of a long-term experimental community at Cedar Creek Natural History Area, Minnesota – Ecological Society of America Conference, Memphis TN, USA (Presentation)
  24. Willis, C.G., P.B. Reich, and J. Cavender-Bares. 2005. Phylogenetic structure of natural and long-term experimental savanna communities of Minnesota. Cedar Creek Undergraduate Research Symposium, CCNHA MN, USA (Presentation)
  25. Willis, C.G., M.T. Brock, and C. Weinig. 2005. Multi-level selection in a feral population of Arabidopsis thaliana. National Conference of Undergraduate Research, Lexington VA, USA (Presentation)
  26. Willis, C.G., P.B. Reich, and J. Cavender-Bares. 2005. Phylogenetic structure of natural and long-term experimental savanna communities of Minnesota. UMN Center for Community Genetics Symposium, Minneapolis MN, USA (Poster) 
  27. Willis, C.G., M.T. Brock, and C. Weinig. 2005. Multi-level selection in a feral population of Arabidopsis thaliana. UMN Undergraduate Research Symposium, Minneapolis, MN USA (Poster)

SERVICE

Society memberships: Botany Society of America; The American Society of Naturalists; Society for the Study of Evolution

Journal reviews: American Naturalist;  Annals of Botany, Biological Invasions; Ecological Monographs; Ecology; International Journal of Plant Sciences; Nature Climate Change; Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences; Taxon

Working group participation:

  • Coding Phenological Data from Herbarium Sheets Workshop (iDigBio & University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley, 2016)
  • Germination, Trait Coevolution, and Niche Limits in Changing Environments (NESCent, 2011-2015)
  • Population-genetic and genomic approaches for inferring species invasions and range expansion (NIMBioS, 2013)