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Joseph R Burger

Department of Biology

Program in Interdisciplinary Biological & Biomedical Sciences (PIBBS)

The University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87131                                                                              


jrburger [at] unm.edu


Education

PhD, Integrative Biology (Aug 2009-present)

University of New Mexico

  • Advisor:
             James H. Brown 

MS, Biology (2010)

University of Louisiana at Monroe

  • Advisors:
             Loren D. Hayes (ULM) 
             Luis A. Ebensperger (P. Universidad Católica)

BA, Economics & International Studies (Minor: Biology) (2006)

Francis Marion University, Florence, SC


Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Grants, Scholarships, & Awards

  • 2014 Joseph Gaudin Scholarship, UNM Biology
  • 2013 Shadle Fellowship of the American Society of Mammalogists
  • 2013 PIBBS Student Enrichment Opportunity Grant
  • 2013 American Society of Mammalogists Travel Award
  • 2012 PIBBS Student Enrichment Opportunity Grant
  • 2012 UNM Research Project and Travel Grant
  • 2012 Shadle Fellowship in Mammalogy-Honorable Mention
  • 2012 American Society of Mammalogists GIAR
  • 2012 Latin American Institute/Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant
  • 2011 PIBBS Student Enrichment Opportunity Grant
  • 2011 UNM SRAC Travel Grant
  • 2011 NSF Conference Travel Grant
  • 2010 ASM Student Travel Award
  • 2009 NSF Workshop Travel Grant
  • 2009 ASB Student Support Award
  • 2007 Sigma Xi Grant-In-Aid of Research
  • 2006 President’s Undergraduate Research Award, FMU
  • 2006 Travel Grant, Dept. of Biology, FMU
  • 2006 Travel Grant, Dept. of Biology, FMU
  • 2006 Student Honors Assoc., Ind. Study Research Grant, FMU
  • 2005 South Carolina Wildlife Federation Scholarship
  • 2004-05 Aiken Business Administration Scholarship, FMU
  • 2002-06 President’s & Dean’s Lists, FMU (numerous times)
  • 2002-05 The South Carolina LIFE Scholarship

Service
  • Reviewer for (n): Journal of Mammalogy (6), PNAS (2), PLoS Biology (1), PLoS One (1), Ecology (1), Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology (1), Annales Zoologici Fennici (1)
  • 2012-present Human Diversity Committee, ASM
  • 2009-present Audubon Christmas Bird Count
  • 2009 NSF workshop assistant coordinator (Santiago, Chile)
  • 2008 Ecological Society of America meeting student volunteer
  • 2005-06 Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy volunteer
  • 2004-06 Student Advisory Board to the VP of Student Affairs, FMU
  • 2005-06 Student Advisory Board to the Provost, FMU
  • 2004-05 Vice President, SGA, FMU
  • 2004-05 SGA Judicial Board, FMU
  • 2003-05 Student Ambassador, FMU
  • 2003-04 Distinguished Prof. Award Selection Committee, FMU
  • 2002-04 SGA Senator, FMU

Field Research & International Experience
  • 2007-09, 2012 Octodon degus field ecology research, central Chile
  • 2008, 2011 field ecology research, tropical Andes, Ecuador
  • 2007, survey of Neotropical migrating birds, Black Bayou NWR
  • 2006, small mammal trapping in the Great Smokies National Park
  • 2004-06, Eastern woodrat field research, Francis Marion National Forest
  • 2004, Biology & Geograpy tropical field study, Costa Rica & Nicaragua
  • 2003, intensive spanish program, Universidad internacional, Mexico



Professional Experience

            Research

University of New Mexico, USA

  • PIBBS Research Fellow (2010-2012)

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

  • Research associate (2007-09, 2012) - Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Ecología & Biodiversidad, Departamento de Ecología.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe, USA

Biology

  • Research assistant (2007-09) - Evolutionary significance of sociality in Octodon degus in central Chile.

Francis Marion University, SC, USA

Economics

  • Research assistant to J. Pompe (2005-06) - Economics and management of coastal resources.

Biology

  • Research assistant to T.W. Knowles (2005-06) - Ecology of the Eastern woodrat (Neotoma floridana): a management indicator species of fire-maintained bottomland hardwood and upland pine ecotones in Francis Marion National Forest.
  • Field assistant to J. Camper (2005) - Wetland conservation and the spatial ecology of aquatic and semi-aquatic snakes in the South Carolina coastal plain.

Other

  • Biodiversity monitoring, establishment of long-term ecological studies, and local assessment of coupled human and natural systems in the Andean foothills (2008-present). Sumaco, Ecuador.
  • Migrating warblers of the Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge, LA (Spring 2007). Assessment Report for US Fish & Wildlife.


            Teaching

University of New Mexico, USA

Department of Biology

  • Teaching assistant (2014) - Ethology: Animal Behavior
  • Teaching assistant (2013) - Cell Biology
  • Teaching assistant (2009-10) - Plant and Animal Form and Function

The University of Louisiana at Monroe, USA

Biology

  • Graduate teaching assistant (Spring 2007) - Human Anatomy and Anatomy & Physiology Labs


            Workshops, Working Groups, & Special Programs

Santa Fe Institute, NM, USA

  • Complex Systems Summer School, Zapallar, Chile (November 2013)

University of New Mexico, USA

  • Working group - Human Macroecology and Sustainability (2009-present)
Feza Gürsey Institute-Imperial College
  • Summer School & Workshop on Complexity (September 2011)

Santa Fe Institute, NM, USA

  • Global Sustainability Summer Program (June 2010)
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • US - South American Workshop (Funded by NSF) - Intraspecific variation and social systems: explaining variation based on neuroendocrine and genetic mechanisms ( August 2009)