C.V.


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Caleb D. McMahan                                                                                                                       

                                 


                                                       
Collections Manager of Fishes
The Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 USA
cmcmahan@fieldmuseum.org                                                                                                 


Education:

Ph.D., Systematics, Ecology, and Evolution (in progress), Louisiana State University; Advisor: Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty

M.S., Biological Sciences (2010), Southeastern Louisiana University; Advisor: Dr. Kyle Piller

                Thesis: “Molecular Systematics of Middle American Fishes”

B.S., Biology [with honors] (2007), Erskine College; Advisor: Dr. Nora Espinoza

Research Training Program (2006), Smithsonian Inst. – National Museum of Natural History; Advisor: Dr. George Zug

Research Interests:  Systematics and taxonomy, biogeography; Neotropical fishes

Awards & Achievements:

2013       NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant – DEB  1311408
2013       Finalist, Wilks Award – Southwest Association of Naturalists (SWAN meeting 2013)

2012       Stoye Award, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Annual meeting, Vancouver, Canada

2012       Collections Study Grant, The Field Museum, Chicago IL

2009       Lerner-Gray Research Grant, American Museum of Natural History

2009       Raney Research Grant, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

2007       Ellison Biology Award, Erskine College

2007       1st place Field Biology research presentations (SCAS Annual Meeting 2007)

2007       Top Male Undergraduate Researcher in South Carolina (AAAS), SCAS Annual Meeting 2007

2006       Who’s Who among American Colleges & Universities

2006       T.D. Brown Scholarship in Biology, Erskine College

2006       Research Training Program, Smithsonian NMNH (Advisor:  Dr. George Zug)

2006       SC Wildlife Federation Scholarship

2005       Research grant from SC Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU)

2005       T.D. Brown Scholarship in Biology, Erskine College

2004       βββ Award for Achievement in Freshman Biology

2003       2nd place Botany Research Award (SCAS annual meeting 2003)

2002       Research grant from the South Carolina Academy of Science (SCAS)

Conference Posters & Presentations:

2013       Latin American Ichthyology Congress – Guatemala (paper and poster presentation); delivered the keynote address at the opening of this conference
2013       Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (3 paper presentations)

2013       Wilkes Award Symposium – Southwest Association of Naturalists (paper presentation)

2013       Central American Coastal Biology NSF Workshop – Honduras (paper presentation)

2012       Latin American Ichthyology Congress – Mexico (paper and poster presentations)

2012       Southeastern Fishes Council (poster presentation)
2012       Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists/World Congress of Herpetology (2 paper and 2 poster presentations)
2011       Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (paper presentation)
2011       Evolution (paper presentation)
2010       Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (paper presentation)

2010       Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting (paper presentation)

2009       Southeastern Fishes Council (poster presentation)

2009       Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (paper presentation)

2008       Southeastern Fishes Council (paper presentation)

2008       Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (paper and poster presentations)

2007       South Carolina Academy of Science Annual Meeting (paper presentation)

2007       Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting (poster presentation)

2006       National Association of Biology Teachers (poster presentation)

2006       RTP Poster Symposium – Smithsonian NMNH (poster presentation)

2006       SCICU Research Symposium (paper presentation)

2004       SE American Society of Microbiologists Annual Meeting (poster presentation)

2004       South Carolina Academy of Science Annual Meeting (paper presentation)

Invited Seminars:
7 Nov 2013          Keynote Address – Simposio Latinamericano de Ictiología; Antigua, Guatemala – “Diversificación y Biogeografía de Peces Neotropicales”

28 Oct 2013         Regis University, Colorado – “Diversification and Biogeography of Neotropical Fishes”

20 Feb 2013        University of Southern Mississippi – “Diversification and Biogeography of Neotropical Cichlids”


Student Mentees:

*denotes authorship on mentee’s published project

*Chris Boeckman, Southeastern Louisiana University, cichlid taxonomy
Parker House, LSUMNS, fieldwork/tetra morphology (currently a MS student at California State Northridge University)
Justin Kutz, LSUMNS, cichlid systematics & taxonomy

*Carlos Garita, Universidad de Costa Rica, tetra taxonomy
*Arturo Alvarado, Universidad de Costa Rica, tetra taxonomy

Marcy Cage, LSUMNS, cichlid body shape plasticity, distributional analyses
Lauren Cross, LSUMNS, systematic of Poeciliopsis guppies

Natalie Deuroen, LSUMNS, cichlid systematics
*Francisco Samuel Alvarez Calderon, Universidad de San Salvador, inventory of El Salvador fishes

*Wendy Henriquez, Universidad de San Salvador, inventory of El Salvador fishes
*Michelle Recenos, Universidad de San Salvador, inventory of El Salvador fishes

Christian Kuylen, LSUMNS, cichlid systematics & taxonomy
Gerald Soderstrum, LSUMNS, cichlid morphology and distribution

Yue Li, LSUMNS, diadromous fish phylogeography
Diego Elias, Universidad de Guatemala, cichlid phylogeography in Guatemala

David Clark, Jr., LSUMNS, eco-morphology of Astyanax aeneus in Río Patuca, Honduras

Journal Reviewer for:  Environmental Biology of Fishes, Southeastern Naturalist, Zootaxa, Copeia, Molecular Ecology, Journal of Fish Biology, Aqua, CheckList, Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society


Collections Experience:
Curatorial Assistant (CA), LSU Museum of Natural Science – Ichthyology; (Spring 2011-Spring 2013, Spring 2014-present)

-          Fieldwork, sorting/identification, cataloging of specimens, design and implementation of tissue database protocols (allowing linking of tissue samples with voucher specimens), packing/shipping/receiving loans


Collections Assistant (CA), Southeastern Louisiana University Vertebrate Museum – Fishes; (Fall 2007-Summer 2010)

-          Fieldwork, sorting/identification, cataloging of specimens and associated tissues, packing/shipping/receiving loans

Research Assistant, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University; (Fall 2008-Spring 2009)

-          Monthly collections of invasive carp species for gut content analysis and abundance surveys

Assistant Naturalist, Highlands Nature Center, Highlands Biological Station, Highlands, NC; (Summer 2007)

-          Care of live animals on display and maintenance of exhibits, leading outreach events for public (adults and kids)

Collections Assistant, Vertebrate Collection (fishes, amphibians, reptiles), Dept. of Biology, Erskine College; (2005-2007)

-          Fieldwork, sorting/identification, cataloging of specimens

Additional Experience:
Student Director, Biological Outreach Program, Dept. of Biology, Erskine College

                (2004-2007)

Animal Care Staff, Animal Facility, Dept. of Biology, Erskine College

                (2003-2007)

Fieldwork Experience:
Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, throughout southeastern United States

Teaching Experience:
Fall 2010, Fall 2013: BIOL 4145 (Ichthyology), Louisiana State University

Spring 2008:  GBIO 152 (Genetics, Cell, Molecular Biology lab), Southeastern Louisiana University

Fall 2007:  GBIO 439/539 (Freshwater & Estuarine Biology), Southeastern Louisiana University

January 2006:  Student Teaching Assistant, Tropical Biology (with trip to Costa Rica)

                with Janice Haldeman, Erskine College, Dept. of Biology

Fall 2004-Spring 2007:  Biological Outreach Program Instructor

January 2004:  Guest lecturer, Tropical Biology (with trip to Costa Rica)

Fall 2003, 2004:  Guest lecturer, General Biology (for non-majors)

Memberships:  American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Society for Systematic Biologists, Southeastern Fishes Council, Congreso Nacional de Ictiología, Neotropical Biogeography Network

Service:
BIOS mentor, program for incoming freshmen biology majors at Louisiana State University (Fall 2013)

Seminar coordinator, LSU Museum of Natural Science (2011-2012)

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists:

-          workshop sub-committee chair (2008-2009)

-          chair-elect and chair of graduate student committee (2009-2011)

-          Long Range Planning and Policy committee (2011-2012)

-          Committee on Copeia (2012-2104)

University Graduate Council, Southeastern Louisiana University (2009-2010)

President, Biology Graduate Student Association, Southeastern Louisiana University (2 terms, 2008-2010)


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