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Education                                                                                                                                   

Ph.D. Candidate, Florida International University, 2012 - present, Advisor: Dr. Maureen Donnelly

M.S. Ecology and Systematic Biology, San Francisco State University, 2011, Thesis: The effects of prescribed fire on the herpetofauna of Cloverdale Coastal Ranch; Advisor: Dr. Eric Routman

B.S. Ecology Behavior and Evolution, Minor in Environmental Studies, University of California San Diego, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006

 

 

Publications


Thompson, M. E. and M. A. Donnelly. Effects of Secondary Forest Succession on Amphibians and Reptiles: A Review and Meta-analysis. Copeia. In Review.


Nowakowski, A. J., M. E. Thompson, M. A. Donnelly, and B. D. Todd. 2017. Amphibian sensitivity to habitat loss is associated with population trends and species traits. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26:700-712.

Nowakowski, A. J., S. M. Whitfield, E. A. Eskew, M. E. Thompson, J. P. Rose, B. L. Caraballo, J. L. Kerby, M. A. Donnelly, and B. D. Todd. 2016. Infection risk decreases with increasing mismatch in host and pathogen environmental tolerances. Ecology Letters 19:1051–1061. PDF

Thompson, M. E., M. Sánchez Mendoza, and M. A. Donnelly. 2016. Agalychnis spurrelli (Gliding Leaf Frog). Explosive breeding aggregation. Herpetelogical Review 47:434-435. PDF

Thompson, M. E., A. J. Nowakowski, and M. A. Donnelly. 2016. The importance of defining focal assemblages when evaluating amphibian and reptile responses to land use. Conservation Biology 30:249-258. PDF

Thompson, M. E., C. Ray, and M. A. Donnelly. 2015. Microhabitat use of juvenile Mexican Treefrogs in Palo Verde National Park, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. Herpetelogical Review 46:168-170. PDF

Thompson, M. E., B. J. Halstead, G. D. Wylie, M. Amarello, J. J. Smith, M. L. Casazza, and E. J. Routman. 2013. Effects of prescribed fire on Coluber constrictor mormon in coastal San Mateo County, California. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 8:602-615. PDF

Halstead, B. J., G. D. Wylie, M. Amarello, J. J. Smith, M. E. Thompson, E. J. Routman, and M.L. Casazza. 2011. Demography of the San Francisco Gartersnake in Coastal San Mateo County, California. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 2:41-48. PDF

 


Employment

Florida International University, Research Assistant, Miami, FL, 2015-present

Florida International University, Teaching Assistant, Miami, FL, 2012-2014

Pangea Biological, San Diego, CA, Associate Biologist, 2011-2012

U.S. Geological Survey, Dixon/Pescadero, CA, Biological Research Technician, 2010

San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Applied Animal Ecology, San Diego, CA, Research Technician, 2008

County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures, San Diego, Agricultural Standards Inspector, 2006-2007

 

 

Other Research Experience

Tambopata Macaw Project, Refugio/Posada Amazonas, Peru, Volunteer, 2007

San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Applied Animal Ecology, Giant Panda Conservation Unit, San Diego, Volunteer, 2006-2007

University of California, San Diego, Department of Biology, Undergraduate Research Assistant - maintenance of flower color polymorphism in Mimulus aurantiacus, 2003-2004

 

 

Academic Fellowships

DYF (Dissertation Year Fellowship), FIU, Fall 2017-Spring 2018 - $16,600

DEA (Doctoral Evidence Acquisition) Fellowship, FIU, Summer, 2015 - $8,300

Fulbright U.S. Student Research Award, 2014 – 2015 - $19,000

TREE (Training in Research in Ecology and Evolution) Fellow, San Francisco State University, 2008-2009 - $17,000/yr

 

 

Grants and Scholarships

Graduate and Professional Student Committee Professional Development Funding, 2017 - $200

 

Organization for Tropical Studies Research Grant, 2015 - $2,340

 

IDEA Wild Equipment Grant, 2015 - $1,000

Tinker Field Research Grant, 2014 - $2,500

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Pilot Grant, 2013 - $ 1,724

OTS Post-course Grant, 2013 - $952

International Herpetological Symposium Grant in Herpetology, 2013 - $500

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Gaige Award, 2013 - $500

Graduate and Professional Student Committee Professional Development Funding, 2013 - $200

ARCS (Achievement Awards for College Scientists) Scholarship, 2009 - $10,000

Polish National Alliance Scholarship, 2009 - $1,500


 Presentations

 

Contributed talks and posters

 


Thompson, M.E., and M.A. Donnelly. Recovery of amphibian communities in regenerating forest: two case studies in Costa Rica. International Congress for Conservation Biology. Catagena, Colombia 2017.


Thompson, M.E., B. J. Halstead, and M. A. Donnelly. Thermal quality affects habitat use of two Anole species. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Austin, TX, 2016.

*  ASIH Stoye Award best student oral presentations in physiology


Thompson, M.E., and M.A. Donnelly. Recovery of amphibian communities in regenerating forest: two case studies in riparian and upland habitats of secondary forest, Costa Rica. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Fort Lauderdale, FL 2016.


Thompson, M.E. and M. A. Donnelly. Recovery of amphibian and reptile communities in regenerating forest: two case studies in riparian and upland habitats of secondary forest, Costa Rica. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA, 2016.

*  ASIH Stoye Award best student oral presentations in conservation


Thompson, M.E., and M.A. Donnelly. Amphibian and reptile diversity and composition in riparian and upland habitats in a chronosequence of secondary forest. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Reno, NV, 2015.

Thompson, M.E., A.J. Nowakowski, and M.A. Donnelly (poster presentation). Amphibian and reptile responses to changing landscapes: the importance of habitat specialization, population status, and species traits. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Chattanooga, TN, 2014.

Thompson, M.E., A.J. Nowakowski, and M.A. Donnelly. The Effects of Anthropogenic Habitat Alteration on Amphibians and Reptiles, Florida International University Biological Symposium, Miami, 2014.

 

Invited talks

Thompson, M.E. and M. A. Donnelly. Recovery of amphibian communities in regenerating forest: two case studies in riparian and upland habitats of secondary forest, International Herpetological Symposium, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, 2016.

Thompson, M.E. Field Research Project Interaction for Kenyan Parliamentary Delegation on Environment, Water, and Natural Resources, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, 2016.

Thompson, M.E. Fulbright Research Alumni Panelist, Washington D. C., 2016.

Thompson, M.E. and M. A. Donnelly. Recovery of amphibian and reptile communities in regenerating forest: two case studies in riparian and upland habitats of secondary forest, Costa Rica. La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, 2016.

Thompson, M.E. Amphibians and Reptiles of Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center, Costa Rica, 2015.

Thompson, M.E. Ecology and Behavior of the Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca.  San Diego Zoo Bear Awareness Week, San Diego, 2007.  (Lay audience presentation).

 

 

Teaching

REU Mentor, Organization for Tropical Studies, La Selva biological Station, Summer, 2017

Resource faculty, OTS Tropical Biology Undergraduate Study Abroad Course, Costa Rica, April 2017

Resource faculty, OTS Field Ecology: Skills for Science and Beyond Graduate Study Abroad Course, Costa Rica, January 2017

Resource faculty, CIEE High School Study Abroad Course, Costa Rica, December 2016

Resource faculty, OTS Tropical Biology Graduate Study Abroad Course, Costa Rica, April 2016

Resource faculty, OTS Tropical Biology Undergraduate Study Abroad Course, Costa Rica, April 2016
Resource faculty, CIEE Sustainability and the Environment Study Abroad Course, Costa Rica, April 2016

Resource faculty, CIEE High School Study Abroad Course, Costa Rica, December 2015

Resource faculty, CIEE Sustainability and the Environment Study Abroad Course, Costa Rica, August 2015

Resource faculty, HOST LLC, (educational travel and culturo-linguistic immersion program), Costa Rica, July 2015

Resource faculty, CIEE Sustainability and the Environment Study Abroad Course, Costa Rica, April 2015

Teaching Assistant: General Biology II Laboratory, Florida International University, Fall 2012, Spring and Fall 2013, Fall 2014,                                 Summer 2014; Herpetology, San Francisco State University, Spring 2010

 

 

Outreach

La Selva Biological Station Environmental Fair, Amphibian and Reptile exhibit, 2015


Festival Rio Sarapiquí, Environmental Education Outreach, 2014

Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center, Amphibian and reptile talk and educational walk (children 4-6, Spanish Language), 2014

La Selva Biological Station Environmental Fair, Amphibian and Reptile exhibit, 2014

 

 

Professional Service

Fulbright Student Alumna Panelist for Fulbright Pre-departure Orientation, 2016


Consultant on La Selva Biological Station update of amphibian and reptile species list


Consultant on MINAE/SINAC Osa Peninsula Species Management Plan


Solicited reviewer, Ecography, 2017; Biotropica, 2015, 2016; Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, 2016


Judge for South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair, 2014


Association for Tropical Biology Conference, volunteer, 2013


International Biogeography Society Conference, volunteer, 2013

 

 

Media Coverage

“Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin”, ABC Network, 2016

“Stephen Fry in Central America”, BBC Network, 2015

“Frogs in Costa Rica camouflage themselves to look like eggs”, ITN Yahoo News, 2014

 

 

Specialty Courses and Workshops Attended

Bayesian Inference and Hierarchical Modeling Workshop, 2013 

Organization for Tropical Studies, Tropical biology: an Ecological Approach, Costa Rica, 2013

Desert Tortoise Council Workshop, 2011

Flat Tailed Horned Lizard Workshop, 2011

Wetland Delineation Workshop with J. Teaford, 2011

Undergraduate Tropical Biology Course, University of California Education Abroad Program, Costa Rica, 2005

 













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