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Education

Ph.D. Recovery of Amphibian and Reptile Communities During Tropical Secondary Forest Succession, Florida International University, 2018, Advisor: Dr. Maureen Donnelly, Worlds Ahead Graduate

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

Peer-reviewed

Rivera-Ordonez, J. M., A. J. Nowakowski, A. Manansala, M. E. Thompson, B. D. Todd. Thermal niche variation among individuals of the poison frog, Oophaga pumilio, in forest and converted habitats. Oecologia In Review.

Thompson, M. E., G. F. Medina-Rangel, and D. H. Ruiz-Valderrama. First record and massive range extension of Hyalinobatrachium cappellei (Van Lidth de Jeude, 1904) (Anura: Centrolenidae) in Colombia. Check List In Press.

Halstead, B. J., M. E. Thompson, M. Amarello, J. J. Smith, G. D. Wylie, E. J. Routman, M. L. Casazza. 2018. Effects of prescribed fire on San Francisco gartersnake survival and movement. Journal of Wildlife Management doi:10.1002/jwmg.21585.

Thompson, M. E., B. J. Halstead, and M. A. Donnelly. 2018. Thermal quality affects habitat use of two anole species. Journal of Thermal Biology. doi: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2018.05.007 PDF

Nowakowski, A. J., L. O. Frishkoff, M. E. Thompson, T. M. Smith, and B. D. Todd. 2018. Phylogenetic homogenization of amphibian assemblages in human-altered habitats across the globe. PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1714891115.

Thompson, M. E. and M. A. Donnelly. 2018. Effects of Secondary Forest Succession on Amphibians and Reptiles: A Review and Meta-analysis. Copeia 106:10-19. PDF

Nowakowski, A. J., J. I. Watling, M. E. Thompson, G. A. Brusch IV, A. Catenazzi, S. M. Whitfield, D. J. Kurz, A. Suarez-Mayorga, A. Aponte-Gutiérrez, M. A. Donnelly, B. D. Todd. 2018. Thermal biology mediates responses of amphibians and reptiles to habitat modification. Ecology Letters 21:245-355. PDF

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. PDF

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., 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. Herpetological 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

Popular publications and natural history notes

Thompson, M. E., P. Ezeta Salicetti, and E. Salicetti Nelson, Agalychnis spurrelli (Gliding Leaf Frog). Geographic Distribution Note. Herpetological Review In Review.

Medina-Rangel, G. F., Ruiz-Valderrama D. H., and M. E. Thompson. 2018. Anfibios y Reptiles del Bajo Caguán-Caquetá, Colombia. Rapid Color Guide, Field Museum of Natural History PDF

Thompson, M. E., J. G. Abarca, E. Salicetti Nelson, C. de la Rosa, H. Rodriguez Vega, R. Garcia Robleto, and M. A. Donnelly. 2017. Common frogs of La Selva Biological Station. Rapid Color Guide, Field Museum of Natural History PDF

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



Employment

Field Museum of Natural History, Conservation Scientist, Chicago, IL, 2018 - present

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

Undergraduate mentee presenter

Ortiz-Ross, X.†, M.E. Thompson, and M.A. Donnelly. Oviposition site selection in three species of glass frog. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Rochester, NY, 2018. * Honorable mention student oral presentation SSAR Seibert Award

Garcia, B. and M.E. Thompson. Factors affecting clutch success in three sympatric species of glass frogs. McNair Student Conference. FIU, Miami, FL 2017.

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. Cartagena, 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

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


Mentoring

Biodiversity Internship Mentor, Roosevelt University – Field Museum, Margaret Allen, fall 2018

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) mentor, Organization for Tropical Studies, Students - Beau Garcia, Xochitl Ortiz Ross, summer 2017

Professional Internship mentor, Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Student’s University), Student- Marie-Anna Hohenfeld, spring 2016



Outreach

Training of members of Guias Rio Tigre Acodobrarti, Proyecto de Rastreadores Locales in biodiversity monitoring and amphibian and reptile identification, 2015-2016

Training of members of MINAE (Costa Rica forestry service) in biodiversity monitoring and amphibian and reptile identification, 2015-2016

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

University of California - Davis. "Frogs that can take the heat expected to fare better in a changing world: Climate change may outpace deforestation as habitat threat in tropics." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 July 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160707171954.htm>.

“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

Awards, Specialty Courses, Workshops Attended

CASE student recognition for Outstanding Academic Achievement, FIU, 2018

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