Current Affiliations

Past Affiliations

CV

MONICA M. MCDONALD

Washington University

Dept. of Anthropology

One Brookings Drive

Campus Box 1114

Saint Louis, MO 63130

Email: mmcdonald@wustl.edu

Phone: (617) 823-5196

Fax: (314) 935-8535

 

EDUCATION

2009 – present

2011

2009

2003

2001

Ph.D. student, Physical Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

A.M., Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

M.Sc., Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

M.A., Higher Education Admin, Boston College, MA

A.B., Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

FIELDWORK

2011

Chunga, Kafue National Park, Zambia (2 months)

Trapped, carried, restrained, & processed 76 kinda baboons;  Assisted with vitals, dental casts, collection of morphological measurements, feces, hair, blood &, microbiome samples for hormone, genome, and other genetic analysis; Assisted in the centrifugation and appropriation of blood into tubes and FTA cards.

2007

Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa (3 months), Master’s Thesis

Obtained permits for fieldwork & collected 240 fecal samples in 4 locations in Kenya & Tanzania; Collaborated with the Colobus Trust (Kenya) & WCS (Tanzania)

2006

Gede Ruins, Kenya, Africa (5 months), Primate Field Assistant

Habituated Sykes monkey group at the Gede Ruins; Collected behavioral data and fecal samples for cortisol testing to assess primate stress levels; Learned conversational Swahili

2002

LaSuerte Biological Field Station, Costa Rica (1.5 months)

Attended primate behavior & ecology class; Investigated tail locomotion in Mantled Howler Monkeys

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

2010

Population genetics of Zambian baboons, genus Papio, Research Assistant, Molecular Primatology Laboratory, New York University. New York, NY

Extracted, amplified, and analyzed microsatellite DNA and mtDNA for population genetic analysis of Zambian baboons; Used multiplex process for the microsatellite amplification and long-range and regular amplification for the mtDNA

2009

Phylogeography of Namibian elephant shrews,  Molecular Lab Technician, Center for Comparative Genomics, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

Assisted with phylogeographic study of elephant shrews by amplifying, visualizing, cleaning, and sequencing mtDNA from poorly preserved museum skins and tissue; Analyzed sequences using SEQUENCHER.4.9 and learned ancient DNA lab techniques

2007-2008

Phylogeography of the Angolan Black and White Colobus Monkey, Colobus angolensis palliatus, in Kenya and Tanzania, Principal Investigator, Center for Comparative Genomics, California Academy of Sciences/Conservation Genetics Lab, SFSU

Collected fecal samples in East Africa for a phylogeographic study of the Angolan Black and White Colobus monkey; Extracted, amplified, cleaned, and sequenced mtDNA from feces; Aligned and analyzed data using dnaSP, Sequencher 4.9, MacClade, PAUP, MrBayes, and Arlequin.

2007

Phylogeography of snakes, Research Assistant, Center for Comparative Genomics Volunteer, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

Assisted with phylogeographic study of snake species by amplfying, visualizing, cleaning, and sequencing mtDNA from well preserved tissue; Used both Ethanol Precipitation and Sephadex and analyzed sequences using SEQUENCHER.4.7

PUBLICATIONS AND PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS

McDonald MM. 2011. Modeling the ecological niche of the Angolan Black and White Colobus Monkey, Colobus angolensis palliatus. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 144 (S52):210-211

McDonald MM, Hamilton, H. 2010. Phylogeography of the Angolan Black and White Colobus Monkey, Colobus angolensis palliatus, in Kenya and Tanzania. American Journal of Primatology 71:1–10

McDonald M, Hamilton H, Drewes R. 2009. The Phylogeography of the Angolan Black and White Colobus Monkey, Colobus angolensis palliatus, in Kenya and Tanzania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 138 (S48):187

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2012

2012

2012

2011

2011

2011

2010-2011

2010

2009

2009

2007

2007

2006-2007

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research, $800

Lambda Alpha Graduate Overseas Research Award, $5,910

Research Award, Washington University, $6500

Summer Travel Award, Washington University, $1,000

“Audience Choice” Poster Award, Washington University Graduate Research Symposium, $75

AAPA William S. Pollitzer Student Travel Award, $500

Travel Grant, Washington University, $300

Summer Travel Award, Washington University, $2,500

Evolution Symposium Poster Award, California Academy of Sciences/UCSF $250

Grad Student Council in Biology Student Travel Grant, San Francisco, State University, $400

Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) Biology Dept. Small Grant, SFSU, $300 & $400

Molecular Start-up Grant, California Academy of Sciences. $1,500

G. Lindsay Field Research Fund, California Academy of Sciences. $3,000

TEACHING EXPERIENCES

2012

2011

2011

2010

2010

2007

Teaching Assistant, Behavioral Research Methods at the Saint Louis Zoo, Anthro Dept, Wash U

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Human Evolution, Anthropology Dept., Washington University

Teaching Assistant, Proseminar: Issues & Research in Anthro, Anthropology Dept., Washington Univ.

English and Science Teacher, Kabete Rehab. School, Nairobi, Kenya; 3-week Service Trip, Wash U

Teaching Assistant, Human Osteology, Anthropology Dept., Washington University

Biology 101 Lab Instructor, Biology Dept., SFSU

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Sigma Xi

CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA

2011

Washington University Graduate Research Symposium

Presented poster, “Three’s Company: A Study of the Gorilla Bachelor Group at the Saint Louis Zoo”

2010-2011

Midwest Primate Interest Group; American Assoc. of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)

Presented poster, “Modeling the Ecological Niche of the Angolan Black and White Colobus monkey”

2009

AAPA; Cal Academy/UCSF Evol Symp; SFSU Grad Research Showcase

Presented poster, “Phylogeography of the Angolan Black and White Colobus monkey in Kenya and TZ”

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

2011-2012

2011-2012

2010-2011

2010-2011

2006-2008

Graduate Council, Secretary, Washington University; Subcommittees: Executive Committee,

Graduate Professional Council, Washington University; Subcommittee: Policy & Strategies

Graduate Student Senate, Washington Univ: Subcommittees: OFMA Award, Student Health

Alumni Reunion Committee, Washington University

Graduate Student Council in Biology, SFSU

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

2007 & 2009

2004-2006

2002-2004

2002

2001-2002

Program Coordinator & Admissions Coordinator, Health Professions Advising Center, SFSU

Graduate Studies Manager, Academic Affairs Office, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

Admissions Counselor, Admissions Office, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

Tufts’ Undergrad Experience Task Force Intern, Tufts University

Freshman First Week Assistant/O’Connell House Fiscal Manager, ODSD, Boston College

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