Curriculum Vitae

Education:

  • In Progress: Biology, PhD Candidate, University of New Mexico
  • Conferred:    Bachelors of Science, Psychology, University of New Mexico

Research:

  • INTERESTS
    • Behavioral ecology. Evolutionary biology. Evolutionary psychology. Coadapted gene complexes. Sympatric speciation. Olfactory sensing of immune system products. The evolution of brain size in birds. Honest signaling in humans. The role of humor in human mating. Applying behavioral and evolutionary studies to governmental policy.
  • EXPERIENCE
    • Organize and maintain pupfish lab; meta-analysis of mating behaviors in birds; designed, ran and collected data on the role of humor as an honest signal in humans; internship at Sandia National Labs (SNL) in Biothreat Reduction; designed, ran and collected data on the androgenic reactions to threatening simulations in humans.
  • FIELD WORK 
    • Five week study of three sympatric Cyprinodon spp. at the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas
  • INTERNSHIP at Sandia National Laboratories
    • applied behavioral principles to reducing global pandemics and use of biologics as weapons of mass destruction.
Fellowships and grants:
  • Gerace Research Center research award, Gerace Research Center, The Bahamas, Spring 2011: $800
  • Office of Graduate Students Research, Project, Travel award, University of New Mexico,  Spring 2011: $750
  • Student Conference Award Program Scholarship, University of New Mexico, Summer 2010: $600
  • Grove Research Scholarship, University of New Mexico, Spring 2009; $1000
  • Student Conference Award Program Scholarship, University of New Mexico, Spring 2009; $600
  • Grove Research Scholarship, University of New Mexico, Spring 2008: $750

 Publications:

  • West, R. J. D. (In review). The evolution of large brain size in birds is related to social monogamy. Journal of Evolutionary Biology
  • West, R. J. D. (2007). Waking sleep: The struggle of science and dreaming. Journal of Social Evolutionary & Cultural Psychology 1(3), 114-117.
  • In preparation
    • Parasite mediated speciation in sister species of Cyprinodonts
    • Humor and mate choice

 Presentations:

  • Bird brains: the relationship between monogamy and brain size. Animal Behavior Conference, July 2010
  • Bird brains:  the relationship between monogamy and brain size. Biology Brown Bag, University of New Mexico, September, 2010
   Contact Information: 
      rjdwest@gmail.com
 
       Department of Biology
       University of New Mexico
       167 Castetter Hall
       MSC03 2020
       1 University of New Mexico
       Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 




 Teaching:

  • INTERESTS
    • Evolutionary Biology, Behavioral Ecology, Reading Darwin: from then to now
  • TEACHING ASSISTANCESHIPS
    • Summer 2011: Genetics, University of New Mexico, 2 hour lab
    • Spring 2011: Behavioral Ecology, University of New Mexico: creating homeworks, creating test items, leading discussions
    • Fall 2010: Genetics, University of New Mexico: 2 hour lab
    • Spring 2010: Evolution and Ecology, University of New Mexico: 1 hour lecture and 2 hour lab
    • Fall 2009: Plant and Animal Physiology, University of New Mexico: 3 hour lab
    • Spring 2009: Behavioral Ecology, University of New Mexico: creating homeworks, leading discussions
    • Fall 2008: Evolution of Human Sexuality, University of New Mexico: leading 1 hour discussions
    • Spring 2008: Evolution and Ecology, University of New Mexico: 1 hour lecture and 2 hour lab
    • Fall 2008: Evolution and Ecology, University of New Mexico: 1 hour lecture and 2 hour lab

 Conferences Attended:

  • Summer 2010 Animal Behavior Conference
  • Spring 2009 European Human Behaviour and Evolution Conference
  • Spring 2008 European Human Behaviour and Evolution Conference
  • Spring 2008 Human Behavior and Evolution Society Pre-conference
  • Spring 2004 invited monthly seminars of the Human Evolutionary and Behavior Science Program at the UNM Hibben Center

 Skills:

  • Computing:
    • Programming Languages: Java, JSP, JavaScript, Apache, Tomcat, XML, Perl, CSS and HTML.
    • Web applications: Experience developing web applications 
    • Web Development: Design interface, usability and human factors
    • Software: MS Office, Adobe, MS Access, Excel, DreamWorks, etc

Relevant Employment History:

University of New Mexico, Department of Biology - Albuquerque, NM

    Graduate Student Teaching Assistant: August 2007 - Current

Sandia National Labs, Biothreat Reduction Agency - Albuquerque, NM

Graduate Professional Intern at the: November 2007 – June 2010

Los Alamos National Laboratories - Los Alamos, NM

GRA Computer Programmer in Bioinformatics: June 2007 - current

Los Alamos National Laboratories - Los Alamos, NM

UGS Computer Programmer: June 1999 – August 2003

Clearance:

  • Department of Energy clearance information available upon legitimate request

Professional References:


Astrid Kodric-Brown, PhD

Graduate Advisor

Department of Biology

University of New Mexico

505-277-9336

Randy Thornhill, PhD Distinguished Professor

Graduate Committee Member

Department of Biology

University of New Mexico

505-277-3411

Paul J Watson, PhD

Graduate Committee Member

Department of Biology

University of New Mexico

505-277-2515