Curriculum Vitae

Jamie C. Winternitz


Department of Population Biology                                                                                          Phone: +420 777 870 604

Institute of Vertebrate Biology                                                                                        Email:

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic               Website:

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Czech Republic



Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Botany, ASCR, Brno, Czech Republic                                                    2013 - 2015

Adviser: Josef Bryja

Doctorate of Philosophy in Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Adviser: Sonia M. Altizer                                                                                                                             2006 - 2012


Junior Year Abroad in Biological Sciences, Lancaster University, UK                                                                        2004


Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior, Honors, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Adviser: Daniel T. Blumstein                                                                                                                                   2005



Professional Experience


Instructor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      January to May 2013

Biological Sciences, ­University of Georgia, GA

Dr. Mark Farmer (, Chair of Biological Sciences

         Instructor for basic biology laboratory skills course, responsible for coordinating labs, supplies, and curriculum.

         Taught technical skills, DNA extraction, use of restriction enzymes, PCR and ELISAs to undergraduate Biology majors.

         Created assignments, grading rubrics, and a lab manual to further student understanding of course objectives.

Research Technician                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           June 2012 to May 2013

Odum School of Ecology, ­University of Georgia, GA

Dr. Daniel G. Streicker (

     Managed genetics laboratory space, supplies, and equipment.

     Performed DNA extraction, PCR, and sequencing for mammalian tissue and blood samples.

     Analyzed microsatellite data for population genetic studies on vampire bats.

     Coordinated activities of undergraduate and graduate researchers and volunteers.


Head Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       June to August 2012

Odum School of Ecology, ­University of Georgia, GA

Dr. Scott Connelly (

     ­Lead organizer for lab course, responsible for coordinating labs, field trips, supplies, and curriculum.

     Taught ecology, conservation, and population/community concepts to undergraduate Ecology majors.

     Led field trips and in-class discussions on ecological themes.

     Created assignments and grading rubrics to further student understanding of course objectives.


Lead Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  September to May 2010-2012

Odum School of Ecology, ­University of Georgia, GA

Dr. J Vaun McArthur (

     ­Lead organizer for course TAs, responsible for coordinating labs, field trips, supplies, and curriculum.

     Taught ecology, conservation, and population/community concepts to undergraduate Ecology majors and non-majors.

     Led field trips and in-class discussions on ecological themes.

     Created assignments and grading rubrics to further student understanding of course objectives.


EcoReach Outreach Coordinator                                                                                                              August 2007 - 2012

Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, GA

Dr. Scott Connelly (

     Head coordinator of Ecoreach, an outreach program that teaches ecology to community grade school children and their families.

     Organized a webpage and list-serve to recruit volunteers for outreach opportunities. Responsible for materials and training of volunteers for outreach programs

     Participated at dozens of local schools and community events, interacting with over 500 students.


Research Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          March 2008

Monarch Disease Ecology Project, ­Chinqua and Pelon, Mexico

­Dr. Sonia Altizer (

     ­Assisted with field research on the ecological factors affecting prevalence of an infectious protozoan parasite on Monarch over-wintering populations.

     In charge of netting monarchs, recording morphological characters, and digitally scanning hundreds of wings for morphometric and color analysis.

     Analyzed data using SPSS for significant relationships between infection status and wing morphology.


Trail Crew Worker                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            January to April 2006

­Student Conservation Association, Florida National Scenic Trail, FL

Bob Woods (, Project Manager, Florida National Scenic Trail

     Worked on a team of five trail crew members to create new and maintain existing trail in northern Florida.  Experienced living in remote areas in primitive conditions for 10+ days.  Experienced with backpacking.  

     Regularly carried >50lbs of equipment and material to build boardwalks in remote areas.  Experienced using hand tools and construction equipment.



Research Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          October 2005

­Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis

­Ted Stankowich (

     ­Assisted graduate student with his dissertation research on the evolution of predator recognition in mule deer.

     Responsible for locating deer, setting up video cameras, and recording the behavior of deer presented predator stimuli.  This work led to a dissertation chapter.




Field Researcher                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           June to September 2005 - 2007

­Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, CO

­Dr. Daniel Blumstein (

     ­Field researcher for the long-term study of yellow-bellied marmot behavior and ecology.

     Duties included working as a team for trapping, marking, collecting blood and fecal samples, and observing the behavior of marmots.

     Individually responsible for play-back experiments that tested hypotheses on the adaptive responses of marmots to specific stimuli and behavioral studies exploring male motivation for alarm calling. This led to publications in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology and Animal Behavior.



Research Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     January to April 2005

­Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior, UCLA, CA

­Dr. Greg Grether (

     ­Assisted with the experimental investigation of sexual selection and food resource abundance in a lab population of guppies.

     Duties included high attention to detail while distributing controlled quantities of food to 500 tanks twice a day, checking all tanks for live young, and maintaining high living standards for the fish.



Research Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         June to September 2002 - 2004

Surface Water Resources, Inc. ­Sacramento, CA

Paul Bratovich (916) 563-6560, CEO

     ­Shadowed at an environmental consulting agency interested in water issues in California.

     Researched and fact-checked proposals.

     Made frequent trips to the CA Fish and Wildlife Department to locate and identify pertinent data for research proposals.

     Interpreted permit requirements and composed time-lines for the office.

     Researched and presented on EPA requirements for native salmonids to the company.




Research Interests


Genetics of disease resistance in natural populations

Sexual selection and parasite-mediated natural selection

Interaction between animal behavior, life history traits and infectious disease risk

Demographic impact on selection dynamics 

Integration and advancement of women in science


Dissertation Research


Mechanisms of Selection and MHC Diversity in the Montane Vole and other Wild Mammals

July 2007 to October 2012, Odum School of Ecology,UGA, Research adviser: Sonia M. Altizer

            I investigated how host population dynamics and parasite-mediated selection affect the immunogenic variation in a rodent species that undergoes repeated population cycles.  I focused on the Major Histocompatibility Complex, vitally important for immune defense in vertebrates, and renowned for its great genetic diversity, thought to be maintained by coevolution with parasites and possibly mate choice.  I predicted that if parasite-mediated selection is stronger than the force of random genetic drift, then signatures of balancing selection would be present at the MHC, using wild montane voles (Microtus montanus) as a relevant system.  I tested for evidence of historic and contemporary balancing selection, using a combination of observational field studies and genetic analyses.  Using 454 pyrosequencing, I characterized the MHC class II DRB locus for the first time in a North American Arvicolinae, and I found weak evidence of balancing selection and strong evidence of purifying selection.  I put these results into context using phylogenetically controlled comparative methods to examine variation at the MHC across five orders of mammals, and to test for the relative forces of parasite-mediated selection and sexual selection in maintaining interspecies variation. I found evidence that both parasite-mediated and sexual selection could be playing a role preserving MHC diversity.  This research contributes to advancing knowledge of evolutionary forces that shape host immunogenetic variation, with great relevance to conservation genetics in light of pathogen threats to wildlife populations.



Peer-reviewed Publications: 


1.    Blumstein, D.T., Cooley, L., Winternitz, J, Daniel, J.C. 2008. Do yellow-bellied marmots respond to predator vocalizations?  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 62(3): 457-468.

­2.    Blumstein, D.T., Richardson, D.T., Cooley, L., Winternitz, J., Daniel, J.C. 2008. The structure, meaning, and function of yellow-bellied marmot pup screams.  Animal Behavior, 76: 1055-1064.

3.   Winternitz, J.C., Yabsley, M.J., Altizer, S.M. 2012.  Parasite infection and host dynamics in a naturally fluctuating rodent population.  Canadian Journal of Zoology, 90:1149-1160.

4.   Winternitz, J.C., Wares, J.P.  Duplication and population dynamics shape historic patterns of selection and genetic variation at the MHC in rodents.  Ecology and Evolution, 3(6):1552-1568.

      5.   Winternitz, J.C., Minchey, S.G., Garamszegi, L.Z., Huang, S., Stephens, P.R. and Altizer, S. Sexual selection explains more functional variation in mammalian immune genes than parasitism.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 280(1769): 20131605.


­Other Publications: 


6.    Han, B.A., Rushmore, J., Fritzsche, A., Satterfield, D., Winternitz, J. 2012.  Preempting Pandemics. Science, 337: 647-648.  Book Review.


 Publications in Review: 

1.     Winternitz, J.C., Wares, J.P., Altizer, S.  Wild voles maintain high neutral and MHC diversity independently of parasitism.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology, in review.

­Publications in Preparation: 

 1.     ­Winternitz, J.C., Yabsley, M.J.  New Eimeria species found in the montane vole (Microtus montanus). In preparation.


­Grants, Awards, and Honors 


Institute of Bioinformatics Next Generation Sequence Analysis Symposium Poster Award                                   2013

Solitary Glove Award $500


Odum School of Ecology Small Grants $465


­­Association for Women in Science Educational Award $500


­­Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Snyder Memorial Fund $750


­­National Geographic Young Explorers Grant $4,727


­­Odum School of Ecology Small Grants $1,500


­­Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases T32 Training grant, NIH $20,772


­­Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Travel Grant, $500 CSU


­­Dean Lindholm Memorial Award $500


­­Robert A. Sheldon Memorial Award $250


­­Lewis and Clark Exploration Fund $1,400


­­Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant $1,000


­­Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Travel Grant, $500 Cornell


­­21 month UGA Graduate School Assistantship $34,900


­­Americorp Service Scholarship $1,000


­­UCLA College Honors


­­Dean's List







 Professional Service 


­­EcoReach Coordinator for community school outreach


­­Ecology Graduate Student Representative


­­Chair of UGA's Graduate Student Symposium


­­Interdisciplinary Joint Lab Discussion Coordinator


­­Chair of UGA’s Graduate Student Retreat


­­Committee Member for Grad Student Symposium


­­Student Government, UCLA- Student Representative






Research Presented 


  1. Sexual selection explains more functional variation in mammalian immune genes than parasitism. Congress for the European Society of Evolutionary Biology, Lisbon, Portugal August 2013. Oral Contribution.  
  2. Sexual selection explains more functional variation in mammalian immune genes than parasitism. Institute of Bioinformatics Next Generation Sequence Analysis Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, GA April 2013. Poster Contribution.
  3. Parasite infection and host dynamics in a naturally fluctuating rodent population.UGA Student Chapter Wildlife Disease Association Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, GA November 2011. Poster Contribution.
  4. Parasite dynamics in a naturally fluctuating rodent population. ­Graduate Student Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, GA January 2011. Oral Contribution.
  5. Wavelet analysis of montane vole population cycles. ­Graduate Student Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, January 2010. Oral Contribution.
  6. Parasites and mate choice: what maintains MHC allelic diversity in cyclic populations? ­Southeastern Population, Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics, Dahlonega, GA, October 2009. Oral Contribution.
  7. Parasite and MHC-mediated mate preferences in montane voles (Microtus montanus). ­Animal Behavior Society, Pirenópolus, Brazil, June 2009. Poster Contribution.
  8. Parasites, sexual selection, and MHC. Population Biology of Infectious Diseases Course, ­University of Georgia, Athens, GA, March 2009. Invited Lecture.
  9. What maintains MHC polymorphism in cyclic montane voles? ­Vole Meeting, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, February 2009. Poster Contribution.
  10. ­Foraging decisions, parasitism, and predation risk. ­Graduate Student Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, January 2009. Oral Contribution.
  11. ­Selection dynamics and MHC variability in cyclic montane voles. ­Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Conference, Colorado State, Fort Collins, CO, June 2008. Poster Contribution
  12. ­How do parasite-driven and sexual selection contribute to immunity in cyclic montane voles? ­Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Gothic, Colorado, July 2008. Oral Contribution.
  13. ­Selection pressure and immunity in cyclic montane voles. ­Graduate Student Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, January 2008. Oral Contribution.
  14. Do yellow-bellied marmots respond to predator vocalizations? ­Graduate Student Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, January 2007. Oral Contribution.
  15. A comparison of Critical Habitat, Essential Fish Habitat, and Evolutionary Significant Units of the Chinook salmon in California. ­Surface Water Resources, Inc., Sacramento, California, September 2004. Invited Oral Contribution.




University of Massachusetts, Amherst                                                                                                                     2012                                                                            

AnthroTree Workshop: phylogenetically controlled comparative analysis


University of Georgia                                                                                                                                              2008

Microsatellite development and DNA lab techniques


Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Meeting, Colorado State University                                                         2008

Evolution Workshop


Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Meeting, Cornell University                                                                     2007

Modeling Infectious Diseases Workshop


Student Conservation Association                                                                                                                           2006

Leave No Trace Certified





Computer: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Professional, EndNote, SPSS, MicroChecker, Fstat, Genepop, Arlequin, GeneMarker, MEGA, GENEIOUS, SESAME, jMHC, Datamonkey, R.

Laboratory: ­Microsatellite development, DNA isolation and extraction, Next Generation Sequencing (454 Sequencing), cloning, PCR, fecal parasite examination, insect and rodent dissection, mate choice experimental design.

Field Biology: Backcountry wilderness experience; wildlife sampling in remote areas; rodent trapping grid designs, small and medium-sized mammal mark-recapture, drawing blood samples, tissue and fecal sampling, GIS, behavioral observation, playback studies, butterfly field sampling, transects.


Relevant Coursework

Environmental Biotechnology; Topics in Modern Ecology; Population Ecology; TA Training for Graduate Students; Modeling Population Ecology; Species Invasions; Wildlife Diseases; Ecology and Biodiversity; Evolution and Behavior; Ecology and Behavior; Nature in the Renaissance; Molecular Biology; Environmental Physiology; Ethics of Biology in Society; Molecular Biology and Evolution; Field Behavioral Ecology; Field Tropical Ecology; Evolution and Ecology of Infectious Diseases; Estimation of Parameters of Fish and Wildlife Populations, Molecular Epidemiology.


 Professional Memberships 


Sigma Xi                                                                                                                                                  2007 - present


Sigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women in Science                                                                                       2007 - present


UGA Ecology Graduate Student Organization                                                                                              2006 - 2012t


Animal Behavior Society                                                                                                                           2006 - present