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Pauline L. Kamath

137 Mulford Hall, #3114 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720, USA EDUCATION office: +1, 510-643-1227 [email protected]

Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, expected 2010 Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM) Thesis Title: The role of adaptive genetic variation in anthrax dynamics of plains zebra. Committee: Wayne Getz (advisor), Justin Brashares, Rauri Bowie, Lisa Barcellos B. S. - McGill University, Montreal, PQ, Canada, 2000 Biology, with first class honours, specialization in Developmental Genetics Thesis title: Identification and characterization of a distal tip cell mutant, xdc, in Caenorhabditis elegans. Advisor: Dr. Richard Roy

FELLOWSHIPS and GRANTS

2008 National Institute of Health, Emerging Infectious Disease Grant, contributing author 2007 Carolyn Meek Scholarship 2007 Graduate Division Travel Award 2007 Entomology Student Organization Student Travel Grant 2006- 2008 ESPM Student Travel Award 2005 Ruth Hiebert Fellowship in Marine Mammal Conservation 2005 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Honorary Mention 2004 ESPM Departmental Block Grant, UC Berkeley

AWARDS and APPOINTMENTS

2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, ESPM 2007-2008 Committee Member, Entomology Student Organization Travel Award Committee 2005-2007 Treasurer, Berkeley Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology 2000 McGill Biology Undergraduate Researcher of the Year 1999, 2000 Principle's Honor Roll, McGill University 1998-2000 VP Finance, McGill Biology Student Union, McGill University

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Researcher, Graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Wayne Getz, ESPM, UC Berkeley, 2006-present. · Ph.D. dissertation research on African ungulate disease ecology, population genetics, evolutionary ecology, and conservation. · Experience using population genetic techniques; including DNA extraction, PCR amplification, microsatellite genotyping and sequencing, relatedness analyses, structure analyses, etc. · Knowledgeable in relevant population genetic and evolutionary theory. Researcher, Graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Per Palsbøll, ESPM, UC Berkeley, 2004-2006 · Population and conservation genetics of marine mammals. Research Assistant, Humpback Whale Studies Program, Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA, 2002-2004 · Involved with research cruises, photo documentation and collection of biopsy skin samples (for genetic, pregnancy, and stress analysis), data processing and analysis, maintenance of the Gulf of Maine Humpback Catalog

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Assisted the Whale Disentanglement Network with rescue and disentanglement of large whales Assisted the Cape Cod Stranding Network with strandings of marine mammals

Lab technician, Pacific Biomedical Research Center, U. of Hawaii- Manoa, Honolulu, HI, 2001 · Assisted with studies on developmental evolutionary genetics of marine invertebrates. · Isolated various candidate genes of the hox and parahox clusters from several different species. · Experience in various molecular techniques. Research Volunteer, Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory (KBMML), U. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, 2001. · Involved with ongoing cognition and communication research. · Assisted a graduate student on dolphin sonar acuity research. · Experience in behavioral observations, husbandry, and dolphin training. Research Staff, Humpback Whale Project, Maui, HI. (KBMML), 2000-2001. · Experience in detailed observations, recording, and interpretation of surface and underwater humpback whale behavioral data. · Involved in photo identification using fluke photographs, data entry and processing. · Experience in the use of the Global Positioning System, hydrophones in whale song recordings, Canon Cameras (100-300mm lenses), VHF and CB radios, boat driving and maintenance of a 19 ft. Sea Swirl and 17 ft. Boston Whaler. · Shore-based data collection, using a theodolite and computer-mapping program. Intern, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Cognition and Communication Internship (KBMML), 2000-2001. · Involved in research on the study of the dolphins' memory, language, and sense of echolocation. · Experience in cetacean behavioral observations, husbandry, animal training, data entry, and analysis. Undergraduate Honours Research, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1999-2000. · Completed an undergraduate honours independent research project in developmental genetics in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Roy. · Thesis title: "Identification and characterization of a distal tip cell mutant, xdc, in Caenorhabditis elegans." Independent field study, McGill University, in conjunction with the Bellair's Research Institute, Barbados, 1999. · Completed an environmental impact assessment of a seawater desalination plant. · While there, also volunteered with the Barbados Hawksbill Sea Turtle Project.

MEETING PUBLICATIONS

Bérubé, M.; Best, P.; Kamath, P.; Rew, M.B.; Sellas, A.; Reeb, D.; Palsbøll, P. 2007. Paternity in southern right whales--is there more bang in a particular buck? In: 17th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals Abstracts. Kamath, P.; Bérubé, M.; Mattila, D.; Robbins, J.; Palsbøll, P. 2003. Paternity in Gulf of Maine humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) supports random mating with respect to feeding ground origin. In: 15th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals Abstracts. Branstetter, B. K; Herman, L. M.; Pack, A.; Mevissen, S.; Roberts, S.; Kamath, P.; Conley, A.; Belshaw, M.; Graham, S. 2001. The spatial acuity of dolphin sonar. In: 14th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammal Abstracts, pp.31.

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PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

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Member of two professional international organizations; Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) Member of a non-profit science organization, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Society Involved in planning and implementing the 9th Annual Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium, held at UC Berkeley on Feb. 10, 2007. The objective of this meeting was to bring together students and faculty across San Francisco Bay Area universities and community organizations that are interested in conservation biology to increase communication and interchange of ideas, discuss recent scientific findings and policy, and to provide feedback on graduate research. It also encouraged collaboration among scientists, practitioners, and policy makers. As an officer of the Berkeley Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, I was involved the formation of our East African Sister Chapter in Nairobi, Kenya. I have been active in providing support for this group, by helping in a donation drive to collect scientific journals and books that were used to start a library for the East Africa Chapter. I was also involved with the organization of a fundraising benefit concert in which we raised a total of $1,013 that was used to buy a computer for the chapter and help fund the maintenance of a tree nursery for the Mount Kenya Forest (a UNESCO world heritage site).

PRESENTATIONS

Etosha Research Symposium, University of California, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A, September 2008 Title: Characterization of equine Major Histocompatibility Complex genes in plains zebra (Equus quagga). Evolution Meeting, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, U.S.A., June 2008 Title: Characterization of anthrax-related candidate genes in Burchell's zebra (Equus quagga). Etosha Centennial Symposium, Mokuti Lodge, amibia, June 2007 Title: Genetic susceptibility to anthrax in plains zebra of Etosha National Park, Namibia. Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Greensboro, C, December 2003 Title: Paternity in Gulf of Maine humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) supports random mating with respect to feeding ground origin.

TEACHING and MENTORSHIP

Mentor, Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, UC Berkeley, 2008-present · I currently mentor two undergraduates and am training them in laboratory techniques and genetic analyses on projects related to my dissertation research. Mentor, Biology Scholars Program, UC Berkeley, 2008 · BSP is an undergraduate program designed to promote the success of students from economic, gender, ethnic and cultural groups historically underrepresented in the biological sciences. It provides these students with a comprehensive program of support during their years at Berkeley. · Mentored two undergraduates, during the summer session; trained them in laboratory techniques and genetic data analyses; taught them how to conduct research from developing the research question to the final presentation of results. They presented their research projects at a symposium the end of the summer.

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Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley, Wildlife Ecology (ESPM114), 2007 · Led three weekly discussion sessions (with 71 total students) in an upper division undergraduate course on wildlife ecology taught by Professor Justin Brashares; designed discussion syllabus, planned discussion topics, assigned relevant readings, assisted in designing and grading of exams and assignments. Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley, Principles of Conservation Biology, ESPM 103, 2006 · Led weekly discussion sessions (50 students) in an upper division undergraduate course on conservation biology taught by Professor Claire Kremen and Professor Per Palsbøll; designed discussion syllabus, planned discussion topics, assigned relevant readings, assisted in designing and grading of exams and assignments. Mentor, Undergraduate honors thesis, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley, 2005 · Mentored an undergraduate student conducting an honors thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Per Palsboll. Tutor, Advanced Placement Biology, Phoenix Project, Berkeley High School, 2005 · Tutored students in AP Biology (twice/week) to improve their academic progress and future opportunities in this after-school program for racially and financially disadvantaged teens. aturalist on whale watch cruises, Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA, 2002-2004 · Led over 150 educational tours, about 3-4 hours in length, on marine ecology aboard the Dolphin Fleet Whale Watches during the summers; included a natural history lecture on marine life of Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagon Bank Lecturer on Marine Ecology to elementary schools, Center for Coastal Studies, 2002-2004 · Gave 1-2 hour talks and demonstrations to elementary school summer classes on marine and coastal ecology of Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagon Bank. Education Staff, Earthwatch Research Education Program · As a staff member on Humpback Whale Project, Maui, HI. (KBMML), I led teams of Earthwatch volunteers; instructing and guiding them in field techniques, data collection, data processing, and analysis.

REFERENCES Name: Professor Wayne Getz Relationship: Ph.D. advisor Address: 137 Mulford Hall, UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 Office phone: +1 (510) 642-8745 Email: [email protected] Name: Professor Rauri Bowie Relationship: Ph.D. Committee Member Address: 3101 Valley Life Science Bldg., UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 Office phone: +1 (510) 643-1617 Email: [email protected]

Name: Professor Justin Brashares Relationship: Ph.D. Committee Member Address: 137 Mulford Hall, UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 Email: [email protected]

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