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Alexandra Basolo

CONTACT INFORMATION

Alexandra Basolo, Professor
School of Biological Sciences
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0118

basolo@cricket.unl.edu

http://cricket.unl.edu/basolo.html

RESEARCH AREAS OF INTEREST

My research interests span a range of areas including evolution, ecology, and behavior. My main research organisms are swordtails and platyfish, but I also work on other livebearing poeciliids, and with hermit crabs along the coast of the US. Evolutionary genetics, ecological genetics and behavioral ecology, particularly co-evolution of males and females, within and between species comparative studies, life histories, and predator/prey interactions.

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DEGREES

PhD in Zoology, University of Texas at Austin (Advisor: Jim Bull).

MA in Marine Biology, San Francisco State University (Advisor: Hal Markowitz).

BA in Biology, University of California, San Diego.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2004-2007 Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

1999-2003 Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

1994-1999 Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

1991-1994 NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara.

1990-1991 NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara.

1984-1990 Graduate Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin.

1982-1984 Research Biologist, Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory.

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND HONORS

2007 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Italian Fulbright Commission.

2004 Teaching Council and Parents Association, University of Nebraska.

2003 Young Investigator for 2003 Award, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

2003 Haas Faculty Research Award, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska.

2003 Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, University of Nebraska.

2001 Visites de Profesores Distinguidos, Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, Mexico.

2001 Northwest Regional Young Investigator Award, Sigma Xi.

2001 Academic Exchange Award, Univerisdad Autonoma de Mexico.

1998 Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, University of Nebraska.

1996 Outstanding New Investigator of the Year Award, Animal Behavior Society.

1993 U.S. Young Ethologist Travel Award, International Ethological Congress.

1992 Animal Behavior Society Research Grant.

1991 Four-year Individual National Research Service Award, National Institute of Health, “Selection, Sex-limitation and Color Pattern Evolution.”

1991 Young Investigator Award, American Society of Naturalists.

1991 Post-doctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation Grant to John Endler, UCSB.

1989 Stowe Award, American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists.

1989 National Geographic Society Field Research Grant (Co-PI with John Endler).

1989 Raney Award, American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists.

1988 Blair Scholarship, Department of Zoology, University of Texas.

1988 Raney Award, American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists.

1987 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation (with Jim Bull).

1987 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant, American Museum of Natural History.

1987 Collection Research Grant, American Museum of Natural History.

1987 American Association for the Advancement of Science, Certificate of Merit.

1987 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.

1986 Blair Scholarship, Department of Zoology, University of Texas.

1986 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant, American Museum of Natural History.

1986 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.

1986 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant, American Museum of Natural

INVITED RESEARCH SEMINARS AND SYMPOSIA

2007 Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, University of Iowa

2007 Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota.

2007 “Evolutionary Genetics of Coloration in Poeciliids”, Poeciliid Genomics: Developing New Model Systems for Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Catalyst Meeting, NESCent, NC.

2006 Evolutionary Population Biology, University of Lund, Sweden.

2006 Ecology and Evolution Colloquium Series, University of Colorado at Boulder.

2006 “How natural and sexual selection contribute to the evolution of morphological, physiological and behavioral traits”, Bases Biologicas de la Conducta Speaker, Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala, Mexico.

2005 Department of Biological Sciences, Ohio University.

2005 “Natural and Sexual Selection in Swordtails”, International Poeciliid Conference Plenary Speaker, Norway.

2004 Mayo Clinic Sigma Xi Chapter, Minnesota.

2004 Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Vermont, Vermont.

2004 Ecology Graduate Student Association, Instituto de Ecología, Xalapa, Mexico.

2004 Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Kansas.

2003 Biotechnology Center Colloquium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

2003 “Tropical Fish Tales: Investigating Sexually Selected Traits at Multiple Levels”, Young Investigator of the Year Plenary Speaker , Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

2002 Department of Zoology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri.

2002 Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, California.

2002 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, California.

2001 Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondeim, Norway.

2001 Department of Biology, University of California, Riverside.

2001 Universidad de Autonoma Mexico, Mexico City.

2001 “Comparative Studies of Mating Preferences”, Measuring Mate Choice Symposium, Animal Behavior Society.

2000 Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, Michigan.

2000 Department of Biology, Lake Forest College, Chicago, Illinois.

2000 “Testing Assumptions of Fisherian Sex Ratio Evolution”, WD Hamilton Memorial Symposium, University of California, Berkeley.

1999 Department of Zoology, University of Florida, Florida.

1999 Department of Biology, University of South Dakota, South Dakota.

1999 Department of Biological Sciences, University of New Orleans, Louisiana.

1998 Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri.

1998 Department of Biology, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Nebraska.

1998 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Richmond, Virginia.

1998 “Biases favoring swords in poeciliids: homology or convergence”, Adaptive Significance of Signalling and Signal Design in Animal Communication Symposium, The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, Norway.

1997 Zoology Department, Duke University, North Carolina.

1997 Biological Sciences, Indiana University, Indiana.

1997 Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana.

1997 Department of Zoology, University of Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway.        

1996 Department of Zoology, University of Toronto, Canada.

1996 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky, Kentucky.

1996 Department of Zoology, Brigham Young University, Utah.

1996 Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, Michigan.

1995 Department of Biology, Auburn University, Alabama.

1995 Psychology Department, University of Nebraska-Kearny, Nebraska.

1995 Evolutionary History of a Female Preference, Phylogenies and Comparative Biology Symposium, American Society of Zoologists.

1994 Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of Illinois-Champagne, Illinois.

1994 Biological Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, California.

1994 Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska.

1993 Department of Biology, University of California, San Diego, California.

1993 “Condition Dependent Shifts in Energy Allocation Between Sexually Selected Traits”, Sexual Selection in Lower Vertebrates Symposium, American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists.

1992 Animal Behaviour Research Group, Department of Zoology, Oxford, England.

1992 Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Illinois.

1991 Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, California.

1991 Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California.

1991 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, California.

1991 Sigma Xi Society and Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, California.

1991 “Fisherian Sex Ratio Evolution: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations”, Young Investigator Symposium, American Society of Naturalists.

1990 Department of Biological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, California.