Curriculum Vitae

Education:

 

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA                                  Ph.D. 2009-2015

Department: Zoology

Program: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior

Advisor: Dr. Richard Lenski

 

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA                                                          M.S. 2005-2008

Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology     

Advisors: Drs. Robert Howarth and Michael Pace

           

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, USA                           B.A. with highest honors 2000-2004

Major: Biology                                                          

Minor: Mathematics

 

Professional experience:

 

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Department: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Advisor: Dr. Vaughn Cooper

 

NASA Postdoctoral Fellow                                                                   2016-present

Postdoctoral Associate                                                                              2015-2016

 

 

Publications:

 

Turner, C.B., B.D. Wade, J.R. Meyer, B.A. Sommerfeld*, R.E. Lenski. 2017. Evolutionary changes in organismal stoichiometry during a long-term experiment with Escherichia coli. Royal Society Open Science, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170497.

 

Vanni, M.J., P.B. McIntyre [and 72 others, including C.B. Turner]. 2017. A global database of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of aquatic animals. Ecology 98(5), 1475-1475

 

Lenski, R.E., M.J. Wiser, N. Ribeck, Z.D. Blount, J.R. Nahum, J.J. Morris, L. Zaman, C.B. Turner, B.D. Wade, R. Maddamsetti, A.R. Burmeister, E.J. Baird, J. Bundy, N.A. Grant, K.J. Card, M. Rowles, K. Weatherspoon, S.E. Papoulis, R. Sullivan, C. Clark, J.S. Mulka, N. Hajela. 2015. Sustained fitness gains and variability in fitness trajectories in the long-term evolution experiment with Escherichia coli. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282(1821), 20152292.

 

Turner, C.B., Z.D. Blount, and R.E. Lenski. 2015. Replaying evolution to test the cause of extinction of one ecotype in an experimentally evolved population. PLoS ONE 10(11), e0142050. (Selected for Science News top 25 science stories of 2015)

 

Matthews, B., A. Narwani, S. Hausch, E. Nonaka, H. Peter, M. Yamamichi, K. E. Sullam, K. C. Bird, M. K. Thomas, T. C. Hanley, and C. B. Turner. 2011. Toward an integration of evolutionary biology and ecosystem science. Ecology Letters 14(7):690-701.

 

Turner, C. B. 2010. Influence of zebra (Dreissena polymorpha) and quagga (Dreissena rostriformis) mussel invasion on benthic nutrient and oxygen dynamics. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67(12):1899-1908.

 

Capps, K. A., C. B. Turner, M. T. Booth, D. Chai, D. L. Lombardozzi, and S. H. McArt, and N. G. Hairston, Jr.  2009. The behavioral and trophic ecology of an introduced fish, Gambusia affinis, and an endemic shrimp, Halocardina rubra, in Hawaiian anchialine ponds. Pacific Science 63(1):27-37.

 

Vadas, T. M., T. J. Fahey, R. E. Sherman, J. D. Demers, J. M. Grossman, J. E. Maul, A. M. Melvin, B. O’Neill, S. M. Raciti, E. T. Rochon, D. J. Sugar, C. Tonitto, C. B. Turner, M. J. Walsh and K. Xue. 2007. Approaches for analyzing local carbon mitigation strategies: Tompkins County, New York, USA. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 1(3):360-373.

 

Manuscripts in preparation:

 

Turner, C.B., Z.D. Blount, D. R. Mitchell*, and R.E. Lenski. Evolution of stable coexistence in response to a key innovation in a long-term evolution experiment with E. coli. bioRxiv http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/021360. (News coverage in New Scientist)

 

Turner, C.B. and R.E. Lenski. Experimental evolution of organismal stoichiometry in Escherichia coli propagated under nitrogen limitation

 

Wiser, M.J., C.B. Turner, D.R. Mitchell*, R.E. Lenski. Invasion experiments reveal previously unknown ecological interactions between bacterial populations from a Long-Term Evolution Experiment.

 

* indicates undergraduate co-author

 

 

 

Fellowships:

  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2016-2018).
  • EPA STAR Fellowship, Environmental Protection Agency (2010-2013).
  • Michigan State University Distinguished Fellowship (2009-2010, 2013-2014).
  • National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity (2005-2007).

 

Research Proposals funded:

 

  • BEACON NSF Center for the Study of Evolution in Action- Evolution of Stoichiometry in Digital and Biological Organisms. (2014-2015)
  • Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity Program Small Grant, Cornell University – Invasive species and ecosystem processes: Direct and indirect effects of zebra mussel invasion on benthic nutrient cycling (2007). 
  • Cornell University Sigma Xi Student Research Grant – Invasive species and ecosystem processes: Direct and indirect effects of zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) invasion on benthic nutrient cycling (2007).
  • Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity Program Small Grant, Cornell University – Decomposition pathways of aquatic sediments (2006).

 

Awards:

 

  • First Place, Technology Enhanced Learning Innovation, AT&T Faculty-Staff Instructional Technology Award, Michigan State University (2014)
  • Michigan State University Dean’s Graduate Excellence Award (2009).
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2005, 2006)
  • Sigma Xi, Associate Member (2004).
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2004).
  • Joyce Gorn Memorial Prize for Environmental Studies, Oberlin College (2004).

 

Teaching experience:

 

Course taught:

Evolutionary Biology for Non-Life Scientists. Michigan State University (Fall 2013).

 

Teaching assistant:

            Principles of Biogeochemistry. Cornell University (Spring 2008).

Stream Ecology. Cornell University (Fall 2007).

 

Guest lectures:

Model Systems. University of Pittsburgh (Spring 2017).

Genetics of Populations. Oberlin College (Spring 2017).

            Ecology, Honors Section. Michigan State University (Fall 2013).

 

Other employment:

 

  • Laboratory Manager for Dr. Jennifer Tank, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. 2008-2009.

 

  • Americorps Service Member. Literacy and math tutor at Miami Valley Literacy Council. Dayton, OH. 2004-2005.

 

Invited presentations:

 

“Evolving bacterial diversity in the laboratory”. 2017. Department of Biology Seminar, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.

 

“Evolving stoichiometry in E. coli: selection for elemental efficiency or increased growth?” 2016. Unifying Ecology Across Scales Gordon Research Conference. Biddeford, NH.

 

“The evolution of ecological complexity in a 50,000 generation experiment with E. coli”. 2014. Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference. Dayton, OH.

 

“Changes in resource use during a long-term evolution experiment with E. coli”. 2013. Distinguished Student Speaker, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

 

“Interactions between ecology and evolution in a 50,000 generation experiment with E. coli”. 2011. Department of Biology Seminar, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

 

Contributed talks:

 

“Adaptation along two axes: biofilm formation and nutrient availability”. 2017. Astrobiology Science Conference, Mesa, AZ.

 

“Adaptation to fluctuating selection for biofilm formation and planktonic growth”. 2016. Pittsburgh Area Microbial Pathogenesis Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

“Adaptation to fluctuating selection for biofilm formation and planktonic growth”. 2016. Evolution, Austin, TX.

 

“Evolution of E. coli stoichiometry under carbon and nitrogen limitation”. 2015. Conference on Biological Stoichiometry. Peterborough, ON, Canada.

 

“Evolution of elemental composition in E. coli under carbon and nitrogen limitation”. 2014. BEACON Center Congress. East Lansing, MI

 

“Evolution of elemental composition in E. coli under carbon and nitrogen limitation”. 2014. Society for the Study of Evolution. Raleigh, NC.

 

“Changes in the nitrogen and phosphorus content of bacteria during a 50,000 generation evolution experiment”. 2014. Ocean Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, HI.

 

“Changes in elemental composition of E. coli during 50,000 generations of experimental
evolution under carbon limitation”. 2013. Society for the Study of Evolution. Snowbird, UT.

 

“Experimental evolution of element ratios in E. coli and Avidians”. 2012. BEACON Friday Seminar. East Lansing, MI.

 

“Eco-evolutionary feedback in the evolution of citrate consumption in E. coli.  2012. Society for the Study of Evolution. Ottawa, Ontario.

 

“Eco-evolutionary feedback in the evolution of citrate consumption in E. coli”. 2012. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Colloquium Series, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

 

“Increased ecosystem complexity in a long-term evolution experiment”. 2011. BEACON Center External Advisory Committee Meeting. East Lansing, MI.

 

 

Poster presentations:

 

“Environmental similarity (mostly) predicts genetic similarity between evolving populations”. 2017.  Microbial Population Biology Gordon Research Conference. Andover, NH.

 

“Evolution of elemental composition in a 50,000 generation experiment with E. coli”. 2013. Microbial Population Biology Gordon Research Conference. Andover, NH.

 

“Ecology and evolution of bacterial remediation of water pollution: Changing microbes in a changing world”. 2011. EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship Conference. Washington, DC.

 

“One new niche begets another: Cross-feeding specialists evolve to co-exist with citrate metabolizing E. coli”. 2011. Microbial Population Biology Gordon Research Conference. Andover, NH.

 

“Eutrophication and benthic macrofauna: Impacts on pore water chemistry in sediments of varying organic matter”. 2007. Estuarine Research Federation Conference. Providence, RI.

 

 

Leadership and university service:

 

  • Three Rivers Evolution Event, Pittsburgh, PA. Co-chair. Raised $10,000 and organized a new conference which had over 170 participants from 38 different institutions. (2017).
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB) Faculty Search Committee,

Michigan State University. Graduate Student Representative (2012-2013).

  • EEBB Colloquium Series, Michigan State University. Co-president (2012).
  • NSF BEACON Center for Evolution in Action Student and Post-doctoral Association, Michigan State University. Co-liason (2011-2013).
  • University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, Michigan State University. Judge (2011, 2013).
  • EEBB Curriculum Review Committee. Michigan State University. Student representative (2011-2012).
  • Graduate Student Representative to Zoology Department Faculty Meetings, Michigan State University (2010-2011).
  • EEBB Seminar Committee, Michigan State University. Student representative (2010).
  • Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology January Symposium Committee, Cornell University (2008).
  • Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology “Lunch Bunch” coordinator, Cornell University (2005-2006).
  • Environmental Policy Advisory Committee, Oberlin College. Student member (2002-2004).
  • Reviewer for Aquatic Sciences, Biological Invasions, Hydrobiologia, Molecular Ecology

 

 

Community outreach:

 

  • Worked with 7 high school biology classes to conduct week-long evolution experiments. Peters Township High School, McMurray, PA (2017)
  • Event supervisor. Water Quality Competition at State Science Olympiad Competition, East Lansing, MI (2012-2014).
  • Presenter. Evolution in Action activity for 3rd grade students, East Lansing, MI (2012).
  • Video tour guide. Evolution in Action exhibit, Michigan State University Museum. East Lansing, MI (2011-present).
  • Event supervisor. Ecology Competition at State Science Olympiad Competition, East Lansing, MI (2011).
  • Assistant presenter. Children’s Water Festival, East Lansing, MI (2010, 2012).

 


 

Undergraduate mentoring:

 

  • Daniel Mitchell, Major: Genomics and Molecular Genetics, MSU (2010-2014).
    • 1st place in MSU University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, 2013
    • Selected as Dean’s Research Scholar 2013-2014.
  • Jessica Bauer, Major: Biology, University of Michigan (2013)
  • Maia Rowles, Major: Human Biology, MSU (2013).
  • Jennifer Jimenez, Major: Biology, Oberlin College (2014).
  • Brooke Sommerfeld, Major: Zoology, MSU (2014-2015).
  • Matt Eskuchen, Major: Biology, University of Pittsburgh (2015-2017)