CV

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PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine (July 2019 start)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Santa Cruz (2017-current)

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Biology: Division of Biological Sciences, Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, University of California San Diego (2012-2017). Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Shurin

M.Sc. Biology: Department of Biology, Queen’s University (2010-2012) Thesis title: Windows of opportunity: the timing of dispersal events influences zooplankton community response to environmental change in Subarctic ponds Supervisor: Dr. Shelley Arnott

B.Sc. Hons. (2006-2010): Major: Biology, Minor: Mathematics, Queen’s University. Thesis title: Nutrient limitation of phytoplankton communities in Subarctic lakes and ponds in Wapusk National Park, Canada. Supervisor: Dr. Shelley Arnott

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

8. Filbee-Dexter, K.*, Symons, C.C.*, Jones, K., Haig, H., Pittman, J., Alexander, S., Burke, M. Management capacity in the face of ecological surprise. Journal of Applied Ecology 00: 1-12. *Authors contributed equally to this work

7. Filbee-Dexter, K., Pittman J., Haig, H.A., Alexander S.M., Symons C.C., and Burke, M.J. Ecological surprise: concept, synthesis, and social dimensions. Ecosphere 8:e02005.

6. Symons, C.C. and Shurin, J.B. 2016. Climate constrains lake community and ecosystem responses to introduced predators. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283:20160825 Winner of the Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award from the Aquatic Section of the Ecological Society of America.

5. Symons, C.C. and Arnott, S.E. 2014. Timing is everything: priority effects alter post-disturbance invasibility.  Ecology and Evolution 4: 397-407.

4. Symons, C.C., Pedruski, M., Sweetman, J.N. and Arnott S.E. 2014. Spatial, abiotic and biotic determinants of zooplankton community composition in Subarctic tundra ponds in Wapusk National Park, Canada. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 46: 159-190.

3. Symons, C.C. and Arnott, S.E. 2013. Regional zooplankton dispersal provides spatial insurance for ecosystem function. Global Change Biology 19: 1610–1619.

2. Symons, C.C., Arnott, S.E. and Sweetman, J.N. 2012. Grazing rates of crustacean zooplankton communities on intact phytoplankton communities in Canadian Subarctic lakes. Hydrobiologia 694: 131-141.

1. Symons, C.C., Arnott, S.E. and Sweetman, J.N.  2012. Nutrient limitation of phytoplankton communities in Subarctic lakes and ponds in Wapusk National Park, Canada. Polar Biology 35: 481-489.

In Revision

Symons, C.C., Schulhof, M.A., Cavalheri, H.B., and Shurin, J.B. Antagonistic effects of temperature and allochthony on fish growth in California mountain lakes. In revision for Oecologia.

Cavalheri, H.B., Symons, C.C., Schulhof, M.A., Jones, N.T., and Shurin, J.B. Fast and slow evolutionary response of Daphnia to temperature and predators in mountain lakes. In revision for Oikos

RESEARCH GRANTS
Sequoia Science Learning Center Grant (Co-applicant) $5000
ISEECI Research Grant $2460
McElroy Award – research funding portion $1000
Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Award (Co-applicant) $36927
SESYNC Graduate Pursuit (Co-applicant) $35000
Valentine Ecological Reserve Graduate Student Grant $1000, $1700, $1000
White Mountain Research Grant $700
Jeanne Marie Messier Memorial Fund Grant $1180
Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant $2410
Northern Scientific Training Program $2000, $2200, $2615
Northern Research Fund Award $1000

FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship $106,432
ESA Aquatic Ecology Section Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award - $400
Best Graduate Student Talk – Biology Retreat $250
McElroy Award – stipend portion $1000
Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program $25000
SESYNC Fellow $2000
Institute for the Study of Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts Graduate Fellowships $7927
NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship –D3 $21000/year
ASLO travel award $500
Ruth Stern Graduate Fellowship $2500
Ontario Graduate Scholarship $15000 (declined)
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship - M $17500
The W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research $15000
Ontario Graduate Scholarship $15000 (declined)
Queen’s University Graduate Award $7425
Queen’s University Travel Award $200
Clemens-Rigler Travel Award, Society of Canadian Limnologists $135
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award $4500
Clemens-Rigler Travel Award, Society of Canadian Limnologists $200
Queen’s University Excellence Scholarship $2500

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (*presenter)

Symons, C.C.*, Fryxell, D. and Palkovacs, E.P. Ecological feedback of Daphnia thermal adaptation on zooplankton community and ecosystem properties, Gordon Conference: Integrating Across Scales, Biddeford, Maine, 2018.

Symons, C.C.*, Filbee-Dexter, K., Jones, K., Haig, H., Pittman, J., Alexander, S.M., Burke, M. Quantifying the socio-ecological dynamics of ecological surprise in aquatic ecosystems reveals mismatch between management and ecological processes. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Victoria, 2018.

Symons, C.C.*, Fryxell, D. and Palkovacs, E.P. Temperature and predators interactively effect prey traits. Postdoctoral symposium, Santa Cruz, 2018. Winner of best poster.

Symons, C.C.*, Schulhof, M.A., Cavalheri, H.B. and Shurin, J.B. Gone but not forgotten: Non transitive effects of fish addition and removal on mountain lake plankton communities. Ecological Society of America, Portland, 2017.

Symons, C.C.*, Semmens B. and Shurin, J.B. 2016. The influence of climate and drought on fish in California mountain lakes. UC San Diego Frontier of Scholarship Program, San Diego, October 2016.

Symons, C.C.*, and Shurin, J.B. 2016. History affects the response of mountain lake plankton communities to combined effects of climate and predation. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Santa Fe, June 2016.

Haig, H. A.*, Symons, C.C.*,  Pittman, J.,  Alexander, S.,  Bass, M. Burke, M., Filbee-Dexter, K. 2016. What drives surprise in socio-ecological systems? Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Santa Fe, June 2016.

Symons, C.C.*, and Shurin, J.B. Climate constrains lake community and ecosystem response to introduced predators. Western Society of Naturalists, Sacramento, November, 2015.

Symons, C.C.*, and Shurin, J.B. Ecological responses to predators and temperature in California mountain lakes. Invited symposium talk at the Ecological Society of America, Sacramento, August, 2014

Symons, C.C.*, and Shurin, J.B. Temperature alters trophic cascades in California mountain lakes. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Portland, May, 2014.  

Symons, C.C.*, and Shurin, J.B. Temperature alters trophic cascades in California mountain lakes. Mathias Symposium, Bodega Bay, February, 2014.

Symons, C.C.*, and Arnott S.E. Timing is everything: priority effects alter post-disturbance invasibility. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, Ottawa, July 2012.

Symons, C.C., Sweetman, J.N.*, Pedruski, M and Arnott, S.E. Evaluating the impacts of recent environmental change on freshwater ecosystems in Wapusk National Park. International Polar Year, Montreal, April 2012.

Symons, C.C.*, Arnott S.E., Sweetman, J.N, Lemmen, K.D., and Pedruski, M. Community response to environmental change in Wapusk National Park lakes and ponds. Queen’s University Arctic Day, Kingston, April, 2012.

Symons, C.C.*, Arnott S.E. and Sweetman, J.N. The adaptability of zooplankton communities undergoing environmental change. Society of Canadian Limnologists, Moncton, New Brunswick, January 2012.

Symons, C.C.*, Arnott, S.E., Sweetman, J.N. Nutrient Limitation and Zooplankton Grazing Control of Phytoplankton Biomass in Subarctic Lakes, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba. Science for a Changing North II – Sudbury Restoration Workshop, Sudbury, Ontario, February 2011.

Symons, C.C.*, Arnott S.E. and Sweetman, J.N. Controls on phytoplankton biomass in Subarctic lakes: Nutrient limitation and zooplankton grazing. Churchill Northern Studies Centre and Parks Canada Science Symposium, Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 2011.

Symons, C.C.*, Arnott S.E. and Sweetman, J.N. Controls on phytoplankton biomass in Subarctic lakes: Nutrient limitation and zooplankton grazing. Society of Canadian Limnologists, Toronto, Ontario, January 2011.

Symons, C.C.*, Arnott S.E. and Sweetman, J.N. The nutritional status of Subarctic lakes in Wapusk National Park. Society of Canadian Limnologists, Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 2010.

INVITED SEMINARS

UC Irvine, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, March 2018. The importance of traits in shaping community responses to changing conditions from Subarctic to alpine lakes. Irvine, California.

UC Berkeley, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology Seminar Series, November 2017. Zooplankton dispersal, turnover and adaptation provide ecosystem resilience to environmental change. Berkeley, California.

Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Aquatics Group Seminar Series, November 2014. Ecological responses to predators and temperature in alpine lakes. Wageningen, Netherlands.

Queen's University, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Seminar Series, April 2012. Priority effects reduce the invasibility of communities post disturbance. Kingston, Ontario.

WORKING GROUPS

Selected participant for Eco-DAS XIII (Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences), a symposia and working group for early-career aquatic scientists

‘Governance and Surprise’, Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Maryland MD, 2015-2016

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Award: Excellence in teaching in the Biological Sciences, UC San Diego, 2013-2014

Guest Lectures:

REU seminar series, Sierra Nevada Research Institute. July 2015. Title: Climate constrains lake community and ecosystem response to introduced predators.

Biol 410, Ecology of Lakes and Streams, Department of Biology, Queen’s University. February, 2012. Title: “The role of dispersal in the adaptability of disturbed zooplankton communities.”

Public Lectures:

Potluck seminar, Sierra Nevada Research Institute, Wawona, CA, August 2014
White Mountain Field Station Open House, White Mountain, CA, August 2014
Research in Action presenter, Churchill Northern Studies Centre, July 2011

Teaching assistantships:

The Evolution of Infectious Disease, UC San Diego, BIEB-152, 2016
Biostatistics, UC San Diego, BIEB-100, 2015
Introductory Ecology: Organisms and Habitat, UC San Diego, BIEB-102, 2013, 2014
Aquatic Ecology Lab. UC San Diego, BIEB-135, 2013
Community and Ecosystem Ecology, Queen’s University, Biol-303, 2012
Evolutionary Ecology of Humans, Queen’s University, Biol-350, 2010
Ecology of Stressed and Recovering Ecosystems (field course), Queen's
University, Biol-307, 2010

RESEARCH STUDENTS MENTORED

B. Hawkins, UC San Diego, Class of 2018 – Advised independent research project
C. Banach, UC San Diego, Class of 2017 – Advised senior research project
K. Cortez, UC San Diego, Class of 2016 – Advised independent research
project
M. Quon, UC San Diego, Class of 2016 – Advised independent research project
B. Güell, UC San Diego, Class of 2015 – Received summer research funding
L. Jansen, UC San Diego, Class of 2013 – Co-advised senior research project
D. Zheng, Queen’s University, Class of 2012 – Received summer research funding
J. Hanschell Queen’s University, Class of 2011 – Co-advised senior research project

SERVICE AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

Professional service

Session Chair and moderator, Churchill Northern Studies Centre and Parks Canada Science Symposium, Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 2011

Reviewer for: Ecology Letters, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, PLOS Biology, Ecology, Global Change Biology, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Animal Ecology, Oikos, Freshwater Biology, Aquatic Ecology, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Hydrobiologia, PLOS ONE, Arctic, Alpine and Antarctic Research

University service

Member of the International Graduate Student Taskforce, 2016
Member of the Biological Sciences Retreat Committee, 2016
Student representative on the Academic Senate Diversity Committee, 2015, 2016
Biology representative to the Graduate Student Association, 2015, 2016
Co-leader of the R Users Group, 2013-2015
Member of the Graduate Student Diversity Committee, 2015, 2016
Student member of the Biology Graduate Committee, 2015
Organizer of Biology Graduate Seminar Series, EBE, 2015
Co-organizer of the Ecology and Evolution Journal Club, 2015
Student member of UC San Diego Admissions Committee, 2014
Organized graduate student meetings with job candidates, 2014
Biological Sciences graduate student recruitment committee, 2012, 2013
Biology Graduates Committee Social Coordinator, 2011, 2012
Representative of the Biology Graduates Committee for the Society of Graduate and Professional Students Committee 2010, 2011

Outreach

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair judge, March 2013, 2014, 2015
Science pen pal program, 2013-2015
Science Rendezvous Kingston, May 2011
Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington Regional Science Fair judge, April 2011, 2012
Volunteer at Biodiversity Day, organized by the Society for Conservation Biology, Kingston, April 2011

 

Current Location

UC Santa Cruz