Curriculum Vitae

Education


2017 – Present: University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
    Ph.D. student – candidate (2019+); expected 2023
    Craig Albertson – Graduate Advisor

2014 – 2016: Western Kentucky University

2011-2014: Murray State University

  • Fisheries and Aquatic Biology
    B.S. – Biology
    Michael Flinn – Undergraduate Research Advisor

2009-2011: West Kentucky Community and Technical College

  • Associate of Science, Biology Focus

Teaching Appointments


2016 – 2017: Adjunct Professor of Biology
Department of Biological Sciences, Murray, KY

Publications and Presentations 


(*) denotes undergraduate

Publications: Google Scholar Profile, Research Gate

Verbal Presentations

  • Gilbert, MC, S Piggott, RC Albertson. 2021. Muscle and bone plasticity in a winnowing, South American cichlid (Satanoperca daemon). Cichlid Science. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Gilbert, MC, A Akama, C Cox Fernandes, RC Albertson. 2019. Rapid morphological change in multiple cichlid ecotypes following the damming of a major clearwater river in Brazil. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologist and Herpetologists. Snowbird, Utah.
  • Gilbert, MC, L Delorenzo*, RC Albertson. 2018. Developmental morphology of a putative cilia mutation in zebrafish. Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology Meeting. Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, La Jolla, California, US
  • Gilbert, MC, L Delorenzo*, RC Albertson. 2018. Developmental morphology of a putative cilia mutation in zebrafish. Northeast Regional Craniofacial Meeting. Boston college, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, US
  • Gilbert, MC, ML Collyer. 2016. Impacts of habitat fragmentation on the cranial morphology of a threatened desert fish (Cyprinodon pecosensis). WKU Research Symposium: Reach Week. Bowling Green, Kentucky, US
  • Flinn, MB, B Richardson, MC Gilbert*, B Tumulo, C Soldo*. 2014. Hatchery Creek Restoration at Wolf Creek Dam, Russel County, KY: Constructing the “Field of Dreams”. Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Lexington, Kentucky, US

Poster Presentations

Mentoring


Graduate

Current (‡ MS student, *Undergraduate; †Undergraduate Thesis): 

  • 2021 – present: Niah Holtz*,‡ in geometric morphometric data acquisition and analysis, and hypothesis formation and testing. Project Cavefish 😉
  • 2021 – present: Michelle Mukasa*in geometric morphometric data acquisition and analysis, research protocol and procedures, and hypothesis formation and testing. Project Cavefish 😉
  • 2019 – present: Sofia Piggot* in geometric morphometric data acquisition (Stereomorph) and analysis (Geomorph), cichlid and cyprinodontiform anatomy, and linear data modeling and quantification. Specific question: Do Satanoperca exhibit behavioral plasticity when presented with different foraging environments? How do different substrates influence the anatomy and behavior of winnowing?

Former (‡ MS student, *Undergraduate; †Undergraduate Thesis): 

  • 2021: Patrick Friend*in geometric morphometric data acquisition and analysis, clearing and staining, and imaging.
  • 2019 – 2021: Maxwell Olsen*† Thesis title: Habitat fragmentation spurs morphological divergence in an endangered fish species
  • 2019 – 2021: Catherine Lerose*†  Thesis title: Ontogenetic Relationships and Evolutionary Insights of an Extreme Morphological Trait  
  • 2019 – 2020: Anna MacManusin zebrafish and cichlid anatomy, anatomization, and ontogeny, imaging techniques, and linear data modeling and quantification.
  • 2018 – 2019: Eileen Devane* in zebrafish craniofacial anatomy and anatomization & methods for collecting and analyzing geometric morphometric data (Stereomorph/Geomorph).
  • 2018: Austen Berry* in various methods to collect and organize, morphological & genetic data and zebrafish craniofacial anatomy, development, anatomization, & biology. Beginning in the Spring of 2019, Austen began pursuing a pre-dental track at North Carolina State University.
  • 2018: Leah Delorenzo* in various methods to collect, organize, and analyze morphological (Stereomorph/Geomorph) & genetic data in zebrafish. Leah began working on her PhD at Clemson University with Dr. Kara Powder in the Fall of 2018.
  • 2017 – 2019: Dylan Jockel‡ in geometric morphometric data acquisition and analysis.
  • 2018: Nathan Olearczyk* on geometric morphometric data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation for independent research.

2015- 2016: 

Mentored six undergraduate students in geometric morphometric data acquisition and management:

  • Ms. Storm Dutton – Pursuing (2018) a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Kentucky.
  • Mr. Shaumik Alam – Currently (2018) enrolled in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Ms. Ashley VanEvery – Studying (2018) Psychology and nursing at Western Kentucky University.
  • Mr. Nima Moradzadeh Esmaeili – Living the life and studying (2018) medicine in Germany.
  • Ms. Vanessa Durocher
  • Ms. Miriam Chinkers

2016:

  • Mentored two undergraduate students in statistical analyses and procedures related to their undergraduate theses in plant ecology.

Undergraduate

  • 2013-2014: Mentored new undergraduate students (3) in field collection techniques, water quality tests, data collection, fish identification, and field protocol.

Teaching Experience


  • 2020: BIO 582: DNA to Diversity
    Graduate Teaching Assistant; University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Biology
  • 2020: BIO 265: Form and Function (Dr. Ethan Clotfelter)
    Guest Lecturer; Amherst College, Department of Biology
  • 2018-20: BIO 151: Introductory Biology I
    Graduate Teaching Assistant; University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Biology
  • 2017: BIO 216: Biological Inquiry and Analysis
    Lecturer; Murray State University, Department of Biological Sciences
  • 2016, 17: BIO 101: Biological Concepts
    Lecturer; Murray State University, Department of Biological Sciences
  • 2015, 16: BIOL 225: Animal Biology and Diversity (Zoology) Lab
    Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant; Western Kentucky University, Department of Biology
  • 2014: BIOL 225: Animal Biology and Diversity (Zoology) Lab
    Graduate Teaching Assistant; Western Kentucky University, Department of Biology
  • 2013, 14: BIO 216: Biological Inquiry and Analysis
    Undergraduate Teaching Assistant; Murray State University, Department of Biological Sciences

Grants & Funding


  • 2019: Dissertation Research Grant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Grant title: Adaptations for Extreme Morphologies ($994)
  • 2019: Natural History Collections Grant, UMass Amherst Natural History Collection. Grant Title: Rapid Changes in Cichlid Community following Human Induced Ecological Change in the Amazon ($3,934)
  • 2015: Graduate Student Research Grant, Western Kentucky University ($1,500)
  • 2015: Graduate Student Travel Grant, Western Kentucky University Biology ($400)
  • 2015: Graduate Student Travel Grant, Western Kentucky University ($400)
  • 2015: Edward C Raney Award – American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists ($900)
  • 2012: Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Award (URSA) Research Grant – Murray State University ($500)

Awards


  • 2021: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Teaching Award
  • 2020: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) BioArt Contest winner. Focus: Anatomy. FASEB 2020 BioArt Winners
  • 2019: Images from Science 3 International Science Art exhibit placement: Dasyatis sabina. Rochester Institute of Technology and John Hopkins University.
  • 2018: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) BioArt Contest winner. Focus: Anatomy. FASEB 2018 BioArt Winners
  • 2016: WKU Research Symposium Session Winner: Best Oral
    Presentation
  • 2016: Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • 2015-2016: Graduate Teaching Assistantship
  • 2014-2015: Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Professional Societies


  • Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE): 2019 – present
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB): 2018 – present
  • Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology (SCGDB): 2018 – 2019
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH): 2015-2016; 2018-2019

Service


  • 2021 JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Fellow Search Committee Member
  • Reviewed papers for: Hydrobiologia, Ichthyology and Herpetology, Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria
  • Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Student Leadership Committee 2019 – present
  • Workplace Climate Advisory Committee, UMass Amherst [Department of Biology] 2018 – present
  • Wikipedia editor, contributor, and member of WikiProject Fishes– User MChGilbert2019 – present
  • Art donation to the American Fisheries Society Mississippi State University Sub-Unit silent auction: Funds for Undergraduate Research 2019
  • Art donation to North American Native Fishes Association (NANFA) Annual Convention silent auction 2019
  • Art donation to Sigma Xi Silent Auction at Murray State University: Funds for Graduate Research 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Murray State University Zofest participant, volunteer. Community outreach for the Zoological sciences 2017

Publicity


Science-Art Exhibits and Events


  • 2020: Caquetaia spectabilis. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) BioArt Contest winner. Focus: Anatomy. FASEB 2020 BioArt Winners
  • 2020Dasyatis sabina. Images from Science 3, Museo Alto Garda, Riva del Garda Italy, 15 May – 8 November
  • 2020Dasyatis sabina. Images from Science 3, Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University, 17 August – 30 October.
  • 2020Dasyatis sabina. Images from Science 3, The New York Hall of Science, 1 April – 31 July.
  • 2020Dasyatis sabina. Images from Science 3, John Hopkins School of Medicine. 20th Jan – 20 March.
  • 2019: Dasyatis sabina. Images from Science 3, Rochester Institute of Technology. 1st Nov – 24th Nov.
  • 2019: Dasyatis Sabina & Selena vomer. Science After Dark, hosted by That’s Life [Science]. Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • 2019: Neuromast and Vital Bone Staining in Zebrafish. Catherine Lerose and Michelle C Gilbert. Research Art-Science Exhibition. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • 2019: Dasyatis sabina & Selene vomer. Amherst March for Science. Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • 2019: Dasyatis sabina & Selene vomer. Pipettes and Paintbrushes. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • 2018: Danio rerio, negative. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) BioArt Contest winner. Focus: Anatomy. FASEB 2018 BioArt Winners

Professional Development


Workshops Attended

  • 2015: Geometric Morphometric Workshop using geomorph for R, Université du Québec à Montréal

Certificates

  • 2015: Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching