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Megan Gibbons Curriculum Vitae

(formerly M. G. Peterson)

 

Contact Information:  

Associate Professor of Biology

Division of Science and Mathematics

Birmingham-Southern College

Box 549022

900 Arkadelphia Road

Birmingham, AL 35254

(205) 226-4874

mgibbons@bsc.edu

 

Education:     

Ph.D.  Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

(1996-2001). Dissertation Title: Recognition Abilities in Mother and Offspring Salamanders: Foraging and Kinship.  Robert G. Jaeger, John Chance Professor of Biology, advisor.

M. S.   Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1999). Thesis Title: Female-female Associations in the Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus.  Robert G. Jaeger, John Chance Professor of Biology, advisor.

B. A.    Psychology, Emory University (1993)

 

Professional Positions:

Associate Professor of Biology (2006-present), Birmingham-Southern College

Assistant Professor of Biology (2001-2006), Birmingham-Southern College

Research Fellow, Washington University at St. Louis (Summer, 2004)

            Discipline Coordinator, Biology, Birmingham-Southern College (2003-2005)

Member of the Editorial Board for Copeia (2003-2006)

Assistant to the Editor of Herpetologica (1998 - 2002)

Research Assistant (1995-1996), Yerkes Primate Center, Emory University

 

Research Interests:

              Evolution of antipredator behavior in tadpoles and larval salamanders

    Heritability of behavior in salamanders and other amphibians

    Learning and training in salamanders

            Contexts of kin discrimination in amphibians

 

Teaching Experience:

Instructor for lecture courses:

Biology 121 Introductory Biology for non-majors

Biology 122 Introductory Biology for non-majors

Biology 105 Population and Ecosystem Biology

Biology 115 Organismal Biology

Biology 315 Animal Behavior

Biology 332 Vertebrate Field Zoology 

Co-instructor:

Biology 215 Evolution and Ecology (sophomore level: Spring 1999)

Biology 542 Evolutionary Ecology

Sustainable Development in Costa Rica

ES 150: Introduction to Environmental Studies

Coral Reef Ecology and Dolphin Behavior in Honduras

Experiencing the Peruvian Rainforest

Ecology and Evolution of the Galapagos Islands
            Spanish Immersion in Argentina

Foreign Language across Curriculum: Spanish for Environmental Studies

 

Grants and Awards:

Birmingham-Southern College Summer Research Stipend (2007) $2700

Birmingham-Southern College Summer Stipend for Course Development (2006) $2750

ACS Science Reform Program entitled, Integrating the Learning Cycle into Explorations in Biology for Non-Majors (2006) $2500

Bob Whetstone Faculty Development Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004-2005) $1200

Associated Colleges of the South Curriculum Development Grant (2004) $750

Curriculum Development Grant for FLAC (2004) $1500

Birmingham-Southern College Summer Research Stipend (2004) $2500

        Birmingham-Southern College Summer Research Stipend (2003) $1000

Associated Colleges of the South Curriculum Development Grant (2002-2003) $2000

Birmingham-Southern College Summer Research Stipend (2002) $1728

Society of Sigma Xi Grant (1999): $638

ASIH Student Travel Award (1999): $200

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund (1998) $800

        Edmund B. Stueben Fund (1998): $264

Society of Sigma Xi Grant (1997): $596

 

Participation in Workshops:

          Spanish Immersion in Argentina: January, 2007

Innovative teaching and active learning in the biological sciences: August, 2006

Global Partners Costa Rica Faculty Development Workshop: July, 2006

Spanish for Professors Immersion in Costa Rica: June, 2004

Foreign Language across the Curriculum Workshop: May, 2004

Spanish for Professors Workshop: Jan, 2004

Audubon Mountain Workshop: May 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

ACS GIS Workshop: Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, Feb, 2003

NSF Regional Grants Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, October, 2002

ACS Teaching Workshop: Rollins College, June, 2002                        

 

Committee Service (Birmingham-Southern College)

          Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, 2006-present

Committee for Instituting Online registration, 2006-present

          Latin American Studies Committee, 2005-present

Faculty Athletic Affairs Committee 2004-2005 (chair), present

Environmental Studies Committee, 2002-2004, 2006-present

NCAA Certification Equity, Welfare, Sportsmanship Subcommittee 2003-2004

 

Other Committee Service

Eugene B. Odum Award Judge, ASB meeting, April 2005

Alabama Non-game Wildlife Conference, Herpetology Committee, July, 2002

 

Research with Undergraduates:

2006: Bobby Peinhardt: Heritability of morphological and behavioral traits of the green

treefrog (Hyla cinerea)

        2006: Jennifer Gasbarro: The relationship of sedimentation levels and Elimia in the Cahaba

River watershed

2005: Nikki Rombough: Comparison of antipredator behavior in amphibians with high and low

dispersal.

2005: Fleming Holt: Benefits of egg brooding behavior in the marbled salamander          

        (Ambystoma opacum).

2005: Melanie Jobe: Investigating the selective advantages of clear versus opaque egg

        masses in the spotted salamander, Ambystoma macultum

2005: Kayla Calton. Investigating the differences in antipredator behavior of larvae of

Ambystoma maculatum emerging from clear and opaque egg masses.

2005: Nikki Rombough. Monitoring a population of spotted salamanders (Ambystoma

maculatum) in Homewood, Alabama.

          2005: Nikki Rombough, Chris Brennan, and Kayla Calton.  Does exposure to fish cues elicit

antipredator behavior in Ambystoma maculatum larvae?

2004: Nikki Rombough and Chris Brennan: The evolution of antipredator behavior in Hyla

cinerea.

2004: Meredith Humber and Paige Casey: Using GIS Technology to map amphibians in

Homewood Nature Preserve

2004: Julie Ghafary and Lindsay Boyett, antipredator behavior and development latency in

larval Ambystomatid salamanders

2003: Julie Ghafary, Jonathan Allen, and Lindsay Boyett, antipredator behavior in green

treefrog tadpoles

2003: Allison Hargett and Katherine Long, antipredator behavior in larval spotted salamanders

2003: Kim Reid and Emily Lewis, antipredator behavior in larval marbled salamanders

2002: Allison Hargett and Carissa Mangus, behavior modification as a tool for determining

discrimination of conspecific scents

2002: Allison Hargett and Meredith Humber, behavior modification as a tool for determining

egg discrimination

2001-2002: Justin Hughes, predation of frog eggs by red-spotted newts

1998-2000: Arianne Ferguson, Danielle Lee: heritability and learning in salamander foraging

behavior

1998: Danielle Lee: Do salamander young move toward maternal odors?

1998: Arianne Ferguson: Sibling interactions in salamanders

1997: Danielle Lee, Rachel Tate, Misty Arnould: Mother-offspring interactions in

salamanders

1997: Raelyn Franks: Female-female interactions of salamanders

1997: Melinda Cousin: Neonate movement toward conspecific cues

 

Publications:

Hargett*, A. C., K. M. Long*, and M. E. Gibbons.  The response of spotted salamanders to

chemical and visual cues of largemouth bass and crayfish. In revision.

        Gibbons, M. E., A. M. Ferguson*, and D. R. Lee*. 2005. Both learning and heritability affect

        foraging behaviour of red-backed salamanders.  Animal Behaviour69:721-732.

        Gibbons, M. E., R. G. Jaeger, A. M. Ferguson*, and D. R. Lee*. 2003. Mother-offspring

discrimination in the red-backed salamander may be context-dependent. Herpetologica 59:322-333.

Jaeger, R. G., and M. (Gibbons) Peterson. 2002. Familiarity affects agonistic interactions

between female red-backed salamanders. Copeia: 2002(3): 865-869.

Gillette, J. R., and M. (Gibbons) Peterson. 2001.  The benefits of transparency: candling as a

simple method for determining sex in red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus). Herpetological Review 32(4): 233-235.

Jaeger, R. G., M. (Gibbons)Peterson, G. Gollmann, B. Gollmann, and V. R. Townsend, Jr.

2001.Salamander social strategies: living together in female-male pairs.  Journal of Herpetology 35:335-338.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons). 2000. Nest, but not egg, fidelity in a terrestrial salamander. Ethology

106:781-794.

Gillette, J. R., R. G. Jaeger, and M.(Gibbons) Peterson.  2000.  Social monogamy in a

        territorial salamander.  Animal Behaviour 59:1241-1251.

Jaeger, R. G., M. (Gibbons) Peterson, and J. R. Gillette.  1999.  A model of alternative mating

strategies in the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus. Pp. 431-440. In R. C.

Bruce, R. G.  Jaeger, and L. D. Houck (Eds.), The Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons), J. R. Gillette, R. Franks*, and R. G. Jaeger.  1999.  Alternative

lifestyles in a terrestrial salamander: do females preferentially associate with each other? Pp 417-430 In R. C. Bruce, R. G.  Jaeger, and L. D. Houck (Eds.), The Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders.  Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, New York, U.S.A.

*Indicates undergraduate authors

 

Presentations at Meetings:

Peinhardt, R. R.*, and M. E. Gibbons.  2007. Effects of heritability and diet on morphological

and behavioral traits in the green treefrog Hyla cinerea. Association of Southeastern Biologists, Columbia, South Carolina.

Gibbons, M. E. 2005. Predator diversity and the evolutionary effect on behavior and survival in

tadpoles of gray treefrogs (Hyla versicolor). Association of Southeastern Biologists, Florence, Alabama. 

Rombough, E. N.*, C. R. Brennan*, and M. E. Gibbons. 2005. The effect of prior exposure to

chemical cues on the anti-predator behavior of Hyla cinerea tadpoles.  Association of Southeastern Biologists, Florence, Alabama. 

Gibbons, M. E. 2004. The effects of cue modality and predator type on anti-predator behavior

in Ambystoma maculatum larvae. Joint Meeting of American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, American Elasmobranch Society, Herpetologists' League, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. 

Gibbons, M. E., Humber*, M. J., and Hargett, A. L. 2004. Egg discrimination in female red-

backed salamanders. Association of Southeastern Biologists, Memphis, Tennessee.

Gibbons, M. E., Hargett*, A. L., and Long, K. M. 2004. Cues that trigger anti-predator

behavior in larval spotted salamanders. Association of Southeastern Biologists, Memphis, Tennessee..

Gibbons, M. E., 2003. Egg discrimination in female red-backed salamanders. Animal Behavior

Society, Boise, Idaho.

Gibbons, M. E., Humber*, M. J., and Hargett, A. L. 2003. Egg discrimination in female red-

backed salamanders. Alabama Academy of Science, Jacksonville, Alabama.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons).  2002.  The effects of learning and heredity on foraging behavior in

        the red-backed salamander. Ecological Society of America, Tucson, Arizona.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons)   2000.  The effects of learning and heredity on foraging behavior in

        the red-backed salamander.  Animal Behavior Society, Atlanta, Georgia.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons). 1999.  Nest, but not egg, fidelity in a terrestrial salamander.

Association of Southeastern Biologists, Monroe, Louisiana.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons)   1999.  Egg recognition in the red-backed salamander. Joint Meeting

of American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, American Elasmobranch Society, Herpetologists' League, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.  Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons), J. R. Gillette, and R. G. Jaeger. 1998. Alternative lifestyles in a

terrestrial salamander:  are females found in same-sex pairs attracted to each other? Fourth Highlands Conference on the Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders.  Highlands, North Carolina.   

        Peterson, M. (Gibbons), J. R. Gillette, and R. G. Jaeger. 1998. Alternative lifestyles in a

terrestrial salamander: are females found in same-sex pairs attracted to each other? Association of Southeastern Biologists, Monroe, Louisiana.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons), J. R. Gillette, and R. G. Jaeger. 1997. Alternative lifestyles in a

terrestrial salamander:  are females found in same-sex pairs attracted to each other? Louisiana Herpetological Research Group, Cocodrie, Louisiana.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons), and R. G. Jaeger.  1997.  Salamander social strategies:  living

        together in male-female pairs.  Animal Behavior Society, College Park, Maryland.

*Indicates undergraduate presenters

 

Invited Talks

Gibbons, M. E. 2006. Predator effects on the evolution of behavior in pond-breeding

amphibians.  Jacksonville State University.

          Gibbons, M. E. 2005. Predator effects on the evolution of behavior in pond-breeding

amphibians.  Washington University in St. Louis.

          Gibbons, M. E. 2004. Behavior, learning, and heritability in amphibians. Washington

University in St. Louis.

Gibbons, M. E. 2004. Using GIS Technology to map amphibians in Homewood Nature

Preserve. Friends of Shades Creek, Homewood, Alabama.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons). 2003. Social behavior of red-backed salamanders. Society of Sigma

Xi.  University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons)  2002. Both heritability and learning affect foraging behavior in red-

backed salamanders. University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons)  2002. Social behavior of red-backed salamanders. Birmingham

Herpetology Society, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Peterson, M. (Gibbons). 2002. Social behavior of red-backed salamanders. International

Amphibian Days, Baltimore, Maryland.

 

 

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