Curriculum Vitae: Gretchen A. Gerrish

Education and Employment:

July 2010 – Present: Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, WI.

2007 – 2010: Assistant Professional Specialist Faculty at University of Notre Dame: Notre Dame, IN
Assistant Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) West Program

2001 – 2008: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University: Ithaca, New York

1999 – 2001: M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois:
Urbana - Champaign, Illinois

1994 – 1998: B.A. in biological sciences with honors at Lawrence University: Appleton, Wisconsin

Awards, Grants and Fellowships:

2010 (Submitted to NSF July 9th) RUI: REVSYS: A systematic revision of bioluminescent Caribbean ostracods (Cypridinidae) and the role of sexually selected courtship displays in speciation

2009 Funds granted from the University of Notre Dame Office of International Studies, Dean of Science and Office of Research to cover student participation and faculty expenses associated with Coral Reef Ecology

2009 Initiated alumni contact for gift to UNDERC endowment
2006 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
2005 Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Science; American Museum of Natural History
2005 Orenstein Fund, Cornell University
2003, 2004 Mcgill Graduate Fellowsip, Shoals Marine Laboratory
2003 International Travel Grant; Cornell University
2002 Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research, American Scientific
2001 Cornell Fellowship for graduate research

Curriculum Development and Instruction:

2008, 2009 Coral Reef Ecology, University of Notre Dame
- 2-week field course in Belize, Central America followed by a 5-week on-campus seminar. Organization included planning academic content, financial structuring, international travel, and managing risk and safety concerns.

2008, 2009 Marine Biology, University of Notre Dame
- 40-lecture course focusing on physical, biological, conservation and ecosystem aspects of marine systems.

2007, 2008 Practicum in Field Environmental Biology, UNDERC West, University of Notre Dame
2009 - 10-week summer field course in Montana. I teach a module on stream ecology and mentor 6-8 undergraduates on their independent research projects each summer. 1-2 students wach year turn these projects into senior honors theses or publications.

2005, 2006 State of the Planet, Cornell University
- Starting in 2005, I worked with a team of five graduate students to develop an interdisciplinary course on sustainability and global perspectives. As a teaching assistant, I managed the course website and online assignments for >300 students, and assisted in discussion sections

Past and Present Professional Associations:

Ecological Society of America, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, The Crustacean Society, American Association of Underwater Scientists, Divers Alert Network, EEB Graduate Student Association President, American Association of University Women, Sigma Xi, Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology, National Association of Biological Teachers, State of the Planet Development Team

Volunteer and Outreach:

Cayuga Watershed Floating Classroom Instructor, Expanding Your Horizons, Cornell Adult Education  Evolution in the Galapagos, 4-H youth aquatic field trips, Resident Scientific Lecturer at International Zoological Expeditions - BZ, High School Job Shadow program, Panelist – Cornell Women in Science