Download my CV as a pdf (updated 10/1/16).
Sarah J. Longo
Ph.D. Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis, CA
Expected graduation date: June 2017
Population Biology Graduate Group
Adviser: Dr. Peter C. Wainwright
B.A. Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2011
Programs of Study: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Systematics and Biotic Diversity
PUBLICATIONS (google scholar profile)
Longo, SJ, MD McGee, CE Oufiero, TB Waltzek, PC Wainwright. 2016. Body ram, not suction, is the primary axis of suction feeding diversity in spiny-rayed fishes. Journal of Experimental Biology. 219: 119-128.
Wainwright, PC, MD McGee, SJ Longo, LP Hernandez. 2015. Origins, innovations, and diversification of suction feeding in vertebrates. Integrative and Comparative Biology.
Longo, S, M Riccio, AR McCune. 2013. Homology of lungs and gas bladders: Insights from arterial vasculature. Journal of Morphology. 274: 687-703. (cover) (winner of the Reinhard Reiger Award in Zoomorphology)
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2016 ($719) Phylogenomics Symposium and Software School Travel Award, Society for the Study and Systematic Biology
2015 ($5,000) NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) Award, research conducted at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
2015 ($600) American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Graduate Student Travel Award
2015 ($20,290) NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG)
2015 ($3,000) Grant in Aid of Research, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
2014 ($1,869) Daphne and Ted Pengelley Award in Evolutionary Biology, UC Davis
2014 ($130) Center for Population Biology Research Grant, UC Davis
2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award (GRFP)
2013 ($2,000) Center for Population Biology Research Grant, UC Davis
2012 ($1,200) Center for Population Biology Research Grant, UC Davis
2010 Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Cornell University
2010 ($1,610) Einhorn Discovery Grant, Cornell University
2010 ($680) Undergraduate Research Grant, Cornell University
2009 ($600) Undergraduate Research Grant, Cornell University
AWARDS AND HONORS
2015 Dwight D. Davis Best Student Paper Award, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
2013 Reinhard Rieger Award for outstanding research in the field of evolutionary zoomorphology, Journal of Morphology
2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention
2011 Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude), Cornell University
2011 Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Cornell University
2011 Distinction in all subjects, Cornell University
2007-2011 Dean’s list, every semester, Cornell University
2016 Longo, SJ. Phylogenomics of an ancient rapid radiation of misfit fishes Synganthiformes). Austin, TX: Evolution
2016 McCune AR, A Cass, SJ Longo, M Riccio. Lungs to Gas bladders: homology, novelty and transformation. Bethesda, MD: International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology
2016 Longo, SJ. Evidence for power-amplified feeding in snipefish (Macroramphosus scolopax). Portland, OR: Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
2015 Longo, SJ. Evidence for Power-amplified feeding in snipefish (Macroramphosus scolopax). Newark, NJ: Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting for the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (DVM/DCB).
2015 Longo, SJ, MD McGee, CE Oufiero, PC Wainwright. Re-evaluating the Importance of the Ram-Suction Continuum in Diversification of Fish Feeding Behaviors. Reno, NV: Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
2015 Longo SJ, PC Wainwright. Novel suction feeding kinematics results in an unusual form of prey capture in syngnathiform fishes. West Palm Beach, FL: Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.
2013 McCune, AR, AN Cass, SJ Longo, M Riccio. Homology and transformation of lungs and gas bladders: evidence at multiple levels. Albuquerque, NM: Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
2011 McCune, A, M Riccio, A Cass, S Longo, W Bemis. A fantastic voyage through the lungs and swimbladders of basal Osteichthyans. Minneapolis, MN: Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
2014 Longo, S. Seahorses. Monthly meeting of the Sacramento Aquarium Society.
2014 Longo, S. Modification of the hyoid apparatus in Syngnathiformes. Austin, TX. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.
2011 Longo S., A. McCune A. 2011. “Evolution of the Actinopterygian Swimbladder: Insights from High Resolution 3D Images of the Arterial Vasculature of Basal Osteichthyans.” Minneapolis, MN: Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP)
Institution: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.
Mentor: Dr. Carole C. Baldwin
Morphological diversification of craniofacial anatomy in syngnathiform fishes
Graduate Student Research (Ph.D.), University of California, Davis
Adviser: Dr. Peter C. Wainwright
Phylogenomics and functional morphology of syngnathiform fishes
Independent Undergraduate Research, Cornell University, NY
Adviser: Dr. Amy R. McCune
Characterization of the blood supply to evaluate homology of the air-filled organs (lungs or swimbladders) of early bony fishes using micro-CT scans
Intro to Biology: Principles of Evolution and Ecology (BIS 2B, UC Davis)
Biodiversity of Fishes (EVE 198, UC Davis). Volunteer Teaching Assistant
2014, 2015, 2017 (Upcoming)
Applied Phylogenetics Workshop (EVE 211, UC Davis). Teaching assistant and co-coordinator for 1-week graduate-level course taught at Bodega Bay, CA
2013, 2017 (Upcoming)
Phylogenetic Analysis of Vertebrate Structure (EVE 105, UC Davis), Teaching Assistant. Responsibilities include lesson planning, exam creation, and content development for laboratory sections.
The Vertebrates (BIOEE 274, Cornell University), Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Biodiversity of Fishes (EVE 198). Guest Lecture. Topic: Fish cranial anatomy and diversity
Introduction to R and evolutionary analysis (EVE 198). Guest Lecture. Topic: Visualizing morphological data on phylogenies in R
Graduate Teaching Community (GTC, UC Davis): In addition to attending weekly seminars, I have organized and presented 4 seminars on topics related to teaching and course design ranging from effective grading to incorporating research in the classroom.
Seminar in College Teaching (EDU 398, UC Davis). This graduate student course explored a wide range of topics important for college-level teaching and included teaching practice with peer feedback.
Leadership and departmental service
Lab manager, Wainwright lab, UC Davis
Graduate student representative, Center for Population Biology steering committee, UC Davis
Organizer, Center for Population Biology Graduate Student Research
Graduate Student Mentor, Population Biology Graduate Group
SERVICE AND OUTREACH
PLOS one (3), Journal of Morphology (1), Belgian Journal of Zoology (1)
Recent Community Outreach
Volunteer, STEM for Girls Outreach Event, UC Davis (NSF Funded)
Instructor/Volunteer. Fish-feeding workshop for home-schooled students in the Homespun program (kindergarten-6th grade)
2013, 2014, 2016
Organizer/Volunteer. Fish museum collections exhibit, Biodiversity Day. Museum of Fish and Wildlife, UC Davis
2012, 2013, 2014
Volunteer, Picnic Day Population Biology Exhibit, UC Davis
2016-present Brianna Nino
2015-16 Jamie Yamashita, independent project
2014-15 Kristin Long; Tyler Goodearly, independent project
2014 Aaron Goodman, Daniel Strimling, Antonia Yu
2012 Erin Long
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Society for the Study of Evolution
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
Society of Systematic Biologists
Special Coursework and Workshops
Phylogenomics Software School (Evolution Meeting 2016), Seminar on College Teaching (UC Davis), Computing for biologists (UC Davis. Python-based course), Body size evolution (UC Davis), Bodega Applied Phylogenetics Workshop (UC Davis), Functional Morphology and Ecology of Marine Fishes (Friday Harbor), Biology of Fishes (Cornell), Ecology and Evolution of Reef Fishes (James Cook), Genetics of Marine Diversity (Shoals Marine Lab), The Vertebrates (Cornell), Australian Vertebrate Fauna (James Cook)