ISRAEL DEL TORO PH.D. CURRICULUM VITAE- APRIL 2015 Center for Macroecology Evolution and Climate Universitetparken 15 Copenhagen, Denmark, DK-2100 Deltoro.weebly.com The Jornada LTER 2995 Knox Street Las Cruces, NM, 88012 [email protected] APPOINTMENTS 2014 NSF Research Fellow: Center for Macroecology Evolution and Climate- University of Copenhagen, Denmark; The Jornada Long Term Ecological Research Center, Las Cruces NM, USA. 2012-2013 Fulbright Research Fellow: CSIRO- Australian Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre, Darwin Australia 2011 (Fall) Instructor, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Community Ecology, Macroecology and Conservation Biogeography 2008-2009 Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at El Paso. Introduction to the Study of Life (Freshman Level Biology Laboratory). EDUCATION 2014 Ph.D. Department of Biology, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Advisor: Aaron M. Ellison (Harvard Forest LTER). Dissertation Committee: N.J. Gotelli, B. Bradley, J. Finn. Expected completion: May 2014 2012 M. Sc. Department of Biology, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 2008 BS Major: Biological Sciences emphasis on Ecology and Evolution, Minor: Environmental Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Cum Laude (GPA 3.62), with Honors Senior Thesis: Revision of the Ant Genus Liometopum PUBLICATIONS * Undergraduate co-author, † Authors contributed equally 2015 I. Del Toro, R.R. Ribbons, A.M. Ellison. Ant–mediated ecosystem functions on a warmer planet: effects on soil movement, decomposition and nutrient cycling. (In Press) Journal of Animal Ecology I. Del Toro, R. Silva, A.M. Ellison. Predicting the impacts of climatic change on ant functional diversity and distributions in Eastern North American Forests. (In Press) Diversity and Distributions 2014 M. Marquis†, I. Del Toro†, S.L. Pelini†. Insect Mutualisms Buffer Warming Effects on Multiple Trophic Levels. Ecology 95(1):9-13. 2013 I. Del Toro. Diversity of eastern North American ant communities along environmental gradients. PLoS ONE 8(7): e67073 I. Del Toro†, K. Towle*†, D. Morrison*, S. Pelini. Community Structure, Ecological and Behavioral Traits of Ants in Massachusetts Open and Forested Habitats. Northeastern Naturalist 20(1):103-114. C.M. Prather, S. Pelini, A. Laws, E. Rivest, M. Woltz, C. Bloch, I. Del Toro, C.K. Ho, J. Kominoski, T.A.S. Newbold. S. parsons. Invertebrates, ecosystem services and climate change. Biological Reviews 88(2): 327-348. 2012 I Del Toro, RR Ribbons, SL Pelini. The little things that run the world revisited: A review of ant-mediated ecosystem services. Myrmecological News 17:133-146. Diamond SE, DM Sorger, J Hulcr, SL Pelini, I Del Toro, C Hirsch, E Oberg*, and RR Dunn. Who likes it hot? A global analysis of the climatic, ecological, and evolutionary determinants of warming tolerance in ants. Global Change Biology 18(2)448-456. Oberg E*†, I Del Toro†, SL Pelini†. Thermal tolerance assays in New England Ants. Insectes Sociaux 59(2): 167-174. 2010 I. Del Toro. K.W. Floyd, D. Borrok. Heavy metal distribution and bioaccumulation in Chihuahuan Desert Harvester Ant populations. Journal of Environmental Pollution 158(5): 1281-1287. 2009 I. Del Toro, J. Pacheco, W.P. Mackay. Revision of the Ant Genus Liometopum (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 53 (2A) 299-369. I. Del Toro, M. Vazquez*, W.P. Mackay, P. Rojas, and R. Zapata-Mata. Las Hormigas de Tabasco (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Explorando la diversidad de la mirmecofauna en las selvas tropicales de baja altitud. [The Ants of Tabasco (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)].Dugesiana 16:1-14. PUBLICATIONS IN REVIEW AND IN PREP H. Gibb, N.J. Sanders, R.R. Dunn, M. Phatakis, A.N. Andersen, X. Arnan, T. Bishop, I. Del Toro, D. Donoso, M. Fitzpatrick, L. Lach, J. Lattke, J.P. Lessard, J. Longino, A. Lucky, S. Philpott, C.L. Parr. Climate regulates the effects of disturbance on ant assemblage structure. (In Review) Andersen, A.N, I. Del Toro, Parr K. Diversity of ants along a precipitation gradient in Northern Australia. (In Review) I. Del Toro, A.N. Andersen. Integrating macroecological and species distribution models to predict current and future community assembly patterns. (In Prep). OTHER PUBLICATIONS, BOOK CHAPTERS, & PRESS RELEASES I. Del Toro. The Chihuahuan Desert. (2013). In: Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia. Ed. R.W. Howarth, Salem Press, 1440 pp. I. Del Toro. Mid-latitude Deserts. (2013). In: Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia. Ed. R.W. Howarth, Salem Press, 1440 pp I. Del Toro. 2008. Penguins, Bugs and the Experience of a Lifetime. Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans. SACNAS News, Feature article. GRANTS AND AWARDS 2014 National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology. Forecasting the impact of climate change and political boundaries on biodiversity conservation and management along the US-Mexico border. ($257,000) 2012 Fulbright Fellowship, Australian-American Postgraduate Research Scholarship. One year funding to complete research in Australia’s Northern Territory on community assembly rules along environmental gradients. ($38,000) Sigma Xi Conference Travel Grant. ($300) Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Summer Research Grant. Funding for completing a mesocosm experiment evaluating the impact of warming on ecosystem processes mediated by Formica subsericea. ($1,000) 2010 Lewis and Clark Expedition Grant, The American Philosophical Society for field work on exploring the biodiversity of ants in the Northeastern United StatesDoctoral Student Research ($3,500) National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant for field work on exploring the biodiversity of ants in the Northeastern United States- Doctoral Student Research ($5000) University of Massachusetts Amherst, Natural History Collections Grant for field work and work at the UMass entomological collection ($3,000) American Museum of Natural History, Museum collections study grant for travel and work at the entomological collection of the AMNH. ($1,500) 2009 Academy of Natural Sciences Jessup Fellowship. Museum collections study grant for travel and work at the entomological collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences, ($1,250) NEAGEP Doctoral Student Fellowship. Awarded to underrepresented Ph.D. students conducting scientific research. Deferred until 2012. ($20,000/ year for two years). University of Massachusetts & Harvard Forest LTER. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Fellowship for conducting research on the impacts of regional climate change on ant communities in forested ecosystems. ($30,000/ year for three years). University of Massachusetts & Harvard Forest LTER. 2008 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Award for best undergraduate poster presentation in the field of polar sciences. ($250) Salt Lake City, Utah. Ecological Society of America. Best student poster award in the field of soil ecology. ($500) Milwaukee, WI. Ecological Society of America (SEEDS) Special Project Grant. Evaluation of Heavy Metal Contaminants in the Northern Chihuahuan Desert: Research and Education Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in Desert Ecology. ($5,000) Clark Hubbs Student Poster Award- Southwestern Association of Naturalists. ($600), Memphis, TN. Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation -UTEP Geology/Environmental Science 28th Annual Colloquium ($150), El Paso, TX. 2007 Forrest K. Jackson Endowment Memorial ($1,265) University of Texas at El Paso Study Abroad Scholarship ($2,000) 2006 University of Texas at El Paso Study Abroad Scholarship ($2,500) 2005-2008 Appointed to Deans List Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Scholarship for Undergraduate Student Travel and Accommodations. ($300) Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology Award. Funding for undergraduate research in environmental biology. ($16,000) ONGOING RESEARCH Post-doctoral Research Focus: Arthropod biodiversity along environmental gradients in the “Sky Islands” of the southwestern U.S.A. Spatial distribution of Formica spp. nests in Danish ecosystems. RESEARCH INTERESTS Geographic Information Systems, Ecological Statistics, Ecological Processes Modeling, Regional Climate Change Predictions, Species Distribution Modeling Hymenoptera Formicidae: Community Ecology, Biogeography, Macroecology, Taxonomy, Systematics, Behavior. INVITED SEMINARS, TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND STUDENT OUTREACH 2015 New Mexico State University: The heat is on! Climate Change impacts on the biogeography and ecology of ecosystem engineers. (Biology Department Seminar Series) New Mexico State University: Developing field studies with ants. (Guest Lecture at HHMI undergraduate research course) 2013 Harvard University: Combining macroecological and species distribution models to predict community assembly along environmental gradients. (Harvard Forest Seminar Series). CSIRO Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre: Using distribution models to project biodiversity patterns of ant communities in Australia’s Northern Savannahs. 2012 Invited Guest Lecture- Use of G.I.S. for modeling species distribution responses to regional climate change. (Natural Resources and Conservation 297- Reading the Landscape, 60 students) University of Massachusetts Amherst. Invited Seminar Warm Ants: Community and Thermal Ecology of ants of New England. (Summer REU research seminar series). Harvard University 2011 Community Ecology and Conservation Biogeography (Natural Resources and Conservation 597) University of Massachusetts Amherst. Developed upper-division undergraduate and graduate level course focused on the principles of community ecology and biogeography with conservation implications. Supervisor: Todd K. Fuller Ph.D. 2010, 2011 Graduate School Preparation Panelist, REU program, Harvard Forest 2008-2009 Biology Tutor, El Paso Community College. Tutoring for introductory biology courses (Freshman and Sophomore level). Laboratory preparatory technician. Supervisor: Jose Maldonado M.S. Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at El Paso. Introduction to the Study of Life (Freshman Level Biology Laboratory). Primary Instructor: Horacio Gonzalez Ph.D. 2008 Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at El Paso. Biology for non-majors (Freshman Level). Primary Instructor: Carl Lieb Ph.D. 2007 Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at El Paso Entomology Course. Primary Instructor: William P. Mackay Ph.D. Guest Lecturer. Coronado High School Biology Class. The Chihuahuan Desert Ecology: Introduction to basic ecological concepts. Supervised by William P. Mackay Ph.D., Jason Harris M.S. 2006 2015 Guest Lecturer in Taxonomy Course. La importancia de Taxonomía de insectos y sus interacciones con ecosistemas terrestres. Raul Zapata Mata. Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco Division Académica de Ciencias Biológicas. ABSTRACTS I. Del Toro. Warming impacts on ant-mediated ecosystem processes. ESA, Baltimore, USA. Poster. 2014 I. Del Toro. Biodiversity along a rainfall gradient: Insights into climate change impacts on Australia’s ant biodiversity. ATBC, Cairns, Australia. Poster 2013 I. Del Toro, R.R. Ribbons, A.N. Andersen. Community assembly of ants along environmental gradients: Combining Species Distribution and Macroecological models. IBS Special Meeting, Montreal, Oral Presentation. 2012 I. Del Toro. Biogeographic responses of ant species and communities to regional climate change. ESA Annual Meeting. Portland, Oregon, Oral Presentation. 2011 I. Del Toro, A.M. Ellison. Ant diversity along latitude and elevation gradients in the Northeastern United States. ESA Annual Meeting. Austin, Texas, Poster Presentation. I. Del Toro, A.M. Elllison. Measuring Beta Diversity along environmental gradients. Northeastern Naturalist Annual Meeting. Albany, New York, Oral Presentation. 2010 R. Ribbons, I. Del Toro. Schoolyard Biology, ESA, Pittsburgh PA. 2009 I. Del Toro, K.W. Floyd, D. Borrok, Heavy Metal Distribution and Bioaccumulation in Chihuahuan Desert Rough Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex rugosus) Populations. ESA Albuquerque New Mexico, Oral Presentation. E. Walsh, D. Borrok, I.Del Toro, K.W. Floyd. 2009. Heavy metal pollutants in the El Paso TX, region: Results from a ESA SEEDS special Project. ESA, Albuquerque New Mexico. Poster Presentation. 2008 I. Del Toro, C. Tweedie. Terrestrial microarthropod biodiversity analysis of the Antarctic Peninsula, Meeting. Milwaukee, WI. ESA and SACNAS, Milwaukee WI. Salt Lake City, UT. Poster Presentation. I. Del Toro, D. Borrok, W.P. Mackay. Heavy metal sequestration in rough harvester ant communities of the northern Chihuahuan Desert. University of Texas at El Paso Geology/ Environmental Science 22nd Annual Colloquium. El Paso Texas, and Southwester Association of Naturalists (SWAN), Memphis TN. Poster Presentation. 2006 I. Del Toro. Estudio de hormigas comunes del estado de Tabasco. Univesidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco, feria de investigación. Villahermosa Tabasco México. I. Del Toro, J. Pacheco, W.P. Mackay. 2006. The ant genus Liometopum notes on taxonomy and natural history. SACNAS, Tampa Bay Florida, SWAN Colima Mexico, Oral Presentation P.A Lenhart, S. Del Toro, S.T. Dash, I. Del Toro, W.P. Mackay, New style of fungal garden construction in the fungus-growing ant Trachymyrmex smithi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the El Paso, Texas area. Poster Presentation. SWAN Colima Mexico. Poster Presentation. 2005 I. Del Toro, J. Pacheco, W.P. Mackay. 2005. Identification and morphometric description of members of the ant genus Liometopum (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE). SACNAS, Denver Colorado. Poster Presentation. José Pacheco, William Mackay, Elizabeth Walsh, Paloma Vargas, I. Del Toro and Isidra Moreno. Revision Of the South American Thief Ants of the genus Solenopsis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): A potential biological control agent for the red imported fire ant, Poster Presentation. Red Imported Fire Ant National Conference (RIFA). Poster Presentation. PROFESSIONAL SERVICE/ MEMBERSHIP IN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES Peer Review: “Ecological Monographs”, “Diversity and Distributions”, “Journal of Biogeography”, “Myrmecological News”, “Dugesiana”, “Ecological Management and Restoration”, “Ecological Applications”, “Journal of Thermal Biology”, “Southwestern Naturalist”, “PLoS ONE”, “Oikos” Membership: Ecological Society of America (ESA), Ecological Society of Australia (ESAu), Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Entomological Society of America (ENTSOC), Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN), International Biogeography Society (IBS), Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) Research: Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network graduate student researcher. Harvard Forest LTER. Graduate Student Representative Mentorship: Harvard Forest REU- Adam Clark, Erick Oberg, Margarete Romero, Natashia Manyak, Michael Marquis, Kate Davis, Matthew Combs UMass Amherst- Alex Gerasimchuck, Drew Morrison CSIRO Fulbright: Lilian Carpene, Ariane Bouilly WORKSHOPS 2012 Econnect Media Science Communication Training Workshop- CSIRO TERC, Darwin 2011 Species distribution modeling workshop- AMNH Southwestern Research Station 2009 Impacts of climate change on invertebrate mediated ecosystem services- LTER All Scientist Meeting RESEARCH SKILLS Proficient in species distribution modeling and spatial analyses using R Use of dichotomous keys for Formicidae Use of dichotomous keys for North American Stream Macroinvertebrates Proficient Identification of the ants of North and Central America and Australia. Use of Auto Montage Microscopy Imaging System Use of Inductively Coupled Plasma/ Optical Emission Spectrometry Equipment Comfortable with basic laboratory techniques Comfortable with basic entomology and ecology field techniques Capable with Microsoft Computing Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Proficient in use of Geographic Information Systems Software- ArcGIS Bilingual- Proficient in reading, writing and speaking Spanish. Wilderness First Aid Certified-SOLO WFA Certification 2010-2014 RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AND FIELD WORK 2013 2012 2011 2010 Helicopter based- Field work in Northern Territory of Australia sampling ants in remote regions of Kakadu National Park for 14 days. Field work in Northern Territory of Australia sampling ants along a precipitation gradient and modeling species distributions. Warming Mesocosm experiment at Harvard Forest LTER Field work collecting ants in the Northeastern United States along latitudinal and elevation gradients. May-August. Field work coring Spruce Trees for Dendrochronology Analysis. June-August. 2009 Field work collecting ants and pitcher plant metrics in Maine, 14 days 2008 Summer internship at Harvard Forest Long Term Ecological Research Station. Petersham MA. Stream Macroinvertebrate Ecology. Mentor: William Sobczak Ph.D. Hollycross University, Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow. Ecological Society of America SEEDS Travel Fellowship to Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Station. Fairbanks, Alaska. Mentor: Erin Vinson ESA SEEDS Coordinator. 2007 Field collection of terrestrial microarthropods in the northern Antarctica Peninsula, 21 days 2006 Field Collection of ants in Yucatan Peninsula August 2006-August 2007 2005 Field work and collection of ants for 21 days in Ecuador. 2004-2009 Ant Taxonomy and Ecology, work with Dr. William P. Mackay. University of Texas El Paso. Desert Ecology Laboratory. PERSONAL REFRENCES DR. AARON M. ELLISON, HARVARD FOREST LTER, 324 N. MAIN STREET. PETERSHAM MA. 01366 (978) 724-3302; [email protected] DR. ALAN ANDERSEN, CSIRO- TROPICAL ECOSYSTEMS RESEARCH CENTRE, OFFICER IN CHARGE. 564 VANDERLIN DRIVE BERRIMAH, NT, AUSTRALIA. (+61)8 8944- 8431; [email protected] DR. NATE SANDERS, UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN, CENTER FOR MACROECOLOGY CLIMATE AND EVOLUTION. 15 UNIVERSITETSPARKEN, COPENHAGEN DENMARK 2100.
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