Curriculum Vitae

MEGAN PHIFER-RIXEY

Monmouth University, Department of Biology
130F Edison Science Building, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
(732) 571-5865

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Ph.D., Biology, 2009
  • Certificate in College and University Teaching
    • Dissertation Research: Spatially varying selection on shell color in the flat periwinkle Littorina obstusata
    • Adviser: Dr. Paul S. Schmidt

Duke University, Durham, NC

  • B.S., Biology with Distinction, Magna cum laude, 2001
    • Semester Abroad: Spring 99, Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica
    • Semester Abroad: Fall 99, Duke University Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, 2016-present
Assistant Professor
Research: Environmental adaptation in house mice
Teaching: Introduction to Biology, Evolution and Biodiversity; Introduction to Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology
University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2013-2016
Postdoctoral Scholar, Research Scientist
Research: Environmental adaptation in Mus musculus
Adviser: Dr. Michael W. Nachman
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2009-2013
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Research: Adaptation and speciation in Mus musculus, Adaptation in rock pocket mice
Adviser: Dr. Michael W. Nachman
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 2003-2009
Department of Biology, Teaching Assistantship, Fall 2003-Spring 2008
Courses: Introduction to Biology (lab), Introduction to Biology: Molecular Biology of
Life (lab), Evolution (also guest lecturer), Introduction to Statistics for Biologists,
Advanced Statistics for Biologists
Center for Teaching and Learning,University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 2006-2009
Senior Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence Fall 2008-Spring 2009
Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence Fall 2007-Spring 2008
TA Training Graduate Coordinator 8/2007, 8/2008
TA Training Workshop Leader 8/2006
Duke University, Durham, NC
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Dr. Kevin Craig and Dr. Larry Crowder, Fall 1999; Dr. Shamima Akhter and Dr. Janis Antonovics, Fall 1998; Dr. Xinnian Dong, Fall 1997-Spring 1998

GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), NSF, Co-PI with Dr.Michael Nachman, Environmental Adaptation in house mice, 2013-present, competitive computational resource research grant valued at ~$18,000 annually
  • Genetics Society of America, TAGC Travel Grant, 2016
  • Genetics Society of America, DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development, 2012
  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2007-2009
  • Summer Institute for Statistical Genetics Scholarship, 2009
  • American Genetic Association, Travel Grant, 2009
  • Marie Curie ITN, Travel Grant, Theory of Speciation Workshop, 2009
  • University of Pennsylvania, Department of Biology, “Entering Mentoring” Workshop
    Facilitator Honorarium, Fall 2008-Spring 2009
  • University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion
    Fellowship, Fall 2008-Spring 2009
  • Malacological Society of London, Travel Grant, International Society of Littorinid Biology
    and Evolution, 2008
  • University of Pennsylvania, Dean’s Awards for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students, 2007
  • University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, 2006, 2008
  • University of Pennsylvania, Binns-Williams Fund for Research, 2005, 2006
  • Duke University, Presidential Research Fellow, 1998-2001

PUBLICATIONS

Weyand, N., Ma, I., Phifer-Rixey, M., et al. 2016 Isolation of a new species of Neisseria from the wild house mouse, Mus musculus. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 66(9):3585-3593.

Phifer-Rixey, M. and M. W. Nachman. 2015. The natural history of model organisms: Insight into mammalian biology from the wild house mouse, Mus musculus. eLife. http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.05959.001

Phifer-Rixey, M. 2014. Evolution: Searching for the genes that separate species (invited commentary). eLife. http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.05377

Phifer-Rixey, M., Bomhoff, M., and M.W. Nachman. 2014 Genome-wide patterns of differentiation among house mouse subspecies. Genetics. 198(1):283-297.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Bonhomme, F., Boursot, P., Churchill, G.A., Pialek, J., Tucker, P., and M.W. Nachman. 2012 Adaptive evolution and effective population size in wild house mice. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 29(10):2949-2955.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Heckman, M., Trussell, G. and P.S. Schmidt. 2009 Maintenance of clinal variation for shell colour phenotype in the flat periwinkle Littorina obtusata. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 21(4):966-978.

Schmidt, P.S., Phifer-Rixey, M., Taylor, G.M. and J. Christner. 2007 Genetic heterogeneity among intertidal habitats in the flat periwinkle, Littorina obtusata. Molecular Ecology. 16(11):2393-2404.

Suzuki, T.A., Phifer-Rixey, M., Martins, F., and M.W. Nachman. Microbial variation and Bergmann’s rule: clinal variation of gut microbes in house mice across the Americas, in preparation.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Bi, K., Keeble, S.M., Good, J.M., and M.W. Nachman. Recent, rapid adaptation in an invasive species: the genomics of environmental adaptation in North American house mice, in preparation.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Wlasiuk, G., Permar, A., Carneiro, M., Bittner, N., Price, M. and M.W. Nachman. The genetic basis of convergent melanism in rock pocket mice, in preparation.

PRESENTATIONS

Phifer-Rixey, M. Evolutionary genomics in house mice (invited). Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. February 2015.

Phifer-Rixey, M. Evolutionary genomics in house mice (invited). Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA. January 2015.

Phifer-Rixey, M. Evolutionary genomics in house mice (invited). Rutgers University, Camden, Camden, NJ. April 2017.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Bomhoff, M., and M.W. Nachman. Genome wide patterns of subspecies of house mice. Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa, Canada. July 2012.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Bomhoff, M., and M.W. Nachman.. Patterns of differentiation among recently diverged subspecies of house mice inferred from transcriptome sequencing (poster). Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Chicago, IL. July 2013.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Harr, B., Bonhomme, F., Boursot, P., Piálek, J., Tucker, P., Yang, H., Churchill, G.A., Pardo-Manuel de Villena, F., and M.W. Nachman. Patterns of selection in house mice inferred from high density SNP data (poster). Complex Traits Community, Chicago, IL. May 2010.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Wlasiuk, G., Permar, A., Carneiro, M., Bittner, N., Price, M. and M.W. Nachman. The genetic basis of convergent adaptive melanism in rock pocket mice. Society for the Study of Evolution, Portland, Oregon. June 2010.

Phifer-Rixey, M. The genetic basis of environmental adaptation in house mice. Evolution, Austin, TX. June 2016.

Phifer-Rixey, M.. The genetic basis of environmental adaptation in house mice (selected). The Allied Genetics Conference, Orlando, FL. July 2016.

Phifer-Rixey, M. The genomics of adaptation and speciation in house mice (invited). University of Alaska, Anchorage, AL. November 2014.

Phifer-Rixey, M. The genomics of environmental adaptation in house mice invited. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. October 2016.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Bi, K., Keeble, S.M., Good, J.M., and M.W. Nachman. The genomics of environmental adaptation: house mice in North America. Society for the Study of Evolution, Raleigh, NC. June 2014.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Heckman, M., Trussell, G., and P.S. Schmidt. The maintenance of clinal variation for shell color phenotype in the flat periwinkle Littorina obtusata. Society for the Study of Evolution, Minneapolis, MN. June 2008.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Heckman, M., Trussell, G., and P.S. Schmidt. The maintenance of clinal variation for shell color phenotype in the flat periwinkle Littorina obtusata. International Symposium on Littorinid Biology and Evolution, Vigo, Spain. June 2008.

Phifer-Rixey, M., Trussell, G., and P.S. Schmidt. The maintenance of clinal variation for shell color phenotype in the flat periwinkle Littorina obtusata. Society for the Study of Evolution, Stony Brook, NY. June 2006.

PEER REVIEW

Manuscript Review: Current Zoology, eLife, Evolutionary Ecology, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, PLoS Genetics, PLos One, Scientific Data
Proposal Review: National Science Foundation (U.S.A), Czech Science Foundation

MEMBERSHIPS

Society for the Study of Evolution, Genetics Society of America, Society for Molecular
Biology and Evolution, European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma