Curriculum Vitae

MEGAN PHIFER-RIXEY

Monmouth University, Department of Biology
332 Edison Science Building, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
(732) 263-5865

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; Evolution; Senior Seminar; Research Methods
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

  • Faculty Fellow, Monmouth University, Fall 2019-Spring 2021 – The Faculty Fellowship is a new, University-wide competitive program that provides a one-course load reduction for four semesters, a summer stiped ($10,000), and research funds ($5,000) to support two faculty per award year in their collaborations with campus research centers.
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Monmouth University, Summer 2019 – This fellowship provides a summer stipend ($10,000) to support faculty pursuing research or other scholarly activities.
  • 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. I also have a new start-up allocation as sole PI.
  • Urban Coast Institute Faculty Enrichment Grant. Using population genetics to inform management of New Jersey fisheries, $5,000. Spring 2018.
  • European Society for Evolutionary Biology Outreach Grant. DNA Unraveled: Strawberry DNA Extraction. 1,000€. Fall 2017.
  • 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

Suzuki, T.A., Phifer-Rixey, M., Mack, K.L., Sheehan, M.J., Lin, T., Bi, K., and M.W. Nachman. 2019 .Host genetic determinants of the gut microbiome of wild mice. Molecular Ecology. 00: 1– 11.

Mack, K.L. Phifer-Rixey, M., Harr, B., and M. W. Nachman. 2019 . Gene expression networks across multiple tissues are associated with rates of molecular evolution in wild house mice. Genes. 10(3):225.

Mack, K.L., Ballinger, M.A., Phifer-Rixey, M., and M.W. Nachman. 2018. Gene regulation underlies environmental adaptation in house mice. Genome Research. https://genome.cshlp.org/content/early/2018/10/10/gr.238998.118

Phifer-Rixey, M., Bi, K., Ferris, K.G., Sheehan, M.J., Lin, D., Mack, K.L., Keeble, S.M., Suzuki, T., Good, J.M., and M.W. Nachman. 2018. The genomic basis of environmental adaptation in house mice. PLoS Genetics. https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article/authors?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1007672

Moeller, A. H., T. A. Suzuki, M. Phifer-Rixey, and M. W. Nachman. 2018. Transmission modes of the mammalian gut microbiota. Science. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6413/453

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. http://ijs.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/ijsem/10.1099/ijsem.0.001237#tab2

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., Bomhoff, M., and M.W. Nachman. 2014. Genome-wide patterns of differentiation among house mouse subspecies. Genetics. http://www.genetics.org/content/198/1/283

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., 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. https://academic.oup.com/mbe/article/29/10/2949/1025826

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. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1420-9101.2008.01549.x

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. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03323.x

PRESENTATIONS

Phifer-Rixey, M . The genomics of environmental adaptation in house mice (oral). Evolution Meeting, Providence, RI. June 2019.

Phifer-Rixey, M . Environmental adaptation in house mice (oral, invited). William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. November 2018.

Phifer-Rixey, M. The genetics of environmental adaptation: house mice in the Americas (poster). Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics, Genetics Society of America, Madison, WI. May 2018.

Phifer-Rixey, M. Recent environmental adaptation in an invasive species: house mice in the Americas. European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Groningen, The Netherlands. August 2017.

Phifer-Rixey, M. The genetic basis of environmental adaptation in house mice (poster). Society for the Study of Evolution, Portland, OR. June 2017.

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

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

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

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

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. The genomics of adaptation and speciation in house mice invited. University of Alaska, Anchorage, AL. November 2014.

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

PEER REVIEW

Manuscript Review:Biology Letters, Current Zoology, eLife, Evolutionary Ecology, Evolutionary Applications, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, PLoS Genetics, PLoS One, Scientific Advances, Scientific Data, and Scientific Reports

Proposal Review: National Science Foundation (ad hoc U.S.A), Czech Science Foundation, NSFGRFP (2019)

MEMBERSHIPS

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