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USC Sea Grant's Knauss Fellows for 2009

Tonya L. Kane
Tonya.Kane@noaa.gov

Placement  
  Volunteer coordinator
NOAA/National Ocean Service Special Projects
Education  
2001-2008 Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
December 2008

2000 B.S., Microbiology & Environmental Biology, Michigan State University
Research  
2001-2008 Ph.D. Dissertation, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA: The role of sediment nitrogen fixation and denitrification in the nitrogen cycle of a highly eutrophic southern California estuary

2003 Graduate Research, La Parguera, Puerto Rico: Species Relationships as a Function of Nutrients in Tropical Sea Grass Beds

2002 Scientific Diving Certification, American Association of Underwater Scientists

1996-2000 Research Assistant, United States Department of Agriculture, Sugar Beet and Bean Research Unit, Michigan State University

1999 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA: The Sea Anemone, Anthopleura elegantissima, as a Bioindicator of Human Disturbance in a Coastal Ecosystem
Grants, Fellowships and Awards  
2007
  • UCLA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Special Faculty Award for Service
  • UCLA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Symposium Poster Award
  • UCLA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Dissertation Fellowship Quarter
  • UCLA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Conference Travel Funding
  • Estuarine Research Federation Student Travel Grant
  • Western Society of Naturalists Conference Travel Grant
2006
  • UCLA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Research Award
  • UCLA Quality of Graduate Education Fellowship
2005
  • University of California Center for Water Resources Research Grant ($59,960; Award to Dr. Peggy Fong to support my dissertation research)
  • UCLA Quality of Graduate Education Fellowship
2003
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - Honorable Mention

2002

  • UCLA Latin American Center Small Grant for Research
Teaching, Mentoring and Outreach Experience  
  Instructorships
  • Teaching Assistant Training Course, UCLA. (4 times) 2003 - 2006
Teaching Assistantships
  • Traditional courses (at UCLA unless stated):
    • Life Science 15: Life, Concepts, and Issues (for non-science majors) 2003 & 2005
    • Life Science 1: Evolution, Ecology, & Biodiversity (for majors) 2001, 2002 & 2004
    • Introductory Marine Biology (for non-majors) 2002
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    • Marine Phytoplankton Physiology (upper-division for majors) 2002
    • Intro. Microbiology Laboratory, Michigan State University 2000
  • Field courses, UCLA:
    • Marine Biology Quarters to Moorea, French Polynesia 2004 & 2006
    • Marine/Field Biology Quarter to Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia 2005
  • Workshops
    • “Microteaching”, UCLA Teaching Conference 2006 & 2007
    • “Grading Student Work”, UCLA Teaching Conference 2003
Mentoring
  • Supervised eight (8) undergraduates on individual research projects, UCLA. 2004-2007
  • Supervised 30+ undergraduates in gaining laboratory research experience, UCLA. 2001-2007
  • Private Tutor, Marine Biology student from Occidental College, CA 2006
  • Biology Session Leader, Program for Excellence in Education & Research in Science 2002
Marine Science Outreach
  • Program Assistant, Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence – West (COSEE-West)
    2007 & 2008
  • Content Consultant, “Top Ten Ocean Issues”, Aquarium of the Pacific, CA 2007
  • Guest Speaker, 4th grade biology class, US Army Garrison - Yongsan, Seoul, Korea 2006
  • Workshop co-leader “Organisms & Their Environments”, COSEE-West 2003
Other
  • Collect algal and invertebrate species (via SCUBA) for UCLA Biology courses 2005–2008
  • Substitute Teacher (long-term), Spanish I – III, Almont High School, Almont, MI 2000
Research Presentations  
2008 Kane, T. and P. Fong. Quantifying sediment nitrogen fixation and denitrification rates and responses to abiotic characteristics of a eutrophic southern California estuary. American Society of Limnology & Oceanography, Ocean Sciences Mtg., Orlando, FL.

2007 Kane, T. and P. Fong. Quantifying rates and mechanisms controlling sediment nitrogen fixation in intertidal mudflats of Upper Newport Bay Estuary, southern California. Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting, Ventura, CA.

Kane, T. and P. Fong. Quantifying rates and mechanisms controlling sediment nitrogen fixation in a eutrophic estuary. Estuarine Research Federation meeting, Providence, RI.

Kane, T. and P. Fong. Sediment nitrogen fixation in Upper Newport Bay Estuary, southern California. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Research Symposium, UCLA.

Kane, T. and P. Fong. Sediment nitrogen fixation in Upper Newport Bay Estuary, southern California. California Estuarine Research Society Meeting, Bodega Bay, CA.
Professional Service  
2006 – 2007 Faculty-Graduate Student Liaison, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

2005 – 2007 Representative to Graduate Student Association (GSA), UCLA

2004 – 2007 Representative to Biological Sciences Council, UCLA

2006 GSA New Graduate Student Orientation session leader, UCLA

2005 & 2006 GSA New Graduate Student Orientation Planning Committee, UCLA

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