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USC Sea Grant's Knauss Fellows for 2009

Catherine Marie Purcell
University of Southern California
Department of Biological Sciences
purcellc@usc.edu

Education  
8/01-present Ph.D. Program in the Marine Environmental Biology Section of the Biological Sciences Dept. at the University of Southern California (USC). Advisor: Suzanne Edmands. Current GPA: 3.75

10/95-6/99 University of California, Santa Barbara. (UCSB) B.S. Aquatic Biology, GPA 3.54.
Employment  
8/05-present Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellow

8/04-5/05 Teaching Assistant, Biology Department, USC

8/03-5/04 Merit Fellow, Biology Department, USC

8/01-5/03 Teaching Assistant, Biology Department, USC
Awards  
2007 Tuna Conference scholarship

2005 EPA STAR Fellowship

2002 2002 National Science Foundation (NSF) Summer Program in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan: For U.S. Graduate Students in Science and Engineering. (NSF 02-007).

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Honors Intro. Biology

2001 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Intro. Biology

Merit Fellowship, USC
Research Experience  
4/06-5/06 Cooperating scientist on a research cruise aboard National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) ship Oscar Elton Sette out of Hawaii.

6/03-8/03 NSF Summer Program in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan: For U.S. Graduate Students in Science and Engineering. (NSF 02-007)

7/99-8/99 Field Research Assistant (in affiliation with UCSB), Moorea, French Polynesia

7/98-8/98 School For Field Studies, Marine Parks Management, South Caicos, British West Indies

9/96-6/98 Undergraduate Technician, UCSB, Dept. of Evolution, Ecology, and Marine Biology
Courses Taught (as Teaching Assistant)
  General Biology, Cell Biology and Physiology, Advanced General Biology, Cell Biology and Physiology, Advanced General Biology, Organismal Biology and Evolution, Evolutionary Biology, Conservation Biology, Molecular Biology
Academic Service  
1/07-present Member of a graduate student team assisting in the development of a plankton exhibit for the non-profit Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA.

8/06-8/07 Graduate Student Representative in the Marine Environmental Biology Section, of the Biological Sciences Department, USC.

8/03-8/06 Teaching Assistant Mentor, USC College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Teaching Assistant Training Program.

11/05 & 11/04 Official observer, through the Wrigley Institute of Environmental Sciences, at the annual meetings of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (New Orleans, LA in 2004 and Seville, Spain in 2005)

8/04-8/05 Coordinator of Seminar Series in the Marine Environmental Biology Section, of the Biological Sciences Department, USC.
Presentations at International, National and Local Meetings  
2007 American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (San Francisco, CA)

2007, 2005, 2004 The Tuna Conference-Sponsored by the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA/NMFS and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (Lake Arrowhead, CA).

2007 International Summit on Evolutionary Change on Human-altered Environments (Los Angeles, CA).

2006 EPA STAR and Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellows Conference (Washington D.C.)

2005 Conservation Genetics Symposium (Pacific Grove, CA).

The International Billfish Symposium (Santa Catalina Island, CA).

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (San Diego, CA).

2003 Western Society of Naturalists (Long Beach, CA).

Society for the Study of Evolution (Chico, CA).
Professional Affiliations  
  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

Society for the Study of Evolution

Western Society of Naturalists

American Fisheries Society
Publications  
  Purcell, C.M., J.S. Harrison, S. Edmands. Isolation and characterization of 10 polymorphic microsatellite markers from striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax. (in prep)