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January 2017

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Nickie Cammisa
Masters Candidate in Biology
Department of Biology
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8303

Lab: (818) 677-4428


Cell: (201) 961-2868
nicole.cammisa.331@my.csun.edu

Education
M.S., Biology
2014present (Degree expected: 05/2017)
California State University, Northridge
Advisor: Casey P. terHorst
Thesis: Examining the influence of plant genotype and bacterial symbionts on response to
water stress
B.S., Biology and Environmental Science
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Advisors: Jason W. Kelsey and Richard Niesenbaum

20102014

Grants & Awards


Sally Casanova Scholar ($3000), California Pre-Doctoral Program
2016-2017
Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award ($2000), California State University,
Northridge
2016
Graduate Equity Fellowship ($4000), California State University, Northridge
2015-2016
Sherman Oaks Garden Club Scholarship ($1000)
2015
Empacadora Fruticola Santa Ines S.A. de C.V. Scholarship ($1000), Hispanic Association
of Colleges and Universities
2015
Associated Students Scholarship ($2000), California State University, Northridge
2015
Southern California Garden Club Award ($1000)
2015
Horticultural and Botany Scholarship ($1500), Toluca Lake Garden Club
2014
Presidential Scholarship ($18,000/yr), Muhlenberg College
20102014
Omnicron Delta Kappa
2012
FacultyStudent Collaborative Grant for Summer Research ($2600), Muhlenberg College
The effect of biological and physical factors on the bioaccumulation of p,p-DDE in plants
and worms, Co-investigator: Dr. Jason W. Kelsey
2012
Research Travel Grant ($600), Muhlenberg College
Real-time interactions and their effect on uptake of PCB and DDE by the worms Eisenia
fetida and Lumbricus terrestris
2012
Research and Work Experience
Lab Research Assistant
Evolutionary ecology lab of Casey P. terHorst

2014present

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Research and Work Experience (contd)


California State University, Northridge
Examining the influence of protozoa evolution on bacterial community composition
Lab Research Assistant
20112014
Environmental toxicology lab of Jason W. Kelsey
Muhlenberg College
Examined how temperature, carbon nanopores and species interactions affected worms
bioaccumulation of p-p-DDE from soil using GC/ECD
Naturalist
2014
The Nature Place Day Camp
Designed and led outdoor nature programming for children aged 4-16 in New York State.
Lab and Field Research Assistant
2013
Tropical ecology lab of Dr. Sigrid Heise-Pavlov
Centre for Rainforest Studies, School for Field Studies, Queensland, Australia
Assessing the suitability of an indirect method to study habitat use by Lumholtzs TreeKangaroos, Dendrolagus lumholtzi
Visiting Researcher
2013
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Invited to filter worm samples and quantify fullerenes in worm tissue samples from work in
Dr. Jason W. Kelseys laboratory
Sustainability Promotion Coordinator
2011-2014
Sodexo/Muhlenberg Dining Services
Developed and marketed sustainable practices within dining services. Phased all campus
vendors out of Styrofoam use and developed and implemented a reusable to-go container
program.
Teaching Experience
Tutor
Introductory Biology
California State University, Northridge
Teaching Associate
Biological Principles I Lab
California State University, Northridge
Graduate Assistant
Principles of Ecology Lecture, Lab, and Field Studies
California State University, Northridge
Tutor
Biology and Environmental Science
Muhlenberg College
Outreach
Science Activity Leader, Dearborn Elementary School
Guest lecturer: A Day in the Life of a Grad Student, CSUN
Science Fair Judge, Gaspar de Portola Middle School

2016
2014present
2014, 2015

2011-2014

2016
2016
2015

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Native Plant Volunteer, Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands Nursery
Note-taker for students with disabilities, Muhlenberg College

2013
2011-2014

Leadership
Girls in Science and Technology after school club, Coordinator, Mentor
Gaspar de Portola Middle School
Women in Science, Secretary, Officer
California State University, Northridge
Individual Green Leadership Award, Nominee
Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Lehigh Valley Branch

2016
2014present
2013

Environmental Action Team, Vice President of Sustainable Living


Muhlenberg College

20112014

Sustainability House, President


Muhlenberg College

20132014

Presidents Greening Committee, Student Representative


Muhlenberg College

2011-2014

Seegers Union Student Advisory Board, Member


Muhlenberg College

2012-2014

Membership in Professional Societies and Activities


Ecological Society of America

2014present

Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution Reading Club


California State University, Northridge

2014present

R programming workshop
California State University, Northridge

2015

Certifications and Skills


Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
SOLO Wilderness Medical School
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers
American Red Cross
Italian Language, basic proficiency

20142016
20142015

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Professional Presentations (asterisk denotes presenter)


To scientific audiences:
Cammisa, N.* and terHorst, C.P. (2016). Genotypic variation in an invasive plants response to
mutualists and drought. Ecological Society of America, Fort Lauderdale, FL. [Oral]
Cammisa,N.* and terHorst, C.P. (2015). Genotypic variation in response to mutualists and
drought in an invasive plant.
Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD [Poster]
CSUN Research and Creative Works Symposium [Oral] 2nd place oral
presentation
Cammisa, N.* (2014). An examination of Muhlenberg Colleges sustainability house as an
educational tool. Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Campus
Sustainability Conference, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. [Poster]
Cammisa, N.* and Heise-Pavlov, S. (2013). Assessing the suitability of an indirect method to
study Lumholtz's Tree-Kangaroos, Dendrolagus lumholtzi. Centre for Rainforest Studies
Talk Series, Yungaburra, QLD, Australia. [Oral]
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Cammisa, N.* (2012). Research in soil, plant and earthworm toxicology. Muhlenberg College
Summer Talk Series, Allentown, PA. [Oral]
Kleiner, A.* and Cammisa, N.* (2012). Real time interactions and their effect on uptake of PCB
and p,p'-DDE by the worms Eisenia fetida and Lumbricus terrestris. Ecological Society
of America, Blacksburg, VA. [Poster]
To non-scientific audiences:
Bio Bash, California State University, Northridge
Association of Retired Faculty Luncheon, California State University, Northridge
Sherman Oaks Garden Club Meeting
Southern California Garden Club Meeting
Toluca Lake Garden Club Meeting
Publications
Peer-reviewed:
Cammisa, N. and terHorst, C.P. Genotypic variation in an invasive plants response to
mutualists and drought. (In prep)
Other:
Cammisa, N. Weigh the Waste. The Muhlenberg Weekly, Allentown, PA, November, 2012.

2016
2015
2015
2015
2014

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Publications (contd)
Ecology Evolution Lab Blog:
Eco-Evo lab goes back to middle school for a day. 2016.
Learning to be a naturalist. 2015.
What should we call grad school? 2015.
Women in science highlight: Olympia LePoint (1977-present). 2015.
Women in science highlight: Gertrude B. Elion (1918-1999). 2014.

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