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KELLY A.

Speer
American Museum of Natural History kspeer@amnh.org
Richard Gilder Graduate School (505) 463-5584
200 Central Park West twitter: @KellySpeer
New York, NY 10024 website: www.kellyspeer.com

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Community ecology, population genomics, community assembly, biogeography,
metagenomics, bioinformatics, parasitology, mammalogy, natural history collections

EDUCATION
Richard Gilder Graduate School August 2015 - present
American Museum of Natural History New York, New York
Ph.D. Comparative Biology, expected graduation: Summer 2019
Dissertation: ‘Sources of variation in the microbiome of ectoparasites of bats,
with implications for disease transmission and parasite conservation.’
Advisors: Dr. Susan Perkins and Dr. Nancy Simmons
University of Florida August 2012 - August 2015
Department of Biology and Florida Museum of Natural History Gainesville, Florida
Master of Science Zoology
Thesis: “Dispersal of Bats in an Island System.”
Advisor: Dr. David Reed
University of New Mexico August 2007 - May 2012
Department of Biology and Museum of Southwestern Biology Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bachelor of Science Biology, Bachelor of Arts Chemistry
Thesis: “A relict population of shrews in New Mexico illustrates
phylogeographic diversification in response to environmental change.”
Advisor: Dr. Joe Cook
Karl-Franzens Universität Graz August 2010 - August 2011
Direct undergraduate student exchange Graz, Austria

PUBLICATIONS
Total publications = 5 Total first-author publications = 2
Ingala, M.R., N.B. Simmons, C. Wultsch, K. Krampis, K.A. Speer, and S.L. Perkins.
2018. Comparing Microbiome Sampling Methods in a Wild Mammal: Fecal and
Intestinal Samples Record Different Signals of Host Ecology, Evolution. Frontiers in
Microbiology.
Speer, K.A., B.J. Petronio, N. Simmons, B. Richey, J.A. Soto-Centeno, D.L. Reed.
2017. Population genetics of a widespread bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) in an island
system. Ecology and Evolution.
Speer, K.A., J.A. Soto-Centeno, N. Albury, Z.S. Quicksall, M. Marte, D.L. Reed. 2015.
Bats of The Bahamas: Natural History and Conservation. Bulletin of the Florida
Museum of Natural History, 53(3):45-95.
Kohli, B.A., K.A. Speer, C.W. Kilpatrick, N. Batsaikhan, D. Damdinbaza, J.A. Cook.
2014. Multilocus systematics and non-punctuated evolution of Holarctic Myodini
(Rodentia: Arvicolinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 76:18-29.
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Hope, A.G., K. A. Speer, J. R. Demboski, S.L. Talbot, J. A. Cook. 2012. A climate for
speciation: rapid spatial diversification among the Sorex cinereus complex of
shrews. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 64(3):671-84.

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS


Total Research Funding Received (not including travel grants) = $36,279
Richard Gilder Graduate School Fellowship August 2015 – September 2019
$24,800
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Spring 2018
“Effect of arthropod microbiome variation on prevalence of pathogens in bats” $934
American Society of Mammalogists Grants-in-Aid of Research Spring 2018
“Influence of bat ecology on prevalence of arthropod-vectored pathogens of bats.“ $1,500
AMNH Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund Spring 2017
“Temporal variation in the microbiome of blood-feeding ectoparasites of bats.” $2,400
University of Florida Women’s Club Scholarship Spring 2015
$1,000
University of Florida Biology Department Travel Grant Spring 2015
$175
University of Florida Graduate Student Council Travel Grant Spring 2015
$350
University of Florida John Paul Olowo Memorial Fund Spring 2015
$500
American Society of Mammalogists Grants-in-Aid of Research Spring 2014
“Population genetics of a widespread bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) in an island system.” $1,500
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Fall 2013
“A fly on the cave wall: using parasite genetics to infer patterns of host dispersal” $800
AMNH Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund Spring 2013
“Estimating genetic diversity, migration, and population structure across multiple $2,545
biogeographic barriers in a vagile insular mammal.”
University of Florida Brian Riewald Memorial Fund Spring 2013
$300
University of Florida Biology Department Travel Grant Fall 2012
$150

AWARDS AND HONORS


Best Student Paper Award July 2016
American Society of Parasitology annual conference
Karl F. Koopman Award for Best Student Paper October 2015
North American Society for Bat Research annual conference
Undergraduate Opportunities Program Scholar August 2008 – May 2012
Research experience for undergraduates
University of New Mexico Academic Dean's List August 2007 – May 2012
Undergraduate Biology Honors Thesis August 2010
“A relict population of shrews in New Mexico illustrates phylogeographic Magna cum laude
diversification in response to environmental change.”
Regents’ Scholarship at the University of New Mexico August 2007 – May 2011
Full ride scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico
Regents’ International Study Grant August 2010 – August 2011
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FIELD WORK EXPERIENCE


*Trips led or co-led
Orange Walk, Belize 2wks/year 2016-2018
Mist-netting and hand-netting 23 species of bats
Collecting ectoparasites, blood, tissues, and whole specimens
Co-managing permits for import of ectoparasites and blood
Working as part of a large international team with varying research goals
Specimens deposited at AMNH and MSB
*Jalisco and Colima, Mexico 1 month/year 2016-2017
Mist-netting and hand-netting 5 species of bats
Collecting ectoparasites, skin swabs, and cave swabs
Trained one female Mexican undergraduate student and one male
Costa Rican undergraduate student on field techniques
Managed all permits for legal collecting, export, and import of samples
Working as part of a small international team
Specimens deposited at AMNH, UNAM Estación de Bíologia Chamela, MSB
Cuba, New Mexico, USA 1wk 2017
Sherman trapping and pitfall trapping rodent and scoricomorph community in national forest
Collecting, ectoparasites, endoparasites, tissues, skins, and skeletons
Working as part of a small, female-led team
Specimens deposited in MSB and NMNH
*Abaco, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Exuma, and 3wks/year 2013-2015
Long Island, The Bahamas
Mist-netting and hand-netting 4 species of bats
Collecting ectoparasites, wing punches, tissues, skins, and skeletons
Managed all permits for legal collecting, export, and import of samples
Trained local officials and two University of Florida undergraduates on
Field techniques and bat conservation
Gave several presentations to local community and local schools on bats of The Bahamas
Working as part of a small team
Specimens deposited at FLMNH and The National Museum of The Bahamas
Alexander Archipelago, Alaska, USA 1 month 2013
Sherman, pitfall, and snap trapping small mammal community
Collecting ectoparasites, endoparasites, tissues, skins, and skeletons
Working as part of a 6-person team
Specimens deposited in MSB
Gila Wilderness, New Mexico, USA 1wk 2013
Sherman, pitfall, and snap trapping small mammal community
Collecting ectoparasites, endoparasites, tissues, skins, and skeletons
Working as part of 6-person team
Specimens deposited in MSB

MENTORSHIP AND TEACHING


Graduate Student Mentorship
Alexis Brown, Columbia University: M.S. student studying bat fly August 2017 – present
host-specificity, biogeography, and population genetics.
Training - collecting, preserving, and identifying bat flies, standard
molecular genetics techniques, data analysis, hypothesis development
Products - Presented research at two scientific meetings, applying to Ph.D.
Programs Fall 2018, targeting two publications
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Undergraduate Student Mentorship


Catherene Baijnauth, CUNY Queen’s College January 2017 – August 2018
Training – standard molecular genetics techniques
Products – awarded a scholarship to attend the annual meeting of
the American Society of Mammalogists, one publication in preparation
Alejandro Laserna, CUNY Queen’s College January 2017 – May 2017
Training – standard molecular genetics techniques
Products – applying to laboratory manager positions using experience gained
Samantha Johnson, University of Florida January 2015 – May 2015
Training - standard molecular genetic techniques
Products - awarded Beckman Fellowship for undergraduate research
Becky Richey, University of Florida January 2015 – May 2015
Training - specimen photography and morphology
Products - One publication in Ecology and Evolution
Emily Bush, Allie Gerace, Kaylee Ludden, Eli Luetke, Nicole Norelli, January 2014 – May 2015
Mitul Patel, and Bhavya Sheth, University of Florida
Training - standard molecular genetics techniques
Products - One publication, in preparation on which Emily Bush,
Allie Gerace, Eli Luetke, and Bhavya Sheth are authors
Zachary Quicksall, University of Florida January 2013-August 2014
Training – standard molecular genetic techniques and data analysis
Products – One publication in the Florida Museum Bulletin, and one
publication in preparation
Claudia Zafra, University of Florida January 2013 - August 2014
Training - standard molecular genetic techniques
Products - awarded McNair Fellowship for underrepresented minorities in science
Courses Designed and Taught
Collections Biology August 2016 – December 2016
Topic - Developing research questions that can be addressed using
online databases of natural history collections, learning how to
generate data in these databases, GIS, presentation of scientific findings.
Students - high school students from a mix of underserved communities
and affluent communities in New York City as part of a college preparation
program at the American Museum of Natural History.
Contribution – Developed the curriculum, lectures, course materials, and
co-taught the course with one experienced teacher, mentored three
M.A. Teaching students.
Products – Using research projects developed by the students, I will
develop modules to be shared on the aimup.org website for broader use by teachers.
Teaching Assistantships
Evolution, Columbia University August 2016 – December 2016
Introductory Biology Lab (BSC2010L), University of Florida August 2012 – May 2015

PRESENTATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS


*Invited presentations
*Oral, Ecological Society of America August 2018
“Effects of environment and host ecology on the microbiome of New Orleans, Louisiana
ectoparasites with implications for parasite conservation.”
Oral, American Society of Parasitology July 2018
“Effects of habitat fragmentation on the microbiome of blood-feeding Cancún, Mexico
ectoparasites of bats.”
Poster, Evolution June 2017
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“Interaction networks of bats, their blood-feeding parasites, and the microbiome.” Portland, Oregon
Lightning Talk, American Society of Mammalogists June 2017
“Diversification rate in mammals and association with genome size and life history” Moscow, Idaho
*Oral, The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians February 2017
“Host evolution through the eyes of a parasite.” New York, New York
Oral, American Society of Parasitology July 2016
“Using bat flies to track the movements of their hosts.” Edmonton, Canada
Poster, Evolution June 2016
“Bacterial Diversity in ectoparasites of bats.” Austin, Texas
Oral, North American Society for Bat Research October 2015
“Dispersal of bats in an island system.” Monterey, California
Oral, American Society of Mammalogists June 2015
“Using bat flies to track the movement of their hosts.” Jacksonville, Florida
Lightning Talk, Evolution June 2014
“Using parasite genetics to infer patterns of host dispersal.” Raleigh, North Carolina
Oral, American Society of Mammalogists June 2014
“Estimating genetic diversity, dispersal, and population structure across Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
island populations of Brazilian free-tailed bats.”
Poster, International Bat Research Conference August 2013
“Estimating genetic diversity and population structure across a San Juan, Puerto Rico
biogeographic barrier in Mexican Free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis).”
Poster, International Biogeography Society January 2013
“Keeping conservation aims current: An updated survey of Bahamian Miami, Florida
bats (Order: Chiroptera).”
Poster, American Society of Mammalogists June 2012
“Clarifying the diversity of Mountain Voles (Genus Alticola) in Mongolia.” Reno, Nevada
Poster, University of New Mexico Research Day April 2010
“A relict population of shrews in New Mexico illustrates spatiotemporal Albuquerque, New Mexico
diversification in response to environmental change.”
Poster, Ecological Society of America August 2009
“Evidence for a relict population of shrews in northern New Mexico.” Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oral, University of New Mexico Research Day September 2009
“Evidence for a relict population of shrews in northern New Mexico.” Albuquerque, New Mexico

OUTREACH PRESENTATIONS
GSTEM Girls in Science July 2018
Oral presentation on navigating college to reach a career in science New York, New York
delivered to high school students from underserved communities
Animal Trivia May 2018
Hosted desert animal themed trivia at local pub New York, New York
Ph.Dads Interview June 2018
Interview for Father’s Day about what my father thinks I study New York, New York
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrfcruGtplwFPS1CSTWfSMUMQ95aNjWue
Meet the Scientist April 2017
Oral presentation to children ages 7-14 about being a scientist New York, New York
Research Open House December 2016
Oral presentation at the UNAM research open house Chamela, Jalisco, Mexico
Bats and Brews October 2016
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Oral presentation at the Seatuck Nature Conservancy Islip, New York


Animal Trivia October 2016
Hosted Animal Trivia on bat biology at local pub New York, New York
Secret World Inside Us Educator’s Evening December 2015
Display table on microbial research and applying it in high school classrooms New York, New York
Interview with the American Institute of Physics May 2015
Video disseminating science on bats to the public Gainesville, Florida
“Animals and Survival” Summer Camp July 2014
Museum specimens as examples of mammalian survival Gainesville, Florida
strategies to children ages 4-10
Natural History Collections and High School Science Classes July 2014
Workshop for High School teachers on how to incorporate online databases Gainesville, Florida
into science curriculum
Florida Museum Earth Day April 2014 and April 2015
Display table of native mammals of Florida Gainesville, Florida
Florida Museum Butterfly Fest October 2013
Display table of mammals that interact with wetlands of Florida Gainesville, Florida
“Science and Ninjas” Summer Camp July 2013
Presentation titled “Animals can be ninjas too!” delivered to children ages 4-10 Gainesville, Florida
STEM Immersion Summer Camp July 2013
Presentation titled “What I do as a biologist” delivered to high school students Gainesville, Florida
Long Island Museum and Bats in The Bahamas June 2013
Delivered to community members and museum staff Long Island, The Bahamas
Rand Nature Center and Bat Caves June 2013
Presentation titled “Conservation of Bahamian Caves” delivered to Grand Bahama, The Bahamas
children ages 6-14 attending the Salvation Army summer camp
Professional development and Training June 2013 and May 2014
Trained officials from The Bahamas National Trust, focusing on Grand Bahama, The Bahamas
species of bats in The Bahamas and conservation of bats
Littlewood Elementary School September 2012
Presentation titled “What bones tell us about behavior” delivered to Gainesville, Florida
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5 grade class as part of the animal form and function curriculum
Santa Fe Indian School October 2011
Presentation titled “Opportunities that college has provided me” delivered Santa Fe, New Mexico
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to 7 and 8 grade students

SERVICE
Journal Reviews
PLoS One, Candian Journal of Zoology
Program Committee Member and Subcommittee Chair June 2014 – present
American Society of Mammalogists
Graduate Student Representative October 2016 – September 2018
Richard Gilder Graduate School Comparative Biology Ph.D. Program Committee
Graduate Student Representative September 2015 – May 2017
American Museum of Natural History Women in Natural Science Steering Committee
Laboratory Hazardous Waste Manager August 2013 – May 2015
Dr. David Reed’s Lab at the University of Florida
Committee for Undergraduate Research Member August 2014 – May 2015
University of Florida
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Graduate Student Awards Committee Member August 2014 – May 2015


University of Florida
Department of Biology T-shirt Fundraising January 2014 – August 2014
Designed, developed and implemented a t-shirt fundraising campaign
for the University of Florida Department of Biology, which successfully
funded 2 grants for graduate and undergraduate students.
Department of Biology Social Committee Member January 2013 – January 2014
University of Florida

MEMBERSHIPS
Sigma-Xi
Society for Systematic Biology
Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
Society for the Study of Evolution
American Society of Naturalists
American Society of Mammalogists
American Society of Parasitology
North American Society for Bat Research

PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES
Python (Proficient)
R (Proficient)
Julia (Familiar)