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Dr. Alex C. Gilman Dr. Alex C. Gilman
(506) 2761 0525
alex.gilman @ ots.ac.cr

Education
July 2007

  •  Ph.D. in Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
  •  Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

July 2000

  •  B.Sc., University of Leicester, England.
  •  1st Class Honors (highest possible award)
  • Department of Geography

Employment

March 2011 – Scientific advisor to Tica Productions, California, IMAX film makers
August - October 2010 – Co-coordinator OTS PASI Sensors graduate course Expanding the  Frontiers of Tropical Ecology through Embedded Sensor Networks
August 2007 – present
Finca Los Nacientes, Costa Rica
Postdoctoral Researcher and coordinator of Environmental Education Outreach
September 2001 – April 2007
Teaching Assistant Consultant (TAC), University of California, Los Angeles
Course:    Physiological Sciences 495:  Graduate student “TA practicum
in Teaching” (three quarters).  The TAC role is that of mentor and teacher to all incoming graduate students and the course consists of practical skill based techniques to enhance teaching ability and evaluations and assessments to encourage TA personal development

 Teaching Assistant, University of California, Los Angeles
 Courses:   EEB 116: Conservation Biology (1 quarter)
      EEB 122: Ecology (1 quarter)
      Life Science 1: Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity (5 quarters)
        Life Science 15:  Concepts and Issues in Biology.  GE students only (1          quarter)

June 2000 – August 2001
 Scientific Officer, Blaby District Council, Leicester, England
A fourteen month contract in the Environmental Health Division of local government as the in-house Air Quality and Contaminated Land Specialist.

June 2000 – September 2000
 Summer Weekend Warden, English Nature, Suffolk, England
Warden at Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve which lies in the Breckland Specially Protected Area (SPA)

February 1995 – October 1996
Overseas travelling experience

Teaching Commendations

  • Winter 2003: TA, Life Science 1: Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Spring 2002: TA, Life Science 15: Concepts and Issues in Biology

Mentoring experience

2011 May – August.  Mentor for three Undergraduate Semester Abroad  Students from Samford University, Birmingham, AL.
2010 May – August.  Mentor for undergraduate semester abroad student from Samford University, Birmingham, AL.
2010 April.  Resource person for Undergraduate Semester Abroad Program, OTS, Costa Rica semester abroad.  Mentoring 24 students in the field under the project title “Leaf trait and chlorophyll content variation across ontogeny in Pentaclethra macroloba”.
2008  May – August.  Mentor for Organization of Tropical Studies Research Experience for Undergraduate program
2003-2006 Worked with three Costa Rican undergraduate students, two American undergraduate students and numerous volunteers during my PhD field research.

Research Awards

  • 2007 Scherbaum Award for outstanding research, EEB Department, UCLA

Research Experience

September 2007 – to date
Postdoctoral Research at Finca Los Nacientes, Costa Rica, examining the effect of planted seedling biodiversity on recruitment in a reforestation / plantation experiment. 

December 2003 – August 2006
Ph.D. research in Nacional Parque Braulio Carrillo and La Selva Biological Station, on understory plant diversity across environmental gradients and species responses to climate change.  Floristic surveys, specimen collection, species propagation and physiological determinations of extreme temperature and desiccation tolerance in species of Psychotria (Rubiaceae)

July 2003 – September 2003
 La Selva Biological Station and Nacional Parque Braulio Carrillo
Pilot investigation of site for Ph.D. thesis and the commencement of a vegetative propagation experiment

July 2002 – September 2002
 Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Summer research trip investigating potential research locations and establishing relationships with existing researchers and acquiring historical data from government agencies

January 2002 – March 2002
 Organization of Tropical Studies, Tropical Biology Course, Costa Rica
This course required the constant testing of a wide variety of biological hypotheses in the field, both individually and in small groups, planning methodologies, data collection and analysis and report writing

June 1999 – August 1999
 Parque Nacional Carrasco, Bolivia
Undergraduate thesis research investigating the spatial variability in fruiting patterns and yields over an elevational gradient

Fellowships and Support: attained

  • UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Writing Up Fellowship 2006
  • GWIS Elloise Gerry research fellowship 2005
  • Latin American Center, Small research grant, UCLA; 2005
  • Organization of Tropical Studies Research Fellowship 2005/2006
  • Vavra Plant Systematics Fellowship, EEB Dept, UCLA; Spring Qtr 2005
  • Quality in Graduate Education Award, Graduate Division, UCLA; Winter Qtr 2005
  • Conference attendance grants, Vavra Plant Systematics Fellowship; 2004. 2005, 2006
  • Quarter of support award; Graduate Division, UCLA; Spring Qtr 2004
  • Vavra Plant Systematics Fellowship; EEB Dept, UCLA; Winter Qtr 2004
  • Explorers Club; 2004
  • Sigma Xi; 2004
  • Latin American Center, Small research grant, UCLA; 2003
  • Non-Resident Tuition Fellowship, UCLA; 2001 – 2007
  • Pacific Rim Research Mini-grant, University of California; 2002
  • Vavra Plant Systematics Stipend, UCLA; Winter Qtr 2002

Publications 

  • R K Colwell, G Brehm, C L Cardelús, A C Gilman and J T Longino 2008.  Global Warming,
    Elevational Range Shifts, and Lowland Biotic Attrition in the Wet Tropics – Science, 322 258-261.
  • A Gilman and C Taylor. 2008. Rubiacearum Americanarum Magna Hama Pars XI.  NewSpecies of Palicourea (Psychotrieae) from Costa Rica – Novon, 18 (4) 487-489 Missouri Botanical Garden Press.
  • A Gilman, M Fincher, C Moore and JT Pynee.  2011.  Forest restoration in abandoned cattle pastures in Costa Rica: Do leaf traits determine light dependent tradeoffs between survival and growth in native and rare rainforest tree species?  ESA abstracts.

To be submitted for publication:

  • A C Gilman and R K Collwell.  Elevational patterns of species distributions in Tropical wet mountain ecosystem, in Costa Rica.  To be submitted to Global Ecology and Biogeography

Currently the following manuscripts are in preparation:

  • A C Gilman.  Asexual cloning of understory tropical forest herbs (Rubiaceae) for experimental manipulations.  To be submitted to Biotropica or Tropical Ecology
  • A C Gilman and E. Graham.  Extreme temperature and desiccation tolerance in tropical understory shrubs: consequences in light of global climate change.  To be submitted to Plant, Cell and Environment

Conferences and symposia attended (including presentations)

2011:
Ecological Society of America in Austin – Poster “Forest restoration in abandoned cattle pastures in Costa Rica: Do leaf traits determine light dependent tradeoffs between survival and growth in native and rare rainforest tree species?”

2006:
Ecological Society of America in Memphis – Presentation “Species richness and distribution patterns of understory Rubiaceae across a montane elevational gradient in Costa Rica”
British Ecological Society Annual meeting in Oxford, UK

2005:
Ecological Society of America in Montreal – Poster presented “Global Warming – Species Survival or Extinction?  A montane tropical forest case study”.
British Ecological Society Annual meeting in Hatfield, UK

2004:
Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Annual meeting in Miami – Poster presented “Tropical plant diversity and species altitudinal range across an elevational gradient in Costa Rica”
British Ecological Society Annual meeting in Lancaster, UK – Poster Presented “Elevational patterns in altitudinal range and species diversity: A tropical case study.”
Missouri Botanical Garden Annual Systematics Symposium in St Louis

2003:
Joint meeting between the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation and the British Ecological Society, in Aberdeen, UK

Committees and Organizations (last 4 years)

  • Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • British Ecological Society
  • Graduate Women in Science  (Reviewer for GWIS fellowships, 2006 onwards)
  • The International Association for Ecology (INTECOL)

Journal Reviewer for

  • Biotropica
  • Biological Conservation

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