CV

Education

2009-present – Ph.D. in Biology, University of Miami
Advisor: Dr. Alex C.C. Wilson
2006 – B.A. in Biology with honors, Lewis & Clark College
Thesis advisors: Dr. Greta J. Binford and Dr. Kellar Autumn

Honors and Awards
2015 – 2nd place poster award, Graduate Symposium, Department of Biology, University of Miami
2014 – Annual Student Award for the Appreciation for the Biology of Pest Insects, Ambrosia Symbiosis Research Group and the TREE Foundation
2014 – Dissertation Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami
2012 – 2nd place poster award, Graduate Symposium, Department of Biology, University of Miami
2011 – Nominated as associate member of Sigma Xi
2011-present – NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
2011 – Nominated for Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Department of Biology, University of Miami
2010 – Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
2010 – Best poster award, Graduate Symposium, Department of Biology, University of Miami
2006 – Best student talk runner up, American Arachnological Society Annual Meeting

Grants and Funding
Research funding
2014 – NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, $19,508
2014 – Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Grant-in-Aid of Research, $1000
2012 – Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, $600
2012 – Kushlan Graduate Research Support Fund, Department of Biology, University of Miami, $1,200
2012 – Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami, $5,000
2010 – William H. Evoy Graduate Research Support Fund, Department of Biology, University of Miami, $600
2008 – Percy Sladen Memorial Fund travel grant for international field work, The Linnean Society of London, £650
2005 – Student Academic Affairs Board undergraduate research/travel grant, Lewis & Clark College, $1,000

Conference travel funding
2013 – Keynote Symposia Future of Science travel scholarship, $1,200
2013 – Student Travel Award to present at Evolution 2013, Society for the Study of Evolution, $500
2012 – NSF support grant to present at the 7th International Symbiosis Society Congress, $1000
2011, 2012, 2013 – Graduate Activity Fee Allocations Committee travel grant, University of Miami, $323, $350, $369
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 – Max and Peggy Kriloff Student Travel Scholarship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami, $200, $200, $250, $250
2010 – Department of Biology Graduate Conference Support Fund, University of Miami, $1,500

Other funding
2013 – SEEDS You Choose award to hold a media workshop “Getting Your Research Recognized”, University of Miami, $800

Publications
9. Dahan RA, Duncan RP, Wilson ACC, Dávalos LM. Amino acid transporter expansions associated with the evolution of obligate endosymbiosis in sap-feeding insects (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha). BMC Evolutionary Biology. (Accepted)
8. Duncan RP, Husnik F, Van Leuven JT, Gilbert DG, Davalos LM, McCutcheon JP, Wilson ACC. 2014. Dynamic recruitment of amino acid transporters to the insect-symbiont interface. Molecular Ecology. Early Online Publication: doi: 10.1111/mec.12627
7. Husnik F, Nikoh N, Koga R, Ross L, Duncan RP, Fukie M, Tanaka M, Satoh N, Bachtrog D, Wilson ACC, von Dohlen CD, Fukatsu T, McCutcheon JP. 2013. Horizontal Gene Transfer from Diverse Bacteria to an Insect Genome Enables a Tripartite Nested Mealybug Symbiosis. Cell. 153(7):1567-78 .
6. Duncan RP, Nathanson L, Wilson ACC. 2011. Novel male-biased expression in paralogs of the aphid slimfast nutrient amino acid transporter expansion. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 11:253.
5. Price DRG*, Duncan RP*, Shigenobu S, Wilson ACC. 2011. Genome expansion and differential expression of amino acid transporters at the aphid/Buchnera symbiotic interface. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 28(11):3113–3126.
*Joint first authors
4. Duncan, RP, Rynerson MR, Ribera C, Binford GJ. 2010. Diversity of Loxosceles spiders in Northwestern Africa and molecular evidence for cryptic species in the Loxosceles rufescens lineage. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 55(1): 234-248.
3. Cziko A-MJ, McCann CT, Howlett IC, Barbee SA, Duncan RP, Luedemann R, Zarnescu D, Zinsmaier KE, Parker RP, Ramaswami M. 2009. Genetic Modifiers of DFMR1 Encode RNA-Granule Components in Drosophila. Genetics. 182:1051-1060.
2. Binford GJ, Callahan MS, Bodner MR, Rynerson MR, Berea Núñez P, Ellison CE, Duncan RP. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships of Loxosceles and Sicarius spiders are consistent with Western Gondwanan vicariance. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 49:538-553.
1. Duncan RP, Autumn K, Binford GJ. 2007. Convergent setal morphology in sand-covering spiders suggests a design principle for particle capture. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.1629:3049-3056.
Highlighted in Nature 418:758.

Invited Conference Presentations
2014 – Duncan, R.P., Husnik, F., Van Leuven, J.T., Gilbert, D.G., Davalos, L.M. McCutcheon, J.P., Wilson, A.C.C. Dynamic recruitment of amino acid transporters to the insect-symbiont interface. Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Champaign-Urbana, IL
2014 – Duncan, R.P., Husnik, F., Van Leuven, J.T., Gilbert, D.G., Davalos, L.M. McCutcheon, J.P., Wilson, A.C.C. Dynamic recruitment of amino acid transporters to the insect-symbiont interface. Keynote Symposium on Invertebrate-Microbe Interactions, Tahoe City, CA

Oral Presentations
2013 – Duncan, R.P., Husnik, F., Van Leuven, J.T., Davalos, L.M. McCutcheon, J.P., Wilson, A.C.C. A role for gene duplication in the evolution of novel, nutritional interactions between sap-feeding insects and their symbionts. Evolution 2013, Snowbird, UT
2008 – Duncan, R.P., Rynerson, M.R., Ribera, C., Binford, G.J. Molecular markers reveal deep divergences in the Loxosceles rufescens species group (Araneae: Sicariidae). Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, Berkeley, CA
2006 – Duncan, R.P., Binford, G.J. Evidence that evolutionarily convergent spine microstructure facilitates sand adhesion in the cryptic spider genera Sicarius (Sicariidae) and Homalonychus (Homalonychidae). Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, Baltimore, MD

Contributed Poster Presentations
2015 – Duncan RP, Wilson ACC. A comparative look at host/symbiont regulation in sap-feeding insects. 6th Annual Graduate Symposium, Department of Biology, University of Miami
2014 – Duncan RP, Husnik F, Van Leuven JT, Gilbert DG, Davalos LM, McCutcheon JP, Wilson ACC. Dynamic recruitment of amino acid transporters to the insect-symbiont interface. Keynote Symposium on Invertebrate-Microbe Interactions, Tahoe City, CA
2012 – Duncan RP, Wilson ACC. Interactions between sap-feeding insects and their symbionts: A role for gene duplication?. 7th International Symbiosis Society Congress, Krakow, Poland
2012 – Duncan RP, Wilson ACC. Interactions between sap-feeding insects and their symbionts: A role for gene duplications. 2nd Annual Graduate Symposium, Department of Biology, University of Miami
2011 – Duncan RP, Wilson ACC. Interactions between sap-feeding insects and their symbionts: A role for gene duplications. 59th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV
2011 – Duncan RP, Wilson ACC. Proposal for characterizing amino acid transport in the nested nutritional symbiosis of the mealybug Planococcus citri. 2nd Annual Graduate Symposium, Department of Biology, University of Miami
2010 – Duncan RP, Wilson ACC. Identification and annotation of male-specific genes in aphids. 4th Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Kansas City
2010 – Price DRG, Duncan RP, Wilson ACC. Annotation and transcriptional analysis of pea aphid amino acid transporters. 4th Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Kansas City
2010 – Duncan RP, Wilson ACC. Mapping the aphid genome using a comparative genome hybridization (CGH) microarray: the first step to understanding aphid X chromosome evolution. 1st Annual Graduate Symposium, Department of Biology, University of Miami

Invited Research Seminars
2013 – Science Speaker Series, Science Department, Broward College
2007 – Department of Zoology, University of Barcelona

Professional Training
2014 – Ecology and Evolution of Arachnids. Organization for Tropical Studies, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica
2011 – Workshop on Analyzing Next-Generation Sequencing Data. Michigan State University, Kellogg Biological Station, MI.
2010 – Workshop on Molecular Evolution, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

Professional Development
2011 – Department of Biology workshop for graduate students: What you need to know now to get a job later, University of Miami
2011 – Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success workshop on negotiation, University of Miami
2011 – Preparing Future Faculty workshop on teaching portfolios, University of Miami
2010 – Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success networking opportunity: Lunch with the President, University of Miami
2010 – Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success workshop on writing effectively for science and engineering, University of Miami
2010 – Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success Speed Mentoring event for graduate students, University of Miami
2010 – Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success Women in Science panel, University of Miami
2010 – Preparing Future Faculty workshop on masterful teaching, University of Miami
2010 – Preparing Future Faculty workshop on different academic institution types, University of Miami
2010 – Preparing Future Faculty workshop on balancing teaching, research and service, University of Miami
2010 – Department of Biology workshop for graduate students: How to find a job/post-doc, University of Miami
2009 – Department of Biology workshop for graduate students: Developing your CV, University of Miami

Teaching
2011 – Guest Lecturer, BIL 556: Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics, University of Miami
2011 – Teaching Assistant, BIL 141: Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory, University of Miami
2010 – Guest Lecturer, BIL 149: Seminar for Freshman Biology majors, University of Miami
2010 – Teaching Assistant, BIL250: Genetics, University of Miami
2009-2010 – Teaching Assistant, BIL 151: Introductory Biology Laboratory, University of Miami
2006 – Teaching Assistant, BIO200: Investigations in Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory, Lewis & Clark College

Departmental Service
Committees and Positions
2013-2014 – Biology Graduate Student Organization, Treasurer, University of Miami
2012-2013 – Graduate Symposium Organizing Committee, University of Miami
2011-2012 – Distinguished Visiting Professor Assistant Coordinator, University of Miami
2011-present – Undergraduate Biology Curriculum Committee, University of Miami
2010-present – Biology Graduate Student Association: Webmaster, University of Miami
2010-2011 – Biology Graduate Student Association: Secretary, University of Miami
2009-2010 – Graduate Student Development Committee, University of Miami
2009 – Friday Seminar Coordinator, University of Miami

Professional Development Opportunities
2013 – Organizer and moderator, Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success media workshop: Getting Your Research Recognized, University of Miami
2012 – Organizer, workshop on making science movies, University of Miami
2011 – Organizer and panelist, Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success workshop for undergraduate and graduate students: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: Strategies for a Successful Proposal, University of Miami
2010 – Organizer, Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success Speed Mentoring event for graduate students, University of Miami
2010 – Organizer, Department of Biology workshop for graduate students: How to find a job/post-doc, University of Miami
2009 – Organizer, Department of Biology workshop for graduate students: Developing your CV, University of Miami

Professional service
Reviewer

MicrobiologyOpen (2014)
Molecular Ecology (2013)
PLoS ONE (2012-2013)

Mentoring
2014 Douglas Nguyen (Summer REU student), University of Miami
2012 Nicholas Marcos (Summer REU student), University of Miami

Public Outreach
National Public Outreach
2014 – Organizer and participant for SymbiosisFest, Wilson Lab open house during alumni week, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
2013 – Organizer for Cox Lab Tours, public outreach event during alumni week, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
2013 – 8th grade lab tour for STEM career panel, Coral Gables, FL
2012 – Alexander Montessori School, Red Road Campus (pre-k), Miami FL
2012 – Richmond Heights Middle School (grade 7), Miami, FL
2012 – Interviewed for Spanish language TV show Detrás del saber (Behind the Knowledge) that features science and technology topics, Coral Gables, FL
2007 – Springwater Environmental Sciences School (grades k-1), Portland, OR
2007 – Southwest Charter School (grades 1-3), Portland, OR
2006 – The Portland French School (grade 2), Portland, OR
2006 – Riverdale Grade School Lego Robotics Team, Portland, OR
2006 – Invited talk to educators, Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
2005-2008 – Participant and co-coordinator, SpiderFest annual public outreach event, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

International Public Outreach
2008 – International School of Dakar (grades 1-12), Dakar, Senegal
2007 – The American School in Casablanca (grade k), Casablanca, Morocco

Professional Societies
Sigma Xi
International Symbiosis Society
The American Association for the Advancement of Science
Society for the Study of Evolution

Field experience
Spider and other invertebrate collecting: Florida (2012), Guatemala (2008), El Salvador (2008), Honduras (2008), Nicaragua (2008), Costa Rica (2008), Panama (2008), Morocco (2007), Mali (2007), Guinea (2007-2008), Desert Southwest USA (2005-2007), Pacific Northwest USA (2005-2007)

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