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«EDUCATION B.S. 1991 Virginia Tech, Department of Horticulture, Blacksburg, VA Masters 1994 University of Florida, Department of Environmental ...»

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THEA M. EDWARDS, Ph.D.

Sewanee: The University of the South Office: Spencer Hall 176A

Department of Biology Office Phone: (931) 598-3167

735 University Avenue Email: tmedward@sewanee.edu

Sewanee, TN 37383-1000

EDUCATION

B.S. 1991 Virginia Tech, Department of Horticulture, Blacksburg, VA

Masters 1994 University of Florida, Department of Environmental Horticulture, Gainesville, FL. Thesis directed by Profs. Terril Nell and Jim Barrett, entitled “Effects of Ethylene on Postharvest Physiology of Potted Roses.” Masters 1997 University of Florida, Department of Botany with a minor in Education, Gainesville, FL. Non-thesis degree directed by Prof. Alice Harmon.

Ph.D. 2005 University of Florida, Department of Zoology, Gainesville, FL. Dissertation directed by Prof. Louis J. Guillette, entitled “Environmental Influences on Mosquitofish Reproduction.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Current Positions:

Fulbright Scholar, 2015-2016. United States Department of State. Conducting field work in Botswana’s Okavango Delta to determine how human land use, water quality, and pollution affect Tilapia development and reproduction.

Research Assistant Professor, 7/14 – present. The University of the South, Department of Biology, Sewanee, TN. Courses taught: Introductory and Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology, Environment and Development, Field Biology.

Past Positions:

Assistant Professor, 2/11- 6/14. Louisiana Tech University, School of Biological Sciences, Ruston, LA. Courses taught: Ecological Physiology and Epigenetics (animal focus), Endocrine Disruption and Environmental Health, Plant Stress Physiology, Biological Sciences Seminar, Research Methods, Ecology, Plant Biology.

Research Assistant Professor, 9/09-12/10. Tulane University, co-appointed between Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Pharmacology, New Orleans, LA. Advised by

Prof. John McLachlan. Courses taught: Environmental Endocrine Pharmacology:

Endocrine disruption - from phenomena to mechanisms.

Edwards, Curriculum Vitae, September 2015 Director, UF-HHMI GATOR1 Science Mentoring Program and Postdoctoral Fellow, 12/06-9/09.

University of Florida, Department of Biology, Gainesville, FL. Advised by Prof. Louis Guillette. Courses taught: Communicating Complexity in Science, GATOR Discussion Group (professional development for research students), Entering Mentoring.

Postdoctoral Fellow, 7/05-12/06. Environmental Health Sciences, Charlottesville, VA. Advised by Dr. J. Pete Myers.

Other Relevant Work Experience:

Lecturer, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1993-2005. University of Florida, Department of Biology, Gainesville, FL. Courses taught: Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior for non-majors, Laboratory and Discussion Courses in General Biology, Marine Biology, Plant Identification, and Plant Propagation.

Technician, 1999. Friday Harbor Laboratories, Washington, working with Prof. Larry McEdward on Echinoderm larval ecology.

Intern, 1998. International Paper, Bainbridge, GA, doing genetic screening of pines.

Science Teacher, 1997. Millhopper Montessori School, Gainesville, FL. Teaching science for grades K-6.

Technician, 1995. University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Gainesville, FL, working with Prof. John Davis on forest biotechnology and molecular biology.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Students Mentored:

Graduate Students – Graduate Advisor (Louisiana Tech)

1. Stephen Ledbetter, Masters, nonthesis, expected 2015.

2. Alexis Traylor, Masters thesis, August 2014. Dietary phytoestrogens alter Xenopus development.

3. Jacenta Matthews, Masters, nonthesis, May 2014.

4. Raghu Vamsi Vuyyuru, Masters thesis, February 2014. Estrogenic activity in the reproductive organs of Iris and Pinus species.

5. Brittany Clark, Masters, nonthesis, May 2013.

6. Sunita Maharjan, Masters, nonthesis, May 2013.

UF-HHMI Group-Advantaged Training of Research (GATOR) was funded from 2006 to 2010 by a1

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professorship to Prof. Lou Guillette. GATOR was a year-long structured research and mentoring experience in which Ph.D. students each mentored two undergraduates in research. I developed and assessed the GATOR program, managed the budget, selected the students, coordinated and taught large parts of the curriculum, built the website, and hosted social and team-building functions for GATOR participants. From this experience, I developed an informed mentoring philosophy and skill set (Edwards et al., 2011).

2 Edwards, Curriculum Vitae, September 2015

Graduate Students – Committee Member (Louisiana Tech)

1. Michele Klunk, Masters thesis in Biology, August 2014.

2. Daniel French, Masters thesis in Biology, May 2014.

3. Wilson Hood, Masters thesis in Forestry, May 2013.

4. Brian Byrd, thesis Masters thesis in Forestry, August 2013.

5. Jennifer Cooper, Masters nonthesis in Biology, May 2013.





6. Lewis Moore, Masters nonthesis in Biology, May 2012.

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Reviewing Activities:

Associate Editor for the journal Endocrine Disruptors, 2014-present.

Reviewer for Granting Agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF) – BIO Directorate National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Basic Research Program American Diabetes Association Research Funding Program

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Committees and Representative Outreach:

2014-2015 Organized the Department of Biology Seminar Series, Sewanee 2014-2015 Committee to develop the Aquatic Monitoring Plan for Sewanee’s 13,000 acre campus.

2014-2015 Organized a four-person committee (including the University Chef and Farm Manager) to develop the Sewanee Sustainable Food Program, modeled after a similar program at Yale University. Involves integrating the Sewanee Farm, on campus composting, and Sewanee Dining in a closed loop system of food production and waste management.

2013-2014 ADVANCEing Faculty Program Steering Committee for the Ropp Lunch Series.

2013 Guest speaker, Girl Scouts.

2012-2014 Experiential Education Committee, College of Applied and Natural Sciences, Louisiana Tech University.

2012-2013 Building a Nature Explore classroom at a local Montessori elementary school. This was a service learning project in collaboration with my Plant Biology class at Louisiana Tech. Nature Explore classrooms connect children to nature and the principles of sustainability.

2012 Gordon Research Seminar, Co-Chair for trainee session for the Gordon Research Seminar on Endocrine Disruptors, Mount Snow Resort, Vermont, June 2-3, 2012.

2010 Conference Organizing Committee, International e.hormone conference on Environmental Signaling and Endocrine Disruption, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2010.

2010 Graduate School and Beyond: Pathways to Careers in Science Research. Workshop for undergraduate women, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 18, 2010.

2010 Oak Wreath Award Committee, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University.

2010 Discovery workshop co-presenter for the Sally Ride Science Festival for 64 middle school girls. Tulane University, March 13, 2010.

2008 Presented a two-part public education series on endocrine disruption at Indigo, a local green store in Gainesville, Florida. July and August, 2008.

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ACADEMIC HONORS AND RECOGNITION

Awards:

2012 – 2014 Herbert McElveen Endowed Professorship, Louisiana Tech

Invited Presentations:

2015 A Metamorphosis of Mentorship - how students develop independence in research. University of the South Center for Teaching, Sewanee, TN, February 24, 2015.

2014 Gambusia, a Wild Sentinel for Endocrine Disruption, IV Symposium on Viviparous Fishes, Morelia, Mich. México, November 3-5, 2014.

2012 Endocrine Disruption of Plants and Ecosystems, Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors, Mount Snow Resort, Vermont, June 2012.

2008 Ecology Meets Medicine: Research in Endocrine Disruption. Department of Biology, University of North Florida, November 14, 2008.

2008 Ecological Impacts of Endocrine Disruptors. The Florida Water Resource Conference, Endocrine Disruptors Workshop. Organized by the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association. Tampa, Florida, May 5, 2008.

2007 Is nitrate the next endocrine disruptor? A consideration for Florida's springs. Santa Fe Springs Working Group. High Springs, Florida, March 8, 2007.

2006 Reproductive variability associated with nitrate exposure in Florida mosquitofish populations.

Interdisciplinary Reproductive Biology Group seminar series, hosted by the Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, September 20, 2006.

2006 Why all that pond scum is a bad sign. Seminar series on aquatic animal health, hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, September 14, 2006.

2005 Nitrate: Beyond Eutrophication. Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida, July 15, 2005.

2003 Biological Effects of Nitrate. Florida Springs Conference, Gainesville, Florida. February 2003.

2000 Gonadotropin Induction of Testosterone Synthesis in Alligators from Contaminated and Uncontaminated Lakes. University of Florida Herpetology Club, September 13, 2000.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2013 National Academies Undergraduate Education Fellow, National Academies Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education, Morgantown, West Virginia, June 2-7, 2013.

Sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Academies. Enhancing student engagement through active learning, scientific practice, and the fostering of classroom diversity.

2013 Schistosoma Species Life Cycle Training Course, Biomedical Research Institute,

Rockville, Maryland, May 15-17, 2013. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID).

2011-2014 Faculty Mentee in the ADVANCEing Faculty Program, College of Engineering and Science (COES) at Louisiana Tech University, 2011 – 2014. Sponsored by NSF.

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2012 Living on Earth III: Social-Ecological Systems Workshop, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, October 23-26, 2012. Sponsored by NSF-EPSCoR.

2010 Science Communication Fellow, Environmental Health Sciences, January – December,

2010. Year-long training and practice in communicating science to the public, reporters, and public policy officials; resulted in 12 editor-reviewed public science education pieces, listed below.

2009-2011 Newcomb College Institute Fellow, Tulane University, 2009-2011. A Tulane University faculty program that supports the higher education of women and fosters faculty-student interaction and research.

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS (25 published, 1 in review)

1. Hamlin H, Edwards TM, McCoy J, Cruze L, Guillette LJ. Environmentally relevant concentrations of nitrate increase plasma testosterone concentrations in female American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). General and Comparative Endocrinology. In review.

2. Samuni-Blank M*, Izhaki I, Gerchman Y, Dearing MD, Karasov WH, Trabelcy B, Edwards T, Arad Z. 2014. Taste aversion from fleshy fruits containing glucosinolates: seed predator versus seed disperser. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112505. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112505

3. Morgan HE2, Dillaway D, and Edwards TM*. 2014. Estrogenicity of soybeans (Glycine max) varies by plant organ and developmental stage. Endocrine Disruptors 2:e28490-1-8.

http://dx.doi.org/10.4161/endo.28490.

4. Edwards TM*, Miller HD, Toft G, Guillette LJ. 2013. Seasonal reproduction of male Gambusia holbrooki (eastern mosquitofish) from two Florida lakes. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 39(5):1165-1180. Doi: 10.1007/s10695-013-9772-z.

5. Schug TT*, Abagyan R, Blumberg B, Collins T, Crews D, DeFur P, Dickerson S, Edwards TM, Gore A, Guillette LJ, Hayes T, Heindel J, Moores A, Patisaul HB, Tal T, Thayer K, Vandenberg L, Warner J, Watson C, vom Saal FS, Zoeller RT, O’Brien KP, Myers JP*. 2012. Designing

endocrine disruption out of the next generation of chemicals. Green Chemistry. Doi:

10.1039/c2gc35055f.

6. Hinther A, Edwards TM, Guillette LJ, Helbing CC*. 2012. Influence of nitrate and nitrite on thyroid hormone-responsive TRβ or RLKI and stress-associated HSP30 or CAT expression in

cultured Rana catesbeiana tadpole tail fin tissue. Frontiers in Toxicogenomics 3:51. Doi:

10.3389/fgene.2012.00051.

2 Undergraduate coauthors are underlined.

*Corresponding/lead author.

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7. Edwards TM*, Smith BK, Watts DL, Germain-Aubrey CC, Roark AM, Bybee SM, Cox CE, Hamlin HJ, Guillette LJ. 2011. Group-Advantaged Training of Research (GATOR): A Metamorphosis of Mentorship. BioScience 61(4): 301-311.

8. Edwards TM*, Toft G, Guillette LJ. 2010. Seasonal reproduction in female Gambusia holbrooki (eastern mosquitofish) from two Florida lakes. Science of the Total Environment 408(7): 1569-1576.

9. Crain DA*, Janssen SJ, Edwards TM, Heindel J, Ho SM, Hunt P, Iguchi T, Juul A, McLachlan JA, Schwartz J, Skakkebaek N, Soto AM, Swan S, Walker C, Woodruff TK, Woodruff TJ, Giudice LC, Guillette LJ*. 2008. Female reproductive disorders: the roles of endocrinedisrupting compounds and developmental timing. Fertility and Sterility 90(4): 911-940.

Paper was translated into a lay document by Heather Sarantis, sponsored by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) in Bolinas, California, http://www.healthandenvironment.org/?module=uploads&func=download&fileId=550



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