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Daniel Z. Atwater: Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor of Biology
Earlham College Greenhouse Manager

Biology Department
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374
E-mail: dan1000@vt.edu
Website: danatwater.com

Education

  • Ph.D. Ecology, 2012. The University of Montana: “Interplay between competition and evolution in invaded and native plant communities” (GPA: 4.0).
  • B.S. Organismal Biology, Honors, 2004. University of Kansas (GPA: 3.5).

Employment History

  • Assistant Professor, 2018-present. Earlham College, Department of Biology.
  • Lecturer, 2017. North Carolina State University, Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Affiliate Faculty, 2017-present. Virginia Tech.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2014-2017. Virginia Tech. Advisor: Jacob Barney.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2012-2013. University of Nevada, Reno; Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Advisor: Elizabeth Leger.
  • Graduate Student, 2007-2012. The University of Montana, Department of Organismal Biology and Ecology. Advisor: Ragan Callaway.
  • Research Technician, 2006-2007. The University of Montana, Department of Chemistry. Advisor: Klára Briknarová.
  • Research Technician, 2004-2007. Cornell University, Department of Clinical Sciences. Advisor: Richard Goldstein, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DECVIM-CA.
  • Research Technician, 2003-2004. University of Kansas, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Advisor: Craig Martin.
  • NSF Summer REU, 2003. Harvard University, Harvard Forest. Advisor: Aaron Ellison.
  • Dual NSF Yearlong REUs, 2001-2003. University of Kansas, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Advisor: Daphne Fautin.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Gibson A, C Nelson & DZ Atwater (2018) Response of bluebunch wheatgrass to invasion: Differences in competitive ability among invader-experienced and naïve populations. Functional Ecology 00:000-000. (link)
  2. Atwater DZ, C Ervine** & JN Barney (2018) Climatic niche shifts are common in introduced plants. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:34-43. (pdf) (link)
  3. Atwater DZ, W Kim**, DR Tekiela*, JN Barney (2017) Competition and propagule density affect sexual and clonal propagation of a weed. Invasive Plant Science and Management 10:17-25. (pdf)
  4. Yang L, RM Callaway & DZ Atwater (2017) Ecotypic diversity of a dominant grassland species resists exotic invasion. Biological Invasions 19:1483-1493. (pdf)
  5. Atwater DZ, RA Fletcher*, CC Dickinson*, AH Paterson & JN Barney (2016) Evidence for fine-scale habitat specialization in an invasive weed. Journal of Plant Ecology 10.1093/jpe/rtw124. (pdf)
  6. Sezen UU, Barney JN, DZ Atwater & AH Paterson (2016) Multi-phase US spread and habitat switching of a post-Columbian invasive, Sorghum halepensePLoS One 11:e0164584. (pdf)
  7. Luo W, RM Callaway & DZ Atwater (2016) Intraspecific diversity buffers the inhibitory effects of soil biota. Ecology 97:1913-1918. (pdf)
  8. Aschehoug ET, R Brooker, DZ Atwater, JL Maron, & RM Callaway (2016) The mechanisms and consequences of interspecific competition among plants. Annual Reviews in Ecology and Evolution 47:263-281. (pdf)
  9. Fletcher RA**, RM Callaway & DZ Atwater (2016) An exotic invasive plant selects for increased competitive tolerance, but not competitive suppression, in a native grass. Oecologia 181:499-505. (pdf)
  10. Barney JN, MW Ho* & DZ Atwater. (2016) Propagule pressure alone cannot always overcome biotic resistance: The role of density-dependent establishment in four invasive species. Weed Research 56:208-218. (pdf)
  11. Atwater DZ, UU Sezen, V Goff, W Kong, AH Paterson & JN Barney (2016) Reconstructing changes in the genotype, phenotype, and climatic niche of an introduced species. Ecography 00:000-000. (pdf)
  12. Atwater DZ & RM Callaway (2015) Testing the mechanisms of diversity-dependent overyielding in a grass species. Ecology 96:3332-3342. (pdf)
  13. Yang L, DZ Atwater & RM Callaway (2015) Root contact responses and the positive relationship between intraspecific diversity and ecosystem productivity. Annals of Botany, Plants. DOI: 10.1093/aobpla/plv053. (pdf)
  14. Sun Y, JM Stine, A Sharmin, DZ Atwater, JB Alexander Ross, K Briknarovà. (2015) Structural and functional characterization of the acidic region from the RIZ tumor suppressor. Biochemistry 54:1390-1400. (pdf)
  15. Atwater DZ, JJ James & EA Leger (2015) Seedling root traits strongly influence field survival and performance of a common bunchgrass. Basic and Applied Ecology 16:128-140. (pdf)
  16. Atwater DZ, CM Bauer** & RM Callaway (2011) Indirect positive effects ameliorate strong negative effects of Euphorbia esula on a native plant. Plant Ecology 212:1655-1662. (pdf)
  17. Thorpe AS, ET Aschehoug, DZ Atwater & RM Callaway (2011) Interactions among plants and evolution. Journal of Ecology 99:729-740. (pdf)
  18. Briknarovà K, DZ Atwater, JM Glicken, SJ Maynard & TE Ness (2011) The PR/SET domain in PRDM4 is preceded by a zinc knuckle. Proteins 79:2341-2345. (pdf)
  19. Rawlinson JE, RE Goldstein, AM Reiter, DZ Atwater & CE Harvey (2011) Association of periodontal disease with systemic health indices in dogs and the systemic response to treatment of periodontal disease. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 238:601-609. (pdf)
  20. Janeczko S, D Atwater, E Bogel, A Grieter-Wilke, A Gerold, M Baumgart, H Bender, PL McDonough, SP McDonough, RE Goldstein & KW Simpson (2008) The relationship of mucosal bacteria to duodenal histopathology, cytokine mRNA, and clinical disease activity in cats with inflammatory bowel disease. Veterinary Microbiology 128:178-193. (pdf)
  21. Hutton TA, R Goldstein, B Njaa, DZ Atwater, Y Chang, & K Simpson (2008) The search for intact Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria in kidneys from dogs suspected of suffering from ‘Lyme nephritis.’ Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 22:860-865. (pdf)
  22. Goldstein RE, DZ Atwater, DM Cazolli, O Goldstein, CM Wade & K Lindbad-Toh (2007) Analysis of Inheritance, Mode of Inheritance and Candidate Genes for Primary Hyperparathyroidism in Keeshonden. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 21:199-203. (pdf)
  23. Atwater DZ, JL Butler & AM Ellison (2006) Spatial distribution and impacts of moth larvae on northern pitcher plants. Northeastern Naturalist 13:43-56. (pdf)
  24. Butler JL, DZ Atwater & AM Ellison (2005) Northern pitcher plants: A sink for red-spotted newts. Northeastern Naturalist 12:1-10. (pdf)

On-line Scientific Publications

  • Atwater DZ & D Fautin. 2001. “Malacostraca” (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed February 13, 2009 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/ accounts/information/Malacostraca.html.
  • Atwater DZ & D Fautin. 2001. “Hexactinellida” (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed February 13, 2009 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/ accounts/information/Hexactinellida.html.

* Graduate student co-author

** Undergraduate student co-author

Formal Collegiate Teaching Experience (as Instructor of Record)

  • Ecological Biology (2018) – Earlham College.
  • Population and Community Biology (2018) – Earlham College.
  • Introduction to Aikido (2018) – Earlham College
  • Creative and Critical Thinking in the Life Sciences (2017) – NC State.
  • Applied Statistics in Ecology and Agriculture (2016) – VT.
  • Instructor of Record: Plant physiology (2008, 2009, 2012) – UMT.

Graduate Mentorship

  • Becky Fletcher, 2016-present. Serving on PhD committee. 
  • Alyssa Smith, 2015-2017. Served on Master’s committee. Alyssa is now an NSF Predoctoral Fellow at U. Arizona.

Undergraduate Mentorship

 Independent Projects:

  • Wonjae Kim, 2014-2016 Funded by Virginia Tech Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships program and a Weed Science Society of America Undergraduate Research Award to study seed vs. vegetative dispersal in Johnsongrass. Wonjae has presented his findings at symposia and is working on writing a publication documenting his findings, as first author.
  • Eugene Dollete, 2014-2015. Funded by the North Carolina Biofuels Center to develop a landscape-scale bioenergy invasion risk model. This research is ongoing.
  • Evan Forr, 2014-2015. Funded by the North Carolina Biofuels Center to implement CUDA parallelization and improved raster handling in the bioenergy invasion risk model.
  • Emmanuel Matos-Negrón, 2011. Funded by an IM-SURE (Introductory Multicultural Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Environmental Biology) grant to study community impacts of invasion. Emmanuel presented his work at an undergraduate symposium at the University of Montana.
  • Rebecca Fletcher, 2010-2011. Funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to study evolution of competitive strategies during invasion. Becky’s first-authored manuscript is currently in review and has been presented at multiple research symposia.
  • Carolyn Bauer, 2008.  Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant, obtained by C. Bauer to study indirect interactions in invasive species. Carolyn’s work resulted in a publication: Atwater, Bauer & Callaway (2011) Plant Ecology.

 Research Technicians:

  • I have worked closely with a large number of undergraduate research technicians: Lyndsey Boyer, Stacy Fanning, Annalisa Ingegno, Rose Peterson, Ryan Schmitt, and Bryce Wehan

Grants, Awards & Honors

Professional Grant-writing Effort:

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ($120,000; 2008-2012).
  • PI: DZ Atwater; Co-PI: JN Barney & M Mesgaran. Why does a species’ environmental niche change when it invades? A test using three thousand terrestrial invasive plants. NSF DEB Preproposal. 2017. In review.
  • PI: JN Barney; Co-PI DZ Atwater, AH Paterson & D Haak; Subaward PI: M Bagavathiannan, A DiTommaso, E Lehnhoff. Life on the vanguard: Parsing the biotic and abiotic limitations of range expansion. NSF DEB Preproposal. 2017. In review.

Undergraduate Awards and Honors:

  • The University of Montana Juried Student Art Awards, two pieces selected for display (2009).
  • University of Kansas Student of the Month (April, 2004).
  • Sigma Xi, University of Kansas Chapter, Undergraduate Research Paper 1st Place (2002).
  • J. Michael Young Award, University of Kansas ($500; 2002).
  • University of Kansas OAS Scholarship (1999-2003).
  • Coca-Cola Scholarship, University of Kansas (1999-2003).
  • National Merit Semifinalist (1999).

Public Presentations

  • Atwater DZ and JN Barney, 2016. Invasive species undergo major niche shifts as they cross continents. Weed Science Society of America Joint Meeting, San Juan, PR (talk).
  • Atwater DZ and JN Barney, 2016. Major climatic niche shifts in over one thousand invasive species. Northeastern Plant Pest and Soils Conference, Philadelphia, PN (talk).
  • Atwater DZ and JN Barney, 2015. Evidence of massive deviations in the climatic niches of over one thousand introduced plant species. Ecological Society of America 100th Annual Meeting, 2015, Baltimore, MD (talk).
  • Barney JN, DZ Atwater, UU Sezen & AH Paterson, 2015. Invasion at the margins: Evidence of genetic, phenotypic, and niche shifts in a widespread invader. Ecological Society of America 100th Annual Meeting, 2015, Baltimore, MD (talk).
  • Atwater DZ, JN Barney, UU Sezen & AH Paterson, 2015. Phenotypic differentiation, plasticity, and a surprising habitat shift in one of the world’s worst weeds. Weed Science Society of America Annual Meeting, 2015, Lexington, KY (talk).
  • Atwater DZ, JJ James & EA Leger, 2014. Seedling root traits and field performance of Elymus elymoides. Great Basin Native Plant Project Annual Meeting, Boise, ID (talk).
  • Atwater DZ, JJ James & EA Leger, 2013, Seeding root architecture strongly influences field performance of genotypes of a common bunchgrass (Elymus elymoides). Great Basin Consortium Conference, Reno, NV (poster).
  • Atwater DZ, RM Callaway & S Xiao. 2013. Winning plant competition: Why neighbor suppression might not help. Ecological Society of America 98th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (talk).
  • Atwater DZ. 2012. Interplay between competition and evolution in native and invaded plant communities. Dissertation defense. University of Montana Ecology Seminar Series, Missoula, MT (talk).
  • Atwater DZ & RM Callaway. 2010. One invasive plant adapts to the presence of another. University of Montana Organismal Biology and Ecology Seminar Series, Missoula, MT (talk).
  • Atwater DZ & RM Callaway. 2010. One invasive plant adapts to the presence of another. Ecological Society of America 95th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA (talk).
  • Atwater DZ, CM Bauer & RM Callaway. 2010. Can invasive plants protect native plants from herbivory? University of Montana Organismal Biology and Ecology Seminar Series, Missoula, MT (talk).
  • Dial K, DZ Atwater, T Dial, M Ellis, A Heers, L Holsinger, H Johnson, E Lahr, K McNight, J Maron, L Mullen, K Padian & B Snead. 2009. University of Montana Tanzania Trip 2009: Wildlife.  University of Montana Wildlife and Ecology Seminar Series, Missoula, MT (talk).
  • Atwater DZ, CM Bauer & RM Callaway. 2009. Can invasive plants protect native plants from herbivory? Ecological Society of America 94th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM (talk).
  • Atwater DZ. 2008. Do plant interactions cause evolutionary responses? University of Montana Organismal Biology and Ecology Seminar Series, Missoula, MT (talk).
  • Goldstein RE & DZ Atwater. 2006. Serological and circulating immune complex analysis in dogs naturally infected with Borrelia burgdorferi. American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Forum, Louisville, KY (poster).
  • Shanies TA, RE Goldstein, BJ Njaa, DZ Atwater, YF Chang & KW Simpson. 2005. The search for intact Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria in kidneys of dogs suspected of suffering from ‘Lyme nephritis.’ American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Forum, Baltimore, MD (poster).
  • Atwater DZ. 2004. The distribution of damage caused by two species of moths (Exyra fax and Papaipema appassionata) to the northern pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea). University of Kansas Honors Research Symposium, Lawrence, KS (talk).
  • Atwater DZ. 2003. The distribution of damage caused by two species of moths (Exyra fax and Papaipema appassionata) to the northern pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea). Harvard Forest Annual REU Symposium, Petersham, MA (talk).
  • Atwater DZ, & DG Fautin. 2003. Online common names database for Hexacorallia. University of Kansas Undergraduate Research Symposium (poster) and Sigma Xi University of Kansas Chapter Paper Competition, Lawrence, KS (talk).
  • Atwater DZ, & DG Fautin. 2002. Online biographical database of taxonomists of sea anemones. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference, Anaheim, CA (poster).
  • Atwater DZ, & DG Fautin. 2002. Online biographical database of taxonomists of sea anemones. University of Kansas Undergraduate Research Symposium, Lawrence, KS (poster).

Service

  • I am serving on Alyssa Smith’s Master’s Committee at Virginia Tech.
  • I served as the Graduate Student Representative to the Faculty of Organismal Biology and Ecology during the 2011/2012 school year.
  • I have reviewed approximately 30 manuscripts for the following journals:
    • Basic and Applied Ecology
    • Biological Invasions
    • Biology Letters
    • Chemical Ecology
    • Ecology Letters
    • Ecosphere
    • Functional Ecology
    • International Journal of Plant Sciences
    • Invasive Plant Science and Management
    • Journal of Ecology
    • Journal of Plant Ecology
    • Oikos
    • Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution & Systematics
    • Plant Ecology
    • Plant Ecology & Diversity
    • Plant and Soil
    • Plant Species Biology
    • PLoS One
    • Scientific Reports

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