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Daniel Z. Atwater: Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor of Biology
Manager, Hill Memorial Greenhouse & Herbarium
Head Instructor, Indiana Ki-Aikido Kai
Advisor, Earlham Aikido Club
Assistant Ki Lecturer and Assistant Examiner, Shinshintoitsu Aikido Kai

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374
Office: 143 Stanley Hall
Phone: 765-983-1558
E-mail: danatwater@gmail.com
Website: danatwater.com

Education

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

Employment History

  • Assistant Professor, 2018-present. Earlham College, Department of Biology.
  • Lecturer, 2017. North Carolina State University, Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Affiliate Faculty, 2017-2019. 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. Smith AL*, DZ Atwater & RM Callaway (In press) Early sibling conflict may ultimately benefit the family. American Naturalist 00:000-000.
  2. Xiao S, DZ Atwater & RM Callaway (In press) The ERI Model: A novel framework for evaluating plant-soil feedbacks among multiple competing species. Oikos 00:000-000.
  3. Leger EA, DZ Atwater & JJ James (In press) Seed and seedling traits have strong impacts on establishment of a perennial bunchgrass in invaded semi-arid systems. Journal of Applied Ecology 00:000-000. (link)
  4. Boheemen LA, DZ Atwater & KA Hodgins (2018) Rapid and repeated local adaptation to climate in an invasive plant. New Phytologist 222:614-627. (link)
  5. 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 32:1857-1866. (link)
  6. Atwater DZ, C Ervine** & JN Barney (2018) Climatic niche shifts are common in introduced plants. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:34-43. (pdf) (link)
  7. 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)
  8. Yang L, RM Callaway & DZ Atwater (2017) Ecotypic diversity of a dominant grassland species resists exotic invasion. Biological Invasions 19:1483-1493. (pdf)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
  11. Luo W, RM Callaway & DZ Atwater (2016) Intraspecific diversity buffers the inhibitory effects of soil biota. Ecology 97:1913-1918. (pdf)
  12. 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)
  13. 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)
  14. 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)
  15. 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)
  16. Atwater DZ & RM Callaway (2015) Testing the mechanisms of diversity-dependent overyielding in a grass species. Ecology 96:3332-3342. (pdf)
  17. 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)
  18. 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)
  19. 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)
  20. 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)
  21. Thorpe AS, ET Aschehoug, DZ Atwater & RM Callaway (2011) Interactions among plants and evolution. Journal of Ecology 99:729-740. (pdf)
  22. 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)
  23. 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)
  24. 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)
  25. 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)
  26. 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)
  27. Atwater DZ, JL Butler & AM Ellison (2006) Spatial distribution and impacts of moth larvae on northern pitcher plants. Northeastern Naturalist 13:43-56. (pdf)
  28. 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

Teaching Experience (as Instructor of Record)

  • Biological Diversity (2019) – Earlham College.
  • 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

 Student Researchers:

  • Tung Phung, 2019. Student research for credit. Independent study of the effects of climate change on distribution models of 815 plant species.
  • Stacy Fanning, 2015-2016. Field technician on multiple research projects.
  • Wonjae Kim, 2014-2016. Independent research funded by Virginia Tech Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Program and Weed Science Society of America Undergraduate Research Award. Studied seed dispersal in Johnsongrass. He presented his findings at symposia and published one paper with another in preparation.
  • Eugene Dollete, 2014-2015. Independent research funded by North Carolina Biofuels Center. Developed a landscape-scale bioenergy invasion risk model.
  • Evan Forr, 2014-2015. Independent research funded by North Carolina Biofuels Center. Implemented CUDA processing into invasion risk model.
  • Carissa Ervine, 2014. Independent research funded by USDA Controlling Weedy and Invasive Plants Award. She compiled a massive database of almost 14 million occurrence records of 1135 invasive plant species.
  • Rose Peterson, 2014. Field technician on multiple research projects.
  • Ryan Schmitt, 2014. Field technician on multiple research projects.
  • Lindsey Boyer. 2012-2014. Field technician on multiple research projects.
  • Bryce Wehan. 2012-2014. Field technician on multiple research projects.
  • Emmanuel Matos-Negrón, 2011. Independent research funded by IM-SURE (Introductory Multicultural Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Environmental Biology) grant to study community impacts of invasion. He contributed to many field studies and presented his work at an undergraduate symposium.
  • Rebecca Fletcher, 2010-2011. Independent research funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Studied evolution of competitive strategies during invasion. Her first-authored manuscript is published in Oecologia and has been presented at multiple research symposia. I am now serving on her Ph.D. committee.
  • Annalisa Ingegno, 2009. Field researcher. Studied effects of ploidy on herbivory resistance of native and introduced meadowland species.
  • Carolyn Bauer, 2008. Independent research funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Studied indirect interactions in invasive species. Her work resulted in a publication in Plant Ecology.

 Hill Memorial Greenhouse Technicians:

  • Lindsey Gearin, 2019.
  • Opy Akhter, 2018-2019.
  • Thea Clarkburg, 2018-2019.
  • Rhiana Peck, 2018-2019.
  • Marena Sein, 2018-2019.
  • Ian Shriner, 2018-2019.
  • Ian Nichol, 2018.

Student Leadership in Aikido:

  • Geneva Beddell, 2019. Earlham Aikido Club Convener.
  • Grace Cornett, 2019. Earlham Aikido Club Convener.
  • Gyasi Anglade, 2019. Earlham Aikido Club Convener.

Grants, Awards & Honors

Grant-writing:

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ($120,000; 2008-2012).

Other Awards and Honors:

  • The University of Montana Juried Student Art Awards, two pieces selected for display (2009).

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).

Press

  • 2017 December 8. Michigan Public Radio Environment Report: “Invasive plants can adapt to new climates in their quest for world domination.” Article and interview (4 min.). Rebecca Williams.
  • 2017 December 6. Inverse: “We totally underestimated how terrifying America’s invasive plants are.” Article. Yasmin Tayag.
  • 2017 December 4. Nature Editorial: “Niche appeal: Grows well in sun and warmth–and shade and cold.” Nature 552:5-6. Editorial staff.

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

Aikido Outreach

  • Outdoor Safety: Self-Defense. 14 February 2019. Midwest Outdoor Leadership Conference. Earlham College, Richmond, IN, USA.
  • Japan Table: Aikido. 7 February 2019. Earlham College, Richmond, IN, USA.
  • PS|A: Situational Awareness. 30 October & 1 November 2018. Presented in partnership with Earlham Public Safety. Earlham College, Richmond, IN, USA.
  • Mindfulness in Aikido. 30 September. Mindfulness Day. Earlham College Mindfulness House, Richmond, IN, USA.

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