CV

CURRICULUM VITAE: JULIA B. SALTZ

Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Department of Biosciences
Rice University 6100 Main Street, MS-170 Houston, TX 77005
Lab: Anderson Biological Laboratories 209
Website: Saltzlab.wordpress.com
julia.b.saltz@rice.edu

EDUCATION

2006-2011 Ph.D. in Population Biology, University of California, Davis
2001-2005 A.B. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, NJ

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2014-present Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biosciences, Rice University, Houston TX
2012-2014 Postdoctoral Research, Molecular and Computational Biology, University of Southern California
The genetics of individual differences in learning ability in larval fruit flies.
Advisor: Sergey Nuzhdin
2006-2011 Doctoral Dissertation Research, Population Biology Graduate Group, University of California, Davis
Social gene-environment correlation: its mechanisms and fitness consequences in fruit flies.
Advisor: Andy Sih
2004-2005 Senior Thesis Research, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, NJ
Characterizing Gambusia affinis anti-predator behavior: from schooling to surveillance.
Advisor: James L. Gould

TEACHING AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

2014 Symposium proposer and leader for the American Society of Naturalists 2014 meeting in Asilomar, CA.  Title: New Perspectives on Niche Construction.
2012 Co-instructor, University of Southern California
Co-developed and taught (with Sergey Nuzhdin, Ian Ehrenreich and Maren Friesen) Evolutionary Genomics course for advanced undergraduates.
2008 Organizer, “Integrating Minds” Discussion Group for researchers around Los Angeles
2007-present Undergraduate mentor, University of California, Davis and University of Southern California
Mentored 31 undergraduate students who worked with me on my dissertation and postdoctoral research projects.
2007 Organizer, Coevolution workshop at University of California, Davis

RESEARCH FUNDING AND EXTRAMURAL SUPPORT

2011 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant ($10,916)
2010 Chair’s fund recipient, Gordon Conference ($676)
To participate in the 2010 Genes & Behavior Gordon Conference
2009-12 Undergraduate Research Associates Program, University of Southern California ($19,800 cumulative)
2008 Chair’s fund recipient, Gordon Conference ($1972)
To participate in the 2008 Genes & Behavior Gordon Conference
2008 Jastro-Shields Research Award, University of California, Davis ($1700)
2006-2009 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (tuition and fees for 3 years)

AWARDS

2014 USC Women in Science and Engineering Travel Award ($300)
2013 USC Women in Science and Engineering Merit Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research
2012 W.C. Allee competition for best student paper, 2012 meeting of the Animal Behavior Society
2012 Best Student Paper in The American Naturalist
2012 Postdoctoral Travel Award, University of Southern California ($700)
For presentation at the 2012 meeting of the Animal Behavior Society
2009 Student Travel Award, University of California, Davis ($700)
For poster presentation at the 2009 meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution
2006, 2007 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention
2005 Gregory T. Pope ’80 Prize for Science Writing, Honorable Mention, Princeton University, NJ
2005 Graduation Magna Cum Laude in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton
University, NJ

PUBLICATIONS

Saltz, JB; and Nuzhdin, SV. Genetic variation in niche construction and its implications: response to Shuker. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29(6): 304-305.
Saltz, JB; and Nuzhdin, SV, 2014. Genetic variation in niche construction: implications for development and evolutionary genetics. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29(1): 8-14.
Saltz, JB. 2013. Genetic composition of social groups influences male aggressive behaviour and fitness in natural genotypes of Drosophila melanogasterProceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 20131926.
Stamps, JA; Saltz, JB; and Krishnan, VV. 2013. Genotypic differences in behavioural entropy: unpredictable genotypes are composed of unpredictable individuals. Animal Behaviour 86(3): 641-649.
Ardekani, R; Biyani, A; Dalton, J; Saltz, JB; Arbeitman, MA; Tower, J; Nuzhdin S; and Tavaré, S. 2013. Three dimensional tracking and behavior monitoring of multiple fruit flies. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 10(78): 20120547.
Saltz, JB; Alicuben, ET; Grubman, J; Harkenrider, M; Megowan, N; and Nuzhdin, SV. 2012. Non-additive indirect effects of group genetic diversity on larval viability in D. melanogaster imply key role of maternal decision-making. Molecular Ecology 21(9): 2270-2281.
Saltz, JB. 2011. Natural genetic variation in social environment choice: context-dependent gene-environment correlation in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 65(8): 2325–2334.
Saltz, JB and Foley, BR. 2011. Natural genetic variation in social niche construction: social effects of aggression drive disruptive sexual selection in Drosophila melanogaster. The American Naturalist 177(5): 645-654.
Miller, PM; Saltz, JB; Cochrane, VA; Marcinkowski, CM; Mobin, R; and Turner, TL. 2011. Natural variation in decision-making behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS One 6(1):e16436.
Conrad, L; Weinersmith, KL; Brodin, T; Saltz, JB; and Sih, A. 2011. Behavioural syndromes in fishes: a review with implications for ecology and fisheries management. Journal of Fish Biology 78(2):395-435.

SUBMITTED MANUSCRIPTS

Foley, BR; Saltz, JB; Nuzhdin, SV; and Marjoram, P. A novel Bayesian approach to social structure uncovers cryptic regulation of group dynamics.  (submitted to The American Naturalist)
Saltz, JB; Dunham, JP; Chang, PL; Cheng, K; and Nuzhdin, SV. Genetic variation in social preference predicts male behavioural development and fitness in Drosophila melanogaster. (submitted to Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

Saltz, JB; Stamps, JA; and Sih, A. Social gene-environment correlation.
Saltz, JB; Lymer, S; Gabrielian, J; McIntyre, L; and Nuzhdin SV. Natural genetic variation in long-term, but not short-term, odor avoidance in Drosophila melanogaster.
Saltz, JB; Gabrielian, J; Lymer, S; McIntyre, L; and Nuzhdin, SV. Testing functional hypotheses about genetic correlations between behaviors.

INVITED TALKS

Past
2014    Rice University invited seminar, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2014    University of Wisconsin-Madison invited seminar, Zoology Department
2014    Opening talk and research seminar at the New Perspectives on Niche Construction               Symposium at the American Society of Naturalists meeting
2014    University of Georgia invited seminar, Genetics Department
2013    Center for Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) meeting invited seminar
2013    University of Pennsylvania “ecolunch” invited seminar

Future
2014    Invited participant, Frontiers in Niche Construction, Santa Fe Institute
2014    Invited seminar, University of Guelph

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

I belong to the American Society of Naturalists and the Animal Behavior Society.  I have been a judge for the Animal Behavior Society Poster Competition and the Animal Behavior Society student research grant competition.  I have reviewed articles for PLoS Genetics, The American Naturalist, Journal of Experimental Biology, PLoS One, and Ecological Monographs.

PRESENTATIONS

Saltz, JB. Indirect genetic effects in a social network: aggression among genotypes of Drosophila melanogaster. Oral Presentation, 2013 Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Boulder, CO.
Saltz, JB. Social gene-environment correlation influences the development of individual differences in aggressiveness among natural genotypes of Drosophila melanogaster. Oral Presentation, 2013 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Chicago, IL.
Saltz, JB. Social gene-environment correlation: its mechanisms and fitness effects in Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation for the Walter Clyde Allee Competition, 2012. Meeting of the Society for the Study of Animal Behavior, Albequerque NM.
Saltz, JB. Social gene-environment correlation influences the development of individual differences in male aggressiveness in Drosophila melanogaster. Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, Ottawa, Canada.
Saltz, JB. Social gene-environment correlation influences the development of individual differences in male aggressiveness in Drosophila melanogaster. Poster presentation, 2012 Genes & Behavior Gordon Conference, Galveston, TX.
Saltz, JB and Nuzhdin, SV. Aggression: what is it good for? Oral presentation, 2011 Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego, CA
Saltz, JB. Fight club is a club: aggressive genotypes are more social. Poster presentation, 2011 Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego CA.
Saltz, JB. Genetic variation in social niche construction: insights from Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation, 2011 Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Bloomington, IN.
Saltz, JB and Foley, BR. Natural genetic variation in aggression drives social niche construction and disruptive sexual selection in Drosophila melanogaster. Poster presentation, 2010 Genes & Behavior Gordon Conference, Ventura, CA.
Saltz, JB; Foley, BR; Ardekani, R; and Biyani, A. Complex genetic correlations between
aggressiveness and social motivation in Drosophila melanogaster. Poster presentation, 2010 Center for Excellence in Genomic Science Meeting, Tempe, AZ.
Saltz, JB. Genetic variation in social preferences depends on population context in Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation, 2009 Animal Personality Workshop, Oxford, England.
Saltz, JB. Genetic variation in social preferences depends on population context in Drosophila melanogaster. Oral presentation, 2009 Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Meeting, London, England.
Saltz, JB. Genetc variation in social behavior depends on population context in Drosophila
melanogaster. Poster presentation, 2009 Center for Excellence in Genomic Science Meeting, Huntsville, AL.
Saltz, JB. Genotypic variation in social preferences: implications for behavioral evolution. Poster presentation, 2009 Meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Turin, Italy.
Saltz, JB. Genotypic variation in social preferences: implications for behavioral evolution. Poster presentation, 2009 Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, Moscow, ID.
Saltz, JB. Natural variation in social decision-making in Drosophila melanogaster. Poster presentation, 2008 Drosophila Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

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