Angela

McDonnell

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Bucknell University

Department of Biology

1 Dent Drive

Lewisburg, PA 17837

 

 

ajm050@bucknell.edu

Education

•PhD, Plant Sciences

Oklahoma State University (August 2017)

•B.S., Biology, minors in Philosophy and Environmental Studies

Edgewood College (May 2007)

 

Professional Experience

•Burpee Post-doctoral Fellow in Plant Genetics, Bucknell University (July 2017-present)

•Graduate Research Assistant, Fishbein Laboratory Plant Biology, Ecology, & Evolution Department, Oklahoma State University (May-August 2011, 2012; January-July 2017)

•Curatorial Assistant, Oklahoma State University Herbarium (August 2011-December 2012, January 2015-May 2015, January - August 2016)

•Transformation Laboratory Technician, Cotton and Soy Transformation Teams, Monsanto, Middleton, Wisconsin (2009-2010)

•Research Intern, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2008)

•Research Intern, Dr. Douglas Boucher, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland (2005)

 

Teaching Experience

Oklahoma State University

Teaching Assistantships

•Field Botany Laboratory (August-December 2013-2016)

•General Botany Laboratory (January 2014-May 2014)

•Plant Taxonomy Laboratory (January 2013-May 2013)

•General Biology Laboratory (August 2010-May 2011)

Guest Lectures

•“Grasslands” Field Botany, November 2014

•“Interactive Keys” Field Botany, December 2013

Edgewood College

•Student instructor of Freshman Forum (Fall semesters of 2003, 2004, and 2005)  

 

Publications: Check out my google scholar profile here.

 

in prep

•McDonnell, A. & Fishbein, M. Phylogenomics of New World Milkweed Vines.

•McDonnell, A. & Fishbein, M. Resurrection of Chthamalia: Evolution and Species Level Phylogenetics of Arid Adapted Milkweed Vines and Relatives

•Fishbein, M. & McDonnell, A. Treatments for Matelea, Pherotrichis, and Polystemma for Flora of North America

•McDonnell, A., Cantley, J., Hayes, D., Fonseca, F., Lacey, M., Davis, J., Hosker, J. Two new Solanum species from Australia and a key to the Australian andromonoecious species.

•Cantley, J. McDonnell, A. Jobson, P., Lacey, M., Diaz, N., Frawley, E., and Martine, C. Speciation and Biogeography of andromonoecious Solanum in Australia.

 

Refereed

•Fishbein, M. and McDonnell, A. (2018) New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, Apocynaceae treatment. New York Botanical Garden Press. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.071

•Fishbein, M., Livshultz, T., Straub, S. C. K., Simões, A. O., Boutte, J., McDonnell, A., & Foote, A. (2018). Evolution on the backbone: Apocynaceae phylogenomics and new perspectives on growth forms, flowers, and fruits. American Journal of Botany, 495-513. doi: doi:10.1002/ajb2.1067@10.1002/(ISSN)1537-2197.Tree-of-Life-virtual-issue

•McDonnell, A., Parks, M., & Fishbein, M. (2018). Multilocus Phylogenetics of New World Milkweed Vines (Apocynaceae, Asclepiadoideae, Gonolobinae). Systematic Botany, 43(1), 77-96. doi:10.1600/036364418X697021

•McDonnell, A., Fishbein, M. (2016). Matelea hirtelliflora (Apocynaceae), a new species of milkweed vine from Northeast Texas. Systematic Botany. 21(3). 781-786. doi:http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1600/036364416X692460

•McDonnell, A., & Fishbein, M. (2016). Polystemma canisferum (Apocynaceae, Asclepiadoideae): a distinctive new gonoloboid milkweed vine from Sonora, Mexico. Phytotaxa, 246(1), 78-84. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.246.1.6

•McDonnell, A., Fishbein, M., Quinn, M., Hare, T. and Keith, K. (2015). Matelea chihuahuensis (Apocynaceae): An addition to the flora of the United States and a synopsis of the species. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 9(1), 187-194.

•McDonnell, A. (2015). Key to Matelea. In: Tyrl, R.J., S.C. Barber, P. Buck, W.J. Elisens, J.R. Estes, P. Folley, L.K. Magrath, C. L. Murray, B.A. Smith, C.E.S. Taylor, R.A. Thompson, J.B. Walker, and L.E. Watson.  Flora of Oklahoma: Keys and Descriptions.  Flora Oklahoma Inc., Noble, Oklahoma.

•McDonnell, A. (2014). Non-twining milkweed vines of Oklahoma: an overview of Matelea biflora and Matelea cynanchoides (Apocynaceae). Oklahoma Native Plant Record, 1:67-79.

•Weitemier, K., Straub, S. C. K., Cronn, R. C., Fishbein, M., Schmickl, R., McDonnell, A., & Liston, A. (2014). Hyb-Seq: Combining target enrichment and genome skimming for plant phylogenomics. Applications in Plant Sciences, 2(9), apps.1400042. doi: 10.3732/apps.1400042

 

Non-refereed Publications

•McDonnell, A. & Worcester, L. (2014). OSU Herbarium Specimens are Going Digital! Gaillardia, the Oklahoma Native Plant Society Newsletter.

 

Selected Presentations       *undergraduate researcher

•McDonnell, A.  Milkweeds, eggplants, and (phylogenetic) trees: life as a plant evolutionary biologist. East Stroudsburg University Biology Colloquium. East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. April 6, 2018.

•McDonnell, A. and Fishbein, M. Phylogenomics of New World milkweed vines (Apocynaceae, Gonolobinae). Three Rivers Evolution Event (TREE). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. September 9, 2017.

•Martine, C., Cantley, J., McDonnell, A., Hayes, D.*, Diaz, N.*, Jobson, P., Frawley, E., and Lacey, M.* Biogeography, evolution, and diversification of the Australian monsoon tropics flora. Three Rivers Evolution Event (TREE). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. September 9, 2017.

•Hayes, D.*, McDonnell A., Cantley, J., and Martine, C. Interspecies crossing rates infer importance of geographic barriers in Australian Solanum speciation. Three Rivers Evolution Event (TREE). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. September 9, 2017. (poster)

•McDonnell, A. and Fishbein, M. Evolution of New World milkweed vines and delimitation of Chthamalia. Bucknell Department of Biology Seminar Series. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. September 7, 2017.

•Martine, C., Cantley, J., Jobson, P., McDonnell, A., Diaz, N.*, Frawley, E.*, Hayes, D.*, and Lacey, M.* Biogeography in the Australian Monsoon Tropics: Distribution and diversification of andromonoecious Solanum and other sympatric lineages. XIX International Botanical Congress. Shenzhen, China. July 27, 2017.

•McDonnell, A. and Fishbein, M. Phylogenomics of New World milkweed vines and resurrection of Chthamalia: a genome skimming and targeted enrichment approach. Botany 2017 Anual Meeting. Fort Worth, Texas. June 26, 2017.

         This presentation was awarded the American Society of Plant Taxonomists' Cooley Award for best paper in plant systematics

•McDonnell, A. and Fishbein, M. A new spinypod from Northeast Texas, Matelea hirtelliflora, and a synopsis of its relatives. Oklahoma Academy of Sciences Technical Meeting. Tulsa, Oklahoma. November 4, 2016.

•McDonnell, A. and Fishbein, M. Phylogeny and evolution of the enigmatic flat milkweeds Matelea subgenus Chthamalia (Asclepiadoideae, Gonolobinae). Botany 2016 Annual Meeting. Savannah, Georgia. August 1, 2016.

•McDonnell, A. and Fishbein, M. Phylogeny and evolution of New World milkweed vines (Asclepiadoideae, Gonolobinae): a genome skimming approach. Botany 2016 Annual Meeting. Savannah,Georgia. August 1, 2016.

•McDonnell, A. and Fishbein, M. Phylogeny and evolution of New World milkweed vines (Asclepiadoideae, Gonolobinae): a genome skimming approach. Evolution 2016 Annual Meeting. Austin, Texas. June 18, 2016.

•McDonnell, A. and Fishbein, M. Systematics & Evolution of New World Milkweed Vines. Oklahoma State University Research Week. Stillwater, Oklahoma. February 15, 2016.

•McDonnell, A. and Fishbein, M. What’s New in Gonolobinae? Systematics of American Milkweed Vines. Botany 2015 Annual Meeting. Edmonton, Alberta. July 27, 2015.

•McDonnell, A. Non-twining Milkweed Vines of Oklahoma: An Overview of Matelea biflora and Matelea cynanchoides (Apocynaceae). Oklahoma Academy of Sciences Technical Meeting. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. November 7, 2014.

•McDonnell, A. and Fishbein, M. Evolution and Systematics of American Milkweed Vines. Botany 2014 Annual Meeting. Boise, Idaho. July 30, 2014.

•Rein, A. and Fishbein, M. Turning Vines into Trees: Phylogenetic Analysis of Milkweed Vines (Apocynaceae, Gonolobinae). Botany 2013 Annual Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana. July 29, 2013. (poster)

•Rein, A. and Fishbein, M. Turning Vines into Trees: Phylogenetic Analysis of Milkweed Vines (Apocynaceae, Gonolobinae). Evolution 2013 Annual Meeting. Snowbird, Utah. June 22, 2013. (poster)

•Rein, A. and Fishbein, M. Turning Vines into Trees; Phylogenetic Assessment of Gonolobinae (Apocynaceae). Oklahoma Academy of Sciences 2012 Technical Meeting. Edmond, Oklahoma. November 9, 2012.

•Rein, A. and Fishbein, M. Turning Vines into Trees: A Phylogenetic Assessment of Generic Circumscription in Gonolobinae (Apocynaceae). Botany 2012 Annual Meeting. Columbus, Ohio. July 11, 2012.

•Rein, A. and Fishbein, M.  Utility of COSII Markers for Phylogenetic Analysis of North American Milkweed Vines (Apocynaceae, Gonolobinae) Oral Presentation.  Botany 2011 Meeting.  St. Louis, Missouri.  July 9-13, 2011.

 

Research Grants

•Society of Systematic Biologists, Mini-ARTS (Advancing Revisionary Taxonomy and Systematics) Grant, 2014 ($2,500)

•Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research Grant, 2013 ($500)

•National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2013 ($13,000)

•American Society of Plant Taxonomists W. Hardy Eshbaugh Graduate Student Research Grant, 2013 ($1,000)

•McPherson Fund Travel Grant, Oklahoma State University Botany Department, 2013 ($500)

•Society of Herbarium Curators Student Research Grant ($500)

•The Systematics Association/Linnaean Society, Systematics Research Fund, 2011 ($2,545)

•Society of Systematic Biologists, Graduate Student Research Award, 2011 ($1,700)

•McPherson Fund Fieldwork Grant, Oklahoma State University Botany Department, 2011 ($500)

 

Awards

•George R. Cooley award for best contributed paper in plant systematics, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Botany 2017 annual meeting

•Otto S. Cox Graduate Fellowship for Genetics Research, Oklahoma State University Graduate College, 2015

•Robberson Summer Fellowship, Oklahoma State University Graduate College, 2013

•Great Lakes National Scholarship, 2012-2013

•Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, Oklahoma State University, 2012-2015

•Outstanding Intermediate and Graduating Biology Student Awards, Edgewood College Biology Department, 2004, 2007

•Undergraduate Dominican Scholar Award, Edgewood College, 2006

 

Workshops

•Software Carpentry Instructor Training Workshop at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Janurary 5-6 2016.

•Data Carpentry Workshop at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. December 10-11 2015.

•Software Carpentry Workshop, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. May 2015.

•R Basics Workshop, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO. May 2015.

•University of Texas at Austin Symposium and Workshop on New Methods for Phylogenomics and Metagenomics in Austin, TX. February 2013.

•Bioinformatics of Entangled Genomes Workshop at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. August 2012.

•TORCH Specify Databasing Workshop held by the Texas/Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station in Kingston, OK. May 2012

•TORCH Herbarium Digitization Workshop held by the Texas/Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria in Junction, TX. April 2011.

 

Service & Outreach

•2018-2019, American Society of Plant Taxonomists Public Relations Committee, Chair

•2018, International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN) special-purpose committee on DNA sequences as types, member

•2018, In Defense of Plants podcast, episode 145, Obscure Apocynaceae Appreciation

•2017 Three Rivers Evolution Event (TREE) meeting poster judge.

•2014-2018, Botanical Society of America Investments Committee, Member

•2014-2018, American Society of Plant Taxonomists Public Relations Committee, Member & Diversity Liasion

•2012-2018, Master Planting Science Team Mentor, PlantingScience

•2016 Science Club Instructor, “Natural History and Plants” Highland Park Elementary School, Stillwater, Oklahoma

•2015-2016 Representative, Oklahoma State University Graduate and Professional Student Government Association

•2014-2016 Student Representative, Botanical Society of America Board of Directors

•2014-2015 Secretary, Oklahoma State University Botany Graduate Student Organization

•2013-2015 Treasurer, Oklahoma State University Botanical Society

•2012 PLANTS Mentor, Botanical Society of America

•2011, 2012 Instructor, National Lab Day, “Is there DNA in my food?”

•2011, 2012 Vice President, Oklahoma State University Botanical Society

•2011, 2012 Organizer, Botany Department Graduate Student Writing Group

•2011-2012 Student Representative, Botany Department Faculty Meetings

 

Students Mentored

Heather Wetreich, Bucknell '21

Ariel Antoine, Bucknell '20

Jenny Davis, Bucknell '20

Jenna Hosker, Bucknell '20

Charlie Scales, Bucknell '20

Stephanie Harper, Bucknell '19

Raphy Valera, Bucknell '19

Daniel Hayes, Bucknell '18

           Honor's thesis title: Ex situ interspecies crossing rates infer importance of geographic barriers in speciation among closely related    

           Solanum species of the Australian monsoon tropics  

Kayleigh Crane, OSU '19

Julia Sealock, OSU '17

Jeremy Schallner OSU '16

Ben Haack, OSU '13

Zoe Dinges OSU '13

 

Current Professional Memberships

•Botanical Society of America

•American Society of Plant Taxonomists

•Oklahoma Native Plant Society

•Oklahoma Academy of Sciences

•Society of Systematic Biologists

•Torrey Botanical Society

 

Manuscript & Grant Proposal Reviews

•Frontiers in Plant Sciences, Review Editor in Plant Systematics and Evolution, 2018

•Systematic Botany, 2017 (1)

•Applications in Plant Sciences, 2017 (1)

•NSF Division of Environmental Biology, ad hoc reviewer, 2017 (1)

•Phytotaxa, 2015-2016 (2)

•Neotropical Biodiversity, 2016 (1)

 

Field Experiences

•2018: Northern Territory, Australia.

•2014: Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico

•2013: Kansas, Louisia, & Utah USA

•2012: Michoacán, Jalisco, Aguascalientes, and Durango, Mexico

•2011-2016: Oklahoma & Texas, USA

•2005: Bluefields, Nicaragua

•2004: Florida, USA

 

 

 

Current Professional Memberships

 

•American Society of Plant Taxonomists

 

•Botanical Society of America

 

•Oklahoma Native Plant Society

 

•Oklahoma Academy of Sciences

 

•Society of Herbarium Curators

 

•Society of Systematic Biologists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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