Curriculum Vitae

 

Kevin A. Zelnio

Pennsylvania State University

Dept. of Biology-208 Mueller Lab

University Park, PA 16803

Phone: 814-863-8360

Fax: 814-865-9131

Email: kaz<remove>146<at>psu<dot>edu

 

EDUCATION

      July 2004-present: Graduate Student in Biology at Pennsylvania State University.

      Aug. 2002-June 2004: B.S. in Evolution & Ecology at UC-Davis (Degree conferred June 17, 2004).

      Jan. 2001-Aug. 2002: Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, CA

      June-Dec. 2000: Vista Community College in Berkeley, CA

      Dec. 1999: Diploma in Audio Engineering, Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, AZ

      Jan. 1997: High School Diploma from Bettendorf High School, Bettendorf, IA

 

EMPLOYMENT

      July 2004-present: Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Dept. of Biology, Penn State Univ.

      May 2003-Apr.2004: Student Assistant level III, Dr. Richard Grosberg, Section of Evolution and Ecology, UC-Davis

      Aug.2002-June 2003: Student Assistant Level III, Dr. James Richards, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC-Davis

      Summer 2002: Sales Associate, Wild Bird Center of Monterey, Monterey, CA

      Aug.2001-June 2002: Chemistry and Mathematics Tutor, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA

      Prior work experience was as a cook, chef's apprentice, kitchen manager, audio engineer and musician

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

      Fall 2007: Laboratory Instructor for Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity (BIOL 110), PSU. Two regular sections: 48 students.

      Spring 2007: Teaching assistant for Symbiosis (BIOL 406), PSU. 31 students. Gave 5 lectures.

      Fall 2005: Laboratory Instructor for Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity (BIOL 110), PSU. One honors section: 18 students.

      Summer 2005: Laboratory Instructor for Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity (BIOL 110), PSU. One regular section: 22 students, One LEAP section: 18 students

      March 23, 2005: Guest Lecture in Symbiosis (BIOL 406): "Stable Isotopes and Diet: an Example from a Gulf of Mexico Brine Pool". Lecturer: Dr. John K. Freytag

      Fall 2004: Laboratory Instructor for Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity (BIOL 110), PSU. Two regular sections: 48 students

      Fall 2001, Spring 2002: Tutor in Math (basic algebra to beginning calculus) at Academic Support Services, Monterey Peninsula College. Worked with students from various backgrounds, including those with special needs, one-on-one or in small groups.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

      Marine invertebrate systematics, community ecology and natural history

      Deep-sea biodiversity & exploration

      History of science

      Taxa studied: Anemones, zoanthids, caridean shrimp, gastropods, siboglinid polychaetes, bathymodiolin mussels, thoracican barnacles

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

      Nov. 9-Dec. 15 2006: Taxonomic training and research on anemones from hydrothermal vents at Lau Basin in the lab of Dr. Marymegan Daly, Ohio State University. Supported by the Census of Marine Life's ChEss TAWNI initiative with additional support from the Cnidarian Tree of Life project. (6 weeks)

      September 2006: Research cruise to the Lau Basin hydrothermal vents in the Southwest Pacific. PI: Charles Fisher, R/V Melville, Jason II ROV. Supported by NSF. (4 weeks)

      June 2005: Research cruise to the Lau Basin hydrothermal vents in the Southwest Pacific. PI: Charles Fisher, R/V Melville, Jason II ROV. Supported by NSF. (4 weeks)

      July 2004: Research cruise to the Gulf of Mexico methane seeps. PI: Charles Fisher, R/V Seward Johnson II, Johnson Sea Link II submersible. Supported by the USDI Mineral Management Service. (2 weeks)

      November 2003: Research cruise to the East Pacific Rise Hydrothermal Vents, latitudes 8-13N. PI: Janet Voight, R/V Atlantis, Alvin submersible. Supported by UC-Davis Geology Department and the Chicago Field Museum (4 weeks)

      Aug. 2003-June 2004: Student Assistant Level III in Dr. Richard Grosberg's Lab, UC-Davis. Worked on projects involving self-nonself recognition systems in a colonial marine hydroid, the evolutionary ecology of neretid snails and population genetics of a deep-sea stalked barnacle.

      May-Aug. 2003: Internship in Dr. Grosberg's Lab, UC-Davis. Maintained colonies of hydroids for research.

      Apr.-June 2003: Internship in Dr. E. Lee Fitzhugh's Lab, Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology, UC-Davis. Worked on a project involving puma attacks and human population growth since 1850.

      Aug. 2002-June 2003: Student Assistant Level III in Dr. James Richards' Lab, Dept. of Land, UC-Davis. Worked on the restoration ecology of a dry lake in a high-altitude desert in Southern California, heavy metal and stable isotope analyses involving three salt-tolerant plants.

      Dec. 2001-May 2002: Volunteer with Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC), Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA.

      June 2001-July2002: Volunteer caretaker of 15 South African Blackfooted Penguins at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

 

GRANTS & AWARDS

      Zelnio, K.A. 2006. "Systematics, phylogenetics and food sources of anemones from hydrothermal vents at the Lau back-arc basin." $4000 TAWNI (Training AWard to New Investigators) award to train with a taxonomic expert in anemones (Dr. Marymegan Daly at Ohio State) from the Census of Marine Life's Biogeography of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems (ChEss) field project.

 

PUBLICATIONS

         Accepted:

  1. Zelnio, K.A., S. Hourdez. A new species of Alvinocaris (Crustacea: Decapoda: Alvinocarididae) from hydrothermal vents at the East-Lau Spreading Center, Western Pacific. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.
  2. Podowski, E.L., K.A. Zelnio, T.S. Moore, G.W. Luther III, and C.R. Fisher. GIS-based analysis of realized distributional patterns of diffuse flow megafauna on the Eastern Lau Spreading Center, Tonga. Deep-Sea Research.

 

Submitted:

1.   Zelnio, K.A., E. Rodrguez, M. Daly. Taxonomy and ecology of the sea anemone fauna (Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from hydrothermal vents in the South-western Pacific. Submitted to Marine Biology Research.

 

In Prep:

1.   Zelnio, K.A., P. Davoodi, J.P. Montoya, C.R. Fisher. A bioassay for hydrocarbon seep primary production of particulate organic matter at a Gulf of Mexico Brine Pool.

2.   Zelnio, K.A., L.L. Miles, M. Steele, C.R. Fisher. Ecology of the chemoautotrophic communities at the Easter-Lau Spreading Center.

 

Not Peer-Reviewed/Reports:

1.   Zelnio, K.A. (2008). Anemones raise a tentacle in support of evolution. In The Open Laboratory 2007 (R.A. Cartwright ed.). Cortunix, Chapel Hill: 120-123.

2.   Voight, J.R., R.A. Zierenberg, J. McClain and the Science Party (2004). FIELD Cruise to the Northern EPR: Discoveries made during biological investigations from 837"N to 1248"N. Ridge 2000 Events 2(1): 22-24 (Member of the Science Party)

3.   Von Damm, K., C. Parker, K. Beers and the FIELD03 Science Party (2004). Update on the hydrothermal and biological status of the EPR ISS "Bull's-Eye" at 950"N. Ridge 2000 Events 2(1): 25-26 (Member of the FIELD03 Science Party)

 

PRESENTATIONS

         Talks:

1.   Zelnio, K.A., M.A. Wilson (2008). A Natural History of Unintelligent Design. Biology Department Graduate Student Association Special Darwin Day Seminar, 15 February.

2.   Zelnio, K.A. (2007). "300 years of Linnaeus. Biology Department Graduate Student Association Seminar. Penn State University, 23 March.

3.   Zelnio, K.A. (2006). "Critters living on critters: community ecology of Lau Basin hydrothermal vents." Biology Department Graduate Student Association Seminar, 27 October.

4.   Zelnio, K.A. (2006). "Hooker, Huxley, Haeckel: Darwin's Apostles." Biology Department Graduate Student Association Special Darwin Day Seminar. Penn State University. 10 February.

5.   E. Podowski, C. Fisher, G. Luther, S. Kim, T. Waite, T.Moore, K.A. Zelnio, B. Zook, G. Telesnicki, H. Hsu, A. Paschal, S. Hourdez, D. Desbruyres (2005). Understanding the Composition and Distribution of Megafauna at Diffuse Flow Sites in the East Lau Basin Back-Arc Spreading Center. Fall AGU meeting, San Francisco, 14 December.

6.   E. Podowski, G. W. Luther, T. Waite, T. Moore, A. Paschal, H. Hsu-Kim, K.A. Zelnio, C. R. Fisher (2005). Influence of chemical and biological factors on the composition and distribution of megafauna at the Lau Basin back-arc spreading center evaluated using GIS and photomosaics. RIDGE progress and planning meeting, Vancouver BC Canada, 31 October.

7.   Zelnio, K.A. (2005). "Sir Charles Lyell's and Geology's Influence on Darwin's Theories." Biology Department Graduate Student Association Seminar. Penn State University, 14 October.

8.   Zelnio, K.A., P. Davoodi, J.P. Montoya, C.R. Fisher (2005). "A Bioassay for Seep Primary Production of Particulate Organic Carbon and Nitrogen in a Gulf of Mexico Brine Pool." Benthic Ecology Meeting. Williamsburg, VA. 6-10 April.

9.   Zelnio, K.A., Charles R. Fisher, P.Davoodi, Joseph P. Montoya (2005). "Using Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotopes to Differentiate Consumption of Chemosynthetic Primary Production from Photosynthetic Particulate Matter in a Gulf of Mexico Methane Seep". Northeast Ecology and Evolution Conference. University Park, PA. 18-20 March.

 

Posters:

1.   Zelnio, K.A., E. Rodrguez, M. Daly (2008). New Species Of Anemone And Zoanthid From Hydrothermal Vents At The East-Lau Spreading Center And Global Vent And Seep Anemone Diversity And Distribution. ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, Census of Marine Life Special Session. Orlando, FL 2-7 March.

2.   Zelnio, K.A., P. Davoodi, J.P. Montoya, C.R. Fisher (2005). "A Bioassay for Seep Primary Production of Particulate Organic Carbon and Nitrogen in a Gulf of Mexico Brine Pool." Hydrothermal Vent and Seep Biology Symposium. La Jolla, CA 11-16 September.

 

MEMBERSHIP

      American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

      American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)

      American Society for Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

      Biological Society of Washington (BSW)

      Ecological Society of America (ESA)

      National Geographic Society (NGS)

      Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

 

HONORS

      Homer Braddock Scholarship from Pennsylvania State University 2008 $1200

      Ridge2000 travel award 2005 $800

      Homer Braddock Scholarship from Pennsylvania State University 2004 $1000

      Outstanding Senior Award from UC-Davis 2004

      Dean's Honors 1 semester and Dean's High Honors 2 semesters at Monterey Peninsula College 2001-2002

      Dean's list at Vista Community College, 2000

 

SERVICE

      Jan. 2008-present: Recruitment subcommittee for the Biology Dept. Graduate Student Association

      Jan. 2007-present: Graduate Student/Faculty Laison for the Biology Dept. Graduate Student Association

      Jan. 2005-Jan. 2007: Secretary of the Biology Dept. Graduate Student Association

      Reviewer for Biological Bulletin

 

OUTREACH:

      January 2008-Present: Co-author of Deep Sea News.

      June 2007-Present: Author of The Other 95%.

      March-May 2007: Guest writer for Deep Sea News.

      August 3, 2006: Diversity of seeps and vents tour/presentation for Life in Extreme Environments teacher's workshop. (PSU campus, teachers)

      May 15, 2006: Judge for Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science 72nd annual Meeting (PSU campus, grades 8 & 10)

      April 22, 2006: Volunteer with Ridge2000 exhibit at the 2006 PSU Space Days exhibition (general public)

      April 2006: Filmed for National Geographic Channel's Naked Science series, episode: The Deep. Aired June 2006.

      May 17, 2005: Lab tour and presentation (junior high school students)

      May 16, 2005: Judge for Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences 71st annual meeting (PSU campus, grades 7, 11 & 12)

      April 2, 2005: Volunteer with the Ridge2000 exhibit at the 2005 PSU Space Days (general public)

      March 21, 2005: Lab tour and presentation (high school students)

      November 2, 2004: Interviewed by the Daily Collegian about research

      Aug. 2002-June 2004: Wrote several position papers as committee chair for the UC-Davis Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (politicians and general public)

      June 2001-July 2002: Volunteer caretaker and science interpreter for 15 South African Blackfooted Penguins at Monterey Bay Aquarium (general public and school tours)