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Lauren C. Breza
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
56 College Rd  •  114 James Hall  •  Durham, NH  •  03824
lb1064 [at] wildcats.unh.edu  •  laurenbreza.com

Education

Ph.D.   University of New Hampshire, NRESS, Exp. 2012
    Soil Biogeochemistry, Soil Fertility, Agroecology
    Major Professor: Dr. A. Stuart Grandy

M.S.  University of Tennessee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2015
    Ecosystem Ecology, Ecosystem Genetics, Phylogenetics
    Major Professor: Dr. Joseph K. Bailey

B.S.   University of Tennessee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2011
    Ecosystem Ecology
    Academic Advisors: Drs. Aimée T. Classen & Nathan J. Sanders

Publications

Breza L.C., Z. Marion, J.K. Bailey. (2017) A New Adaptive Landscape: Urbanization as a Strong Evolutionary Force. (in prep).

Mueller, L.O., L.C. Breza, M.A. Genung, C. Giardina, N.E. Stone, L. C. Sidak-Loftis, J.D. Busch, D.M. Wagner, J.K. Bailey, J.A. Schweitzer. (2017) Ecosystem consequences of plant genetic divergence with colonization of new habitat. Ecosphere. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1743

Breza L.C., L. Souza, N.J. Sanders, and A.T. Classen. (2012) Within and between population variation in plant traits predict ecosystem functions associated with a dominant plant species. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.223

Kuebbing S., M.A. Rodriguez-Cabal, D. Fowler, L. Breza, J.A. Schweitzer, J.K. Bailey. (2012) Resource availability and plant diversity explain patterns of invasion of an exotic grass. Journal of Plant Ecology. DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rts018

Presentations

Breza L.C., 2015. A novel adaptive landscape: Urbanization as an Evolutionary Force. Departmental Exit Seminar. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. University of Tennessee. Knoxville, TN. USA. Oral presentation.

Breza L.C., J.A. Schweitzer, J.K. Bailey. 2014. Fragmentation drives selection in a model system. University of Kentucky, Annual Spring Symposium in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Lexington, KY. USA. Oral presentation.

Breza L.C., L. Souza, N.J. Sanders, and A.T. Classen. 2011. Within and between population variation in plant traits predict ecosystem functions associated with a dominant plant species. University of Tennessee Office of Research undergraduate research symposium, Knoxville, TN, USA. Poster presentation

Breza L.C., L. Souza, and A.T. Classen. 2010. Intra-specific variation in ecosystem function of an old-field system. Association of Southeastern Biologists annual meeting, Asheville, NC, USA. Oral presentation.

Breza L.C., L. Souza, and A.T. Classen. 2010. Intra-specific variation in ecosystem function of an old-field system. University of Tennessee Office of Research undergraduate research symposium, Knoxville, TN, USA. Poster presentation.

Research Experience

2016-present  –  PhD Student, Soil Biogeochemistry Lab
Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire, Durham
Field and laboratory experimental design, soil sampling, soil analyses

2013-2015  –  Masters Student, Ecosystem Genetics Lab
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Meta-analysis design and implementation, field, laboratory, and greenhouse experimental design, soil analyses, plant propagation

2012-2013  –  Lab Technician, Ecosystem Ecology Lab
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Responsible for maintaining instrumentation, designing and performing field and lab experiments, maintaining organization, and ordering inventory.

2010-2011  –  Post-Bachelor Intern
Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN
Undertook field and laboratory responsibilities essential for project goals

2010   –   Undergraduate Intern
Biosciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN
Assisted greenhouse manager and maintained experimental greenhouse plants

2006-2010  –  Undergraduate Researcher
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Collected field samples, processed samples, and carried out laboratory analyses

Honors and Awards

2014 — University of Tennessee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology  $1,700
Departmental Research Grand & Chancellor Funds

2013 — University of Tennessee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology  $1,600
Departmental Research Grand & Chancellor Funds

2013 — Fellow, National Science Foundation          $126,000
Graduate Research Fellowship Program

2011 — University of Tennessee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Outstanding Undergraduate

2009 — Fellow, University of Tennessee Office of Research    $2,000
Undergraduate Research Fellowship

2008 — Fellow, University of Notre Dame, GLOBES Program    $4,500
Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship

Teaching and Outreach

2016 — Spring TA, Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology (BIOL 412)
University of New Hampshire, Durham

2015 — Fall TA, Organismal and Ecological Biology (BIO 150)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2015 — Summer Instructor on Record, General Ecology Lab (BIO 269)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2014 — Spring TA, Introduction to Biodiversity (BIO 130)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2013 — Fall TA, Introduction to Biodiversity (BIO 130)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2013-2015 — Board Member & Volunteer, Slow Food Tennessee Valley, Non-profit
Knoxville, TN

2011-2015 — Trail Builder & Volunteer, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Non-profit
Knoxville, TN

2009-2010 — Departmental Char, Dean’s Student Advisory Committee, College of Arts & Sciences
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2009-2010 — Co-President and founder, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate Organization
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

References

Dr. A. Stuart Grandy
Associate Professor
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Email: Stuart.Grandy@unh.edu

Dr. Joseph K. Bailey
Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Email: Joe.Bailey@utk.edu
Phone: 865.974.0864

Dr. Aimée T. Classen
Associate Professor
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Vermont
Email: Aimee.Classen@uvm.edu

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