CV

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

10/2014 – 7/2015   Fulbright Scholar, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

  • Selected as 1 of 7 Postgraduate Fulbright Scholars representing the United States to Australia for 2014-2015
  • Conduct original biology research on morphology and evolutionary development at The University of Queensland
  • Compare developmental constraints on digging adaptations between N. American pocket gophers, a placental mammal, and the Australian short-beaked echidna, an egg-laying monotreme mammal
  • Design and playtest an educational card game about evolutionary development by involving the local community and university professors

 

5/2013 – Present   Founder + Educational Game Designer, STEAM Galaxy Studios, LLC.

  • Ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to create Go Extinct! Go Fish… evolved
  • Designed, prototyped, and play-tested original educational card game with humans ages 6 to 84, including all levels of education including higher ed; Sought expert advice from biologists, teachers, and game designers.
  • Assembled a team of entrepreneurs and teachers to market, standards-align Go Extinct!, and form STEAM Galaxy Studios; Applied for copyright and trademark for intellectual property protection.
  • Worked with manufacturing companies to create and fulfill production quality board game.

 

8/2013 – 9/2014   Math and Science Tutor and Site Coordinator, Tutorpedia, San Francisco, CA

  • Met individually with middle and high school students to develop problem solving strategies, academic learning skills, and understanding of topics in math, science, and test prep.
  • Coordinated tutoring and student data collection for the Academic Support Program at the Bay School.
  • Overhauled content as well as user and graphic design for Tutorpedia’s Tutor Handbook, combining previous materials and my own framework for tutoring sessions based off of my successes with students.

 

2/2014 – 5/2015  Digital Learning Youth Programs Volunteer, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

  • Provide scientific and game design expertise to high school students designing educational game about ecology scientific methods for visitors to the California Academy.
  • Design lesson plans to engage students in game design principles

 

3/2012 – 4/2013   Educational Game Designer, The Program in Human Biology, Stanford, CA

  • Authored successful grant in excess of $32,000 for Stanford’s Hoagland Award Fund for Innovations in Undergraduate Teaching with input and sponsorship of d.school, Medical School, and Human Biology faculty.
  • Designed and produced the original game, Cancer Avenger, with feedback from faculty co-sponsors.
  • Crafted graphics, web, and video in Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Flash; wrote narrative on cancer.
  • Conducted 10 in-person play-tests and 2 online surveys to gather quantitative and qualitative student data.
  • Realized web and mobile device versions of the game by managing two engineers and a composer.
  • Play the Web game or download the Mobile game.

 

11/2012 – 3/2013  Stem Cell Lab Technician, Stanford Medical School, Stanford, CA

  • Handle mice, prepare tissues for slides, create 3D images of tissues using latest microscope and imaging technology
  • Perform standard lab procedures such as PCR and gel electrophoresis
  • Perform wet lab experiments on stem cells in skin tissue with fluorescent cell staining
  • Identify mitotic cells from microscope images

 

9/2011 – 6/2012   Human Biology Core Course Associate, The Program in Human Biology, Stanford, CA

  • Designed section plans and course material, wrote problem sets and exams, created grading rubrics, and assigned course grades. Led five 50-min sections plus two hours of open-ended office hours each week.
  • Worked closely in a team of four colleagues in addition to Stanford professors, and the Core Coordinator.
  • Leveraged product design skills to laser cut wood into manipulable cell components for a section activity.
  • Earned the Colin S. Pittendrigh Award for Excellence in Teaching in Human Biology as nominated by students and faculty citing imagination in section design, maturity and grace under pressure, patience and unlimited encouragement of questions, motivating students by earning their respect, and always going above and beyond.

 

4/2009 – 6/2011   Human Biology Peer Tutor, Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford, CA

  • Met individually with students to develop problem solving strategies, academic learning skills, and understanding of topics ranging from cell biology to evolution; from social theory and policy to psychology.
  • Re-envisioned textbook diagram for Biology and Human Biology Core lectures, reaching > 1,000 students.
  • Played integral role in CTL recruiting and assessing tutor candidate content mastery, teaching, and empathy skills in role-play interviews. Mentored and observed 3 new Human Biology peer tutors as part of their training.

 

2/2010 – 12/2010   Sophomore College Assistant, September Studies, Stanford, CA and Peru

  • Facilitated discussion sections; helped students prepare for giving presentations, leading discussions, and writing scientific research papers; evaluated student work, assigned grades, and gave feedback on final papers.
  • Worked with the professor and Alumni Assoc. Travel Coordinator on class and international travel logistics.
  • Created original multimedia course website in Adobe Illustrator and Dreamweaver.

 

EDUCATION

6/2013 – 7/2013   Stanford Graduate School of Business, Summer Institute for General Management  

  • Completed coursework in nine functional areas of business including Finance, Accounting, Statistics, Economics, Operations, Strategy, Human Resources, Marketing, and Nonprofit.
  • Completed additional course modules in: Negotiation, Ethics, Organizational Behavior, and Leadership.

 

9/2007 – 6/2011   Stanford University           

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences with Distinction and Honors. Concentration in Ecology and Evolution.
  • GPA: 3.93/4.00
  • Coursework included: Design and Art Studio, Structured Liberal Education, Computer Science, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Calculus, Biostatistics, Molecular Evolution, Paleobiology, Vertebrate and Human Biology.

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

3/2008 – 5/2013   Researcher in Ecology and Evolution, Stanford and Berkeley, CA

  • Combined biomechanics, biogeography, ecology, and soil science to investigate unusual spatial distribution of pocket gophers. Methods include spatial analysis, geometric morphometrics, and statistics in R.
  • Created professional scientific figures using R, ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Successfully applied for seven research grants/assistantships totaling over $16,000.
  • Awarded the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research by rigorous faculty review.
  • Presented in 11 formal settings, including one international and five national scientific conferences. Awarded Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation for oral presentation at Stanford Biology Department’s Honors Thesis Symposium.
  • Reputation as skilled public speaker and research merit garnered invitation to present at UC Berkeley in 2012. Gave hour lecture in for-credit speaker series that usually features faculty members and senior PhD students.
  • First author on publication in PLOS ONE, the top-ranked open-access science journal worldwide: Morphological Adaptations for Digging and Climate-Impacted Soil Properties Define Pocket Gopher (Thomomys spp.) Distributions

 

10/2008 – 8/2009   Researcher in Applied Tropical Ecology, Tambopata, Peru

  • Independently researched the effect of polyculture agriculture on the effect of polyculture agriculture on rain forest soil quality in Peru using soil samples.
  • Successfully submitted IRB human subjects research proposal and completed IRB requirements.
  • Performed qualitative interviews in Spanish with Peruvian farmers to assess practices that impact soil.

 

3/2008 – 8/2008   VPUE Field Studies Program Field Assistant, Shasta and Stanford, CA

  • Assisted graduate student in dissertation field and lab work on climate impacts on small mammal populations.
  • Trapped, identified, and gathered biometric data from live small mammals.
  • Prepared animal skins and skeletal elements for museum curation.
  • Excavated ancient bone assemblages. Identified vertebrate bones and teeth in excavation matrix.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Marcy AE, Fendorf S, Patton JL, Hadly EA (2013) Morphological adaptations for digging and climate-impacted soil properties define pocket gopher distributions. PLOS ONE 8(5): e64935.

Marcy AE, Garland K, Hadly EA, and Weisbecker V (2015)  Allometry, convergent evolution, and compensation for morphological constraints underlie unusually high variation in the pocket gopher genus Thomomys. In Prep. 

 

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND GRANTS

7/2015  Adolph Bolliger Award Award for Best Student Spoken Presentation, Australian Mammal Society

  • Finalists must be sole or senior authors on the research they present are selected based on the strength of an extended abstract submitted to the conference.
  • A faculty judging panel selects the winner based on strength of their 10-minute presentation at the society’s annual meeting.

 

7/2015  Student Travel Award, Australian Mammal Society

  • Grant offered to national and international graduate and undergraduate students who are first authors on an accepted oral or poster presentation to the Australian Mammal Society’s annual meeting.

 

6/2012 – 5/2013   Hoagland Award Fund for Innovations in Undergraduate Teaching, Stanford University, Center for Teaching and Learning

  • Awarded $32,830 and matching funds from the Program in Human Biology to pursue proposal to develop an “inspired” web and mobile-device based game, Cancer Avenger.
  • The committee had particular praise for “the identification of significant learning bottlenecks for students and the use of exciting new approaches, delivered in novel ways, to address them. The project represents the kind of innovative and collaborative initiative that the Hoagland Award is designed to support.”

 

6/2012   Colin S. Pittendrigh Award for Excellence in Teaching in Human Biology, Stanford University

  • Awarded in recognition of exceptionally distinguished contribution as Course Associate (CA) for the Human Biology Core.
  • Nominated by students and faculty for having the qualities of an exceptional teacher who is able to motivate and stimulate students to work hard out of their respect.
  • Nominators cited imagination in section design, ability to handle several serious situations with maturity, unlimited patience and encouragement of questions, the picture of grace under pressure, and always going above and beyond.

 

7/2011   Jackson School of Geosciences Student Travel Grant Award, Society of Vertebrate Zoology

  • Grant offered to national and international graduate and undergraduate students who are first authors on an accepted oral or poster presentation to the Society of Vertebrate Zoology’s annual meeting.

 

6/2011   Stephen Fox Award, Stanford University

  • Awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate in the Department of Biology.
  • The selection committee considers each nominated student’s scholastic achievement, participation in Department and University activities, teaching, accomplishments, and research work.

 

6/2011   Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation, Stanford University

  • Awarded jointly by Undergraduate Advising and Research and the Oral Communication Program at the Center for Teaching and Learning for presentations exemplifying the highest standards.
  • This was one of two awards chosen from the top honors thesis oral presentations in the Biology department.

 

6/2011   Firestone Medal, Stanford University

  • Awarded by faculty evaluation of Honors thesis on originality, rigorous deployment of research method, value of research to the field, quality of argument, and quality of presentation according to standards in the field.

 

6/2011   Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University

 

4/2011   ESRI User Conference Student Assistantship, ESRI

  • Opportunity to attend the largest GIS conference in the world.
  • Awarded to 60 graduate or 4th-year undergraduate students using GIS technology.

 

4/2011 Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) Small Grant, Stanford University

  • Grant of $750 funded additional research activities for honors thesis data collection.

 

3/2011   Undergraduate Diversity Award Program, Society for the Study of Evolution

  • Awarded to a cohort of 25 undergraduates throughout the US and Puerto Rico to present a poster at the annual Evolution meeting, and receive mentoring from graduate students, post-docs, and faculty.

 

4/2010   VPUE Conference Grant, Stanford University

  • Grant of $1,000 funded travel to present at the 9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphologists in Punta del Este, Paraguay

 

4/2010 VPUE Major Grant, Stanford University

  • Grant of $5,600 funded summer research activities for honors thesis data collection.

 

2/2009   Tambopata Summer Researcher, Stanford University, Department of Anthropology

  • Position awarded to 4 to 6 undergraduate and graduate students to conduct independent research on conservation and community development in Amazonia.
  • Granted on the basis of an individually designed research project.

 

3/2008   VPUE Field Studies Program, Stanford University, Department of Biology

  • Field assistantship granted to sophomores or especially well-prepared freshmen to participate in ongoing faculty research projects.

 

INVITED SEMINARS

3/2012    Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Graduate-Level Lunch Seminar, University of California, Berkeley – [link to recording here]

 

PRESENTATIONS

10/ 2015  Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, Dallas, TX

  • Marcy, A.E., Hadly E.A., and Weisbecker, V. Digging Around Constraints: Geometric morphometrics reveal digging adaptations diverge from phylogenetic signal
  • Oral presentation of research conducted during Fulbright scholarship on data collected during undergraduate degree at Stanford University

 

10/ 2015  Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, Dallas, TX

  • Marcy, A.EGo Extinct! An Educational Card Game Introduces Students to Reading Evolutionary Trees and Encourages Further Exploration Through Student-Designed Expansions
  • Education & Outreach poster presentation on educational games used to teach biological concepts

 

 

7/2015  Australian Mammal Society, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • Marcy, A. E. and Weisbecker, V. Digging Around Constraints: Geometric morphometrics reveal digging adaptations diverge from phylogenetic signal
  • Oral presentation of research conducted during Fulbright scholarship on data collected during undergraduate degree at Stanford University

 

11/2013   Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, Los Angeles, CA

  • Marcy, A.E., DeSantis LRG, Hadly E.A. Morphometrics and Microwear Analysis Suggest Tooth-Digging pocket gophers (Thomomys spp.) claimed climate-hardened soils through increased incisor procumbency
  • Poster presentation of ongoing research post-graduation and a new collaboration with Prof. DeSantis at Vanderbilt.

 

11/2012   Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, Raleigh, NC

  • Marcy, A.E. and Hadly E.A. At the best angle: Increase incisor procumbency allowed pocket gophers (Thomomys bottae) to claim climate-hardened soils.
  • Oral presentation of thesis research and additional morphometric work on modern and ancient gopher remains.

 

11/2011   Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, Las Vegas, NV

  • Marcy, A.E. and Hadly E.A. Digging morphology and the interaction between soil and climate determine pocket gopher (Thomomys) distribution across time and space.
  • Poster presentation of thesis research and additional morphometric work on modern and ancient gopher remains.

 

6/2011    American Society of Mammalogists, Portland, OR

  • Marcy A.E. and Hadly E.A. By tooth or claw: Variations in pocket gopher (Thomomys spp.) digging morphology predict distribution across an environmentally heterogeneous region.
  • Oral presentation of thesis research.

 

6/2011    Evolution, Norman, OK

  • Marcy, A.E. and Hadly E.A. Variation in pocket gopher (Thomomys) digging morphology determines their distribution in time and space.
  • Poster presentation of thesis research.

 

5/2011    Biology Achauer Honors Symposium, Stanford, CA                                                                    

  • Marcy, A.E. Soil clay, bulk density, and shrink swell capacity determine boundaries between morphologically distinct groups of gophers.
  • Oral presentation of final thesis research.

 

11/2010   GIS Day, Stanford, CA

  • Marcy, A.E. Variation in pocket gopher (Thomomys) digging morphology determine species distributions through time and space.
  • Oral presentation of preliminary thesis research.

 

10/2010   Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Public Service (SURPS), Stanford, CA             

  • Marcy, A.E. and Hadly E.A. Variation in pocket gopher (Thomomys) digging morphology determine species distributions through time and space.
  • Poster presentation of preliminary thesis research.

 

7/2010    9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Punta del Este, Uruguay

  • Marcy, A.E. and Hadly E.A. Variation in pocket gopher (Thomomys) digging morphology determine species distributions through time and space.
  • Poster presentation of preliminary thesis research.

 

10/2008   SURPS, Stanford, CA                                                                                                             

  • Marcy, A.E., Blois J.L., and Hadly E.A. Field Methods for Comparing Ancient and Modern Small Mammal Communities.
  • Poster presentation of methods used in VPUE Field Studies Program assistantship and novel interpretation of presence/absence species data.

 

SPECIAL TRAINING

6/2012    LeaderShape Institute, Tahoe, CA

  • Attended week-long intensive on leadership with an emphasis on integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible

 

6/2011    Geometric Morphometrics Summer Workshop, University of California, Berkeley, CA

  • Week-long lecture and lab series exploring methods used to quantify complex biological shapes. Will analyze original data collected this past year not included in the final thesis.

 

5/2008    Animal Care and Use Training Program, Stanford University Medical School

  • Online training and in-person lecture series on the safe, humane, and ethical treatment of animals for scientific research.

 

MEMBERSHIPS

Australian Mammal Society

Games Learning and Society

Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES, INTERESTS, AND SKILLS

10/2007 – Present   Nimbleweed, Bluegrass band with a biological flair

  • Contribute fiddle and vocals to 6-part bluegrass band, which plays in venues across campus and the surrounding bay area and maintains a YouTube presence with original music videos.
  • Original music included on the Stanford Soundtrack (2009, 2011).
  • Featured live performances on KZSU (2011), at Stanford’s Society, Technology, Art and Nature (STAN) event (2011), Stanford’s Town Hall (2012), and Stanford TEDx (2013).
  • Recorded fiddle parts and created graphic design for 8-track album, “Nimbleweed Sings Science! (2011).
  • Song-writing credit for “Take Me Back to Yellowstone” originally written and recorded for Bio122: Fusion of Art and Science, and exhibited with course projects in the Cummings Art Gallery (2010) and the Cantor Art Museum (2011).

 

Computer: GIS, R, Java, Adobe Creative Suite: Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Indesign, and Flash; iMovie; Microsoft Office; Google Apps

Languages: proficient speaking and reading Spanish

Interests: Crossfit, road biking, backpacking, astronomy