OLIVIA K. RHOADES – Post Doctoral Fellow


EDUCATION:

Ph.D., Population Biology, University of California, Davis, CA, 2017

B.S., Biology, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2009

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Olivia Rhoades is a marine community ecologist. She received her B.S. in biology from Brown University in 2009, and her Ph.D. in population biology from the University of California, Davis in 2017, during which she investigated the effects of behavioral trait variation on community dynamics and ecosystem function on rocky reefs. As a joint postdoctoral fellow at the California Ocean Science Trust and SCCWRP, her current research focuses on investigating the relative impacts of anthropogenic stressors including fishing pressure and water quality impairment on nearshore marine ecosystems.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Science Integration Fellow, California Ocean Science Trust and Southern California Coastal Water Research Project . Costa Mesa, CA. 2017

Collaborator, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Research. Monterey Bay, CA. 2014-2017

National Science Foundation Teaching Fellow, Bodega Marine Laboratory. Bodega Bay, CA. 2012-2014

Volunteer and Collaborator, California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, CA. 2010-2013

Teaching Assistant, Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis, Davis, CA. 2010-2012, 2015, 2017

Research Technician, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 2009-2010

Teaching Assistant, Evolution and Ecology, Brown University, Providence, RI. 2009

Research and Field Assistant, Laval University, Québec, QC 2009

Independent Researcher, Brown University, Providence, RI. 2007–2009

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, Shoals Marine Lab, Kittery, Maine. Summer 2007

Research Intern, Center for Biological Diversity, Tucson, AZ. 2004-2005

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:

Bodega Marine Lab Seminar Committee Chair, 2013-2015

UC Davis Center for Population Biology Postdoc Search Student Representative, 2014

HONORS AND AWARDS:

Best Student Talk, Western Society of Naturalists 96th Meeting, 2015

Best Student Talk (Honorable Mention), Western Society of Naturalists 95th Meeting, 2014

Natural Reserves Grant, University of California, Davis, 2014

Center for Population Biology Research Award, University of California, Davis, 2011-2014

Bodega Marine Laboratory Fellowship, University of California, Davis, 2014

Sigma Xi, Associate Member, Brown and UC Davis Chapters, 2009-Present

NSF GK-12 Teaching Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2012-2014

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Honorable Mention), 2010, 2011, 2012

Marine Sciences Scholarship, Central California Council of Dive Clubs, 2011

Senior Prize in Biology, Brown University, 2009

PUBLICATIONS:

Rhoades, O.K. and J.D. Witman. “Resilience in diverse communities: implications for coral associates after a bleaching event.” In: M. Wolff and M. Gardener (eds.), Proceedings of the 2009 Galapagos Science Symposium, Charles Darwin Foundation, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:

O.K. Rhoades. Bioassessment Tools for California MPAs. 2017. California Ocean Science Trust, Oakland, CA.

O.K. Rhoades, S.I. Lonhart, J.J. Stachowicz. Fish flight behaviors and habitat use vary by species, MPA age, and SCUBA traffic. 2016. Western Society of Naturalists, Monterey, CA.

O.K. Rhoades, S.I. Lonhart, J.J. Stachowicz. Looking beyond fish abundance and size: impacts of fish behavior on the recovery of ecosystem function in marine reserves. 2016. Benthic Ecology Meeting, Portland, ME.

O.K. Rhoades, S.I. Lonhart, J.J. Stachowicz. Impacts of fishing and diving on fish flight and foraging across marine reserves. 2015. Western Society of Naturalists, Sacramento, CA. Best Student Talk, Mia Tegner Applied Ecology/Conservation Biology Award.

O.K. Rhoades, S.I. Lonhart. Fishing and diving impact fish flight and foraging behaviors in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. 2015. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Staff Meeting, Monterey, CA.

O.K. Rhoades. Chasing and chumming: determining how divers impact fish behavior. 2015. Gourmet Au Bay Science Uncorked, Public Presentation.

O.K. Rhoades, S.I. Lonhart, J.J. Stachowicz. Impacts of fishing and SCUBA diving on fish flight responses in marine reserves. 2014. Honorable Mention, Mia Tegner Applied Ecology/Conservation Biology Award.

O.K. Rhoades, S.I. Lonhart. Incorporating animal behavior into community ecology and marine management. 2014. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Staff Meeting.

O.K. Rhoades. Red abalone tagging highlights individual variation in habitat selection and movement. 2012. Central California Council of Dive Clubs.

O.K. Rhoades, M. Brandt, J.D. Witman. Resilience in diverse communities: implications for coral associates after multiple bleaching events. 2009. Galapagos Science Symposium, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos. (poster)

O.K. Rhoades, M. Brandt, J.D. Witman. Impacts of La Niña bleaching on Pocillopora spp. and associated invertebrates and fish. 2009. Brown University Evolution and Ecology Seminar.