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Brian L. Sidlauskas. Ph.D.
Oregon State University

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
104 Nash Hall
Corvallis, OR 97330

(541) 737-1939 / brian.sidlauskas@oregonstate.edu


Education
Ph.D.

Evolutionary Biology
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2006
M.S.

Evolutionary Biology
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2003
A.B. Biological Sciences, cum laude with distinction in all subjects
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1998


Positions Held

Assistant Professor of Fisheries, Oregon State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife 2009-

Research and Field Experience
Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
Understanding parallel morphological diversification in sister fish faunas
2006-2009
Research Collaborator, U.S. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Systematics of the Neotropical fish family Anostomidae
2006-
Dissertation Research, University of Chicago
Hyperdisparate headstanders and static slime-suckers: evolution of unequal morphological diversity in sister clades of characiform fishes
Advisors: Barry Chernoff and Mark Westneat.
2000-2006
Field Work
Organized a collection of fishes from the highlands and lowlands of Peru in collaboration with researchers at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences and Texas Tech University.
2003
Field Work
Collected fishes in Venezuela as part of a Conservation International and Field Museum of Natural History sponsored rapid assessment of aquatic biodiversity.
2000

Awards and Fellowships
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center Postdoctoral Fellowship 2006
Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship 2006
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Stoye Award, best student presentation in general ichthyology 2006
Field Museum of Natural History Armour Graduate Fellowship 2005
Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP) Böhlke Award 2005
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant 2004
University of Chicago Doolittle and Women's Board Travel Fellowships 2004
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Storer Award, best student poster in ichthyology 2003
University of Chicago Hinds Fund Grant 2003
EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship 2001
NSF Graduate Fellowship 2001

Publications
  1. Sidlauskas, Brian, Ganesh Ganapathy, Einat Hazkani-Covo, Kristin P. Jenkins, Hilmar Lapp, Lauren W. McCall, Sam Price, Ryan Scherle, Paula A. Spaeth, and Dave M. Kidd. 2010. Linking big: The continuing promise of evolutionary synthesis. Evolution 64(4): 871-880
  2. Kimmel, Charles B., Brian L. Sidlauskas and Jennifer Clack. 2009. Linked morphological changes during palate evolution in early tetrapods. Journal of Anatomy 215: 91-109
  3. Sidlauskas, Brian L. 2008. Continuous and arrested morphological diversification in sister clades of characiform fishes: a phylomorphospace approach. Evolution 62: 3135-3156
  4. Sidlauskas, Brian L. and Richard Vari. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships within the South American fish family Anostomidae (Teleostei, Ostariophysi, Characiformes). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 154: 70-210
  5. Sidlauskas, Brian L., Julío Cesar Garavello and Jennifer Jellen. 2007 (in press). A new Schizodon (Characiformes: Anostomidae) from the Río Orinoco system, and a redescription of S. isognathus Kner from the Paraguay system. Copeia 2007(3): 711-725
  6. Sidlauskas, Brian L. 2007. Testing for unequal rates of morphological diversification in the absence of a detailed phylogeny: a case study from characiform fishes. Evolution 61(2): 299-316
  7. Sidlauskas, Brian L., Barry Chernoff and Antonio Machado-Allison. 2006. Geographic and environmental variation in Bryconops sp. cf. melanurus (Ostariophysi: Characidae) from the Brazilian Pantanal. Ichthyological Research 53(1): 24-33
  8. Willink, Philip W., and Brian Sidlauskas. 2006. Taxonomic notes on select fishes collected during the 2004 AquaRAP expedition to the Coppename River, Central Suriname Nature Reserve, Suriname. Pp. 101-111 in L. E. Alonso, and H. J. Berrenstein, eds. A rapid biological assessment of the aquatic ecosystems of the Coppename River Basin, Suriname.  RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 39. Conservation International, Washington, DC.
  9. Sidlauskas, Brian L. and Geraldo Santos. 2005. Pseudanos winterbottomi, a new anostomine species (Teleostei: Characiformes: Anostomidae) from Venezuela and Brazil, and comments on its phylogenetic relationships. Copeia 2005(1):109-123
  10. Machado-Allison, Antonio, Barry Chernoff, Francisco Provenzano, Philip W. Willink, Alberto Marcano, Paulo Petry, Brian Sidlauskas, and Tracy Jones. 2003. Inventory, relative abundance and importance of fishes in the Caura River Basin, Bolívar State, Venezuela. Pp. 64-74 in Barry Chernoff, Antonio Machado-Allison, Karen Riseng, and Jensen R. Montambault, eds. A biological assessment of the aquatic ecosystems of the Caura River Basin, Bolívar State, Venezuela. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 28. Conservation International, Washington, DC.
  11. Machado-Allison, Antonio, Barry Chernoff, Francisco Provenzano, Philip W. Willink, Alberto Marcano, Paulo Petry, Tracy Jones, and Brian Sidlauskas. 2003. Fishes collected during the AquaRAP expedition to the Caura River Basin, Bolívar State, Venezuela. Pp. 267-275 in Barry Chernoff, Antonio Machado-Allison, Karen Riseng, and Jensen R. Montambault, eds. A biological assessment of the aquatic ecosystems of the Caura River Basin, Bolívar State, Venezuela. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 28. Conservation International, Washington, DC.

 

In Press

  1. Harmon, Luke J., Jonathan B. Losos, Jonathan Davies, Rosemary G. Gillespie, John L. Gittleman, W. Bryan Jennings, Kenneth Kozak, Mark A. McPeek, Franck Moreno-Roarck, Tom J. Near, Andy Purvis, Robert E. Ricklefs, Dolph Schluter, James A. Schulte II, Ole Seehausen, Brian L. Sidlauskas, Omar Torres-Carvajal, Jason T. Weir and Arne Ø. Mooers. Early bursts of body size and shape evolution are rare in comparative data. Evolution
  2. Sidlauskas, Brian L., Jan Mol and Richard P. Vari. Dealing with allometry in linear and geometric morphometrics: a taxonomic case study in the Leporinus cylindriformis group (Characiformes: Anostomidae), with a description of a new species from Suriname. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
  3. Sidlauskas, Brian L. and Prosanta Chakrabarty. Review of The Diversity of Fishes: Biology, Evolution and Ecology - 2nd edition. Gene F. Helfman, Bruce B. Collette, Douglas E. Facey and Brian W. Bowen. 2009. Wiley-Blackwell. Copeia

In Revision
  1. Dornburg, Alex, Brian L. Sidlauskas, Francesco Santini, Laurie Sorenson, Thomas J. Near, Michael E. Alfaro. The influence of an innovative locomotor strategy on the phenotypic diversification of triggerfishes. Evolution


In Preparation

  1. Sidlauskas, Brian L. and Richard P. Vari. Diversity and distribution of anostomoid fishes in the Guyanas. Cybium.
  2. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Parallel morphological and ecological diversification in African and South American characiform fishes.
  3. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Phylogenetic relationships among and within the Neotropical fish families Anostomidae, Chilodontidae, Curimatidae and Prochilodontidae inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear loci.

Invited Lectures
  1. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Reconstructing replicate radiations in South American and African characiform fishes. University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Department of Biology; April 2009; Greensboro, NC.
  2. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Understanding unequal ecomorphological diversification in characiform fishes: a phylomorphospace approach. Oregon State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; May 2008; Corvallis, OR.
  3. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Understanding unequal diversification of anatomy and ecology in sister groups of tropical freshwater fishes. Johnson C. Smith UniversityHonors College and Department of Natural Sciences; April 2008; Charlotte, NC.
  4. Sidlauskas, Brian L. The results of a replicate radiation: reconstructing parallel ecomorphological diversification in African and South American characiform fishes. Texas A&M UniversityDepartment of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences; October 2007; College Station, TX. The University of Puerto Rico, Río PiedrasDepartment of Biology; February 2008, San Juan, PR. The University of Alaska, FairbanksSchool of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences; February 2008; Fairbanks, AK.
  5. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Rates and trends in morphological diversification in sister clades of characiform fishes. The Field Museum – Department of Zoology; December 2006; Chicago, IL. The Royal Ontario MuseumDepartment of Natural History; April 2007; Toronto, Canada. Virginia Institute of Marine ScienceDepartment of Fisheries Science; April 2007; Gloucester Point, VA.
  6. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Diversification and morphological evolution in characiform fishes. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Department of Biology; February 2006; Eau Claire, WI.
  7. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Hyperdisparate headstanders and static slime-suckers: Unequal rates of morphological diversification in sister clades of characiform fishes. Chicago State University – Department of Biological Sciences; September 2005; Chicago, IL. University of New Orleans - Office of Research and Department of Biological Sciences; October 2004; New Orleans, LA.

Invited Conference Presentation
  1. Sidlauskas, Brian L. 2008. The results of a replicate radiation: reconstructing parallel ecomorphological diversification in African and South American characiform fishes. Symposium on testing macroevolutionary hypotheses of diversification: approaches and perspectives. SICB Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX

Conference Presentations
  1. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Magnitude and mode of morphological diversification in the Anostomoidea (Characiformes): a phylomorphospace approach. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Annual Meeting, July 2008, Montreal, Canada.
  2. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Parallel morphological and ecological diversification in African and South American characiforms. Oral presentation, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Annual Meeting, July 2007, St. Louis, MO
  3. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Hyperdisparate headstanders and static-slime suckers: trends in morphological diversification within the Characiformes. Oral presentation; winner of Stoye Award (best student presentation in general ichthyology), American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)Annual Meeting, July 12-17, 2006; New Orleans, LA.
  4. Sidlauskas, Brian L. 2006. Phylogenetic relationships within the South American fish family Anostomidae (Ostariophysi: Characiformes). Poster presentation, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Annual Meeting, July 12-17, 2006; New Orleans, LA.
  5. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Unequal morphological diversification of sister clades of characiform fishes. Oral presentation, Society for the Study of Evolution Annual Meeting; June 10-14, 2005; Fairbanks, AK. Oral presentation, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Annual Meeting; July 6-11, 2005; Tampa, FL. Oral presentation, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting; January 4-8, 2006; Orlando, FL.
  6. Sidlauskas, Brian L. and Geraldo Santos. Pseudanos winterbottomi, a new anostomine species (Teleostei: Characiformes, Anostomidae) from Venezuela and Brazil, and comments on its phylogenetic relationships. Oral presentation, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Annual Meeting; May 26-31, 2004; Norman, OK.
  7. Sidlauskas, Brian L. Morphological diversification of anostomoid and curimatoid fishes. Poster presentation; winner of Storer Award (best student poster in general ichthyology), American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Annual Meeting; June 26 - July 1, 2003; Manaus, Brazil. Oral presentation, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting; January 5-9, 2004; New Orleans, LA.
  8. Sidlauskas, Brian L., Barry Chernoff and Antonio Machado-Allison. Geographic and environmental variation in Bryconops cf. melanurus from the Pantanal. Poster presentation, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Annual Meeting; July 3-8, 2002; Kansas City, MO. Oral presentation, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting; January 4-8, 2003; Toronto, ONT, Canada.


Teaching Experience

Instructor, FW315 (Ichthyology), Oregon State University
Designed and taught a three credit class on the anatomy, physiology, evolution, ecology, behavior, genetics, biogeography and conservation of fishes. 2009
Instructor, FW316 (Systematics of Fishes), Oregon State University
Designed and taught a two credit laboratory class on the taxonomy, systematics, anatomy and evolution of fishes. 2009
Course Scientist, American Museum of Natural History
Primary scientific instructor and discussion leader for two sessions of an online Evolution course originally authored by Niles Eldredge and Joel Cracraft. 2007-2008
Invited Lecturer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  

Delivered a 70 minute lecture on mass extinctions in Evolution and Life, and a 70 minute lecture on Phylogenies and Tree Thinking in Paleobotany, both undergraduate courses

2007-2008

Work Experience
Grants Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency
Recruited through EPA's Outstanding Scholars program to manage over $25 million in ecological research grants on topics including Water and Watersheds, Ecological Indicators and Global Change.
1998-2000

Educational Outreach

Author, R-Phylo Help Wiki. One of five primary authors for an online tutorial on phylogenetic comparative methods in R.

2007-2008
Scientist at the Field, Field Museum of Natural History
Displayed South American fishes and fish fossils from the Eocene of Wyoming; discussed the science of ichthyology with approximately 800 museum visitors
2002-2005
Science Fair Judge, City of Chicago
Judged grade 6-12 science fair projects at two Chicago public schools.
2002-2004
Exhibitor, Field Museum Members Nights, Field Museum of Natural History
Designed and presented annual exhibits to museum members using specimens from the Field Museum's fish collections. Topics included "Curiosities from the Deep", "Freshwater Fishes from Marine Families", "Fishes of the Flooded Forest" and "Scientific Illustration."
2001-2004

Conservation Biologist, Lake Calumet BioBlitz
Collected fish specimens near Chicago and discussed conservation biology with the public as part of a 24-hour biodiversity survey.

2002

 


Academic Service
Board of Governors, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) 2008-2013
Editorial Board, Copeia 2008
Nominating Committee, SICB Division of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology 2008
Judge, Best Student Poster (Storer Award), American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Annual Meetings 2007-2008
Social Director, NESCent
Organizes periodic official dinners and outings to foster community and dialogue among the scholars at NESCent
2006-2009
External Reviewer, Biology Letters, Copeia (3), Environmental Biology of Fishes(2), Evolution (3), Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Fish Biology, Journal of Morphology, Neotropical Ichthyology (3), NSF Division of Environmental Biology - Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories (3), NSF Evolutionary Processes, Zootaxa 2005-2009

Session Chair, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Annual Meetings

2004-2008
Judge, Best Student Poster and Presentation, Neotropical Ichthyological Association, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) Annual Meeting 2007


Professional Affiliations

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)
Ichthyological Society of Japan
Neotropical Ichthyological Association
Sociedade Brasileira de Ictiologia
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
Society for the Study of Evolution
Society of Systematic Biologists
last updated 12/17/2009