CV

Professional Preparation

University of Texas at El Paso   1998-2004

Bachelor of Science in Biology (May 2003), cum laude

Distinguished Graduating Senior in Biology

City University of New York in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History   2004-2011

Masters in Biology (October 2010)

PhD in Biology (June 2011)

Appointments

City University of New York

College NOW Curriculum development/ Instruction/ Adjunct Professor  (2006-2011)

Adjunct Professor  (2008)

American Museum of Natural History

SiteMaster, Scorpion Lab  (2008-2011)

Science Research Mentorship Program, Genetics Instructor  (2010)

Scorpion Molecular Lab Manager  (2006-2008)

University of Texas at El Paso

Assistant Biology Instructor  (2003-2004)

Teaching Assistant   (2003-2004)

El Paso Community College

RISE Mentor/ Tutor  (2003)

Fellowships

GK-12 Fellowship, City University of New York  (2008-2010)

MAGNET President’s Dissertation Fellowship, City University of New York  (2008-2009)

MAGNET President’s Fellowship, City University of New York  (2004-2008)

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Fellowship, City University of New York  (2004-2006)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Fellowship, University of Texas at El Paso  (2002-2003)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Fellowship, University of Texas at El Paso  (2002)

Honors and Awards

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, NSF  (2010)

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, NSF  (2009)

NESCent SMBE Conference Travel Award  (2009)

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship  (2008)

Theodore Roosevelt Award, American Museum of Natural History  (2008)

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Summer Stipend, City University of New York  (2008)

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Travel Award, City University of New York  (2008)

Ernst Mayr Award, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University  (2007)

Doctoral Student Research Grant, City University of New York  (2007)

Travel Award, 17th International Congress of Arachnology  (2007)

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship  (2004)

Distinguished Graduating Senior in Biology, University of Texas at El Paso  (2003)

Publications

Prendini, L. and Esposito, L.A. (2010). A reanalysis of Parabuthus (Scorpiones: Buthidae) phylogeny with a description of two new Parabuthus species endemic to the Central Namib gravel plains, Namibia. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society 159(3): 673-710. Link to PDF

Prendini, L., Esposito, L.A., Huff, J.C., and Volschenk, E.S. (2009). Redescription of Rhopalurus abudi (Scorpiones: Buthidae), with first description of the male and first record from mainland Hispaniola.  Journal of Arachnology. 37:2. Link to PDF

Monod, L., Esposito, L.A., Gonzalez, E.G., Mattoni, C., Volschenk, E.S., and Prenidni, L. (in prep). An atlas of scorpion pedipalpal carinae, with a discussion of carinal homology.

Esposito, L.A., Kolokostronis, S.O., Prendini, L. (in prep). Minimally Invasive Sampling Methods and DNA Barcoding of CITES-listed Scorpions.

Esposito, L.A., Yamaguti, H., Volschenk, E.S., and Prendini, L. (in prep). Phylogenetic analysis of the scorpion genus Rhopalurus Thorell, 1876 (Scorpiones: Buthidae), with a redescription of Heteroctonus  (Scorpiones: Buthidae).

Prendini, L., Yamaguti, H., and Esposito, L.A.. (in prep). Systematics of New World buthid scorpions (Buthidae).

Esposito, L.A  and Prendini, L. (in prep). Phylogeny of the southern African thick-tailed scorpion genus  Parabuthus Pocock, 1890 (Buthidae) based on morphology and DNA.

Synergistic Activities

Conference Presentations:

Esposito, L.A. and Prendini, L. 2010. “The systematics of the New World scorpion genus Centruroides (Marx, 1890).” 18th International Congress of Arachnology, Siedlce, Poland.

Esposito, L.A. and Prendini, L. 2010. “Systematics of the New World scorpion genus Centruroides (Marx, 1890).” Hennig XXIX, Honolulu, HI.

Esposito, L.A. 2009. “Teaching molecular evolution in an urban jungle:  Lessons from New York City public schools”. 2009 Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Esposito, L.A Prendini, L. 2009. “New molecular and morphological insights into the systematics of New World buthid scorpions”.   8th Annual GK-12 Meeting, Washington, DC.

Esposito, L.A. and Strozak, V. 2009. “Using the living urban environment to engage high school students in authentic research experiences”. 8th Annual GK-12 Meeting, Washington DC.

Esposito, L.A., Volschenk, E.S., and Prendini,  2008. “New molecular and morphological insights into the systematics of New World buthid scorpions”. 32nd Annual Conference of the American Arachnological Society, Berkeley, CA.

Esposito, L.A. and Prendini, L. 2008. “Biogeography of the Bark-scorpions, Centruroides Marx, 1890”. 24th European Congress of Arachnology, Bern, Switzerland.

Esposito, L.A. and Prendini, L. 2007. “Phylogeny of the southern African thick-tailed scorpion genus Parabuthus Pocock, 1890 (Buthidae) based on morphology and DNA”. 17th International Congress of Arachnology, São Pedro, Brazil.

Other Conferences attended:

32nd Annual Conference of the American Arachnological Society, July 8–12th, 2011, Portland, OR

Island Biogeography at 40: Impacts and Prospects, October 5–6, 2007, Cambridge, MA

Conservation Genetics 3, September 27–29, 2007, New York, NY

Evolution 2006, June 23-27, 2006, Stony Brook, NY

Membership in Scientific Societies:

Society for Systematic Biologists, International Society of Arachnology, American Arachnological Society, Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

Field Research:

Baja Mexico: 2000, 2001; Indio Mountain Research Station 2001-2004; Southwestern USA: 2002; Puerto Rico: 2005, 2009 (Isla Mona), 2011; Dominican Republic: 2005; Jamaica: 2005, 2008; St. Marten: 2005; St. Kitts and Nevis: 2008; Saba: 2008; Grenada: 2008; St. Vincent and the Grenadines: 2008; Aruba: 2008; Curacao: 2008; Bonaire: 2008; Barbados: 2008

Collections Research:

British Museum of Natural History, London: 2008; Humboldt University Zoologisches Museum, Berlin: 2008;

Museum National d’Historie Naturelle, Paris: 2008; American Museum of Natural History 2004-2009; California Academy of Sciences, 2010, 2011.

Reviews:

Revista Ibérica de Aracnología, Zootaxa, Molecular Ecology

Educational Activities

Mentoring:

Science Research Mentroing Program mentor: Valerie Garcia and Brittany Dickens, AMNH, 2010

Research Experiences for Undergraduates mentor: Sarah Schoenbrun, AMNH, 2007

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program mentor: Sylvia Johnson, AMNH, 2008

Additional mentorees: Gena Esposito (University of Texas at Austin), 2007; Michelle Bayefski (High School student), 2007-8; Angela Holuba (Barnard University), 2008; Susan Tosier (High School teacher), 2009; Michelle Yim (York College), 2009-2010.

Curriculum Development:

Backyard Toxicology Course for City University of New York College NOW, 2007; Invertebrate Biodiversity Lab for City University of New York GK-12 Program, 2008; Wildlife Forensics: Caviar Capers Lab for American Museum of Natural History, 2009; Shorebird Beak Lab for City University of New York GK-12 Program, 2009; iSearch: Introduction to Biological Research Course for City University of New York GK-12 Program, 2009.

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