Amanda M. Windsor

INSTITUTION ADDRESS

Food and Drug Administration

5001 Campus Dr.

College Park, MD 20740

Work phone: +1 (240) 402 0057

e-mail: amwindsor@gmail.com

Website: http://www.amandawindsor.com


EDUCATION

B.S., Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina (Marine Science and Biology, minor Chemistry, 2003)

Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana (Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, 2011), D. L. Felder, Advisor


RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Resolution of long-standing taxonomic problems in commercially important decapod crustaceans
  • Molecular phylogenomics and systematics of decapod crustaceans
    • Utilizing genetic sequences to identify phylogenetic relationships among problematic taxonomic groups
    •  Re-assessing morphological characters of genetically defined clades (encompassing adult, juvenile, and larval stages)
    • Biodiversity and biogeography of majoid crabs
    • DNA sequence analysis to aid in taxonomic classifications & discovery of new species of brachyuran crabs
  • Management of a productive research collection
    • Securing voucher-based DNA sequences (non-ambiguous databased ties to source specimens)
    • Augmenting current archives with specimens viable for modern analysis (e.g. DNA/Genomic sequencing)
    • Upgrading preservation, recovery, and archival of historical museum holdings.
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  • Biodiversity, Biogeography, and systematics of decapod crustaceans
    •  DNA sequence analysis to identify closely related and cryptic taxa
    • Congruence of phylogeny and biogeography (Phylogeography)

PUBLICATIONS

Windsor, A. M., and Felder, D. L. (2017). Corrigendum to: Molecular phylogenetic and taxonomic reanalysis of the family Mithracidae MacLeay (Decapoda : Brachyura : Majoidea). Invertebrate Systematics 31, 232. doi:10.1071/IS13011_CO

Harasewyech, M. G., González, V. L., Windsor, A. M., and Halloran, M. (2017). The complete mitochondrial genome of Cerion uva uva (Gastropoda: Panpulmonata: Stylommatophora: Cerionidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources 0, 1–4. doi:10.1080/23802359.2017.1303343

Harasewych, M. G., Windsor, A. M., Lopez-Vera, E., and Tomposon, F. G. (2015). On the phylogenetic relationships of the genus Mexistrophia and of the family Cerionidae (Gastropoda: Eupulmonata). 129, 156–162.

Windsor, A.M. and Felder D.L. 2014. Molecular phylogenetics and taxonomic reanalysis of the family Mithracidae MacLeay(Decapoda: Brachyura: Majoidea). Invertebrate Systematics. 28(2):124-144.

Lemaitre, R., Campos, N.H., Viloria Maestre, E.A., and Windsor, A.M. 2013. Discovery of an alien crab, Scylla serrata (Forsskål, 1775) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Portunidae), from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. BioInvasion Records. 2(4):311-315.

Windsor, A.M., and Ahyong, S.T. 2013. Hyastenus baru, A new species of spider crab from Indonesia (Brachyura, Majoidea, Epialtidae) with a key to the species of Hyastenus. Crustaceana. 86(6): 718-727.

Windsor, A.M. and Felder, D.L. 2011. A new species of Hemus (Majoidea: Majidae: Mithracinae) from the Pacific coast of Panamá, with a key to the genus. Zootaxa. 2799: 63-68.

Windsor, A.M. and Felder, D.L. 2009. Re-evaluation of species allied to Mithrax hispidus (Decapoda: Brachyura: Majoidea: Mithracidae) based on three mitochondrial genes. Zootaxa. 2302: 61-68.

Felder, D.L., Dworschak, P.C., Robles, R., Bracken, H.D., Windsor, A.M., Felder, J., et al. 2009. Obvious invaders and overlooked infauna: unexpected constituents of the decapod crustacean fauna at Twin Cays, Belize. In: M.A. Lang, I.G. Macintyre, and K. Rutzler (Eds), Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington, D.C., pp. 181-188.

Windsor, A., Crowe, M., Bishop, J. 2005. Determination of temperature preference and the role of the enlarged cheliped in thermoregulation in male sand fiddler crabs, Uca pugilator. Journal of Thermal Biology. 30: 37-41.

PRESENTED PAPERS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

­­Molecular phylogenetics and taxonomic reanalysis of the family Mithracidae MacLeay, 1838 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Majoidea). The Crustacean Society, San José, Costa Rica, 7-11 July 2013. (With D.L. Felder). Oral presentation

Progress of molecular phylogeny of spider crabs (Crustacea: Majoidea). Systematics Without Borders, Sydney, Australia. 1-6 December 2013. (With S.T. Ahyong & D.L. Felder). Poster presentation

An Updated Molecular Phylogeny of the Superfamily Majoidea (Decapoda: Brachyura). Annual meeting, The Crustacean Society, San José, Costa Rica, 7-11 July 2013. (With S.T. Ahyong & D.L. Felder). Poster presentation

Genetically Redefined Clades of Majoidea are Ecologically and Functionally Informative. Annual meeting, The Crustacean Society, Honolulu, Hawaii, 6-9 June 2011. (With D.L. Felder). Poster presentation

Molecular phylogeny of Majoidea (Decapoda: Brachyura): answers and new questions for a problematic superfamily. 7th International Crustacean Congress, Qindao, China, 20-25 June 2010. (with F. Palero and D.L. Felder). Poster presentation.

Evaluating the validity of the family Inachoididae Dana, 1851 (Brachyura: Majoidea). Annual Meeting, The Crustacean Society and Carcinological Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 20-24 September 2009. (with D.L. Felder). Oral presentation

A tree of life phylogeny for the Decapoda. Annual Meeting, The Crustacean Society and Carcinological Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 20-24 September 2009. (with H. Bracken, D.L. Felder, J.W. Martin, R. Robles, B. Thoma, E. Palacios-Theil, M. Finley, J. Rassmussen, and K.A. Crandall). Oral presentation.

Incongruence between molecular data and morphological classification in four species of the genus Mithrax Desmarest, 1823 (Majoidea, Mithracidae).Annual meeting, The Crustacean Society, Galveston, Texas 9-13 June 2008. (with D.L. Felder). Oral presentation.

Decapod crustaceans of Twin Cays, Belize: obvious invaders and overlooked cryptics. Smithsonian Marine Science Symposium. 15 November 2007. (with D. L. Felder, R. Robles, R. Lemaitre, H. Bracken). Poster presentation.

Thermoregulation in the fiddler crab Uca pugilator (Bosc, 1802). National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, Salt Lake City, Utah. 2003. Oral presentation.

Thermoregulation in fiddler crabs; South Carolina Academy of Sciences, Clemson, South Carolina. 2003. (with M. Crowe). Poster presentation.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

October 2015-present Commissioner's Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Investigation and resolution of taxonomic problems in commercially important decapod crustaceans. 

February 2013-October 2015 Support Scientist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. DNA sequencing and data management for projects focused on marine invertebrate biodiversity and phylogenomics.

July 2012-January 2013 Endeavour Awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Australian Museum. Collections-based research on phylogenetics and systematics of members of the superfamily Majoidea primarily inhabiting deep waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Development of nuclear markers for genetic analyses, and description of new species based on molecular and morphological data.

July 2012 Decapod diversity survey of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. Field expedition to Banda Aceh, Sumatra with two American and three Indonesian students for training in collection of decapod crustaceans inhabiting dead Pocillopora coral heads using SCUBA for voucher-based molecular phylogenetics and community analyses.

June-July 2012 UCLA Diversity Project. Assistant Instructor. Marine Biodiversity of the Coral Triangle: lectures covering biodiversity of Decapod and Brachyura instruction and supervision of tissue sampling for DNA analysis. Temporary laboratory set-up and management.

2011-2012 Contract Invertebrate Zoology DNA barcode technician, Laboratories of Analytical Biology, Smithsonian Institution: DNA barcode sequencing, extraction method development, PCR optimization for diverse marine invertebrate taxa, intern and visiting researcher training.

June-July 2011 UCLA Diversity Project. Assistant Instructor. Marine Biodiversity of the Coral Triangle: lectures covering biodiversity of Phylum Crustacea and Order Decapod and instruction and supervision of tissue sampling for DNA analysis.

2004-2008 UL Doctoral Fellow, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Doctoral research: Molecular phylogenetics and systematics of the decapod superfamily Majoidea

2008-2010 Graduate Research Assistant: Curation and database management of University of Louisiana at Lafayette Zoological collection (ULLZ) Responsibilities included identifying, cataloging, and general curation of fresh and alcohol-preserved specimens of decapod crustaceans as well as digitizing 35mm color slides of specimen vouchers

2007 Field research at Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem site, Carrie Bow Cay, Belize: Collection and field identification of decapod crustaceans from shallow, inter- and sub-tidal reef and sea grass communities.

2007 Smithsonian Intern, Department of Invertebrate Zoology – Crustacea, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Sorted and identified specimens of western Atlantic hermit crabs, Advisor: Dr. Rafael Lemaitre

2007 Research Cruise: Collected decapod crustaceans exhibiting "cigarette burn" shell disease from otter trawls aboard the R/V Pelican.

2006 Smithsonian Intern, Department of Invertebrate Zoology – Crustacea, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Sorted and identified anomuran, brachyuran, and caridean crustacean specimens collected from Colombia and Dominican Republic, Advisor: Dr. Rafael Lemaitre

2004 Research Cruise: Conducted LIDAR surveys of the seafloor off of Charleston, SC. Responsible for monitoring computer systems and data collection

2003-2004 GIS research technician, Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina Historical coastal erosion analysis. Created maps of the South Carolina coast using both historical and contemporary shoreline benchmark measurements in the software programs ArcMap and ArcView


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Smithsonian Institution:

2011-2013 Decapod Diversity & Specimen-prep: Lectured students on diversity of the order Decapoda with emphasis on Indo-Pacific coral reef taxa and proper tissue sampling and record keeping for voucher-based specimen collection and sequencing.

2011-2012 Laboratory training: trained new technicians and visiting scientists and students in basic laboratory techniques and protocols within the Laboratories of Analytical Biology

University of Louisiana at Lafayette:

2010 Evolution and Adaptation of the Arthropods: Instructed one laboratory section introducing students to anatomy, systematics, and biodiversity of arthropods with an emphasis on decapod crustaceans

2008-2010 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Instructed two laboratory sections covering detailed anatomy of the sensory, nervous, respiratory, and digestive systems

2007-2008 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology: Instructed two laboratory sections introducing anatomy of the skeletal, nervous, respiratory, and digestive systems

2006 Introduction to Biology: Instructed one laboratory section introducing biological concepts such as ecology, genetics, and systematics

2005, 2006 General Physiology: Instructed one laboratory section covering basic physiological mechanisms

Coastal Carolina University:

2001-2003 Biology and Chemistry Workshop leader: Led practice and review sessions for students covering materials presented in lectures.

2001-2003 Writing Center Consultant: Assisted students with brainstorming, composition, and revision of writing assignments in all disciplines.


SPECIAL SKILLS

            AAUS Scientific SCUBA Diving Certified 2012-present

            NAUI Open Water I SCUBA certification 2001


ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS

Endeavour Awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. 2012. Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations, Canberra, Australia.

Diversity Project Summer Postdoctoral Research Stipend. 2012. University of California, Los Angeles

Award for support of research. 2006-2010. E.B. Stueben Student Support Fund, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Research Funds Grant, Graduate Student Organization. 2004-2010. University of Louisiana at Lafayette

UL Doctoral Fellowship, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 2004-2008. Stipend during doctoral research

The Crustacean Society Graduate Student Fellowship. 2007. For travel to Los Angeles County Museum to examine crustacean holdings

Smithsonian Internship, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Summer 2006, 2007.

Biology graduate of the year, Coastal Carolina University. 2003.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS (past and present)

            The Crustacean Society

            The Biological Society of Washington

            The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biologists