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2015 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) Awardees

Posted on June 22, 2015 by in The OFI Blog

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The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships is pleased to announce the 2015 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Awardees. SI Fellowships are offered in order to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution. They are key to the Smithsonian’s aspiration to discover, create, innovate and diversify.

The application cycle for the 2016 SI Fellowship Program will open on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015.


Nicole Angeli

Texas A&M University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

The effect of life history on persistence of island endemics confronted with invasive predators and climate change

 

Anne Frances Armstrong

University of California – Davis

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

The evolution of major developmental transitions: linking egg size, gene expression, and developmental mode in Leodia sexiesperforata

 

Dr. Thomas Barnum

University of Georgia

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Quantifying changes in trait diversity along an urbanization gradient

 

Michelle Baroody

University of Minnesota

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

Mediated Returns: Restating the Global in Modern Arab Poetics

 

Dr. Bastian Bentlage

University of Maryland

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Loss and gain of complex life history characters of trachyline jellyfish (Cnidaria: Medusozoa: Hydrozoa)

 

Dr. Blanca Bernal

Ohio State University

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Soil buffering of climate change: leveraging carbon isotopes to determine the stability of soil organic matter

 

Noga Bernstein

Stony Brook University

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (CHNDM)

Global Age Design: Primitivism, Universalism and Ruth Reeves’s Cross-Cultural Practice

 

Warren Cardinal-McTeague

University of Ottowa, Canada

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

The evolution of reproductive characters in Plukenetia vines (Euphorbiaceae)

 

Amy Coombs

University of Chicago

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Replanting the Wild: Ecosystem Engineering in The Great Basin

 

John Devaney

University College Cork, Ireland

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Land-Use History and Regeneration of Natural and Plantation Forests

 

Kristina Douglass

Yale University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Human-Ratite Interaction in Southwest Madagascar: Understanding the Extinction of the Elephant Bird

 

Dr. Gail Dubrow

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSGA)

Japonisme Revisited: Reckoning with the Embrace, Appropriation, and Survival of Japanese Culture in America, 1868-1945

 

Jenalle Eck

The Ohio State University

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Determinants of negative feedbacks between tropical trees and their pathogens and their implications for diversity in tree genetic defenses

 

Zoe Eddy

Harvard University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

The Earth Sings for Itself: Environmental Degradation and the Colonization of the Hokkaido, Japan

 

Danielle Fraser

Carleton University, Canada

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Late Cenozoic mammal phylogenetic community structure

 

Meredith Gaglio

Columbia University

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

In Search of a Softer Path: American Architecture, Countercultural Politics, and the Appropriate Technology Movement, 1965-1982

 

Maybellene Gamboa

Colorado State University

National Zoological Park (NZP)

Implementing knowledge of environmental correlates of adaptive variation to inform conservation decisions

 

Dr. Inga Geipel

University of Ulm, Germany

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

How do bats perceive prey in rain? Raindrops as echo obstacles and masking noise

 

Ines Gomes

University of Lisbon, Portugal

National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)

Discovering Angola and Mozambique in the Smithsonian Institution: research at the

 

Jessica Goodheart

University of Maryland – College Park

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Phylogenetics of Cladobranchai (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia) and the Evolution of Stinging Organelles (nematocysts) as a Defense Mechanism

 

Andrew Gottscho

San Diego State University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Speciation and Species Delimitation of Zebra-tailed Lizards (Callisaurus draconoides complex)

 

Saisha Grayson

The City University of New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)

Cellist, Catalyst, Collaborator: The Work of Charlotte Moorman, 1963-1980

 

Sara Grossman

Rutgers University – Newark

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

Smithsonian Institute Archives (SIA)

Natural Histories of Data Collection, 1847-1870

 

Amanda Guzman

University of California – Berkeley

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

Collecting the Caribbean: Unraveling the Historical Narratives of the Puerto Rican Collection at the National Museum of the American Indian

 

AJ Harris

Oklahoma State University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

The effects of time, speciation and extinction rates, and morphological traits on assembly of the woody flora of North America

 

Kristen Hayashi

University of California – Riverside

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

From Sukiyaki to Spam Musubi: Tracing the Evolution, Adaptation, and Hybridization of Japanese Food in the United States

 

Shannen Hill

No University – University of Wisconsin – Madison (graduated 2003)

National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)

Art, Gold, and Diamonds in South Africa

 

Margaret Hinkle

Washington University in St. Louis

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Controls on Mycogenic Manganese Oxide Phase Transformations and Subsequent Impact on Contaminant and Micronutrient Fate

 

Frances Jacobus-Parker

Princeton University

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

“Redescription: Vija Celmins and the Replica in Postwar American Art”

 

Krzysztof Kozak

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Coevolution in a dynamic landscape: Genomics of parallel radiations in Heliconius butterflies

 

Nicole Krauss

Washington State University

National Zoological Park (NZP)

The effects of maternal diet on egg quality and composition in a changing environment

 

Marci Kwon

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Vernacular Modernism: Joseph Cornell and the Culture of Populism

 

Frederick Larabee

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Morphometrics and Biomechanics of Ant Mouthparts

 

Perrin Lathrop

Princeton University

National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)

Akinola Lasekan and the Visual Registers of Nigerian Nationalism

 

Dr. Stephanie Leclerc-Caffarel

Musee du quai Branly, France

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

The collection of Isaac M. Brower

 

Dr. Matthieu Leray

Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

The Scaling of Diversity in key marine ecosystems of the Bocas del Toro Lagoon

 

Nicole Lunning

University of Tennessee – Knoxville

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Partial Differentiation of the CV Chondrite Parent Body

 

Matthew McCurry

Monash University, Australia

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

The evolution of tooth striations in aquatic mammals and reptiles

 

Kate McGrath

The George Washington University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Investigating indicators of physiological stress in wild Virunga mountain gorillas through time

 

Dr. Seth Miller

University of California – Davis

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Testing the potential for adaptation to future climate change in estuarine fishes

 

Dr. Theresa Miller

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Biodiversity Management in the Canela Indigenous Community of Brazil: Linking People, Plants, and Landscapes

 

Christopher Moore

Indiana University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Accidental Revolutionary? Jorge Preloran and the Politics of Culture

 

Alexander Morgan

University of Virginia

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Investigating Alluvial Fan Formation Processes and the Implications for Mars’ Climate

 

Jennifer Nagashima

Cornell University

National Zoological Park (NZP)

An Artificial Ovary for Endangered Carnivore Genome Rescue

 

Richard Nash

Johns Hopkins University

Smithsonian Institute Archives (SIA)

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Bird Migration Research in American Ornithology: The Bureau of Biological Survey and the Smithsonian Institution, 1930-1975

 

Carlos Peredo

George Mason University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Insights into the loss of teeth during the evolution of baleen: description of a new fossil mysticete from the early Oligocene of Oregon

 

Robert Pivar

University of Tennessee – Knoxville

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Morphological and Molecular Systematics of Nearctic Madicolous Midges in the Genus Androprosopa Mik (Diptera: Thaumaleidae)

 

Julia Rosenbaum

Bard College

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Curated Bodies: The Display of Science and Citizenry in Post-Civil War America

 

Dr. Jay Santillan

University of Texas – Austin

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Understanding the Environmental Distribution and Abundance of Hg Methylation Genes

 

Sandra Schachat

Mississippi State University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

The evolution of wing patterning in basal moths: Evolutionary innovations and extant biodiversity

 

Peter Schafran

Old Dominion University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Systematics of Isoetes (Isoetaceae, Lycophyta) in the southeastern United States based on whole chloroplast genomes and low-copy nuclear genes

 

Ray Schmidt

Southeastern Louisiana University

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Effects of Land Use and Water Abstraction on Fish Community and Aquatic Food Web Structure within the Upper Northern Ewaso Ngiro Basin

 

Mira Schwerda

Harvard University

Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSGA)

Visualizing Modernity. Photography, Print Culture and Painting in 19th century Iran and Central Asia

 

Tatiana Sepulveda Villa

Universidade Federal do Parana

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Revision, Systematics and Morphological Phylogeny of Neriidae (Diptera), with focus on genital characters

 

Jieun Shin

University of Minnesota

Smithsonian Institute Archives (SIA)

National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

Displaying Cold War Science: the Planning of the National Air and Space Museum, 1946-1976

 

Elizabeth Sibert

University of California – San Diego

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Evolutionary Modeling with Ichthyoliths as a Paleoceanographic and Paleoecological Proxy: What can fossil fish remains tell us about ancient marine ecosystems?

 

Caitlin Silberman

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)

“‘I Believe We Shall Be Crows’: Thinking with Birds in British Art and Visual Culture, 1840-1900”

 

Emily Smith

Harvard University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Constraining the tempo of environmental and biological change across the Ediacaran-Cambrian Transition

 

Whitney Stewart

Rice University

National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

Activism in the Black Home: Women and the Racial Politics of Domesticity, 1830-1930

 

Mirian Teiko Nunes Tsuchiya

George Mason University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Reassessing the role of the Great American Biotic Interchange in the evolution of Procyonidae: early immigrants, museomics and biogeographic modeling

 

Luke Tornabene

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Adaptive evolution of deep-reef fishes: looking to the past for evidence of morphological and genomic responses to a changing ocean

 

Cara Tremain

University of Calgary, Canada

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

Ancient Maya Dress and Identity: Analysis of Visual Representations

 

Dr. Jennifer Van Horn

George Mason University

National Portrait Gallery (NPG)

Painting Slaves: Intersections of Slavery and American Art, 1720-1880

 

Madhvi Venkatraman

University of Maryland

National Zoological Park (NZP)

Adaptation Genomics in Hawaiian Introduced Avifauna

 

Dr. Stephen Walsh

Harvard University

National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

Void into Meaning: Landscape, Science & Sovereignty in the Polar Regions, 1818-1959

 

Sarah Weicksel

University of Chicago

National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

The Fabric of War: Clothing, Culture and Violence in the American Civil War Era