Curriculum Vitae

Mark Anthony Phuong

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
Ph.D candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Los Angeles
(September 2012 – present)

B.A. in Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Highest Distinction in General Scholarship (Summa cum laude)
May 2012

FELLOWSHIPS
2015    Chateaubriand Fellowship, Embassy of France in the United States
2015    Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship, American Australian Association (declined)
2014    Fulbright U.S. Student Program to Indonesia, Fulbright
2013    Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
2012    Edwin W. Pauley Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
2011    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
2011    Barry Goldwater Scholarship, Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation ($7500)
2010    Biology Fellows Program, University of California, Berkeley

AWARDS
2016    Best student oral presentation, Sociedad Española de Malacología
2016    W. D. Hamilton award finalist, Society for the Study of Evolution
2012    Joseph Le Conte Award for outstanding achievement in the study of natural history, University of California, Berkeley

RESEARCH GRANTS
2017    Research award, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ($1500)
2017    Student Research Award, Unitas Malacologica (1000 euro)
2016    Research award, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ($1000)
2016    Academic Grant, Conchologists of America ($2208)
2015    Melbourne R. Carriker Student Research Award, American Malacological Society ($500)
2015    Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide to France, National Science Foundation
2015    Research award, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ($1000)
2015    Student Research Award, American Society of Naturalists ($2000)
2015    Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation ($12,991)
2015    East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Program to Australia, National Science Foundation (declined)
2015    Grants-in-Aid of Research, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology ($970)
2015    Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi ($700)
2014    Research award, Society of Systematic Biologists ($2000)
2014    Research award, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ($1500)
2014    Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide to Australia, National Science Foundation
2014    Lemelson Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, Indonesian Studies program ($2000)
2014    Lewis and Clark Fund, American Philosophical Society ($3200)
2014    Young Explorer’s Grant, National Geographic Society ($5000)
2014    Travel Award, University of California, Los Angeles Graduate Division ($1500)
2014    Research Grant, American Institute for Indonesian Studies, Council of American Overseas Research Centers ($5750)
2013    Research award, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ($500)
2013    Lerner Gray Fund for Marine Research, American Museum of Natural History ($2000)
2013    London Malacological Society Research Grant, London Malacological Society ($2000)
2013    Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi ($1000)
2011    Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Research Grant, University of California, Berkeley ($3000)

INVITED PRESENTATIONS
2016    Phuong, M.A. Diet and venom evolution in cone snails. Université Paris-Sud, Paris, France.
2016    Phuong, M.A. Diet and venom evolution in cone snails. Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France.
2015    Phuong, M.A. Does evolvability predict diversification in cone snails? Sampoerna University, Jakarta, Indonesia. *talk given in Indonesian
2015    Phuong, M.A. (2015) Cone snail macroevolution. Young Explorer’s Grant Workshop at Universitas Nasional, Universitas Indonesia, Institut Pertanian Bogor, and @america in Jakarta, Indonesia. *all talks given in Indonesian News Coverage: National Geographic Indonesia Article1 National Geographic Indonesia Article2 National Geographic Indonesia Article3 Video, Universitas Nasional Blog, Universitas Nasional
2014    Phuong, M.A. Evolvability and diversification: testing macroevolutionary predictions in cone snails. Systematics Forum, Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
2016    Phuong, M.A. Diet and venom evolution in cone snails. World Congress of Malacology, Penang Malaysia [Talk]
2016    Phuong, M.A. Diet and venom evolution in cone snails. Evolution Meetings, Austin, Texas [Talk, Hamilton symposium] Full Talk
2014    Phuong, M.A, M. E. Alfaro Inferring phylogenetic relationships and understanding venom evolution in cone snails (genus, Conus) using venom duct transcriptomes. Evolution Meetings, Raleigh, North Carolina [Talk]
2013    Phuong, M.A, M. E. Alfaro Characterizing diversification patterns in cone snails. World Congress of Malacology, Azores, Portugal. [Poster]
2013    Phuong, M.A, M. Lim, D. R. Wait, K.C. Rowe, C. Moritz Understanding discordance in integrative taxonomy: a case study in ground squirrels. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA. [Talk]
2012    Phuong, M.A, M. Lim, D. R. Wait, K.C. Rowe, C. Moritz Understanding discordance in integrative taxonomy: a case study in ground squirrels. Evolution Meetings, Ottawa, Canada. [Talk]
2011    Phuong, M.A, K.C. Rowe, A. Smith, S. Singhal, C. Moritz Species or lineages? Distribution modeling of ancient, phylogeographic lineages of California ground squirrels under present, past, and future climates. Evolution Meetings, Norman, OK. [Poster]

SERVICE AND OUTREACH
Research Mentor
University of California, Los Angeles
Udayana University, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
(May 2013-present)
– Provided mentorship and research opportunities for undergraduates that included field work and computer programming.

#iamscience producer
University of California, Los Angeles
(March 2013-present)
– In an effort to broaden participation in science, I co-designed a video project with Erin Toffelmier that highlights the decision making moments in the lives of diverse graduate students that led them to pursue careers in science.

Conservation genomics workshop instructor
La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science
(March 2014, March 2015)
– Created and implemented workshop materials that provided a conceptual foundation for next generation sequencing, data filtering, and data analysis.
– Provided computational assistance to students throughout the workshop. 

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ‘Exploring Your Universe’ co-coordinator
University of California, Los Angeles
(October 2013 – November 2013)
– Developed and executed interactive science activities for the public that highlighted research conducted by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
– Coordinated graduate and undergraduate student volunteers during the event.