Laura I Gonzalez, University of Texas at Austin






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Laura Imelda González Guzmán
The University of Texas at Austin
Section of Integrative Biology
1 University Station A6700
Austin, TX 78712-0253
Phone: (512) 471-5368; Fax: (512) 232-3402

Ph.D. in Biology at University of New Mexico, 1998; advisor: James H. Brown.
B.S. in Biology at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, ENEP Iztacala, 1992; advisors: Lourdes Navarijo and Ma. del Coro Arizmendi.

Biogeography, macroecology, population ecology of marine and terrestrial organisms, conservation and management of natural ecosystems.

Research Scientist and Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences (Section of Integrative Biology) at the University of Texas at Austin; 2002 to present.
Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at SUNY Stony Brook; 2001-2002.
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UC Santa Barbara; advisor: Dr. Steven D. Gaines; 1999-2000.
Research assistant in the Laboratorio de ecología de mamíferos, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; June 1991 and July 1992.
Research associate in project “Restoration of High Basin of the River Lerma in the State of Mexico” at Protectora e Industrializadora de Bosques; March 1989-May 1990.

Courses: Bio 352: Ecology Lab (majors, SUNY Stony Brook); Bio 213: Ecology and Diversity (majors, UT)
Invited lecturer: I and II Neotropical Ornithology Courses (graduate students, Instituto de Ecologia, A. C.)
Teaching assistant: Bio 122: General Biology (majors, University of New Mexico)
Mentoring: Scientific advisor for Shaara Ainsley and Maribel Torres. I helped them develop an independent research project while participating at the UC Santa Barbara summer program for outstanding high school students in the nation.

Marcia Brady Tucker travel award to present paper at the American Ornithologists’ Union Meetings. 1996.
Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT) graduate fellowship, University of New Mexico. 1993-1997.
Diploma of outstanding achievement in GPA standings, B.S. in Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. 1987.

Co-PI with C. Costello (UC Santa Barbara), S. Lluch-Cota (CIBNOR), B. Mccay (Rutgers University), Jim Wilson (University of Maine) F. Micheli (Stanford University; PI) in NSF BE/CNH: “Linking human and biophysical processes in coastal marine ecosystems of Baja California (4 years). 2004. $1, 616,474.00 (total); $169,605.00 (Gonzalez)
Co-PI with C. Costello (UC Santa Barbara), B. Mccay (Rutgers University), F. Micheli (Stanford University; PI) in NSF BE/CNH planning grant: “Linking human socioeconomic and marine ecosystem dynamics along the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico” (16 months). 2002. $100,000.00 (total); $8,802.00 (Gonzalez)
PI in NSF INT U.S.-Mexico planning visit: “Linking human socioeconomic systems with marine ecosystem functioning along the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico” (12 months). 2001. $8,360.00
Co-author with F. Micheli, R. Ríos-Mena and R. Sagarin, S. Gaines (P.I) UC Mexus grant: “Environmental suitability across geographic ranges of marine intertidal invertebrates” (12 months). 2000. $5000.00
PI in Lincoln Park Zoo Neotropical Fund grant: “An individual species approach to the conservation and management of resident and neotropical migrant birds in western Mexico” (12 months). 1996. $5,000.00

Society for Conservation Biology, New York (2004)
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara (2002)
Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas, Austin (2002).
Western Society of Naturalists, Ventura (2001)
Ecological Society of America, Madison (2001)
Department of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook (2001).
Neotropical Ornithology Congress, Monterrey, Nuevo León (1999)
Ecological Society of America, Spokane (1999)
II Neotropical Ornithology Course, Instituto de Ecología, A. C., Xalapa, Veracruz (1998).
Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque (1997)
American Ornithologists’ Union, Boise, Idaho (1996)
I Neotropical Ornithology Course, Instituto de Ecología, A. C., Xalapa, Veracruz (1996).
Society for Conservation Biology, Guadalajara, Jalisco (1995)
Congreso Nacional de Zoología, Mérida, Yucatán (1992)

Reviewer: Journal of Biosciences, FONDECyT (Chile)

Mentor to one freshmen undergraduate as part of the UT Faculty & Staff mentor program, 2003-2004.
Student representative, Grad student and TA office space assignment, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, 1996.
Student representative, Search Committee for the Physiological Ecology position, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico. 1995.
Student representative, Student Research Allocation Committee (SRAC), University of New Mexico 1993-1995.
In-class science project leader for 5th grade students in Santa Barbara as part of the NCEAS Kids-Do-Ecology program, 1999.

Papers in Refereed Journals

Parmesan, C., S. Gaines, L.I. González-Guzmán, D. M. Kaufman, J. Kingsolver, T. A. Peterson, and R. Sagarin. In press. Empirical perspectives on species borders: environmental change as challenge and opportunity. Oikos
González-Guzmán, L.I. and D.W. Mehlman. 2001. Developmental stability across the breeding distribution of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus). Ecology Letters 4:444-452.
Böhning-Gaese, K., L.I. González-Guzmán, J. H. Brown. 1998. Constraints in dispersal and the evolution of the Northern Hemisphere avifauna. Evolutionary Ecology 12:767-783.
Book chapters
Ferrusquía-Villafranca, I., L. I. González-Guzmán, and J-L. E. Cartron. In Press. Northern Mexico’s landscape, part 1: the physical setting and constraints in modeling biotic evolution. In: J-L. E. Cartron, G. Ceballos, and R. Felger, editors. Biodiversity, ecosystems and conservation in northern Mexico. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Ferrusquía-Villafranca, I. and L. I. González-Guzmán. In Press. Northern Mexico’s landscape, part 2: the biotic setting across space and time. In: J-L. E. Cartron, G. Ceballos, and R. Felger, editors. Biodiversity, ecosystems and conservation in northern Mexico. Oxford University Press.
Manuscripts in preparation
González-Guzmán, L. I. a. Comparative ecology of migrant and resident birds in western Mexico.
González-Guzmán, L.I. b. Bird migratory behavior and the colonization of oceanic islands.
González-Guzmán, L. I., S. D. Gaines, and J. Dugan. Environmental suitability across the geographic distribution of two marine invertebrates.