CV

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(Webpage text CV updated July 2017)

EDUCATION

2016 PhD, Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2013 MS, Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2011 BS, Biology (summa cum laude), Marine Sciences minor
University of California, San Diego

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2016-2019 Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Affiliated with Museum of Natural History, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
2011-2016 PhD Student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA
2015 Peter Buck Predoctoral Fellow
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
2015 Visiting PhD Student
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
2011-2015 Teaching Assistant, Paleobiology and the History of Life (SIO 104/255)
Scripps Institution of Oceanography (5 terms)

PUBLICATIONS

Published

  • Sibert, E.C., Cramer, K.L., Hastings, P.A, and Norris, R.D. (2016) Methods for isolation and quantification of microfossil fish teeth and elasmobranch dermal denticles (ichthyoliths) from marine sediments 20(1)2T,1-14. Available here
  • Sibert, E.C., Norris, R.D., Cuevas, J.M., and Graves, L.G. (2016) Pacific Ocean gyre ecosystem structure defined by 85 million year decline in sharks. 283: 20160189. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.0189
  • Sibert, E.C., and Norris, R.D. (2015) New Age of Fishes initiated by the Cretaceous− Paleogene mass extinction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(28):8537-8542. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1504985112
  • Sibert, E.C., Hull, P.M., & Norris, R.D. (2014) Resilience of Pacific pelagic fish across the Cretaceous/Palaeogene mass extinction. Nature Geosci 7(9): 667-670 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2227
  • Bagulayan, A., J.N. Bartlett-Roa, A.L. Carter, B.G. Inman, E.M. Keen, E.C. Orenstein, N.V. Patin, K.N.S. Sato, E.C. Sibert, A.E. Simonis, A.M. Van Cise, and P.J.S. Franks. (2012) Journey to the center of the gyre: The fate of the Tohoku Tsunami debris field. Oceanography 25(2):200–207, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2012.55

Non-peer reviewed articles

  • Sibert, E.C., Evolution of the pelagic ecosystem: a history written in tiny teeth. The Marine Biologist, Issue 8, April 2017. Online version

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND SHORT COURSES

Fellowships and Research Grants

2017 Milton Fund Grant ($50,000)
2016 Harvard Society of Fellows (3 year postdoctoral fellowship)
2016 NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (declined)
2016 University of Michigan Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellowship (declined)
2015 Smithsonian Institution Peter Buck Predoctoral Fellowship
2015 NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) Award
2012 American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Scholar in Astrobiology
$4500 field grant
2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2010 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellow

Awards and Travel/Workshop grants

2017 UC San Diego Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal
2014 NSF Scholarship to attend IsoAstro workshop at University of Wisconsin, Madison
2014 Student travel grant to North American Paleontology Convention
2013 Student travel grant to 11th International Conference on Paleoceanography
2012 Outstanding Student Paper Award at AGU Fall Meeting
2012 NSF Scholarship to attend the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimateology
2012 Poster Award, Cioppino Conference at Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimateology
2010 Travel grant to attend the 10th International Conference on Paleoceanography
2010 Class of 2010 NOAA Hollings Scholar
2010 William H. Stout Merit Scholarship
UC San Diego

Research travel, Short Courses, and Field Experience

2017 IODP Early Career Researcher Workshop, Austin TX
2015 Visiting Graduate Student, University of Oxford Department of Earth Sciences
2014 The College Classroom: teaching pedagogy through the Center for Teaching Development at UC San Diego
2014 IsoAstro Workshop
University of Wisconsin Madison (August 2014)
2012 Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimateology, Urbino, Italy (July 2012)
2012 Field work in central Italy
2010 Research assistant, CalEchoes Cruise (9 days), sediment, fish, and plankton sampling

TEACHING AND MENTORING

Teaching

2011-2015 Laboratory Instructor for Paleobiology and the History of Life (upper division and graduate-level); Develop, organize, teach, and grade twice-weekly labs, write and administer midterm and final laboratory exams, organize and assist with field trips to accompany lecture course (5 years, annually)
2013 Instructor of record, Academic Connections Introduction to Paleontology course
2011 Co-instructor of record, Academic Connections Evolution of a Planet course
2011 Teaching Assistant: BILD 3: Ecology and Evolution (introductory level)
2010 Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Biological Oceanography (upper division)
2009-2011 Reader, UCSD Mathematics Department for Math 20C: Multivariable Calculus for Scientists and Engineers

Mentoring
Key: SIO: Scripps Institution of Oceanography; UCSD: Univ. of Calif. San Diego; USD = Univ. of San Diego; SURF: Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship summer program

2017 Matthew Moody
OAE1a Ichthyolith Geochemistry
Harvard Undergraduate Student
2017 Ash Chowdhury
Modern Fish Tooth and Jaw Morphology
Northeastern University Undergraduate Student
2017 Leah Rubin
Ichthyolith Image Analysis
College of the Atlantic Undergraduate Student
2015-2016 Kimberly McComas
Sapropel fish productivity
SIO Masters Student
2016 Betty Foreman
Fish at Oceanic Anoxic Event 2
UCSD Undergraduate Independent Study
2016 Jacques Lyakov
Fish Tooth Taphonomy
UCSD Undergraduate Independent Study
2016 Teng Gao
Fish tooth method testing
UCSD Undergraduate Volunteer
2014-2016 Michelle Zill
Eocene-Oligocene Fish Production
SIO Masters Student
(Undergraduate Independent Study 2014-2015)
2014-2016 Jose Cuevas
Fish productivity in Oligocene and Miocene Pacific Gyres
University of San Diego Undergraduate Intern
2012-2015 Douglas Tomczik
Fish Production and Diversity across the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
SIO Masters Student
2014-2015 Raquel Bryant
Paleocene-Eocene Ichthyoliths from Demerera Rise Site 1258
SURF Summer Fellow 2014
Brown University Undergraduate Senior Thesis through 2015
2014 Eric Schwab
Miocene Ichthyoliths
UCSD Undergraduate volunteer
2013-2014 Lana Graves
Eocene-Oligocene Ichthyoliths from the North Pacific
UCSD Undergraduate Independent Study
2013 Matthew Howard
Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 Ichthyoliths
UCSD Undergraduate Independent Study
2013 Tiffany Horiguchi
Modern Shark Denticle Catalog
UCSD Undergraduate Volunteer
2013 Monica Krach
Sapropel Fish Teeth
Scripps MAS Student and Volunteer
2012 Matthias Scheer
Modern Clupeiform Ichthyolith Taxonomy
UCSD Undergraduate Independent Study
2012 Christopher Ladwig
Modern Mesopelagic Ichthyoliths
UCSD Undergraduate Volunteer

PRESENTATIONS

Conference Presentations (*undergraduate mentee)

  • Sibert, E. C., M. Friedman, P. M. Hull, G. Hunt, and R. D. Norris. (2016) Evidence for disaster fauna, two phases of diversification of pelagic fish in the aftermath of the K/Pg mass extinction. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, Sep 25-28, 2016 (Oral Presentation)
  • Sibert, E. C. and R. D. Norris. (2016) Ecosystem evolution in a greenhouse world: fish evolution and community structure is decoupled from fish production in the Paleogene. International Conference on Paleoceanogrpahy, Utrecht, the Netherlands, Aug. 29-Sep. 2, 2016 (Poster presentation).
  • Sibert, E. C., M. S. Friedman, P. M. Hull, G. Hunt, and R. D. Norris. (2016) Stable pelagic vertebrate community structure through extreme Paleogene greenhouse conditions. Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 21-26, 2016 (Oral Presentation).
  • Sibert, E. C. (2015), Norris, R. D., Cuevas, J. M.*, Graves, L. G.* 85 million years of pelagic ecosystem evolution: Pacific Ocean deep-sea ichthyolith records reveal fish community dynamics and a long-term decline in sharks. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 14-18, 2015 (Oral presentation)
  • Sibert, E. C., Zill, M. E.*, Bryant, R. M.*, Graves, L. G.*, and Norris, R. D. (2014) Fish like it Hot? The response of ichthyolith accumulation to changing climates of the Paleogene. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Dec 15-19, 2014 (Oral Presentation)
  • Sibert, E. C. and Norris, R. D. (2014) The Cretaceous-Paleogene Mass Extinction: Beginning in a new Age of Fishes? Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC. October 19-22, 2014 (Oral Presentation)
  • Sibert, E. C. and Norris, R. D. (2014) The Cretaceous-Paleogene Mass Extinction: Beginning in a new Age of Fishes? Inaugural Scripps Student Symposium, La Jolla, CA. September 16, 2014 (Poster)
  • Sibert, E. C. and Norris, R. D. (2014) The Cretaceous-Paleogene Mass Extinction: Ringing in a new Age of Fishes? Southern California Geobiology Symposium, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. April 5, 2014 (Poster Preentation)
  • Sibert, E. C. and Norris, R. D. (2014) An increase in complexity of pelagic fish community structure following the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction. North American Paleontological Convention, Gainesville, Florida. February 15-18, 2014. (Oral Presentation)
  • Sibert, E. C., Franks, P. J. S., and Norris, R. D. (2013) Pelagic ecosystem recovery after the Cretaceous-Paleogene Mass Extinction: insights from ichthyoliths and a trophic transfer model. International Conference on Paleoceanography, Sitges, Spain, Sept 1-6 2013. (Poster)
  • Sibert, E. C. and Norris, R. D. (2013) Using Ichthyoliths as a proxy for upper trophic level dynamics through Earth History. Southern California Geobiology Symposium, CalTech, Los Angeles, CA, April 2013. (Oral Presentation)
  • Sibert, E. C., Hull, P. M., and Norris, R. D. (2012) Using Ichthyoliths to Determine the Fish Response to the End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction, AGU Fall Meeting, San Fransisco, December, 2012. (Poster)
  • Sibert, E. C., Hull, P. M., and Norris, R. D. (2012) Ichthyoliths: Development of a novel proxy for upper trophic levels of oceanic food webs, Cioppino Conference, Urbino, Italy. July 22, 2012. (Poster)
  • Sibert, E. C., Hull, P. M., and Norris, R. D. (2010) A high-resolution record of the flux of fish teeth and other ichthyoliths across the Cretaceous – Paleogene Boundary in the North Pacific (ODP Site 1209, Shatsky Rise). International Conference on Paleoceanography, San Diego, CA. August 29-September 3, 2010. (Poster)

Conference Abstracts (contributor, *undergraduate mentee, + masters student mentee)

  • Foreman, B.*, Gao, T.*, Lyakov, J.*, and Sibert, E.C. (2016) Methods for isolation and quantification of ichthyoliths from marine sediments. Southern California Geobiology Symposium, Caltech, Pasadena, CA (Poster)
  • Zill, M. E.+, Sibert, E. C., and Norris, R. D. (2015) Decreased temperate but not polar fish productivity across the Eocene-Oligocene Transition: insights from ichthyoliths. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 14-18, 2015 (Poster)
  • Cuevas, J. M.*, Sibert, E. C., and Norris, R. D. (2015) Fish productivity in open-ocean gyre systems in the Late Oligocene and Miocene. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 14-18, 2015 (Poster)
  • Zill, M. E.*, Sibert, E. C, and Norris, R. D. (2015) Using Ichthyoliths to Understand Fish Production During the Eocene-Oligocene Transition. Southern California Geobiology Symposium, Riverside, CA. April 11, 2015 (poster)
  • Bryant, R. M.*, Sibert, E. C., and Norris, R. D. (2014) An Early Cenozoic Ichthyolith Record from Demerara Rise (ODP Site 1258: Equatorial Atlantic Ocean). American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Dec 15-19, 2014 (Poster Presentation)
  • Graves, L. G.*, Sibert, E. C., and Norris, R. D. (2014) An Eocene-Oligocene Record of Ichthyoliths from the North Pacific. North American Paleontological Convention, Gainesville, Florida, February 15-18, 2014. (Oral Presentation)
  • Herrera, S.; Munro, C.; Nganro, N.; Tunnicliffe, V.; Wirasantosa, S.; Sibert, E.; Hammond, S. R.; Bors, E.; Butterfield, D.; Holden, J. F.; Baker, E. T.; Sherrin, J.; Makarim, S.; Troa, R.; Shank, T. M. (2010). Biodiversity of the Deep-Sea Benthic Fauna in the Sangihe-Talaud Region, Indonesia: Observations from the INDEX-SATAL 2010 Expedition. Conference Abstract for American Geophysical Union Fall 2010 Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Dec 13-17, 2010.
  • Shank, T. M.; Herrera, S.; Bors, E.; Munro, C.; Sibert, E.; Nganro, N.; Makarim, S.; Wirasantosa, S.; Tunnicliffe, V.; Baker, E. T.; Butterfield, D. A.; Holden, J. F.; Hammond, S. R. (2010). Hydrothermal Vents and Organic Falls in the Heart of the Coral Triangle: Chemosynthetic Communities Discovered via Telepresence in the Sangihe-Talaud Region, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Conference Abstract for American Geophysical Union Fall 2010 Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Dec 13-17, 2010.

Departmental Seminars

2017 College of the Atlantic Climate Change Seminar Speaker Series
2017 University of Massachusetts, Lowell Biology Seminar
2017 McGill University Earth and Planetary Sciences Seminar
2017 University of Utah Earth and Planetary Sciences Seminar
2016 Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology Seminar
2016 Scripps Institution of Oceanography Institutional Seminar
2015 Yale Department of Geology and Geophysics Paleo group seminar
2015 Oxford University Palaeo group Seminar
2015 National Oceanographic Center, University of Southampton invited seminar

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011-present)
  • Geological Society of America (2012-present)
  • American Geophysical Union (2012-present)
  • The Oceanography Society (2015-prsent)
  • International Association for Geoscience Diversity (2016-present)

OUTREACH, SERVICE, AND OTHER SKILLS

Reviewer: Paleoceanography, PLoS ONE, Geology, Nature Ecology and Evolution
Service

2014-2016 Scripps Oceanographic Collections Committee, graduate student representative
2014 Convener for AGU Fall Meeting 2014 session “A Living Planet: Biotic Responses to Earth’s Changing Climate”
2014 Founding member and organizer of the Scripps Student Symposium

Outreach

2017 Science Judge, NOSB Regional Blue Lobster Bowl competition
2017 I ❤ Science Festival, Harvard University Museum of Natural History
2011-present Short outreach presentations for local groups in San Diego and visitors to Scripps
2014-2016 BEWiSE San Diego (middle school girls in science) presenter
2012-2014 National Ocean Sciences Bowl Moderator and Science Judge
2013 Expand Your Horizons Conference for young women (grades 6-9), Workshop Presenter
2003-2008 Volunteer in Visitor Education, New England Aquarium in Boston, MA
2008 Girl Scout Gold Award for science outreach programs for middle school girls

Other skills

  • Skilled circus coach, performer, show coordinator, and aerial acrobat, 2001 – present. Instructor and performer at Aerial Revolution (2009-2016) and UCSD (2012-2016) in San Diego. Have also helped to run summer camps and volunteer circus outreach programs (2007-2011)
  • Language skills: Proficient in French (written, spoken)