Evolution of Species and Electric Signal Diversity
in the Neotropical Electric Fish Gymnotus

Project Description | Gymnotus | Personnel | Photographs | Signal Analysis | Bibliography

Curriculum Vitae: Nathan R. Lovejoy


Department of Zoology
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada, R3T 2N2

E-mail: nate_lovejoy@umanitoba.ca
Tel: (204) 474-7174
FAX: (204) 474-7588

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

2001 – pres. Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Manitoba.
1999 – 2001 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.

EDUCATION

Cornell University Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Advisors: A.R. McCune and R.G. Harrison. 1999.
University of Toronto M.Sc., Zoology. Advisor: R. Winterbottom. 1993.
University of Toronto B.Sc., Biology and Anthropology. 1991.

SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS

2001 – 2005 NSERC Research Grant, Molecular Systematics, Biogeography, and the Evolution of Fishes ($136,000; 34k/year)
2001 – 2004 Canada Foundation for Innovation Grant, Establishment of a Laboratory for Molecular Systematic Analysis of Biodiversity ($307,000)
2003 University of Manitoba Research Grant, Molecular systematics of New World anchovies ($7500)
2002 University of Manitoba Research Grant, Molecular systematics and biogeography of glacial ‘relict’ species in Canada ($7500)
2002 University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies Grant ($750)
2001 NSERC Equipment Grant ($15,000)
2000 LaMont Cole Award for best published paper by a graduate student or recent graduate, Department of Ecol. and Evol. Biol., Cornell University
1999 - 2001 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
1996 - 1997 National Science Foundation: Dissertation Improvement Grant ($10,000)
prior to 1996 Over $12,000 in small grants and awards (Sigma Xi, Lerner-Gray, Cornell Graduate School)

PUBLICATIONS

Lovejoy, N.R., M. Iranpour, B.B. Collette. 2004. Phylogeny and jaw ontogeny of beloniform fishes. Integrative and Comparative Biology. In Press.

Lovejoy, N.R., J.S. Albert and W.G.R. Crampton. 2004. Miocene marine incursions and marine/freshwater transitions: Evidence from Neotropical Fishes. Journal of South American Earth Sciences. Accepted

Albert, J.S., N.R. Lovejoy, and W.G.R. Crampton. 2004. Miocene tectonism and the separation of cis- and trans-Andean river basins: Evidence from Neotropical fishes. Journal of South American Earth Sciences. Accepted.

Albert, J.S., W.G.R. Crampton, D.H. Thorsen, and N.R. Lovejoy. Phylogenetic systematics and historical biogeography of the electric fish Gymnotus (Gymnotidae: Teleostei). Systematics and Biodiversity. Accepted.

Lovejoy, N.R. and B.B. Collette. 2003. Belonidae. In Reis, R.R., S.O. Kullander, and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. Check List of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. EDIPUCRS Press, Brazil, Pp. 586-588.

de Carvalho, M.R., N.R. Lovejoy, N.R., and R.S. Rosa. 2003. Potamotrygonidae. In Reis, R.R., S.O. Kullander, and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. Check List of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. EDIPUCRS Press, Brazil, Pp. 22-28.

Crampton, W.G.R., N.R. Lovejoy, and J.S. Albert. 2003. Gymnotus ucamara: a new species of Neotropical electric fish from the Peruvian Amazon (Ostariophysi: Gymnotidae). Zootaxa 277: 1-18.

Lovejoy, N.R. and B.B. Collette. Phylogenetic relationships of New World needlefishes (Teleostei: Belonidae) and the biogeography of transitions between marine and freshwater habitats. Copeia 2001: 324-338.

Lovejoy, N.R. 2000. Reinterpreting recapitulation: Systematics of needlefishes and their allies (Teleostei: Beloniformes). Evolution 54: 1349-1362.

Lovejoy, N.R. and M.L.G. de Araújo. 2000. Molecular systematics, biogeography, and population structure of neotropical freshwater needlefishes of the genus Potamorrhaphis. Molecular Ecology 9: 259-268.

Lovejoy, N.R., E. Bermingham, and A.P. Martin. 1998. Marine incursions into South America. Nature 396: 421-422.

McCune, A.R. and N.R. Lovejoy. 1998 The relative rate of sympatric and allopatric speciation in fishes: tests using DNA sequence divergence between sister species and among clades. In: Howard, D. and S. Berlocher. Endless forms: species and speciation. Oxford Univ. Press. Pp. 172-185.

Murphy, R.W. and N.R. Lovejoy. 1998. Punctuated equilibrium or gradualism in the lizard genus Sceloporus? -- Lost in plesiograms and a forest of trees. Cladistics 14: 95-103.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1997. Stingrays, parasites, and historical biogeography: A closer look at Brooks et al’s hypotheses for the origins of neotropical freshwater rays: Potamotrygonidae. Systematic Biology 46: 218-230.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1996. Systematics of Myliobatoid elasmobranchs: with emphasis on the phylogeny and historical biogeography of neotropical freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae: Rajiformes). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 117: 207-257.

REVIEWS

Lovejoy, N.R. 1997. Witness to a mass extinction: Darwin’s Dreampond, Drama in Lake Victoria by T. Goldschmidt. American Paleontologist 5: 10-11.


INVITED SEMINARS AND SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATIONS

Lovejoy, N.R. 2004. The evolution of jaw ontogeny and gliding in beloniform fishes. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

Lovejoy, N.R. 2003. The evolution of jaw ontogeny and gliding in beloniform fishes. Cornell University.

Lovejoy, N.R. 2003. Phylogeny and evolution of flyingfishes. University of Manitoba, Department of Botany.

Lovejoy, N.R. 2002. The evolution of jaw ontogeny in beloniform fishes. Annual Meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Invited speaker in the symposium: Patterns and processes in the evolution of fishes.

Lovejoy, N.R. 2002. Phylogenetics of beloniform fishes: Interpreting heterochrony, biogeography, and the evolution of gliding. University of California, Irvine.

Lovejoy, N.R. 2001. Transatlantic flights: Systematics and biogeography of the locust genus Schistocerca. University of Manitoba, Department of Entomology lecture series.

Lovejoy, N.R. 2000. Systematics, biogeography, and development of beloniform fishes. Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. People’s Republic of China.

Lovejoy, N.R. 2000. Heterochrony in beloniform fishes. Ocean University of Qingdao. People’s Republic of China.

Lovejoy, N.R. 2000. The evolution of needlefishes: Jaw development and marine invasions of South America. Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Ecology Seminar Series.

Lovejoy, N.R. 2000. The systematics and biogeography of marine-derived fishes in South American rivers. University of Manitoba, Department of Zoology.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1999. The systematics and biogeography of marine-derived fishes in South American rivers. American Museum of Natural History, Systematics Seminar Series.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1999. Systematics of needlefishes: Using phylogenies to study heterochrony and biogeography. University of Guelph, Department of Zoology.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1999. Phylogenetic systematics of needlefishes: Interpreting heterochrony and South American biogeography. University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1997. Tracing marine invasions of South America: Systematics of neotropical freshwater needlefishes. Invited symposium presentation, International symposium on phylogeny and classification of Neotropical fishes, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

McCune, A.R. and N.R. Lovejoy. 1996. The mire of speciating fishes in ancient lakes: could speciation be sympatric? Endless forms: species and speciation. Symposium in honor of Guy L. Bush, Asilomar, California.

CONTRIBUTED PAPERS

Lovejoy, N.R. Pittman, R. 2004. Systematics and evolution of the flyingfishes (Exocoetidae). ASIH Annual Meetings, Norman, Oklahoma.

Mandrak, N., C. Wilson, N.R. Lovejoy, T. Sheldon. 2004. Current status, distribution, and conservation genetics of the deepwater sculpin. Reintroduction of Native Fish Coordination Workshop, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Albert J.S., W.G.R. Crampton, N.R. Lovejoy. 2004. Phylogenetic systematics and historical biogeography of the Neotropical electric fish Gymnotus (Gymnotiformes: Teleostei), SSE, SSB Annual Meetings, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Crampton, W.G.R, N.R. Lovejoy, J.S. Albert. 2004. Electric signal evolution in the Neotropical weakly electric fish Gymnotus (Gymnotidae:Teleostei). SSE, SSB Annual Meetings, Fort Collins, Colorado.

N. Lovejoy. 2003. Rates of molecular evolution in Neotropical freshwater fishes. ASIH Annual Meetings, Manaus, Brazil.

N. Lovejoy. 2002. Molecular systematics of Beloniform fishes. ASIH Annual Meetings, Kansas City.

M. Iranpoor, N.R. Lovejoy, R. Roughley, and T. Galloway. 2001. Population structure in Culex tarsalis (Diptera: Culicidae) inferred using PCR-RFLP and mitochondrial sequence data. Entomological Society of Manitoba Annual Meetings, Winnipeg.

Lovejoy, N.R., A.S. Flecker, D.C. Taphorn, M.L.G. de Araujo. 2000. Systematics, biogeography, and population structure of the Neotropical freshwater needlefish genera Potamorrhaphis and Pseudotylosurus. ASIH Annual Meetings, La Paz.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1999. Systematics of needlefishes (Belonidae): Interpreting heterochrony and biogeography. ASIH Annual Meetings, College Park.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1998. Tracking marine invasions of freshwater: Systematics and biogeography of needlefishes (Belonidae). SSE, SSB Annual Meetings, Vancouver.

Lovejoy, N.R., R.G. Harrison, R.F. Chapman, and G.A. Sword. 1997. Transatlantic flight: systematics and biogeography of the locust genus Schistocerca. SSE, SSB Annual Meetings, Boulder.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1996. Systematics of needlefishes (Belonidae): Interpreting heterochrony and biogeography. Poster, ASIH Annual Meetings, New Orleans.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1994. Systematics and historical biogeography of neotropical freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae). ASIH Annual Meetings, Los Angeles.

Lovejoy, N.R. 1993. The marine sister group of the neotropical freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae). ASIH Annual Meetings, Austin, Texas.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Reviewer, Molecular Ecology , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Evolution, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Systematic Biology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Copeia, Journal of Fish Biology, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, Cladistics, Biological Bulletin, Bulletin of Marine Sciences, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Zoologica Scripta, Latin American Antiquity, Biociencias
Reviewer, National Science Foundation (Research Grants, and the Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories Program)
Reviewer, NSERC (Research Grants and Site Review Committee for Research Networks application)
Participant, 1995 Workshop on Molecular Evolution, MBL, Woods Hole
Professional Societies: Society for the Study of Evolution, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Society of Systematic Biologists

GRADUATE TEACHING AND SUPERVISION

2004, 2001 Invited guest faculty. Functional Morphology and Ecology of Marine Fishes (Fish 565). Summer graduate field course, Friday Harbor Marine Laboratories, University of Washington.
2003 – 2004 Advanced Topics in Zoology: Readings in Evolutionary Biology (022.723). University of Manitoba)
2002– 2004 Graduate supervisor for three M.Sc. students:
Stuart Willis (Intraspecific phylogeography of the Neotropical genus Cichla in northern South America: Speciation and biogeography)
Kristie Lester (Molecular systematics and biogeography of the Neotropical knifefish genus Gymnotus)
Tommy Sheldon (Phylogeography of a glacial relict: evolution and biogeography of the deepwater sculpin, Myoxocephalus thompsoni)
2001– 2004 Graduate committee member for 7 graduate students in the Department of Zoology
2001– 2004 Member of Ph.D. examination committee for 2 students.

SELECTED UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING AND SUPERVISION

2004 Advisor for Shawna Kjartanson, Honours student (Thesis topic: Molecular systematics and biogeography of flyingfishes)
2004 Introduction to Chordate Zoology (022.232) (approximately 75 students),
University of Manitoba
2002 – 2003 Introduction to Chordate Zoology (022.232) (selected lectures), University of Manitoba
2001, 2003 Biodiversity of Vertebrates: Systematics and Biogeography of Fishes (022.422) (approximately 15 students), University of Manitoba
2001 – 2003 Honours Thesis Course (022.411) committee member , University of Manitoba).
2002 Methods and Perspectives in Zoology (022.375) (approximately 15 students), University of Manitoba

SELECTED UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Joint Zoology/Botany Seminar Committee, 2003/2004
Museum and Collections Committee, 2003/2004
Curriculum Advisory Committee, Evolution, 2003/2004
Public Relations, Promotional Materials Committee (Chair), 2002 – 2004
Graduate Studies Faculty Council, 2003/2004

FIELD EXPERIENCE

2004 Venezuela: collection of fishes from upper Orinoco
2002 Peru: collection of fishes from upper Amazon
2001 Peru: collection of fishes from upper Amazon
2000 Eastern tropical Pacific Ocean: collection of marine fishes
1999 Peru: collection of fishes from upper Amazon
1999 Venezuela: collection of fishes from upper, middle, and lower Orinoco
1997 Brazil: collection of fishes from the Rio Tapajos, Amazon
1997 Ecuador: collection of fishes from Pacific coast estuaries and the Rio Napo
1996 Indonesia: collection of marine and freshwater fishes from Sulawesi
1996 Guatemala and Belize: collection of marine fishes from the Caribbean
1995 Bolivia: collection of fishes from the Rio Beni drainage
1995 Venezuela: ecological fieldwork in Andean piedmont streams
1993 Costa Rica: collection of marine fishes from the Pacific coast

REFERENCES AVAILABLE

Dr. Richard Harrison, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Corson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. Phone: 607-254-4223. E-mail: rgh4@cornell.edu

Dr. Amy McCune, Associate Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Corson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. Phone: 607-254-4217. E-mail: arm2@cornell.edu

Dr. James Patton, Professor, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, Berkeley, CA 94720-3160. Phone: (510) 642-3059. E-mail: patton@uclink4.berkeley.edu

Dr. Adam Summers, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 321 Steinhaus Hall, University of California - Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-2525. Phone: 949-824-9359. E-mail: asummers@uci.edu