Ainsley Seago
beetle systematics and evolution

Curriculum vitae

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EDUCATION
Ph.D. 2003-2008
Insect Biology, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management,
University of California, Berkeley, CA.
Advisor: Dr. Kipling Will
Dissertation topic: Systematics of the round fungus beetles (Coleoptera: Leiodidae),
with a special focus on the austral tribe Agyrtodini.

B. Sci. 1999-2003
Entomology, Magna cum laude with distinction in research, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Advisor: Dr. Quentin Wheeler
Honours thesis: Morphological Study of Chiliopelates crenulatus (Hlisnikovsky) with implications for systematics of Agyrtodini.

PUBLICATIONS
11. Xu, M., Seago, A.E., Sutherland, T.D. and Weisman, S., 2010. Dual structural color mechanisms in a scarab beetle. Journal of Morphology, 271 (11): 1300–1305.
10. Seago, A. and R. Beutel, (in press) 11.15. Prostomidae G. G. Thomson, 1859. In. Coleoptera, Beetles. Volume 2: Morphology and Systematics, vol. IV of Handbuch der Zoologie/Handbook of Zoology, N. P. Kristensen, R. G. Beutel, Eds. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
9. Seago, A. E. and R. A. B. Leschen, 2009. Revision, phylogeny, and biogeography of Chelagyrtodes Szymczakowski (Leiodidae: Camiarinae: Agyrtodini). Zootaxa, in press.
8. Seago, A. E. and A. F. Newton, 2009. A new genus of leiodid beetle from Chile, with generic key and species checklist of described Neopelatopini (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Camiarinae). Annales Zoologici (Warszawa), 59 (3): 297–304.
7. Seago, A. E., 2009. Revision of Agyrtodes Portevin (Coleoptera: Leiodidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 63 (1): 1–73.
6. Seago, A., P. Brady, P., J. Vigneron, and T. Schultz, 2008. Gold bugs and beyond: a review of iridescence and structural colour mechanisms in beetles (Coleoptera). Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 6 (2): S165–S184.
5. Thomas, D. A. Seago, and D.C. Robacker, 2007. Reflections on golden scarabs. American Entomologist, 53 (4): 224–230.
4. Seago, A. E., 2005. Male description and generic review of Agyrtolasia Szymczakowski, with key to genera of Agyrtodini (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Camiarinae: Agyrtodini). Zootaxa 1103: 1–15.
3. Seago, A. E. and Q. D. Wheeler, 2004. Two new species of Aglyptinus Cockerell with unusual sexually dimorphic antennae and diffraction gratings (Coleoptera: Leiodidae) The Coleopterists Bulletin, 58: 235– 244.
2. Seago, A.E. and S. W. Lingafelter, 2003. Discovery of Crepidodera bella Parry (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticini) in Maryland and redescription. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 111(1): 51–56. 1. Seago, A. E. 2003. Morphological Study of Chiliopelates crenulatus (Hlisnikovsky) with implications for systematics of Agyrtodini. Honors thesis, Cornell University. 50pp.

WEB-BASED TOOLS
Beetles of the World. Lucid key to beetle families and subfamilies, adapted from Delta key by Lawrence et al. (2000).
Berkeley Bio-Keys. web-based interactive key to insect orders for K-12 students.

ACADEMIC HONOURS AND GRANTS
2009: Merit-based grant for synchrotron beamtime, Australian Synchrotron.
2007: NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, $12,000 in research funding towards completion of PhD dissertation (DEB-0710239)
2007: Linnean Society/ Systematics Association: Systematics Research Fund award (travel to New Zealand in support of fieldwork)
2007: Recipient, UC Berkeley Graduate Division Conference Travel Grant
2007: ESPM departmental grant for conference travel
2006: Recipient, Robert L. Usinger Memorial Prize in Entomology
2006: Recipient, Walker Fund (travel to Australia in support of fieldwork)
2005: Recipient, Harvey I. Magy Memorial Scholarship
2005: Recipient, Walker Fund (travel to MCZ, MTEC)
2005: Entomology Students' Organization- travel grant to attend ESA Annual Meeting
2004: Entomology Students' Organization- travel grant to attend ESA Annual Meeting
2004: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: Honorable Mention
2004: Recipient, Walker Fund (grant for travel to Australia)
2004: ESPM departmental grant for summer research
2004: ASUC/ Academic Opportunity Fund- grant for summer research 2003: Entomology Students' Organization- travel grant to attend ESA Annual Meeting
2003: Dean's Award, Cornell University (best academic performance in major), Dean's List, 6 semesters
2001: Student research internship; Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History (Research Training Program).
1999-2003: Cornell Presidential Research Scholar; $10,000 in research funding plus training, poster, and seminar opportunities

TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
June 2008– present: NSF-supported postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, Australia. Research includes assembly of large-scale molecular and morphological datasets for phylogenetic inference, beetle systematics and taxonomy, and several cross-disciplinary projects investigating the physics and evolution of structural colours in insects.
August 2007– May 2008: Graduate Student Researcher: Lab management, Will lab (PCR, microscopy training for new users, general maintenance).
2003-2008: Scientific illustrator (freelance). Traditional and digital illustration for university and museum clients. Please contact me for complete list of resulting publications.
August 2006- May 2007: Taxonomic contributor, web designer, and scientific illustrator, Berkeley Bio-Keys project (biokeys.berkeley.edu)
June-August 2006: Entomology Instructor, Academic Talent Development Program, UC Berkeley: wrote lectures and designed hands-on entomology lessons for 7th- and 8th-grade students.
August 2005- May 2006: Curatorial assistant, Essig Museum of Entomology: assisted with museum duties (tours, loans, outreach activities); redesigned museum website; produced annual newsletter for sponsors and alumni
January-May 2005: Graduate Student Instructor: ESPM 140, Introductory Entomology: designed laboratory curriculum; designed lab exercises and handouts; wrote, administered, and graded lab practical exams (senior undergraduate and graduate students)
June-August 2004: Environmental Science Instructor, Early Academic Opportunities Program, UC Berkeley: designed environmental science/ ecology lesson plan for 9th- and 10th-grade students; wrote 40-pg course handbook, lectured for 4 hrs/day, 3 days/week
January-May 2004: Graduate Student Instructor: ESPM 140, Introductory Entomology: designed laboratory curriculum; designed lab exercises and handouts; wrote, administered, and graded lab practical exams (senior undergraduate and graduate students)
May- August 2002: Research assistant, Harrington Lab, Cornell University: collection, identification, and creation of taxonomic keys for potential West Nile vector mosquito species

OTHER AWARDS

2008. “Most Stunning Images of 2008,” New Scientist, December 2008. [photograph of tiger beetle reflector from Seago et al., 2008]
2008: Award for best student talk. Iridescence: More than Meets the Eye [first international conference on biological iridescence], Tempe, AZ, USA.
2007: Student Competition for the President’s Prize- 2nd place, Section A. ESA Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS
“From truffle beetles to opal weevils: phylogenetics and the origins of beetle diversity.” Australian National University, Centre for Macroevolution and Macrocology: Tempo and Mode seminar series, November 3 2010.
“Gold bugs and beyond: the evolution of beetle iridescence.” Macquarie University: biology seminar series, August 4 2010.
“Molecular systematics and new perspectives on beetle evolution.” University of Canberra, Wildlife Genetics seminar, April 23 2010.
“New perspectives on beetle evolution: from phylogenetics to photonics.” CSIRO Entomology Executive Team Meeting, March 25 2009.
“Radiant rutelines and spectral sericines: the optics of beetle iridescence.” Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting (SOLA Scarab Workers symposium), November 6, 2005.
“Unusual structural colors in Coleoptera.” Entomology seminar, Louisiana State University, March 23, 2005.
“Beetle-hunting in Gondwana: A field report from Australia, New Zealand, and Chile." Pacific Coast Entomological Society, April 21, 2006.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Australian Entomological Society
Entomological Society of America
Society of Systematic Biologists
Coleopterists Society
Entomology Students Organization, UC Berkeley (president, 2005-2006)


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