Ph.D. (expected Spring 2018) Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston
M.A. Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University (February 2011)
B.S. Biology and Mathematics, Chemistry minor, University of San Francisco (May 2006)
2012 – present
Dissertation Research: Urban Ecology and Evolution of Tropical Lizards in the genus Anolis
2008 – 2010
Master’s Thesis Research: An Assessment of Freshwater Turtles Along an Urbanization Gradient in Syracuse, New York
Advisor: Dr. James P. Gibbs (SUNY-ESF)
2006 – 2008
(1) Digitization of CAS collections and field expeditions. (2) Morphological Analyses of Reptiles from Myanmar and China
Advisors: Dr. Stan Blum and Jens Vindum (California Academy of Sciences)
Effects of forest degradation on affiliative and aggressive behaviors in Black Mantled Howler Monkeys (Alouatta paliatta)
Tropical Ecology Field Course (Ometepe Island, Nicaragua)
2004 – 2005
Honors Research: Effects of Elevated UV radiation and ozone depletion by Antarctic and San Francisco Bay Plankton
Advisors: Dr. Deneb Karentz and Dr. Paul K. Chien (University of San Francisco)
2013 – 2017
Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts Boston: Neurobiology
Biology Content Manager: Boundless Learning (Boston based education startup)
2009 – 2010
Teaching Assistant, Columbia University: Disease Ecology
2002 – 2006
Teaching Assistant, University of San Francisco: General Biology 1 & 2
2004 – 2006
Tutor, University of San Francisco: Biology, Mathematics
Winchell, K.M., D. Briggs, and L.J. Revell. The perils of city life: Patterns of injury and fluctuating asymmetry in urban lizards. Submitted.
Winchell, K.M., E.J. Carlen, and L.J. Revell. (2017). Divergent habitat use of two urban lizard species. Ecology and Evolution (in press).
Lugo, A.E., K.M. Winchell, and T.A. Carlo. (2017). “Novelty in Ecosystems” in Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene (in press).
Winchell, K.M., R.G. Reynolds, S.R. Prado-Irwin, A.R. Puente-Rolon, and L.J. Revell (2016). Phenotypic shifts in urban areas in the tropical lizard Anolis cristatellus. Evolution, 70(5), 1009-1022. (Cover story)
Tyler, R.K., K.M. Winchell, and L.J. Revell (2016). Tails of the city: Caudal autotomy in the tropical lizard, Anolis cristatellus, in urban and natural areas of Puerto Rico. Journal of Herpetology 50(3):435-441.
City Lizards: How Anoles are Adapting to a Changing World. Invited seminar: August 2017, University of North Carolina Asheville
Fit for urbanization: novel habitat use and adaptation in a tropical lizard. Invited workshop: Synthesis in the City: Urban Evolutionary Ecology. New Phytologist and University of Toronto: July 2017, Toronto, Canada.
Urban adaptation in Lizards: Connecting Phenotypic Shifts with Performance and Survival. Invited symposium: Evolution in Urban Ecosystems.
Evolution annual meeting: June 2017, Portland, Oregon.
Adapting to the Anthropocene: How cities impact ecology and evolution of reptiles. Invited seminar: October 2016. University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia.
Ecological and adaptive shifts in urban Anolis lizards in Puerto Rico. Invited symposium: Urban Ecology: A Socio-Ecological Insight from Tropical Regions and Latin America. Ecological Society of America annual meeting: August 2016, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Ehrenfeld Award for best student presentation from ESA Urban Ecology Section
Ecological and adaptive shifts in urban Anolis lizards in Puerto Rico. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists: July 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Award for best student presentation from Herpetologists’ League
Evolutionary effects of urbanization on the tropical lizard genus Anolis. Evolution annual meeting: June 2016, Austin, Texas
Urban Evolution: Natural selection and genetic basis of phenotypic shifts in urban Anolis cristatellus. Evolution annual meeting: June 2015, Guaruja, Brazil
Phenotypic shifts in urban areas in the tropical lizard Anolis cristatellus. Evolution annual meeting: June 2014, Raleigh, North Carolina
Refuges For Freshwater Turtles In Human-Impacted Regions. Nantucket Biodiversity Research Conference: November 2013, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Phenotypic shifts in urban populations of the tropical lizard, Anolis cristatellus (poster). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists: July 2013, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Award for best student poster by SSAR (Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles)
Primates of the Nicaraguan Rainforest and Human Impact on the Environment at Ometepe, Nicaragua. Department Lecture, October 27, 2005. University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Awards and Grants
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG): “Dissertation Research: Adaptive responses to urbanization in the tropical lizard Anolis cristatellus” with L.J. Revell
Herpetologists’ League, award for best student presentation. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists 2016
Ecological Society of America, Ehrenfeld Award for best student presentation in urban ecology. ESA annual meeting 2016
American Society for Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH), Gaige Award 2014
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR), Student Poster Award. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH) 2013
NSF Award: Urban Adaptation and its Role in the Success of Biological Invasion in Anolis Lizards. (Principal Investigators: J.J. Kolbe, D.A. Warner, and L.J. Revell) partially based on and supporting my doctoral research.
Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship (University of Massachusetts Boston, Office of Graduate Studies, 2011-2015)
- Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology
- Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
- Ecology & Evolution
- Functional Ecology
- Journal of Morphology
- Molecular Ecology
Spanish (fluent), Portuguese (conversational), German (basic / learning)