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TESLA A. MONSON, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor (IB35ac)
Department of Integrative Biology
1101 Valley Life Sciences Bldg
Berkeley, CA 94720
Lab tel: (510) 643-8851
Email: tesla.monson@berkeley.edu

EDUCATION
2012-2017
University of California, Berkeley, CA
Ph.D. in Integrative Biology
2009-2012
San Francisco State University, CA
M.A. in Biological Anthropology
2002-2007
Princeton University, NJ
B.A. in Anthropology

AWARDS AND HONORS
AAPA Student Presentation Award – Honorable Mention, AAPA Conference in New Orleans, LA (2017)
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, Graduate Division, University of California, Berkeley (2017)
Jerry O. Wolff Fellowship, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (2016)
Lakhan-Pal Graduate Fellowship, Department of Integrative Biology (2016)
Desmond Clark Graduate Fellowship Award, Human Evolution Research Center, UC Berkeley (2015)
Desmond Clark Graduate Fellowship Award, Human Evolution Research Center, UC Berkeley (2015)
Chancellor’s Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2012-2014)
William V. Power Graduate Award, UC Berkeley (2012)
Valedictorian, Anthropology, San Francisco State University (2012)
ASI Graduate Student Scholarship, San Francisco State University (2011)

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT
2017
Postdoctoral Researcher, Hlusko Lab, Dept. Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
Instructor,
Dept. Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
Human Biological Variation (IntegBio 35AC, Summer 2017)
2014 – 2017
Graduate Student Instructor, Dept. Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
Human Biological Variation (IntegBio 35AC, Fall 2014)
Human Reproduction (IntegBio 140, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
Human Anatomy (IntegBio 131L, Fall 2015)
2009
Archaeology Field Crew (volunteer), Qwu?gwes, Olympia, WA
2007 – 2008 
Curatorial Assistant (volunteer), Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley, CA

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE POSITIONS
2015
Admissions Committee for Academic Merit and Diversity Fellows, Dept. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

RESEARCH AFFILIATIONS
2013-Present
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley.
2012-Present
University of California Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS
American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, International Congress for Vertebrate Morphology, International Association for Paleodontology

RESEARCH GRANTS
2016
Robert and Nancy Beim Endowed Graduate Field Research Fund ($1,750)
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology ($500), Graduate Student Travel Grant
UC Museum of Paleontology ($900), Graduate Student Travel Grant
UC Museum of Paleontology ($1,288), Summer Research Funds
2015
Department of Integrative Biology ($3,800), Title: The evolution of dental eruption sequence in artiodactyls (T. Monson)
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology ($2,000), Title: The evolution of dental eruption sequence in artiodactyls (T. Monson)
Palaeontological Scientific Trust ($2,167), Title: Developing a Quantitative Approach for Identifying Paleo Species in the South African Fossil Record of Old World Monkeys (with: LJ Hlusko, DJ Stratford, and MF Brasil)
UC Museum of Paleontology ($700), Graduate Student Travel Grant
2014
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology ($500), Graduate Student Travel Grant

PUBLICATIONS
Monson TA.
2017. On the Sequence of Postcanine Tooth Eruption in Mammals. Doctoral Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley

Monson TA, Brasil MF, Stratford DJ, Hlusko LJ. 2017. Patterns of craniofacial variation and taxonomic diversity in the South African Cercopithecidae fossil record. Palaeontologia Electronica. 20.1.7A:1-20.

Hlusko LJ, Schmitt CA, Monson TA, Brasil MF, Mahaney MC. 2016.The integration of quantitative genetics, paleontology, and neontology reveals genetic underpinnings of primate dental evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 133(33):9262-9267.

Monson TA, Hlusko LJ. 2016. The evolution of dental eruption sequence in artiodactyls. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, doi:10.1007/s10914-016-9362-9.

Monson TA, Brasil MF, Hlusko LJ. 2015. Report on materials from the southern branch of the UC Africa Expedition with a description of new fossil localities. PaleoBios, 32(1), 1-17.

Monson T, Hlusko LJ. 2014. Identification of a derived dental trait in the papionini relative to other old world monkeys. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 155(3):422-429.

Monson T. 2013. Temporal and spatial distribution of vertebrate remains at Qwu?gwes. In: Croes D, Foster R, Ross L, editors. The Qwu?gwes archaeological site and fish trap (45TN240) and tested homestead (45TN396). Olympia: Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Pp.144-153. Not Peer-Reviewed.

Monson TA. 2012. Metameric variation in the expression of the interconulus in Papio and Macaca. MA dissertation, San Francisco State University. Dissertation.

Abstracts for Meetings Presentations
Brasil MF, Monson TA, Schmitt CA, Hlusko LJ. 2017. Plio-Pleistocene hominid diversity interpreted through the genetic mechanisms that pattern the dentition. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, New Orleans, LA.

Monson TA, Hlusko LJ. 2017. The relationship between dental eruption sequence, phylogeny and life history in the evolution of primate dentition. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, New Orleans, LA.

Monson TA, Brasil MF, Stratford DJ, Hlusko LJ. 2016. Phenotypic integration of the cranium and face in fossil Cercopithecidae with implications for interpreting species in the Old World Monkey fossil record. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Vol. 159:233-234.

Monson TA, Hlusko LJ. 2016. Environmental change, resource availability and the evolution of dental eruption patterns in artiodactyls (Mammalia: Artiodactyla). International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Bethesda, MD.

Monson TA, Hlusko LJ. 2016. Late premolar eruption is derived in the ruminants and may represent an adaptation to changes in diet or life history. Integrative and Comparative Biology Vol. 56:E336.

Brasil MF, Monson TA, Hlusko LJ. 2015. South African fossil monkey mandibles in the University of California Museum of Paleontology. PaleoBios 32:5.

Monson TA, Brasil MF, Hlusko LJ. 2015. South African fossil baboons and evolutionary changes in Papio postcanine dentition. PaleoBios 32:11.

Monson TA, Hlusko LJ. 2014. Identification of a derived dental trait in the papionini relative to other old world monkeys. International Symposium on Dental Morphology, Zagreb, Croatia.

Gutierrez S, Monson T, Hlusko L. 2013. An analysis of Struthio sp. eggshells from the Middle and Late Stone Age of the Transvaal, South Africa. Santa Cruz: SACNAS 40:84.

Marquez II B, Monson T, Hlusko L. 2013. The bovidae of Gladysvale Cave and the environmental implications in the context of other fossil-bearing localities in the northern Transvaal region, South Africa. Santa Cruz: SACNAS 40:83.

Monson T, Hlusko LJ. 2012. Metameric variation in the expression of the interconulus in Papio and Macaca. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147(54):216.

INVITED LECTURES / SYMPOSIA PRESENTATIONS
2017      East Bay Science Café. Invited speaker for community lecture sponsored by Science at Cal. Organizer: Lisa White, Director of Education and Outreach, UC Museum of Paleontology. Title of presentation: Chew on this: the evolution of tooth eruption in mammals.

2016      University of Dubuque Department of Natural and Applied Sciences. Invited speaker for departmental seminar series. Organizer: Gerald Zuercher, Department Chair. Title of presentation: Chew on this: the evolution of mammalian dentition.

2013      American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Invited speaker in the symposium: Monkey Business: Recent Developments on the Evolution of Old World Monkeys. Invited Podium Symposium. Organizers: Steven Frost and Leslea Hlusko. Title of presentation: Fossil monkeys from South Africa in the University of California’s Museum of Paleontology collections (T. Monson).

2009      Squaxin Island Tribal Community Center. Invited presenter at the symposium: Summary of 11 Years of Excavation at Qwu?gwes. Organizer: Dale Croes, Rhonda Foster and Larry Ross. Title of presentation: Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Vertebrate Fauna: Summary of Qwu?gwes Excavation (1999-2009).

CAMPUS TALKS
2017      Department of Integrative Biology. Graduate student finishing talk. Title of presentation: Breaking the rules: phylogeny, not life history, explain dental eruption sequence in mammals.

2016      Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Invited speaker for museum seminar series. Organizer: Michael Nachman, Museum Director. Title of presentation: Environmental change, resource availability and the evolution of dental eruption patterns in Artiodactyla.

2015      Let’s Have An Awesome Time Doing Science. Invited presenter at the conference: A discussion on maintaining happiness in a challenging career. Organizer: Jamie Schwendinger-Schreck. Title of presentation: Amplifying graduate student voices: The power of science outreach and radio.

2015      University of California Museum of Paleontology. Invited speaker for museum vertebrate paleontology seminar series. Organizer: Kevin Padian. Title of presentation: Dental eruption sequence in artiodactyls.

2013      Primate Biology Group, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley. Invited speaker. Organizer: Katharine Milton. Title of presentation. Metameric variation in primate dentition.

2011      San Francisco State University Department of Anthropology. Invited guest lecturer for ANTH 110: Intro to Archaeology. Organizers: Gary Pahl. Title of presentation: Collaboration and the Future of North American Archaeology: Qwu?gwes as a Case Study.

2010      7th Annual SFSU Human Rights Summit. Invited speaker. Organizer: Cynthia Wilczak. Title of presentation: Community outreach and North American archaeology.

FIELD RESEARCH
2009      Qwu?gwes Archaeological Site and Fish Trap (45TN240), directed by Dale Croes, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA.

MUSEUM / INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH
2016 – pres     Middle Awash fossil preparation and study, Ethiopian National Museum, Addis Ababa

2014 – pres     Study of dental eruption sequence in mammals, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

2013 – pres     Study of primate fossils from South Africa, University of California Museum of Paleontology, Evolutionary Studies Institute at University of the Witwatersrand, and Ditsong Museum of Natural History in Pretoria, South Africa.

2007 – pres     Study of craniodental variation in Native Californians, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley, CA.

2007 – pres     Study of extant primate dental variation, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING
2013    Geometric Morphometrics Workshop
Workshop participant, held at University of California, Berkeley (August).

2009    Mud Bay Field School
Qwu?gwes Archaeological Site and Fish Trap (45TN240), South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA.

TEACHING
Head Instructor, Courses at University of California, Berkeley
Integrative Biology 35ac: Human Biological Variation.
Head Instructor. Summer 2017 (17 students), Fall 2017 (297 students).
Graduate Student Instructor, Courses at University of California, Berkeley
Integrative Biology 140: Human Reproduction.
Graduate student instructor. Lectured and led group discussion for 20 students in 3-4 sections during the semester-long course, 60-80 students total.
Integrative Biology 131L: Anatomy Lab. Graduate student instructor. Lectured and led lab rotations for 30 students during the semester-long course.
Integrative Biology 35ac: Human Biological Variation. Graduate student instructor. Lectured and led group discussion for 20 students in 3 sections during the semester-long course, 60 students total.

PRIMARY SCIENCE OUTREACH
The Graduates (2013-present) Host and producer of a radio talk show promoting science outreach and education, and diversity in academia. Broadcast bimonthly on KALX 90.7 FM and available as a podcast. One of the only science talk shows in the Bay Area. More than 50 episodes highlighting diverse research topics including anthropology, ecology and conservation, physics, and paleontology. https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/the-graduates/id354826035?mt=10

SUPPLEMENTARY SCIENCE OUTREACH AND SERVICE
2012 – pres
IB Women in Science. Organization supporting women in science with discussion on topics relevant to diversity in STEM. Board member.
2013 – pres
Cal Day. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and University of California Museum of Paleontology. Engaging with the public and discussing science.
2016
Koret Visitor Center. Invited contributor to an exhibit on UC Berkeley, featuring my research and outreach activities.
UCMP Blogpost. 2016. “Our journey from the UCMP to South Africa to study fossil monkeys.” Blogpost about the UCMP South African vertebrate collections and the resulting research trip to South Africa. Co-author. UC Berkeley. http://ucmp.berkeley.edu/blog/archives/4111
2015
California Academy of Sciences NightLife. BiteLife – the Paleo Diet. Presenter representing the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
Graduate Minority Student Project. Panel speaker at the panel: Balancing graduate work and life. University of California, Berkeley.
2012
Expanding Your Horizons. Conference intended to introduce middle school girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Volunteer.
Bay Area Science Festival. Presenter representing the University of California Museum of Paleontology at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

PRESS
2016
ScienceDaily. Changes in primate teeth linked to rise of monkeys.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160711155529.htm
GradNews. Meet Tesla Monson, Host of KALX’s ‘The Graduates.’
http://grad.berkeley.edu/news/headlines/tesla-monson/
2015
The Berkeley Graduate. The Berkeley Graduate Interviews The Graduates.
http://www.theberkeleygraduate.com/thegraduateinterview/
2014
Berkeley Science Review. Archaeology and the Untold Stories of the African Diaspora. http://berkeleysciencereview.com/archaeology-untold-stories-african-diaspora/
Berkeley Science Review. Dinosaur Eggs and Ancient Mammals.
http://berkeleysciencereview.com/dino-eggs-ancient-mammals/
Berkeley Science Review. Feeding on the Fall. http://berkeleysciencereview.com/jenna-judge-graduates/
The DailyCal. Meet the student DJs at KALX.
http://www.dailycal.org/2014/12/05/meet-student-djs-kalx/

ADVISING : UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Marianne Brasil (University of California, started 2013, completed BA in 2013)
Jeffrey Coleman (University of California, started 2016)
Rena Dvoretzky (University of California, started 2016)
Sandy Gutierrez (University of California, pre-IMSD scholar 2013 – 2015)
Niyatha Kaval (University of California, started 2016)
Bogart Marquez II (University of California, pre-IMSD scholar 2013 – 2015)
Shruti Ravindramurthy (University of California, started 2016)
Kevin Roth (University of California, started 2013, completed BA in 2013)
Madeleine Zuercher (University of California, started 2015)

LANGUAGES
Spanish – fluent (writing, reading, speaking)
French – conversational (writing, reading, speaking)
Russian – conversational (writing, reading, speaking)