Zak's CV as PDF (last updated August 5, 2014)

Current Position:

Butterfly Conservation Biologist, Conservation Program Manager, Disney's Animal Programs 

Education:

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Florida Museum of Natural History. 2015                                                                                                                                                                                       Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dartmouth College. 2015
Lasioglossum (Dialictus) Identification Course, UMASS Amherst. 2012
American Museum of Natural History Bee Course, Portal AZ. 2010
B.S. Biochemistry/Cell Biology, UCSD. 2002
Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Quito, Ecuador. 2001
          Fall Semester Abroad

Professional History:

NatureWorks Advisory Board. 2015 – present
          Orlando Science Center
          Orlando, Florida
Invited Field Consultant. 2008
         University of California Education Abroad Program
         Monteverde, Costa Rica
Manager, Monteverde Butterfly Garden. 2006 – 2009
          Monteverde, Costa Rica
Necropsy/Rescue & Rehabilitation Intern. 2002 – 2003
          New England Aquarium
Boston, MA
          Educator and Camp Counselor. 2000 – 2001
SeaWorld, San Diego
          San Diego, CA

Grants:

Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning Travel Grant. 2014
Plant Population Ecology ESA Travel Award. 2014
NSF GK-12 Fellowship. 2014
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Graduate Fellowship. 2013
NSF DDIG. 2013
NSF IGERT Fellowship. 2012
Wellborn Ecology Fund. 2012
Plant Population Ecology ESA Travel Award.  2012
Dartmouth College Gilman Fellowship. 2012
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Snyder Fellowship. 2012
NSF GK-12 Fellowship. 2011
Dartmouth College Jenks Prize. 2010
NSF/OTS International Research for Graduate Students Award. 2009

Awards:

Dartmouth Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award. 2013
Filene Excellence in Teaching Award. 2011

Teaching Experience:

Introduction to R Workshop 1. Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2013
Introduction to R Workshop 2. Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2013
Biology Foreign Studies Program. TA, Dartmouth College, Costa Rica and Cayman Islands. 2013
Experimental Design Workshop. Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2012                                
Statistics in R Workshop. Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2012
Introductory Biostatistics (Bio 29/128). TA, Dartmouth College. 2011
Physiological Ecology (Bio 31). TA, Dartmouth College. 2011
Conservation of Biodiversity (ENVS20). TA, Dartmouth College. 2010
Ecology (Bio 16). TA, Dartmouth College. 2009

 

Students Mentored (or co-mentored):

Lucille Watkins,  Dartmouth College. 2014
Hannah Bleecker, independent studies student, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2013
Sarah Turner, independent studies student, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2012
Anna Ortega, REU student from Fort Lewis College, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2012
Katie Bernhard, Women In Science Program (WISP) student, Dartmouth College. 2012
Amber Datta, independent studies student from Pomona College, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2011
Robert Polanco, REU student from Cal Poly Pomona, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2010

 

Publications:

Gezon, Z. J., D. W. Inouye and R. E. Irwin. In press. Phenological change in a spring ephemeral: implications for pollination and plant reproduction.

Anderson, J. T., and Z. J. Gezon. 2015. Plasticity in functional traits in the context of climate change: a case study of the subalpine forb Boechera stricta (Brassicaceae). Global Change Biology.

Gezon, Z. J., E. S. Wyman, J. S. Ascher, D. W. Inouye, and R. E. Irwin. 2015. The effect of repeated, lethal sampling on wild bee abundance and diversity. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Outreach:

“Native bees and pollination” March intensive program, Hanover Norwich Schools. 2014
“Life as a scientist and insect enthusiast” Science Café at Frances C Richmond Middle School. 2014
“Pollinators in Peril: Could a World without Bees Sustain Human Life?” Science Pub, Salt Hill, Lebanon NH. 2012
“Diversity in academia” panel discussion Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2012
“Pollination game” Kids Nature Camp, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2012
“Circle of life” Kids Nature Camp, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2012
6th grade science at Indian River School, Canaan NH. NSF GK-12 program and Dartmouth College. 2012
“What is a bee?” Kids Nature Camp, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2011
“Life as a grad student” panel discussion Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2011
“What is a bee?” Kids Nature Camp, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 2010

 
Abstracts and Presentations at Professional Meetings: 


Gezon, Z. Creating habitat in the landscape for Monarch Butterflies. Florida Nursery, Growers  and Landscape Association’s Annual Landscape Show. Orlando, FL (Oral, 2015)  

Gezon, Z., D. W. Inouye and R. E. Irwin. Phenological mismatch with bees and unfavorable  abiotic conditions reduce Claytonia lanceolata reproduction in phenology field experiments. Ecological Society of America, Sacramento CA (Oral, 2014) 

Gezon, Z. and R. E. Irwin. The impact of long-term pan trapping on native bee abundance,  richness and diversity. Entomological Society of America, Knoxville, TN (Oral, 2012) 

Gezon, Z., D. W. Inouye and R. E. Irwin. The effects of altered phenology on plant-pollinator interactions and plant reproduction. Ecological Society of America, Portland OR (Oral, 2012)

Gezon, Z. and S. Jukosky. Hydroponics in the classroom: Could uptake of copper by flowering plants affect bees? NSF GK-12 National Conference, Washington D.C. (Poster, 2012) 

Gezon, Z. and R. E. Irwin. Land-Use, Habitat Restoration and Plant-Pollinator Interactions in Palo Verde, Costa Rica. Entomological Society of America, San Diego CA (Oral, 2010) 

Gezon, Z. and R. E. Irwin. The impact of land management on Native bees and plant-pollinator interactions: A case study from Palo Verde, Costa Rica. Ecological Society of America, Pittsburgh PA (Poster, 2010)  

 

Invited Academic Seminars: 

2015. Florida State University. Tallahassee, FL. Phenological change and the implications for plants, pollinators, and their interactions. Scheduled for November 6.  

2015. Florida Invasive Species Partnership. Orlando, FL. The use of native grasses and sedges for invasive plant management and butterfly conservation.

2015. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Talk title: The effects of altered phenology on plant-pollinator interactions and plant reproduction. (canceled due to blizzard).  

2014. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Talk title: The effects of altered phenology on plant-pollinator interactions and plant reproduction. 

2014. Biology Department, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH. Talk title: The effects of altered phenology on plant-pollinator interactions and plant reproduction. 

 

Software and web-apps developed:

Insect label making web app: http://glimmer.rstudio.com/zakgezon/labelmaker
Data merging web app: http://glimmer.rstudio.com/zakgezon/datamerger

 

Professional Affiliations:

American Alliance of Museums 

Association of Zoos and Aquariums 

Ecological Society of America 

Entomological Society of America