Rachel Bowes

Dissertation Defense: May 6, 2016
Degree: Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (Honors)
Currently postdoctoral researcher with Professor Jim Thorp at the University of Kansas
Primary office:
Higuchi Hall (Kansas Biological Survey)


Advisor: Jim Thorp
Research Interests: Macroecological, aquatic food web, stable isotope techniques
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL

Education:

  • B.A. Honors Pre-Professional Zoology, Chemistry – Ohio Wesleyan University
  • PhD ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Kansas

Publications:

  • Bowes, R.E., J.H. Thorp, and M.D. Delong. 2015. Epocal Changes to Fish Trophic Positions from River Hydrogeomorphic Alterations. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. In review.
  • Bowes, R.E. and J.H. Thorp. 2015. Consequences of employing amino acid vs bulk-tissue, stable isotope analysis: a laboratory trophic position experiment. Ecosphere, 6: art14.
  • Bowes, R.E., Lafferty, M.H., and J.H. Thorp. 2014. Less means more: nutrient stress leads to higher δ15N ratios in fish. Freshwater Biology, 59: 1926-1931.

Awards:

  • 2015.   National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, “Historical Changes in Food Web Structure of Large Rivers”, $17427.
  • 2015.   Association of Women Geoscientists Graduate Research Award, $1000.
  • 2015.   Depart. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Summer Fellowship, $3000.
  • 2015.   Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, Honorable Mention, KU Center for Undergraduate Research
  • 2015.   KU Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund Award, $500.
  • 2014.   Graduate Research Consultant, KU Center for Undergraduate Research, $500.
  • 2014.   KU Field Station Grant, $500.
  • 2014.   Depart. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Summer Fellowship, $2000.
  • 2014.   Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, KU Center for Undergraduate Research, $500.
  • 2013.   Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award, Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, $500.
  • 2013.   National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention 
  • 2012.   Outstanding Presentation, Graduate Student Retreat, KU Depart. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2012.   National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention 
  • 2011.   Ohio Wesleyan University, Elizabeth Cass Wills Prize for Graduate Study in Zoology
  • 2011.   National Science Foundation, Animal Behavior Society Charles Turner Award, $1500.
  • 2010.   Ohio Wesleyan University, Theory to Practice Grant, $2000.

Presentations:

  • Bowes, R.E., D. Reuman, and J.H. Thorp. 2015. Multi-dimensional metrics for use with compound specific analyses of food webs. Ecological Society of America Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Bowes, R.E., J.H. Thorp, and M. Delong. 2015. Historical changes in food web structure of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in response to damming. Society for Freshwater Sciences Meeting, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Martin, B., R.E. Bowes, J. deNoyelles, and J.H. Thorp. 2015. Benthic invertebrate depth distribution in lake with a deep metalimnetic photosynthetic community (DCM). Society for Freshwater Sciences Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. (Poster)
  • Bowes, R.E., B. Martin, J. deNoyelles, and J.H. Thorp. 2015. Benthic invertebrate depth distribution in lake with a deep metalimnetic photosynthetic community (DCM). Ecology Seminar Series, University of Kansas.
  • Bowes, R.E. and J.H. Thorp. 2014. Costs and benefits of amino-acid vs bulk-tissue isotope analysis: A laboratory food web experiment. Joint Aquatic Science Meeting, Portland, OR.
  • Lafferty, M.H., Bowes, R.E., and J.H. Thorp. 2014. Hunger Games: Isotope ratios in nutrient stressed fish. Joint Aquatic Science Meeting, Portland, OR. (Poster)
  • Bowes, R.E., Lafferty, M.H., and J.H. Thorp. 2014. Hunger Games: Isotope ratios in nutrient stressed fish. Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Kansas.
  • Bowes, R.E., Lafferty, M.H., and J.H. Thorp. 2014. Hunger Games: Isotope ratios in nutrient stressed fish. Graduate Research Competition, University of Kansas. (Poster)
  • Bowes, R.E., Lafferty, M.H., and J.H. Thorp. 2013. Hunger Games: Isotope ratios in nutrient stressed fish. Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, Manhattan, KS. (Poster): Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award
  • Lafferty, M.H., Bowes, R.E., and J.H. Thorp. 2012. Moving up in the food chain: the effects of nutritional stress on nitrogen stable isotope ratios. Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Kansas. (Poster)
  • O’Neill, B.J., Thorp, J.H., Rogers, D.C., and R.E. Bowes. 2012. Community structure and food web dynamics in endangered, ephemeral wetlands of the high plains. Ecological Society of America: 97th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. (Poster)
  • Bowes, R.E. and B.J. O’Neill 2012. Rectification of stable isotopes in an ecological context: Synthesizing various approaches to problems when using different tissues and life stages. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Retreat, University of Kansas: Third Place Recipient.
  • Bowes, R.E. 2012. Comparison of Amino-Acid and Bulk-Tissue Stable Isotope Techniques for Analyzing Current and Historical Food Webs. Ecology Seminar Series, University of Kansas.
  • Bowes, R.E., Panhuis, T.P., and S.J. Hankison. 2011. Mate preferences associated with MHC alleles in the sailfin molly, Poecilia Latipinna. Joint Meeting of Animal Behavior Society and International Ethological Society (Behavior 2011), Bloomington, IN. (Poster)
  • Bowes, R.E. 2011. Mate preferences associated with MHC alleles in the sailfin molly, Poecilia Latipinna. Zoology Research Seminar, Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • Bowes, R.E. 2010. Repeatability and consistency in the three spined stickleback. Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium, Ohio Wesleyan University. (Poster)
  • Bowes, R.E. 2010. Repeatability and consistency in the three spined stickleback. Ohio Wesleyan University Summer Science Research Program.
  • Bowes, R.E. 2009. Physiological Responses to Abscisic Acid in Arabidopsis Wild Type Compared to ABA-Insensitive Mutant (abi1). Ohio Wesleyan University Science Poster Symposium. (Poster)

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