Matthew Girard

Doctoral candidate
Primary office:
Dyche Hall


Advisor: Leo Smith
Research Interests: Morphological and molecular evolution of carangiform fishes
Hometown: Miami, FL


Education:

Loyola University Chicago – Bachelor of Science: Biology with Ecology Emphasis


Publications:

  • De Silva, T.,; A. T. Peterson, J. M. Bates, S. W. Fernando, and M. G. GIRARD. 2017. Phylogenetic relationships of weaverbirds (Aves: Ploceidae): A first robust phylogeny based on mitochondrial and nuclear markers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 109: 21–32.
  • Girard, M. G. and W. L. Smith. 2016. The Phylogeny of Marine Sculpins in the Genus Icelinus with Comments on the Evolution and Biogeography of the Pseudoblenninae. Zootaxa 4171.3: 549-561
  • Smith, W. L., J. H. Stern, M. G. Girard, and M. P. Davis. 2016. Evolution of Venomous  Cartilaginous and Ray-Finned Fishes. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56.6: 950-961


Presentations:

  • Girard, M. G. and W. L. Smith. Relationships of Carangiform Fishes: A Total Evidence Approach. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Austin, TX, July 2017. Oral contribution.
  • Smith, W. L, C. Buck, S. Z. Gibson, M. P. Davis, R. P. Martin, M. G. GIRARD. Techniques for the Improved Visualization of Vertebrate Anatomy. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Austin, TX, July 2017. Poster presentation.
  • Smith, W. L., M. G. Girard, J. H. Stern, M. P. Davis. Phylogenetic and anatomical diversity of venomous cartilaginous and ray-finned fishes. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA, July 2016. Oral contribution.
  • Girard, M. G. and W. L. Smith. Carangiformes: Relationships and Anatomical Investigation. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA, July 2016. Poster presentation.
  • Smith, W. L, M. G. GIRARD, Jennifer H. Stern. Phylogenetic and anatomical diversity of venomous cartilaginous and ray-finned fishes. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Portland, OR, January 2016. Oral contribution.
  • Girard, M. G. and W. L. Smith. Intra- and interspecific relationships of sculpins, in genus Icelinus. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Portland, OR, January 2016. Poster presentation.
  • Girard, M. G. and W. L. Smith. Intra- and interspecific relationships of sculpins, in genus Icelinus. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA, July 2015. Poster presentation.


Conference Attendance:

  • Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Austin, TX, July 2017.
  • Frontiers in Phylogenetics, Washington, D.C., September 2016.
  • Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA, July 2016.
  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Portland, OR, January 2017.
  • Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Reno, NV, July 2015.
  • Society for Systematic Biology: Species Trees, Ann Arbor, MI, August 2015.
  • Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Chattanooga, TN, July 2014.
  •  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Albuquerque, NM, July 2013.


Grant Funding:

  • Girard, M. G. Taking a Shot at Archerfishes: Relationships and Anatomical Investigation of Toxotidae. American Society of Ichthyologist and Herpetologist – Raney Research Award. $1,000.00. 12 mo. Funded.          
  • Girard, M. G. Exploring Dorsal Fin Evolution in Carangiform Fishes. Biodiversity Institute Panorama Grant. $1,000.00. 12 mo. Funded.    
  • Girard, M. G. Exploring Dorsal Fin Evolution in Carangiform Fishes. Lerner-Gray Grant for Marine Research. $1,400.00. 12 mo. Funded.           


Fellowships, Awards, & Honors:

  • Girard, M. G. Kenneth B. Armitage Award for Excellence in Teaching. University of Kansas Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. 2017.
  • Girard, M. G. Taking a Shot at Archerfishes: Relationships and Anatomical Investigation of Toxotidae. University of Kansas Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Summer Research Support. $1,750.00. 3 mo. 2017.
  • Girard, M. G. Taking a Shot at Archerfishes: Relationships and Anatomical Investigation of Toxotidae. University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute Summer Research Support. $1,750.00. 3 mo. 2017.     
  • Girard, M. G. Exploring Dorsal Fin Evolution in Carangiform Fishes. University of Kansas Department of Graduate Studies Research Fellow. $5,000.00. 3 mo. 2016.
  • Girard, M. G. Exploring Dorsal Fin Evolution in Carangiform Fishes. University of Kansas Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Summer Research Support. $3,500.00. 3 mo. 2016.      
  • Girard, M. G. Carangiformes: Relationships and Anatomical Investigation. American Society of Ichthyologist and Herpetologist Clark Hubbs Fund. $600.00.  2016.
  • Girard, M. G. University of Michigan Species Tree Grant-in-Aid: $500.00. 2017.

 
Manuscript Review:   

  • Zootaxa          


Professional Service:

  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Committee on Student Participation. Chair. 2018
  • University of Kansas, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Organization. Vice President. 2017-2018
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Committee on Graduate Student Participation. Acting Chair. 2017    
  • Biodiversity Institute, Panorama Grant Review Committee. 2017
  • University of Kansas, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Organization. Research Planning Committee. 2016-2017
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Committee on Graduate Student Participation. Travel Award and Book Raffle Chair. 2016
  • University of Kansas, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Organization. Social Committee. 2015-2016

 


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