Erika Crispo

Erika Crispo

Associate Professor
Associate Chair
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Biology
NYC
W335
One Pace Plaza

Biography

Faculty Bio

I came to Pace University from Canada in the Fall of 2012. I have always been interested in animals and nature, which led me to pursue graduate studies in 2002. I completed graduate work on guppies in Trinidad and cichlids in Uganda. I then went on to study minnows in Alberta for postdoctoral work. I continue to work on these systems while also delving into the study of organisms and environments in the New York area.

Education

PhD, McGill University, Montreal, 2010
Evolutionary Ecology

MS, McGill University, Montreal, 2004
Evolutionary Ecology

BS, University of Guelph, Guelph, 2002

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

My research is at the interface of molecular ecology and ecological genetics. That is, I use molecular tools to understand ecology, and I study how genomes evolve in response to the environment. More specifically, I am interested in how freshwater fish populations adapt to environmental stressors, including hypoxia and pollution. I am most interested in questions revolving around the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptation, and how phenotypic plasticity evolves, through examination at both the molecular and phenotypic levels.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Provost’s Grant for the Thinkfinity Initiative
2013 - 2013. Pace University, Pace University, $8,700.00. Funded.

Thinkfinity Grant
2013 - 2013. Provost's Office, Pace University, $8,700.00. Funded.

Dyson College 2013 Summer Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program
May 2013 - August 2013. Pace University, Pace University, $2,500.00. Funded. Using next-generation sequencing to identify variation in immune response genes in longnose dace fish populations from polluted and non-polluted environments

Summer Grant
June 2013 - August 2013. Huyck Preserve & Biological Research Station$2,000.00. Funded.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

BIO 101: General Biology I
BIO 102: General Biology II
BIO 205: Cncpts of Envrnmntl Scnce
BIO 210: Ecology
BIO 231: Genetics
BIO 305: Evolutionary Biology
BIO 395: Independent Study in Biology
BIO 396: Guided Study in Biology
BIO 399: Topics: Evolutionary Biology
BIO 480: Research in Biology
BIO 481: Research in Biology II
BIO 491: Internship in Biology
BIO 492: Internship in Biology II
BIO 493: Major Field Test in Biology
BMB 620: Quantitative Methods
BMB 710: Research I
ENS 622: Quantitative Analytical Meth
ENS 793: Rsrch in Envrnmntl Sci II
ENS 798: Tpc: Environmental Science
ENV 498: Mentoring Seminar
ENV 499: Senior Year Exp/Environmental
FOR 621: Internship
MAT 141: Intro Stats for the Life Sci
UNV 101: First-Year Smnr Unvrsty Cmmnty

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Evaluating Tools to Ameliorate Environmental Challenges: a Green Roofs Case Study.
(2016). Loren Byrne (Eds.), Springer.

Morphology of pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus) is related to water body size
(2016). BIOS. Vol 87 (Issue 2) , pages 56-66.

Toward the genetic origins of a potentially non-native population of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) in Alberta
(2015). Conservation Genetics. Vol 16 , pages 859-873.

A new index to use in conjunction with the h-index, to account for an author’s relative contribution to publications with high impact
(2015, November). Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Vol 66 (Issue 11) , pages 2381–2383 .

Phenotypic plasticity is maintained despite geographical isolation in an African cichlid fish, Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor
(2014). Integrative Zoology. Vol 9 , pages 85-96.

Evolutionary inferences from the analysis of exchangeability
(2013). Evolution. Vol 67 , pages 3429-3441.

Broken barriers: human-induced changes to gene flow and introgression in animals: an examination of the ways in which humans increase genetic exchange among populations and species and the consequences for biodiversity.
(2011, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Vol 33 (Issue 7) , pages 508-18.

Geographic variation in phenotypic plasticity in response to dissolved oxygen in an African cichlid fish.
(2010, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Journal of evolutionary biology. Vol 23 (Issue 10) , pages 2091-103.

Temporal variation in population genetic structure of a riverine African cichlid fish.
(2010, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). The Journal of heredity. Vol 101 (Issue 1) , pages 97-106.

Modifying effects of phenotypic plasticity on interactions among natural selection, adaptation and gene flow.
(2008, November). Journal of evolutionary biology. Vol 21 (Issue 6) , pages 1460-9.

Population genetic structure across dissolved oxygen regimes in an African cichlid fish.
(2008, May). Molecular ecology. Vol 17 (Issue 9) , pages 2134-48.

The Baldwin effect and genetic assimilation: revisiting two mechanisms of evolutionary change mediated by phenotypic plasticity.
(2007, November). Evolution; international journal of organic evolution. Vol 61 (Issue 11) , pages 2469-79.

Use of a live vaccine to modulate Cryptobia salmositica infections in Salmo salar.
(2007, June). Diseases of aquatic organisms. Vol 76 (Issue 1) , pages 45-8.

The relative influence of natural selection and geography on gene flow in guppies.
(2006, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Molecular ecology. Vol 15 (Issue 1) , pages 49-62.

Presentations

Designer Populations: Adaptation to Anthropogenic Stressors
(2015, October 10). Warwick retreat. Dyson Society of Fellows,

Evolution of the MHC in response to aquatic pollution in a riverine cyprinid fish, the longnose dace
(2015, June 30). Evolution 2015. Society for the Study of Evolution; American Society of Naturalists; Society for Systematic Biologists,

Development of a year-long, research-based laboratory integrated within core genetics and cellular & molecular biology courses.
(2015, May). American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators,

Evaluating MHC evolution in response to pollution in longnose dace
(2015, April 22). 3rd Annual Pace-Wide Research Day. Pace University,

The ‘omics of adaptation to hypoxia in African cichlid fish
(2015, April 1). New York University,

Evaluating MHC evolution in response to pollution in longnose dace
(2015, March 8). Dyson Society of Fellows. Pace University,

Assisted migration at the community level
(2014, June 13). Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences. New York City.

Conservation in the genomics era
(2014, June 12). Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences. New York City.

MHC evolution in fish exposed to varying levels of aquatic contaminants
(2014, May 26). Genomes to Biomes. Montreal.

The evolution of immune response in fish exposed to varying levels of aquatic pollutants
(2014, May 14). Biology Colloquium. Queens College,

Using next-generation sequencing to identify variation in immune response genes in longnose dace fish populations from polluted and non-polluted environments
(2014, May 7). NYC Undergraduate Research Spring Showcase. Pace University,

Ecological differences may drive the existence of morphological differences in sunfish populations
(2014, April 12). Undergraduate Research Symposium. William Patterson University,

Effects of environmental stress on immune response evolution in longnose dace
(2014, April 12). Undergraduate Research Symposium. William Patterson University,

Effects of environmental stress on immune response evolution in longnose dace
(2014, April 5). Eastern Colleges Science Conference. Marist College,

The evolution of immune response in riverine fish exposed to varying levels of aquatic pollutants
(2014, April 1). Pace-Wide Research Day. Pace University,

The evolution of immune response in riverine fish exposed to varying levels of aquatic pollutants
(2014, March 28). Dyson College 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Fellows. Pace University,

Long-term trends in fish communities in the Hudson River estuary.
(2013, April 20). The Ecology of New York City Symposium. Columbia University,

Molecular tools for ecological questions
(2012, November). Pace University,