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RACHEL L.

VANNETTE
488 Herrin Labs, 371 Serra Mall Stanford University, CA 94305 Phone: (616) 901-2782 Email: rachel.vannette@gmail.com EDUCATION 2011Stanford University Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Biology Community assembly of nectar yeast, nectar chemistry and the ecological cost of plant defense Mentor: Tadashi Fukami Ph.D., University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Whose phenotype is it anyway? The complex role of species interactions and resource availability in determining the expression of plant defense phenotype and community consequences. * Chair: Mark D. Hunter Committee Members: Deborah E. Goldberg, Donald R. Zak, David N. Karowe, Beverly J. Rathcke (deceased)
*nominated for a Distinguished Dissertation Award

2006-2011

2002-2006

B.S., Calvin College summa cum laude in Biology, with Honors Advisors: David Warners and John Beebe

PUBLICATIONS 2013 Vannette R.L. and M.D. Hunter. Mycorrhizal abundance affects the expression of plant defense and herbivore performance (Accepted, Journal of Ecology) Vannette R.L., M-P. Gauthier, and T. Fukami. Nectar bacteria, but not yeast, weaken a plant-pollinator mutualism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280:20122601. 2012 Vannette R.L. and S. Rasmann. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi mediate below-ground plantherbivore interactions: a phylogenetic study. Functional Ecology. Vol 26, p. 10331042. Rasmann S., Bauerle T., Poveda, K., Vannette, R.L. Predicting root resistance to herbivores during succession. Functional Ecology. Vol 25:2, pp 368-379.

2011

Vannette R.L. and M.D. Hunter. Plant Defense Re-Examined: Nonlinear expectations based on the costs and benefits of resource mutualisms. Journal of Ecology. Vol. 99, Issue 1, pp 66-76. Vannette R.L. and M.D. Hunter. Genetic variation in expression of defense phenotype may mediate evolutionary adaptation of Asclepias syriaca to elevated CO2. Global Change Biology. Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp 1277-1288. *cover article & press coverage 2009 Vannette, R.L. and M.D. Hunter. Mycorrhizae as Mediators of Defense Against Insect Pests in Agricultural Systems. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. Vol. 11, Issue 4, pp 351-358.

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION Good, A.P, Gauthier M-P. L. Vannette R.L., Fukami T. Honey bees avoid nectar colonized by gut bacteria, but not by yeast. (Submitted to PLOS One). Vannette R.L. and Fukami T. Multiple niche components predict the strength of priority effects. (in prep) Vannette R.L., Rasmann S., Hunter M.D. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi differentially alter above-and below-ground chemical defense among Asclepias species. (invited ms. for special issue of Frontiers in Plant Science, in prep) Vannette R.L. and M.D. Hunter. Multiple pathways mediate the effects of aboveground herbivory on mycorrhizae. (in prep) Vannette R.L., Haan, N., Hunter M.D., Hunter M.R. Mycorrhizal availability and community composition predict spatial variation in restoration success along highway roadsides (in prep) GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS 2012 2011 Life Science Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ($57,000/year for 3 years) Rackham Domestic Travel Grant ($679) EEB Conference Grant ($250) EEB Block Grant Investigating the interactive effects of soil fertility and mutualist abundance on plant nutrition and defense ($1920) EEB Block Grant Identifying changes in mycorrhizal fungal communities following aboveground herbivory ($1,800) NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Variation in the effects of mycorrhizal fungi on plant resistance to herbivores ($14,516) Gordon Research Conference Travel Grant ($370) Matthaei Botanical Gardens Student Research Grant ($1,000)
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2010

2009

2008-2012 2008 2007-2009 2007

EEB Block grant Effects of mycorrhizal fungi on direct and indirect plant defenses in Asclepias syriaca ($1296) Rackham Domestic Travel Grant ($600) EEB Travel Grant ($200) Matthaei Botanical Gardens Student Research Grant ($1,000) NSF DEB 0814340 Whose Phenotype is it Anyway? The complex role of mycorrhizal fungi in the expression of plant defense. ($650,000 for 2008-2012). (Graduate student co-author) EEB Travel Grant ($100) Rackham Pre-Candidate Research Grant ($1,500) EEB Block Grant ($1,800) NSF-IGERT BART Fellow ($30,000/yr plus research and travel for 2 years) EEB Block Grant ($1,140) Matthaei Botanical Gardens Student Research Grant ($600)

INVITED PRESENTATIONS 2012 Vannette R.L. Microbes in the monkeyflowers: microbial community assembly and effects on pollination in Mimulus aurantiacus. Jasper Ridge Brown Bag Lecture. December 4, 2012. Vannette R.L.*, Gauthier, M.P, and Fukami, T. Nectar microbes differentially affect nectar chemistry and plant-pollinator interactions. Ecological Society of America. Portland, OR, August 7, 2012. 2011 Vannette R.L. Do species traits or phylogeny predict the outcome of mycorrhizal interactions? An examination using prairie restoration and a multitrophic system. Biology Departmental Seminar. San Francisco State University. November 7, 2011. Vannette R.L. Whose phenotype is it anyway? The complex role of mycorrhizae in plant defense and trophic interactions. Stanford University Lunch Seminar. March 22, 2011. 2010 Vannette R.L.* and M.D. Hunter. Effects of elevated CO2 and aboveground herbivory on belowground defense and mycorrhizal interactions. Ecological Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA, August 5, 2010. Hunter M.D.* and R.L. Vannette. Whose phenotype is it anyway? Mycorrhizal fungi as mediators of plant defense against herbivores. Gordon Research Conference. Galveston, TX. February 25, 2010. 2009 Vannette R.L.* Mutualisms Matter: Mycorrhizal fungi affect Plant Defense and Herbivore Performance, Calvin College, November 13, 2009.

*indicates presenting author


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CONTRIBUTED PRESENTATIONS 2012 Vannette R.L. and T. Fukami. Microbial community assembly in floral nectar and consequences for pollination. EcoEvo lunch talk. Stanford University, December 9, 2012. Vannette, R.L., and T. Fukami. Mechanisms mediating priority effects in a nectivorous yeast community. Species Interactions Workshop, Stanford University, December 1, 2012. 2011 Vannette, R.L., T. Fukami, S. Barley-Greenfield. The role of nectar chemistry and species interactions in structuring nectar yeast communities. Species Interactions Workshop, Stanford University, December 3, 2011. Vannette, R.L. Do species traits or phylogeny predict the outcome of mycorrhizal interactions? An examination using prairie restoration and a multitrophic system. EcoEvo Lunch Talk, Stanford University, November 15, 2011. Vannette, R.L. and M.D. Hunter. Mycorrhizal abundance nonlinearly affects plant growth, plant defense and caterpillar performance. Ecological Society of America. Austin, TX. August 10, 2011. Brady, J. and R.L.Vannette. Mycorrhizal Fungi affect Caterpillar Defense Sequestration. Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw Valley, MI. March 11, 2011. 2010 Vannette, R.L. Nonlinear effects of mycorrhizal fungal abundance on the expression of plant defense in Asclepias syriaca. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lunch Seminar, Ann Arbor, MI. Nov 30, 2010. Vannette, R.L. and M.D. Hunter. Insect herbivores affect mycorrhizal interactions in Asclepias syriaca. Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. March 2010. 2009 Vannette, R.L. and M.D. Hunter. Elevated CO2 affects growth and induction of chemical defenses in Asclepias syriaca. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM, August 3, 2009. Vannette, R.L. and M.D. Hunter. Relative effects of genotype, mycorrhizal colonization, and elevated CO2 on the defensive phenotype of Asclepias syriaca. Ecological Society of America, Milwaukee, WI, August 7, 2008. Vannette, R.L. Effects of plant genotype, CO2 concentration, and mycorrhizal fungi on the defensive phenotype of Asclepias syriaca. Michigan Society of Science, Arts, and Letters. Western Michigan University, MI. March 2008.
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2008

2007

Vannette, R.L. Relative effects of plant genotype, CO2 concentration, and mycorrhizal fungi on the defensive phenotype of Asclepias syriaca. University of Michigan, October 2007. Vannette, R.L, R. Van Dragt, and J. D. Beebe. The Calvin College PE Woodlot: an Ecological Study and Mitigation Plan. Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, Oakland University, MI, 2005.

2005

indicates undergraduate co-author

POSTERS PRESENTED 2013 Vannette R.L., M-P. Gauthier, and Fukami T. Changes in nectar chemistry mediate plant-pollinator-microbe interactions. February 27, 2013, Gordon Conference for PlantHerbivore Interactions. Ventura, CA. Vannette R.L. Does antimicrobial defense shape yeast community assembly in floral nectar? October 13, 2012, LSRF Fellows Meeting, Boston, MA. Vannette R.L. and M.D. Hunter Effects of mycorrhizal fungi on Asclepias syriaca defensive phenotype and aphid density. April 17, 2010. Early Career Scientists Symposium, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan. Vannette R.L. and M.D. Hunter. Effects of mycorrhizal fungi on Asclepias syriaca defensive phenotype and aphid density. February 21-26, 2010. Gordon Research Conference. Galveston, TX. 2009 Vannette, R.L. Elevated CO2 and plant genotype interact to affect plant-herbivore interactions. October 8, 2009, Tempeh, AZ, Conference for Sustainability IGERTs 2. Vannette, R.L., L Wason , and J Crumsey. Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in Northern Michigan. February 2009, Chicago, IL, AAAS Meeting Vannette R.L. Asclepias syriaca defensive syndrome and subsequent specialist herbivore performance varies among plant genotypes and with elevated CO2. March 2009, Ann Arbor, MI; Early Career Scientists Symposium 2008 Vannette R.L. Effects of mycorrhizal colonization, plant genotype, and elevated CO2 on Asclepias syriaca defensive phenotype. March 2008, Ann Arbor, MI. Early Career Scientists Symposium

2012 2010

TEACHING EXPERIENCE 2012 Ecological Statistics in R (Co-instructor with Tad Fukami) 2009-2011 Graduate Student Mentor for new Biology Graduate Student Instructors 2006-2007 Graduate Student Instructor for Introductory Biology, lab and discussion sections
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2003-2006

Biology/Chemistry tutor at Calvin College

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP 2007-present Ecological Society of America 2005-2011 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters PROFESSIONAL and DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE 2008-2011 Co-chair for Botany section of Michigan Society of Science, Arts and Letters 2008-2011 Big Sibs mentor for incoming graduate students 2010-2011 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Body President 2009-2010 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Executive Committee Student member COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 2012 Led tour of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve for high school students in RISE summer program 2011 Participated in WISE Summer Science Camp for Girls BIOKIDS Field Trip Student Leader. June 2, 2011 (Detroit, MI) Invited lecture for the Friends of the UMBS (Matthaei Botanical Gardens, March 12, 2011) 2011 BIOKIDS participant (Ann Arbor, MI) 2009 Presentation and hands-on microscope display for community members including children, parents etc. (Chicago, IL) GUEST LECTURES Mycorrhizae: population, community, and ecosystem impacts Plant-Animal Interactions, Instructor: Dr. Beverly Rathcke Mycorrhizae: population, community, and ecosystem impacts 3/4/08 Plant-Animal Interactions, Instructor: Dr. Beverly Rathcke Mycorrhizae: Plant-fungal interactions 4/10/07 Plant-Animal Interactions, Instructor: Dr. Beverly Rathcke STUDENTS MENTORED Undergraduates: Rachel Powell, Ashley Good, Simone Barley-Greenfield, Nick Orr, Paul Rink, Josh Crites, Jennifer Brady, Rihana Bokhari, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar, Marlene Tyner (masters program in environmental studies at UCSB), Grace Honik, Rebekah Priluck, Kinsey Brock (masters program in environmental studies at UM), Hannah DeRose-Wilson, Rosalie Bienick (now a grad student in Plant Ecology at Oregon State University) AD-HOC REVIEWER FOR: Agricultural and Forest Entomology Ecology Ecology Letters Ecological Entomology Oikos PLoS ONE
Symbiosis
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WORKSHOPS ATTENDED: Teaching Workshop for Postdocs Instructors: Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD and Georgette A. Stratos, PhD July 26-27, 2012 Structural Equation Modeling using Bayesian Methods Instructor: Jim Grace August 1, 2010 Pittsburgh, PA UPLC Maintenance and Upkeep Instructor: Bruce Aoki March 29, 2010 Chicago, IL PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES: Dr. Tadashi Fukami Assistant Professor Stanford University 498 Herrin Labs 371 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305 Phone: (650) 721-1711 Email: fukamit@umich.edu Dr. Mark D. Hunter Henry A. Gleason Collegiate Professor University of Michigan 1141 / 2082 Kraus Natural Science Building 830 N. University Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1048 Phone: (734) 647-3691 Email: mdhunter@umich.edu Dr. Deborah E. Goldberg Elzada U. Clover Collegiate Professor and Chair University of Michigan 2019/1056 Kraus Natural Science Building 830 N. University Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048 Phone: (734) 615-4912 Email: degold@umich.edu Dr. Donald R. Zak Burton V. Barnes Collegiate Professor University of Michigan
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2540 Dana Building Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1115 Phone: (734) 763-4991 Email: drzak@umich.edu Dr. David Karowe Professor Western Michigan University 3155 Wood Hall Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA Phone: (269) 387-5630 Email: karowe@wmich.edu