Curriculum Vita

Spring 2006

 

David A. Beamer

Department of Biology
Howell Science Complex
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858

Email: dab0909@ecu.edu

 

Education:

 

            1992-1995       Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana.

1995-1997             Indiana University Northwest, Gary, Indiana. B.S. in Biology

2001-2004             East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina M.S. in Biology

2004-present    East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina PhD. in Interdisciplinary Program in Biological Science (complete in Summer 2008)

 

Positions Held:

 

Department of Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

           

2004-present Research fellow; examining evolution and ecology of coastal plain Desmognathus.

 

Department of Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

 

2003–2004 Research assistant to Dr. Jason Bond; using DNA sequencing and morphometrics to study millipede gonopod evolution and mygalomorph spider phylogeny.

 

Department of Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

 

2001-03 Research assistant to Dr. Mark Brinson; Researching beaver impoundments and their relation to water quality and wetland diversity. Teaching assistant for Introduction to Biology laboratory.

 

Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, Porter, IN

 

1998-2001 Research technician to Dr. Ralph Grundel; Researching effects of fire history on amphibian and reptile assemblages in black oak savannahs.

 

Division of Amphibians and Reptiles, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL    

 

 1998 Systematics technician; Updating the taxonomy of the 22,000 +  specimen plethodontid salamander collection.

 

Resource Management, J.F. New & Associates, Walkerton, IN

 

            1998 Installations supervisor; Planting mitigation sites,  installing erosion control materials, seed collecting and conducting prescribed burns.

 

 Department of Biology, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN

 

1995-7 Research assistant to Dr. Spencer Cortwright; Researching turtle assemblages and inventorying amphibian and reptile populations.

 

Research interests:

 

            Phylogeography and species formation in coastal plain plethodontid salamanders

The role of fire in structuring salamander assemblages

Conservation and management of longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystems in relation to salamander assemblages

 

Peer review:

 

            Southeastern Naturalist

            IUCN species accounts

 

Awards:

 

            Best Student Poster - 2004 American Arachnological Society Annual Meeting.

 

Grants Funded:

   

Systematics, population status, and life history evolution of the plethodontid salamander genus Desmognathus in the coastal plain. Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant, American Museum of Natural History. P.I. – D.A. Beamer. $1475.

 

Amphibian and Reptile Surveys in the Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Zone. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grant.  Co-P.I’.s D.A. Beamer, R. Brodman, S.A. Cortwright, A. Resetar and D. Resetar. $36,129.

 

Inventory of amphibians and reptiles of the Lerner Wetland with management recommendations.  Shirley Heinz Fund Grant. P.I. – D.A. Beamer. $2342.

 

Turtle species diversity before and after wetland drainage in Newton County, IN. Indiana University Northwest Undergraduate Research Grant.  P.I. – D.A. Beamer.  $900.

 

Turtle species diversity before and after wetland drainage in Newton County, IN. Chicago Herpetological Society Research Grant.  P.I. – D.A. Beamer.  $100.

 

Inventory of amphibians and reptiles of the Oak Ridge Prairie with management recommendations.  Lake County Government Parks and Recreation Department Grant. Co-P.I’.s – S. Cortwright and D.A. Beamer. $2900. 

 

Ecological assessment of amphibian and reptile populations in the Grand Calumet River drainage basin.  United States Department of Interior Grant.  Co-P.I’.s – K. Mierzwa, S. Cortwright and D.A. Beamer.  $2400.

 

Turtle species diversity in relation to wetland diversity.  Indiana University Northwest Undergraduate Research Grant.  P.I. – D.A. Beamer.  $500.

 

Turtle species diversity in relation to wetland diversity. Chicago Herpetological Society Research Grant.  P.I. – D.A. Beamer.  $500.                      

 

Professional Organizations:

 

            Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

            North Carolina Academy of Science

 

Publications:

 

Bond, J.E.  D.A. Beamer, A.T. Lamb and M.C. Hedin. 2006. Animal Conservation. Combining genetic and geospatial analyses to infer population extinction in mygalomorph spiders endemic to the Los Angeles region. 9: 145-157. PDF

 

Bond, J.E. and D.A. Beamer. 2006. Invertebrate Systematics. A morphometric analysis of Mygalomorph spider carapace shape and its efficacy as a phylogenetic character (Aranae). 20: 1-7. PDF

 

Stockman, A.K., D.A. Beamer and J.E. Bond.  2006.  An evaluation of a GARP model as an approach to predicting the distribution of a non-vagile invertebrate species.  Diversity and Distributions. 12: 81-89. PDF

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Blue Ridge Gray-cheeked Salamander (Plethodon amplus). Pp. 789-790. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Tellico Salamander (Plethodon aureolus). Pp. 791-792. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Chattahoochee Slimy Salamander (Plethodon chattahoochee). Pp. 793-794. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Cheoah Bald Salamander (Plethodon cheoah). Pp. 794-795. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Atlantic Coast Slimy Salamander (Plethodon chlorobryonis). Pp. 795-796. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. White-spotted Slimy Salamander (Plethodon cylindraceus). Pp. 800-802. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Northern Ravine Salamander (Plethodon electromorphus). Pp. 805-806. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus). Pp. 808-811. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Southeastern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon grobmani). Pp. 811-812. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Valley and Ridge Salamander (Plethodon hoffmani). Pp. 812-814. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Jordan's Salamander (Plethodon jordani). Pp. 816-818. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. South Mountain Gray-cheeked Salamander (Plethodon meridianus). Pp. 822-823. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Southern Gray-cheeked Salamander (Plethodon metcalfi). Pp. 823-825. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Mississippi Slimy Salamander (Plethodon mississippi). Pp. 825-826. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Northern Gray-cheeked Salamander (Plethodon montanus). Pp. 826-828. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Ocmulgee Slimy Salamander (Plethodon ocmulgee). Pp. 831. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Savannah Slimy Salamander (Plethodon savannah). Pp. 837-838. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Southern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon serratus). Pp. 838-840. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Red-legged Salamander (Plethodon shermani). Pp. 841-842. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Southern Appalachian Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee). Pp. 844-846. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Van Dyke's Salamander (Plethodon vandykei). Pp. 846-847. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. South Carolina Slimy Salamander (Plethodon variolatus). Pp. 847-848. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Southern Zigzag Salamander (Plethodon ventralis). Pp. 849-850. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Shenandoah Mountain Salamander (Plethodon virginia). Pp. 850-852. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Webster's Salamander (Plethodon websteri). Pp. 852-853. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Weller's Salamander (Plethodon welleri). Pp. 854-856. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Beamer, D.A. and M.J. Lannoo. 2005. Yonahlossee Salamander (Plethodon yonahlossee). Pp. 856-858. In Lannoo, M.J. (Ed.), Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

 

Bond, J.E., D.A. Beamer, M.C. Hedin and P. Sierwald. 2003. Gradual evolution in a sibling species complex of millipedes (Diplopoda:Spirobolida: Rhinocricidae:Anadenobolus). Invertebrate Systematics. 17: 711-717. PDF

 

Mierzwa, K. S., S. A. Cortwright, and D.A. Beamer. 2002. Amphibians and reptiles of the Grand Calumet River Basin. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. 108/109: 105-121.

      

Beamer, D.A.1996.  Black Rail Field Notes. National Audubon Society Field Notes Winter 1996. Vol. 50 No. 5.

      

LaDuc, T., D. I. Lannutti, M. K. Ross, and D.A. Beamer. 1996. Natural History Notes: Diet of Lampropeltis and Tantilla.  Herpetological Review, 27:1 p.25. PDF

 

Beamer, D.A., and M. K. Ross.  1995. Searching Out Plethodontids in Central Indiana.  Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society.

           

Abstracts:

 

Beamer, D.A. 2005. A re-evaluation of competition in terrestrial salamanders of the genus Plethodon. 2005 Southeastern Ecology, Evolution, and Population Genetics Meeting, Hendersonville, NC, September 23 – 25, 2005

 

Beamer, D.A. and A.T. Lamb, 2005. Highs and lows in salamander evolution: phylogenetics of coastal plain dusky salamanders. 2005 Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Tampa Bay, FL, July 6-11, 2005.

 

Beamer, D.A. and J.E. Bond, 2005. A morphometric analysis of mygalomorph carapace shape and its efficacy as a phylogenetic character.  2005 American Arachnological Society Annual Meeting. Akron, OH, June 27-30, 2005.

 

Bond, J.E., D.A. Beamer and M.C. Hedin, 2005. Combining genetic and geospatial analyses to infer population extinction in mygalomorph spiders endemic to the Los Angeles region.  2005 American Arachnological Society Annual Meeting. Akron, OH, June 27-30, 2005.

Stockman, A.K., D.A. Beamer and J.E. Bond, 2005. The Promyrmekiaphila world according to GARP. 2005 American Arachnological Society Annual Meeting. Akron, OH, June 27-30, 2005.

Beamer, D.A. and J.E. Bond, 2004. Predicting the occurrence of Apomastus species across the Los Angeles basin using geospatial analyses. 2004 American Arachnological Society Annual Meeting. Norman, OK, June 23-27, 2004.

Bond, J.E. and D.A. Beamer, 2004. The Californian euctenizine genus Apomastus: species “paraphyly”, biogeography, and conservation. 2004 American Arachnological Society Annual Meeting. Norman, OK, June 23-27, 2004.

Beamer, D.A. 2004. Phylogenetic systematics of coastal plain Desmognahtus. 2004 Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Norman, OK, May 26-31, 2004.

Beamer, D.A. 2004.  A novel technique for sampling amphibian and reptile populations – portable drift fences. 101st Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science. Salisbury, NC, March 26-28, 2004.

Beamer, D.A. 2004. Population status of Desmognathus in the coastal plain. Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference. Atlanta, GA, March 5-7, 2004.

Beamer, D.A. and R. Grundel. 2003.  Can cricket frogs live where they used to? Cricket Frog Decline Symposia. Porter, IN, September 15-16, 2003.

Grundel, R., N. B. Pavlovic, E. Garza, D.A. Beamer and G. A. Glowacki. 2002. Effects of habitat structure and fire history on the herpetofauna of oak woodlands. 87th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America and the 14th Annual International Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration. Tucson, AZ, August 4-9, 2002.

Glowacki, G., D.A. Beamer, N. Pavlovic and R. Grundel. 2001. Herpertofaunal responses to habitat structure along a gradient of degraded oak savanna sites in northwest Indiana. 117th Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science. Fort Wayne, IN, November 9, 2001.

Beamer, D.A. and R. Grundel. 2001. The role of fire in structuring amphibian and reptile communities in northwest Indiana. 2001 Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibains and Reptiles and The Herpetologists' League. Indianapolis, IN, July 28-31 2001.

Beamer, D.A., G. Glowacki, N. Pavlovic and R. Grundel. 2000. The role of fire history in structuring amphibian and reptile communities in northwest Indiana. 116th Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science. Richmond, IN, November 3, 2000.  p.44.

Glowacki, G.,  D.A Beamer, N. Pavlovic and R. Grundel. 2000. The influence of habitat structure on herpetofaunal communities in northwest Indiana. 116th Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science. Richmond, IN, November 3, 2000.  p.45.       

  

Beamer, D.A. and R. Grundel. 2001. The role of fire in structuring amphibian and reptile communities in northwest Indiana. 2001 Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibains and Reptiles and The Herpetologists' League. Indianapolis, IN, July 28-31 2001.

 Beamer, D.A. 1997.  Isolated remnant habitats and species diversity of amphibian and reptiles. Indiana University Undergraduate Research  Conference, Indianapolis, IN, October 24, 1997.

 Beamer, D.A. 1997.  Turtle species diversity before and after wetland drainage in Newton County, IN.  9th Undergraduate Research Conference, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, April 11, 1997.  p. 10.        

               

Beamer, D.A. 1996.  Turtle species diversity in relation to wetland diversity. Indiana University Undergraduate Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN, October 18, 1996.

Reports:

 

Beamer, D.A. 2001. Amphibian Fauna of the Lerner Wetland. Technical Report to Shirley Heinz Environmental Fund.

 

Beamer, D.A. November 4, 2000 to Indiana Nongame Technical  Advisory Committee. Observations During 2000 Pertaining to State-endangered Amphibians and Reptiles in Indiana.

      

Beamer, D.A. October 30, 1998 to Indiana Nongame Technical  Advisory Committee. Observations During 1998 Pertaining to State-endangered Amphibians and Reptiles in Indiana.

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Beamer, D.A. October 25, 1997 to Indiana Nongame Technical Advisory Committee. Twenty-five New County Records for Amphibians and Reptiles in Indiana and Observations During 1997 Pertaining to State-endangered Amphibians and Reptiles in Indiana.

 

Beamer, D.A. 1997. Herpetofauna of Oak Ridge Prairie County Park. Technical Report to Lake County Department of Parks and Recreation

 

Beamer, D.A. October 29, 1996 to Indiana Nongame Technical Advisory Committee. Thirty-eight New County Records for Amphibians and Reptiles in Indiana and Observations During 1996 Pertaining to State-endangered Amphibians and Reptiles in Indiana.

 

References:

                                                                                   

Dr. Trip Lamb                                                              Dr. Jason Bond

Professor                                                                      Assistant Professor

East Carolina University                                                East Carolina University

Department of Biology                                                  Department of Biology

Greenville, NC 27858                                                  Greenville, NC 27858

(252) 328-6494                                                           (252) 328-2910

                                                           

                                                           

Dr. Ralph Grundel, Research Ecologist                          Dr. Spencer Cortwright, Chair   

U.S.G.S. Biological Resource Division                          Department of Biology              

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Porter, IN 46304                                                         Gary, IN  46408                        

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