CV


My full CV can be found here , and a short form is below.


Education

Ph.D., Horticulture and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Michigan State University (expected 2022)
Advisors: Patrick Edger & Robert VanBuren

B.S., Biological Sciences (Cum laude with University honors), University of Missouri (2016)

B.A., Philosophy (Cum laude with University honors), University of Missouri

Fellowships and Awards

University Distinguished Fellowship, Michigan State University, $80,000 (2017-2022)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, $138,000 (2016-2021)

Fulbright US Student Award, Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, $14,389 (2016-2017)

Young Botanist of the Year Award, Botanical Society of America (2016)

Oral Presentations

Kevin Bird (2020) The mismeasure of genes: debunking scientific racism with evolutionary genomic analysis. MSU Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program graduate student colloquium, East Lansing, MI

Kevin Bird, Chad Niederhuth, Zhiyong Xiong, J. Chris Pires, Robert Van Buren, Patrick Edger (2019) Replaying the evolutionary tape with synthetic polyploids to investigate subgenome dominance. 5th Conference on Plant Genome Evolution, Elsevier, Sitges Spain

Kevin Bird, Chad Niederhuth, Zhiyong Xiong, J. Chris Pires, Robert Van Buren, Patrick Edger (2019) Replaying the evolutionary tape in synthetic Brassica napus polyploids: How deterministic is subgenome dominance? Symposium on Evolution and Core Processes of Gene Expression, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, East Lansing, MI

Kevin Bird,Robert Van Buren, Joshua Puzey, Patrick Edger (2018) The Causes and Consequences of Subgenome Dominance in Hybrids and Recent Polyploids. Botany 2018, Rochester, MN

Kevin Bird, Hong An, Elodie Gazave, Michael Gore, J. Chris Pires, Larry Robertson and Joanne Labate (2016) Association Mapping and Population Genetics of the Vegetable Crop Brassica rapa. Botany 2016, Savannah, GA

Poster Presentations

Kevin Bird, Sarah Turner, Alexander Lipka, Timothy Beissinger, Ruthie Angelovici (2018) Subset-based genomic prediction provides insights into the genetic architecture of free amino acid levels in dry Arabidopsis thaliana seeds. Plant Biology 2018, Montreal, Quebec

Kevin Bird, Hong An, Elodie Gazave, Michael Gore, J. Chris Pires, Larry Robertson and Joanne Labate (2016) Population Genetics and Association Mapping of Nutritional Traits in the Vegetable Crop Brassica rapa. Plant Biology 2016, Austin, TX

Patrick Edger*, Michelle Tang, Kevin Bird, Dustin Mayfield, Gavin Conant, Klaus Mummenhoff, Marcus Koch, J. Chris Pires. (2014) Assessing the Phylogenetic Utility of the ITS Regions Botany 2014, Boise, ID & Evolution 2014, Raleigh, NC