Sunny Scobell

Sunny Scobell
          
E-Mail: sunny.scobell*kbcc.cuny.edu
Phone: 1 718 951 5000 x18299
 Fax: 1 718 951 4659
Department of Biology
Brooklyn College
City University of New York

Ingersoll 411NE
2900 Bedford Avenue

11210, Brooklyn, NY
United States
 


Field Work

   

RESEARCH INTERESTS


My research integrates genetics, physiology, behavior, and evolution. Previous studies have focused on the hormonal regulation of male pregnancy, the hormonal mediation of sex-role reversed intrasexual competitive behavior, and the evolution of mating systems.


I study the processes that mediate the unique behavioral and morphological adaptations in the fish Family Syngnathidae. In this unusual family, all species have male pregnancy where the male accepts eggs from the female(s) into a ventral pouch where the eggs are brooded. Species within the family exhibit a range of mating systems from monogamy to polyandry. Reproductive behavior can be conventional, as it is in seahorses, or sex-role reversed, as it is in many pipefish. This family is an exceptional group in which to study the evolution of mating systems, social behavior, and reproduction.


 

CURRICULUM VITAE

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

BROOKLYN COLLEGE, Brooklyn, NY

             Postdoctoral Research Associate (2013-present)

EDUCATION

Texas A&M University, College Station

Ph.D. (Biology) 2011 (Co-chairs: Dr. Adam G. Jones and Dr. Gil G. Rosenthal)

Dissertation: The role of androgens in male pregnancy and female competitive behavior in a sex- role reversed pipefish

ABSTRACT  



University of Oklahoma, Norman

 

M.S. (Zoology) 2006 (Chair: Dr. Rosemary Knapp)

Thesis: Potential reproductive rate and female aggression in the sex-role reversed Gulf pipefish, Syngnathus scovelli

ABSTRACT  


Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

 

B.A. (Cum laude), 1999 (Advisor: Dr. Ralph Troll)
Major: Biology; Minor: Latin American Studies

ACADEMIC AWARDS


February 2012       Institution Faculty/Staff of the Month Award, Campus Winner and Regional Honorable Mention, National Residence Hall Honorary, Texas A&M University, Nominated by: Julie Butler

2005 2006          Adams Memorial Scholarship, Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma

2004 2005          Adams Memorial Scholarship, Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma

2003 2004          Adams Memorial Scholarship, Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma

2000 2003          Adams Memorial Scholarship, Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma

1999 2000          Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter of Illinois

1995 1999          Presidential Scholar, Augustana College

1995 1999          Deans List, 10 quarters, Augustana College

1995 1996          Aristeia, Augustana College First-Year Student Honors Society


GRANTS


2011                      Graduate Student Travel Award, Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology, $1100

2011                      PADI Foundation Grant, $1734

2011                      Vern Parish Fund Award, American Livebearer Association, $1500

2009                      Graduate Student Travel Award, Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology, $1100

2008                      Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Student Travel Grant, Texas A&M University, $490

2007                      Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Student Travel Grant, Texas A&M University, $730

2005                      Grants-in-Aid of Research Award, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, $1000

2005                      Information Technology Grant, University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences,

Information Technology Budgetary Committee (computer equipment for the Zoology Department

graduate student offices), $10,000

2005                      Conference and Creative Exhibition Grant, Graduate Student Senate, Univ. of Oklahoma, $146

2005                      Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research, American Museum of Natural History, $1700

2004                      Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Student Travel Award, $1000

2004                      Robberson Conference Presentation Travel Grant, Graduate College, Univ. of Oklahoma, $500

2004                      PADI Foundation Grant, $3000

2004                      Equipment Grant, Sentinel Time-lapse Surveillance System rental, Sandpiper Technologies,

equipment value $4000

2003                      Equipment Grant, Sentinel Time-lapse Surveillance System rental, Sandpiper Technologies, equipment value $4000

2003                      Robberson Research Grant, Graduate College, Univ. of Oklahoma, $1000

2003                      Grant-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi, $750

2003                      Conference and Creative Exhibition Grant, Graduate Student Senate, Univ. of Oklahoma, $208

2003                      Student Support Program, Annual Meeting, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

2003                      Research and Activity Grant, Graduate Student Senate, Univ. of Oklahoma, $208

2002                      Research and Creativity Award, Graduate Student Senate, Univ. of Oklahoma, $250

2001                      Research and Creativity Award, Graduate Student Senate, Univ. of Oklahoma, $250

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE
    • Biology Department, Brooklyn College, CUNY
      • Guest Lecturer - Evolution
      • Instructor - Ecology            
    • Department of Biology, Texas A&M University
      • Lecturer - Principles of Animal Physiology
      • Graduate Teaching Assistant
        • Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
        • Introductory Biology II
      • Graduate Fellow - NSF GK-12 Fellows Program, Partnership for Environmental Education & Rural Health
        • 6th Grade Science
    • Science Department, Redlands Community College, El Reno, Oklahoma
      • Adjunct Instructor
        • General Chemistry
        • Human Physiology
    • Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma
      • Graduate Teaching Associate
        • Principles of Physiology
        • Human Physiology
      • Graduate Teaching Assistant 
        • Principles of Physiology
        • Human Physiology
        • Concepts of Biology
      • Project Leader - Summer Workshops for GK-12 Teachers, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
        • Infusing Inquiry into Elementary School Science
        • Science Institute for Middle Level Science Teachers

    SERVICE AS REVIEWER

    Journal of Fish Biology

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    Animal Behavior Society

    International Society for Behavioral Ecology

    Sigma Xi

    Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

     
    PUBLICATIONS
    1. Scobell SK and MacKenzie DS. 2011. Reproductive endocrinology of syngnathids. Journal of Fish Biology 78: 1662-
      1680. PDF
    2. Scobell SK, Fudickar AM, Knapp R. 2009. Potential reproductive rate of a sex-role reversed pipefish over several bouts of mating. Animal Behavior 78: 747–753. PDF

    PAPERS IN PRESS / SUBMITTED

      CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS / INVITED SEMINARS (2002-present)


      INVITED SEMINARS

       

      Scobell SK. 2013. Hormonal mediation of male pregnancy and female aggression in a sex role reversed pipefish. Priscilla F. Pollister Biology Seminar Series, Biology Department, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY.

      Scobell SK. 2012. Reproductive endocrinology of male pregnancy and female aggression in a sex-role reversed pipefish. Reproductive Biology Forum, Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

      Scobell SK. 2012. Pregnant males and fighting females: hormones and reproduction in seahorses and pipefish.

      Biology Seminar Series, School of Natural Sciences, St. Edwards University, Austin, TX.

       

      ORAL PRESENTATIONS

       

      Navarro A*, Fraker TL, Deaton Haynes PD, Scobell SK. 2014. Effects of AVT manipulation on Syngnathus scovelli: a sex role reversed species. Annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, 3-7 January, Austin, TX.

      Wallace JAS*, Deaton Haynes PD, Fraker TL, Scobell SK. 2014. The effects of social subordination on female reproductive success in the sex-role reversed Gulf pipefish (Syngnathus scovelli). Annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, 3-7 January, Austin, TX.

      Scobell SK*, Jaques JT, MacKenzie DS, Jones, AG. 2013. Androgen profiles across the male pregnancy cycle in the sex-role reversed Gulf pipefish. Annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, 3-7

      January, San Francisco, CA.

      Scobell SK*, MacKenzie DS, Jaques JT, Jones, AG. 2012. Androgens and female intrasexual aggression in the sex-role reversed Gulf pipefish. Annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, 3-7 January, Charleston, SC.

      Scobell SK*, MacKenzie DS, Jaques JT, Jones, AG. 2011. The role of androgens in male brood pouch development and female competitive behavior in the sex-role reversed Gulf pipefish. Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, Student/Post-doc Research Conference, 10 September, College Station, TX.

      Scobell SK*. 2011. Hormonal mediation of female competition and male pregnancy in syngnathids. First Syngnathid

      Biology International Symposium, 25-29 April, Fiskebckskil Sweden.

      Scobell SK*, Knapp R, Jones AG. 2008. Hormonal mediation of female aggression: A possible role for androgens in

      the sex-role reversed pipefish, Syngnathus scovelli. Annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and

      Comparative Biology, 2-6 January, San Antonio, TX.

      Scobell SK*, Fudickar AM, Knapp R. 2007. Female-female competition and potential reproductive rate in a

      sex-role reversed pipefish. Annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, 21-26 July, Burlington, VT.

        

      POSTER PRESENTATIONS

       

      Fraker TL*, Greco M*, Navarro A, Scobell SK, Wallace JAS, Deaton Haynes PD. 2014. Morphology as a predictor of female reproductive investment in the sex role reversed Gulf pipefish, Syngnathus scovelli. Annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, 3-7 January, Austin, TX. 

      Scobell SK*, Rosenthal GG, Knapp R. 2010. Winning females have higher levels of an androgen following competition in a sex-role reversed pipefish. Annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, 25-29 July, Williamsburg, VA.

      Scobell SK*, Fudickar AM, Knapp R. 2005. Potential reproductive rate of a sex-role reversed pipefish over several bouts of mating. Annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, 6-10 August, Snowbird, UT.

      Scobell SK*, Knapp R. 2004. Winning females have larger ovaries in a sex-role reversed pipefish. Annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, 26 - 30 July, Lisbon, Portugal.

      Scobell SK*, Knapp R. 2004. Female aggressive behavior in the sex-role reversed Gulf pipefish, Syngnathus scovelli.

      Annual Meeting for the Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 26-31 May, Norman, OK.

      Scobell SK*, Knapp R. 2003. Female ornamentation predicts reproductive state in the sex-role reversed pipefish, Syngnathus scovelli. Annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, 25-28 June, Cincinnati, OH.

      Scobell SK*, Knapp R. 2003. Hormonal and morphological correlates of reproductive state in the sex-role reversed Gulf pipefish. Annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, 4-8 January, Toronto, Canada.

      Knapp R*, Carlisle SL, Jessop TS, Scobell SK. 2002. Behavioral endocrinology of male alternative reproductive phenotypes in longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis) and other teleosts. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 3-8 July, Kansas City, MO.


      *Presenting Author

      PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

       

      2012                    Session Co-chair, Session: Regulation of Behavior, Annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, 3-7 January, Charleston, SC.

      2011                     Panelist, Mentoring Undergraduate Research Students Workshop, Office of Honors and

      Undergraduate Research, Texas A&M University

      2005 2006         Graduate Student Senate Departmental Representative, University of Oklahoma Student

      Association

      2002 2003         Secretary/Treasurer, Zoology Association of Graduate Students, University of Oklahoma

      2002 2003         Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Studies Committee, OU Department of Zoology

      2001 2002         Social Coordinator, Zoology Association of Graduate Students, University of Oklahoma

       

      OUTREACH

       

      2012                     Presenter, Drink Like a Fish, a happy hour meeting of fish hobbyists, Opal Divine’s, Austin, TX, Title: Pregnant males and fighting females: hormones and reproduction in seahorses and pipefish

      2012                     Presenter, Saturday Morning Biophysics, a program that introduces high school girls to current research topics in the physical and life sciences, Texas A&M University, Title: From the cornfields to the coast: How a small-town girl got into big-time science

      2008                     Chaperone, Expanding Your Horizons, a conference for sixth-grade girls promoting interest in

      STEM careers

      2002                     Featured Scientist, Waterways, Episode 209, Conch Transplant / Gulf Pipefish” Aired: August

      2002 to a potential audience of 3 million people in South Florida from Tampa Bay to Key West. Produced by Erik Hutchins. Sponsored by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, and United States Environmental Protection Agency.