Marie Nydam, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Biology
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Marie Nydam has a BS in Evolution and Ecology from the University of California, Davis. She earned a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Nydam is a marine evolutionary geneticist who uses phylogenomic and population genetic tools to study evolutionary questions. She incorporates undergraduate researchers into all of her research projects, and frequently publishes with undergraduate co-authors. She particularly enjoys working with undergraduates who are interested in marine biology, ecology, genetics/genomics, and/or molecular biology.

  • BS in Evolution and Ecology from the University of California, Davis
  • PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University
  • Nature and Humanity (BIO 110)
  • Marine Biology (BIO 222)
  • Organisms to Ecosystems (BIO 141)

Nydam is a marine evolutionary geneticist who uses phylogenomic and population genetic tools to study evolutionary questions. She incorporates undergraduate researchers into all of her research projects and frequently publishes with undergraduate co-authors. She particularly enjoys working with undergraduates who are interested in marine biology, ecology, genetics/genomics, and/or molecular biology.

  • Nydam, M.L., Giesbrecht, K.B.*, Stephenson, E.E.* 2017a. Origin and  dispersal history of two colonial ascidian clades in the Botryllus schlosseri species complex.  PLOS ONE 12: e0169944.
  • Nydam, M.L., Yanckello, L.M.*, Bialik, S.B.*, Giesbrecht, K.B.*, Nation, G.K.*, Peak, J.L.* 2017b. Introgression in two species of broadcast spawning marine invertebrate. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 120: 879-890.
  • Nydam, M.L., Stephenson, E.E.*, Waldman, C.E.*, De Tomaso, A.W. 2017c. Balancing selection on allorecognition genes in the colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri.  Developmental and Comparative Immunology 69: 60-74.
  • Taketa, D.A., Nydam, M.L., Langenbacher, Rodriguez, D., Sanders, E.*, De Tomaso, A.W. 2015.  Molecular Evolution and in vitro Characterization of Botryllus histocompatibility factor.  Immunogenetics 67: 605-623. 
  • Ilut, D., Nydam, M.L., Hare, M.P.  2014.  Defining loci in restriction-based reduced representation genomic data from nonmodel species: Sources of bias and diagnostics for optimal clustering.  BioMed Research International doi:10.1155/2014/675158.
  • Nydam, M.L., Neutschil, N., Sanders, E.*, Langenbacher, A., Lewis, D.L., Marimuthu, A., Gracey, A.Y., De Tomaso, A.W.  2013a.  The candidate histocompatibility locus of a basal chordate encodes two highly polymorphic proteins.  PLOS ONE.  8: e65980. 
  • Nydam, M.L., Hoang, T.A., Shanley, K.M., De Tomaso, A.W.  2013b. Molecular evolution of a polymorphic HSP40-like protein encoded in the histocompatibility locus of an invertebrate chordate.  Developmental and Comparative Immunology 41: 128-136. 
  • Nydam, M.L., Taylor, A.A.*, De Tomaso, A.W.  2013c.  Evidence for selection on a chordate histocompatibility locus.  Evolution 67: 487-500.
  • Nydam, M.L., De Tomaso, A.W.  2012.  The fester loci in Botryllus  schlosseri experience positive selection.  BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:249.
  • Nydam, M.L., De Tomaso, A.W.  2011.  Creation and maintenance of variation in allorecognition loci: molecular analysis in various model systems.  Frontiers in Molecular Innate Immunity 2: 79.
  • Nydam, M.L., Harrison, R.G.  2011.  Reproductive protein evolution in two cryptic species of marine chordate.  BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:18.
  • Nydam, M.L., Harrison, R.G.  2010a.  Polymorphism and divergence within the ascidian genus Ciona.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56: 718-726. 
  • Nydam, M.L., Harrison, R.G.  2010b.  Introgression despite substantial divergence in the ascidian Ciona intestinalis.  Evolution 65: 429-442.
  • Ratcliffe, J.M., Nydam, M.L. 2008.  Multimodal warning signals for a multiple predator world.  Nature 455: 96-100. 
  • Cabrera, D.A., Mandel, J., Andras, J., Nydam, M.L.  2008.  What is the crisis?  Defining and addressing the world’s most pressing problems.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6: 469-475. 
  • Nydam M.L., Harrison R.G.  2007.  Genealogical relationships within and among shallow-water Ciona species (Ascidiacea).  Marine Biology 151: 1839-1847. 
  • Nydam M.L., Stachowicz J.J.  2007.  Predator effects on fouling community development.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 337: 93-101. 

Non-Refereed Publications

  • Rypien, K.L., Anderson, J., Andras, J., Clark, R.W., Gerrish, G.A., Mandel, J.T., Nydam, M.L., Riskin, D.K.  2007.  Students unite to create State of the Planet course.  Nature 447: 775. 
  • 2019-present: Assistant Professor of Biology
    • Life Sciences Concentration
    • Soka University of America
  • 2012-2019: Assistant Professor of Biology
    • Division of Science and Mathematics
    • Centre College
  • 2010-2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate
    • Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
    • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • NSF REU Research Opportunity Award, 2019 ($17,999)
  • LUCE Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, 2018 ($3,858)
  • Faculty Development Committee, Centre College, 2018 ($2,355)
  • Faculty Development Committee, Centre College, 2017 ($13,580)
  • NSF KY EPSCoR Research Enhancement Grant, 2016 ($25,000)
  • Development Office Research Grant, Centre College, 2016 ($1,500)
  • Faculty Development Committee, Centre College, 2016 ($2,500)
  • Faculty Development Committee, Centre College, 2015 ($9,700)
  • NSF KY EPSCoR Research Scholars Program, 2014 ($8,698)
  • Faculty Development Committee, Centre College, 2014 ($9,560)
  • Faculty Development Committee, Centre College, 2013 ($11,328)
  • Doreen J. Putrah Cancer Research Foundation Conference Fellowship, UCSB, 2011 and 2012 ($1,466)