jcblum@ucdavis.edu

EDUCATION

M.S., Ecology   •   June 2012
University of California, Davis
Thesis Chair: Dr. Eric Sanford
“Temperature Sensitivity and Predation Risk Cue Detection in Native and Introduced Populations of the Atlantic Oyster Drill, Urosalpinx cinerea”  •  Download PDF

Bachelor of Science, Biology and French   •   May 2002
Tufts University, Medford, MA
GPA: 3.63; Graduated Magna Cum Laude

PUBLICATIONS

Chang AL, Grossman JD, Sabol Spezio T, Weiskel HW, Blum JC, Burt JW, Muir AA, Piovia-Scott J, Veblen KE. 2009. Tackling aquatic invasions: risks and opportunities for the aquarium industry. Biological Invasions 11:773–785.

Blum JC, Chang AL, Liljesthröm M, Schenk ME, Steinberg MK, Ruiz GM. 2007. The non-native solitary ascidian Ciona intestinalis (L.) depresses species richness. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 342: 5–14.

Rotjan RD, Blum JC and Lewis SM. 2004. Shell choice in Pagurus longicarpus hermit crabs: does predation threat influence shell selection behavior? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 56: 171–176.

PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS

Blum JC. 2007. “Evolutionary ecology of an introduced snail: a biogeographic approach.” Bodega Marine Lab Research Seminar, April 9, 2007, Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, CA.

Blum JC and Sanford E. 2007. “Evolutionary ecology of an introduced snail: insights from biogeographic comparisons.” Poster at the 2007 Benthic Ecology Meetings, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Blum JC, Liljesthröm M, Schenk ME, Steinberg MK, Chang AL, Ruiz GM. 2005. “Does the non-native ascidian Ciona intestinalis depress species richness?” Presentation at the International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference, April 22, 2005, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA.

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

Bodega Marine Laboratory Fellowship, 2006-2007

Graduate Group in Ecology Block Grant Fellowship, 2005-2006; 2006-2007

Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center Minigrant, 2006 – $1000

Bodega Marine Laboratory Intercampus Research & Travel Grant, 2006-2007 – $930

Bodega Marine Laboratory Intercampus Research & Travel Grant, 2007-2008 – $975

HONORS

Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2004, 2005, 2006

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Biological Science Technician   •   October 2002–July 2005
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Marine Invasions Research Laboratory

  • Coordinated data collection and analysis for an experimental study of the effects of invasive tunicates on fouling community diversity.
  • Designed a relational database in Microsoft Access for storing and analyzing community composition data.
  • Identified preserved samples of selected Bryozoa to species.
  • Managed identification of extensive Porifera sample collection, including researching processing methods and recruiting the services of expert taxonomists.
  • Served as data manager and industry contact-person for the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC) electronic submission program, which comprises half of all federal ballast water reporting.
  • Developed electronic data processing systems in Microsoft VBA for NBIC.

Intern   •   January 2002 and June – September 2002
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Marine Invasions Research Laboratory

  • Researched and designed analysis protocols for a collaborative intern project.
  • Identified marine invertebrate organisms and followed detailed protocols as part of a national survey of invasive species in marine fouling communities.

Undergraduate Independent Research   •   2001–2002
Tufts University
Laboratory of Dr. Sara Lewis

  • Projects:
  • –   “Population Density and Mating Success in the Red Flour Beetle, Tribolium castaneum
  • –   “Effects of Homosexual Copulation on Mating Success in the Red Flour Beetle, Tribolium castaneum
  • Presented results of research in formal papers and oral presentations.

Intern   •   Summer 2001
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Estuarine Zoology Laboratory

  • Designed and executed an independent research project, “Interactive Effects of an Invasive Species and Epifaunal Predators in the Fouling Community”.
  • Produced a formal oral presentation describing results of research.
  • Assisted with field experiments involving: seining, trawling, identification and handling of vertebrates and invertebrates common in the Chesapeake Bay.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Western Society of Naturalists

Ecological Society of America, Aquatic Ecology and Student Sections

SERVICE

Donations Chair, 2007 Graduate Groups in Ecology and Population Biology Mardi Gras Benefit Ball

Donations Committee, 2006 Graduate Groups in Ecology and Population Biology Mardi Gras Benefit Ball