CV

 

Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy Candidate, Biology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, Supervisor: Dr. Megan Porter

  • Master of Science, Biology, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Supervisor: Dr. John S. Taylor 2014-2016

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. 2010-2013

 

Grants, Awards, & Other Support

  • ($40,000) Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction, Alberta Scholarships 2019 & 2020

  • ($48,000) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-Graduate Scholarship-Doctorate 2018

  • ($5000) The Hannah Liebreich Merit Based Award for Teaching Spring 2021

  • ($2000) June Chun Naughton International Student Services Scholarship 2021

  • ($500) Postl Scholarship for Natural Sciences 2021

  • AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science Fall 2020

  • ($1000) Zoology Graduate Student Service Award Spring 2020

  • ($1000) UH Graduate Student Organization Award Spring 2020

  • ($500) Postl Scholarship for Natural Sciences Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

  • ($500) Zoology Graduate Program Achievement Award Fall 2018

  • ($750) Heiligenberg Student Travel Award, The International Society for Neuroethology 2018

  • ($1000) Outstanding International Student Scholarship Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

  • ($500) June Chun Naughton International Student Services Scholarship Spring 2018

  • ($2000) Charles H. & Margaret B. Edmondson Research Fund 2018

  • ($684) UH Graduate Student Organization Award 2017

  • ($1000) Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium Best Paper April 2017

  • ($700) UH Manoa Graduate Student Organization Award, April 2017

  • ($794) UH Manoa Graduate Student Organization Award, December 2016.

  • ($1300) 3 Minute Thesis Competition, 2nd place overall, 1st place in Science & Engineering heat, March 2016.

  • ($3400) General Graduate Award 2015.

  • ($500) Biology Graduate Student Travel Funds Award, Talk: Flatfish active camouflage can reveal why large opsin repertoires evolved, CSEE 2015, Saskatoon, SK, May 2015.

  • ($1000) Pacific Salmon Foundation: Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, Assistance in development of non-lethal RNA:DNA quantification for measuring condition in subyearling Chinook Salmon, grant-holder: Will Duguid, January 2015.

  • ($8400) Research Assistantship, RNA:DNA in Pacific Herring, Dr. John Dower 2014.

Publications (*undergraduate co-author)

  • Palecanda, S., Iwanicki, T., Steck, M., Porter, M.L. (2021) Crustacean conundrums: a review of opsin diversity and evolution. Invited manuscript in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Theme issue: Understanding arthropod color vision: molecular, physiological, neuronal and behavioral studies. (submitted on 10-01-2021)

  • Duguid, W.D.P., Iwanicki, T., Qualley, J., Juanes, F. (2021) Fine scale spatiotemporal variation in juvenile Chinook Salmon distribution, diet and growth in an oceanographically heterogeneous region. Progress in Oceanography, 102512. DOI:10.1016/j.pocean.2021.102512

  • Iwanicki, T., *Liu, A., Haman, C., Taylor, J.S. (2020) Light induced changes in starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus) opsin expression and its influence on visual ability estimated using a camouflage-based behavioural assay. bioRxiv DOI:10.1101/2020.07.30.228627

  • Bracken-Grissom, H.D., DeLeo, D.M., Porter, M.L., Iwanicki, T., Sickles, Jamie, Frank, T.M. (2019) Sight beyond the eyes in the deep sea. Scientific Report (2020) 10:4485. DIO:10.1038/s41598-020-61284-9

  • Savelli, I. Novales Flamarique, I., Iwanicki, T., Taylor, J.S. (2018) Parallel opsin switches in multiple cone types of the starry flounder retina: tuning visual pigment composition for a demersal life style. Scientific Reports (2018) 8:4763. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-23008-y.

  • Duguid, W.D.P., Iwanicki, T., Journey, M., Beckman, B., *Noel, A., Juanes, F. (2018) Assessing indices of growth for field studies of juvenile salmon: an experiment and synthesis. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 0:204–223. DOI: 10.1002/mcf2.10020

  • Iwanicki, T., Novales Flamarique, I., Ausio, J., *Morris, E., Taylor, J.S. (2017). Fine-tuning light sensitivity in the starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus) retina: regional variation in photoreceptor cell morphology and opsin gene expression. Journal of Comparative Neurology 525(10):2328-2342. DOI: 10.1002/cne.24205

  • *Beaudry, F.B., Iwanicki, T., Mariluz, B.R., Darnetand, S., Brinkman, H., Schneider, P., Taylor, J.S. (2017). The non-visual opsins: eighteen in the ancestor of vertebrates, astonishing increase in ray-finned fish, and loss in amniotes. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 328(7):685-696. DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22773.

  • Iwanicki, T., Frank, T., Porter, M.L. (2017) Bioluminescence: Cell Physiology, Diversity, and New Evolutionary Insights. in: Cell Physiology Source Book Fifth Edition. Chapter 33 (Accepted 2017-10-04).

  • Iwanicki, T. (2016). The visual opsins of the starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus), a new model for studying the physiological and molecular basis of fish vision and light sensitivity. MSc thesis.

Professional Societies

  • Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, International Society for Neuroethology, American Fisheries Society, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Northwest Scientific Association

 

Committees & Other Qualifications

  • Reviewer: Royal Society Open Science, Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Scientific Reports, Journal of Comparative Neurology

  • Treasurer-Secretary, Academic Labor United, 2018 - 2020

  • COMPASS Scientist Sentinel 2020, Scientist Sentinels: Civic Engagement & Leadership Program, April 2020 - December 2020

  • Symposium Organizer, Title: Sensory and Behavioural Ecology, Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, Victoria, BC, Canada, May 2017

  • Biology Graduate Student Representative, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Fall 2016.

  • Co-leader, Biology Graduate Student's Symposium, Victoria, B.C., September 2015 November 2015.

  • UVic Aquatics Working Group, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., May 2015 December 2015.

  • Next Generation Sequencing Workshop, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., April 2015.

  • Organizing Committee, UBC/SFU/UVic Ecology and Evolution Retreat, Brackendale, B.C., September 2014 – November 2014.

  • Research Assistant, Dr. John Dower, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. September 2013 – present.

  • Research Assistant, Dr. Geraldine Allen’s Lab, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. Summer 2012.

  • Marine and Terrestrial Field Skills Workshop, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Bamfield, B.C. completed February 2012.

  • Science Fair Judge, Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. years participated: 2012, 2013, 2014.

 

Talks & Posters

  • Talks denoted with † and posters denoted with ‡

  • Iwanicki‡, T., DeTurk, H., Porter, M.L. (2021) Ocean Acidification and Bioluminescence. Annual Albert L. Tester Symposium, Honolulu, HI.

  • Iwanicki‡, T., DeTurk, H., Porter, M.L. (2021) Turning up the lights: Ocean acidification may increase light intensity of secretory bioluminescent signaling. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting.

  • Iwanicki†, T., Frank, T., Bracken-Grissom, H., Goetze, E., Porter, M.L. (2019) Glowing in the dark: Vision and bioluminescence in diel vertically migrating marine copepods. 44th Annual Albert L. Tester Symposium, Honolulu, HI.

  • Iwanicki‡, T., Bracken-Grissom, H., Porter, M.L. (2018) Vision and bioluminescence: the evolution of light detection in ocular and bioluminescent organs in deep-sea crustaceans. International Congress of Neuroethology, Brisbane, Australia.

  • Iwanicki†, T., Taylor, J.S., Porter, M.L. (2017) Marine visual ecology: insights from flatfish and decapod shrimp. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, Victoria, BC, Canada.

  • Iwanicki†, T., Taylor, J.S., Porter, M.L. (2017) Marine visual ecology: insights from flatfish and decapod shrimp. 42nd Annual Albert L. Tester Symposium, Honolulu, HI. (Awarded Best Talk)

  • Iwanicki‡, T., Meredith, L.J., Duguid, W.D.P., Beckman, B., Juanes, F. (2016) Evaluation of alternative indices of recent growth in juvenile Chinook Salmon. Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting, Juneau, AK.

  • Iwanicki†, T., Taylor, J.S. (2015) Opsins of the Starry Flounder (Platichthys stellatus), a model for studying the molecular basis of fish vision and light sensitivity. The American Fisheries Society, Portland, OR.

  • Iwanicki†, T., Taylor, J.S. (2015) Flatfish active camouflage can expose why large opsin repertoires evolved. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, Saskatoon, SK.

  • Iwanicki‡, T., Duguid, W.D.P., Dower, J., Taylor, J.S. (2015) Spatial and temporal patterns in RNA and DNA ratios as a recent growth index for Pacific Herring and Chinook Salmon. Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting, Victoria, BC.

  • Iwanicki†, T. (2015) Colour Vision and Camouflage. 3 Minute Thesis Competition, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. (Awarded 2nd Overall)

  • Iwanicki†, T., Taylor, J.S. (2014) Why do fish have so many opsins? UBC/SFU/UVic Ecology and Evolution Retreat, Brackendale, BC.

  • Iwanicki‡, T., Dower, J., Taylor J.S. (2014) Using RNA and DNA ratios to estimate survival and growth rate of fish. Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, San Juan, PR.

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant, HON/UROP299, Transformational Research Experiences, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, USA, Fall 2021

  • Teaching Assistant, Biology 375L, Genetics, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, USA, Spring 2021

  • Lecturer, Biology 171, Introduction to Biology, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, USA, Spring 2020

  • Guest Lecture, Biology 275, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, February 2017.

  • Lab instructor, Biology 265, Ecology and Evolution, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Fall 2016.

  • Lab instructor, Biology 230, Genetics, University of Victoria, Winter 2016.

  • Turorial Instructor, Biology 448, Neuroethology, University of Victoria, Fall 2014 & 2015.

  • Lab Instructor, Biology 190B, General Biology II, University of Victoria, Victoria, Winter 2014.

Media Coverage and Outreach

  • Radio appearance, Fun Kids Science Weekly (ca. 500,000 weekly listeners) air date February 2021 [link]

  • Work featured in Science News, “Ocean acidification may make some species glow brighter” published Jan 2021 [link]

  • COMPASS Blog Contribution, What Civically Engaged Science Can Look Like: Our Work Doesn’t End With Elections, 2020 Scientist Sentinels, October 2020 [link & link]

  • Q&A on Bioluminescence and Careers in Science, International K-12 students (ca. 35 students), Galileo International Schools, October 2020

  • Contributor to Science Friday Educational Resource, Cephalopod Camouflage: A Beauty That’s Skin Deep by Randy Otaka, August 2018 [link]

  • Invited Panelist, NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates, Panel discussion on graduate school opportunities, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI USA, May 2018

  • Honolulu CivilBeat, “Let UH Graduate Workers Unionize” co-authored opinion-editorial published April 2018 [link]

  • Interviewed by: Ka Leo, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu Civil Beat

  • Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Public Outreach Pavilion, Organizing Chair, Fairmont Empress Hotel, May 2017

  • March for Science Hawai'i, Organizer, Honolulu, HI, April 2017 (ca. 3000 attendees).

  • Marine Mysteries: Stomatopods, Family Night at the Waikiki Aquarium, August 2016.

  • Beach seining with Ecole Willows Elementary School Students, May 2016.

  • 3 Minute Thesis Competition (1st place Science and Engineering heat), University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, February 2016.  "Blessing in disguise" [link].

  • The Ring, University of Victoria Newspaper, "What Can Fish See?" [link].

  • British Ecological Society Photo Contest, Ecology in Action category winner: Illuminating vision and camouflage in the starry flounder by James Robinson, University of Victoria, BC, Canada. December 2015 [link].