Caitlin A Meadows

Department of the Geophysical Sciences

The University of Chicago | 5734 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL 60637

(734) 355 5105 | meadowsc@uchicago.edu

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Paleoecology | Taphonomy | Paleoclimate | High-Latitude Ecosystems

 

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  • Education

    2020: The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL  

    Ph.D. in the Geophysical Sciences

    Dissertation Title: Community-Level biotic response to increasing climate variability the last 200 years: Steady and warming conditions on the open shelf of the North Pacific Arctic

    Committee: Prof.’s Susan Kidwell, Jackie Grebmeier, David Jablonski, Lee Cooper, and Cathy Pfister

    2018: The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    Masters in the Geophysical Sciences

    Dissertation Title: Estimating fossil biomass from skeletal mass in marine invertebrates.

    Committee: Prof.’s Susan Kidwell, Jackie Grebmeier, David Jablonski, Lee Cooper, Cathy Pfister, Michael Foote

    2014: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

    B.S. Earth and Environmental Science, University Honors

    Honors Thesis: Drill holes in the irregular echinoid, Fibularia, from the Oligocene of New Zealand

    Honors Advisory: Prof. Thomasz K. Baumiller

    Major: Earth and Environmental Science, Minor: Mathematics

  • Research Experience and Appointments

    2014-Ongoing: The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL – Graduate Researcher

    Department of Geophysical Sciences, Advisor: Susan Kidwell

    • Examine the response of communities to large changes in climate variability, focusing on the last 150 years in the Pacific Arctic marine shelf, bivalve ecology, and sea ice extent and concentration
    • Reconstruct benthic climate and ecology of the Pacific Arctic of the last 150 years, using ecologic survey data, death assemblages, and museum archives paired with long records of sea ice extent and concentration
    • Assess the reliability of High-Latitude marine molluscan death assemblages using both biomass and abundance data, and samples spread across transitioning Arctic to Subarctic regions
    • Develop methods to estimate biomass and secondary productivity in the fossil record using skeletal mass
    • Examining the persistence of shell carbonate in modern cold-water seabeds using imaging (light microscope, SEM, BSD, XRD) to examine changes in preserved shell microstructure
    • Researching the recent anthropogenic environmental history of the Southern California Bight to correlate to invertebrate faunal shifts detected in live-dead analysis

    2012-2014: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI – Undergraduate Researcher

    Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Advisor: Tomasz Baumiller

    • Examining predator-prey interactions in the fossil record using imaging and statistical simulation to examine and quantify the preserved predatory marks of fossil irregular echinoid

    2012: Columbia University, New York City, NY – NSF REU

    Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Advisor: Timothy Creyts

    Designed experiments and mathematically modeled subglacial water drainage using glacial analogue material, 3D mapping and imaging, and theoretical modeling in MatLab

  • Grants and Awards

    2019-2020: William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Chicago

    To recognize significant achievement and support the completion of the doctoral degree

    2019-2020: Climate Change Initiative Award, The University of Chicago

    Project Title: Testing for the Response of Seafloor Communities to a Regime Change in Seasonal Sea Ice

    2019: Conchologists of America Academic Grant

    Project Title: Mustering records of Arctic exploration: Alaskan bivalve distributions in the Chukchi and Bering seas over the last 150 years

    2019: John T. Dillon Alaska Research Award, Geological Society of America

    Project Title: Mustering records of Arctic exploration: Alaskan bivalve distributions in the Chukchi and Bering seas over the last 150 years

    2018-2019: Glenn Goodfriend Research Fund, The University of Chicago

    Support for PhD Candidate Research Assistants in the Physical Sciences Division

    2017: Mid-American Paleontology Society (MAPS) Outstanding Student Research Award

    Project Title: High Latitude Death Assemblages as Archives of Ecologic Information

    2017: Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grant

    Project Title: Creating a 200-year Record of Benthic Climate Variability to assess benthic community response to increasing variability

    2017: Smithsonian Institution Short-Term Visitor Fellowship

    Project Title: High Latitude Death Assemblages as Archives of Ecologic Information

    Smithsonian Sponsors: Dr.’s Ellen Strong and William Moser

    2012: NSF REU: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

    Project Title: Subglacial Water Drainage: Experimentation and Modeling

    Research Advisor: Dr. Timothy Creyts

  • Publications

    Meadows, CA. 2019. The food of Walrus and Ducks: bivalve ecology during recent sea ice shifts in the N Bering and Chukchi Seas. Proceedings of the Royal Society – B: Biological Sciences, in prep.

    Meadows, CA, LW Cooper, C Magen, 2019. Using stable isotope bivalve sclerochronology to assess benthic ecosystem responses to changing Arctic seasonal sea ice. Journal of Geophysical Research, in prep.

    Meadows, CA, JM Grebmeier, SM Kidwell, 2019. High-latitude benthic macrofaunal biomass and recent climate change: testing the power of live-dead discordance in the Pacific Arctic. Special Issue on Pacific Arctic DBO, Deep Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, v. 162, p. 152-163 doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2019.04.005.

    Meadows, CA, 2019. Estimating fossil biomass from skeletal mass in marine invertebrates. Lethaia, v 52, p. 323 – 334, doi: 10.1111/let.12314.

    Meadows, CA, 2017. G.4. Caitlin A Meadows, The University of Chicago, Paleoecology, p. 36-37 in Distributed Biological Observatory - Northern Chukchi Integrated Study: Healy 1702 Cruise Report, Chief Scientists: RS Pickart, JM Grebmeier.

    Meadows CA, Fordyce RE, and Baumiller, TK, 2015. Drill holes in the irregular echinoid, Fibularia, from the Oligocene of New Zealand. Palaios, v. 30, p. 810-817, doi: 10.2110/palo.2015.043

  • Oral Presentations and Conference Activity (*invited)

    Meadows, CA. December, 2019. Shell condition and time averaging on the Arctic seafloor. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2019, San Fancisco, CA.

    Meadows, CA. September, 2019. The food of Walrus and Ducks: bivalve ecology during recent sea ice shifts in the N Bering and Chukchi Seas. Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting 2019, Tuscon, AZ.

    *Meadows, CA, JM Grebmeier, SM Kidwell, June 2019. High-latitude benthic macrofaunal biomass and recent climate change: testing the power of live-dead discordance in the Pacific Arctic. North American Paleontological Convention, Riverside, CA, USA.

    Meadows, CA, 2019. Mustering Records of Arctic Exploration: Alaskan Bivalve distributions in the Chukchi and Bering Seas over the last 150 years. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK.

    Meadows, CA, 2018. Mustering Records of Arctic Exploration: Alaskan Bivalve distributions in the Chukchi and Bering Seas over the last 150 years. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA.

    Kidwell, SM, CA Meadows, Y Edelman-Furstenberg, 2018. Early Diagenetic Microstructural Alteration Relevant to Prolonged Residence of Bivalve Aragonite in the Mixed Layers of Tropical and Temperate Shelves. American Geophysical Union annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA.

    Meadows, CA, LW Cooper, C Magen, 2018. Using bivalve sclerochronology to assess benthic ecosystem responses to changing Arctic seasonal sea ice. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

    Kidwell, SM, CA Meadows, Y Edelman-Furstenberg, 2018. SEM evidence of the early diagenesis associated with aragonitic shells that survive 100s-1000s years of time-averaged residence in bioturbated seabeds. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

    Meadows, CA, 2018. Captain Healy to Cutter Healy: 150 years of Alaskan Arctic Census, Clams, and Climate. Department of the Geophysical Sciences, Year End Expo. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.

    *Meadows, CA, 2018. The North Remembers: Death assemblages and arctic climate change. Climate & Energy Lunch & Learn, University of Chicago, The Energy Policy Institute of UChicago (EPIC) and The Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP), Chicago, IL, USA.

    Meadows, CA, SM Kidwell, JM Grebmeier, 2018. High-latitude benthic macrofaunal biomass and recent climate change: testing the power of live-dead discordance in the Pacific Arctic. AGU Ocean Sciences 2018 Meeting, Portland, OR, USA.

    Meadows, CA, 2017. High-latitude benthic macrofaunal biomass and recent climate change: testing the power of live-dead discordance in the Pacific Arctic. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting 2017, Seattle, WA, USA.

    Kidwell, SM, CA Meadows, et al., 2017. Using bivalve live-dead mismatch to evaluate the footprint of municipal wastewater in marine waters, Victoria, British Columbia. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA.

    Meadows, CA. 2016. A universal calculation of biomass for shelly fossils. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2016, Denver, CO, USA.

    Meadows, CA. 2014. Drill holes in the irregular echinoid, Fibularia, from the Oligocene of New Zealand. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  • Professional Activity

    Workshops:

    2017: 4th Distributed Biologic Observatory Workshop – NOAA/PMEL, Seattle, WA 2017

    Field Experience:

    2019: Distributed Biological Observatory - Northern Chukchi Integrated Study - EcoFoci - JAMSTEC

    US Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) 1901 Cruise

    Chief Scientists: Robert S Pickart and Jacqueline M Grebmeier

    2018: Distributed Biological Observatory - Northern Chukchi Integrated Study - EcoFoci

    US Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) 1801 Cruise

    Chief Scientists: Robert S Pickart and Jacqueline M Grebmeier

    2017: Distributed Biological Observatory - Northern Chukchi Integrated Study

    US Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) 1702 Cruise

    Chief Scientists: Robert S Pickart and Jacqueline M Grebmeier

    Recent Short Courses and Field Courses:

    2019: IsoCamp a Course in Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology

    SIRFER Lab at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

    2016: Field Course in Modern and Ancient Environments, San Salvador, Bahamas

    Project Title: Taphonomic shell damage as a proxy for the presence of aquatic vegetation.

    Field Course Leaders: Susan Kidwell and Michael LaBarbara, University of Chicago

    2015: Topics in Stratigraphy and Biosedimentology: Salton Trough, California 2015

    Trip leader: Susan Kidwell, University of Chicago

    Museum and Other Facility work (*loan/samples transferred):

    2018: California Academy of Sciences, Invertebrate Zoology, San Francisco, CA

    Overseeing Curator: Peter Roopnarine, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology

    2016-2018: *Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Invertebrate Zoology, Washington, DC.

    Overseeing Curators: Ellen Strong, Curator of Mollusca; William Moser, Collections Manager

    2017: *Burke Museum at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Overseeing Curator: Melissa Frey, Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager

    2017: *Museum of the North, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 2017

    Overseeing Curator: Andrés Lopez, Curator of Ichthyology and Aquatics

    2015-2016: *Southern California Coastal Water Research Project and Waste Water Management Facilities

  • Teaching and Mentorship

    University of Chicago, Teaching Assistant (*head TA)

    Winter 2017: Topics in Conservation Paleobiology (undergraduate-graduate course)

    - Instructor: Susan Kidwell

    - Sole teaching assistant to instruct 6 graduate students, 6 undergraduate students

    - Aided in design and leading discussion for weekly discussion course, completed and arranged symposium to present final projects

    Spring 2015-2017: *Environmental History of the Earth (undergraduate course)

    - Instructor: Susan Kidwell (Spring 2015) and Mark Webster (Spring 2016-2017)

    - 5 teaching assistants to instruct 99 undergraduate students in lab sections

    - Head TA in Spring 2017, coordinated instruction among TA’s including creating keys for labs and exams, creating lab quizzes, leading weekly TA meeting to discuss the lab instruction, and locating lab materials

    Fall 2014-2018: *Physical Geology (undergraduate course)

    - Instructor: Andrew Campbell (Fall 2014-2016) and David Rowley (Fall 2017)

    - 2 teaching assistants to instruct 30 undergraduate students in lab sections

    - Head TA in all years, helped redesign lab assignments with Prof. Rowley, maintained and wrote lab and exam grading keys, leading weekly TA meeting to discuss the lab instruction, and locating lab materials

    University of Chicago, Graduate Researcher

    2016-Ongoing: Undergraduate Student Mentorship and Taphonomy Lab Management

    - Instructed undergraduate lab assistants in microscope imaging, bivalve taxonomy, functional morphology, and benthic ecology

    - Liljia Carden (2019-Ongoing), Ben Schafer (2018), Danielle Damon (2017), Claudia Yanos (2017), Eva Haraldsdottir (2016-2017), David Vishny (2016-2017), Kenzo Esquivel (2016-2017)

  • Outreach Experience

    2015 - Ongoing: Science Question Email for K-12 students and teachers

    - askapaleontologist@gmail.com, earthandspaceanswers@gmail.com

    - Email hotlines for K-12 students and teachers to ask short questions to graduate paleontology and earth science students, and organized video chat sessions with classes

    2015-2017: Science Works: Science Showcase Museum of Science and Industry 2015 – 2017

    - Showcase of small earth science experiments for children in Chicago

    Graduate Seminar Series Coordinator: DoGS Lunch 2015 – 2017

    - Organized a weekly science seminar given by a Geophysical Sciences graduate student with lunch for all attendees

  • Professional Associations

    American Geophysical Union | Association for Women Geoscientists | Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee | Sigma Xi | Geological Society of America | Paleontological Society

  • Additional Skills

    Imaging: SEM, XRD, BSD, Fib-Ion Probe, High-resolution light microscope imaging

    Chemical Analysis: Sclerochronology, stable isotope analysis (δ18O, δ13C), environmental chemistry in lab and field, IsoCamp 2019

    Museum and Field skills: Ship deck benthic sampling (vanVeen, Coring), planktonic trawl sampling (Bongo Net), CTD water collection, mollusk identification, biomass measurement, basic vehicle maintenance

    Data Analysis and Computation: Matlab, Python, R, C++, C, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Image J, QGis

    Languages: Proficient in French, Elementary in Russian

  • References

    Prof. Susan Kidwell

    William Rainey Harper Professor

    Department of the Geophysical Sciences

    The University of Chicago

    5734 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

    (773) 702.3008

    skidwell@uchicago.edu

     

    Prof. David Jablonski

    William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor

    Department of the Geophysical Sciences

    The University of Chicago

    5734 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

    (773) 702.8163

    djablons@uchicago.edu

    Prof. Jacqueline Grebmeier

    Research Professor

    Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

    University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences

    146 Williams Street, Solomons, MD 20688

    (410) 326.7334

    jgrebmei@umces.edu

     

    Prof. Michael Foote

    Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor

    Department of Geophysical Sciences

    The University of Chicago

    5734 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

    (773) 702.4320

    mfoote@uchicago.edu

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5734 S. Ellis Ave

Chicago, IL 60637