CV

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PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Postdoctoral Associate. Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. May 2019 – Present.


EDUCATION 

Ph.D.  Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2019.

M.S.  Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Illinois University. 2013.

B.S.  Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Illinois University, Summa Cum Laude, University Honors and Departmental Honors. 2011.


PUBLICATIONS                                                                        

Moran, R. L., Jaggard, J. B., Roback, E. Y., Kenzior, A., Rohner, N., Kowalko, J. E., Ornelas-García, P., McGaugh, S. E., Keene, A. C. In review. Hybridization underlies localized trait evolution in cavefish.

O’Gorman, M., Thakur, S., Imrie, G., Moran, R. L., Rohner, N., McGaugh, S. E., Keene, A. C., and Kowalko, J. E. In press. Pleiotropic function of the albinism gene oca2 reveals co-evolution of albinism and sleep loss. Current Biology. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2021.06.077

Chang, C.-H., Catchen, J. M., Moran, R. L., Rivera-Colon, A., Wang, Y.-C. and Fuller, R. C. 2021. Sequence analysis and ontogenetic expression patterns of cone opsin genes in the bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei). Journal of Heredity. esab2021. doi:10.1093/jhered/esab017

Warren, W. C., Aspiras, A., Boggs, T. E., Borowsky, R., Carlson, B. M., Damen, F., Ferrufino, E., Gross, J. B., Hillier, L., Hu, Z., J., Keene, A. C., Kowalko, J. E., Tomlinson, C., Kremitzki, M. Lemieux, M. E., Lindsay-Graves, T., McGaugh, S. E., Miller, J. T., Mommersteeg, M., Moran, R. L., Peu, R., Rice, E., Riddle, M., Sifuentes-Romero, I., Stanhope, B. A., Tabin, C., Thakur, S., Yoshiyuki, Y., Rohner, N. 2021. A chromosome level genome of Astyanax mexicanus surface fish for comparing population-specific genetic differences contributing to trait evolution. Nature Communications. 12, 1447. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-21733-z NCOMMS-20-25279

Reid, B. N., Moran, R. L., Kopak, C. J., Fitzpatrick, S. W. 2021. Rapture-ready darters: sequence capture outperforms whole-genome data regardless of reference genome in Etheostoma. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.13275

Moran, R. L., Catchen, J. M., and Fuller, R. C. 2019. Genomic resources for darters (Percidae: Etheostominae) provide insight into postzygotic barriers implicated in speciation. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 37(3):711-729. doi:10.1093/molbev/msz260

Moran, R. L., Zhou, M., Catchen, J. M., and Fuller, R. C. 2018. Hybridization and postzygotic isolation promote reinforcement of male mating preferences in a diverse group of fishes with traditional sex roles. Ecology and Evolution. 8(18): 9282-9294. doi:10.1002/ece3.4434

Moran, R. L., and Fuller, R. C. 2018. Agonistic character displacement of genetically based male colour patterns across darters. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 285: 20181248. doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.1248

Moran, R. L., *Soukup, R. M., Zhou, M., and Fuller, R. C. 2018. Egg viability decreases rapidly with time since ovulation in the rainbow darter: implications for costs of choosiness. Journal of Fish Biology.  92(2):532–536. doi:10.1111/jfb.13523
* Undergraduate co-author.

Moran, R. L. and Fuller, R. C. 2018. Male-driven reproductive and agonistic character displacement in darters and its implications for allopatric speciation. Current Zoology. 64(1):101-113. doi:10.1093/cz/zox069
Special Column on male competition and speciation.

Moran, R. L., Zhou, M., Catchen, J. M., and Fuller, R. C. 2017. Male and female contributions to behavioral isolation in darters as a function of genetic distance and color distance. Evolution. 71(10):2428-2444. doi:10.1111/evo.13321

Moran, R. L., von Ende, C. N., and King, B. H. 2014. Seasonal colour change and antipredator behaviour in Etheostoma (Percidae). Journal of Fish Biology. 84(4):1188-1194. doi:10.1111/jfb.12327

Moran, R. L., von Ende, C. N., and King, B. H. 2013. Mate choice copying in two species of darters (Percidae: Etheostoma). Behaviour. 150(11):1255-1274. doi:10.1163/1568539X-00003092

Moran, R. L. 2012. Breeding fantail darters in captivity. American Currents. 37(4):21-22.


HONORS, AWARDS, & FELLOWSHIPS

2021 Chicago Fellows postdoctoral fellowship – University of Chicago
2020 Fitch Award – Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE)
2019 Hamilton Award, Honorable Mention – Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE)
2019 Emerson Memorial Award – School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
2018, 2017 Best Talk by a PhD Candidate – Graduates in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (GEEB) Research Symposium, UIUC
2017, 2016 Teacher Ranked as Excellent by Students – UIUC
2016 Spring Semester Fellowship – Program in Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology, UIUC
2013-2015 Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), Vertically Integrated Training with Genomics (VInTG) – National Science Foundation (NSF)
2013 Outstanding Women and Gender Advocacy Student Award – Northern Illinois University (NIU)
2012-2013 University Fellowship – NIU
2011 University Honors – NIU
2011 Departmental Honors – Department of Biological Sciences, NIU
2011 August M. Gorenz Award – Department of Biological Sciences, NIU
2010 Dennis Larsen Memorial Scholarship – Department of Biological Sciences, NIU
2010 Scholar Award for First Year Physics Students – Physics Graduate Students Committee, Department of Physics, NIU
2007 Centennial Scholarship – NIU

FUNDING

2021 Chicago Fellows research award – University of Chicago ($20,000)
2021 Evolutionary, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Award – American Genetics Association (AGA) ($5,900)
2018 Student Research Award (SRA) – American Society of Naturalists (ASN) ($2,000)
2018 Graduate Research Excellent Grant – Rosemary Grant Advanced award (GREG-RGA), Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) ($2,600)
2018 Summer Research Grant – PEEC, UIUC ($1,000)
2018 Harley J. Van Cleave Research Award – School of Integrative Biology (SIB), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) ($1,000)
2018 Conference Travel Grant – Graduate College, UIUC ($350)
2018 Conference Travel Grant – PEEC, UIUC ($600)
2018 Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB) Grant in Aid of Research ($960)
2018 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research ($1,000)
2017 Harley J. Van Cleave Research Award – School of Integrative Biology (SIB), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) ($1,000)
2017 Summer Research Grant – PEEC, UIUC ($1,000)
2017 Conference Travel Grant – PEEC, UIUC ($500)
2017 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant – National Science Foundation (NSF) ($20,618)
2017 IGERT Student Research Grant – NSF ($5,000)
2016 Conference Travel Grant – PEEC, UIUC ($500)
2016 Phillip W. Smith Memorial Award – Natural History Survey, UIUC ($980)
2015 Dissertation Travel Grant – Graduate College, UIUC ($3,240)
2015 Francis M. & Harlie M. Clark Research Support Grant – SIB, UIUC ($1000)
2015 Conference Travel Grant – PEEC, UIUC ($170)
2015 Summer Research Grant – PEEC, UIUC ($500)
2014 Summer Research Grant – PEEC, UIUC ($1,000)
2012 Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant – Department of Biological Sciences, NIU ($225)
2012 Graduate Research Grant – Department of Biological Sciences, NIU ($300)
2011 Graduate Research Grant – Department of Biological Sciences, NIU ($450)