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Ivan Castro-Arellano, Ph.D.

I. Academic/Professional Background

 

A. Name: Ivan Castro-Arellano                                  Title: Assistant Professor

 

B. Educational Background

Degree
Year
University
Major
Thesis/Dissertation
PhD
2005
Texas A&M 
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Ecological patterns of the small mammal communities at   El Cielo Biosphere, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
MS
2003
Texas A&M
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Non-thesis
BS
1997
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Biology
Patterns of geographic distribution in the terrestrial mammals of Africa

 

C. University Experience

Position
University
Dates
Assistant Professor
Texas State University-San Marcos
Aug 2011 – to date
Assistant Professor
Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria
Jan 2010 – July 2011
Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering.  University of Connecticut 
Jan 2006 – Dec 2008

 

D. Relevant Professional Experience

Position
Entity
Dates
Adjunct faculty
Instituto de Ecología Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas
2010 – to date
Adjunct faculty
Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
2012
Research associate 
Museum of Natural History of Tamaulipas (TAMUX)
Sept 2011 – to date
Research specialist 
Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering.  University of Connecticut 
Jan 2009 – to date
Research assistant
Texas A&M University
Jan 2005 – Dec 2005
Field Technician
Montgomery-Watson Mexico (consulting firm) 
Jan 1997-July 1998
Research/field assistant
Instituto de Ecología.  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
1993 - 1996

 

II. TEACHING

 

A. Teaching Honors and Awards:

N/A

 

B. Courses Taught:

 

Wildlife Management (BIO4423-5423), Texas State University - San Marcos)

Ecology of Infectious Diseases in Wildlife (BIO5424B, Texas State University - San Marcos)

Conservation Biology (Graduate level-Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria)

Community Ecology (Graduate level-Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria)

Foundations of Research (Graduate level-Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria)

Wildlife Management (Upper level undergraduate-Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria)

 

C. Graduate Theses/Dissertations or Exit Committees (if supervisor, please indicate):

 

PhD STUDENTS SUPERVISED.  Current: 1.

 

Matthew Millholland (PhD. 2013-expect 2017).  Dissertation title pending.  Chair.

Héctor Arturo Garza Torres (PhD. 2010-expect 2014).  Wintering avian assemblage comparisons between degraded and conserved habitats at El Cielo Reserve, Tamaulipas, Mexico.  Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas.  Tamaulipas, Mexico.  External Committee member.

 

M.Sc. STUDENTS SUPERVISED (By start date and alphabetically).  Current: 4 (Chair or co-Chair), 7 total.

 

Di Giacomo, Lorissa (M.Sc. 2012).  Thesis title pending.  Co-Chair.

Maikis, Troy (M.Sc. 2012).  Seroprevalence comparison for Borrelia between peridomestic and sylvan rodent assemblages (tentative title).  Chair.

Orsak, Benjamin (M.Sc. 2012).  Thesis title pending.  Co-Chair.

Gonzalez-Padron, Shiara (M.Sc. 2011).  Hantavirus seroprevalence comparison in rodents along a disturbance gradient.  Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico.  External committee member.

Huston, Daniel (M.Sc. 2011).  Effects of an invasive trematode on two Texas native fish species (tentative title).  Committee member.

Uthuppuru, Susan (M.Sc. 2011).  Size and density of a terrestrial gastropod along an elevational gradient.  Texas State University-San Marcos.  Chair.

Villamizar-Gomez, Andrea (M.Sc. 2011).  Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatridis in amphibian populations of central Texas.  Committee member.

 

Graduates: 1 (Co-Chair); 2 Total.

 

Armando Marines Muñoz (M.Sc. 2012).  Evaluation of compaction, sustainability, and durability of pervious concrete mixes.  Texas State University-San Marcos.  Committee member.

Julio Cesar Arriaga Flores (M.Sc. 2012).  Global evaluation of metacommunity structure of bats along elevational gradients.  Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico.  Co-Chair.

 

 

D. Courses Prepared and Curriculum Development:

 

BIO 5424B.  Ecology of Infectious Diseases in Wildlife (taught for the first time at Texas State University-San Marcos in Spring 2012).

 

E. Funded External Teaching Grants and Contracts:

 

N/A

 

F. Submitted, but not Funded, External Teaching Grants and Contracts:

 

N/A

 

G. Funded Internal Teaching Grants and Contracts:

 

N/A

 

H. Submitted, but not Funded, Internal Teaching Grants and Contracts:

 

N/A

 

I. Other:

 

N/A

 

III. SCHOLARLY/CREATIVE

 

A. Works in Print

 

1. Books (if not refereed, please indicate)

 

a. Scholarly Monographs:

 

N/A

 

b. Textbooks:

 

N/A

 

c. Edited Books:

 

N/A

 

d. Chapters in Books:

 

Natural history species accounts for 40 mexican mammal species all published in: Ceballos, G. and G. Oliva (editors).  2005.  Los mamíferos silvestres de México.  Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad y Fondo de Cultura Económica.  México.  The authored species monographs are:

Didelphimorphia

§  Philander opossum.  Pp. 111-113.

Insectivora

§  Cryptotis mexicana.  Pp. 133.

§  Cryptotis parva.  Pp. 135-137.

§  Sorex arizonae.  Pp. 143.

§  Sorex milleri.  Pp. 146-147.

§  Sorex oreopolus.  Pp. 148.

§  Sorex saussurei.  Pp. 150-151.

§  Sorex sclateri.  Pp. 151.

§  Sorex stizodon.  Pp. 152.

§  Sorex ventralis.  Pp. 152-153.

§  Sorex veraepacis.  Pp. 153-154.

§   Scalopus aquaticus.  Pp. 155-156.

§  Scapanus latimanus.  Pp. 158-159.

Rodentia

§  Spermophilus atricapillus.  Pp. 562-563.

§  Cratogeomys gymnurus.  Pp. 569-570.

§  Cratogeomys castanops.  Pp. 585-586.

§  Thomomys bottae.  Pp. 606-607.

§  Thomomys umbrinus.  Pp. 608-609.

§  Heteromys desmarestianus.  Pp. 624-625.

§  Chaetodipus fallax.  Pp. 639-640.

§  Chaetodipus goldmani.  Pp. 641-642.

§  Chaetodipus intermedius.  Pp. 643-644.

§  Chaetodipus penicillatus.  Pp. 646-647.

§  Chaetodipus pernix.  Pp. 647-648.

§  Peromyscus hooperi.  Pp. 740-741.

§  Peromyscus melanocarpus.  Pp. 752-753.

§  Peromyscus melanurus.  Pp. 757.

§  Peromyscus perfulvus.  Pp. 764-765.

§  Peromyscus polius.  Pp. 766.

§  Peromyscus spicilegus.  Pp. 771-772.

§  Oligoryzomys fulvescens.  Pp. 703-704.

§  Oryzomys nelsoni.  Pp. 712-713.

Chiroptera

§  Peropteryx kappleri.  Pp. 167.

§  Peropteryx macrotis.  Pp. 168-169.

§  Noctilio albiventris.  Pp. 173-174.

§  Noctilio leporinus.  Pp. 174-177.

§  Molossus aztecus.  Pp. 322.

§  Molossus molossus.  Pp. 324.

§  Molossus rufus.  Pp 325

 

e. Creative Books:

 

N/A

 

2. Articles

 

a. Refereed Journal Articles: (author underlined when student first publication)

 

IN PRESS

Almazán, C., I. Castro-Arellano, y E. Camacho-Puga.  First record of Ixodes scapularis in jaguars (Panthera onca).  Southwestern Naturalist.

Rodríguez-Ruíz, E.R., I. Castro-Arellano, J. García-Jiménez, A. Moreno-Valdez, E. Camacho-Puga, and F. J. Yeberino-González.  First specimens of the collared anteater (Tamandua mexicana) for Tamaulipas, Mexico.  Southwestern Naturalist.

Arriaga-Flores, J.C., I. Castro-Arellano, A. Moreno-Valdez, and A. Correa-Sandoval.  Temporal niche overlap of a riparian forest bat assemblage in subtropical Mexico.  Revista Mexicana de Mastozoologia.

 

PRINTED

Arellano, E., I. Castro-Arellano, G. Suzan, F. González-Cozatl, and R. Morales-Jiménez.  2012. Seroprevalence to Hantavirus in wild rodents from the Sierra de Huautla Biosphere Reserve, Morelos.  Western North American Naturalist 72:105-109.

Correa, A., V. Martinez, J. Horta, and I. Castro.  2012.  Zoogeografia de los gasteropodos terrestres del sur de Tamulipas, Mexico.  International Journal of Tropical Biology 60:317-331.

Rodríguez-Ruíz, E. R., I. Castro-Arellano, and J. Valencia-Herverth.  2012. New records and appropriate northern range limit of pacas (Cuniculus paca) in Mexico.  Southwestern Naturalist 57:219-221.

Willig, M. R., S. J. Presley, C. P. Bloch, I. Castro-Arellano, L. M. Cisneros, C. L. Higgins, and B. T. Klingbeil.  2011.  Tropical metacommunities and elevational gradients: disentangling effects of forest type from other elevational factors.  Oikos 120:1497-1508.

Presley, S. J., M. R. Willig, C. P. Bloch, I. Castro-Arellano, C. L. Higgins, and B. T. Klingbeil.  2011.  A complex metacommunity structure for gastropods along an elevational gradient.  Biotropica 43:480-488.

Castro-Arellano, I., T. E. Lacher, Jr., M. R. Willig, and T. Rangel.  2010.  Assessment of assemblage-wide temporal-niche segregation using null models.  Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 1:311-318.

Castro-Arellano, I. and T. E. Lacher, Jr.  2009.  Temporal niche segregation in two rodent assemblages of subtropical Mexico.  Journal of Tropical Ecology, 25:593-603.

Castro-Arellano, I, G. Suzán, R. Flores-León, R. Morales-Jiménez, and T. E. Lacher, Jr.  2009.  Survey for antibody to hantaviruses in Tamaulipas, Mexico.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 45:207-212.

Castro-Arellano, I., S. J. Presley, L. N. Saldanha, M. R. Willig, and J. M. Wunderle, Jr.  2009.  Reduced-impact logging and temporal activity of understorey bats in lowland Amazonia.  Biological Conservation, 142:2131-2139.

Presley, S., M. R. Willig, I. Castro-Arellano, and S. Weaver.  2009. Effects of habitat conversion on temporal activity patterns of phyllostomid bats in lowland Amazonian rainforest.  Journal of Mammalogy, 90:210-221.

Presley, S. J., M. R. Willig, L. N. Saldanha, J. Wunderle, and I. Castro-Arellano.  2009.  Reduced-impact logging has little effect on temporal activity of frugivorous bats (Chiroptera) in lowland Amazonia. Biotropica, 41:369-378.

Castro-Arellano, I., C. Madrid, T. E. Lacher, Jr., and L. Leon-Paniagua.  2008.  Hair trap efficacy to detecting mammalian carnivores in the tropics.  Journal of Wildlife Management, 72:1405-1412.

Castro-Arellano, I., S. J. Presley, L. N. Saldanha, M. R. Willig, and J. M. Wunderle, Jr.  2007.  Effects of reduced-impact logging on bat biodiversity in terra firme forest of lowland Amazonia.  Biological Conservation, 138: 269-285.

Castro-Arellano, I. and T. E. Lacher, Jr.  2005.  A new record and altitudinal extensions for El Cielo Biosphere Reserve mammals, Tamaulipas, México.  Revista Mexicana de Mastozoología, 9:150-154.

 

b. Non-refereed Articles:

 

Castro-Arellano, I., G. Suzán, R. Flores-León, R. Morales-Jiménez, and T. E. Lacher, Jr.  2007.  First report of Hantavirus occurrence in the nimble-footed mouse, Peromyscus levipes, in northern Mexico.  Peromyscus Newsletter, 42:36-38.

Castro-Arellano, I.  2006.  Ecological patterns of the small mammal communities at el Cielo Biosphere Reserve, Tamaulipas, México.  Mastozoología Neotropical, 13:153-155.

Ortega, J. and I. Castro-Arellano.  2001.  Artibeus jamaicensis.  Mammalian species: 663: 1-9.

Castro-Arellano, I., H. Zarza and R. Medellín.  2000.  Philander opossum.  Mammalian species, 638: 1-8.

 

3. Abstracts:

 

N/A

 

4. Reports:

 

N/A

 

5. Book Reviews:

 

N/A

 

6. Other:

 

N/A

 

B. Works not in Print

 

1. Papers Presented at Professional Meetings:

 

2012.  Hantavirus presence at rodent assemblages from Northeastern and Central Mexico.  62nd Annual James Steele Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man.  San Antonio, Texas.

 

2012.  Hantavirus ecology at rodent assemblages from northeastern Mexico.  First Conference in Subtropical Biology (UTPA).  Edinburg, Texas.

 

2011.  Global evaluation of metacommunity structure of bats along elevational gradients.  III Congreso Mexicano de Ecología.  Sociedad Mexicana de Ecología.  Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico.

 

2011.  Elements of metacommunity structure of bird species over an elevational gradient in northwest Mexico.  III Congreso Mexicano de Ecología.  Sociedad Mexicana de Ecología.  Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico.

 

2010.  Analysis of temporal niche overlap with null models and its application on mammalian ecology studies.  X Congreso Nacional y I Congreso Latinoamericano de Mastozoología.  Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.

 

2010.  Elements of metacommunity structure of small mammals along global elevational gradients.  X Congreso Nacional y I Congreso Latinoamericano de Mastozoología.  Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.

 

2010.  Metacommunity structure of small mammals along elevational gradients: a global assessment.  Interdisciplinary studies on Global Climate Change and the Ecology and Management of Tropical Montane Ecosystems.  Workshop organized by the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute and funded by NSF.

 

2007.  Temporal niche overlap in a diverse Amazonian bat community.  Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Alburquerque, NM.

 

2007.  Molecular evolutionary relationships among members of the Reithrodontomys tenuirostris species group.  Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Alburquerque, NM.

 

2007.  Effects of reduced impact logging on bat biodiversity in terra firme forest of lowland Amazonia. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Alburquerque, NM.

 

2007.  Community structure and species composition as determinants in Hantavirus prevalence in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Alburquerque, NM.

 

2006.  Efficiency of two hair trap designs to detect medium and large mammals.  Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Amherst, MA.

 

2005.  Terrestrial and scansorial microhabitat use at two contrasting small mammal communities in subtropical Mexico.  Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Springfield, MO.

 

2004.  Relevance of temporal niche dynamics for rodent community patterns at El Cielo Biosphere Reserve, Mexico.  Annual meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation in Miami, FL.

 

2002.  Mammalian species density gradients in Africa.  2002 Annual Symposium of the British Ecological Society: Macroecology, reconciling divergent perspectives on large scale ecological patterns.  Birmingham, UK.

 

2000.  Diversity, endemism and endangerment patterns of the continental African mammals.  Society for Conservation Biology annual meeting, Missoula, MT.

 

1999.  Patterns of distribution in the terrestrial mammals of Africa.  Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Seattle, WA.

 

2. Invited Talks, Lectures, Presentations:

 

2012.  Invited talk during Kika de la Garza Science Fellowship.  USDA – HSI program.

 

2011.  Invited talk.  Texas State University, San Marcos.

 

2010.  Invited seminar and workshop.  Instituto de Ecología, A.C.  Null model assessment of assemblage-wide temporal niche overlap.

 

2010.  Invited Talk.  Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Victoria, Ciudad Victoria, Mexico.

 

2002.  Guest lecturer for WFSC-624.  Population ecology graduate class.  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M.

 

3. Consultancies:

 

N/A

 

4. Workshops:

 

2010.  Instituto de Ecología, A.C.  Null model analysis of temporal niche overlap.

 

2010.  Interdisciplinary studies on Global Climate Change and the Ecology and Management of Tropical Montane Ecosystems.  Workshop organized by the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute and funded by NSF.

 

5. Other:

 

N/A

 

C. Grants and Contracts

 

1. Funded External Grants and Contracts:

 

2012-2014       ($390,014) Research Supervisor (PI).  Texas Department of Transportation.    Contribution of Bridge Dwelling Birds to Bacterial Quality Impairments.

 

2012-2015       ($130,000 aprox) Co-PI.  Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (México).  Proyecto de ciencia básica #179482.  Effect of diversity on the prevalence of zoonotic agents in wild rodents of northeastern Chihuahua.

 

2010-2012.      ($24,000) Principal Investigator.  Texas A&M-CONACyT Collaborative Research Grant Program.  Prevalence and characterization of Hantaviruses and Arenaviruses in wild and peridomestic settings of northeastern Mexico.

 

2010-2011       ($23,000 aprox) Principal Investigator.  New Professor Grant Program.  Secretaria de Educación Publica (México).  Ecology of Hantavirus reservoir rodent species in northeastern Mexico.

 

2002.   ($1,000) Grants in aid for research.  American Society of Mammalogists.

 

2001.   ($1,760) Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund research grant.  American Museum of Natural History.

 

2000.   ($2,117) Research grant.  Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, Illinois).

 

2000    3 camera trap units (worth $1,400).  Idea Wild (conservation NGO, Fort Collins, Colorado).

 

2. Submitted, but not Funded, External Grants and Contracts:

 

2012.  ($500,000/2 years).  Co-PI.  National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense.  Foundational research for surveillance of Tick-borne emerging diseases along the Texas-Mexico border.

 

2012.  (Pre-proposal).  Co-PI.  National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology.  A probabilistic model to predict the geographical spread of species.

 

2011.  ($9,000/1 year).  Co-PI.  Morris Animal Foundation.  Surveying ticks and wildlife in Texas for Lyme disease causing agent affecting domestic animals.

 

3. Funded Internal Grants and Contracts:

 

2011.  ($8,000).  Principal Investigator.  Research Enhancement Program Grant.  Texas State University, San Marcos.

 

4. Submitted, but not Funded, Internal Grants and Contracts:

 

N/A

 

D. Fellowships, Awards, Honors:

 

2012                E. Kika de la Garza Science Fellow.  United States Department of Agriculture.

2000                ($200) Travel award.  Society for Conservation Biology annual meeting.

2000 - 2004     ($22,000 per annum) Fellowship from the Science and Technology Council of Mexico (CONACyT) for PhD at Texas A&M (tuition, stipend and health insurance).

1999 - 2005     ($3,040) Travel awards from Texas A&M for talk and poster presentations at 6 scientific meetings.

1998                ($32,000) Fulbright Fellowship for MS at Texas A&M.  Tuition, stipend and health insurance.

1998                ($6,000) Encyclopedia Britannica award for MS tuition.

1997                Honorific mention of undergraduate thesis, UNAM.

1996                ($1,200) Fellowship from Fundacion UNAM (stipend).

1995                ($1,900 plus housing) REU award.  National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

 

IV. SERVICE

 

A. University:

 

2012.               Interim Campus Director for the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species.

 

 

B. Departmental:

 

2012.               Member of the weekly Departmental seminar committee.

 

C. Community:

 

11/2012.  Talk and question/answer session with 1st grade students from Spicewood Elementary School in Austin, TX.

 

D. Professional:

 

External manuscript reviewer (over 60 in total) for the following journals: Journal of Wildlife Management, Ecological Applications, Biological Conservation, Western North American Naturalist, Revista Chilena de Historia Natural, Revista Latinoamericana de Conservación, Mastozoología Neotropical, Journal of Mammalogy, Acta Theriologica, Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad, and Southwestern Naturalist.

 

2010                Reviewer for the National Science Foundation (Dissertation Improvement Grants).

2010                Member of the COTACyT review committee to evaluate applications for federal fellowships to study graduate degrees abroad (Biology/Chemistry division).

2008                Participated as a Mexican mammal expert in the Global Mammal Assessment Workshop organized by IUCN-World Conservation Union in Zamorano, Honduras.  Aided reassessment of conservation status of 150+ mammal species (http://www.iucnredlist.org/mammals).

2007 – date     Associate editor.  Revista Mexicana de Mastozoología (Mexican Mammalogy Journal).

2005 - 2007     Member of the Conservation Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists.

2005 - 2010     Member of the International Relations Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists.

2000 - 2003     Co-chair of the Graduate Program Enhancement Fund (GPEF) Committee at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M.

1999 - 2003     Member of the GPEF committee at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, TAMU.

2002                Co-chair organizing Committee.  Third Annual Ecological Integration Symposium: Evolutionary Perspectives in Ecological Integration.  This symposium is multidisciplinary event completely run by graduate students at Texas A&M.

1999                Treasurer of the TAMU chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology.

 

E. Organizations

 

1. Honorary:

 

N/A

 

2. Professional:

 

American Society of Mammalogist.

Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation.

Southwestern Association of Naturalists.

Asociación Mexicana de Mastozoología.

Sociedad Mexicana de Ecología.