Patina K. Mendez

 

PATINA K. MENDEZ

Contact Information

Email:   patina.mendez -at- berkeley.edu

Mail:   Dr. Patina K. Mendez
137 Mulford Hall #3114
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-3114

Education

University of California, Berkeley, 2007
Ph. D., Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, College of Natural Resources
Dissertation: Life history and benthic macroinvertebrates: studies and applications to benthic ecology and systematics, Major Professor: Vincent H. Resh

The University of Texas at Austin, 1999
Bachelor of Science, Zoology

The University of Texas at Austin, 1999
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art

Professional Experience

Continuing Lecturer, 2015-2016
Lecturer, 2009-2015
ESPM 175A&B Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences. University of California, Berkeley. Co-instructed with Kurt Spreyer.

Lecturer, 2012
BIO 1B: General Biology Laboratory. University of California, Berkeley.

Lecturer, 2010, 2011
ESPM 100ES Introduction to the Methods of Environmental Sciences. University of California, Berkeley.

Lecturer, 2009, 2011
ESPM 115B Biology of Aquatic Insects. University of California, Berkeley. Co-instructed with Vincent H. Resh.

University of Minnesota McKnight Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2007, 2008
University of Minnesota Insect Collection. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Instructor, 2008
ENT 4861 Aquatic Entomology. University of Minnesota. Summer.

Graduate Student Instructor, 2007
BIO 1B General Biology. University of California, Berkeley. Spring.

Graduate Student Researcher, 2006
Essig Museum of Entomology. Berkeley Natural History Museums. Fall.

Graduate Student Instructor, 2003
ESPM 115B Biology of Aquatic Insects. University of California, Berkeley. Fall.

Website Producer, 1999-2001
Sega.com. San Francisco, California.

Curatorial Assistant, 1998-1999
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Memorial Museum, Texas Natural History Collection.

Honors & Awards

Lecturer Teaching Fellow, 2013, University of California, Berkeley. Research project: Integrating Visuospatial Approaches into Scientific & Science Writing with Teri Crisp, College Writing

Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs, 2012, Graduate Council’s Advisory Committee for GSI Affairs & the GSI Teaching and Resource Center, University of California, Berkeley.

Lecturer Teaching Fellow, 2011, University of California, Berkeley.

University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007 & renewed in 2008

Two-year, merit-based, diversity enhancement fellowship, University of Minnesota.

Steven Souja Memorial Award for Entomology, 2006
University of California, Berkeley, Division of Insect Biology.

Robert L. Usinger Memorial Award for Aquatic Insect Systematics, 2005
University of California, Berkeley, Division of Insect Biology.

Margaret C. Walker Fund for research in Insect Systematics, 2004, 2005
University of California, Berkeley, Division of Insect Biology.

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, 2004
Biology of Aquatic Insects course, Fall 2003. University of California, Berkeley.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP), 2003-2006
Three-year, graduate student fellowship. National Science Foundation.

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship Award, 2001-2005
Four-year, merit-based, diversity enhancement fellowship from the Eugene Cota-Robles Foundation, University of California, Berkeley.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 1997
Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin.

Texas Academic Honors Award (TAHA), 1994-1999
Five-year, merit-based, undergraduate academic scholarship, University of Texas at Austin.

Teaching Experience

Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences.
University of California, Berkeley, 2009-2016. Instructor, year-long capstone course in research methods for senior-level Environmental Sciences majors for their Senior Thesis. Co-instructor with Kurt Spreyer.

Introduction to the Methods in Environmental Sciences.
University of California, Berkeley, 2010 & 2011. Instructor, research methods course for junior-level Environmental Sciences majors in preparation for the Senior Thesis. Prerequisite to Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences.

General Biology.
University of California, Berkeley, 2012. Lecturer, semester course for lower division undergraduate students, taught laboratory and discussion.

Biology of Aquatic Insects.
University of California, Berkeley, 2009 & 2011. Co-instructor with Vincent H. Resh.

Aquatic Entomology.
University of Minnesota, Lake Itasca Field Station, 2007. Instructor, taught a four-week, 3 unit, intensive, field-oriented course focused on the taxonomy, life history, and ecology of lotic and lentic aquatic insects.

General Biology.
University of California, Berkeley, 2007. Graduate student instructor, semester course for lower division undergrads, taught lab and discussion portions of the class.

Aquatic Insects mini-course.
University of California, Berkeley, 2005. Instructor, 9-week workshop on the orders of aquatic insects for a small class of UC Berkeley students.

Current and Fundamental Topics in Aquatic Ecology.
University of California, Berkeley, 2005. Co-organizer, semester graduate student seminar series examining literature in aquatic ecology with an emphasis on pairing recent with foundational publications. Co-organized with Raphael Mazor.

Biology of Aquatic Insects.
University of California, Berkeley, 2003. Graduate student instructor, semester course with Dr. James L. Carter (lecturer), taught lab portion of the course. Received the UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.

Outreach & Service

Web Editor, 2009-2016
North American Benthological Society, http://www.benthos.org.

Coordinating Committee Member, 2010-2016
Instars Diversity Program, Society for Freshwater Science. Diversity program to bring undergraduate students to annual meeting. Member Education & Diversity Committee.

Editor and Community Coordinator, 2000-2016
Trichoptera Literature Database, http://www.trichopteralit.umn.edu.

Technical Liaison, Trichoptera Checklist Coordinating Committee, 2015-2016
Trichoptera World Checklist, http://entweb.clemson.edu/database/trichopt/.

Mentor, Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), 2014-2016
Univ. California, Berkeley

Mentor, Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP), 2012-2016, 2004-2006
, Univ. California, Berkeley

Reviewer, Outstanding GSI Award, ESPM, 2013
Univ. of California, Berkeley

Departmental Seminar Committee Member, 2007-2009
Department of Entomology Seminar Committee, University of Minnesota.

Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Programs Committee, 2005
University of California, Berkeley.

Organizer, Darwin Day and Bug Day, 2001-2005
Entomology Students' Organization outreach events, University of California, Berkeley.

Art Installations

The Improbable Orchestra, 2002-2007.
Interactive digital sound installation that allows up to 4 participants to explore collaborative digital music creation through a console of controls. With Josh W. H. Steiner (digital music & programming), Jake S. Zweig (digital music), George S. Campbell (electronics), & Jon Nelson (digital music). Contribution was on physical design, visuals, and construction. Showings: RIP.MIX.BURN.BAM.PFA, October 2007; Makers Faire, April 2006; Chabot Space and Science Center, 2005; Burningman Decompression, October 2005; Burningman, October 2005; SciFest, August 2005; Rickshaw Stop, 2004; Odeon, October 2004; Burningman Decompression, October 2004; Burningman, August 2004.

Guest Lectures

Aquatic Insects.
Lecture for the Insect Biology course (undergraduate and graduate students taught by Greg Setliff) in the department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, 2007.

Trichoptera.
Lecture in General Entomology Class taught by Patrick O’Grady, University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Trichoptera.
Lecture in Insect Natural History Class taught by Rosemary Gillespie, University of California, Berkeley, 2006

Trichoptera systematics: Amphiesmeneoptera and basal Trichopteran relationships.
Lecture in Insect Systematics Class taught by Kip Will, University of California, Berkeley, 2005.

Time management in teaching.
Lecture in Professional Preparation: Teaching in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management for the ESPM GSI Training Course taught by Vincent Resh, University of California, Berkeley, 2004 & 2006.

Women scientists in the movies.
Lecture in Science Goes to the Movies, Freshman Seminar taught by Vincent Resh, University of California, Berkeley, 2003, 2004, & 2006.

Professional Affiliations

Member, North American Benthological Society (NABS), 2001-2009
Professionals and researchers in the studies of freshwater benthic ecology and aquatic entomology.

Member, Entomological Society of America (ESA), 2003, 2008
Professionals and researchers in the studies of insects.

President (2004), Secretary (2002), Entomology Students’ Organization
Organization for graduate students in the Division of Insect Biology, ESPM, University of California, Berkeley

Member, National Speleological Society (NSS), 2003-2008, 1999
Professionals and researchers in the studies of cave and karst research and exploration.

Publications

Ball, J. E., Bêche, L. A., P. K. Mendez, and V. H. Resh. 2013. Biodiversity in Mediterranean-Climate Streams of California. Hydrobiologia 719: 187-213.

Mendez, P. K., R. W. Holzenthal, and J. W. H. Steiner. The Trichoptera Literature Database: a collaborative bibliographic resource for world caddisfly research. Zoosymposia.

Kwong, L., P. K. Mendez, and V. H. Resh. Case-repair in three genera of caddisflies (Trichoptera). Zoosymposia. (Submitted) **Mentored Senior Thesis.

Resh, V. H., M. Hannaford, J. K. Jackson, G. A. Lamberti, and P. K. Mendez. The biology of the Limnphilid caddisfly Dicosmoecus gilvipes (Hagen) in Northern California (U.S.A) streams. Zoosymposia. (Submitted)

Holzenthal, R. W., D. R. Robertson, S. U. Pauls, and P. K. Mendez. Taxonomy and Systematics: Contributions to Benthology and Future Directions. Journal of the North American Benthological Society. (In Press).

Mendez, P. K. and V. H. Resh. 2008. Life history of Neophylax rickeri (Trichoptera: Uenoidae) in northern California Streams. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 101:573-584.

Mendez, P.K., J. R. Wood, and V. H. Resh. 2007. Emergence, fluctuating sex ratios, and protandry in Neophylax rickeri (Trichoptera: Uenoidae). Pgs. 197-202 in Bueno-Soria, J. R. and B. Armitage (editors), Proceedings of the XIIth International Symposium on Trichoptera, June 18-22, 2006. The Caddis Press.

Mendez, P.K. and V. H. Resh. 2007. What aspects of the life history of Trichoptera have been studied? Pgs. 191-195 in Bueno-Soria, J. R. and B. Armitage (editors), Proceedings of the XIIth International Symposium on Trichoptera, June 18-22, 2006. The Caddis Press.

Chen, G., Dubrowsky, I., Mendez, P., Iverson, B., Georgiou, G. 1999. In vitro scanning saturation mutagenesis of all the specificity determining residues in an antibody binding site. Protein Engineering 12:349-356.

Manuscripts in preparation

Mendez, P. K. and V. H. Resh. Biological traits and community structure in the Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada: Physical habitat influences on the structure of aquatic communities.

Mazor, R. D., P. K. Mendez, and V. H. Resh. The comparison of biological traits with structural attributes of aquatic insect communities in biomonitoring.

Donley, E., P. K. Mendez, and V. H. Resh. Seasonal Patterns of Benthic Macroinvertebrates in a Northern California Mediterranean-Climate Stream. ** Mentored Senior Thesis.

Mendez, P. K. and V. H. Resh. The influence of phylogeny on the biological traits of Trichoptera.