Swanson, Brook O.Associate Professor of Biology | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone Extension: 6692
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences with distinction, Northern Arizona University: December 2004
Bachelor of Science with highest honor, Biological Sciences, with concentrations in Marine Biology and Ecology, Florida Institute of Technology: May 1999
Peer Reviewed Publications
2009 Swanson, B.O., Anderson, S.*, DiGiovine, C.*, Ross, R., Dorsey, J.* Evolution of complex biomaterial performance: the case of spider silk. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49:21-31.
2009 Dean, M., Swanson, B.O., Summers, A.P. Biomaterials: properties, variation and evolution. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49: 15-20.
2009 Collin, M., Camama, E., Swanson, B.O., Edgerly, J.S., Hayashi, C.Y. Comparison of embiopteran silks reveals tensile and structural similarities across taxa. Biomacromolecules.
2008 Swanson, B.O., Gibb, A.C., Marks, J.C., Hendrickson, D.A. Variation in foraging behavior facilitates resource partitioning in a polymorphic cichlid, Herichthys minckleyi. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 83:147-154
2007 Swanson, B.O., Blackledge, T.A., Hayashi, C.Y. Spider capture silk: performance implications of variation in an exceptional biomaterial. Journal of Experimental Zoology 307(11): 654-666.
2007 Gibb, A.C., Swanson, B.O. Liu, C.* Heterochrony and the development of the escape response: prehatching movements in the rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss. Journal of Experimental Zoology 307(10): 556-567.
2006 Swanson, B.O., Blackledge, T.A., Summers, A.P., Hayashi, C.Y. Spider dragline silk: correlated and mosaic evolution in high performance biological materials. Evolution 60:2539-2551.
2006 Swanson, B.O., Blackledge, T.A., Beltrán, J.* Hayashi, C.Y. Variation in the material properties of spider dragline silk across species. Journal of Applied Physics A 82(2). 213-218.
2006 Gibb, A.C., Swanson, B.O., Wesp, H.M., Landels, C.*, and Liu, C.* The development of escape performance in teleost fishes: Do ontogenetic changes enable improved escape performance? Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 79(1). 7-19.
2005 Swanson, B.O., Gibb, A.C., Marks, J.C., Hendrickson, D.A. Do kinematics vary between lab and field feeding behaviors in a Mexican cichlid? Environmental Biology of Fishes. 74(2). 199-206.
2004 Swanson, B.O., and Gibb, A.C. Kinematics of aquatic and terrestrial escape responses in mudskippers. Journal of Experimental Biology.207: 4037-4044.
2003 Swanson, B.O., Gibb, A.C., Marks, J.C., Hendrickson, D.A. Trophic polymorphism and behavioral differences decrease intra-specific competition in a cichlid, Herichthys minckleyi. Ecology 84(6). 1441-1446.
2009 Swanson, B.O. Review of Inspired by Biology: from molecules to materials to machines. In The Quarterly Review of Biology 84:183-184.
2005 Swanson, B.O. Maintenance of diversity in a polymorphic species (Herichthys minckleyi). Buntbarsche Bulletin 228. 27-35 .
2010 AFOSR Young Investigators Program. $345,000
2010 NSF MRI for an ICP-MS co-PI $180,000
2009 Murdock Charitable Trust: Partners in Science grant with Bree Reynolds from Wellpinit High school. $15,000
2008 College of Arts and Sciences travel award for undergraduates attending a scientific meeting. $1000
2008 NSF symposium grant for "Biomaterials: testing variation and evolution." $10,280.
2008 AFOSR symposium grant for "Biomaterials: testing variation and evolution." $5,000.
2008 HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program, co-PI $1.2 Million.
2007 Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, $148,000.
2001-2004 EPA STAR fellowship to study morphological variation in polymorphic cichlids, $ 75,000
2003 Jordan award for cichlid evolution research, $ 400
2001, 2003 NAU graduate college travel awards to attend scientific meetings, $450
1999 Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research for neurophysiology, awarded spring, $ 900
Awards and Honors
2006 Recipient of a M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Research Start-up Grant for New Science Faculty award
2005 Outstanding doctoral dissertation, NAU Biology Department
2004 Outstanding published paper with graduate student as senior author, NAU Biology department
1997-1999 Distinguished student scholar awards, Florida Tech Biology Department
1999 Member of Beta Beta Beta (Biology Honors Society)
Public dissemination of research
2010 Scholastic Fantastic: A small but vicious shrimp may change the way we go into modern battles. By Joel Smith. The Pacific Northwest Inlander, May 27th
2008 The Mystery of the Peacock mantis shrimp and other tales of research - Big Science: The value of Research. By Sabrina Jones and Marny Lombard. Gonzaga Quarterly. Fall.
2009-current Gonzaga Biology Research Committee
2009 Computer science faculty search committee member
2008 Chair of two successful faculty searches in Biology
2008 Biology faculty search committee member
2008-present Gonzaga Health Sciences Committee
2002-2009 Committee member, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Public Affairs: Produce and edit symposium press releases for distribution to national and international journalists
2004-current Reviewer, Biomacromolecules, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Journal of Experimental Zoology, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, Behavior and Brain Research, Ecology, Environmental Biology of Fishes, Behavour, Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, Journal of Morphology, Zoology, Journal of Theoretical biology, Murdock Charitable trust, NSF, NSERC, ARO.