Matt Girard

Matt Girard

Graduate Student
785.864.2316
Dyche Hall

Matt is an evolutionary biologist interested in the anatomical evolution of marine fishes 

Research: 

College of William & Mary - Virginia Institute of Marine Science    
Larval Fishes Course    June 2016
Two week course at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science focused on identification of marine larval fishes from the Mid-Atlantic Bight.    

University of Kansas - Biodiversity Institute    
Research Assistantship - Systematics of Fishes    January 2016 - May 2016
Phylogeny of Carangiformes utilizing combined molecular and morphological data. Advised by W. Leo Smith, Ph.D.    

Research Assistantship - Systematics of Fishes    August 2015 - December 2015
Phylogeny of sculpins in the genus Icelinus utilizing combined molecular and morphological data. Advised by W. Leo Smith, Ph.D.    

Research Assistantship - Systematics of Fishes    January 2015 - May 2015
Phylogeny of sculpins in the genus Icelinus utilizing combined molecular and morphological data. Advised by W. Leo Smith, Ph.D.    

Field Museum of Natural History - Division of Fishes    
Research Assistantship - Functional Morphology of Fishes    August 2013 - December 2013
Dissection and analysis of jaw musculature of Tigerfish within genus Hydrocynus. Advised by Justin Grubich, Ph.D., and Mark Westneat, Ph.D.    

Research Assistantship - Systematics of Fishes    May 2013 - July 2013
Systematics of fishes using DNA characters. Advised by W. Leo Smith, Ph.D. and Matthew P. Davis, Ph.D.    

Research Assistantship - Systematics of Fishes    May 2013 - July 2013
Molecular phylogeny of sculpins in the genus Icelinus. Advised by W. Leo Smith, Ph.D.    

Loyola University Chicago - Department of Biology    
Research Assistantship - Biochemistry and Aquatic Ecology    January 2013 - May 2013 
Soil de-nitrification properties of bivalves on soil and water samples from Jamaica Bay, NY. Advised by Timothy Hoellein, Ph.D.    

Undergraduate Thesis    January 2013 - May 2013
Thesis entitled: Analysis of Fish Dentition and Known Primary Diet to Generate Generalized Feeding Model. Advised by William Kroll, Ph.D.

Publications: 

2. GIRARD, Matthew G. and W. Leo Smith. “The Phylogeny of Marine Sculpins of the Genus Icelinus with Comments on the Evolution and Biogeography of the Pseudoblenninae.” Zootaxa 4171.3 (2016): 549-561. http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4171.3.9

1. Smith, W. Leo; Jennifer H. Stern; Matthew G. GIRARD; Matthew P. Davis. “Evolution of Venomous  Cartilaginous and Ray-Finned Fishes.” Integrative and Comparative Biology (2016): icw070. http://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icw070

Education: 

University of Kansas - Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Doctoral Student  –  August 2014 - Present

Loyola University Chicago - Department of Biology
Bachelor of Science - Biology with Ecology Emphasis  –  May 2014

Grants: 

University of Kansas Department of Graduate Studies Research Fellow
Title: Exploring Dorsal Fin Evolution in Carangiform Fishes
Funded: $5,000.00

University of Kansas Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
Summer Research Support
Title: Exploring Dorsal Fin Evolution in Carangiform Fishes
Funded: $3,500.00

Biodiversity Institute Panorama Grant
Title: Exploring Dorsal Fin Evolution in Carangiform Fishes 
Funded: $1,000.00

Lerner-Gray Grant for Marine Research
Title: Exploring Dorsal Fin Evolution in Carangiform Fishes 
Funded: $1,400.00

American Society of Ichthyologist and Herpetologist Clark Hubbs Fund
Title: Carangiformes: Relationships and Anatomical Investigation
Funded: $600.00

University of Michigan Species Tree Workshop Grant-in-Aid
Funded: $500.00

Teaching: 

Fall 2016 – BIOL 413: History and Diversity of Organisms, University of Kansas

Spring 2016  BIOL 593: Ichthyology, University of Kansas

Fall 2014  BIOL 150: Principles in Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, University of Kansas

Professional Presentations: 

6. Haskell Indian Nations University - Lawrence, KS
Invited Presenter for BIOL 102: The Sarcopterygian Self - Exploring diversity through phylogeny and how it relates to you. GIRARD, Matthew G.*

5. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists - New Orleans, LA
Presentation: Phylogenetic and anatomical diversity of venomous cartilaginous and ray-finned fishes. SMITH, W. Leo*; Matthew G. GIRARD; Jennifer H. STERN; Matthew P. DAVIS

4. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists - New Orleans, LA
Presentation: Carangiformes: Relationships and Anatomical Investigation. GIRARD, Matthew G.*; W. Leo SMITH

3. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology - Portland, OR
Presentation: Phylogenetic and anatomical diversity of venomous cartilaginous and ray-finned fishes. SMITH, W. Leo*; Matthew G. GIRARD; Jennifer H. STERN

2. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology - Portland, OR
Presentation: Intra- and interspecific relationships of sculpins, in genus Icelinus. GIRARD, Matthew G.*; W. Leo SMITH

1. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists - Reno, NV
Presentation: Intra- and interspecific relationships of sculpins, in genus Icelinus. GIRARD, Matthew G.*; W. Leo SMITH

"*" Denotes Presentor

Major Field Experience: 

California Deep Sea Fishes Collections    May 2016

Taiwan Fishes Collections    November 2014
Ten–day collecting trip to multiple locations along the Northern and Southern coasts of Taiwan. Collections were purposed towards expanding the University of Kansas’s Ichthyology Voucher and Tissue Collections. Over 2,400 fishes were collected.

Illinois Fishes Collections    September 2013
Two two–day trips to Piscasaw and Nippersink creeks in McHenry County, IL. Collections were purposed towards identifying established fish communities within the creeks.

Illinois Fishes Collections    September 2012
Two two–day trips to Piscasaw and Nippersink creeks in McHenry County, IL. Collections were purposed towards identifying established fish communities within the creeks. 

Professional Societies: 

American Societies of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SCIB)