• UC Berkeley, PhD Student (Fall 2015-)
    • Department of Integrative Biology
    • Advisor: Dr. Wayne Sousa
    • GPA: 4.00/4.00
  • Pomona College, Claremont, CA,  Bachelor of Arts in Biology, magna cum laude (May 2015)
    • Cumulative GPA: 3.96/4.00
    • Senior thesis: Factors driving early decomposition processes in low-elevation habitat types of Southern California
    • Relevant courses:  Insect Ecology & Behavior,  Conservation Biology, Biochemistry, Statistics,  Soils & Society, Environmental Analysis
  • Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 

Research Experience

  • Summer Research Assistant, Pomona College (Summer 2015)
    • Received Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant
    • Completed litter decomposition work with intent to publish findings
  • Independent Summer Researcher, Pomona College (Summer 2014)
    • Received grant through Pomona's Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
    • Examined abiotic and biotic factors influencing regional leaf litter decomposition
    • Presented findings at Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session
  • Ecosystem Researcher, Bernard Field Station, Pomona College (Fall 2013-Spring 2015)
    • Investigated carbon and nitrogen storage in leaf litter, soil, and aboveground biomass
    • Designed and conducted part of a long-term study looking at C and N storage in soil in response to fire
    • Acquired skills in litter and soil processing, C and N elemental analysis, and bulk density calculations
  • Research Assistant, Meyer Lab, Pomona College (Spring 2013-Spring 2014)
    • Monitored ground-dwelling invertebrate communities in native, non-native, and urban habitats
    • Acquired skills in collecting, preserving, sorting, and keying arthropods
  • Summer Research Intern, Bill Holt HIV Clinic, Phoenix Children's Hospital (Summer 2013)
    • Collaborated on a retrospective chart review with a PI and intern
    • Analyzed findings and assisted in writing and editing manuscript

Awards and Honors

  • 2015  and 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention
  • Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study, UC Berkeley
  • Senior Exercise with Distinction, Pomona College
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Mortar Board Honor Society
  • Pomona College Scholar
  • Dean's List Honors, Skidmore College
  • Porter Presidential Scholarship in Math and Science, Skidmore College

Other Experience

  • Graduate Student Instructor, Invertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley (Spring 2016)
  • Teaching Assistant, Fire Ecology Lab Course, Pomona College (Spring 2015)
  • Secretary, Mortar Board National Honor Society, Pomona College (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
  • Chair, Honor's Forum Citizenship Committee, Skidmore College (Fall 2011-Spring 2012)


  • Be A Scientist (Fall 2016-)
  • Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) (Fall 2015-)
  • Volunteer at UC Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center (Fall 2015-)
  • Math and Science Scholars Mentor, Pomona College (Summer 2014, 2015)
  • Volunteer at Community Earth Day and other events, Bernard Field Station (Spring 2013-Spring 2015)
  • Volunteer and tutor in writing skills and college applications, Pomona High School (Fall 2012-Fall 2013)
  • Summer Intensive Volunteer (150 h), Phoenix Children's Hospital (Summer 2012)

Publications & Contributed Presentations

Brady, K., Dipman, M., Nelson, E., Allen, M., Clarke-Steffen, L., Edmonds, A., and Piat, J. (2016) Neurodevelopmental exam recommendations in children who are HIV-positive. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Meyer, W.M., III, Staubus, W.J., Wheeler, M., Dipman, M.M., and Spear, D.M. Conservation importance of native coastal sage scrub and non-native grassland habitat patches in urban/suburban Los Angeles County, California, USA. 99th Annual Ecological Society of America Meeting, August 2014.

Spear, D.M., Adams, T.A., Boyd, E.S., Dipman, M.M., Staubus, W.J., and Meyer, W.M., III (2016) The effects of development, type-conversion, and fire on low-elevation Southern California spider assemblages. Invertebrate Biology.

Staubus, W.J., Boyd, E.S., Adams, T.A., Spear, D.M., Dipman, M.M., and Meyer, W.M., III (2015) Ant communities in native sage scrub, non-native grassland, and suburban habitats in Los Angeles County, USA: conservation implications. Journal of Insect Conservation 19: 669-680.

Wheeler, M.M., Dipman, M.M., Adams, T.A., Ruina, A.V., Robins, C.R., and Meyer, W.M., III (2016) Carbon and nitrogen storage in California sage scrub and non-native grassland habitats. Journal of Arid Environments 129: 119-125.

Technical & Laboratory Skills

  • Proficient in R, SPSS, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office
  • Arthropod trapping, sorting & identification
  • C:N analysis of leaf litter and soil
  • Soil collection, processing & bulk density calculations
  • Vegetation sampling