Mikheyev CV

Alexander (Sasha) Mikheyev

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology +81 (0) 90 6861 6703 (mobile)

1919–1 Tancha +81 (0) 98 966 8889 (office)

Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa, 904–0412, Japan @veyehkim.rednaxelaoist.jp

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Education

  • University of Texas Austin, TX
    • Ph.D. in Ecology Evolution & Behavior (2002 - 2009)
      
  • Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
    • M.S. Biology (2000 - 2002)
      
  • Cornell University Ithaca, NY
    • B.A. Neurobiology and Behavior (1996 - 2000)

Academic awards, fellowships and honors

  • NSF postdoctoral fellowship in biological informatics (declined)
  • University of Texas George H. Mitchell Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
    • This is the university’s top graduate research award
  • George Eickwort Award
    • for “exceptional research and scholarly activity by students in the eld of social
      insect biology”, presented annually to one student or post-doc member of the
      North American Section of the International Union for the Study of Social
      Insects
  • The University of Texas Livingston Fellowship
  • U.S. Fulbright fellowship to Cameroon and Gabon
  • National Science Foundation East Asia and Paci c Summer Institutes
    Australia Program
  • University of Texas Bruton fellowships
  • Environmental Protection Agency STAR pre-doctoral fellowship
  • National Science Foundation East Asia and Paci c Summer Institutes
    Korea Program
  • Univeristy of Texas Hartmann summer merit fellowship
  • Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship
  • Dean’s Excellence Award, University of Texas
  • University of Texas Fellowship
  • Florida State University Teaching Fellowship

Research and travel grants

  • KAKENHI (S) Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan
    • with K. Matsuura and M. Kamakura
  • KAKENHI Young Scientist (B), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan
  • NSF Phylogenetic Systematics grant #0949689
    • Phylogenetic research on the origin and evolution of agriculture in ants (co-PI)
  • International Union for the Study of Social Insects Travel Grant
  • Smithsonian Endowment grant
    • with A. Alonso
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant with additional funding through the office of International Science and Engineering
  • Four separately awarded UT research fellowship
  • Visiting Scholar Grant, International School of Biodiversity Sciences,
    University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Organization for Tropical Studies/Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute comparative post course research grant
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Explorers Club Grant

Teaching

  • Instructor, Biology, OIST
  • Organizer, Okinawa Integrative Biology Course, OIST
  • Instructor, Biology, OIST
  • Organizer, Quantitative Evolutionary Comparative Biology Workshop, OIST
  • Organizer, Quantitative Evolutionary Comparative Biology Workshop, OIST
  • Instructor, Introductory Biology, University of Maryland University
    College
  • Instructor, Introductory Biology Lab, University of Maryland University College
  • Instructor, Evolutionary Biology, Southwestern University

Invited talks and notable presentations

  • CSIRO, Canberra, Australia: Working with degraded DNA: laboratory and bioinformatic approaches"
  • Australian National University, Canberra, Australia: “Whole genome re-sequencing of museum specimens revels resilience to disease in a feral population of European honey bees”
  • OIST-NTU Invasive Ant Symposium, Okinawa, Japan: “Molecular signatures of ancient mutualistic coevolution in attine ants and their fungal cultivars”
  • Experimental Evolution Discussion Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands: “Molecular signatures of ancient mutualistic coevolution in attine ants and their fungal cultivars”
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles: “Whole genome re-sequencing of museum specimens revels resilience to disease in a feral population of European honey bees”
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles: “Working with degraded DNA: laboratory and bioinformatic approaches”
  • Kazan’ Federal University, Kazan’, Russia: “Development and applications of techniques to work with degraded DNA”
  • Ehwa Womans University, Seoul, Korea: “Genomics of little fire ant invasions”
  • Illumina Scienti c Summit, Phuket, Thailand (poster with M.Y. Tin and E. Economo): “RAD-tagging and low-coverage shotgun phylogenetics with degraded DNA from non-destructively sampled museum specimens”
    • Third place prize
  • School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona: “Using museum collections to understand how honey bees have survived a disease pandemic”
  • Integrative Biology, University of Texas, Austin, Texas: “Using museum collections to understand how honey bees have survived a disease pandemic”
  • Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York: “Using museum collections to understand how honey bees have survived a disease pandemic”
  • Comparative Biology Group, Shanghai, China: “Looking for sex in all the wrong places, and other misadventures in the world of bdelloid rotifers.”
  • British Mycological Society 2012 meeting: “Transcriptional pro ling of attine ant fungal symbionts”
  • Department and Graduate Institute of Entomology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan: “Invasion of lowland rainforest by their little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata
  • Ehwa Womans University, Seoul, Korea: “Evolutionary fate of horizontally acquired genes in bdelloid rotifers”
  • Sydney Brenner commemorative symposium, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa, Japan: “Ecology and evolution: the next synthesis”
  • Rice University, Houston TX: “The role of adaptation and mutualistic interactions in the invasion of an African rainforest by the little re ant Wasmannia auropunctata
  • University of Hawaii, Hilo HI: “The spread of an invasive ant in African lowland rainforest: effects of environment and genetics”
  • Wageningen University, Wageningen Netherlands: “Coevolution at the phylogenetic vs. population-genetic scales in the attine ant-fungal cultivar symbiosis”

Publications

  • Tin MM-Y, Economo EP, and A.S. Mikheyev. Sequencing degraded DNA from non-destructively sampled museum specimens for RAD-tagging and low-coverage shotgun phylogenetics. PLoS ONE 9(5):e96793, 2014.
  • S.D. Aird, Y. Watanabe, A. Villar-Briones, M.C. Roy, K. Terada, and A.S. Mikheyev. Quantitative high-throughput pro ling of snake venom gland transcriptomes and proteomes (Ovophis okinavensis and Protobothrops avoviridis). BMC Genomics, 14:790, 2013.

  • A.S. Mikheyev, C.S. McBride, U.G. Mueller, C. Parmesan, M.R. Smee, C. Stefanescu, B. Wee, and M.C. Singer. Host-associated genomic di erentiation in congeneric butterflies: now you see it, now you do not. Molecular Ecology, 22:4753–4766, 2013.

  • M.R. Smee, Y. Pauchet, P. Wilkinson, B. Wee, M.C. Singer, D.J. Hodgson, and A.S. Mikheyev. Microsatellites for the marsh fritillary butterfly: De novo transcriptome sequencing, and a comparison with amplifi ed fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers. PloS ONE, 8(1):e54721, 2013.

  • U.G. Mueller, A.S. Mikheyev, E. Hong, R. Sen, D.L. Warren, S.E. Solomon, H.D. Ishak, M. Cooper, J.L. Miller, K.A. Sha er, and others. Evolution of cold-tolerant fungal symbionts permits winter fungiculture by leafcutter ants at the northern frontier of a tropical ant-fungus symbiosis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(10):4053–4056, 2011.

  • U.G. Mueller, A.S. Mikheyev, S.E. Solomon, and M. Cooper. Frontier mutualism: coevolutionary patterns at the northern range limit of the leaf-cutter ant-fungus symbiosis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1721):3050–3059, 2011.

  • A.E. Dunham and A.S. Mikheyev. Influence of an invasive ant on grazing and detrital communities and nutrient fluxes in a tropical forest. Diversity and Distributions, 16(1):33–42, 2010.

  • J. Foucaud, J. Orivel, A. Loiseau, J.H. Delabie, H. Jourdan, D. Konghouleux, M. Vonshak, M. Tindo, J.L. Mercier, D. Fresneau, and J.-B. Mikissa, T. McGlynn, A.S. Mikheyev, J. Oettler and A. Estoup. Worldwide invasion by the little fi re ant: routes of introduction and eco-evolutionary pathways. Evolutionary Applications, 3(4):363–374, 2010.

  • A.S. Mikheyev, U.G. Mueller, and P. Abbot. Comparative dating of attine ant and lepiotaceous cultivar phylogenies reveals coevolutionary synchrony and discord. The American Naturalist, 175(6):E126-E133, 2010.

  • A.S. Mikheyev, T. Vo, B. Wee, M.C. Singer, and C. Parmesan. Rapid microsatellite isolation from a butterfly by de novo transcriptome sequencing: performance and a comparison with a AFLP-derived distances. PLoS One, 5(6):e11212, 2010.

  • A.S. Mikheyev, S. Bresson, and P. Conant. Single-queen introductions characterize regional and local invasions by the facultatively clonal little re ant Wasmannia auropunctata. Molecular Ecology, 18(14):2937–2944, 2009.

  • T.L. Vo, U.G. Mueller, and A.S. Mikheyev. Free-living fungal symbionts (Lepiotaceae) of fungus-growing ants (Attini: Formicidae). Mycologia, 101(2):206–210, 2009.

  • A.S. Mikheyev. History, genetics and pathology of a leaf-cutting ant introduction: a case study of the guadeloupe invasion. Biological Invasions, 10(4):467–473, 2008.

  • A.S. Mikheyev, L. Tchingnoumba, A. Henderson, and A. Alonso. E ect of propagule pressure on the establishment and spread of the little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata in a Gabonese oil eld. Diversity and Distributions, 14(2):301–306, 2008.

  • A.S. Mikheyev, T. Vo, and U.G. Mueller. Phylogeography of post-pleistocene population expansion in a fungus-gardening ant and its microbial mutualists. Molecular Ecology, 17(20):4480–4488, 2008.

  • J. Martins, S. Solomon, A. Mikheyev, U. Mueller, A. Ortiz, and M. Bacci. Nuclear mitochondrial-like sequences in ants: evidence from Atta cephalotes (Formicidae: Attini). Insect Molecular Biology, 16(6):777–784, 2007.

  • A.S. Mikheyev and U.G. Mueller. Genetic relationships between native and introduced populations of the little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata. Diversity and Distributions, 13(5):573–579, 2007.

  • A. Mikheyev, U.G. Mueller, and J.J. Boomsma. Population genetic signatures of di use co-evolution between leaf-cutting ants and their cultivar fungi. Molecular Ecology, 16(1):209–216, 2007.

  • A.S. Mikheyev, U.G. Mueller, and P. Abbot. Cryptic sex and many-to-one coevolution in the fungus-growing ant symbiosis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103(28):10702–10706, 2006.

  • A. Mikheyev and U. Mueller. Invasive species: customs intercepts reveal what makes a good ant stowaway. Current Biology, 16(4):R129-R131, 2006.

  • S.E. Solomon and A.S. Mikheyev. The ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) fauna of Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Florida Entomologist, 88(4):415–423, 2005.

  • A.S. Mikheyev. Male accessory gland size and the evolutionary transition from single to multiple mating in the fungus-gardening ants. Journal of Insect Science, 4, 2004.

  • A. Mikheyev and W. Tschinkel. Nest architecture of the ant Formica pallidefulva: structure, costs and rules of excavation. Insectes Sociaux, 51(1):30–36, 2004.

  • A.S. Mikheyev. Evidence for mating plugs in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta. Insectes Sociaux, 50(4):401–402, 2003.

  • T. Seeley and A.S. Mikheyev. Reproductive decisions by honey bee colonies: tuning investment in male production in relation to success in energy acquisition. Insectes Sociaux, 50(2):134–138, 2003.

  • W.R. Tschinkel, A.S. Mikheyev, and S.R. Storz. Allometry of workers of the fi re ant, Solenopsis invicta. Journal of Insect Science, 3, 2003.

  • T.D. Seeley, A.S. Mikheyev, and G.J. Pagano. Dancing bees tune both duration and rate of waggle-run production in relation to nectar-source pro tability. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 186(9):813–819, 2000.