Ryan Gott

  • Ryan Gott
  • Position: Ph.D. candidate, Entomology
  • Expected Graduation Date: 2016
  • Co-advised by: Dr. David Hawthorne
  • Email: ryan.c.gott@gmail.com
  • Office: 4124 Plant Science

Research Interests

I’m broadly interested in ecological risk assessment and the development and refinement of environmental assessment strategies for monitoring ecosystem health, from the community level (e.g. species composition) to the molecular biomarker level (e.g. gene transcription rates for stress response proteins). My current work involves using transcriptome-derived information in the development of molecular biomarkers of heavy metal and pesticide exposure in the model freshwater amphipod Hyalella azteca.

Education

  • 2011 to present
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Ph.D. Program, Entomology
  • B.S. 2011
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907
  • Major: Biology

Refereed Publications

  • Ryan C. Gott, Yangchao Luo, Qin Wang, and William O. Lamp. 2014. Development of a biopolymer nanoparticle-based method of oral toxicity testing in aquatic invertebrates. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 104, 226-230.

Presentations

  • Oral Presentation: The Hyalella azteca transcriptome and its application to genetic biomarkers.
    Ryan C. Gott
    Entomological Society of America, 2014, Portland, OR
  • Poster Presentation: Development of a biopolymer-based Tier-1 assay for effects of plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs) in aquatic systems on leaf-consuming shredders.
    Ryan C. Gott, William O. Lamp, and Qin Wang.
    Entomological Society of American, 2013, Austin, TX
  • Poster Presentation: Development of a biopolymer-based Tier-1 for effects of plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs) in aquatic systems on leaf-consuming shredders.
    Ryan C. Gott, William O. Lamp, and Qin Wang.
    Ecosystem Services Symposium, 2013, Wye Research and Education Center, Queenstown, MD
  • Poster Presentation: Development of a Tier-1 assay for plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs) in aquatic systems on leaf-consuming shredders.
    Ryan C. Gott and William O. Lamp.
    Entomological Society of America, 2012, Knoxville, TN

Media Coverage

  • "Nanoparticles help to assess aquatic toxicity." Emma Davies, ChemicalWatch Global Risk & Regulation News, 24 April 2014. http://chemicalwatch.com/19403/nanoparticles-help-to-assess-aquatic-toxicity

Awards and Recognition

  • Fall 2014 - Special Distinction in Teaching Award, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • 2013-2014 academic year - University of Maryland Department of Entomology Gahan Fellowship, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Summer 2013 - Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship from the University of Maryland Graduate School, College Park, MD
  • 2012-2013 academic year - University of Maryland Department of Entomology Gahan Fellowship
  • Fall 2012 - Teaching Achievement Award from the Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Summer 2012 - Summer Graduate Research Fellowship from the Maryland Water Resources Research Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Teaching

  • Fall 2015 - Teaching Assistant, BSCI 467 Freshwater Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Fall 2014 - Teaching Assistant, BSCI 126 Pollinators in Crisis, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Spring 2014 - Teach Assistant, BSCI 105 Principles of Biology I, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Fall 2012, Spring 2013 - Lab Prep Teaching Assistant, BSCI 106 Principles of Biology II, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Fall 2011, Spring 2012 - Teaching Assistant, BSCI 106 Principles of Biology II, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, BIO135 First Year Biology Laboratory, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Outreach

  • April 2015-April 2015 - Co-chair, Student Affairs Committeee, Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America
  • April 2014-April 2015 - Volunteer, O. Orkin Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion, SmithsonianNational Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
  • June 2014 - Organizer, The World of Arthropods, Howard County STEM Festival, Columbia, MD
  • May 2014 - Volunteer, Planet Invertebrata, USA Science and Engineering Festival, Washington, DC
  • Spring 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 - Maryland Day campus-wide community outreach event volunteer, "Discover the Swamp" and "Insect Zoo" activities
  • 2013-2014 academic year - President, Entomology Student Organization, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • 2012-2013 academic year - Vice President, Entomology Student Organization, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD