Curriculum Vitae


PROFILE:

Detail oriented science and education professional with a diverse background in research; teaching; extension; large grant and program development; planning; and program evaluation.

Research interests lie at the interface of the fields of microbial ecology, ecosystems services, bacterial physiology, ecology and genetics.

RECENT PROJECTS:

Web Development

  • Created the science education site SciencePrimer.com.
  • Developed and populated the Rhode Island Sea Grant strategic planning attribution database.
  • Developed ecosystems management data visualizations for SustainaMetrix, a consulting company that provides guidance to organizations working in the sustainability movement.

Planning and Evaluation

  • Project manager and coauthor of the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program 2011-2014 Strategic Plan. [pdf]
  • Contributor and coauthor of the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program Senior Advisory Council Evaluation Report for the 2006-2010 strategic planning period.

Research

  • Development of a genetic system for the fish pathogen Flavobacterium columnare.
  • Investigation of the genetic basis of virulence in the fish pathogen Flavobacterium columnare.
  • Comparative genomics of the bacterial genus Flavobacterium.
  • Characterization of leachfield soil microbial community activity and structure.

Outreach

  • RI EPSCoR Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.
  • RI Slater / EPSCoR Entrepreneurial Fellowship program.
  • RI NSF EPSCoR Diversity initiative.
  • Biotechnology professional development opportunities for high school teachers.
  • Biotechnology and marine life science enrichment program for middle and high school students.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Program development and management

  • Oversaw the successful launch of Rhode Island’s NSF EPSCoR newsletter “The Current”.
  • Coordinated the launch of the Slater / EPSCoR Entrepreneurial Fellowship program. This program’s goal is to promote a culture of entrepreneurship within the Rhode Island scientific community by providing support and training to life science graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Managed the selection process and administration of the Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, a statewide joint initiative of the RI INBRE and RI EPSCoR programs.
  • Co-led the kickoff and development of the Rhode Island EPSCoR Academy’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) diversity initiative. Effort involved a facilitated workshop, the launch of a facebook site and the coordination of a variety of existing programs to maximize existing resources through collaboration.
  • Participated as a member of the life science curriculum development team and lead instructor for year one of the NSF Math and Science Partnership program: Rhode Island Technology Enabled Science Education (RITES).
  • Taught as an NSF Graduate STEM Fellow in K-12 Education: 2002 – 2003.

Grant writing and development

  • Developed and wrote the Diversity and Workforce Development sections of the successful $20 million NSF EPSCoR track 1 proposal “Infrastructure to Advance Life Sciences in the Ocean State”. Awarded 2010
  • Developed and wrote the Diversity and Workforce Development sections of the successful $1.18 million NSF EPSCoR C2 proposal: “High-Capacity Cyber-Connectivity to the Jewelry District Campuses in Providence Rhode Island”. Awarded 2010
  • Led the successful effort to secure $1.2 million for cyberinfrastructure improvements from the NSF EPSCoR Track 2 funding mechanism. Awarded 2009
  • Assisted in the development of the successful $13 million NIH U-19 award: Translational Immunology Research and Accelerated Vaccine Development (TRIAD) program. Awarded 2008

EDUCATION

  • PhD Oceanography – University of Rhode Island – 2003
  • MA Energy and Environmental Analysis – Boston University – 1998
  • BA Biology (with distinction and cum laude) – 1990

PUBLICATIONS

  • Staroscik AM, TJ Eckroat DR Nelson and DW Hunnicutt. Influence of motility and culture conditions on biofilm formation inFlavobacterium johnsoinae. (in prep for Appl Environ Microbiol)
  • McBride MJ, G Xie, EC Martens, A Lapidus, B Henrissat, RG Rhodes, E Goltsman, W Wang, J Xu, DW Hunnicutt, AM Staroscik, TR Hoover, YQ Cheng and JL Stein. 2009. Novel features of the polysaccharide-digesting gliding bacterium Flavobacterium johnsoniaerevealed by genome sequence analysis. Appl Environ Microbiol 75:6864-6875. [full text]
  • Varina, M, SM Denkin, AM Staroscik and DR Nelson. 2008. Identification and Characterization of Epp, the Secreted Processing Protease for the Vibrio anguillarum EmpA Metalloprotease. J Bacteriol 190:6589-6597 [full text]
  • Staroscik AM, DW Hunnicutt, KE Archibald and DR Nelson. 2008. Development of methods for the genetic manipulation ofFlavobacterium columnare. BMC Microbiol 8:115. [full text]
  • Staroscik AM and DR Nelson. 2008. The influence of salmon surface mucus on the growth of Flavobacterium columnare. J Fish Dis 31:59-69. [abstract]
  • Staroscik AM, SM Denkin and DR Nelson. 2005. Regulation of the Vibrio anguillarum metalloprotease EmpA by posttranslational modification. J Bacteriol 187:2257-2260. [full text]
  • Staroscik AM and DC Smith. 2004. Seasonal patterns in bacterioplankton abundance and production in Narragansett Bay, RI, USA. Aquat Microb Ecol 35:275-282. [pdf]

SELECTED MEETING ABSTRACTS

  • Ekroat T, E Mathes, AM Staroscik, DR Nelson and DW Hunnicutt. Biofilm formation by Flavobacteria American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting. Toronto Canada. 2007
  • Staroscik AM, DW Hunnicutt and DR Nelson. The influence of culture conditions on biofilm formation in Flavobacterium columnare. Flavobacterium 2007. Shepherdstown WV. 2007
  • Staroscik AM and DR Nelson. Extra-cellular protease production in the fish pathogen Flavobacterium columnare North East Microbial Ecology, Taxonomy and Physiology Annual Meeting Blue Mountain Lake NY 2006
  • Staroscik AM, SM Denkin and DR Nelson. Regulation of AI-2 Production in the Fish Pathogen Vibrio anguillarum. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography National Meeting. Salt Lake City UT. 2005
  • Staroscik AS and DC Smith. Seasonal patterns in bacterial production and abundance in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island USA. American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting. Washington DC. 2003
  • Smith DC and AS Staroscik. Field evidence for selective feeding of the heterotrophic dinoflagellate Noctiluca scintillans on bacteria. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography National Meeting. Salt Lake City UT. 2003

INVITED LECTURES

2010

  • The surface-associated lifestyle of Flavobacterium columnare – Roger Williams University Science and Math Seminar Series

2008

  • Identifying virulence mechanisms in the fish pathogen Flavobacterium columnare – University of Rhode Island, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar Series

2002

  • Seasonal dynamics of bacterial activity in Narragansett Bay – WHIO Biological Oceanography Seminar Series
  • Seasonal dynamics of bacterial activity in Narragansett Bay – Roger Williams University Science and Math Seminar Series
  • Who’s out there: assessing bacterial diversity in Narragansett Bay – Friends of Oceanography Breakfast Lecture Series
  • Fecal coliform enumeration in the Narrow River – Metcalf Institute for Scientific Reporting Workshop

2001

  • Fecal coliform enumeration in the Narrow River – Metcalf Institute for Scientific Reporting Workshop

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