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Christopher G. Sims

Assistant Professor of Biology                                     TEL:    (870) 460-0513 Home

School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences                       (870) 460-1664 Office

The University of Arkansas at Monticello                            (870) 460-1316 Fax

Monticello, AR 71656                                                 E-MAIL: simsc@uamont.edu

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

Born November 10, 1971, Decatur, Alabama.  Married. One child (James).

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Chemist: Intergraph Corporation, Huntsville, AL. (1994-95).

Instructor of Biology: The University of Mississippi (Fall 2000 and Spring 2002)

Assistant Professor of Biology: The University of Arkansas at Monticello (Fall 2002-present)

 EDUCATION:

B. S. The University of North Alabama, 1994

Major: Professional Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Ph.D. The University of Mississippi, 2002

Major: Biology

 RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Ecological, behavioral, and physiological aspects of natal dispersal and fledging behavior in birds.

Winter ecology and migration physiology of waterfowl.

 TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

The University of Mississippi

Laboratory Instructor:

BISC 103 and 105 Non-majors General Biology Laboratory (Fall 1995, Spring 1996, Fall 1996, Spring 1997)

BISC 161 Majors General Biology Laboratory (Summer 1997, Fall 1998, and Fall 1999)

BISC 330 Human Physiology Laboratory (Fall 1997, Spring 1999, and Spring 2001)

BISC 512 Behavioral Ecology (Fall 1995)

BISC 512 Animal Behavior Laboratory (Fall 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999)

BISC 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (Spring 2000)

Lecture Instructor:

BISC 512 Animal Behavior Guest Lecturer (Fall 1999)

BISC 330 Human Physiology Guest Lecturer (Spring 1999 and Spring 2001)

BISC 102 Inquiry into Life/Human Biology (Fall 2000 and Spring 2002)

BISC 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology (Spring 2002)

 

The University of Arkansas at Monticello

Current or Past Instructor:

BIOL 2223 Human Anatomy (Fall 2002, Spring 2003)

BIOL 2273 Human Physiology (Summer 2003)

BIOL 3801 Mammalian Anatomy Lab (Fall 2002)

BIOL 1063 Introduction to Biological Sciences (Spring 2003-present)

BIOL 4634 Vertebrate Physiology (Spring 2003-present)

BIOL 2233 and 2243 Human Anatomy and Physiology (Fall 2003-present)

BIOL 3574 Comparative Anatomy (Fall 2003)

BIOL 1053 Principles of Biology (Fall 2005-2006)

BIOL 4741 Seminar in Biology (Fall/Spring 2005-2009)

BIOL 4711 Teaching Biology (Spring 2005)

BIOL 3524 Ornithology (Spring 2006-present)

 RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

Field:

Energetics and endocrinology of Neotropical bird migration on the Gulf of Mexico in Fall and Spring.  (1995-96)

Early life history and endocrinology of Northern Mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos). (1997-2004)

Early life history and endocrinology of Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis). (2005-present)

Energetics and endocrinology of waterfowl migration and winter ecology.  (2008-present)

Lab:

Capture, handling, and care of wild birds in captivity.  (1995- present)

Blood collection from birds.  (1995- present)

Radioimmunoassay to measure plasma hormone levels.  (1996- present)

Research assistant identifying and studying the role of bacteria in chicken compost.  (1993-94)

 

SERVICE:

Community:

Presentation of birds and bird life to Oxford Public Library summer reading program participants.

Judge, Bramlett Elementary Science Fair 2000

Judge, University of Mississippi, Ken Wooten Scholars Bowl 2001 & 2002

Judge, Drew Central Jr. and Sr. High Science Fair 2003

Judge, Regional Science Fair, University of Arkansas at Monticello (Spring 2003-present)

Drew County Ducks Unlimited Local Committee (2005-present)

Adult continuing education (Shepherd program) birding class (Spring 2008)

 Professional:

Graduate Council (2003-2005)

Mathematics and Natural Sciences Tenure and Promotions Committee (2003)

Committee to evaluate and change the Human Anatomy and Physiology curriculum (2002-2003)

Physiologist Search Committee Chair (2003-2004)

Faculty Research Committee Chair (2005-2007)

Silo/Surf Undergraduate Research Committee (Arkansas Department of Higher Education) (Fall 2005 and 2007)

Athletic Committee Chair (2009-present)

Basketball Coach Search Committee (2010)

 PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:

American Ornithologists Union (1995- present)

Animal Behaviour Society (1996- 2004)

Association of Field Ornithologists (2002)

Association of Southeastern Biologists (2004-present)

BETA BETA BETA Biological Honors Society (1993-94)

Cooper Ornithological Society (1995- present)

Wilson Ornithological Society (2002)

 MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER:

American Midland Naturalist

The Wilson Bulletin

General and Comparative Endocrinology

Northeastern Naturalist

 HONORS AND AWARDS:

University of Mississippi summer research fellowship (Summer 1999 and 2000)

University of Mississippi dissertation fellowship (Fall 2001)

University of Arkansas at Monticello: Alpha Chi Rookie of the Year (2002-03 and 2003-04)

Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society (1997- present)

 Grants:

(2005) “Status and Distribution of Anhingas (Anhinga anhinga) in Arkansas”.  J. L. Hunt and C. G. Sims. $2150. UAM Faculty Research Grants.

 (2007) “Sibling Competition and Parental Provisioning in Nestling Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis)”.  C. G. Sims. $2340. UAM Faculty Research Grants.

 (2008) “Understanding the Migratory Patterns of the Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)– A Test of the Migration Modulation Hypothesis in a Non-Passerine Neotropical Migrant”.  C. G. Sims. $2500. UAM Faculty Research Grants.

 (2009) “Understanding the Migratory Patterns of the Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)– A Test of the Migration Modulation Hypothesis in a Non-Passerine Neotropical Migrant”.  C. G. Sims. $1500. UAM Faculty Research Grants.

 PRESENTATIONS:

(1996)  “Corticosterone, Energetic Condition, Gonadal Development, and Weather During Migration”.  C. G. Sims and R. L. Holberton. 114th stated meeting of the American Ornithologists Union, Biose, Idaho.

 (1998)  “Age-related differences in the corticosterone stress response in the Northern Mockingbird”. C. G. Sims and R. L. Holberton.  North American Ornithological Congress, 116th stated meeting of the American Ornithologists Union, St. Louis, Missouri.

 (1998)  “Trans_dermal delivery of Exogenous Steroid Hormone in a Migratory Bird”.  W. B. Cash, C. G. Sims, L, Arcand_Hoy, F. Tilton, and R. L. Holberton.  The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate Student Symposium.  Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

 (1998)  “Trans_dermal delivery of Exogenous Steroid Hormone in a Migratory Bird”.  W. B. Cash, C. G. Sims, L, Arcand_Hoy, F. Tilton, and R. L. Holberton.  116th stated meeting of the American Ornithologists Union, St. Louis, Missouri.

 (1999)  “How do juveniles handle stress?  A connection between endocrinology and juvenile independence”.  C. G. Sims.  117th stated meeting of the American Ornithologists Union, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

 (1999)  “An endocrine basis for migratory feeding and fattening: Is corticosterone necessary?”  R. L. Holberton, W. B. Cash, C. G. Sims, and C. M. Wilson.  117th stated meeting of the American Ornithologists Union, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

 (1999) “Physiological, ecological, and behavioral aspects of natal dispersal in the Northern Mockingbird, (Mimus polyglottos)”.  C. G. Sims.  The University of Mississippi, Department of Biology Seminar Series.

 (2000) “Development of the Corticosterone Stress Response in Young Northern Mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos)”.  C. G. Sims.  Mississippi State University, Department of Biology Seminar Series.

 (2000) “Early life and corticosterone: a study of stress and independence in the Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos”.  C. G. Sims.  Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting.  Moorehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.

 (2001) “The Role of Corticosterone and the Effects of its Inhibition During the Development of Migratory Condition in Dark-eyed Juncos”.  R. L. Holberton, C. M. Wilson, C. G. Sims, and W. B. Cash. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Chicago, Illinois.

 (2002) “The influence of brood size on parental provisioning and the time to fledging in nestling Northern Mockingbirds”.  C. G. SIMS and R. L. HOLBERTON, The Third North American Ornithological Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 (2006) “Sibling Competition and Parental Provisioning in Nestling Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis)”.  C. G. Sims and I. Nall, 67th meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

 (2009) “Sibling Competition and Parental Provisioning in Nestling Carolina Chickadees”.  C. G. Sims and J. L. Hunt, 127th stated meeting of the American Ornithologists Union, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

 PUBLICATIONS:

(2000) “Development of of the Corticosterone Stress Response in Young Northern Mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos)”.  C. G. Sims and R. L. Holberton.  General and Comparative Endocrinology.

 (2005) “A net pole for the masses”.  C. G. Sims. North American Bird Bander.

 (2007) “The Role of Corticosterone in  Migratory Lipogenesis of the Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis: A Model for Central and Peripheral Regulation.  R. L. Holberton, C. Morgan Wilson, M. J. Hunter, W. B. Cash, C. G. Sims.  Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.