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2013 Ph.D., Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
2007 M.S., Dept. of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University
2004 B.A., Environmental Biology, Saint Mary’s University

Professional Positions

2015-present      Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences & Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Studies Program, Western Michigan University

2014-2015         Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Willamette University
2013-2014         Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary                                                    Biology & Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas
2007                   Research Associate, Southeastern Louisiana University
2004                   Biological Technician, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2003                   Biological Technician, United States Geological Survey
2002                   Fisheries Intern, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Non Peer-Reviewed Publications


Lujan, K. N., Bloom, D.D., Watson, L.C. 2013 A Rumble in the Jungle. New York Times, OP-ED. January 17, 2013.

Sidlauskas, B., Bernard, C., Bloom, D., Bronaugh, W., Clementson, M., and Vari, R.P. 2011. Ichthyologists Hooked on Facebook. Science. 332: 537.
*Press coverage by: BBC, CBC, Science Daily, Smithsonian Science, The Guyana Press



2013      National Geographic Committee on Research and Exploration, “Inventory of the                        Aquatic Beetles of Tafelberg Tepui, Suriname”, ($26,500) *Co-PI
2010      Centre for Global Change Science grant ($4519)
2008      Lerner-Gray Grant, American Museum of Natural History ($2,200)
2008      Sigmi Xi Grant-Aid of Research ($977)
2006      Southeastern Louisiana University, Travel Grant ($1,196)

Recent Contributed Presentations

Van Nynatten, A.D., Bloom, D.D., Lovejoy, N.R., and Chang, B.S.W. 2014. Rapid visual pigment evolution in a radiation of freshwater anchovies. Evolution Meetings. Raleigh, NC.

Elbassiouny, A., Hui, T.H., Bloom, D.D., Lovejoy, N.R. 2014. Molecular Phylogenetics and the Evolution of Reproductive Mode in Halfbeak Fishes from Southeast Asia. Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium. Guelph, ON.

Dobrovetsky, M., Kolmann, M.A., Bloom, D.D.., and Lovejoy, N.R. 2014. Did ancient invasion of South American rivers drive morphological and ecological diversification in Neotropical anchovies? Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium. Guelph, ON.

Short, A.E.Z., Bloom, D.D., & Fikacek, M. 2013. Diversification of the water scavenger beetles: pattern and process. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Austin, Texas.

Van Nynatten, A.D., Bloom, D.D., Lovejoy, N.R., and Chang, B.S.W. 2013.Improving the molecular detection of positive selection using biogeographic data. International Biogeography Society Special Meeting. Montreal, Canada.

Van Nynatten, A.D., Bloom, D.D., Lovejoy, N.R., and Chang, B.S.W. 2013. Effects of marine and freshwater habitats on the evolution of visual pigments. Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. (Poster)

Bloom, D.D., Piller, K.R., and Lovejoy, N.R. 2012. Do freshwater fishes diversify faster than marine fishes? A test using state-dependent diversification analyses and molecular phylogenetics of New World Silversides (Atherinopsidae). Joint Congress on Evolution Meetings. Ottawa, Canada.

Bloom, D.D. 2011. Does habitat control lineage diversification rates? A test using molecular phylogeny and biogeography of Silversides (Atherinopsidae). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Minneapolis, MN. *Stoye award for best student presentation.

Bloom, D.D. and Piller, K.R. 2011. Does habitat control lineage diversification rates? A test using molecular phylogeny and biogeography of Silversides (Atherinopsidae). Evolution Meetings. Norman, OK. (Poster)  

Bloom, D.D 2010. Into the Amazon: How Marine Fishes Rode the Wave of a Global Sea-Level Rise into South American Freshwater Rivers. Centre for Global Change Science Symposium, Toronto, Canada. *Invited speaker

Teaching Experience

Western Michigan University

  • ENVS 2250 Environmental Ecology
  • BIOS 5525 Fish Biology (Ichthyology)
  • BIOS 5535 Freshwater Ecology

2014-2015      Department of Biology, Willamette University (Instructor of record)

  • BIO 376 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 125 Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity (Lecture & Lab)
  • BIO 110 Principals of Biology (Lecture & Lab)

2007-2012       Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough         (Teaching Assistantships):

  • Macroevolution Lab
  • Introductory Biology Lab
  • Ecology and Evolution Lab

2004-2007       Department of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University (Teaching Assistantships):

  • Tropical Ecology Field Course (Costa Rica),
  • Ichthyology Lab
  • Introductory Biology Lab

Student Mentoring Experience

Undergraduate students at University of Toronto Scarborough:

Erin Brown (2009-2010) Undergraduate thesis. A comparison of morphological diversity between marine and freshwater anchovy clades.

Justin Wakileh (2010-2011) Undergraduate thesis. Evolutionary transitions between habitats: molecular phylogenetics of Beloniformes

Between 2007 and 2012, I trained >12 undergraduate and master’s students in molecular phylogenetics and lab techniques.


2011                Stoye Award, Best talk in General Ichthyology (Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists                                  and Herpetologists)
2011                Donald A. Chant Scholarship, University of Toronto ($342)
2011                Jack Dainty Scholarship, University of Toronto ($5194)
2004               Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honors Society
2003               American Fisheries Society Minnesota Chapter, Travel award ($500)  

Professional Service and Outreach

Peer Reviewer

Journals: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Biological Journal of Linnaean Society, Systematic Biology, Bulletin of Marine Science, Environmental Management, Neotropical Ichthyology, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Fish Biology, PLoSOne, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Evolution, Ecology Letters, Zootaxa, Zookeys.

Granting Agencies: Foundation of Science and Technology (Portugal), Sigma Delta Epsilon (Graduate Women in Science), FONDECYT (Federal science funding agency, Chile), National Science Foundation Division of Environmental Biology (ad-hoc reviewer)

Other Service and Committee work

2016-present  Subject Editor, Zookeys

2013, 2104      Co-Organizer Systematics discussion group, University of Kansas
2012                 Knowledge: Production & Dissemination in the Digital Age. *Panel Member 2010-2011       Scarborough Rep., Graduate Student Organization, University of Toronto 2009                 Search committee member, tenure track faculty position Dept. Biological                                  Sciences, University of Toronto at Scarborough
2009                Volunteer Organizer, Canadian Society of Zoologists Meeting hosted by UTSC
2008                Co-Organized graduate student fundraiser, American Society of                                                              Ichthyology and Herpetology
2008                Graduate Student participation committee, American Society of         Ichthyology                             and Herpetology
2007                Co-Founder/Organizer Louisiana BioBlitz
2007                Vice-President Southeastern Louisiana University Graduate student                                             organization