Valerie L. Soza

University of Washington, Department of Biology

Box 351800, Seattle, WA 98195-1800

vsoza[at]u.washington.edu

 

 

Education

 

Ph.D., Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 12/2010

 

B.A., Environmental Studies & Anthropology, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, 5/1997

 

 

RESEARCH Experience

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington, Department of Biology, Seattle, WA, 2011-present

 

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Marian Koshland Science Museum, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, 2010

 

Doctoral Student, University of Washington, Department of Biology, Seattle, WA, 2003-2010

 

Botanical Field Studies Coordinator, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), Claremont, CA, 2002-2003

 

Museum Scientist, Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, University of California Natural Reserve System, Kelso, CA, 2000-2002

 

Herbarium Curatorial Assistant, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), Claremont, CA, 1997-2002

 

 

Teaching Experience

 

Guest Lecturer, Washington Native Plant Society, 2009-2011, 2013

 

Postdoctoral Lecturer, University of Washington, Department of Biology, 2011

 

Predoctoral Lecturer, University of Washington, Department of Biology, 2006, 2010

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Washington, Department of Biology, 2003-2010

 

Guest Lecturer, University of Washington, Department of Biology, 2005-2007

 

 

awards, honors, and fellowships

 

Ingrith Deyrup-Olsen Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Washington, Department of Biology, 2010

 

Melinda Denton Writing Fellowship, University of Washington, Department of Biology, 2009

 

Graduate School Top Scholar Award, University of Washington Graduate School, 2008-2009

 

The Stroum Endowed Minority Dissertation Fellowship, University of Washington Graduate School, Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program, 2008

 

Graduate Student Research Award, Botanical Society of America, 2007

 

Graduate Student Travel Award, University of Washington, The Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation, 2006, 2008

 

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship Honorable Mention, National Research Council of the National Academies, 2005

 

Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation, 2005

 

Graduate Student Research Grant, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, 2005

 

Giles Graduate Student Field Research Award, University of Washington, Department of Biology, 2004, 2005

 

Plant Biology Fellowship, University of Washington, Department of Biology, 2003

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Soza, V.L., L. Gross, S. Boyd, and N. Fraga. (in review). Vascular flora of the Verdugo Mountains and San Rafael Hills, Los Angeles County, California. Crossossoma.

 

Soza, V.L., K.L. Haworth, and V.S. Di Stilio. 2013. Timing and consequences of recurrent polyploidy in meadow-rues (Thalictrum, Ranunculaceae). Molecular Biology and Evolution 30: 1940-1954.

 

Soza, V.L., J. Brunet, A. Liston, P. Salles Smith, and V.S. Di Stilio. 2012. Phylogenetic insights into the correlates of dioecy in meadow-rues (Thalictrum, Ranunculaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63: 180-192.

 

Soza, V. 2012. Galium. In: B.G. Baldwin, D.H. Goldman, D.J. Keil, R. Patterson, T.J. Rosatti, & D.H. Wilken (eds.), The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California, 2nd edition. University of California Press, Berkeley.

 

Soza, V. L. and R. G. Olmstead. 2010. Evolution of breeding systems and fruits in New World Galium and relatives (Rubiaceae). American Journal of Botany 97: 1630-1646.

 

Soza, V. L. and R. G. Olmstead. 2010. Molecular systematics of tribe Rubieae (Rubiaceae): evolution of major clades, development of leaf-like whorls, and biogeography. Taxon 59: 755-771.

 

Soza, V., S. Boyd and W. J. Brown, Jr. 2002. Species management guide for Galium grande McClatchie (Rubiaceae), San Gabriel bedstraw, Angeles National Forest. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Occasional Publications No. 6. 47 pp.

 

Soza, V., M. C. Provance, A. C. Sanders, and S. Boyd. 2000. Noteworthy collections of Brickellia knappiana (Asteraceae), Brickellia multiflora (Asteraceae), Camissonia pterosperma (Onagraceae), Cornus glabrata (Cornaceae), Cynanchum utahense (Asclepiadaceae), Glyceria occidentalis (Poaceae), and Nicotiana acuminata var. multiflora (Solanaceae) from California. Madrono 47: 141-142.

 

Soza, V. 2000. Common garden study of morphological variation in Kusche's sandwort (Arenaria macradenia var. kuschei) (Caryophyllaceae), a rare plant of southern California. Crossosoma 26: 7-11.

 

 

Professional PRESENTATIONS

 

Soza, V., K. Haworth, and V. Di Stilio. Testing correlated evolution of polyploidy, sexual systems and pollination mode in Thalictrum (Ranunculaceae). Paper presentation. Botany 2013 Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Soza, V. and R. Olmstead. Systematics and trait evolution of a temperate, herbaceous tribe (Rubieae) in the coffee family (Rubiaceae). Invited seminar. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, California, 2009.

 

Soza, V. New insights from DNA studies of Galium, the bedstraws. Invited seminar. Washington Native Plant Society, Central Puget Sound Chapter, Seattle, Washington, 2009.

 

Soza, V. and R. Olmstead. Systematics and evolution of sexual systems in a temperate, herbaceous tribe (Rubieae) in the coffee family (Rubiaceae). Paper presentation. Evolution 2009 Conference, Moscow, Idaho.

 

Soza, V. and R. Olmstead. Molecular phylogeny of tribe Rubieae, subfamily Rubioideae. Paper presentation. IV International Rubiaceae Conference, Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 2008.

 

Soza, V. and R. Olmstead. Evolution of fleshy-fruited Galium (Rubiaceae) in western North America and management considerations for a number of rare taxa. Paper presentation. Botany 2008 Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

 

Soza, V. and R. Olmstead. Molecular phylogenetics of Galium and bedstraw breeding system evolution within Rubiaceae (coffee family). Paper presentation. Botany 2007 Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

 

Soza, V. and R. Olmstead. Molecular phylogenetics of Galium (Rubiaceae). Paper presentation. Third International Rubiaceae Conference, Leuven, Belgium, 2006.

 

Soza, V., S. Boyd, L. Gross, and N. Fraga. The vascular flora of the Verdugo Mountains and San Raphael Hills, Los Angeles County, California. Poster presentation. Botany 2006 Conference, Chico, California.

 

Soza, V. and L. Gross. A Verdugo Mountains flora: filling a botanical "black hole." Invited seminar. California Native Plant Society, Santa Monica Mountains Chapter, California, 2001.

 

Soza, V., S. Boyd, and A. C. Sanders. Phytogeographic "black holes" in southern California botany, a geographic information systems (GIS) model based on herbarium collections of two representative genera, Camissonia and Salvia. Poster presentation. Botany 2000 Conference, Portland, Oregon.

 

Soza, V. and S. Boyd. Common garden study of morphological variation in Kusche's sandwort (Arenaria macradenia var. kuschei), a rare plant of southern California. Paper presentation. Third Southwestern Rare and Endangered Plant Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona, 2000.

 

 

service activities

 

Seattle Expanding Your Horizons Workshop Presenter, Seattle University, 2013

 

Journal Reviewer, American Journal of Botany, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, International Journal of Plant Sciences, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Systematic Botany, 2008-2013

 

Proposal Reviewer, National Science Foundation, Systematic and Biodiversity Science Division of Environmental Biology, 2012

 

Judge, Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference, undergraduate poster presentations, 2012

 

WTU Herbarium Volunteer, University of Washington, Burke Museum, 2003-2011

 

Greenhouse Docent , University of Washington, Department of Biology, 2007-2010

 

Graduate Diversity Recruiter, University of Washington, The Graduate School, Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program, 2006-2010

 

 

PROFESSIONAL Affiliations (past & Present)