Amanda Spriggs

Education:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
M.S. Biological Sciences, Marshall University, 2009
B.S. Biology, University of Charleston, 2007

Contact:
amanda.n.spriggs@gmail.com

Research Interests:
Primate Coloration, Visual Systems, Functional Morphology

Area of Study / Field site:
Madagascar

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Adam Gordon; Biological Anthropology

CV Link

I am a biological anthropology PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University at Albany. I am interested in better understanding visual signals that primates use and the selection pressures that act on the presence or absence of these signals. For my dissertation, I am exploring if and how lemurs use visual signals in pelage to communicate quality to conspecifics, identity to congenerics, and to camouflage from predators. To address my research questions, I use digital photography to quantify and analyze coloration of museum preserved lemur skins. In order to accurately explore primate coloration, it is important to also understand primate visual systems. Like many platyrrhines, lemurs experience polymorphic trichromacy, which results in all males and some females being functionally color blind and some females possessing trichromacy (the ability to distinguish between red, green, and blue). I am interested in understanding the selection pressures that have driven and maintain this variation, and in determining if reproductive success is linked with certain visual systems.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & DISTINCTIONS

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
Professional Positions

Instructor of Record, Department of Biology & Health Sciences, Russell Sage College (Aug. 2017 – current)

Instructor of Record, Department of Anthropology, University at Albany – SUNY (May 2013 – current)

Research Assistant, Anthropology Department, The George Washington University (Feb. 2015-Aug. 2016)

Instructor, Department of Arts and Natural Sciences, University of Charleston (Aug. 2010-May 2011)

Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Marshall University (Aug. 2009-May 2010)

Teaching Experience

Names and catalog numbers for organized courses are followed by the semester and year in which they were taught. * indicates the course was taught completely online. Courses are organized by institution:

Instructor of Record

Russell Sage College

· Research Methods for the Health Sciences (HSC 450): Fa17

· Complementary and Alternative Medicine (HSC 210): Fa17

University at Albany-SUNY

· Introduction to Primates (AANT 111): Fa14, Su15*, Wi16*, Su15*, Fa16, Sp17, Su17*

· Primate Evolutionary Biology (AANT 416): Fa14

· Human Anatomy & Physiology I (AANT 316): Su14

· Human Anatomy & Physiology II (AANT 318): Su13

University of Charleston

· Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 251): Fa10

· Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 252): Sp11

· Introduction to Biology (non-majors) (NSCI 120): Fa10, Sp11

· Science Behind the News (NSCI 116): Fa10, Sp11

Marshall University

· Human Anatomy (BSC 227): Fa09, Sp10

Teaching Assistant

University at Albany-SUNY

· Introduction to Human Evolution (AANT 110): Fa12

· Human Anatomy & Physiology I (AANT 316): Fa11

· Human Anatomy & Physiology II (AANT 318): Sp12, Sp13

Marshall University

· Human Anatomy (BSC 227): Fa07, Sp08, Fa08, Sp09, Su10

Advising

Advisor for Human Biology Undergraduates, University at Albany-SUNY: Fa14

AWARDS AND HONORS
-2016, AAPA Committee on Diversity Women’s Initiative Workshop Participation Award
-2015, University at Albany-SUNY Graduate Student Travel Award
-2014, University at Albany-SUNY Graduate Student Travel Award
-2014, AAPA William S. Pollitzer Student Travel Award Recipient
-2013, The Susan Van Horn-Shipherd ’64 Women in Science Scholarship (Initiatives For Women Award)
-2012, University at Albany-SUNY Graduate Student Travel Award
-2012, University at Albany-SUNY GSEU Professional Development Award
-2012, AAPA William S. Pollitzer Student Travel Award
-2007, University of Charleston Women in Science Award
-2006, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Participant
-2003, Welch Colleague Scholarship Recipient
-2003, Promise Scholarship Recipient

PUBLICATIONS

-Jacobs RL, MacFie TS, Spriggs AN, Baden AL, Morelli, TL, Irwin MT, Lawler RR, Pastorini J, Mayor M, Lei R, Culligan R, Hawkins MTR, Kappeler PM, Wright PC, Louis EE, Mundy NI, and Bradley BJ. 2017. Novel opsin gene variation in large-bodied, diurnal lemurs. Biology Letters. 13: 20170050.
-Spriggs AN, Muchlinski MN, Gordon AD. 2016. Does the primate pattern hold up? Testing the functional significance of infraorbital foramen size variation among marsupials. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 160 (1): 30-40.
-Jacobs RL, Spriggs AN, Baden AL, Irwin MT, Wright PC, Louis EE, Lawler RR, Bradley BJ. 2016. Primate genotyping via High Resolution Melt Analysis (HRMA): Rapid and reliable identification of color vision status in wild lemurs. Primates. 57 (4): 541-547.
-Borries C, Sandel AA, Koenig A, Fernandez-Duque E, Kamilar JM, Amoroso CR, Barton RA, Bray J, di Fiore A, Gilby IC, Gordon AD, Mundry R, Port M, Powell L, Pusey AE, Spriggs AN, Nunn CL. 2016. Transparency, usability, and reproducibility: Guiding principles toward improved comparative databases using primates as examples. Evolutionary Anthropology. 25:232-238.