Research interests: relationships between appearance, form, function, and behavior; comparative life history analysis; evolutionary paths of least resistance.


Education

2019—Present
PhD candidate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brown University (Providence, RI)
Thesis: How much functional morphology matter to the evolution of mouthbrooding?
2017–2019
Transitional M.Sc., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brown University (Providence, RI)
Thesis: How do feeding adaptations influence the convergent evolution of mouthbrooding?
2012—2016
Honors B.Sc., Biology
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Thesis: Winnowing in the eartheater cichlids

Peer-reviewed publications

Cohen, K.E., Weller, H.I., and Summer, A.P. (2020) Functional homodonty: a statistical measure of tooth stress as it relates to shape. Journal of Anatomy (accepted).

Weller, H.I., Hooper, S., and Amelon, S. (2020) Creation and validation of the R-package countcolors for repeatable, objective quantification of the fluorescence emitted by Pseudogymnoascus destructans on the wing membrane of hibernating bats. Journal of Wildlife Diseases (accepted).

van Meer, N.M., Weller, H.I., Manafzadeh, A.R., Kaczmarek, E.B., Scott, B., Gussekloo, S.W.S, Wilga, C.D., Brainerd, E.B., and Camp, A.L. (2019) Intra-oropharyngeal food transport and swallowing in white-spotted bamboo sharks. Journal of Experimental Biology. 10.1242/jeb.201426

Weller, H.I., and Westneat, M.W. (2019) Quantitative color profiling of digital images with earth mover’s distance using the R package colordistance. PeerJ. 10.7717/peerj.6398

Weller, H.I. (2019) colordistance: Distance Metrics for Image Color Similarity (ver. 1.1.0). CRAN repository. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=colordistance

Weller, H.I. (2018) countcolors: Locates and Counts Pixels Within Color Range(s) in Images (ver. 0.9.1). CRAN Repository. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=countcolors

Weller, H.I., McMahan, C.D., and Westneat, M.W. (2016) Dirt-sifting Devilfish: Winnowing in the geophagine cichlid Satanoperca daemon and evolutionary implications. Zoomorphology. 10.1007/s00435-016-0335-6

Publications in preparation

Weller, H.I., Olsen, A., Camp, A.L., Hernandez, L.P., Manafzadeh, A.R., and Brainerd, E.L. (2020) An XROMM study of intra-oral transport and swallowing in catfish. Integrative Organismal Biology (in prep).

Capano, J. G., Cieri, R. L., Weller, H.I., and Brainerd, E. L. (2020) Ribs All the Way Down: 3D-Rib Kinematics during Lung Ventilation in Boa constrictor (Reptilia: Serpentes), Comparison with Three Non-Serpentine Squamates, and Implications for Evolutionary Convergence (in prep).

Presentations

Weller, H.I., López-Fernández, H., McMahan, C.D., and Brainerd, E.L. (Jan. 2020) Talk: Does mouthbrooding constrain or complement feeding morphology? Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, TX.

Weller, H.I., López-Fernández, H., McMahan, C.D., and Brainerd, E.L. (Oct. 2019) Talk: Does mouthbrooding constrain or complement feeding morphology? Regional Division of Vertebrate Morphology (Northeast), Newton, MA.

Weller, H.I., Olsen, A., Camp, A.L., Hernandez, L.P., Manafzadeh, A.R., and Brainerd, E.L. (Jan. 2019) Talk: 3D-Intra-oral Prey Trajectories Indicate Distinct Phases in how Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus, Siluriformes: Ictaluridae) Swallow Food. International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Prague, CZ.

Weller, H.I., Cohen, K.E., Gibb, A., and Brainerd, E.L. (Jan. 2019) Poster: Using tethers to measure food transport in a flatfish. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Tampa, FL.

Weller, H.I., Olsen, A., Camp, A.L., Hernandez, L.P., Manafzadeh, A.R., and Brainerd, E.L.(Jan. 2019) Talk: An XROMM study of intra-oral transport and swallowing in catfish. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Tampa, FL.

Weller, H.I. and Brainerd, E.L. (Oct. 2017) Talk: How do fish swallow food? Regional Division of Vertebrate Morphology (Northeast), Lowell, MA.

Weller, H.I., McMahan, C.D., and Westneat, M.W. (July 2016) Poster: Dirt-sifting devilfish: winnowing in eartheater cichlids. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA.

Awards and Fellowships

April 2019
Graduate Research Fellowship
$138,000, National Science Foundation
Dec. 2018
Field Museum Visiting Scientist Scholarship
$1,500, Field Museum of Natural History
May 2017
Presidential Fellowship
$108,000, Brown University
June 2015
Jeff Metcalf Undergraduate Research Fellowship
$5,000, Marine Biological Laboratory
March 2015
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society
Sept. 2014
Best Presentation, Undergraduate Research Symposium
$150, University of Chicago
June 2014
Elliott and Eileen Hinkes Research Fellowship
$4,000, University of Chicago

Research experience

2017—Present
Graduate student, Brainerd Lab; advisor: Elizabeth Brainerd
Brown University, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Comparative morphology, kinematics, and biomechanics of mouthbrooding fishes; XROMM fish feeding and transport.
Sept. 2013—July 2017
Research assistant; advisor: Mark Westneat
University of Chicago, Dept. of Organismal Biology & Anatomy
Data mining pipelines; image processing and simple machine learning; quantitative color analysis; comparative 2D morphometrics; high-speed video kinematics.
June 2015—Sept. 2015
Jeff Metcalf Summer Research Fellow; advisor: Roger Hanlon
Brown University, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Hyperspectral imaging; image analysis pipelines; camouflage analyses.
June 2014—Sept. 2014
Summer Research Fellow, Westneat Lab; advisor: Mark Westneat
University of Chicago, Dept. of Organismal Biology & Anatomy
Ontogenetic scaling; biomechanical model; geometric morphometrics.

Teaching and outreach

Sept. 2019–Present
R User Group, Brown University, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Providence, RI)
  • Organizing and running monthly R workshops for graduate and undergraduate students, focusing on techniques for biological analysis (e.g., data organization, statistics, and visualization).
Aug. 2019—Present
Teaching assistant, Brown University, Alpert Medical School (Providence, RI)
Human Anatomy (lecture and lab)
  • Guiding medical students through cadaver-based human anatomy labs.
Dec. 2019
Workshop: R for Biologists, Louisiana State University, Dept. of Entomology (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Organized and ran day-long workshop for data analysis and visualization in R.
Sept. 2018—Present
Marine Science Club, Paul Cuffee High School (Providence, RI)
Collaborating with high school teachers for weekly science activities with high school students.
Sept. 2017—Dec. 2017
Teaching assistant, Brown University, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (Providence, RI)
Diversity of Life (lecture)
Jan. 2015—April 2017
Teaching assistant, University of Chicago, Dept. of Biological Sciences (Chicago, IL)
  • Presenting and supervising lab experiments; writing and grading assignments; lecturing; leading paper discussions and review sessions; guiding dissection-based anatomy labs.

Genetic and Developmental Biology (lab & lecture)
Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (lecture)
Molecular Biology of the Cell (lab)
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (lab & lecture)

June 2013—Sept. 2013
Animal care intern, New England Aquarium (Boston, MA)
* Daily animal care and maintenance; visitor outreach; collection trips.

Skills

Coding
R, Python (OpenCV, Scrapy, & BioPython libraries), MATLAB, UNIX, MEL
Software
Latex, Maya, FIJI/ImageJ, Horos, 3DSlicer, XMALab, Mesquite, Pandoc, Microsoft Office
Languages
English (native), French (intermediate)

Lab: Biomedical Center 426, 171 Meeting St., Providence, RI 02906
Email: hannahiweller@gmail.com
Website: hiweller.github.io