updated 2018/9

Elaine Luo

Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education (C-MORE)
University of Hawaii
1950 East West Road, Honolulu, HI, USA, 96822
+1 (808) 956-0572
elaine.luo@hawaii.edu

Education

2014-Present	Ph. D. Candidate, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA	
			Marine Biology
			Cumulative GPA 3.81/4.00
			Advisor: Dr. Edward DeLong
2010-4		Honours B. Sc. with High Distinction, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
			Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Specialist (eq. to double major in one field)
			Cumulative GPA 3.90/4.00
			GRE Verbal 166/170 Quantitative 170/170 

Publications

Luo E, Aylward FA, Mende DR, DeLong EF. 2017. Bacteriophage Distributions and Temporal Variability in the Ocean's Interior. mBio 8(6): 01903-17
Wheeler JD, Luo E, Helfrich KR, Anderson EJ, Starczak VR, Mullineaux LM. 2017. Light stimulates swimming behavior of larval eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) 
		in turbulent flow. Marine Ecology Progress Series 571: 109-120
Dutton EM, Luo E, Cembrowski AR, Shore JS, Frederickson ME. 2016. Three’s a crowd: trade-offs between attracting pollinators and ant bodyguards with nectar 
		rewards in Turnera. The American Naturalist 188(1): 38-51
Luo E, Ogilvie JE, Thomson JD. 2014. Stimulation of flower nectar replenishment by removal: A survey of eleven animal-pollinated plant species. Journal of Pollination 
		Ecology 12(7): 52-62

Research Grants and Fellowships

2016-9	Postgraduate Scholarship, NSERC-PGSD, $63,000
		Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
2018		Graduate Student Organization Grant, $760
		University of Hawaii at Manoa
2018		ISME Travel Award for Young Scientists, $910
		International Society for Microbial Ecology
2015		Exploration Fund Grant, $1,500
		Explorers Club
2015		Graduate Student Organization Grant, $600
		University of Hawaii at Manoa
2015		Edmondson Research Grant, $2,000
		University of Hawaii at Manoa
2014		Canadian Graduate Scholarship, NSERC-CGSM, $17,500 declined, untenable abroad
		Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
2013		Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Travel Award, approx. $2,500
		Nominated based on research performance to present work at conference of choice
2013		Summer Student Fellowship, WHOI-SSF, approx. $9,000
		Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution	 
2013		Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC-USRA), $4,500 declined for WHOI-SSF	
		Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
2012		Walter and Mary Tuohy Award for Field Research, $2,000
		University of Toronto
2012		Milne Research Award, $2,000
		University of Toronto	
2012		Undergraduate Student Research Award, NSERC-USRA, $4,500
		Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
2012		Center for Global Change Sciences Research Award, $8,000 declined for NSERC-USRA
		University of Toronto
2011		Summer Abroad Award for International Research, $2,000 
		University of Toronto 	                           

Major Awards and Scholarships

2014		Margaret Addison Scholarship, University of Toronto, $5,000
		Awarded biennially to one student to pursue postgraduate studies internationally
2010-4	Dean’s List Scholar, University of Toronto						
		Cumulative GPA of >3.50, representing top 10% of students
2014 	Hosinec Family Scholarship, University of Toronto, $2,500
		Academic merit and financial need
2013		James Bruce Falls Scholarship, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, $550
		Academic merit and financial need
2013-4	Regents Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2x $1,000
		Student leadership and academic merit
2012-3	McCuaig Muriel Memorial Scholarship in French, University of Toronto, 2x $1,000
		Academic merit
2012		J.R. Dymond Memorial Award, University of Toronto, $1,000
		Academic merit and financial need
2011		Tsui Jenny and Frank Award, University of Toronto, $2,800
		Academic merit and financial need
2010		Ontario Scholar Award
		Academic merit

Research Experience

2015-	Doctoral Researcher, PI: Dr. Edward DeLong
		Center of Microbial Oceanography Research and Education, Honolulu, USA
		Spatiotemporal dynamics of bacteriophages and their hosts in the open ocean
2015		Graduate Researcher, PI: Dr. Michael Rappé
		Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Kaneohe, USA
		Comparative genomics of SAR11 bacterioplankton
2014		Guest Student, PI: Dr. Matt Johnson
		Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA
		Effect of cell-cell interactions on heat-stressed dinoflagellate Symbiodinium
2013-4	Honors B. Sc. Thesis Student, PI: Dr. Megan Frederickson
		University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada		
		Multiple mutualistic interactions in an ant-plant-pollinator system
2013		Summer Student Fellow, PI: Dr. Lauren Mullineaux
		Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA
		Quantifying larval swimming behavior using particle image velocimetry (PIV)
		R/V Tioga cruise: live sampling, sediment collection, acoustics, navigation
2012-3	Course Participant, field course in Tropical Marine Biology
		Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, Discovery Bay, Jamaica  
		Testing the territoriality optimality model on reef damselfish
2012		Course Participant, field course in Limnology
		Harkness Laboratory of Fisheries Research, Algonquin National Park, Canada
		Physical characteristics and community composition of Lake Opeongo
2012		NSERC-USRA Student Researcher, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
		University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada		
		Habitat connectivity in Toronto river systems
2011		Independent Research Project Student, PI: Dr. James Thomson
		Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Gothic, USA  
		Removal-enhanced nectar replenishment in Colorado wildflowers

Research Presentations § speaker ¶ poster

Luo E §, Eppley JM, Mende DR, DeLong EF. 2018. Spatiotemporal dynamics of bacteriophage and their hosts in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Conference for  
		Biological Oceanography Graduate Students, Honolulu, USA
Luo E ¶, Aylward FO, Eppley JM, DeLong EF. 2018. Bacteriophage Distributions in the Ocean's Interior. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, USA
Luo E ¶, Aylward FO, Eppley JM, DeLong EF. 2017. Bacteriophage Distributions in the Ocean's Interior. Simons Foundation Meeting, New York, USA
Luo E §, Aylward FO, Eppley JM, Romano AE, DeLong EF. 2017. Structure and function of marine bacteriophage in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Conference 
		for Biological Oceanography Graduate Students, Honolulu, USA
Luo E ¶, Aylward FO, Eppley JM, Romano AE, DeLong EF. 2017. Depth structure and function of marine bacteriophage in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. 
		ASLO Meeting, Honolulu, USA
Luo E §, DeLong EF. 2016. Examining viruses through depth and time at Station ALOHA. Conference for Biological Oceanography Graduate Students, Honolulu, USA
Luo E ¶, Dutton EM, Cembrowski AR, Frederickson ME. 2014. Multiple mutualistic interactions: regulation of two mutualistic rewards. Ecology and Evolutionary 
		Biology Research Fair, Toronto, Canada
Luo E ¶, Wheeler JD, Helfrich KR, Anderson EJ, Mullineaux LM. 2014. Effects of light and turbulence on swimming behavior of larval eastern oysters 
		(Crassostrea virginica). Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, USA 
Luo E §, Wheeler JD, Helfrich KR, Anderson EJ, Mullineaux LM. 2013. Effects of light and turbulence on swimming behavior of larval eastern oysters 
		(Crassostrea virginica). Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Bio-Seminar, Woods Hole, USA
Luo E ¶, Ogilvie JE, Thomson JD. 2013. Nectar replenishment in wildflowers of Colorado. Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium, London, Canada	        
Luo E ¶, Ogilvie, JE, Thomson JD. 2012. Nectar replenishment in wildflowers of Colorado. University of Toronto Undergraduate Research Fair, Toronto, Canada	  

Teaching, Mentoring, and Outreach

2015-	Mentor, Oceanography Maile Mentor Program for underrepresented minorities, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA
		Undergraduate mentee Nalani Kito-Ho
2016		Volunteer, SOEST Open House, Honolulu, USA
		Community outreach in the oceanography department’s annual open house
2015		Mentor, Honolulu District Science Fair, Honolulu, USA
		High School mentee Priscilla Hsu won the Stockholm Award and Best in Category
2014		Teaching Assistant, Genetics Laboratory BIOL 375 L, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA
		Teach lab techniques in genetic analysis to upper-year undergraduates
2014		Mentor, Frederickson Lab, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada			               
		Train undergraduate lab volunteers in plant husbandry and data collection
2012-3	Mentor, Research Opportunity Program, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2011-4	Tutor, Biology, Mathematics, and Statistics courses, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2011-4	Community Outreach Mentor, Ideas for the World, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
		Reading mentor for low-income communities	

Student Leadership

2018-	Graduate Student Organization Representative, Marine Biology Graduate Program, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA 
2012-4	Co-President, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Departmental Course Union, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 
2011-2	Secretary, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Departmental Course Union, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada     

Academic Societies

2018-	International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME)
2013-	Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)	 

Professional Skills

Computing	UNIX shell, Python, HTML, R, Matlab, ArcGIS, ImageJ
Laboratory	DNA extraction, PCR, epifluorescence and electron microscopy
Cruises		R/V Kilo Moana (2016 HOT282), R/V KOK (2016 CMORE-SCOPE dipole)
Culturing		Plants, fish, Cnidarian, microbes
Languages	English, French, Chinese
Certifications	AAUS Scientific Diver, NAUI Master Diver, Nitrox, Rescue Diver, CPR, First Aid