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President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

UC President's Postdoctoral
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 Advancing excellence through faculty diversity

UC Merced Graduate Division congratulates our postdoctoral scholars who have received The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards. These fellows provide an outstanding pool of potential new faculty members in a wide range of disciplines. Learn more about each individual below.
 

2017 Fellowship Recipients

Marie-Claire Chellini, Life Sciences

Current Position: President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced

Education: B.A., Biological Sciences, Universidade de São Paulo; M.S., Biological Sciences, Universidade de São Paulo; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Dissertation: Proximate and evolutionary causes of sexual size dimorphism in the crab spider Mecaphesa celer

Thesis Advisor: Eileen Hebets, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Research Topic: Malaria as a driver of phenotypic diversity in a California lizard

Mentor: Carolin Frank, Professor of Natural Sciences, and Danielle Edwards, Professor of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced

 

 

Fernanda Santos, Mathematics, Engineering & Physical Sciences

Current Position: Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Natural Sciences: Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced

Education: B.S., Geography, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; M.A., Physical Geography, Hunter College of the City of University of New York; Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Dissertation: Carbon and nitrogen dynamics from slow pools of soil organic matter in a temperate forest: pyrogenic organic matter and root litter.

Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey A. Bird, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Research Topic: Terrestrial controls of fire-derived carbon exported from land to rivers

Mentor: Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Professor of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced, and Sanjai Parikh, Professor of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis


 

Oana David, Arts & Humanities

Current Position: Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts: Cognitive & Information Sciences, University of California, Merced

Education: B.A., Anthropology and Japanese Language & Literature, Boston University; M.S., Modern Japanese Studies, University of Oxford; M.S., Linguistics and Philology, University of Oxford; Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation: Metaphor in the Grammar of Argument Realization

Thesis Advisor: Eve Sweetser, Professor of Linguistics and George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic: Computational and experimental approaches to the study of metaphor in communications about immigration, climate change, disease and other societal challenges.

Mentor: Teenie Matlock, Professor of Cognitive & Information Sciences, University of California, Merced

 

 

Mark Fleming, Social Sciences

Current Position: Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts: Public Health, University of California, Merced

Education: B.A., Biology, Oberlin College; M.S., Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, University of California, San Francisco/University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation: Stress and the Biopolitics of Work

Thesis Advisor: Sharon Kaufman, Professor of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Research Topic: : "Hot Spotting" and the Political and Economic Management of Chronic Disease in the Urban Poor

Mentor: Nancy Burke, Professor of Public Health, University of California, Merced