Bianca Knoll

Curriculum Vitae

Mary Jessica "Bianca" Knoll
Department of Integrative Biology
3060 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley CA 94720
Phone: (510) 643-9556
Fax: (510) 643-6264
pteris at berkeley dot edu


2004 - present
University of California, Berkeley. Doctoral student, Department of Integrative Biology, Mishler Laboratory.
2002 - 2003
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Graduate School of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.
1998 - 2002
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. Bachelor of Arts Degree, Magna Cum Laude. Environmental Studies Major, Biology Core, German Studies Minor.
Fall 2000
Centre for Rainforest Studies, Queensland, Australia. Tropical Forest Restoration Program.

Teaching and Research Experience

Graduate Student Instructor, IB 168: Systematics of Vascular Plants, University of California, Berkeley.
2004 - 2005
Graduate Student Instructor, Biology 1B, University of California, Berkeley.
Instructed up to 35 students per semester in General Biology laboratory and discussion sections; developed original curricula, lab exercises, and teaching aides; mentored new graduate student instructors.
2004 - present
Independent Research, University of California, Berkeley.
Evolution of metal/metalloid hyperaccumulation across plant taxa, with special consideration of leptosporangiate fern clades.
2003 - 2004
Teacher’s Assistant, Special Education, St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, MN.
Worked one-on-one with senior high school students with autism spectrum disorders.
2002 - 2003
Plant Propagation Intern, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Grew plants from seed and cuttings; maintained greenhouse facilities; researched, photographed, and catalogued indoor and outdoor fern collections; attended plant identification and botanical gardens management classes through the graduate school of the University of Pennsylvania.
2001 - 2003
Lepidopterist, Monarchs Forever, Saint Paul, MN.
Raised butterflies for research and educational exhibits; performed interpretation; prepared museum-quality specimens.
2001 - 2002
Herbarium Curator, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN.
Collected, identified, pressed, and catalogued specimens of Minnesota’s native flora; created an historical herbarium; compiled a teaching guide for Field Botany courses.
Independent and Group Research, Centre for Rainforest Studies, Queensland, Australia.
Researched the ecology of Solanum mauritianum, an invasive plant in the North Queensland wet tropics; performed local outreach with farmers and schoolchildren; researched effectiveness of rainforest restoration techniques; independently surveyed native ferns on site.

Research Associate, Cedar Creek Natural History Area, Bethel, MN.
Performed field work on many long-term ecological research projects; collected and processed data; independently researched native ferns.

Academic Honors

Botany in Action Fellow, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA.
Aldo Leopold Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.
1998 - 2002
Dean’s List, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

Contributions and Publications

Cladistics of Early-Diverging Cactus Lineages: A Biology 1B Exercise.
Contributing author, editor, and illustrator.

Campus and Commmunity Envolvement

2005 - present
Statewide Chair of Elections Committee, UAW Local 2865.
Elected position. Organize statewide elections for the union representing academic student employees on all University of California campuses.
2004 - present
Union Organizer, UAW Local 2865. On-campus union organizing, particularly in the natural sciences.
2004 - present
Fern Club Member, University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley.
2004 - present
Volunteer Event Organizer, UC Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology Graduate Student Assembly.