Curriculum Vitae

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EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, August 2012, Auburn University, Auburn, AL. DISSERTATION: The evolution of milk composition and lactation strategy of the Columbian ground squirrel, Urocitellus columbianus

  • M.S. in Biological Sciences, May 2007, Auburn University, Auburn, AL. THESIS: Maternal effects in Columbian ground squirrels

  • B.S. in Biology, May 2003, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, cum laude

RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2018-present          Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

2015-2018              Postdoctoral Associate, University of Florida

2013-2015              Lecturer, Auburn University

2012-2013              Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

2004-2012              Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS    

10. Skibiel, A. L., B. D. Senn, T. F. Fabris, G. E. Dahl, and J. Laporta. 2018. In utero exposure to thermal stress has long-term effects on mammary          gland microstructure and function in dairy cattle. PLoS ONE, 13(10): e0206046

9.   Skibiel, A. L., F. Peñagaricano, R. Amorín, B. M. Ahmed, G. E. Dahl, J. Laporta. 2018. In utero heat stress alters the offspring epigenome.                  Scientific Reports 8, Article number: 14609

8.   Skibiel, A. L., T. F. Fabris, F. N. Corrá, Y. M. Torres, D. J. McLean, J. D. Chapman, D. J. Kirk, G. E. Dahl, J. Laporta. 2017. Effects of feeding              an immunomodulatory supplement to heat-stressed or actively cooled cows during late gestation on postnatal immunity, health and growth of             calves. Journal of Dairy Science 100: 7659-7668.

7.   Laporta, J., T. F. Fabris, A. L. Skibiel, J. L. Powell, J. Hayen, K. Horvath, E. K. Miller-Cushon, G. E. Dahl. 2017. In-utero exposure to heat stress        during late-gestation has prolonged effects on the activity patterns and growth of dairy calves. Journal of Dairy Science 100: 2976-2984.

6.   Skibiel, A. L. and W. R. Hood. 2015. Milk matters: offspring survival in Columbian ground squirrels is affected by nutrient composition of mother’s        milk. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:1-10. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00111

5.   Hinde, K., A. L. Skibiel, A. Foster, L. Del Rosso, S. Mendoza, J. Capitanio. 2015. Cortisol in mother’s milk reflects maternal life history and                  predicts infant temperament. Behavioral Ecology 26: 269-281.

4.   Skibiel, A. L., J. R. Speakman, W. R. Hood. 2013. Testing the prediction of energy allocation decisions in the evolution of life history tradeoffs.            Functional Ecology 27: 1382-1391.

3.   Skibiel, A. L., L. M. Downing, T. J. Orr, W. R. Hood. 2013. The evolution of the nutrient composition of mammalian milks. Journal of Animal                  Ecology 82: 1254-1264.

2.   Skibiel, A. L. and W. R. Hood. 2013. Milk composition in a hibernating rodent, the Columbian ground squirrel, Urocitellus columbianus. Journal of        Mammalogy 94: 146-154.

1.   Skibiel, A. L., F. S. Dobson, J. O. Murie. 2009. Maternal influences on reproduction in two populations of Columbian ground squirrels. Ecological        Monographs 79(2): 325-341.

SELECTED PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS 

  • Fabris, T. F., J. Laporta, A. L. Skibiel, Dado-Senn B., D. R. Silva, S. Wohlgemuth, and G. E. Dahl. 2018. Temporal effect of dry period heat stress on mammary gland gene expression and structure. American Dairy Science Association, Knoxville, TN, Journal of Dairy Science 101 (Suppl. 2): 380.

  • Skibiel, A. L., B. Dado-Senn, T. F. Fabris, D. R. Silva, G. E. Dahl, and J. Laporta. 2018. Fetal exposure to thermal stress has long-term effects on mammary morphology and function in dairy cattle. American Dairy Science Association, Knoxville, TN, Journal of Dairy Science 101 (Suppl. 2): 404.

  • Dado-Senn, B., A. L. Skibiel, E. Meyer, S. I. Arriola Apelo, and J. Laporta . 2018. Dry period heat stress impacts mammary protein metabolism in the subsequent lactation. American Dairy Science Association, Knoxville, TN, Journal of Dairy Science 101 (Suppl. 2): 406.

  • Senn, B. D., A. L. Skibiel, T. F. Fabris, G. E. Dahl, and J. Laporta. 2017. Effect of heat stress during the dry period on milk and colostrum yield and quality and mammary gland tight junction formation in the subsequent lactation. American Dairy Science Association, Pittsburgh, PA, Journal of Dairy Science 100 (Suppl. 2): 13.

  • Senn, B. D., A. L. Skibiel, T. F. Fabris, F. Peñagaricano, G. E. Dahl, and J. Laporta. 2017. Functional genomics of the mammary gland transcriptome during early involution. American Dairy Science Association, Pittsburgh, PA, Journal of Dairy Science 100 (Suppl. 2): 421.

  • Fabris, T. F., J. Laporta, A. L. Skibiel, B. D. Senn, F. N. Corra, S. Wohlgemuth, and G. E. Dahl. 2017. Impact of heat stress during the early and late dry period on subsequent performance in dairy cattle. American Dairy Science Association, Pittsburgh, PA, Journal of Dairy Science 100 (Suppl. 2): 386.

  • Skibiel, A. L., M. Zachut, B. C. do Amaral, Y. Levin, G. E. Dahl. 2016. Liver proteomic analysis of Holstein cows exposed to heat stress or cooling conditions during the dry period. Joint Annual Meeting (ADSA-ASAS-CSAS-WSASAS), Salt Lake City, UT, Journal of Animal Science 94 (E-Suppl. 5): 617

  • Skibiel, A.L. and K. Hinde. 2015. Prolactin in mother’s milk across lactation in a non-human primate model. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL, Integrative and Comparative Biology 55 (Suppl 1): e169.

  • Skibiel, A.L., Speakman, J., Hood, W.R. 2013. The costs of current reproduction are not traded against maternal survival or subsequent reproductive performance in the Columbian ground squirrel. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, San Fransisco, CA, Integrative and Comparative Biology 53 (Suppl 1): e200.

  • Skibiel, A. L., Hood, W. R. 2012. Building better babies: impact of individual variation in milk composition on differential reproductive performance of Columbian ground squirrels. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, Integrative and Comparative Biology 52 (Suppl 1): e161.

  • Ramirez, M., Skibiel, A., Hood, W. 2012. Lactating Columbian ground squirrels increase nutrient absorption without altering digesta retention. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, Integrative and Comparative Biology 52 (Suppl 1): e317.

  • Skibiel, A. L., Hood, W. R. 2011. Temporal and inter-individual variation in milk composition in a free-ranging, hibernating rodent. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, Integrative and Comparative Biology 51 (Suppl 1): e251.

  • Skibiel, A. L. and W. R. Hood. 2010. Temporal and inter-individual variation in milk composition in a free-ranging, hibernating rodent. Poster presentation, Comparative Nutrition Society Symposium, Tucson, AZ, Proceedings of the Comparative Nutrition Society.

  • Skibiel, A. L., Dobson, F. S., Murie, J. O. 2008. Maternal influences on reproduction in two populations of Columbian ground squirrels. International Behavioral Ecology Congress, Ithaca, NY.

SELECTED GRANTS

  • 2016. Co-PIs Jimena Laporta, Francisco Peñagaricano, Geoffrey E. Dahl, University of Florida. Climate change in the dairy industry: Identification of pathways and cellular processes in the mammary gland and evaluation of plausible transgenerational effects of heat stress causing impaired milk production. University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Climate Change and Florida’s Agricultural, Natural Resources and Human Systems seed grant

  • 2014. Co-PIs Wendy Hood, Frank Bartol, Mark Liles, Auburn University. Dietary effects on milk microbial diversity and application to swine production. Auburn University Hatch Funding Program

  • 2011. Impacts of maternal energy expenditure during lactation on maternal and offspring survival in the Columbian ground squirrel. American Society of Mammalogists Grant-in-Aid of Research

  • 2009. Effects of maternal investment in milk quality on juvenile Columbian ground squirrels. Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research

  • 2008. Effects of maternal investment in milk composition on juvenile Columbian ground squirrels. Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Physiology of the Mammary Gland and Lactation, University of Florida, 2016. 

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Auburn University, 2013-2015. 

  • Human Evolutionary Anatomy and Physiology, Harvard University, 2012.

  • Mammalian Physiology, Auburn University, 2002-2012.

SCIENCE PRESS

  • “Viral photo sparks unusual discussion of squirrel anatomy” Jason Bittel, National Geographic, October 24, 2018

  • “The surprising links between human milk and the wild” Jason G. Goldman, BBC, July 8, 2016

  • “Seven of the most extreme milks in the animal kingdom” Shreya Dasgupta, Smithsonian Magazine, Sep. 14, 2015

  • “In a mother’s milk, nutrients, and a message, Too” Carl Zimmer, New York Times, Nov. 6, 2014

MENTORING EXPERIENCE

  • 20 Undergraduate research students and interns at University of Florida

    • 1 Honor’s thesis: "Impact of heat stress on morphology of the mammary gland during the dry period”

  • 3 Undergraduate research students at Harvard University

  • 9 Undergraduate research students at Auburn University

    • 1 Honor’s thesis: “ Food intake, mean retention time, and digestibility in Columbian ground squirrels (Urocitellus columbianus) during lactation”

Amy L. Skibiel

University of Idaho

Department of Animal and Veterinary Science

Moscow, ID 83844

Email: askibiel(at)uidaho(dot)edu

Phone: 208-885-1161

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