Awards and Honors:

  • 2012 - 2017 Mellon Fellowship
  • 2012 - 2017 CUNY Enhanced Chancellor's Fellowship
  • 2011 The National Academy of Sciences $1800 Grant for Travel
  • 2010 University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Jesse D. Kay Research Grant $10,000 Grant for Graduate Research
  • 2009 University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Arts and Sciences Student Research Award $2,000 Grant for Graduate Research
  • 2009 Pacific Science Intercongress Student Travel Grant
  • 2009 National Academy of Science Sackler Colloquia Student Travel Grant 2009 International Biogeography Society Travel Grant
  • 2006 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention
  • 2006 Minnesota State University, Mankato Biology Department $1000 Grant for Undergraduate Research
  • 2005 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Traineeship in Marine Biology and Population Genetics
  • 2005 Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, University of Alaska Southeast and University of Maine Summer Marine Biology Research Experience Finalist (declined)
  • 2005 Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Grants Two $1000 dollar grants for research in biology and philosophy
  • 2004-2005 Minnesota State University, Mankato – Alliss Foundation Scholarship



Education:

  • Ph.D. Philosophy. The Graduate Center, City University New York (Dec, 2016)
  • Ph.D. Zoology. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2012)
  • M.A. Philosophy. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2012)
  • B.A. Open Studies: Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy. Minnesota State University, Mankato (2006)


Derek J Skillings

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Service

  • 2015 Philosophy Graduate Program Admissions Committee
  • 2010 Reviewer, Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • 2010 Reviewer, Journal of Marine Biology 2009 Reviewer, Journal of Heredity
  • 2007-2008 University of Hawaii Zoology Department Graduate Student Representative 2007-2008 University of Hawaii Graduate Student Organization – Zoology Representative
  • 2007 Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics, a short course co-hosted by the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity and Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology - January 7-20, 2007

Presentations and Invited Talks:


Media

  • Hidden Hawaii. National Geographic National Parks Collection. National Geographic Channel. 




  • 2015 Holobionts and the Ecology of Organisms. 2015 PBDB Workshop (invited talk)
  • ​2015 Session Organizer - Aspects of Biological Organization. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.
  • 2015 Complexity, Organization and Life in the Philosophy of Sir Kenelm Digby. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.
  • 2015 Ways to be Robust. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology. 
  • 2015 Ways to be Robust. European Philosophy of Science Association.
  • 2014 Mechanistic Explanation of Biological Processes. Philosophy of Science Association. 
  • 2013 A Process Focused Approach to the Species Problem. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.
  • 2011 Gateways to Hawaii—Genetic Population Structure of the Tropical Sea Cucumber Holothuria Atra. Pacific Science Inter-Congress
  • 2010 Gateways to Hawaii—Genetic Population Structure of the Tropical Sea Cucumber Holothuria Atra. Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting
  • 2010 Gateways to Hawaii—Genetic Population Structure of the Tropical Sea Cucumber Holothuria Atra. Evolution Annual Meeting
  • 2009 Using the Sea Cucumber Holothuria atra to test Hawaii Connectivity Hypotheses. Pacific Science Interconference (Invited talk and poster)
  • 2009 Using the Sea Cucumber Holothuria atra to test Hawaii Connectivity Hypotheses. International Biogeography Conference (poster)
  • 2008 Using Population Genetics for Marine Conservation – The Story of the Teatfish and the Lollyfish. Minnesota State University, Mankato (invited talk)
  • 2008 Two Sea Cucumbers (Holothuria atra and Holothuria whitmaei) show links between Hawaii and Johnston Atoll. 2008 Hawaii Conservation Conference (invited talk)
  • 2008 Genetic populations structure of a widely distributed tropical species of sea cucumber, Holothuria (Halodeima) atra. 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (poster)
  • 2008 Genetic Population Structure of the lollyfish and the black teatfish in Hawaii. Tester Symposium – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2005 Applying early existential critiques to contemporary themes in American culture Minnesota State University Undergraduate Research Conference
  • 2005 Search for the causative organism of waterfowl deaths at Lake Onalaska Minnesota State University Undergraduate Research Conference
  • 2004 Quantifying tissue degradation in trematode parasites during long-term storage using scanning electron microscopy. Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists (poster)
  • 2004 Quantifying tissue degradation in trematode parasites during long-term storage using scanning electron microscopy. Minnesota State University Undergraduate Research Conference (won best poster)