Shaun M McCoshum, PhD
PhD, Zoology December 2015
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK
Dissertation: Influences and associations of the biofuel crop Canola production on wild
invertebrate pollinator communities in the South Central US
MSc, Botany August 2009
Miami University, Oxford OH
Thesis: Phototropic responses of Arabidopsis thaliana to green light & the role of SPA1
BSc, Biology December 2006
Humboldt State University, Arcata CA
2017: Rusticus Garden Club Summer Intern Funds
2017: Recipient of Watershed Agricultural Council Management Assistance Program
for tree planting
2014: Recipient of Oklahoma State University’s Graduate Travel Grant
2014: Recipient of Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Grant
2009: Recipient of Miami University’s Botany Graduate Research grant
2015: Arts and Sciences Commencement Marshal
2015: Creativity, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship scholarship recipient (declined)
2015: CORD: Volunteered more than 300 hours of service learning during my PhD program.
2015: Recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award
2013: 3rd place Oklahoma State University’s Inaugural Three Minute Thesis Competition
2013: Recipient of Outstanding Student Award from Oklahoma State University’s Employee
Queers & Allies League
2011: Americorps Education Award
McCoshum SM and Geber MA (2020) Land conversion for solar facilities and urban sprawl in Southwest Deserts causes different amounts of habitat loss for Ashmeadiella bees. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society. (Accepted with minor revision, May 2019)
Dec 2017-Present: Scientist II: Flatrock Environmental and Engineering
Perform surveys for ecological jurisdiction, threatened and endangered species, and protected waters of the USA
Write reports, manage data and create maps in ArcGIS and apply for permits for land developers
Organize field crews and various partner organizations to meet client needs, deadlines, and budgets.
Jan 2016-present: Post-Doctoral Researcher: Cornell University
Working with a multi-disciplinary team to design data collection methods to inform life cycle cost analyses and Solar Energy impacts on local ecosystems and pollinator communities
Working with leading experts, UC Davis researchers, State and Federal agencies to gain permits and support for land access
Curating and identifying a 5 year long bee collection and using ArcMap and MaxEnt to model similar habitats
July 2016-December 2017: Preserve Manager and Educator: Westchester Land Trust
Maintained preserves and designed preserve management plans that protected water quality of the region and wildlife habitat
Created educational outreach events for students and adults
Worked with multiple partners in the region to maximize our efforts and build community support for land preservation, seed sharing, and habitat restorations
May 2014-June 2016: Butterfly Farm Consultant for Opportunity International Nicaragua
Worked with an architect to design an enclosure for caterpillar and plant rearing
Created trainings for teachers and curriculum for students for rearing caterpillars and butterflies with an emphasis on ecotourism and entrepreneurship
Networked eco-tourism ventures and the school for sales and business opportunity
January 2012-December 2015: Research Assistant Oklahoma State University, Baum Lab
Field work capturing native bees and monarch butterflies and occasional vegetation transects
Green house work for Asclepias curassavica cultures and lab rearing monarch caterpillars
Pinning and curating insect collections for research and outreach
May 2014-June 2015: President of Graduate and Professional Student Government Association
Began interdisciplinary socials including outreach and volunteer events
Oversaw 7 other executive members, an $83,000.00 budget, and sat on numerous campus wide committees including the Vice President for Research search committee
Identified risky situations for the university and strived to create positive solutions, such as FERPA training for all teaching students
Jan 2013- May 2015: Invertebrate Zoology: Teaching Assistant
Maintained freshwater and marine aquaria with crustacean, mollusk, turbellaria, cnidaria, and porifera cultures.
Created and modified curriculum and lab assignments to improve student learning
Curated collections of preserved specimens and entered new specimens
November 2011-January 2012: Café Manna: Interim Assistant Manager
*covered managerial duties while the current manager took 2 months leave
Hired and supervised 8 servers and coordinated with back of the house staff for purchase orders.
Managed employee time off, disciplinary action, work schedules, and daily front of the house duties.
April 2011-Octoberr 2011: Great Basin Institute: field technician
Performed restoration work including greenhouse rearing, out planting and seed collections for host plants of the endangered Mt. Charleston Blue butterfly.
Collected and entered GIS and population data for the Forest Service in accordance with Department and NEPA reporting
Aided in research of endemic rodents, invasive organisms, and sensitive species
March 2010-April 2011: Catalina Island Conservancy: multiple positions
October 2010-April 2011 Education and Conservation Technician
Successfully planned and executed Invasive plant management projects
Actively engaged the public and volunteers with invasive plant removal projects and education programs gaining more than 2,300 man hours for projects
Routinely surveyed and entered GIS data for invasive plants and executed management procedures
Collected data on sightings of specific avifauna, herptofaunal, and numerous native plants, plus duties of the Stop the Spread Coordinator
March 2010- October 2010: Stop the Spread Coordinator
Successfully built new relationships with Island Camps to implement invasive species removal programs
Successfully planned and instituted numerous invasive plant and restoration management plans with 1, 3, 5, and 10 year goals.
Surveying, hiking, herbicide application, invasive population data collection, GIS data entry and treatments were integral portions of this job.
McCoshum, SM (2019) Healthy habitats for bees & butterflies. Albuquerque Bio Park. ABQ, NM
McCoshum, SM (2018) Small Scale Pollinator Conservation: Measuring Success & Plugging into
the Landscape. Nantucket Island Citizen Science Weekend, keynote speaker. Nantucket, MA.
McCoshum, SM (2018) Milkweed: It's More Then Monarch Food. Sibley Nature Center Science
Lecture Series. Midland, TX.
McCoshum, SM (2018) Pollinator Conservation: Threats and Actions. Midland Naturalists Society.
McCoshum, SM (2017) Managing Pollinator Habitat: Monitoring, Measures, and Metrics. Rally
(Land Trust Alliance National Annual symposium). Denver, CO.
McCoshum, SM (2017) Pollinator gardening: what to do before and after planting. Bartlett
Arboretum. Stamford, CT.
McCoshum, SM (2017) Threats and benefits to pollinator populations. Conservation Café, Pace
University. Pleasantville, NY.
McCoshum, SM (2017) Static ecosystems in a shifting mosaic landscape. Hudson to Housatonic all
partners meeting. Ridgefield, CT.
McCoshum, SM (2016) What's all the buzz about Pollinators. Conservation Cafe panel, Pace
University. Pleasantville, NY.
McCoshum, SM and Baum KA (2016) Effects of pastures on pollinator communities in canola
(Brassica napus) production landscapes. Pollinator Reading Group, Cornell University. Ithaca,
McCoshum, SM and Baum KA (2015) Effects of pastures on early spring pollinator communities
around canola (Brassica napus) production. Entomological Society of America meeting.
McCoshum, SM and Baum KA (2015) Effects and association of the production of the biofuel crop
Brassica napus on wild invertebrate pollinator communities in the South Central United States.
Public presentation for oral defense. Stillwater, OK.
McCoshum, SM and Baum KA (2015) Effects of pasturelands on early-spring native bee
communities and reproductive success around canola croplands. Natural Resources Conference.
McCoshum SM (2015). Trimming Invasive Canary Island Date Palms opens resources for Acorn
Woodpeckers and other plants. Oklahoma State University Lunchtime Seminar Series.
McCoshum, SM (2014). LGBT Evidence and Arguments from Nature. PFLAG chapter meeting:
McCoshum, SM and Baum KA (2014). Native bee assemblages and development near canola fields
in the south central US. Ecological Society of America 99th Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA.
McCoshum, SM (2014). LGBT Evidence and Arguments from Nature. PFLAG chapter meeting:
McCoshum, SM and Baum KA (2014). Influence of Canola and Pastureland on Native Bees. South
Western Association of Naturalists. Stillwater, OK.
McCoshum, SM (2014). Sex ratios and OE infection levels of Danaus plexippus during spring
migration through Oklahoma. 102nd Annual Techincal meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of
Science. Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma.
Baum, KA and McCoshum, SM (2013). Landscape-level implications of biofuel crop production for
pollinators. Entomological Society of America. Austin, Texas.
McCoshum, SM (2013). Are insect pollinators and wild plants affected by canola production?
Oklahoma State University Provost's External Advisory Council Meeting: invited presentation
featuring Three Minute Thesis competitors/awardees. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater,
McCoshum, SM (2012) Conservation Practices on Catalina Island: lesson in reality. Oklahoma
State University Lunchtime Seminar Series (September 20, 2012)
McCoshum, SM (2012) Biological Factors and Influences of Sexuality and Presence in Nature.
PFLAG Chapter meeting: Stillwater Oklahoma.
McCoshum, SM; Hein, F; and Zanelli, R (2010) Greatest Stories Ever Told: Placing meaning before
detail. Catalina Island Mini-symposium at Long Beach, California.
McCoshum, SM; Bauman J; and Douglas E (2009) Presence and Participation in the Academy and
Community.Miami University English Graduate and Adjunct Association’s Symposium
“Stepping Out: Academics, Civic Engagement, and Activism at Miami University”
McCoshum, SM; Kumar, P; and Kiss, JZ. (2009) The Role of SPA1 During Light Sensing in Blue,
Green, and Red Light. Midwestern ASPB, Peoria, Illinois.
McCoshum, SM; Kumar, P and Kiss, JZ (2008). The role of SPA1 in tropistic curvature. Poster:
Midwestern ASPB: Iowa State University, Ames Iowa.
McCoshum, SM and Bauman J. (2008). Biological Mechanisms of Sexuality: Miami University.
Outreach and Service:
2014: Created and hosted a citizen outreach program for local residents to come collect data for Monarch Migration using Monarch Watch tags.
2014: Volunteered for National Lab day to introduce and allow high school students to participate in the research I am doing with my fellow lab-members and advisor.
2014-present: President of the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association.
2014: Planned and hosted the event “LGBT friendly Christianity” via Arc.
This event organized religious leaders from surrounding churches to present their personal and Church’s point of view on LGBT acceptance.
2013-2014: Graduate representative to the Campus life Advisory Council.
2012-2014: Founder and President of Arc:
Arc is a graduate focused LGBTQSIA community group which was formed to provide a social and academic venue for Graduate students to discuss community issues.
2012-2014t: Vice President of Society of Environmental Scientists (SES)
SES is a club to unite the Enivironmental Science Students and the departments in which these graduate students are studying.
2012-2014: Graduate and Professional Student Government Association (GPSGA) Zoology Representative
GPSGA has bi-monthly meetings which must be attended by department representatives in order for graduate students to apply for funds from the GPSGA accounts.
2012-present: Acitve member of Stillwater’s chapter of Parents Friends and Family of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG)
Designed and organized production of fundraiser cards for Stillwater PFLAG which generate 198¢ for every 2¢ spent
2012-2013: Seated on the 5 person Finance committee for GPSGA’s $50,000.00 annual budget
2012-present: Seated on the Zoology Awards Committee
2012 Volunteer Hours
Volunteered for 60 hours of community service doing trash clean ups, work parties, and plant surveys
Worked 11 hours for ZoGGS at a football game
2011 Member of Gays for Good
Gays for Good is a non-profit organization which volunteers to do environmental and community work in Southern California.
2009: Faculty Search Committee for the LGBTQISA Coordinator at Miami University
2008-2009: Co-President of Haven
Haven is a LGBTQISA club at Miami University which organizes and engages in community events both on and off campus including the Tunnel of Oppression.
2008-2009: Active Member of the College Democrats
Helped the campaign for Barack Obama, registered voters, canvassed, and passed out literature
2007-2009: Active member in Spectrum
Spectrum is an undergrad led LGBTQISA club at Miami University which promotes equal rights and community strength
2007-2008: Treasurer of Haven
2004 Coach for the novice men’s rowing team at Humboldt State
2001-2004 Light-weight and heavy-weight competing rower on Humboldt State’s men’s crew team
Biology 3104 teaching assistant spring 2014: Oklahoma State University
Biology 3034 teaching assistant fall 2013: Oklahoma State University
Biology 3104 teaching assistant spring 2013: Oklahoma State University
Biology 1114 teaching assistant fall 2012: Oklahoma State University
Botany 191 teaching assistant spring 2009: Miami University
Biological Concepts 115 teaching assistant fall 2008: Miami University
Biological Concepts 116 teaching assistant spring 2008: Miami University
Biological Concepts 115 teaching assistant fall 2007: Miami University
Coach of the Novice Men’s Crew team 2004: Humboldt State University
Zoe Austin (2016) Coral reef husbandry, coral propagation, and invertebrate care
Dalton Richardson(2016) Coral reef husbandry, coral propagation, and invertebrate care
Alicia Schlarb(2014 - 2016) Research mentor on a project investigating effects of sunscreen exposure on Convolutriloba retrogemma and Xenia spp. corals. Also taught coral reef husbandry, coral propagation, and invertebrate care
Sarah Ogle (2012): Research mentor on larval movement of Monarch butterflies and parasitoid infection rates of flies.
High School Student Mentorship
Ireland Novak (2018-2019) The Effects of Oxybenzone on the Regeneration of Hawaiian Coral Reefs. Outside mentor for senior project.
Lizzie Kaplan (2016 - 2017) Effects of restoration plantings and deer exclosures on invasive plant colonization.