User:Samuel V. Scarpino

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  • Samuel V. Scarpino
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • 1 University Station C0930
  • Section of Integrative Biology
  • Austin, TX USA
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I am a graduate student in Ecology, Evolution, and Behaviour at the University of Texas at Austin. I work with Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyers and Dr. Mark Kirkpatrick. My research questions fall under the headings of molecular and theoretical population genetics and mathematical epidemiology. Currently, I am focused on three lines of investigation: Optimizing Provider Recruitment for Public Health Surveillance Networks, Polyploidy and Diversification in Angiosperms, and Sex Chromosome Evolution in Xiphophorus. I am also broadly interested in statistical modeling and as a result have worked on a number of exciting projects including: heritable, epigenetic modifications in rats, models of spatiotemporal variation in phenology, and estimating epidemiological parameters early in an outbreak (2009 H1N1). I plan to complete my dissertation research in spring 2013 and hope to begin postdoctoral work in late-summer or early fall 2013.


  • PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin - Section of Integrative Biology: Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour
  • BSc, honors, in Biology Indiana University 2007

Research interests

  1. Population Genetics
  2. Epidemiology
  3. Sex Chromosome Evolution
  4. Sexual Selection


  1. Scarpino SV, Dimitrov NB, and Meyers LA. Optimizing provider recruitment for influenza surveillance networks. PLoS Comput Biol. 2012;8(4):e1002472. DOI:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002472 | PubMed ID:22511860 | HubMed [Scarpino_et_al_2012]
  2. Crews D, Gillette R, Scarpino SV, Manikkam M, Savenkova MI, and Skinner MK. Epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of altered stress responses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5;109(23):9143-8. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1118514109 | PubMed ID:22615374 | HubMed [Crews_et_al_2012]
  3. Otto SP, Pannell JR, Peichel CL, Ashman TL, Charlesworth D, Chippindale AK, Delph LF, Guerrero RF, Scarpino SV, and McAllister BF. About PAR: the distinct evolutionary dynamics of the pseudoautosomal region. Trends Genet. 2011 Sep;27(9):358-67. DOI:10.1016/j.tig.2011.05.001 | PubMed ID:21962971 | HubMed [Otto_et_al_2011]
  4. Caillaud D, Crofoot MC, Scarpino SV, Jansen PA, Garzon-Lopez CX, Winkelhagen AJ, Bohlman SA, and Walsh PD. Modeling the spatial distribution and fruiting pattern of a key tree species in a neotropical forest: methodology and potential applications. PLoS One. 2010 Nov 22;5(11):e15002. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0015002 | PubMed ID:21124927 | HubMed [Caillaud_et_al_2010]
  5. Kirkpatrick M, Guerrero RF, and Scarpino SV. Patterns of neutral genetic variation on recombining sex chromosomes. Genetics. 2010 Apr;184(4):1141-52. DOI:10.1534/genetics.109.113555 | PubMed ID:20124026 | HubMed [Kirkpatrick_et_al_2010]
  6. Pourbohloul B, Ahued A, Davoudi B, Meza R, Meyers LA, Skowronski DM, Villaseñor I, Galván F, Cravioto P, Earn DJ, Dushoff J, Fisman D, Edmunds WJ, Hupert N, Scarpino SV, Trujillo J, Lutzow M, Morales J, Contreras A, Chávez C, Patrick DM, and Brunham RC. Initial human transmission dynamics of the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus in North America. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2009 Sep;3(5):215-22. DOI:10.1111/j.1750-2659.2009.00100.x | PubMed ID:19702583 | HubMed [Pourbohloul_et_al_2009]

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