Curriculum Vitae

Last updated: June 15th, 2019

Department of Biology, Stanford University

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Stanford University, Stanford, CA

PhD, Department of Biology (Ecology and Evolution), 2017-2021(expected)

Advisor: Tadashi Fukami, Department of Biology


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

MSc, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, 2016-2017

Advisor: David Sherman, Department of Chemistry, Department of Microbiology and Immunology


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

BS, Program in Biology, 2013-2016

Advisor: Mark Hunter, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



Chappell, C.R., Fukami, T. (2018) Nectar yeasts: a natural microcosm for ecology. Yeast 35, 417-423.



2018 Marine Biological Laboratory Pioneers Scholarship

2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow

2017 Hubert Shaw and Sandra Lui Stanford Graduate Fellow in Science and Engineering (3 year)

2016 Phi Kappa Phi Project Grant

2015 LSA Honors Critical Difference Grant (funding Honors thesis).

2015 REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates): “Biosphere-Atmosphere-Hydrosphere Interactions in a Changing Global Environment”, University of Michigan Biological Station (Summer 2015)


1.     C.R. Chappell, T. Fukami, M.K. Dhami. 2019 June. Using functional genomics to study community assembly in a nectar microbe system (poster). American Society of Microbiology Meeting; San Francisco, CA.

2.     C.R. Chappell, T. Fukami, M.K. Dhami. 2019 April. Using functional genomics to study community assembly in a nectar microbe system (poster). Joint Genome Institute User Meeting; San Francisco, CA.

3.     C.R. Chappell, T. Fukami, M.K. Dhami. 2019 January. Using functional genomics to study community assembly in a nectar microbe system (seminar). Advanced Seminar in Microbial Molecular Biology; Stanford, CA.

4.     C.R. Chappell, T. Fukami, M.K. Dhami. 2018 December. Using functional genomics to infer the effects of historical contingency in the assembly of a nectar microbe metacommunity (talk). Stanford/University of California Joint Species Interaction Workshop; Santa Cruz, CA.

5.     C.R. Chappell, L.H. Kee, J. Livingston, G.A. O’Toole, R.J. Whitaker, 2018 September. Disentangling the genetic basis of structural color in iridescent Tenacibaculum spp (poster). Stanford Biosciences Association Poster Session; Stanford, CA.

6.     C. R. Chappell, T. Fukami, M.K. Dhami. 2018 May. Approaching ecology as a molecular biologist would: from functional genetics to community ecology in a nectar microbe system (seminar). Stanford Ecology and Evolution lunch seminar; Stanford, CA

7.     C. R. Chappell. 2017 March. Approaching science from an interdisciplinary perspective (seminar); Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology invited talk; Jena, Germany

8.     C. R. Chappell, S. S. Li, D. H. Sherman. 2016 December. Biosynthesis of ambiguine natural products by cyanobacteria Fisherella ambigua (seminar). Phi Kappa Phi project grant seminar; Ann Arbor, MI

9.     C. R. Chappell, M. D. Hunter. 2016 April. Effects of elevated CO2 on population dynamics of the oleander aphid, Aphis nerii, mediated by changing plant chemistry in Asclepias species (talk). University of Michigan undergraduate research symposium; Ann Arbor, MI


2019 Stanford Biology Excellence in Teaching Award

2017 Rhodes Scholarship Finalist – District 11

2016 Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award, University of Michigan Program in Biology

2016 Marshall Nirenberg Life Sciences Award, Goldstein LSA Honors Prize: University of Michigan

2016 Phi Kappa Phi Student Vice President

2016 Phi Beta Kappa Inductee

2016 James B. Angell Scholar

2013-2016 University Honors

2014 Alpha Chi Sigma (ΑΧΣ) Outstanding First Year Student Award, University of Michigan Chemistry Department

2014 Matt Kelley/Granader Family Prize for Excellence in First Year Writing, University of Michigan Sweetland Center for Writing


Graduate Student Instructor:

  • Introduction to Research in Ecology and Evolution (BIO 47), Stanford University

  • Introduction to Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology (MCDB 172), University of Michigan

  • Molecular Biology (MCDB 427), University of Michigan


2018 – Katie Eritano (Stanford University, VPUE), Benek Robertson (Stanford University, volunteer research assistant), Veronica Hsu (University of California, Santa Barbara, volunteer research assistant)  


EEB 446: Microbial Ecology (University of Michigan)

HUMGEN 55: Computational Genetics (University of Michigan)

Marine Biological Laboratory Microbial Diversity Course (2-month workshop, University of Chicago)

BIO 227: Foundations of Community Ecology (Stanford University)

BIO 332: Evolutionary Genomics (Stanford University)

BIO 313: Ethics in the Anthropocene (Stanford University)

BIOS 221: Modern Statistics for Modern Biology (Stanford University)


1.     American Society of Naturalists Graduate Committee: (2018-present) Provide graduate student insight onto to executive committee of the American Society of Naturalists and plan community-building activities at ASN annual conference.

2.     Stanford Department of Biology Career Committee: Stanford University (2017-present) Chair of the Department of Biology Career Committee, which involved planning several large events for Biology graduate students with information about careers of choice, campus resources, and networking opportunities.

3.     Stanford Science Policy Group (SSPG) Stanford University (2019-present) Leadership team of the Stanford chapter of a national network of science policy groups. We organize events and workshops on campus for students who are interested in learning about science policy and advocacy.

4.     Science Teaching Through Art (STAR) Stanford University (2017-present) Leadership team of STAR, an interdisciplinary student organization dedicated to promoting science communication between the Stanford research community and the general public. STAR hosts several workshops teaching scientists how to make infographic posters, 3-D printing, and videos about their research.

5.     Detroit Research Internship Summer Experience (D-RISE) University of Michigan Department of Chemistry (2016) Primary program assistant working with students from Cass Technical High School in Detroit pursuing research projects in the University of Michigan Chemistry department.

6.     Science Video Producer University of Michigan (2015-2017) Produced inquiry-based educational videos, which are posted on YouTube, for introductory science courses at the University of Michigan, including introductory physics (PHYSICS 235), genetics (BIO 305), and molecular biology (MCDB 427).

7.     Philosophy of Science in Technology (POSIT) Society University of Michigan (2014-2016) Founder and president of a University of Michigan student organization that ran Enlightenment-style salons on the intersection of philosophy and biochemistry.



Ecological Society of America (ESA), American Society of Naturalists (ASN), American Society of Microbiology (ASM)