Alison L. Gould

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



2016         Ph.D.    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology • University of Michigan                  

2009          M.S.    Marine Biology San Francisco State University Estuary & Ocean Science Center  

2005          B.A.     Mathematics Biology University of Virginia


2018-20        Research Scientist • California Academy of Sciences • Ichthyology and Microbiology

2018-20        Sandler Faculty Fellow Affiliate • University of California, San Francisco

2018              NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology • California Academy of Sciences, Ichthyology

2017              Postdoctoral Fellow • University of California, Berkeley • Molecular and Cell Biology

2015-16         Rackham Predoctoral Fellow • University of Michigan (UM)

2013-14         Carl L. and Linda Hubbs Fellow • University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ)

2012              Assistant Curator • UMMZ • Ichthyology Division

2009-10         Research Technician • Taxon Biosciences, Inc. • Tiburon, California


Gould, AL and PV Dunlap (2019) Shedding light on specificity: population genomic structure of a symbiosis between a coral reef fish and luminous bacterium. Frontiers in Microbiology 10:2670

Gould, AL, V Zhang, B Obadia, A Gavryushkin, L Lamberti, N Beerenwinkel, E Jones, J Carlson and W Ludington (2018) Microbiome interactions shape host fitness. PNAS 115(51): E11951–E11960

Gould, AL and PV Dunlap (2017) Genomic analysis of a cardinalfish with larval homing potential reveals genetic admixture in the Okinawa Islands. Molecular Ecology 26:3870-82

Gould, AL, *K Dougan, *S Koenigbauer and PV Dunlap (2016) Life history of the symbiotically luminous coral reef fish Siphamia tubifer (Perciformes: Apogonidae). J Fish Biology 89:1363-1377

Gould, AL, S Harii and PV Dunlap (2015) Cues from the reef: olfactory preferences of a symbiotically luminous cardinalfish. Coral Reefs 34:673–677

Gould, AL, S Harii and PV Dunlap (2014) Homing behavior and site fidelity of the symbiotically luminous cardinalfish, Siphamia tubifer (Perciformes: Apogonidae). Marine Biology 161:2897-907

Kimmerer, WJ, T Ignoffo, A Slaughter and AL Gould (2014) Food-limited reproduction and growth of three copepod species in the low-salinity zone of the San Francisco Estuary. J Plankton Res 0:1-14

Dunlap, PV, AL Gould, ML Wittenrich and M Nakamura (2012) Symbiosis initiation in the bacterially luminous sea urchin cardinalfish Siphamia versicolor (Perciformes: Apogonidae). J Fish Biol 81:1340-56

Urbanczyk, H, Y Ogura, TA Hendry, AL Gould, N Kiwaki, JT Atkinson, T Hayashi and PV Dunlap (2011) Genome sequence of Photobacterium mandapamensis strain svers. 1.1, the bioluminescent symbiont of the cardinal fish Siphamia versicolor. J Bacteriology 193:3144-45

Gould, AL and WJ Kimmerer (2010) Development, growth, and reproduction of the cyclopoid copepod Limnoithona tetraspina in upper San Francisco Estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series 412:163-77

Kimmerer, WJ and AL Gould (2010) A Bayesian approach to estimating copepod development times from stage frequency data. Limnol Oceanogr Methods 8:118-26

*undergraduate students mentored


2018-23      NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5) • $1,250,000

2017-19      NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology Research Using Biological Collections • $138,000

2014           NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) • $17,510

2014           PADI Foundation Grant • $4,550

2014           Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) National Fellowship • Honorable Mention

2014           Susan Lipschutz Award for women scholars • Rackham Graduate School, UM • $6,000            

2013-15      Ichthyology Graduate Student Awards • UMMZ • $6,220

2013           Robert and Francis Miller Ichthyology Award • UMMZ • $1,000   

2013           Rackham International Travel Grant • UM • $1,200

2012           Rackham International Research Award • UM • $5,000    

2011-13      Rackham Graduate Student Research Grants • UM • $4,500       

2011-12      Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Block Grants • UM • $3,258      

2008           Robert W. Maxwell Scholarship • San Francisco State University (SFSU) • $4,000


2017-19      NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology (PRFB) • California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

2015-16      Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship • Rackham Graduate School, UM

2013-14      Carl L. and Linda Hubbs Fellowship • UMMZ

2011           NSF East Asia and the Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) Fellowship • Okinawa, Japan

2004        NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) • University of Alaska, Southeast

TEACHING EXPERIENCE                 

2014           Ecology Lab (EEB372) • Graduate Student Instructor • UM

2011-13      Animal Diversity (BIO288) • Graduate Student Instructor • UM

2010           Introductory Ecology & Evolution (BIO171) • Graduate Student Instructor • UM

2008           Biological Oceanography (BIO582) • Teaching Assistant • SFSU


2019           Washington State Univeristy • School of Biological Sciences • Vancouver, WA

2019           Mini Symposium on Biological Interactions • Carnegie Institution for Science • Baltimore, MD

2019           Eco/Evo Lunch Seminar • Biology Department • Stanford University • Palo Alto, CA

2019           Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology • Harvard University • Cambridge, MA

2018           Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability Seminar (CAS) • San Francisco, CA

2017           Rosenberg Institute Seminar • Estuary and Ocean Science Center • SFSU • Tiburon, CA

2017           Bay Area Postdoc Symposium • Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA


2020           Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology • Austin, TX

2019           2nd International Fish Microbiota Workshop • Eugene, OR

2018           7th Conference on Beneficial Microbes • Madison, WI

2017           7th Annual Symbiosis Meeting • Yosemite, CA

2016           13th International Coral Reefs Symposium • Honolulu, HI

2016           Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting • Monterey, CA

2015           Fish at Night Symposium • Miami, FL

2015           Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting • Sacramento, CA

2015           Benthic Ecology Meeting • Québec City, Québec, Canada

2014           Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting • Sacramento, CA

2014           Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting • Tacoma, WA

2013           9th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference • Okinawa, Japan

2009           Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference • Portland, OR


Ashby, M, L Wood, U Lidström, C Clarke, AL Gould, D Strapoc, AJ Lambo and BJ Huizinga. Compositions and methods for identifying and modifying carbonaceous compositions. US Patent 9,206,680 B2. December 8, 2015


2019-20           Volunteer • Skype a Scientist

2014-20     Peer Reviewer  Molecular Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Marine Ecology Progress Series, PLoS ONE, J. Fish Biology, J. Continental Shelf Research, Marine Biodiversity, Current Zoology, FEMS Microbiology, Genes, eLife

2018-19      Project Mentor • Careers in Science Internship Program (CAS)

2018-19      Volunteer • NightLife events at CAS

2014-16      Regional Coordinator Great Lakes Bowl, National Ocean Science Bowl

2014-15      Elected Representative • Admissions Committee, EEB Department (UM)

2013-14      Volunteer Females Excelling More in Mathematics, Engineering and the Sciences (FEMMES) capstone event (UM)

2012-15      Volunteer ID Day (UMMZ)

2012-13      President • Graduate Researchers in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (UM)

2011-14      Volunteer Judge • Great Lakes Bowl, National Ocean Science Bowl

2011-13      Volunteer • 826michigan Writing Workshops

2011-12      Elected Representative • Executive Committee, EEB Department (UM)

2008-10      Volunteer Judge • Sea Lion Bowl, National Ocean Science Bowl

2008-09      Volunteer • Marine Science Institute, Earth Day on the Bay, San Francisco

2006-07      Volunteer Docent • Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Bay Shores Studies

2006-07      Volunteer • Expanding Your Horizons, Women in Math and Science Fair

2002-05      Volunteer • Big Siblings Program, Madison House, University of Virginia