Christian Gagnon

Department of Anthropology Boston University

EDUCATION

2015-Present      CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE                                                                                                         New York, NY

  • M.A. Anthropology Student                                                                                                
  • GPA: 3.55

 

2013-2015          CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE                                                                                                         New York, NY

  •  Degree: B.A. Anthropology                                                                                                 
  • GPA: 3.3

 

2010-2013          FORSYTH TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE                                                                   Winston-Salem, NC

  • Degree obtained: AA, Emergency Preparedness Technology

  •  GPA: 3.75

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Aug. 2016 - Present        CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE - College Assistant                                                        New York, NY

  •  Assistant to the director of the Program in Human Biology.
  • Duties include facilitating the operations the department by maintaining student records, optimizing the website and information materials and organizing departmental events.
  • Serve as a liaison between students and advisor. 

 

May 2015–Present         CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE - Adjunct professor                                                        New York, NY

  •  Teaching undergraduate level Introduction to Human Evolution and The Human Species.

  •  Duties include preparing lectures, exams and assignments designed to develop scientific knowledge.

  • Responsible for helping students navigate practical laboratory activities and holding weekly office hours.

May 2017-Aug 2017    OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER - Forensic Anthropology Intern    New York, NY

  • Received training in human osteology and forensics.

  • Examined remains to determine age, sex and ancestry.

  • Participated in death investigations, the preparation of biological profiles, autopsies and disinterments. 

May 2015–Sept 2015      WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY - Conservation Education Fellow             New York, NY

  • Participate in ongoing staff training sessions.
  • Conduct small group and individual classroom activities based on differentiated learning needs to ensure all student reach their full learning potential.

  • Lead educational programs teaching young people of different age groups ranging from kindergarden to high school about natural sciences and the importance of maintaining biodiversity.

 

Jan 2015–May 2015      CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE - Undergraduate Research Fellow                              New York, NY 

  • Conducted a comparative genomic research project using bioinformatic tools to investigate selective pressures at work on various genes. 

  • Learned valuable computer coding skills and methods of genetic research.

 

July 2011–July 2013       GRIFFITH FIRE DEPARTMENT - Firefighter                                                     Winston-Salem, NC

  •  Duties include but are not limited to training for and participating in firefighting duties,  providing emergency care for sick and injured persons and fire prevention activities on assigned shifts. Other duties include routine maintenance of fire apparatus, as well as drilling and training in new firefighting techniques and practices.

 

CONFERENCES

  • Human Biology Association (HBA) Annual Meeting, March 2017 (Poster):

Elite Swimmers Converge on a Single Common Body Mass Index Across all Event Distances

Gagnon, C. M. 1, Steiper, M. E. 1,2,3, and Pontzer, H. 1,2,3

1. Hunter College of the City University of New York New York, NY 2. The Graduate Center of CUNY New York, NY 3. New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology New York, NY

  • The American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) Annual Meeting, March 2017 (Podium):

Evidence for elevated diversity in genes linked to facial diversity in apes supports the hypothesis that individual facial recognition is important across hominoids

Steiper, M. E. 1,2,3, Grube, N. 1, Gagnon, C. M. 1

1. Hunter College of the City University of New York New York, NY 2. The Graduate Center of CUNY New York, NY 3. New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology New York, NY

  • The American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) Annual Meeting, March 2018:

Phylogenetic history of the primate AMY gene family

Gagnon, C. M. 1, Steiper, M. E. 1,2,3,4

1. Department of Anthropology, Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) 2. Program in Anthropology, The Graduate Center of CUNY, 3. Human Biology Program, Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), 4. New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP).

UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS

  • Body Mass Index varies with event distances among elite runners but not swimmers. CM Gagnon, ME Steiper, H Pontzer. (In Review)

  • Evidence for elevated diversity in genes linked to facial diversity in apes supports the hypothesis that individual facial recognition is important across hominoids. ME Steiper, NT Grube, CM Gagnon. (In Prep)

SKILLS & ACTIVITIES

  • Proficient with bioinformatics tools such as R and UNIX
  • 2.5 years of education experience
  • Strong knowledge of statistics
  • Trained in genetic wet-lab methods and procedures
  • 2 seasons of field experience
  • Trained in wildlife conservation practices
  • Native french speaker