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SEBASTIAN KVIST

Date of birth: March 20, 1982

Address (work): Royal Ontario Museum,

Department of Natural History, 100 Queen’s Park,

Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Canada

E-mail: sebastian.kvist@utoronto.ca

 

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION

  • Assistant professor, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. July 2015-present.
  • Associate curator, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON. March 2015-present.
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. September 2012-February 2015.
  • Ph.D., Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY. September 2012.
  • M.S., Biology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. June 2008.
  • B.S., Marine Biology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. June 2006.
  • Accredited course in Conservation Biology, Lund University, Sweden. September 2006.
  • Accredited course in Gender Psychology, Lund University, Sweden. January 2002.
  • Accredited course in the Core Studies of the Arts and Sciences, Lund University, Sweden. September 2001.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Postdoctoral research (09/01/2012 – 02/28/2015)

  • Pyrosequencing the salivary transcriptome of Haemadipsa interrupta (Annelida: Clitellata: Haemadipsidae): anticoagulant diversity and insight into the evolution of anticoagulation capabilities in leeches.
  • New insights into the phylogeny, systematics and DNA barcoding of Nemertea.
  • Sine systemate chaos? A versatile new for earthworm taxonomy: non-invasive imaging of freshly fixed and museum specimens using micro-computed tomography.
  • Applying combined morphological and molecular data to elucidate species diversity within the Namalycastis abiuma (Annelida: Nereididae: Namanereidinae) species complex.

 

Doctoral research (09/01/2008 – 09/01/2012)

  • Phylogenomics of Annelida revisited: a cladistic approach using genome-wide EST data mining and examining the effects of missing data.
  • Diversity and selective pressures of anticoagulants in three different species of medicinal leeches.
  • Phylogenomics of Reichenowia parasitica, an alphaproteobacterial endosymbiont of the freshwater leech Placobdella parasitica.
  • Genome-wide search for leech antiplatelet proteins in the non-bloodfeeding leech Helobdella robusta reveals evidence for secreted anticoagulants.
  • Field expeditions to New Brunswick, Canada; Ontario, Canada; Baja California Sur, Mexico; Veracruz, Mexico; Gothenburg, Sweden; Washington State, USA.

 

Research assistant (06/10/08-08/25/08) Department of Zoology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

  • Extraction and amplification of DNA and computer based handling of DNA sequences using a variety of methods. Techniques included nested PCR and DNA purification.

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Ceríaco, L. et al. 2016 (493 signatories). Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences. Zootaxa, in press.
  • Pérez-Flores, J., Rueda-Calderon, H., Kvist, S., Siddall, M.E. & Oceguera-Figueroa, A. From the worm in the bottle of mezcal: iDNA confirmation of a leech parasitizing the Antillean Manatee. Journal of Parasitology, 102: 553-555.
  • Kvist, S., Oceguera-Figueroa, A., Tessler, M., Jiménez-Armenta, J., Freeman Jr., R.M., Giribet, G. & Siddall, M.E. When predator becomes prey: investigating the salivary transcriptome of the shark-feeding leech Pontobdella macrothela (Hirudinea: Piscicolidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, in press.
  • Wang, T., White, M.M., Kvist, S., & Moncalvo J-M. Genome-wide survey of gut fungi (Harpellales) reveals the first horizontally transferred ubiquitin gene from a mosquito host. Molecular Biology and Evolution, in press.
  • Sundberg, P., Kvist, S., & Strand, M. 2016. Evaluating the utility of single-locus DNA barcoding for the identification of ribbon worms (phylum Nemertea). PLoS ONE 11: e0155541.
  • Sundberg, P., Andrade S.C., Bartolomeus, T., Beckers, P., von Döhren, J., Gibson, R., Giribet, G., Herrera-Bachiller, A., Junoy, J., Kajihara, H., Kvist, S., Kånneby, T., Krämer, D., Sun, S., Turbeville, J.M. & Strand, M. 2016. The future of nemertean taxonomy (phylum Nemertea) – a proposal. Zoologica Scripta 45: 579-582.
  • Oceguera-Figueroa, A., Manzano-Marin, A., Kvist, S., Moya, A., Siddall, M.E. & Latorre, A. 2016. Comparative mitogenomics of leeches (Annelida: Clitellata): genome conservation and Placobdella-specific trnD gene duplication. PLoS ONE 11: e0155441.
  • Siddall, M.E., Brugler, M. & Kvist, S. 2016. Comparative transcriptomic analyses of 3 species of Placobdella (Rhynchobdellida: Glossiphoniidae) confirms a single origin of blood feeding in leeches. Journal of Parasitology 102: 143-150.
  • Kvist, S. Does a global DNA barcoding gap exist in Annelida? Mitochondrial DNA 27: 2241-2252.
  • Kvist, S., Chernyshev, A.V. & Giribet, G. 2015. Phylogeny of Nemertea with special interest in the placement of diversity from Far East Russia and northeast Asia. Hydrobiologia 760: 105-119.
  • Herrera, A., Kvist, S., Giribet, G., & Junoy, J. 2015. Redescription of Micrura dellechiajei (Hubrecht, 1879) (Nemertea, Pilidiophora, Lineidae), a rare Mediterranean species. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 95: 1091-1100.
  • Magesh, M., Kvist, S., & Glasby, C.J. 2014. Insipient speciation within the Namalycastis abiuma (Annelida: Nereididae) species group from southern India revealed by combined morphological and molecular data. Proceedings of the 11th International Polychaete Conference – Memoirs of the Museum Victoria 71: 169-176.
  • Magesh, M., Glasby, C.J. & Kvist, S. Redescription of Namalycastsis glasbyi Fernando & Rajasekaran, 2007 (Annelida, Nereididae, Namanereidinae) from India. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington B 127: 455-465.
  • Lenihan, J., Kvist, S., Fernández, R., Giribet, G. & Ziegler, A. 2014. MicroCT images of freshly fixed and museum earthworm specimens. GigaScience 3:6.
  • Fernández, R., Kvist, S., Lenihan, J., Giribet, G. & Ziegler, A. 2014. Sine systemate chaos? A versatile tool for earthworm taxonomy: non-destructive imaging of freshly fixed and museum specimens using micro-computed tomography. PLoS One 9:e96617.
  • Kvist, S., Laumer, C.L., Junoy, J. & Giribet, G. 2014. New insights into the phylogeny, systematics and DNA barcoding of Nemertea. Invertebrate Systematics 28: 287-308.
  • Kvist, S., Brugler, M.R., Goh, T.G., Giribet, G. & Siddall, M.E. 2014. Pyrosequencing the salivary transcriptome of Haemadipsa interrupta (Annelida: Clitellata: Haemadipsidae): anticoagulant diversity and insight into the evolution of anticoagulation capabilities in leeches. Invertebrate Biology 133: 74-98.
  • Kvist, S. Barcoding in the dark?: a critical view of the sufficiency of zoological DNA barcoding databases and a plea for broader integration of taxonomic knowledge. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69: 39-45.
  • Kvist, S., Gi-Sik, M. & Siddall, M.E. 2013. Diversity and selective pressures of anticoagulants in three medicinal leeches (Hirudinida: Hirudinidae, Macrobdellidae). Ecology and Evolution 3: 918-933.
  • Kvist, S. & Siddall, M.E. 2013. Phylogenomics of Annelida revisited: a cladistics approach using genome-wide EST data mining and examining the effects of missing data. Cladistics 29: 435-448.
  • Magesh, M., Kvist, S. & Glasby, C.J. 2012. Description and phylogeny of Namalycastis jaya n. (Polychaeta: Nereididae) from the southwest coast of India. Zookeys 238: 31-43.
  • Siddall, M.E., Kvist, S., Phillips, A.J. & Oceguera-Figueroa, A. 2012. DNA barcoding of parasitic nematodes: is it kosher? Journal of Parasitology 98: 692-694.
  • Kvist, S., Narechania, A., Oceguera-Figueroa, A., Fuks, B. & Siddall, M.E. 2011. Phylogenomics of Reichenowia parasitica, an alphaproteobacterial endosymbiont of the freshwater leech Placobdella parasitica. PLoS One 6: e28192.
  • Kvist, S., Sarkar, I.N. & Siddall, M.E. 2011. Genome-wide search for leech antiplatelet proteins in the non-bloodfeeding leech Helobdella robusta (Rhyncobdellida: Glossiphoniidae) reveals evidence of secreted anticoagulants. Invertebrate Biology 130: 344-350.
  • Kvist, S, Montanari, S.A., Yi, H., Fuks, B. & Siddall, M.E. 2011. Teaching biodiversity and evolutionary biology in a North American marine coastal environment. American Biology Teacher 73:72-77.
  • Kvist, S., Oceguera-Figueroa, A., Siddall, M.E. & Erséus, C. 2010. Barcoding, types and the Hirudo-files: using information content to critically evaluate the identity of DNA barcodes. Mitochondrial DNA 21:198-205.
  • Kvist, S., Sarkar, I.N. & Erséus, C. 2010. Genetic variation and phylogeny of the cosmopolitan marine genus Tubificoides (Annelida: Clitellata: Naididae: Tubificinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57:687-702.
  • Oceguera-Figueroa, A., Kvist, S., Watson, S.C., Sankar, D., Overstreet, M. & Siddall, M.E. 2010. Leech collections from Washington State, USA, with the description of two new species of Placobdella (Annelida: Glossiphoniidae). American Museum Novitates 3701.
  • Siddall, M.E., Fontanella, F.M., Watson, S.C., Kvist, S. & Erséus, C. 2009. Barcoding bamboozled by bacteria: convergence to metazoan mitochondrial primer targets by marine microbes. Systematic Biology 58: 445-451.
  • Kvist, S., Dreyer, J. & Erséus, C. 2008. Two new species of Tubificoides (Annelida: Clitellata: Naididae) from the Blake Ridge methane seep in the North-west Atlantic Ocean. Proceedings of the Biological Society Washington B 121: 531-540.
  • Erséus, C. & Kvist, S. 2007. COI-variation in Scandinavian marine species of Tubificoides (Annelida: Clitellata: Tubificidae). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 87: 1121-1126.

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION AND PRESENTATIONS

Invited presentations:

  • Kvist, S. A modern look on leeches: diversity, phylogeny and anticoagulants. Presented at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, May 2014.
  • Kvist, S. On the evolution of bloodfeeding in leeches: anticoagulant diversity and the utility of bacterial symbionts. Presented at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), February 2014.
  • Kvist S. & Siddall, M.E. Phylogenomics of Annelida revisited: a cladistics approach using genome-wide EST data mining. Presented at Willi Hennig XXXII, Rostock, Germany, August 2013.
  • Kvist, S. & Siddall, M.E. Phylogenomic correlates to the evolution of bloodfeeding in leeches (Hirudinida). Presented at Willi Hennig XXXI, Riverside, California, July 2012.
  • Kvist, S., Oceguera-Figueroa, A., Narechania, A., Fuks, B. & Siddall, M.E. Leeches and bacteria: Using next generation sequencing to investigate a unique symbiosis. Presented at NE-1 District Convention, Chi Theta Chapter, Manhattan College, New York, New York. April 2011.

 

Contributed presentations and posters:

  • Kvist, S. On the evolution of bloodfeeding in leeches. Presented at Willi Hennig XXXIV, New York, NY. June 2015.
  • Kvist, S., Narechania, A., Oceguera-Figueroa, A. & Siddall, M.E. Combing the fragments: finding phylogenetically informative loci among 454 sequence of an intriguing alphaproteobacteria. Presented at Willi Hennig XXIX, Honolulu, Hawai’i. May 2010.
  • Kvist, S., Narechania, A., Oceguera-Figueroa, A., Fuks, B. & Siddall, M.E. Gene discovery and phylogeny of the endosymbiotic bacterium Reichenowia parasitica. Poster presented at American Genetics Association Annual Symposium, Guanajuato, Mexico. July 2011.

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • NSERC Discovery Grant, NSERC 2016-2021.
  • Schad Conservation Grant, Royal Ontario Museum 2015.
  • Olle Engkvist Byggmästare Research Stipend 2014.
  • Harvard University Putnam Expedition Grant 2013.
  • The Wenner-Gren Foundations Fellowship 2012 (Three year postdoctoral stipend).
  • Olle Engkvist Byggmästare Research Fellowship 2012.
  • Helge Ax:son Johnson Research Fellowship 2010.
  • Swedish-American Foundation Research Fellowship 2009.
  • University of Gothenburg Research Scholarship 2007.
  • University of Gothenburg Research Scholarship 2007.