I am passionate about natural resource conservation and management, as well as environmental protection and sustainable agriculture. Throughout my career I have been a strong leader, learner and facilitator. In addition I am experienced at conflict resolution. I am very interested in managed and natural ecosystems and researching/determining the impacts to both of human activity.
Research and analysis
Writing for scientific and lay audiences
Literature search and research
Public speaking to scientific, governmental and lay audiences
Interpretation of data
Review and summarizing of information
Ability to meet tight deadlines
Federal agency collaboration and interaction
02/1998 to 08/2013
Director of Science PolicyAmerican Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America – Washington, DC
I represented the three societies in Congress and the Administration in the areas of natural resources, agriculture and the environment.
Chair a committee focused on increasing federal research funding.
Conducted research on federal legislation, rules and regulations related to natural resources, agriculture and the environment.
Facilitated federal agency collaboration and interaction.
Development and knowledge of legislation, rules and regulations addressing natural resources, agriculture and the environment.
Leadership of diverse groups of scientists, educators, and advocates.
Gave presentations concerning federal legislation, budgets, rules and regulations to scientists and students.
01/1997 to 12/1997
Professional Staff MemberUnited States Senate – Washington, DC
Contributed, from start to finish, to the development of the 1998 Research, education and extension title of the 1996 Farm Bill.
Reviewed implementation of NEPA and other legislation addressing the environment, conservation and agriculture.
Studies Environmental Impact Statements as they related to agricultural and and natural ecosystems.
Conducted research of a range of topics affecting farmers and ranchers.
Followed Congressional and Federal budgets addressing natural resources, agriculture and the environment.
Represented the Senate Agriculture Committee at Federal role out and comment periods addressing natural resources, agriculture and the environment.
09/1989 to 05/1996
Graduate StudentNorth Carolina State Unviversity – Raleigh, NC
Conducted primary P.h.D.-level research in natural and agro-ecosytems regarding strategies for lengthening the growing season, using legumes as nitrogen sources. Work included experimental design, research implementation, sample harvest and analysis, statistical analysis and journal/dissertation publication.
Conducted M.S.-level primary research on ammonia volatilization from legume mulches and manures. Work conducted was the same as for the PhD.
Conducted a literature on topics relevant to M.S. and Ph.D. research.
Presented findings at professional society meetings.
Published findings in professional journals.
11/1984 to 05/1987
Peace Corps VolunteerU.S. Peace Corps – Guatemala, Central America
Implemented forestry and conservation projects in six villages.
Led construction of 11 kilometres of roads, connecting six villages to services and Guatemala City.
Facilitated group interaction and product planning.
Wrote and was awarded grant for road construction.
Ph.D.: Soil Science North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
Master of Science: Soil Science North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
Bachelor of Science: Forest and Range Management University of Florida - Gainesville, FL