Versatile and dedicated conservationist with 6+ years of highly diverse research experience, and rich firsthand experience with government policy and non-profit development.
Data interpretation and analysis
Wildlife Research and Sample Collection
Exceptional organizational skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Awarded the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outstanding Team Certificate of Appreciation Award, due to my role on the chronic-wasting disease (CWD) response TWIMS Reprogramming Team. My team was tasked with rapidly implementing new protocols and regulations, in order to mitigate the risk of disease exposure in white-tailed deer.
Texas Parks and Wildlife DepartmentAustin, TXLicense and Permits Specialist06/2015 to 01/2017
Oversaw multiple big game permit programs including: depredation management, relocation programs, scientific breeding, and aerial wildlife management.
Reviewed and edited regulations and rapidly implemented large-scale policy updates.
Collaborated with IT and management in the development of web service for Aerial Wildlife Management Permit program.
Concisely and accurately completed information requests from concerned citizens, media outlets, law enforcement, and department leadership.
Resolved permit holder complaints and concerns with strong verbal and negotiation skills and maintained composure and patience in face of difficult (often politically sensitive) situations.
Supported game wardens with enforcement issues, related to permit programs.
Trained new employees and explained protocols clearly and efficiently.
Maintained a calm, professional demeanor when faced with high demand, high volume workloads.
Analyzed and managed large data sets.
Texas Commission for Environmental QualityAustin, TXNatural Resource Specialist11/2014 to 06/2015
Oversaw chemical monitoring and reporting requirements for Texas public water systems.
Developed and maintained technical expertise in public water systems.
Led the effort to renovate chemical monitoring standard operating procedures.
Enforced regulation compliance with public water systems.
Responded to media and public concerns about public water systems and maintained composure and patience in face of difficult customer situations.
Researched, documented and escalated compliance issues to higher levels of support according to internal procedures.
Completed GPS coordinate verification of sample locations.
Bucks County Audubon SocietyNew Hope, PABoard Member03/2011 to 08/2014
Independently developed strategic mission plan, and new executive summary for organization.
Managed a dam removal/habitat restoration project to remove an onsite dam, to restore water quality of onsite stream.
Served on Education and Development Committees.
Penn State UniversityClarion, PAAvian Technician06/2010 to 08/2010
Project leader for grassland bird research project, monitoring demographic response of grassland birds to management practices and habitat manipulation.
Managed team monitoring grassland birds on two 50 acre plots.
Research techniques included: resighting color-band combinations, documenting behavior, weekly nest searches, monitoring fledgling success rates, and vegetation surveys.
Organized and entered field data into Microsoft excel.
Environmental Connection LLCOttsville, PAAssistant Wildlife Biologist07/2009 to 05/2011
Accomplished in developing and editing environmental impact statements for land use permits in New Jersey.
Led and organized ichthyology study for large-scale wetland mitigation bank project.
Routinely completed field surveys (including GPS mapping and wetland delineations) for landowners to determine environmental management needs and prepared plans for habitat improvement projects.
Colorado Division of WildlifeGunnison, COAquatic Technician04/2008 to 10/2008
Accomplished extensive wildlife and fisheries research in south-western Colorado, both independently and as a team member.
Advanced experience with wildlife research techniques including: 2-pass depletion aquatic surveys, electrofishing in high altitude streams, gill nets, trap net sets, salmon otolith collection.
Collected four million salmon eggs for hatchery stock during fall spawn and distributed rainbow trout fingerlings throughout rivers.
Completed prairie dog study.
Completed deer mortality transects.
Surveyed alpine region for evidence of endangered Boreal Toad reproduction.
Organized and entered field data into Microsoft Office and Colorado data programs.
Hawk Mountain SanctuaryKempton, PAConservation Science International Intern04/2007 to 08/2007
Studied raptor conservation at international recognized Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.
Independently developed research project analyzing two raptor monitoring sites and presented research at 2007 Raptor Research Foundation Conference.
Led team of interns surveying spring raptor migrating.
Independently designed a Raptor Study Techniques Program and presented educational programs to sanctuary visitors and schools
Colorado State University & Smithsonian InstituteFairbanks, AKAvian Ecologist05/2006 to 08/2006
Team member studying the behavior, movement, and nesting patters of the Orange-crowned warbler.
Research techniques included: independently locating nests, monitoring predators, blood sample collection, vegetation surveys, and video monitoring of incubation and feeding rates.
Tambopata Research ProjectAmazon Basin, PeruMacaw Researcher01/2006 to 03/2006
Team member contributing to conservation research by studying the movement and behavior patterns of Macaw and Parrot species in remote Amazon locations.
Research techniques included: daily observations of feeding activities, recording negative disturbance data, daily transects, and call rate data collection.
Winnewald Day CampLebanon, NJNature Counselor05/2005 to 08/2005
Independently developed age-appropriate
environmental education programs.
Taught programs to 300 children (ages 5 thru 13).
Master of Environmental Studies:Environmental Biology2013University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science:Wildlife and Fisheries Biology2005University of Vermont, Burlington, VTMember of Varsity Crew Team
wildlife research, fisheries research, data collection, data management, technical writing, environmental policy, environmental education, non-profit development, GPS and GIS mapping, policy
implementation and review, interpersonal,
verbal, and organizations skills, conflict resolution, project management, wetland delineation, communication