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Jessica Claire
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Highly organized senior research scientist with proven ability to lead and monitor complex projects involving multiple objectives, large teams, and multi-site collaborations, while remaining on schedule and within budget. Advanced knowledge in ecology, biodiversity surveys, statistical and geospatial analysis, and database management. Ability to convey information effectively to diverse target audiences. Excellent interpersonal skills, and a proven ability to thrive in fast-paced environments. Seeking a non-academic career in biodiversity conservation and management.
Statistics R | R Studio | SPSS | JMP Pro | Stata Data mining & visualization + Generalized fixed & mixed-effects models + Generalized estimating equations + Randomization + Information Theory + Social network analysis + Non-parametric techniques GIS ArcGIS | QGIS | R | Google Earth Engine GPS tracking + Remote sensing & image classification + Raster & vector processing + Raster calculations + Zonal statistics + Home range analyses + Network connectivity + Map production Web design HTML | CSS | MySQL Office MS Word | MS Excel | MS PowerPoint | MS Access | Acrobat Pro | Google Drive
Senior Research Scientist, 09/2013 to Current
Merck & Co., Inc.Millsboro, DE,
  • Oversee database management for the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center.
  • Develop statistical and geospatial methods for analyzing chimpanzee ranging, habitat selection, and social behavior at Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
  • Conduct independent research on chimpanzee behavioral ecology.
  • Assist in grant writing and project reporting.
  • Manage lab assistants, data entry, and archiving; advise graduate & undergraduate students.
Term Assistant Professor, 08/2011 to 07/2013
GfkBerlin, NH,
  • Lectures & Labs in: Ecology, Statistics and Research Design, Animal Behavior.
  • Mentored 13 undergraduate students on thesis research.
  • Managed own independent collaborative research project and grants for work in South Africa.
Adjunct Lecturer, 07/2009 to 07/2013
Columbia University Evolution And Environmental BiologyCity, STATE,
  • Animal Behavior through Fieldwork.
Research Associate, 10/2009 to 12/2011
Boston College & Wildlife Conservation SocietyCity, STATE,
  • Assessing the impacts of national parks on human livelihoods in Gabon.
  • Socioeconomic analysis of bushmeat consumption.
Adjunct Lecturer, 08/2008 to 12/2009
Lehman CollegeCity, STATE,
Geospatial Research Assistant, 10/2007 to 10/2009
Center For International Earth Science Information Network · Earth Institute, Columbia UniversityCity, STATE,
  • Conducted trend analysis of satellite-derived chlorophyll-a concentrations in global near-coastal waters as an indicator of change in water quality:
  • Helped develop global gridded species distribution maps for Amphibians, Birds, Mammals, for use in GIS analyses:
  • Helped develop a digital, public domain global road map under the name Global Roads Open Access Data Set, Version 1 (gROADSv1):
Adjunct Lecturer, 06/2008 to 08/2009
Baruch CollegeCity, STATE,
  • Principles of Ecology.
Work History
, to
Department of Anthropology,
, to
Department of Biology,
, to
Department of Biological Sciences,
, to
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology,
, to
Department of Ecology,
: PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Expected in 2009
Columbia University - New York, NY
PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate Environmental Policy: , Expected in 2005
Carolo-Wilhelmina University - Braunschweig,
M.Sc: Applied Ecology, Expected in 2001
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Applied Ecology
English (fluent) | German (native speaker) | Spanish (beginner) | Swahili (beginner)
Foerster, S., Zhong, Y., Pintea, L., Wilson, M., Murray, C. & A.E. Pusey (in prep.): Predicting small-scale variation in chimpanzee habitat quality using maximum entropy species distribution models. Foerster, S., Wilkie, D., Morelli, G., Demmer, J., Starkey, M., Telfer, P., Steil, M., Lewbel, A. (2011): Correlates of bushmeat consumption among remote rural households in Gabon, Central Africa. Conservation Biology. Foerster, S., Wilkie, D., Morelli, G., Demmer, J., Starkey, M., Telfer, P. & M. Steil (2011): Human livelihoods and protected areas in Gabon: A cross-sectional comparison of welfare and consumption patterns. Oryx 45: 347-356. Förster, S. (1994): [Dragonflies of Lake Wilsleben and its relevance for biodiversity conservation]. Naturschutz im Land Sachsen-Anhalt 31: 27-36. Full list of publications available at:
Additional Information
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Accounting, Acrobat, Biology, Biostatistics, Budget, catalog, Oral, CSS, data entry, Data mining, database management, delivery, Endocrinology, English, estimating, German, GIS, GPS, Grant writing, grants, HTML, image, Leadership, Mark, mentoring, Access, MS Access, MS Excel, Office, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, MySQL, network analysis, Network, presentations, Project design, speaker, publication, reporting, Research, Research Design, Spanish, SPSS, Stata, Statistics, Surveys, teaching, trend, water quality, Web design

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