Thesis: An evaluation of the benefit gained through a spatially explicit approach to conserving pool-breeding amphibian habitat.
Environmental Classes Completed:Ecological Research Design, Advanced Statistics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Natural Resource Inventory (Wildlife), Wildlife Research Techniques, Herpetology, Ornithology, Conservation Biology, Wetlands Ecology, Soil Ecology, Land Use and Urban Planning.
Supervised Independent Study:GIS Skills for Conservation Biology (ESRI Virtual Classes): Working with Rasters, Creating and Integrating Data for Natural Resource Applications, Spatial Analysis of Geo-Hazards, 3D Analyst, Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning, Solving Disaster Management Problems using ArcGIS.
Wood Turtle Habitat Project (in association with Dr. Jon Atwood, AUNE):2009-2010
Initiated project, successfully wrote grant applications, designed research plan, research methods, and currently organizing project, which includes radio-tracking to determine habitat use, unique identification of individuals, and DNA sampling. Initiated opportunity for Antioch graduate student thesis.
Chairman – Swanzey Open Space Committee (Swanzey, NH):July 2009 - June 2010
Major contributions to the committee: evaluating wildlife and natural resources on properties in the conservation easement process; creating conservation maps for Swanzey focus areas showing NH Wildlife Action Plan data, local aquifer data, and open space conservation priorities. OSC member since 2008.
Land Conservation Leadership Training (Community Conservation Partnership):2008 - 2009
Attended five 3-hr evening sessions and one-day regional workshop to receive training in community work with land owners interested in conservation easements and local governments seeking ways to protect their town’s special places and character through coordination with land trusts.
Co-occurrence and Habitat Mapping Workshop (University of New Hampshire):2008
Attended one-day workshop to learn advanced GIS techniques
Practicum (Antioch University New England): The Wildlands Project2008
Created the first map of TWP Eastern Corridor stretching from the Maritime Provinces to Florida. The map displayed conserved lands from multiple organizations within a general large-scale corridor that included The Nature Conservancy’s ecoregions.
Wildlife Research Techniques Class (Antioch University New England):2007
Learned field research techniques for small mammals and birds. Learned radio-tracking techniques. Spent one day in training with a professional biologist radio-tracking Box turtles. Spent one week radio-tracking a female Veery as a project to identify its nesting site.
Practicum (Antioch University New England): For AVEO, the 2007
Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory, Keene, NH:
GIS spatial analysis of Pisgah State Park for the purpose of guiding
AVEO’s volunteer documentation of vernal pools. Geographic
information (digital elevation model, slope, hydrology) displayed
and analyzed in ArcView 9; Resulted in several maps showing the
most likely areas to search.
Environmental Studies Research Symposium (Antioch University New England):2007
Key organizer in coordinating speakers, setting schedule and reservations, motivating and organizing volunteers.
GIS Project (Antioch University New England): Wells NERR, Wells, ME2006
Created a land-use map and analysis for vernal pools for the book, Wells NERR Site Profile. The map was printed in full-page color in support of Dr. Robert Baldwin’s chapter on amphibians and reptiles.
GIS Independent Study (University of Houston)2005
Created map of marine mammal sightings in the St. Lawrence Estuary. Summarized GPS points from over 20,000 lines of trip log data. (in cooperation with Meriscope, Quebec).