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Conservation Biologist

Dan Zeh

Conservation GIS Consultant. Clients:

 - Moosewood Ecological, LLC


 - The Nature Conservancy, Vermont


May 2011Present

Senior Team Member

Mériscope Marine Science Center

Assistant teacher of marine mammal ecology for summer sessions. Includes assisting on zodiak excursions to view marine mammals in their natural environment in the St. Lawrence Estuary and teaching introduction to radio telemetry. Marine mammals ranging from harbor porpoises to blue whales.

Aug 2010May 2011

Adjunct Faculty

Keene State College

Adjunct faculty for two sections of ENST 220 Investigating Environmental Problems, teaching an introduction to the scientific method for sophomores. The class includes both field and laboratory study, practice in environmental sampling, experimental design, and quantitative data analysis. Involves collaboration and coordination of class acitivites.

Feb 2010Oct 2010

GIS Specialist

Massachusetts Audubon

GIS Specialist assisting in developing the spatial data infrastructure for BioMap 2.  The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program within the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is updating BioMap.  The BioMap 2 project seeks to focus land protection by identifying the most important places for conservation of native biodiversity using the full spectrum of the state’s terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity. The project involves collection of the “most important” polygons for individual species and communities.  This involves working with both polygon data as well as raster models that have been developed to identify areas of high “ecological integrity”.

Jan 2010May 2010

Teaching Assistant GIS

Antioch University New England

To assist with solving technical problems (software and/or equipment) and give individualized help to students as needed. Work through exercises to ensure accuracy. Help students apply GIS tools and methods to their own projects. Help motivate students to explore and apply GIS tools. TA for three GIS classes (two professors).

Jan 2008May 2008

Teaching Assistant GIS

Antioch University New England

To give individualized help to students as needed in class and outside of class. Work through exercises to ensure accuracy. Help students apply GIS tools and methods to their own projects. Help motivate students to explore and apply GIS tools.

Aug 2007Dec 2007

Teaching Assistant ERD

Antioch University New England

Ecological Research Design class: To work closely with individual students as needed to clarify statistical concepts for ecological designs. To help student apply the concepts to their coursework and to their own projects or theses.


Project Management and Development Specialist

McCoy Workplace Solutions

Created and implemented training curriculum for Project Managers; Mentored Project Managers.Managed customer projects including manpower allocation and budget allocation. Complete job analysis to determine profit margins


Project Manager

Details, Inc., Div. of Steelcase, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI

As Project Manager, managed new product development projects and maintained budgets, schedules, and team meetings.Initiated process improvements for shorter development times. Also: Director, Advanced Concepts 1997 – 1999Imported Advanced Concepts process from the parent company and led new product concepts exploration. Met with and gave direction to consultant designers. 30 concept models resulted. Also:Director, Custom Solutions 1992 – 1997Created the Custom business unit and produced sales of $8 million/yr. by the third year. Products created contributed to new product design and I am listed on two product patents.


Engineering Manager

Commercial Office Furniture Manufacturing Companies

Worked for several commercial office furniture manufacturers. Positions ranged from Samplemaker to Design Engineer to Engineering Manager. Prepared new designs for manufacturing and and re-designed existing products for company savings. Managed from 2 to 8 people.


High School Mathematics Teacher

N.S.W. Department of Education

Mathematics teacher for grades 7-12. Developed "Maths Lab" hands-on materials.




Antioch University New England

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.

Special Projects/Training:

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).


University of Houston and other universities

Science Classes Completed (various universities)1998 – 2005

General Biology I & II (Grand Valley State University), Ornithology (Grand Rapids Community), Adult 5 day class in marine mammals at Shoals Marine Lab (Cornell University) Introduction to Chemistry, General Chemistry with Lab I and Environmental Biology (Aquinas College), General Chemistry with Lab II, Organic Chemistry with Lab, I and II (Houston Community College), Biochemistry I with Lab, Genetics, Cellular Physiology, Introduction to GIS, Independent Study in GIS. (University of Houston)



Grand Valley State University

Graduate Business Classes Completed (Grand Valley State University)1994 – 1997

Finance and Managerial Accounting Concepts, Operations Management, International Operations Management, Management Information Resources, Managerial Accounting, Organizational Structure and Behavior, Economic Reasoning.


B. S.

State University of New York College at Oneonta

Honors in Mathematics


GIS (ArcView) User
I currently use ArcView 10 to create maps for various purposes: land use, habitat use, co-occurrence analysis. I've taken many classes both in the classroom and ESRI Virtual Courses.
Radio Telemetry
I gained much experience in radio-tracking during the first season (2009) of the wood turtle project described above. In my spare time, I'm generally reading books on radio-telemetry or other research techniques.
I have good experience in using a handheld GPS unit and bringing the data points into ArcView. Most often, I am using my own Garmin GPSMap Cx.
I am an avid photographer and I "drag" my Canon Digital SLR with me everywhere. Field work is an opportunity to capture rare visual images of interest and also to document project activities.

GIS and Projects



My goal as a Conservation Biologist is to support biodiversity by helping to resolve habitat and population issues of endangered or threatened species in particular and of other species as issues arise. My work philosophy is a combination of two commitments: to apply my skills to solving problems of biodiversity and to pass on my knowledge and excitement to others through teaching.

I have strong skills in project management that help me to organize research productively. My background education in mathematics, biology, and chemistry supports my work both in the field and in the analysis of data.I have successfully written grant applications for my current wood turtle research project which is in its second year.I have excellent computer skills: I'm particularly strong in ArcView 10 (with Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst extensions) and Excel, and proficient in Word, Project, Power Point, Outlook, Explorer and Access. I have some experience using CAD.


Interested in vernal pools, landscape ecology issues, metapopulation ecology, and population analysis of wildlife, especially:  turtles, amphibians, birds, bobcats, fishers.

Member of these organizations:

Society for Conservation BiologySociety for the Study of Amphibians and ReptilesThe Herpetologists' LeagueChicago Herpetological SocietyAmerican Society of Ichthyologists and HerpetologistsThe Wildlife Society


I am looking for a position in which I can contribute to solving habitat and population issues for threatened and endangered species. I am particularly interested in population analysis, landscape ecology, and animal behavior and the application of GIS to help solve problems. I will be excited to apply these skills as a project manager or key researcher on your project whether local, regional, or international in scope.

I am also looking for a teaching position at a college or university in which I can pass on my excitement for science and conservation biology. The application of science and ecological principles to real problems is what provides the motivation for my work and teaching skills.

It is my intention to work full-time in a combination of both of these areas. I have the interest and personal motivation for both and I'm relying on you, my future employer, to join with me in these applying these efforts.