Aug 2010 - May 2012
Sep 2003 - Mar 2007
Marine Biologist/Fisheries Observer
• Designed and implemented scientific sampling techniques of fisheries catch aboard commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.• Compiled and transmitted catch and biological data to National Marine Fisheries Service.• Used dichotomous keys to identify fish, crab, bird and mammal species. Obtained samples and measurements from fish and crab.• Worked completely independent of supervision while aboard fishing vessels for weeks at a time.• Performed duties under extreme conditions including sleep deprivation, freezing temperatures and intense wave action.
Aug 2010 - Present
New Mexico State University
Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Movement Study, M.S. Thesis ProjectNew Mexico State University, Biology Department
• Performed literature review of previous salt marsh harvest mouse research, as well as field techniques.• Radio-collared all salt marsh harvest mice.• Performed standard radio-telemetry techniques such as triangulating and homing.• Performed habitat assessments to select and characterize study sites.• Performed standard trapping and measurements of salt marsh harvest mice.• Supervised two field assistants and coordinated four colleagues in the field.
May 2009 - Present
Wildlife Scientific Aid
• Assisted in selection, design, and conception of trapping grids and set traps nightly.• Obtained scientific measurements and performed behavioral evaluations of rodents.• Applied dermal radio transmitters to Salt Marsh Harvest Mice and performed radio telemetry surveys during the day and overnight.• Identified and evaluated vegetation within trapping grids.• Assisted in preparation of scientific reports. Performed data organization, entry and analysis.• Performed maintenance and repair of Sherman small mammal traps.
Mar 2007 - Oct 2009
Fish Scientific Aid
• Handled, identified, tagged and obtained data from California fish species of various sizes and life stages.• Piloted and crewed river and sea-faring vessels.• Utilized various hand and power tools to performed general maintenance on project boats, vehicles and equipment.• Performed necropsies on fish to determine sex, evaluate for health, and retrieve otoliths.• Acted as a liaison between the department and potentially hostile fishermen.• Obtained scientific data while distributing literature and communicating with the public.
Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance
These two graphs were created in Sigma Plot. They illustrate movement rates of salt marsh harvest mice in different wetland types during the full and new moon lunar cycles.
This map depicts one of three study tidal wetlands and locations of individual mice within one hour of the high tide.
A map of one of three study blocks from my thesis research. Each block contained one tidal and one diked study wetland.
A map depicting the study area for my thesis research.