Environmental Scientist with experience in resource forecasting and conducting ecological investigations. Possess a strong working knowledge of various environmental policies and regulations. Solid communication and technical writing skills, and a proven ability to critically analyze information in developing fact based conclusions. Proficient with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with a strong focus on ESRI products. Works well independently while maintaining a team-oriented outlook. Recognized for possessing a naturally inquisitive and driven personality.

Work History

Work History

Reserach Assistant

Michigan State University

Research Assistant - Aquatic Ecology Lab Worked with professor and two Ph.D. students in the field to determine the effects of shoreline development on bass nesting success. Gathered field observations and samples, processed samples and measurements in the lab.

  • Utilized GPS and aerial photographs to map shorelines and record hundreds of sampling points.
  • Prepared, organized, and maintained equipment for long field collection workdays, effectively utilizing the lab's time and resources.
  • Provided timely and accurate collection of field samples and observations across a large region of southeast Michigan under minimal supervision.
  • Maintained a positive and goal oriented attitude while adapting to challenges in the field.
Jul 2010 - Apr 2011

Planner II


Specialized in water resource planning and modeling for a leading environmental consulting firm. Coordinated with different scientists in developing statewide water demand models and forecasts for the Oklahoma Water Conservation Plan (OWCP). Provided assistance and support to water resource staff for literature reviews, data collection and entry, quality assurance/control, and editing.

  • Identified current conservation policies and practices while developing water conservation scenarios. Implemented conservation scenarios into water demand forecast models.
  • Recognized and resolved critical discrepancies in water model assumptions. This reinforced the model's validity and ensured the project coincided with the high quality standards of the firm.
  • Documented and summarized assumptions, methods, and results of demand forecast models into concise reports and technical memos .
  • Characterized changes in water demands into tables, figures, and GIS based maps, effectively showing regional impacts of conservation scenarios. Providing critical water demand information to local planning organizations and agencies.
Jan 2009 - May 2010

Teaching Assistant

Southern Illinois University

Administered computer laboratory sections of a GIS based spatial analysis and statistics course in the Geography and Environmental Resource Department.

  • Cooperated with class instructor to create weekly lesson plans. Identified topics students struggled with and established strategies to aid in students’ development leading to an above average G.P.A. for the class.

  • Prepared, taught, and evaluated weekly lesson plans and computer lab assignments for over fifty students, enhancing database management skills, GIS abilities, and comprehension of spatial statistics.

  • Developed strong communication skills by conveying abstract concepts to students and providing aid outside of classroom hours. Demonstrated organizational and time management skills by successfully balancing teaching duties, graduate course load, and Master's Thesis development.

May 2006 - Aug 2008

Reserach Assistant

Michigan State University

Research Assistant - Entomology Research Lab Managed the daily activities of a six-person field team. Oversaw the collection and processing of time-sensitive field samples from across the state.

  • Directed schedules of the field team. Established the expeditious and diligent collection and processing of field samples critical in development of a substantial research project.
  • Engineered and supervised construction of reliable field sampling structures while meeting tight budgetary constraints.
  • Employed problem solving and communication skills to overcome unforeseen obstacles and hazards in the field. Ensured collection deadlines were successfully met while promoting a safe work environment.
  • Utilized ARC/GIS and aerial photography for land use land cover classification of study sites.
May 2005 - Feb 2006

Reserach Assistant

Michigan State University

Research Assistant – Forestry Research Lab

Assisted professor and several Ph.D. students in collecting and processing field samples critical in the development of research projects and grants.

  • Adhered to detailed instructions and safety procedures while processing and testing hundreds of field samples using a variety of physical techniques and chemical assays.

  • Meticulously recorded measurements and documented testing results, assuring quality data collection.

  • Utilized organizational and communication skills to ensure the lab was adequately stocked, maintained, and prepared to process samples.


Aug 2008 - Jul 2010

Geography and Environmnetal Resources

Southern Illinois University

Master's Thesis- "Impacts of Small Water Bodies on the Hydrological Response of Small Agricultural Watersheds"

Sep 2002 - Dec 2006

Fisheries and Wildife

Michigan State University



Statistical Programs

JMP SAS 8.0 and SPSS 15.0.

Microsoft Office

Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint.

GIS Software

ARC/GIS 9.3, Arc/View 3.3, and ERDAS Imagine 9.3