Job Experience

Standing with my co-worker Jim Sparks (left) and our boss and friend Ray Dueser (center) next to a large Sassafras tree on Fisherman's Island.

Standing with my co-worker Jim Sparks (left) and our boss and friend Ray Dueser (center) next to a large Sassafras tree on Fisherman’s Island.

I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology at Penn State and am continually exploring potential career paths. While I may not have a definitive career path envisioned, there are a few traits that I think are essential to my future position. First, I am passionate about problem solving, community, and personal growth. In problem solving, I like applying leadership and scientific rigor to finding solutions to problems and questions. Second, I believe that community, and the human connections wherein, are essential to successful science and conservation. Therefore, I hope my future career has opportunities to engage people (such as teaching and mentoring) or communities (working with local groups to conserve natural heritage and resources) in whatever endeavors I am tasked with. Lastly, I always strive to develop both as a person and a scientist, so I hope to continue pursuing experiences that challenge me and teach me new things.

To prepare myself for future career opportunities, I have pursued a variety of experiences to improve the breadth and depth of my skill-set. Below you can find some of the skills I’ve gathered from my past employment experiences. For more details on specific jobs I’ve held, please visits the links the job experience drop-down menu above.

Technical and Personal Skills

Wildlife: Drift fences, artificial cover objects, aquatic turtle traps, aquatic funnel traps, pitfall traps, Sherman traps, camera traps, havahart/tomahawk traps, animal tracks and sign, mist netting, acoustic bat monitoring, point count surveys;
Experience handling and recording morphometric data for small mammals, amphibians and reptiles (including venomous species);
Radio telemetry; PIT tagging; bird banding; visual implant elastomer
Statistical: SPSS, SAS, R, PRESENCE, MARK, Geospatial Modeling Environment, ArcGIS
Data Management/Workflow: R Markdown, GitHub, R, ArcGIS, Access, Excel
Leadership: Project management, consensus building, conflict resolution, meeting facilitation, strategic planning, collaboration coordination
Vegetation: Quadrat sampling, cover estimates, tree measurements and calculations;
Greenhouse plant experiments, surface area measurements, biomass, transpiration;
Terrestrial and aquatic invasive plant control/removal
Physiology: Respirometry, temperature controlCommunication: Scientific and broader audiences, diverse audiences, international audiences, popular and technical writing, interpersonal and public speaking
Other Habitat Measurements: Soil temperature monitoring, volumetric and gravimetric soil moisture, soil pH;
Snowfall monitoring, experimental manipulation of climate in the field;
Topographic and landscape interpretation; wetland monitoring and measurement
Miscellaneous: Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, AnaLook, Website management, Linux

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