Education & Experience

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Central Michigan University 2009–2011
M.S. in Conservation Biology; GPA: 4.0

Michigan State University 2006–2008
B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife with High Honor; GPA: 3.9

University of Michigan 2004–2006
GPA: 3.5

Continuing education

Reproducible Research @
Completed October 2015

R Programming @
Statement of Accomplishment – July 2015

Data Analysis @
Statement of Accomplishment – January 2014


Ecologist July 2020 – Current
U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center. Ann Arbor, MI.

Past experience

Lab and Field Technician March 2017 – July 2020
University of Toledo / U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center. Ann Arbor, MI.

Spatial Analysis Technician January – March 2013
Central Michigan University. Mount Pleasant, MI.

Project Liaison March 2012 – February 2017
CSS Inc. / U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center. Ann Arbor, MI.

Frog and Bird Survey Technician May – July 2011
Central Michigan University. Mount Pleasant, MI.

Teaching Assistant August 2009 – April 2011
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI.

Biological Science Technician May – August 2009
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Beaver Island, MI.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Intern January – April 2009
Michigan Nature Association. Williamston, MI.

Field Technician June – July 2008
Hammond Bay Research Lab and Michigan State University. Millersburg, MI.

Undergraduate Research Assistant Fall Semester 2007
Michigan State University

Wildlife Infirmary Intern Summers 2005 – 2007
Howell Conference and Nature Center Wildlife Infirmary. Howell, MI.

Volunteer Field Assistant June – September 2007
To a Michigan State doctoral student

Study Abroad in Madagascar May 2007
Michigan State University

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Fall 2006 / Spring 2007
Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI.

Assistant to Mollusk Collection Manager Fall 2005/Spring 2006
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. Ann Arbor, MI.

Volunteer experience

Huron River Watershed Council Ann Arbor MI
Spring 2018 & 2019, Fall 2019
Participated in River Roundup and Insect ID days.

Copepod Key Updates Online
2017 – Current
I assist a USGS scientist emeritus with updating the Great Lakes Copepod Key.

National Oceanic Science Bowl Ann Arbor MI
Jan/Feb. 2017 – 2019
Science Judge in statewide high school ocean quiz bowl tournament

Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad Ann Arbor MI
May 14th, 2016
Led a session at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center booth teaching kids about Great Lakes insects and invertebrates. Showed them different types and taught them about their life history. Created coloring sheets of invertebrates (nearshore and offshore) for the event.


Technical: Use of a variety of traps and nets, radio-telemetry, navigating with/operating a GPS, point counts, electroshocking, handling animals, removing birds from mist nets. Rearing of larval fish in McDonald jars and vertical flow incubators. Identification of Michigan birds, mammals, and amphibians via sight and sound. Identification of Great Lakes zooplankton and benthic invertebrates using a stereomicroscope or compound microscope. Large and small vessel experience. Basic carpentry.

Computer: Program experience: R & Markdown/RStudio, Microsoft Access, ArcGIS Desktop 10 and Spatial Analyst extension, Adobe Creative Suite, ImageJ (and scripts), ArcView, GitHub, Minitab. Some WordPress, HTML/CSS, SQL, SAS. Well-versed in internet research and obtaining professional resources. PC and Macintosh proficient.

Special training: First Aid/CPR certified.

Relevant Courses

Population Ecology (BIO 650)
Conservation Biology (BIO 680)
Art of Scientific Communication (BIO 630)
Biological Research Design and Analysis (BIO 600)
Restoration Ecology (BIO 620A)
Fisheries Biology (BIO 510)
Conservation Genetics (BIO 690)
Landscape Ecology (BIO 691)

Fundamentals of Soil Science (CSS 210)
Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles (ZOL 384)
Principles of Fish and Wildlife Science (FW 205)
Ecological Problem Solving (FW 364)
Environmental Policy Making in Michigan (RD 440)
International Studies in Fisheries and Wildlife – Madagascar (FW 480)
Aquatic Ecosystem Management (FW 414)
Wetland Ecology and Management (FW 417)
Population Analysis (FW 424)
Upland Ecosystem Management (FW 410)
Applications in GIS for Natural Resources (FW 434)
Environmental Physiology (ZOL 483)

Ecological Issues (ENVIRON 201)
Seminar: Environment, Sustainability, and Social Change (UC 154)
Practical Botany (BIOLOGY 102)
Intro to Geology (GEOSCI 117)
Intro to Environmental Justice (ENVIRON 222)
Woody Plants (ENVIRON 337)
Animal Diversity (BIOLOGY 288)
General Ecology (ENVIRON 281)
Intro to Statistics and Data Analysis (STATS 350)
Biology of Birds (EEB 330)
Field Mammalogy (EEB 453)