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


Senior Data Analyst July 2023 – Current
Great Lakes Commission. Ann Arbor, MI.

Owner/Operator 2018 – Current

Past experience

Ecologist July 2020 – July 2023
U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center. Ann Arbor, MI.

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
Participated in many River Roundup, Stonefly Search, 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, 2021
Science Judge in statewide high school ocean quiz bowl tournament

Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad Ann Arbor MI
2016, 2023
Led sessions at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center booth teaching kids about Great Lakes insects and invertebrates and sampling techniques.


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, GitHub/GitLab, ArcGIS Desktop 10 and Spatial Analyst extension, Adobe Creative Suite, ImageJ (and scripts), ArcView, Minitab. Some WordPress, HTML/CSS, SQL, SAS, limited Python. Well-versed in internet research and obtaining professional resources. PC and Macintosh proficient.

Special training: First Aid/CPR certified.

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