New Haven, CT
2008 – 2012
|Wrestling with a flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans)
- Trapped small mammals and mist-netted birds, examined and collected ectoparasites.
- Planned study design and logistics; planned travel and acquired necessary tools and equipment within limited budget.
- Hired, trained, and supervised a team of five field and laboratory technicians.
- Designed database (Microsoft Access) and wrote R program code for data analysis.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
- Trapped, handled, identified, and assessed reproductive condition of small mammals. Identified parasitic ticks and life stages. Data collection contributed to long-term studies of the ecology of Lyme disease transmission.
- Collected ticks by drag cloth.
- Assayed tick samples for Lyme disease-causing bacterium: dissected ticks and prepared slides for fluorescent antibody analysis by microscopy.
- Identified seedlings and seeds of the Eastern deciduous forest.
- Entered data in Microsoft Excel.
Yellowstone Ecological Research Center
Bozeman, MT & Yellowstone National Park, WY/MT
|Canis latrans with radiocollar
- Tracked foxes and coyotes in Yellowstone National Park as part of a long-term study on the effects of wolf reintroduction into the Park on canid social interactions.
- Drove 4WD vehicles on snowy and rough terrain and used radio telemetry equipment to triangulate locations of radiocollared individuals. Visually located and identified individual foxes, coyotes, and wolves.
- Trapped foxes, took standard measurements, collected hair and blood samples, fitted with radiocollars.
- Entered data in Microsoft Excel, Locate, and ArcView.
- Completed a basic avalanche safety course.
|Beep, beep, beep, beep…
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley
|Virginia Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA
- Backpacked into historically sampled sites in Yosemite National Park to survey small mammal, reptile, and amphibian populations.
- Set and monitored traps (Shermans, tomahawks, pitfalls, snap traps, gopher traps), handled and identified animals to species.
- Prepared study skin specimens for museum collection.
- Used GPS devices to obtain locality coordinates.
- Entered data (Microsoft Excel) and performed quality control.
Data collection contributed to manuscript “Impact of a century of climate change on small-mammal communities in Yosemite National Park, USA”, published in Science, 2008.
Monteverde, Costa Rica
|Sturnira ludovici, Monteverde, Costa Rica
As part of a tropical ecology-focused study abroad program,
- Designed and conducted an independent field research project, “Cospeciation of parasitic streblid batflies and their microchiropteran hosts.”
- Mist-netted, identified, marked, and removed ectoparasites from bats. Collected, preserved, and identified batflies.
- Used microscopic morphological characters to generate a phylogeny of batflies and compared it to the bat host phylogeny. High elevation bat species and their batflies have similar phylogenetic structure, and may have cospeciated in relative isolation.
|Strebla hertigi, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Claremont Veterinary Hospital
- Fed and bathed boarded animals.
- Administered medications and vaccinations according to veterinarian directions.
- Performed dental cleanings.
- Performed urinalyses.
- Restrained animals during examination.
- Assisted with surgeries.