Wildlife trapping field coordinator – Graduate Student Researcher

Yale University
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.

Lyme disease ecology – Field Technician

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Millbrook, NY
2006

Peromyscus leucopus
  • 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 canid ecology – Field Technician

Yellowstone Ecological Research Center
Bozeman, MT & Yellowstone National Park, WY/MT
2006

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.
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Mammalian diversity survey – Field Technician

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley
2005

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.

Costa Rican bats & batflies – Undergraduate Student Researcher

Monteverde Institute
Monteverde, Costa Rica
2004

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