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B.A., 2015, Bowdoin College; Biology & Spanish
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Environmental history has shown that we, as humans, have power over our surroundings. We have and continue to affect the ecological processes and beings that collectively create the environment. As such, we have the responsibility to construct stable, resilient ecosystems and the opportunity to promote engaging, productive landscapes.
As a conservation biologist, I am interested in promoting these ideas in the context of biodiversity conservation, spatial ecology, and human-wildlife coexistence. For my master’s research, I am going to explore these concepts in the context of desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) in the Mojave Desert. I hope to investigate how anthropogenic influences affect desert bighorn sheep by looking at the impact of artificial water sources on habitat utilization and population numbers. There also is potential for my project to examine the likelihood of water-source visitation given the proximity of GPS collar locations.
California Department of Fish & Wildlife - From 2016-2018, I worked as a desert bighorn sheep scientific aide out of Bishop, California. Fieldwork involved hiking through extremely hot, rugged terrain, surveying population numbers, documenting behavior, and investigating mortalities. Helicopter surveys and captures were conducted once or twice per year. My colleagues and I collaborated with the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep to maintain artificial water sources, investigate disease outbreaks, and develop conservation-based management plans for specific herd units. I also analyzed data population and movement data using ArcMap and Microsoft Access, co-authored a bighorn status report, and designed a website for public outreach.
Arizona Department of Game & Fish - In Arizona, bald eagles are considered a species of special concern given the relatively low number of resident breeding pairs. In 2016, I worked as a bald eagle nestwatcher during the breeding season. I monitored bald eagle health, collected behavioral data, and educated the public on eagle conservation measures. At the end of the field season, I compiled a scientific report on eagle nesting behavior, the success of conservation measures, and human disturbance levels. This report was distributed to the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee.
Bowdoin College - In 2014, I studied inter- and intraspecific aggression among eight hummingbird species at a tropical cloud forest research station near Mindo, Ecuador. For this project, I classified encounters between hummingbirds by species, sex, and level of aggression. These encounters were then analyzed using modified chi-squared tests. This same year, I also conducted an ArcGIS analysis of potential Sierra Nevada Red Fox habitat in and around Yosemite National Park.
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