I am currently a doctoral candidate at the Federated Program of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology. I am formally trained as an ecologist, ornithologist, and as an educator. I am broadly interested in future opportunities entailing wildlife or ornithological conservation and research in degraded systems because these systems represent much of what most people experience as nature. I have exemplary organizing and project management skills.
I investigate how degraded habitats influence animal behavior and populations using the American Woodcock. My research system includes the brownfields and natural early successional habitats along an urbanizing gradient in northern New Jersey. I am currently investigating usage and fitness of males on their singing ground sites, home ranges, vegetation assemblages, food availability and predator community.
Previously I’ve done work with population monitoring of declining American Kestrels in New Jersey, modeling predation pressures on Band-tailed Pigeons nesting in the Sonoran Desert, and quantifying avian biodiversity in Honduran Cloud forests.
What else have I done?
I have over a decade’s experience in formal and non-formal education. I am a former classroom education, with a current New Jersey teachers license for Biology K-12, having spent six years teaching science in the public school system. I have also been an environmental educator where my responsibilities have included providing programming, developing and revising curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, and overseeing summer camp.
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