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Biological Sciences, Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, NJ 07102
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Ph.D. (In progress) Biology
Rutgers University-Newark/NJIT, Newark, NJ under adviser, Dr. Claus Holzapfel.

M.S. Biology (Ecology/ Evolution concentration)
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ under adviser Dr. John Smallwood. 2013

B.S. Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ. 2006


Urban Environments as Ecological Traps (Doctoral Project), Rutgers University-Newark, 2014 – present

  • Habitat quality analysis and courtship survey for American Woodcock across post-industrial and early successional sites in northern New Jersey.
  • Telemetry of woodcock in degraded and natural habitats.
  • Annelid Biosurvey organizer in collaboration with Dr. Henshue at University of Buffalo.
  • Woodcock Predator Presence Monitoring: camera trapping and point counts to detect mammal and avian predators of woodcock.

Invasion Ecology of Viburnum Species in the Mid-Atlantic
(Ornithological Consultant), Rutgers University-Newark, 2015-2017

  • Conduct point counts for a community ecology study on invasive Viburnum species.

Long-term Avian Population Trends in Cloud Forests (Ornithologist)
, Operation Wallacea, 2015

  • Analyzed protocol detection efficiency through point count and mist-nest data used by Opwall in Cusuco National Park, Honduras.
  • Instructed high school and college students on basic ornithological field techniques, underscoring importance of bird-monitoring programs and conservation.

American Kestrel Return Rate & Breeding Success (Masters Project)
, Montclair State University, 2009 – present

  • Evaluated effect of site and box age on territory establishment by cavity nesting American Kestrels during breeding season. Captured, measured and banded kestrels.

Aquatic Vertebrate Community Interactions (Volunteer)
, Montclair State University (2013)

  • Collected painted and musk turtles for a mark-recapture population study to determine changes in turtle behavior during sunfish breeding season.

Modifying Reproductive Success of Wild Horses of the Outer Banks (Volunteer)
, Earthwatch, 2008

  • Monitored wild horse interactions within and between harems to determine the effect of immunocontraceptives in controlling populations within sustainable limits.

Depredation Rates for Band-tailed Pigeons in Montane Habitats (Field Tech)
, University of Arizona, 2004

  • Monitoring artificial Band-Tailed Pigeon nests to study depredation rates across habitat types across four mountain ranges in SE Arizona.


  1. Fellowship: Sydney S. Greenfield Botany  2018
  2. Travel Award: Wilson Ornithological Society: Conference Travel Award 2018
  3. Crowd-funding: Experiment: Successfully crowd-sourced funding to cover American Woodcock telemetry equipment. DOI: 10.18258/8542 2017
  4. Travel Award: American Ornithological Society:  Conference Travel Award 2017
  5. Grant: Rutgers University: TA/GA Expanding Banding Efforts funding.
  6. Scholarship: Bergen County Audubon Society: Hog Island Audubon Camp 2017
  7. Best Student Presentation Award: Ecological Society of America’s Mid-Atlantic 2016
  8. Grant: Explorer’s Club 2016
  9. Grant: Animal Behavior Society  2016
  10. Grant: Rutgers University: GSGA Student Conference Travel Funding 2016
  11. Grant: Rutgers University: TA/GA Professional Development Fund. Conference Funding 2016
  12. Travel Award: North American Ornithological Conference 2016
  13. Grant: Rutgers University: TA/GA Professional Development Fund. American Woodcock banding equipment 2016
  14. Grant: Rutgers University: TA/GA Professional Development Fund. Covered expenses pertaining to travel expenditures for Operation Wallacea 2015


  1. KE Farley. 2018. “Sound Science: the saga of seeking answers in night songs”. Federated Department of Biological Sciences Research Day. Talk.
  2. KE Farley, NJ Henshue, D Ofori-Boateng, C Holzapfel. 2018 “Courting Risk: Do consequences exist for American Woodcock selecting post-industrial habitat for courtship?” Wilson Ornithological Society. Talk.
  3. KE Farley, D Ofori-Boateng, NJ Henshue, C Holzapfel. 2018 “Changes in Courtship Season of American Woodcock Across an Urban Landscape” Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of America. Talk.
  4. KE Farley. 2018 “What’s the Difference? How Do Urban Wildland Ecosystems Compare to Natural Areas? The American Woodcock in Brownfields“. New Jersey Land Rally. Lighting Talk.
  5. KE Farley, C Holzapfel. 2017 “What role do post-industrial sites play in providing habitat for American Woodcock?” New Jersey The Wildlife Society. Talk.
  6. KE Farley. 2017 “Winging It: American Woodcock Expand Habitat Preferences” #BTCon17. Online.
  7. KE Farley. 2017 “Improving Detectability Studies in Avian Tropical Cloud Forest Communities” Rutgers Research Day. Poster.
  8. KE Farley, T Duman, C Holzpafel. 2017 “How long until the next bird? Analysis of methodology in long-term monitoring in avian cloud forest communities”  Wilson Ornithological Conference. Talk. Presentation available via Figshare, Periscope.
  9. KE Farley. 2016 “Ecological Trap Theory and Application to Post-Industrial Sites for Early Successional Wildlife” Lacawac Ecological Conference. Talk.
  10. KE Farley, C Hozapfel. 2016 “Improving Detectability Studies in Avian Tropical Cloud Forest Communities” NAOC. Poster.
  11. KE Farley, C Holzapfel. 2016 “Refining Species Detection Studies for Tropical Cloud Forest Avian Communities” Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of America. Poster.
  12. KE Farley. 2016 “Effective Engagement Strategies for the Next-Generation of Adult Nature Lovers” Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education. Talk.
  13. KE Farley. 2015 “Why Study Urban Birds?” The Nature We Share @ Rutgers University Research Forum. Dana Library, Rutgers University-Newark. Talk.
  14. KE Farley. 2015 “Fidelity and Return Rates in an American Kestrel Population in New Jersey” Operation Wallacea Research Seminar, Cusuco, NP, Honduras. Talk.
  15. KE Farley. 2014 “Where are the Kestrels?” Tenafly Nature Center. Talk.


Teaching Assistant, Rutgers University-Newark/NJIT (2014 – present)

  • Graduate-level College Teaching (560) 1 semester
    Collaborated with instructor to revamp the Biology Department’s College Teaching to better incorporate best teaching practices from ACUE pilot program at Rutgers Newark and previous teaching experiences. Contributions consisted of modifying syllabus to include a wider range of relevant readings, lesson plan development and delivery and modification of final project involving the outline of a college level science class to include a requirement it be intentionally designed for an inclusive classroom.
  • Urban Banding Project Manager 1 semester
    Ran the fall migration banding program for an urban stopover site. Responsibilities included training of prospective banders (subpermittes: Amanda Schuster, Mirko Schoenitz), record keeping, scheduling, and public outreach.
  • Biology of Seed plants (230) 1 semester
    Responsibilities include leading weekly laboratory exercises in botany and genetics as they relate primarily to angiosperms. As the TA I was responsible for leading laboratory exercises, grading weekly lab notebooks, projects, and lab reports. Guest lectured on Plant Tissues.
  • Concepts in Biology (200) 5 semesters
    Led 2 sections of Rutgers/NJIT introductory biology course for majors. As the TA I was responsible for development of recitation lessons to complement lectures. The lecturer would suggest activities which at prep meetings we would modify and discuss implementation to ensure consistency, then develop individual lesson plans for execution. Additional responsibilities included development and grading of weekly quizzes, proctoring exams, and grading homework assignments and two projects.
  • General Biology (101/102) 2 semesters
  • Led 3 sections of Rutgers/NJIT introductory biology for non-majors.  As the TA, I was assigned to the lab 3 periods weekly to collaboratively oversee any participating students (up to 80 at a time) wherein my responsibilities included individualized support and assessing students with verbal quizzes at the completion of each lab. Lab quiz banks were collectively written by TAs and Peer Educators. As a recitation instructor, we collaborated to determine possible outlines for how to cover material, but then had full range to develop our own lesson plans on the topic. During my time in General Biology, at my recommendation, we updated curriculum to include readings on the back log of rape kit testing in our genetics discussion for Biology 101 and added the war on science to the Biology 102. Responsibilities included grading their written reflections prepared for discussion on popular science readings, ensuring students had in depth insightful discussions during
    recitation, as well as the writing of lab mid-terms and finals covering both lab and recitation.

Adjunct Instructor, The College of New Jersey 2016

  • Environmental Science for Educators (203): Revised, expanded and taught a winter-break class to ensure that pre-service educators had exposure to all NGSS standards and sufficient science background to teach the topic well in the K-12 system. As the instructor I entirely revamped the class, going paperless within the classroom. Students selected textbooks and supplemental based on their professional interests and the course material was selected to allow each student to tailor the material to their own career goals while covering all NGSS standards. All assignments were either practical (unit/lesson plan creation or executing activities) or reflective (weekly journal assignments on class and readings, exams).

Adjunct Instructor, Essex County College 2013 – 2014

  • Biology (101): Lecture and lab.  My objective was to create a foundation understanding of biology for non-majors as well as to foster genuine interest in biology for Biology 101 for non-majors through enhancement of curriculum with latest scientific discoveries and my own research experience. As the professor, I emphasized strengthening study skills including developing active reading skills for texts,  guiding students in assessing their own study skills to improve progress in the class and college readiness.

Acting Assistant Camp Director/Assistant Health Director, Tenafly Nature Center 2014
Environmental Educator I/II, Tenafly Nature Center 2012 – present
8th Grade Science Teacher, North Star Academy Charter School 2010 – 2012
5th Grade Science, Clinton Hill Middle School, North Star Academy Charter School 2006-2012


  • 2018 Conference Committee Planner, Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of North America. Rutgers University-Newark.
  • 2018 – present Secretary/Treasurer, Newark Chapter of the AAUP-AFT.
  • 2016 – 2018 Founder/Facilitator, Biology Student Leadership. Collective council of elected biology representatives across the federation collaborating to share information and resources to improve the graduate student experience within the program and federated universities.
  • 2017  –  present Newark Recruitment Organizer, Graduate Worker Steering Committee, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
  • 2017 – present TA/GA Representative, Executive Council, Rutgers AAUP-AFT.
  • 2008 – present Application Reviewer, Earthwatch Institute
  • 2016 – 2017 Member, Newark Graduate Steering Committee, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
  • 2014 – 2017 Organizer, Bioblitz, Rutgers University.
  • 2013 – 2017 Christmas Bird Count, National Audubon Society
    – Participant, Liberty State Park (2013-2017)
    Participant, Boonton Circle (2014)
    Route Leader, Boonton Circle (2016)
  • 2015 – 2018 Public Outreach, Halsey Fest, Newark, NJ.
  • 2015-2016 Co-representative, Graduate Student Governing Association.
  • 2015 Ornithology Volunteer, Bioblitz at Pocono Environmental Education Center.


ANJEE: Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education,
AOS: American Ornithological Society
TWS: The Wildlife Society
WOS: Wilson Ornithological Society


2017 Federal/State Telemetry Permit for American Woodcock
2016 – 2017 Federate State Banding permit for Passerines, near-passerines, and American Woodcock
2015 – present Effective Teaching Practices. ACUE.
2008 – present Biological Sciences Teaching Certification,K-12, NJDOE
2005 – present Project Learning Tree, Rutgers University
2003 – present Project WET, Pickering Creek Audubon Society
2017 – 2019 CPR/AED Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers,Red Cross
2017 – 2019 Standard First Aid, Red Cross