Promote sustainable living through research, service, publication, and teaching.
Examine how plants and ecosystems respond to environmental stress and invasive species with respect to ecophysiology, growth, and population dynamics.
Performed statistical analysis for reports and manuscripts, using general linear models, mixed effects models and ordination software.
Compiled, cleaned, and analyzed large data sets on pc-SAS at the University of Nebraska, School of Natural Resources (SNR) on sap flow data recorded every 30 minutes from 5 data loggers 2009-2011.
Summarized rangeland data collected in the 1987 and 1992 National Resources Inventories in two reports Created graphics used in presentations, teaching, and publications using mainframe SAS at Texas A&M University.
Analyzed vegetation data to assess restoration using PC-ORD software and helped compile report at University of Nebraska, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and to track vegetation change over time after removal of invasive tree species at SNR.
Currently using regression models, general linear models, mixed effects models to study how sap flow and transpiration vary with tree size, competition and climate at SNR.
Used log regression model to analyze long-term survival data at the University of Missouri.
Seasoned in conceiving and building programs from the ground up through grant writing and administration, project and program management, staff development.
Setting up the design and support systems of a sap flux experiment at SNR.
Organized workshops and planned non-timber forestry products training and survey as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.
Designed and implemented prescribed burning experiments at Texas A&M University and at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Experienced in working in team settings in academic, volunteer, and personal settings.
Published 8 journal articles, 5 reports, and 15 proceedings.
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Research Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources
February 2008 - September 2011
Processed sap flux data collected from data loggers in several steps including cleaning up data, reformatting data and analyzing data to present in reports, presentations and ultimately for publication in refereed journals using Campbell Scientific, Excel, SAS software • Analyzed vegetation data using PC-ORD software to quantify vegetation shifts between over time between treatments • Designed and implemented a sap flux experiment to estimate water used by Republican River invasive tree species • Collaborated with engineers to improve data quality by designing a new circuit board and to develop power infrastructure needed for sensors and data loggers • Oversaw contractors who removed invasive eastern redcedar and Russian olive on the thinned plots and dug observation wells • Supervised four Research Technicians who installed solar panels and aluminum access tubes and who monitored neutron probe tubes and wells • Trained and supervised student workers (7 over the years) who constructed sensors, surveyed vegetation, collected and processed biomass data, assisted collect water potential data and checked rain gauges periodically • Obtained and managed a $20,000 grant from the Burlington Northern Endowment • Coordinated work with land owners and managers • Collaborated with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources • Presented preliminary results at professional meetings.
Henry-Senachwine High School, C.U.S.D. 5, Henry, IL
August 2006 - May 2007
Taught Biology I, Biology II, and Life Science • Sponsored Class of 2010 • Designed and implemented lesson plans and laboratory exercises
Barry Community Unit School District 1, Barry, IL
August 2005 - May 2006
Taught General Biology, Biology, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and Eighth Grade Physical Science • Cosponsored Class of 2009 • Used SDS software and Mygradebook.com • Tracked attendance with SDS software • Supervised sophomore Developmental Education
Peace Corps Volunteer Forestry Instructor
Peace Corps Nepal
February 2002 - April 2004
Taught Silviculture 556 (silvicultural systems), Silviculture 406 (nursery management and plantation), Silviculture 451 (tree improvement and silvics), Agroforestry 803 (1 unit on ecophysiology) • Developed teaching materials • Entered documents into database • Wrote and edited grant proposals • Conducted training sessions • Organized workshops • Planned non-timber forestry products training and survey
University of Missouri, Biology Department
June 2001 - December 2001
Designed and implemented a field experiment determining the effect of light penetration on germination • Collected ecophysiological data in Colorado • Supervised student workers
Northwest Missouri State University, Biology Department
September 2000 - May 2001
Taught Genetics 350, Senior Seminar 491, Methods of Plant Ecology 575, Botany Lab 113, and Molecular Genetics 440/616 • Created a website for Genetics 350 with BlackBoard software
Qualifications & Certifications
University of Missouri-Columbia
Crystal Lake Central High School
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