Education

 

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand – Master of Science Communication, endorsed in Science in Society, 2018

McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland – B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, 2014

McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland – additional classes in biology, chemistry, and neuroscience, August 2014-May 2015

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland – additional classes in biology, anthropology, and technical writing, June-August 2014

Semester abroad at Bangor University, Wales, January-June 2013

Semester at Sea Program, University of Virginia, August-December 2012        

Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring, Maryland – Class of 2010

 

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Work Experience

Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand

Communicator

September 2018 - present

Assisted in the science center, tropical forest, and galleries. Interpreted for all ages/backgrounds and presented science shows. Welcomed visitors at the front desk, supported visitors and staff, and acted as the “face of the museum”.

New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), Franz Josef, New Zealand

Interpretive Panel Designer (Commission)

August 2016 - February 2017

Wrote text, designed layout, and created prototypes for new interpretive panels about Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, and the effects of climate change. See the Exhibits page to view panel prototypes.

 

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Entomology Department Intern

June 2015 - January 2016

Assisted with daily tasks in the AntLab, including caring for live ant colonies and ongoing genetic research. Photographed over 200 ant species for a published biodiversity survey of Guyana, and for the AntWeb database.

 

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Q?rius Education Program Volunteer

June 2015 - January 2016

Provided on-the-spot natural history interpretation for Q?rius visitors about museum specimens, helped museum visitors navigate the museum and collections, and facilitated Q?rius activities.

 

McDaniel College Biology Department, Westminster, Maryland

Laboratory Assistant

August 2014 - May 2015

Assisted in the vertebrate anatomy lab as needed, including with an extensive study comparing jaw joints in fish. Managed and maintained the lab’s 3D printer and associated computer programs.

 

McDaniel College Psychology Department, Westminster, Maryland

Writing Fellow

August - December 2014

Helped teach undergraduate psychology students how write clearly and efficiently for academia.

 

McDaniel College Psychology Department, Westminster, Maryland

Student Research Assistant

February - May 2014

Observed, timed, categorized, and catalogued rats’ behavior in various anxiety and curiosity tests as part of another student’s original research on responses to different drug combinations.

 

Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, Maryland

Summer Camp Counselor and Volunteer Coordinator

June - August 2012 and 2013

Supervised and taught nature-themed lessons to campers aged 4-15 years old (including on overnight trips). Developed and implemented daily training programs for teen volunteers (CITs). Managed camp office as needed.

 

Various Community Theaters, Maryland and Virginia

Director, Stage Manager, Technician, Performer, and Instructor

2002 - 2016

 

Assorted Volunteer Work, Maryland and South Africa

Wildlife sanctuaries (Maryland), SPCA (Annapolis), Habitat for Humanity (Baltimore, Capetown)

 

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Publications and notable projects

 

"Cameras for Conservation: How Photographing Wildlife Affects Engagement with Biodiversity"

Completed July 2018, in press

Manuscript based on empirical research into the psychological effects of photographing wildlife, conducted for master's thesis. Co-authors: Ross Johnston (thesis supervisor) and Nancy Longnecker. Presented at the 2018 Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand.

 

The Wild Focus Project: www.wildfocus.org

May 2017 - present

Original website, blog, and social media outreach to bring together wildlife photography, conservation, and storytelling. Features information about biodiversity, stories about photographers, a weekly blog, and a forum.

 

Kruger National Park: Animal Tales

Published in January 2017 in the iBookstore (free to download on iOS devices)

Interactive iBook about the wildlife and ecosystems of Kruger National Park, South Africa. Focuses on each of the "Big Five" game animals to discuss various aspects of biology, conservation, and park management.

 

"Museums and Their Role in Modern Society"

Aired in January 2017 on Our Changing World, a popular science program on Radio New Zealand

Short podcast discussing whether or not museums are still relevant in today's digital world. Listen on the RNZ website.

 

Shedding Some Light: A Dunedin Dark Skies Initiative

Displayed August and November 2016 at the Otago Museum and the Dunedin City Council

Mobile interactive exhibition about light pollution in Dunedin, New Zealand, featuring interpretive panels and working miniature models of different types of street lights against the "night sky". Conceived, designed, and managed the construction of the exhibition.

 

Backyard Experiments: www.backyardexperiments.wordpress.com

March - May 2016

Wordpress blog for children aged 8-12 (and their parents), focusing on fun science experiments that can be done at home.

 

Photos for "Ants of the South Rupununi Savannah, Guyana"

Published in 2016 as a chapter of the Biodiversity Assessment Survey of the South Rupununi Savannah Guyana

Photos of ant specimens were published, including images of rare species.

 

 

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Technical Skills

 

Microsoft Office programs and their Google equivalents: Word, PowerPoint, Excel

Web design; Website management and analytics; Squarespace, Wordpress, RapidWeaver

Simple coding using HTML, JavaScript

Basic graphic design using Photoshop/Photoshop Elements, Pixelmator, iBooks Author

DSLR photography (including astrophotography, macrophotography, and microphotography)

Photo editing using Photoshop/Photoshop Elements, Pixelmator, Picasa

Final Cut Pro and iMovie

GarageBand and Microsoft equivalents

Research and analysis: quantitative and qualitative methods, SPSS, Qualtrics, synthesizing literature

3D printing using an Orion Delta Desktop 3D printer, and 3D printing programs: Cura, Repetier Host

Proficient with Windows and Mac systems

 

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Other Skills

 

First Aid/CPR/AED certified for adults, children, and infants by the American Red Cross, as of May 2015 (will renew certification as soon as possible)

Experienced and cautious driver – Maryland driver’s license for cars

Safe and competent use of many power tools and hand tools

Basic drafting skills (hand drafting)

Ability to understand, read, write, and speak some Spanish (basic)

Team and people management

Budget management

Museum specimen care, maintenance, organization, and documentation

 

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