California Polytechnic State University – Teaching Associate
January 2021 to March 2023
Prepared, wrote, and graded quizzes and coursework, prepared and delivered lab lectures in coordination with instructing professors and laboratory coordinator. Prepared course materials, syllabi, and curricula, held office hours, and provided student guidance on topics of plant and animal physiology and anatomy, and microbiology.
California Polytechnic State University – Graduate Supervisor, Frost Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
July 2021 to September 2021, July 2022 to September 2022
Supervised undergraduate fellows in the Frost Undergraduate Research Program over two summers and two research projects. Planned and coordinated summer research projects and provided research mentorship and guidance for professional presentations on research. Trained undergraduate fellows in lichen identification and lab and field techniques and prepared research authorization requests to federal agencies.
California Polytechnic State University – Graduate Assistant
September 2020 to August 2021
Prepared grant applications and conducted literature reviews, experimental design, coordination, and implementation, and various academic research activities, on an as-needed basis in coordination with academic advisor.
HDR Engineering, Inc. – Field Botanist & Specialist Environmental Planner
October 2017 to November 2019
Provided staff augmentation and acted as a specialist environmental planner and field biologist for Caltrans Central Region Biology, preparing technical environmental documents, biological impact assessments, permit applications for Fish and Game Code Section 1602 Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements, Clean Water Act Section 404 Nationwide Permits, and Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certifications. Prepared permit compliance reports, managed conservation measure compliance, conducted biological monitoring, worker environmental awareness training, and mitigation monitoring and reporting, and planned, lead, and reported for protocol- and reconnaissance-level surveys for special status species.
Saxicolous and terricolous lichens of Carrizo Plain National Monument (ongoing) – with Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna and Michael Mulroy (California Polytechnic State University).
Quantifying clay endemism and association with clay soils in California’s flora (ongoing) – with Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna (California Polytechnic State University) and Ryan O'Dell (Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office).
Community assembly of the vertic clay endemic annual flowering plants of the San Joaquin Desert (ongoing) – with Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna (California Polytechnic State University) and Ryan O'Dell (Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office).
Processing micrographs of an anatomical fossil of the dicksoniaceous fern Onychiopsis for 3D rendering and producing a 3D reconstruction of Onychiopsis vasculature – with Dr. Alexandru Tomescu (Humboldt State University)
Taxonomic placement and description of a Lower Cretaceous araucarioid fossil conifer wood from the Budden Canyon Formation of northern California – with Dr. Alexandru Tomescu (Humboldt State University)
Identification and description of a Lower Cretaceous pinaceous fossil conifer wood from the Budden Canyon Formation of northern California – with Dr. Alexandru Tomescu (Humboldt State University)
Chemical analysis of Apis mellifera-collected pollen from Humboldt County, California – In General Plant Physiology (BOT 310) (Humboldt State University)
Collection and mounting of a sample flora of the disturbed areas and roadsides of Humboldt County, California – directed study with the Humboldt State University Herbarium and Dr. J.P. Smith (Humboldt State University)
Investigation into the effects of media sucrose content and gas availability on gemmae production by cultured Marchantia polymorpha – directed study with Dr. Casey Lu (Humboldt State University)
Metabolic comparison of culturable endophytic and epiphytic bacteria associated with Chenopodium quinoa seeds – in General Bacteriology (BIOL 412) (Humboldt State University)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2021 to 2023)
BOT 313 – Taxonomy of Vascular Plants: Laboratory
BOT 121 – General Botany: Laboratory
BIO 111 – General Biology: Laboratory
BIO 162 – Introduction to Organismal Form and Function: Laboratory
MCRO 221 – Microbiology: Laboratory
Field Work & Survey Experience
Lichen sampling: sampling and collection of saxicolous and terricolous lichens from Carrizo Plain National Monument – with Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna and Michael Mulroy (California Polytechnic State University; July 2022).
Botanical surveys: point-intercept and percent cover, following project-specific protocol – with Dr. Tim Bean and Dr. Lorelei Larios (California Polytechnic State University and University of California Riverside; April 2022).
Botanical surveys: point-intercept, line-intercept, and percent cover, following project-specific protocols for vegetation sampling on Santa Cruz Island – with California Polytechnic State University (California Polytechnic State University and The Nature Conservancy, March 2022).
Small mammal trapping for Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides), Fresno kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides exilis), and giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens) – with Caltrans Central Region staff, U.S. Fish and Wildlife (HDR, Caltrans Central Region Biology, Pixley Wildlife Refuge; May 2018 - October 2018).
Biological monitoring of migratory nesting birds and San Joaquin kit fox natal dens – with Caltrans Central Region staff (HDR and Caltrans Central Region Biology; February 2018 - November 2019).
Protocol surveys for Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni), San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica), and blunt-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia sila) – with Caltrans Central Region staff (HDR and Caltrans Central Region Biology; February 2018 - November 2019).
Relocation and transplantation of a population of Sanford’s arrowhead (Sagittaria sanfordii) in Cameron Slough, Fresno County, California – with Caltrans Central Region staff (HDR and Caltrans Central Region Biology; November 2017).
Botanical surveys: percent-cover, presence/absence, and protocol, following Protocols for Surveying and Evaluating Impacts to Special Status Native Plant Populations and Sensitive Natural Communities – with Caltrans Central Region Biology staff (HDR and Caltrans Central Region Biology; October 2017 - November 2019).
Collecting Devonian plant fossils from Cottonwood Canyon, Wyoming – with Dr. Alexandru Tomescu (Humboldt State University; July 2017).
Mounting plant collections from the Central Valley region, processing and evaluating collections – with Dr. Katherine Waselkov and the Fresno State University Herbarium; October 2017 to present.
Rare plant status reviewer – with California Native Plant Society; March 2019 to present.
Student panelist, “Finding Your Way (in College and in Life)” – with Cal Poly Department of Biological Sciences; November 2020.
California Environmental Quality Act Impact Assessment – with the California Native Plant Society
Berkeley, California, October 2019
Poaceae – with Dr. Travis Columbus and the Jepson Herbarium
Berkeley, California, May 2019
Wetland Delineation – with the Wetland Training Institute
Roseville, California, April 2019
Rare Plant Survey Protocols – with the California Native Plant Society
Imperial Beach, California, March 2019
Small Mammal Trapping Workshop – with the Yosemite Audubon Society
Ahwahnee, California, May 2018) – with Melissa Odell, SCIN 11023