Office Location: Bio 347
Phone Number: (360) 650-7465
Educational & Professional Experience
Western Washington University 2015-present
Master of Science, Marine and Estuarine Biology (in progress)
Thesis: The Effect of Diet on Survival, Growth, and Radula Morphology of Haliotis kamtschatkana Postlarvae.
Reed College 2005-2009
Bachelor of Arts, Biology
Thesis: Glucosinolates and Selenium Might Interact in the Face of Adversity to Form an Anti-Herbivore Coalition.
Languages: Spanish, Ancient Greek. Computer programs: Word, Excel, LaTeX, JMP, ImageJ, Statview, R.
Washington State University 2005-2006
Research Project: Russian Thistle Epicuticular Leaf Wax Density and Composition in Response to Water Stress.
Courses: Weed Science, Soil Science, Irrigation Systems and Water Mgmt., Forage Crops, Metal Fabrication.
Stone Soup Institute 2013
Winter Term: Horse-Drawn Logging; Forestry, silviculture, and forest ecology of Maine.
Western Washington Univ., Bellingham, WA 2015-2016
- Instructed Biology 101 lab for non-science majors; three sections of 20 to 24 students.
- Implemented and revised curriculum, created weekly quizzes, graded assignments, led field trip.
Service Manager, Mechanic
Bike Tech, Olympia, WA 2014-2015
- Scheduled and prioritized repairs, submitted warranty claims, analyzed performance data.
- Educated customers on bicycle function and repair, while hearing customer needs and concerns.
- Performed tune-ups and repairs on a variety of commuter, road, and mountain bicycles.
4CsBreeding Technologies, Strathmere, NJ 2012
- Supervised packing of forestry seedlings for sale. Communicated in English and Spanish.
- Worked in seed orchard: induced cone development by girdling, installed irrigation.
Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA 2013-2014
- Directed Small Business Innovation Research grant, in partnership with Rutgers University.
- Induced polyploidy and reared eastern flat oysters. Collected and analyzed data, wrote reports.
- Performed selective breeding to increase resistance to MSX, Dermo, and Juvenile Oyster Disease.
- Supervised interns, coordinated labor and project scheduling, kept grant expense records.
Lab Technician, Acting Manager
Taylor Shellfish Farms, Quilcene, WA 2010-2012
- Spawned (strip and natural) and reared Pacific and Olympia oysters, geoducks, and manila clams.
- Conducted pair matings, inbreeding, F1/F2 hybrids, and genetically diverse restoration spawns.
- Assisted with experimental design, collected and analyzed data, fabricated novel equipment.
- Comprehensively reorganized broodstock repository and improved general lab record keeping.
- Trained personnel, coordinated scheduling, expense records. Worked in the field and night tides.
Sunny Farms, The Pumpkin Patch, Sequim, WA 2004-2009 (summers)
Ken Siefer Training, Sequim, WA 2003-2004
Cassidy Creek Ranch, Sequim, WA 2005
Irish Bay Farms, Quilcene, WA 1998-2003
Log Truck Washer
Boulton Logging Co., Quilcene, WA 2003
National Shellfisheries Association-Pacific Coast Section 2017-present
National Shellfisheries Association 2015-2017
Race Director, Athlete
WWU Cycling Team, Bellingham, WA 2015-2017
U.S. Pony Clubs, Port Angeles, WA and Gaston, OR 2004-2013
Port Townsend Bicycle Assoc., Port Townsend, WA 2011-2012
Wash. State Univ. Extension, Jefferson County, WA 2010
The Reed College Quest, Portland, OR 2008-2009
Cookies For All, Reed College, Portland, OR 2005-2009
Selected Awards & Honors
PRESENTATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES
National Shellfisheries Association Annual Conference 2017
Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association Annual Meeting 2016
The Effect of Diet on Survival, Growth, and Radula Morphology of Haliotis kamtschatkana Post Larvae.
Adviser: Deb Donovan
Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association Annual Meeting 2011
More with Less: High Density Pacific Oyster Larval Culture in a Low-Volume System.
Coauthors: Molly Jackson, Joth Davis
Western Society of Weed Science Annual Meeting 2008
Poster: Determination of Russian Thistle Epicuticular Leaf Wax Density & Composition in Response to Water Stress.
Adviser: Ian Burke
COMPETITIVE GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS RECEIVED
Michael Castagna Student Grant for Applied Research
National Shellfisheries Association $1,250 2016
PNWSC Malacological Scholarship
Pacific Northwest Shell Club $1,000 2016
Fund for the Enhancement of Graduate Research
Western Washington Univ. $1,000 2016