Research Associate, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, March 2012-current
In this position, I conducted a statewide climate change research needs assessment as well as collaborating on research related to down-scaled climate models and communicating uncertainty about climate change.
IGERT Fellow, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, August 2010-December 2013
In this position, I conducted research, submited grants, and networked with other professionals on research projects. I developed and helped to facilitate a graduate-level course entitled Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change and served on our interdisciplinary programs’ steering committee. My research related to climate change adaptation planning with research projects in Gunnison, Colorado and Denali National Park in Alaska.
Independent Research Contractor, August 2009-2010
In this position I worked on a number of independent research and writing projects including creating an ecological monitoring handbook for community forestry groups in Colorado, organizing and facilitating workshops on forest health, and analyzing and publishing manuscripts related to natural resources and food systems. In this capacity, I have worked for a diverse range of organizations including professors at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI) and the Sustainable Rangeland Roundtable (SRR).
IGERT Fellow, University of Colorado, Denver, August 2008-August 2009
In this position, I conducted research, submitted grants, and networked with other professionals on research projects. I developed and helped to facilitate a graduate-level course on food systems & sustainability, and helped to lead the research group on food and water systems. My research was related to popular discourse around sustainable food systems and issues of equity within urban food systems.
Research Assistant, CSU, January 2006-June 2008
In this position, I conducted research, submitted publications to professional journals, and networked with other professionals on research projects. My research projects included integrating local and scientific knowledge into models of vegetation change, assessing the impact of OHV roads on the dispersal of invasive species and exploring the cumulative impacts of oil and gas development in the western United States.
Teaching Assistant, CSU, August 2006-May 2008
As a teaching assistant for Principles of Range Management and Rangeland Ecosystem Sampling, I developed and presented lecture material on rangeland ecology, management, & monitoring. I also helped to plan and run several field trips and assisted with class preparation, test and homework development and grading.
Ford Foundation Consultant, CSU, March 2008-September 2008
In this position, I created publication-quality fact sheets presenting research on collaborative forest management groups. Duties included translating scientific findings into accessible language, drafting text, coordinating with multiple researchers, and formatting publications.
Research Assistant, CSU (in Mongolia), July 2008
In this position, I helped coordinate an interdisciplinary planning meeting in Mongolia regarding community-based natural resource management and resilience to climate change. Duties included note-taking, report writing, coordinating logistics and helping to facilitate discussions.
Founding Member of the Front Range Food Systems Research Group (Graduate student led research collaboration of UCD, UCB & CSU), 2008-2009