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MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL COUNCIL ON THE OCEAN (MARCO)  

Communications Manager, 10/2014-Present

 

MARYLAND COASTAL BAYS PROGRAM
Watershed Coordinator, 10/2012-8/2014.

 

FREELANCE – OCEAN SCIENCE & CONSERVATION STRATEGIES, OUTREACH AND MEDIA
CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA and OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND, 11/2006-4/2009. 11/2010 – Present

4/2012-Present.  REMSA. Marine Endangered Species Observer (MESO) and Marine Mammal Observer (MMO).

  • 4/2012-Present. Traveled as a MESO aboard dredge vessels along the US Gulf Coast and eastern seaboard.
  • 7/2012. Participated as the MMO on an acoustic survey team, mapping the seafloor of Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound as part of the Cape Wind construction effort for building America’s first offshore wind farm.

4/2011-Present.  gogobot. Travel writing and editing.  Photo editing. Travel Correspondent for Orlando, Miami, Philadelphia, Key West and Baltimore. Leader, Eco and Adventure “Tribe”.

10/2011-Present.  Blue Ocean Film Festival.  Social Media Adviser.

5/2009-Present. Sargasso Sea Alliance. Prepared initial documentation on ecological significance and conservation merit of the Sargasso Sea in collaboration with the IUCN and other partners.  Co-author scientific papers. Steering Committee member, 2010- Present.

8/2007-Present. Film industry freelance.

  • Science Adviser for Ania, an animated children’s series under development by Eclipse Productions LLC. 2/2011 – Present.
  • Production Assistant for Academy Award nominated Viva la Causa (2008) – Dirs. Bill Brummel/Alonso Mayo.
  • Photo-double for Tom Wilkinson in Valkyrie (2008) – Dir. Bryan Singer
  • On camera work for television & feature films. Acting Résumé available at IMDb.

5/2012-6/2012. Green Media LLC and Parque de las Leyendas (Lima Zoo). Science editing for English translation of interpretive materials throughout the Park.

4/2007 – 11/2007. Great Wilderness. Developed institutional vision and strategy. Led initial fundraising and programmatic development efforts.

11/2006-4/2007. The SEAlliance (formerly Deep Search). Supported development & content acquisition for Google Earth’s ocean layer. Developed a priority set of marine focal regions. Prepared regional overviews of science and multimedia resources, conservation programs and potential partners. Supported the development of initial conservation and exploration partners.

3/2007. National Geographic. Science editing of photo captions for the book Planet Ocean, during translation from French to English.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
CENTER FOR OCEAN SOLUTIONS MONTEREY, CA
Communications-Public Relations Officer, 4/2009-11/2010

• Led development of outreach strategies for communicating critical messages of the partnership and its initiatives.
• Provided internal and external communications support to the Center’s leadership and staff, inclusive of writing/editing of core documents, publishing of a semi-monthly update, management and development of the website, management of social media presence, creation of promotional materials and serving as a media contact.
• Managed all visual resources and camera equipment; provided camera work and film editing support for seminars and events; produced educational short films; oversaw institutional relationships with filmmakers, photographers and film festivals; and maintained video and photograph archives.
• Represented the Center and managed promotional efforts at key conferences, workshops and other events.

CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL
GLOBAL MARINE DIVISION            WASHINGTON, D.C.
Marine Coordinator, 11/2003 – 12/2004
Manager, Marine Agenda, 1/2005 – 2/2006
Director, Global Marine Strategies, 3/2006-11/2006

• Supported coordination efforts for conference follow on activities within CI and among partner NGOs in regards to the Defying Ocean’s End (DOE) Agenda for Action (a global agenda for marine conservation, management, exploration and ocean governance).
• Assistant editor for the book, Defying Ocean’s End: An Agenda for Action, and managed post-publication publicity and distribution for the DOE Office.
• Participated in development, coordination and research for CI’s Global Marine Division.
• Represented CI on the Steering Committee of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC), a union of NGOs with the purpose of obtaining a UNGA moratorium on high seas bottom trawling. Through this position, hosted numerous side events at inter-governmental meetings, provided NGO position statements via meeting interventions, helped facilitate the government of Costa Rica’s championing this issue within the UN, and played a support role in high level engagement of numerous North American, South American, and European governments.
• Represented CI on the Steering Committee of the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence.
• Represented CI’s interests within broad marine collaboration negotiations and implementation concerning the global establishment of MPA networks (2012 Collaboration and the MPA Tropical Learning Partnership).
• Served as an information hub in Washington, D.C. and represented DOE at numerous D.C.-based and international meetings, workshops and congresses. Additionally, provided coordination support for the Division’s Executive and Senior Directors at these fora.
• Served as Interim Division Head from September-November 2006.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY OCEANOGRAPHIC CENTER
ICHTHYOLOGY LABORATORY             DANIA BEACH, FLORIDA
Graduate Research Assistant, 7/2002 – 10/2003

• Conducted monthly sampling surveys of ichthyofauna associated with pelagic Sargassum habitat as well as completed dissections, histological work, and took size data on multiple Histrio histrio (sargassum fish) as part of thesis research.
• Conducted fish counts throughout the Broward County reef tract system, on Broward and Monroe County shipwrecks and neighboring reefs, on “reef balls”, and off Eleuthera, Bahamas, as part of various projects and dissertations being managed by the laboratory of Dr. Richard Spieler.
• Conducted benthic surveys as part of a study on the impacts of the Port Everglades inlet plume; assessed damage from Hermodice (bristle worms) on Acropora cervicornis patches; participated in a Urobatis jamaicensis (yellow spotted stingray) capture program; provided underwater support for photographic monitoring of coral growth; gathered light data from Broward’s third reef track as part of a sedimentation study; and worked to restore tracks of the seagrass, Halophila decipiens, in a Fort Lauderdale marina.
• Piloted and helped maintain several research vessels.
• Served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory – Autumn 2002/2003.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK
SCIENCE DIVISION             HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA
Biological Science Technician, 2/2002 – 10/2002

• Prepared thematic summaries of scientific research relevant to Biscayne National Park.
• Updated and maintained a bibliographic database of park research literature.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY OCEANOGRAPHIC CENTER
BROWARD COUNTY SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION PROGRAM BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA
Sea Turtle Technician, 5/2002 – 9/2003

• Monitored sea turtle nesting, collected data on nests and false crawls, and relocated nests to hatcheries.
• Monitored sea turtle hatcheries and released hatchlings.
• Conducted excavations and collected data from both in situ and relocated nests following hatchings.

FUNDACIÓN JATUN SACHA
COASTAL CONSERVATION PROGRAM            QUITO, ECUADOR
Director, 8/2000-9/2001

• Established the Congal Biomarine Station and Center for the Investigation of Sustainable Aquaculture in the Muisne Estuary, Esmeraldas Province.
• Directed and developed the Congal Station, including project and infrastructure development on the ground and financial and publicity development for the entire coastal program in Quito.
• Represented Jatun Sacha in Kenya, Ecuador, Colombia, and the United States for issues relating to mangroves, shrimp aquaculture and the Chocó-Manabí Conservation Corridor.
• Prepared proposals for and worked with carbon-offset staff of Conservation International and The Climate Trust to prepare plans for large-scale carbon offset-based reforestation programs at various locations in Ecuador.

Conservation Biologist, 10/1998-7/2000

• Conducted botanical regeneration studies on landslides within primary and secondary areas of premontane wet forest of the Mache Mountains. (10/1099-6/2000)
• Monitored a 175-hectare reforestation parcel in the Bilsa Biological Reserve. The parcel is part of a Profafor-FACE carbon sequestration program and consists of planting high-quality native hardwoods on enrichment lines within young secondary forest and degraded farmlands. (10/1999-6/2000)
• Coordinated development work in Quito – proposal writing, inter-organizational communication, and fundraising/public relation trips to the United States. (10/98-9/2001)
• Developed and coordinated a sustainable agriculture/biodiversity conservation initiative for the Guandera Biological Station dealing with the interaction between potato production, deforestation and human health. Components of the initiative include marketing of organic products, habitat restoration and instruction of local farmers on integrated pest management farming techniques. Additionally, created a living seed bank of Andean tuber species and cultivars and created a research program to gather data on their various levels of productivity and disease resistance. (10/1998-10/1999)
• Taught university-level rainforest ecology and conservation courses at the Jatun Sacha Biological Reserve in the Amazonian region. (Summer 1999 and 2000)

CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT                   BRASIL, PARAGUAY &WASHINGTON, D.C.
On-line Expedition Coordinator, Aquatic Rapid Assessment Program (AquaRAP)
9/97 and 7/1998-9/1998

• Created and helped design a series of Internet pages that provide information on the Brazilian Pantanal region, including a template for the “On-line Expedition”.
• Managed international translating resources and implemented the creation of both Spanish and Portuguese mirror sites to the existing AquaRAP website.
• Accompanied the AquaRAP team of 35+ multidisciplinary scientists into the Pantanal for a month long biological inventory and assessment of the region’s rivers, particularly the headwaters of the southernmost basins. Assisted with limnological and biological sampling that included fishes, macrocrustaceans, insects, aquatic and terrestrial plants, zooplankton and phytoplankton, water quality and amphibians.
• Provided daily field reports, special lessons, and digital images for the Internet via satellite. Coordinated a virtual interactive question and answer program between Internet users and the field team – in both English and Portuguese. Served as the field team’s communications coordinator in regards to satellite calls and e-mail, in addition to aiding in the team’s utilization of scientific databases.
• Internet correspondent and general field assistant for AquaRAP (Aquatic Rapid Assessment Program) – Río Paraguay, Paraguay 9/97.

Program Associate,
Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) & Global Amphibian Campaign (GAC) 3/1997-6/1998

• Assisted and provided support for program directors, translation of Spanish documents, database management, bibliographic and Internet research, HTML programming, and writing/editing of program publications.
• Assisted in the design and implementation of the GAC, the precursor to IUCN’s Global Amphibian Assessment.
• Administration of WIDECAST’s Marine Turtle Newsletter.

MOTE MARINE LABORATORY
BENTHIC ECOLOGY PROGRAM
ABATE CONTRACT            SARASOTA, FLORIDA
Benthic Technician, 12/1996

Sorted various invertebrates found within brackish estuarine substrate, studied before and after pesticide application.

THE SMITHSONIAN TROPICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
CENTER FOR TROPICAL FOREST SCIENCE
YASUNI FOREST DYNAMICS PROJECT            YASUNI NATIONAL PARK, ECUADOR
Forest Technician, 2/1996-7/1996

Mapped and measured trees on a fifty hectare plot of lowland Amazonian rainforest; trail maintenance; collected and preserved fertile plant specimens; and made preliminary identifications of tree taxonomy.

JARDIN GAIA            QUEPOS, COSTA RICA
Resident Volunteer, 9/1995

Provided daily care and rehabilitative support for an array of endangered Neotropical fauna, including primates, birds, muselids, and felines.