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Brown University Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University
B.S. in Environmental Science, Honors | GPA 3.9 Study Abroad | GPA 3.9
Providence, RI South Africa
2012 – 2016 August – November 2014

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory REU recipient | Completed independent research examining the herbivore community around
Gothic, CO an invasive mustard and the effect of environmental factors on herbivory proportions. Topic of
June – August 2015 my honors thesis. Assisted in lab and field research on population dynamics of butterflies.
Organization for Tropical Studies Student | Participated in an intensive, fieldwork-based ecology and conservation study abroad
South Africa program. Conducted research and fieldwork, analyzed data, and wrote scientific papers for
August – November 2014 projects regarding invasive mollusks, impala behavior, and oxpecker feeding preferences.
Brown University Department of Research Assistant | Worked with Brown University Ph.D. student in studying the adaptive
Environmental Science | Costa Rica capabilities of epiphytes in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Examined the effect of
June – August 2014 environmental change on future distributions. Conducted physiological assays in the lab.
The Sax Lab at Brown University Research Assistant | Conducted online research on non-native woody plant species grown in
Providence, RI French-speaking Canadian nurseries.
February – May 2014

Leo Zoological Conservation Center Intern | Maintained primate enclosures and prepared primate diets. Developed
Greenwich, CT enrichment activities, performed behavioral observations, and monitored health and
June – August 2013 safety of primates. Participated in USDA Animal Care Clinic.
Maritime Aquarium Intern | Led squid dissection classes. Taught groups of 15-25 students in classrooms, on a
Norwalk, CT research vessel, and in the field. Fed and cared for aquariums’ animals, ran water quality
May – June 2012 tests.
Thai Elephant Conservation Project Volunteer | As part of the Rustic Pathways program, worked with elephants and their
Chiang Mai, Thailand handlers, visited the local elephant hospital and learned about local conservation efforts.
July 2011

Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team Captain | Plan practices for 15-25 players three times a week. Prepare for 5-7 tournaments
Brown University |Providence, RI over the course of 4 months. Work with two other captains and two coaches to carry out
January 2016 – present drills and conditioning exercises with team.
Brown Outing Club Executive Board Member • Gear Room Manager | Lead camping, hiking, and canoeing trips
Brown University | Providence, RI in the Adirondacks and White Mountains. Manage gear room and gear rentals for students.
January 2013 – present
Animal Behavior Laboratory Course Teaching Assistant | Assisted eight students in conducting behavioral observations on a
Brown University | Providence, RI variety of zoo animals. Observational techniques included one-zero, scan, focal, instantaneous
September – December 2015 and continuous sampling. Helped build ethograms, lab reports, and presentations.
Brown Outdoor Leadership Training Participant | Performed trail work with Appalachian Mountain Club. Built and installed water
White Mountains, NH bars. Was trained in the basics of outdoor leadership.
August 2013

Technical Skills
Languages Certifications | Awards
MS PowerPoint
English fluent Open water SCUBA certification PADI
Excel French conversant Wildlife photography Scholastics Regional Gold
R Spanish native tongue Portfolio Award Winner 2012