Resume

EDUCATION

M.S.L.A. ABT.  University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Evaluating the effects of timing, frequency, and thatch removal regimes associated with mowing to effectively establish prairie restorations in highway right-of-ways.
Certificate in French Language.  1987.  University of Bordeaux – France.
B.S.  1986.  Northland College – Ashland, WI.
Biological Sciences with minors in Chemistry and French.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Blue Mounds Area Project – Consulting Outreach Ecologist.

5-09 to 11-09.
Conveying to landowners ecological qualities and restoration needs of privately held wetlands, woodlands, savannas, and prairies.  Data consolidation for 158 landowners comprising over 13,000 acres of land in preparation for a database linkage to mapped projections of these holdings.  Investigating and developing the use of on-line mapping applications as basis for monitoring and management plans.  Revised standards for landowner site visit reports, developing narratives to convey management concerns and educate the landowner as a consumer of natural resource conservation services.

American Players Theater – Consultant / Contractor.

10-05 to present.
Performed landscape assessment, botanical inventory, management planning, prairie restoration; ongoing grant writing to secure funding for landscape management and conservation of 5 animals identified by consultant and included in state Wildlife Action Plan.  Secured and implemented USFWS grant in the fall of 2008 for barrens restoration.

Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture – Visiting Professional Member.

6-08 to 10-08.
Visiting Professional Member of Taliesin, the FLW School of Architecture. Presenting a course on ecology and land management to the school’s architectural students, initiating them into the processes of historic and vegetative research and management.  Inclusive of use of GIS and GPS to field locate historic extent of prairie openings and trails.

Taliesin Preservation Inc. – Ad hoc Consultant / Contractor.

6-07 to 8-08.
Wrote an awarded Landowner Incentive Program grant for TPI (formerly Taliesin Preservation Commission, see below), conducted vegetation management and fire break development in preparation of the grant.

JFNew / WisDOT, Bureau of Equity and Environmental Services – Sub-consultant.

9-07 to present.
Assisted JFNew with an application to Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) given the department’s consolidation of all ecological contracts statewide into two master contracts.  Performed the botanical aspects of wetland delineations on wetland mitigation banking sites.

American Family Insurance – Consultant.

4-05 to 10-05.
Developed master plan initiated by Applied Ecological Services. Performed landscape assessment and management needs identification and prioritization for the restoration of woodland and savanna communities and prairie and wetland restorations to guide American Family interns and employees

Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Highway Operations – Consultant.

5-01 to 6-05.
Created Plans, Specifications, and Estimates serving as bid packages and subsequent contracts for the management of 3 prairie remnants.  Project manager for let bid; directed activities of contractors, confirmed compliance, created contract modifications, and authorized and executed payments.  Prepared and presented ‘pre-construction meetings’ with various contractors, state, regional and county staff.  Performed exhaustive ‘post construction’ review of specifications’ performance, their sequencing, cost estimates, and mapping standards; culminating in final reports.

Strand Associates, MSA Professional Services – Sub-consultant.

6-99 to 8-01.
Conducted exhaustive botanical inventories of prairie remnants previously identified under previous contract, ranking the abundance of each species within short highway segments.  Mapped the distribution of 5 invasive species along the length and width of the right-of-way (r/w), furthering the development of mapping protocol. Wrote reports summarizing results, prioritizing and quantifying management activities for contracting purposes.

Taliesin Preservation Commission – Consultant.

6-96 to 3-00.
Secured preliminary funding to initiate an assessment of the core 600-acre property overseen by the commission, conducted exhaustive botanical inventories identifying 446 species including 1 state-endangered, 1 state-threatened, and 4 special-concern species; determined management needs.  Created GIS application for property inclusive of mapping and devising a tree management plan, and a PowerPoint presentation communicating Strategic Plan.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Department of Maintenance – Consultant.

1-93 to 5-96.
Awarded one of the contracts previously funding employment as a field botanist (below).  In this capacity, greatly enhanced mapping protocol’s content, format, and digitization from previous blue printing process used by other firms, ultimate use of CAD.  Conducted botanical inventories of wetlands, woodlands, and prairies inclusive of northern plant communities.  Undertook numerous special projects initiating vegetation management including plans for staging road building equipment, soil borrow and fill.

5-96 to 2-00.
Under subsequent bridged contact performed inventory within selected soils of 24 counties for the presence of wild lupine as baseline for Karner blue butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan, provided results in ArcInfo application.  Identified highest quality prairie remnants on state and federal highways, identified 671 plant species, mapped vegetative trends using MicroStation, and made management recommendations.  Conducted inventories of all WisDOT prairie restorations: 44 projects, 444 subsets.

Commercial, Residential, Municipal, and Non-Profit Organizations – Contractor.

6-90 to 11-98.
Designed, installed, and managed native prairie and woodland restorations, inclusive of prescribed burns within residential areas.  Focus on inclusion of small spring blooming species not commonly used to achieve high diversity restorations.  Continues in this capacity for select clients.

Foth and Van Dyke; Mid State Associates – Field Botanist.

9-90 to 4-95.
Performed field inventories of highway r/w for the WisDOT as an employee to these firms.  Assisted with first use of prescribed burns within highway corridors by WisDOT.  Contracts stemmed from work for WisDOT by Major Professor John Harrington of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Landscape Architecture – Research Assistant.

1-89 to 8-91.
Inventoried extensive plantings of native trees and shrubs and prairie restorations along STH 51 (USH 39), entered data, conducted analysis to assess planting and management variables to develop policy guidelines; contributed to annual reports under multi-year contract executed by Professor John Harrington.  Organized activities of county crews and contractors to manage plantings and seedings.  Created and executed additional large-scale study of the effects of mowing on prairie establishment including 3 years of quantitative data collection as basis for thesis component of masters program.  Course work included historic preservation and numerous courses within the Department of Botany.

International Crane Foundation – Ecosystem Restoration Intern.

6-85 to 12-85 and 6-86 to 8-86.
Designed, collected, and planted seed mixes to restore woodland, prairie, and wetland ecosystems.  Managed restorations in various stages of growth inclusive of prescribed burns.  Conducted quantitative sampling, analysis, and herbarium work.  Monitored water table levels associated with pothole prairie restorations. Interaction with UW Landscape Architecture students, UW Arboretum, and UW Herbarium in these activities.