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TARA K. MUENZ
Assistant Director of Education, Stroud Water Research Center

EDUCATION __________________

MASTER OF SCIENCE – University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology – Athens.
Focus: Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development

Thesis: Streamside Buffer Effectiveness: Macroinvertebrate and Amphibian Species as Indicators of
Stream Health in an Impacted Agricultural System, Southwest Georgia.

BACHELOR OF ARTS – Miami University of Ohio – Oxford.
Major: Zoology. Minors: Geology, Italian, Chemistry
Undergraduate Research: Effects of Nutrient Fluctuations on Zooplankton Dynamics in Experimental
Ponds

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE_____________ _


ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION OCTOBER 2015-PRESENT
Stroud Water Research Center Avondale, Pennsylvania
*In addition to those duties stated in my prior position as Program Manager, I am responsible for the following:
 Program delivery and outreach
o Teach 30-50 environmental education, training, and professional development programs per year to a wide
variety of audiences including the general public, farmers, Trout Unlimited chapters, scout groups, plain
sect schools, environmental educators, conservation professionals, and P-20 students.
o Publish in peer-reviewed and lay journals, internal newsletters, and social media.
o Contribute to 25 grant-funded projects with an emphasis on knowledge translation across audiences for
STEM, citizen science, insect natural history, aquatic ecology, and learning tool development for citizens.
o Fostered partnerships with 50+ organizations and schools across the U.S.
o Mentor high school youth research projects
*See section on awards and grants for further information on special projects
 Program management of over 8,000 contacts per year across 16 U.S. states and countries
o Lead the management of 160 specific education programs, 11 grants, and track 43 unique budgets.
o Design, implement, and analyze program evaluations.
o Coordinate scheduling, billing, and tracking of education programs.
o Communicate with participants (clients) in a timely and professional manner.
o Manage thirteen educators and assist with new staff recruitment, hiring, training, and evaluations.
o Develop new programs based on Stroud Center science.
o Collaborate and coordinate with marketing and communications staff to promote education programs.
o Oversee maintenance and updates to the education web pages and social media.
o Update and maintain education database to keep accurate, complete, and timely work records for internal
and external reporting requirements.
o Write quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports for grants, committees, and board meetings.
o Contribute to grant writing and fund-seeking to secure >20% of position.

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EDUCATION PROGRAM MANAGER APRIL 2014-SEPTEMBER 2015
Stroud Water Research Center Avondale,Pennsylvania
 Served as interim Director of the Education Department for 1 year
 Managed the Department’s education programming, events, and strategic plan outputs
 Instructed over 2,000 students annually in stream ecology concepts (P-20)
 Coordinated efforts with communication, research, restoration, IT, development, and finance departments
 Served on institutional communications, safety, and green committees
 Prepared grant proposals, managed budgets, and created reports for National Science Foundation, Environmental
Protection Agency, and foundations.
 Created new content, created/improved stream curricula, and piloted new programs.
 Trained and supervised 1-5 education staff
 Translated scientific research to the community via oral, written, or online media
 Served as administrator for the international program Leaf Pack Network
 Developed citizen-based watershed monitoring tools including databases and data forms, instruction and training
tools and workshops.
 Project involvement: Trout Grow on Trees®, Rios Saludables de Osa in Costa Rica, Wiki Watershed®, Leaf Pack
Network®, Enviro DIY, William Penn Foundation Initiatives, Critical Zone Observatory REU/RET Program,
Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) citizen science training.
STATE COORDINATOR, GEORGIA ADOPT-A-STREAM JANUARY 2009-APRIL 2014
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Atlanta, Georgia
Protection Division Non-Point Source Program
 Implemented, planned, and led statewide volunteer Program
 Developed outreach activities to effectively implement program goals and objectives
 Coordinated and developed network of partners including universities, non-profits, private, state, and federal
agencies
 Maintained online database for volunteers and assisted with its development including QC measures, data
visualization, query functions, overall organization and available tools
 Prepared data on program activities and reports in compliance with program goals
 Prepared semi-annual and annual reports for 319 grants
 Trained, coordinated, and sustained communications with over 3,000 statewide volunteer water quality monitors and
70 AAS local trainers and coordinators
 Maintained community coordinators, AAS trainer and AAS Advisory Board membership
 Coordinated training opportunities and partnerships with 319, TMDL, and regulatory monitoring programs
 Chaired annual volunteer conference with over 240 attendees for 5 years
 Managed fiscal partnership budgets and grants
 Designed and published 24 bimonthly newsletters
 Led research and education team for five years on ‘Paddle Georgia Event;’ a 100-mile, one week river trip with over
400 participants, sampling 80-100+ sites/event. Synthesized, analyzed and communicated data.
 Revised all of Program’s manuals, data forms, presentations; initiated method comparison study (volunteer vs.
federal methods).

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LEAD RESEARCH TECHNICIAN, AQUATIC BIOLOGY LABORATORY JUNE 2004-JANUARY 2009
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center Newton, Georgia
 Scheduled and supervised field studies onsite and offsite in the Lower Flint River Basin
 Managed and developed databases including sample outputs and laboratory budget
 Coordinated sampling schedules and resources with graduate students, research technician, and other laboratories
 Supervised and trained research technicians
 Organized and maintained laboratory
 Assisted in writing grants
 Instructed visiting university classes in wetland, stream, and invertebrate ecology
 Conducted teacher training workshops
 Prepared manuscripts; served as reviewer for selected journals
 Project Involvement: Seston sampling and processing; freshwater mussel surveys and tagging; wetland sampling;

aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling and ID; rapid bio and habitat assessments; GIS landscape analysis; watershed-
wide sampling; teacher and university course trainings.

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT 2000-2004
University of Georgia/ Jones Ecological Research Center Athens, Georgia
Dr. Stephen W. Golladay major advisor
Thesis Title: Streamside buffer effectiveness: macroinvertebrate and amphibian species as indicators of
stream health in an impacted agricultural system, southwest Georgia.
 Conducted macroinvertebrate, amphibian, vegetation, physical habitat, and water quality surveys.
 Supervised and trained research assistants.
 Maintained database and analyzed of data.
 Identified aquatic macroinvertebrates and amphibians to species-level.
 Collaborated with state agencies and private landowners in developing conservation management options for study
area.
 Educated landowners on the past and present ecology of their streams.
 Maintained operating budget for project.
 Produced outreach materials including publications and final reports.
MARINE TURTLE RESEARCH BIOLOGIST AND TEAM LEADER JUNE-AUGUST 2000
University of Georgia, Jumby Bay Sea Turtle Project Long Island, Antigua, West Indies
 Collected data on long-term nesting study (60 years+) of the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.
 Collaborated with island manager on hawksbill nesting habitat restoration initiatives and opportunities.
 Trained and supervised intern on data collection methodologies, sea turtle biology and ecology.
 Led educational walks on sea turtle ecology for local Antiguans and island visitors.
 Conducted vegetation surveys including species identification and structure assessment to serve conservation
management decisions on habitat restoration for hawksbill turtles, collaborated to create impactful habitat
restoration designs, served on advisory team for the Project, and improved habitat data collection methods.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR 1998-2000
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, Jekyll Island 4H Center Jekyll Island, Georgia
 Responsible for the instruction of students (K-12), and development of classes.
 Served as liaison between director, schools, and instructors.
 Assisted director with the daily activities of the Center and acted as director in her absence

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 Topics included: Barrier Island, maritime forest, and wetland ecology (freshwater and salt marsh),
herpetology,ornithology, ichthyology, astronomy, and invertebrate marine turtle, shark, and
marine mammal biology and conservation.

HORTICULTURE AND LANDSCAPE ADVISOR (OHIO AND GEORGIA) 1995-2000
 Duties include: Sales representative; customer relations; landscape design advisor; delivery coordinator; plant
manager; greenhouse manager; plant cultivator; experience with native and tropical species; plant
identification and uses.

INSTRUCTOR FOR WORKSHOPS AND COURSES
INSTRUCTOR:
 3 workshops to instruct teachers in rock pack network methods and curricula (Montana State University)
 24 trainings for the Leaf Pack Network International Program (1-2 day trainings)
 12 (2-day) trainings for New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Stream School & Ambassador
Trainings for citizen monitors in watershed assessments (physical habitat, aquatic macroinvertebrates, freshwater
ecology 101)
 7 two-day EnviroDIY Stream Sensor workshops across the U.S.
 Pennsylvania State Parks; advanced macroinvertebrate identification and chemistry training.
 Pennsylvania Master Watershed Steward Program Trainings
 Georgia Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) Training workshops in Chemical, Bacterial, Macroinvertebrate, Amphibian and
Physical Habitat Monitoring, data management & visualization; 2004-2014; Led over 350 workshops
 Georgia Master Naturalist Trainings: Aquatic ecology (water chemistry, macroinvertebrates, amphibians)
 Georgia State Parks, Naturalist Training in aquatic macroinvertebrates and amphibians
 Project WET and Getting Little Feet WET workshops
 WET, WILD, PLT Triple Facilitator Course: amphibian training
 Environmental Education Research Academy (EERA), teacher training workshop, 2004-2008
 Watershed Awareness, Tifton, Georgia, 2002
 Introduction to Stream Restoration Using Natural Channel Design Techniques, 2003
 Freshwater Mussel Ecology and Identification, 2005-2008
ASSISTANCE WITH UNIVERSITY, SOCIETY AND NONPROFIT COURSES:
 Course Topics: bioassessment, Stream monitoring protocols, stream ecology, longleaf pine ecosystem ecology,
mussel ecology, the art and ecology of barrier islands
 Stream Ecology classes for the University of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania State University, Temple University,
West Chester University, Lincoln University, University of Georgia, Millersville University.
 Coordinator for Stroud Water Research Center’s CZO National Science Foundation REU/RET program, 2014-2016.
In partnership with The Pennsylvania State University.
 Isolated Wetland Ecology and Invertebrate Identification, 2004-2008. Short-course with UGA.
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS_ _________
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS & TECHNICAL REPORTS
 Muenz, T.K. , M.J. Wilson, S.Kerlin, M.Louw. 2018. (in prep). The volunteer macroinvertebrate identification
training environment: a synthesis of approaches, design, best practices and materials used across the United States.
To be submitted to the Citizen Science Association Journal: Theory and Practice.
 Muenz, T.K. , D. Arscott, S.Kerlin, M.Louw. 2018. (in prep). Greening STEM technologies for watershed
engagement. To be submitted to NSTA Connected Science Learning journal.

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 S.Ensign, D.Arscott., S.Hicks, A.Aufdenkampe, T.Muenz, J.Jackson. D.Bressler (accepted). A Digital Mayfly
Swarm is Emerging. Eos publication of the American Geophysical Union.
 W. Tietjen, S. Becker, T.K. Muenz, S.W. Golladay. 2017. Observations on the Spider Fauna of geographically
isolated wetlands in Southwestern Georgia. Georgia Journal of Science. Vol. 75 No. 2, Article 14.
 Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, L.L. Smith, and G.Vellidis. 2008. Diet and Abundance of the Southern Two-lined
Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) in an agricultural area, southwest Georgia. Southeastern Naturalist. 7(4): 691-704.
 Muenz, T.K., A.Kaeser, B.Bass, and D.Steen. 2008. Predation of the spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera).
Herpetological Review 39:2.
 Muenz, T.K., S.P.Opsahl, S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, B.Clayton, and R.C. Thomas. 2007. Viability of mussel
habitat condition and conservation priority areas in the Flint River Basin. in T. Rasmussen (ed), Proceedings of the
2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, Georgia.
 S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, and T.K. Muenz. 2007. Long-term changes in stream flow in the lower Flint River
Basin, Southwestern Georgia, associated with water use and climatic variation. in T. Rasmussen (ed), Proceedings
of the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, GA.
 Muenz, T.K. S. W. Golladay, G. Vellidis, and L. L. Smith. 2006. Journal of Environmental Quality. Stream Buffer
Effectiveness in an Agriculturally Influenced Area, Southwestern Georgia: Responses of Water Quality,
Macroinvertebrates, and Amphibians. 35:1924-1938.
 Muenz, T.K., S.P. Opsahl, S. W. Golladay D. W. Hicks, B.Clayton, K. A. Cressman. 2006. Final
Report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Assessment of stream habitat in the Flint River Basin.
 S.W. Golladay and T. K Muenz. Survey and relocation study of unionids in Chickasawhatchee Creek and Elmodel
Wildlife Management Areas, Southwest Georgia: Final Report. Georgia Department of Natural Resources, October
2006.
 Muenz, T.K. S. W. Golladay, L. L. Smith, and G. Vellidis. 2005. Using Adopt-A-Stream in the Coastal Plain: A
case study in southwest Georgia. Pp. 819-822, in K. Hatcher (ed), Proceedings of the 2005 Georgia Water Resources
Conference. Athens, Georgia.
 Chastain, C.A., S.W. Golladay, and T.K.Muenz. 2005. Historic and current unionid mussel distribution in
tributaries of the lower Flint River, Southwest Georgia. Proceedings of the Georgia Water Resources Conference.
Athens, GA.
 Muenz TK and LL Smith. 2005. County records for: Pseudotrition ruber (Red Salamander). Herpetological
Review 36:73
 Muenz TK and LL Smith. 2005. County records for: Hyla chrysoscelis (Cope’s Gray Tree Frog). Herpetological
Review 36:74.
 Muenz TK and LL Smith. 2005. County records for: Hyla squirella (Squirrel Tree frog). Herpetological Review
36:75.
 Muenz TK and LL Smith. 2005. County records for: Storeria occipitomaculata (Red-bellied Snake).
Herpetological Review 36:84.
 Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, G. Vellidis, and L.L. Smith. 2003. Streamside buffer effectiveness: Macroinvertebrate
and amphibian species as indicators of water quality in an impacted agricultural system, Coastal Plain, Georgia.
Pp.354-357, vol.1, in K. Hatcher (ed), Proceedings of the 2003 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, GA.
 Muenz, T.K. and K.M. Andrews. 2002. The recovery of nesting habitat: a proactive approach for conservation of

the hawksbill sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, Long Island, Antigua, West Indies. Proceedings of the Twenty-
third Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology. Miami, FL.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH MATERIALS, WEBSITES, SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES
 Dyson, D.S., T.K. Muenz, E.Reutebuch. Spring 2014. Alabama Water Watch and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Partner
with the U.S. Forest Service to Monitor and Protect Watersheds in the Escambia Experimental Forest. Alabama’s
Treasured Forest Magazine, Alabama Forestry Commission.
 Muenz, T.K. 2006. CSA magazine article. Stream health indicators and conservation buffers: amphibians and
aquatic invertebrates show potential.
 Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Newsletters (editor and primary author for select articles), January 2009-March 2014.
 Stroud Water Research Center ‘Upstream’ newsletter articles (select) and Annual Report main articles (2014, pgs. 6-
9; 2015 pgs 6-9).
 E-Newsletters for the Leaf Pack Network, 2015-present (400 + recipients)

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 Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Monitoring Manuals (editor; first author on selected manuals)
 Leaf Pack Network website (co-manage; Word Press)
 Contributor to V2 of macroinvertebrates.org website (V1 still live)
 Trout Grow on Trees website (co-creator & manager; Word Press)
 Leaf Pack Network and Trout Grow on Trees Facebook pages (co-manage; contribute)
 Rios Saludables de Osa website (co-creator and manager)
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
 Muenz, T.K. (oral). Macroinvertebrates.org: An Open Educational Tool and Training Resource. The 47th North
American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference. October 2018. Spokane, WA.
 Muenz, T.K. (oral). Greening STEM Technologies: DIY Sensor Stations for Stream Monitoring and Education.
Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association Annual Conference. October 2018. State College, PA.
 Muenz, T.K. (oral). Leaf Pack Network presentation, sponsored by the LaMotte Company. National Science
Teacher Assoc. Conference. March 2018, Atlanta, GA.
 Muenz, T.K.and C. Leonard (oral). Merging Science, Students and Streamside Forest Monitoring. Pennsylvania
Association of Environmental Educators Annual Conference. March 2018, State College, PA.
 Muenz, T.K. (oral). Greening STEM Technologies: DIY Sensor Stations for Stream Monitoring and Education.
Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators Annual Conference. March 2018, State College, PA.
 Muenz, T.K.and S. Kerlin (oral). Dragonflies, Stoneflies, Mayflies, Oh My! Pennsylvania Association of
Environmental Educators Annual Conference. March 2017, McKeever Environmental Center.
 Muenz, T.K.and M.Wilson (oral). Trainer Survey Results for Macro.org. Learning to See, Seeing to Learn Design
Charrette. May 12, 2017. Stroud Water Research Center.
 Muenz, T.K. (oral). WikiWatershed.org: Stewardship tools for watershed engagement and learning. Pennsylvania
Agriculture Association of Teachers Conference. July 2017. W.B.Saul school in Philadelphia.
 Kerlin, S. and Muenz, T.K. (oral). 2016. Open Source Online GIS to Teach Watershed Modeling. North American
Association for Environmental Education Conference, Madison, WI.
 Muenz, T.K., (Oral). 2016. Slimy Leaves for Healthy Streams, Training in the Leaf Pack Network. National
Science Teacher Assoc. Conference, Nashville, TN.
 Marcum-Dietrich, C., Staudt, C., & Muenz, T.K. (oral). NSF Teaching Environmental Sustainability-Model My
Watershed. Annual National Science Teacher Association Conference, Nashville, TN.
 Muenz, T.K, (Poster). 2015. Model My Watershed. American Association for the Advancement of Science, San
Jose, CA.
 Muenz, T.K., (March 13-15, 2016). (Workshop). Trout Grow on Trees. Pennsylvania Association for
Environmental Educators State Conference, Poconos, PA.
 Muenz, T.K. Amphibian Monitoring with Georgia Adopt-A-Stream. 2012. National Water Quality Monitoring
Conference, Portland, Oregon.
 Muenz, T.K. Evaluating Volunteer Monitoring Program Success (3-hour Workshop). 2012. National Water Quality
Monitoring Conference, Portland, Oregon.
 Stepenuck, K. B. Deutsch, S. Ruiz-Cordova, T. Muenz, A. Hughes, S. Patrick, and E. Conway. September 2011.
How to Be Outstanding in the Stream: Exploring Methods and Approaches for Volunteer Stream Monitoring.
Southern Regional Water Conference. Athens, GA.
 Muenz, T.K. 2011. Landscaping for sea turtles. 2011 WIDECAST Annual Meeting at the 31st International Sea
Turtle Symposium. San Diego, CA.
 Muenz, T.K. and J. Buitrago. 2011. Landscaping for Sea Turtles: Nesting Habitat Designs for
the Hawksbill Sea Turtles, Eretmochelys imbricate on a Developed Beach, Long Island, Antigua,
West Indies. 31st International Sea Turtle Symposium. San Diego, CA.
 Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, and R.C. Thomas. 2008. Land use and streamflow change in the Lower
Flint River Basin Georgia. Environmental Flows Conference. Athens, GA.
 Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, D.W. Hicks, and R.C. Thomas. 2008. Streamflow challenges to freshwater mollusks
in the Lower Flint River Basin Georgia: Implications for conservation priority areas. Society for Conservation
Biology Meeting. Chattanooga, TN.

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 Muenz, T.K., S.P. Opsahl, K.A. Cressman, and S.W. Golladay. March 2007. A Regional Assessment of Historical
Mussel Habitat Condition in the Flint River Basin, Georgia. Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Meeting,
Little Rock, AR.
 Muenz, T.K., S.P. Opsahl, K.A. Cressman, and S.W. Golladay. 2006. A Regional Assessment of Historical Mussel
Habitat Condition in the Flint River Basin, Georgia. North American Benthological Society Meeting, Anchorage,
AK.
 Muenz, T.K., S.P. Opsahl, K.A. Cressman, and S.W. Golladay. 2006. A Regional Assessment of Historical Mussel
Habitat Condition in the Flint River Basin, Georgia. The Lower ACF Conference, Albany, GA.
 Muenz, T.K. 2005. Adopt-A-Stream and Professional Data: How do They Compare? A look at the Invertebrate
Index. Georgia Rivers Network Conference, Milledgeville, GA. Invited speaker.
 Muenz, T.K. S. W. Golladay, L. L. Smith, and G. Vellidis. 2005. Using Adopt-A-Stream in the Coastal Plain: A
case study in southwest Georgia. Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, GA
 Muenz, T.K. and K.M. Andrews. 2005. The reconciliation of hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) nesting habitat
with vegetation islands on Long Island, Antigua, West Indies. Twenty-fifth Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle
Biology. Savannah, Georgia.
 Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, G.Vellidis and L.L. Smith. 2003. Streamside buffer effectiveness: Macroinvertebrate
and amphibian species as indicators of water quality in an impacted agricultural system, Coastal Plain, Georgia.
Georgia Water Resources Conference. Athens, GA.
 Muenz, T.K., L.L. Smith, S.W. Golladay, and G.Vellidis. 2003. Amphibians as indicator species for stream
recovery: A case study from the Coastal Plain, Georgia. All Florida Herpetology Conference, Gainesville, FL.
 Muenz, T.K. and K.M. Andrews.2002. The recovery of nesting habitat: A proactive approach for conservation of
the hawksbill sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, Long Island, Antigua, West Indies. Twenty-third Annual
Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology. Miami, FL.
 Muenz, T.K., S.W. Golladay, and G.Vellidis. 2002. Stream buffer effectiveness: Macroinvertebrate and salamander
species as bioindicators of ecosystem stress, Coastal Plain, Georgia. Ecological Society of America/ Society for
Ecological Restoration Conference, Tucson, AZ.
AWARDS AND GRANTS
Co-PI
 National Science Foundation Innovations in Development Sub-award for “Learning to See, Seeing to Learn: A
Sociotechnical System Supporting Taxonomic Identification Activities in Volunteer-Based Water Quality
Biomonitoring.” ($104,000 for 3 yrs; 2016-2019.); Lead for sub-award as a training expert; manage budget;
contribute(d) to design, analysis and manuscript preparation and presentation of macroinvertebrate trainer survey.
Participate in team meetings, planning, report writing and other grants tasks. Assisted with the coordination of 2-
day design charrette, wire-frame design of website V2, selection of taxa, blog site posting, and creation of
education and training materials. Site can be viewed here.
 Environmental Protection Agency National Model EE grant ‘Greening STEM Technologies: A Model for
Advancing Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Environmental Sensing Networks to Support Citizen Science and Primary and
Secondary Education.’ Co-PI for project. Manage 14 sub-awardee partnerships and contract agreements, grant
outputs and milestones; submitted quarterly, semi-annual, annual and final reports; assisted with workshop design
including support materials, presentation content, evaluations and assessments; assisted in writing portions of final
manual; led team to implement two 3-day teacher workshops and agenda; scheduled and assisted with the
deployment of 11 sensor stations; coordinated and assisted in the instruction of seven 2-3 day trainings for teachers,
students and watershed organizations.
 Society for Freshwater Science Leaf Pack Sponsorship: Five years of successfully obtaining monies in the amount
of $3,000- $10,000/year for organizing and leading workshops across the country (Portland, OR; Madison, WI;
Sacramento, CA; Raleigh, NC; Detroit, MI; Salt Lake City, UT) for the Society’s Education and Outreach
Committee. Submit final reports and annual application to SFS Committee; manage budgets and project. For 2019,
assisting in the design of SFS Taxonomic Certification for Volunteer Level ID.
 Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW): Submitted and managed grant applications from
2015-2018, totaling $40,000 in approved funds.

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Education Department Lead
 National Science Foundation ‘Sediment Stabilization by Animals in Stream Ecosystems: Consequences for
Erosion, Ecosystem Processes, and Biodiversity.’ Serve as education project lead (for broader impacts) which
focuses on the net-spinning caddisfly; developed and conducted 1 pilot training workshop in their monitoring and
ID (Rock Pack) in Bozeman, MT. Led the creation of workshop agenda, materials and co-authored presentations
with PI. Materials included a manual, lessons/activities, video (in progress), methods instruction and direction for
PI research.

 Leaf Pack Network: serve as administrator for the international program. In coordination with IT staff delivered e-
newsletters to over 400 subscribers; assisted with interim database creation in google forms and participate on

committee to develop new database; manage LP Facebook page; update and improve website as necessary.
Answer participant email inquiries; continue video communications with schools; maintain favorable relationship
with the LaMotte Co. Present one full-day leaf pack workshops as requested.
 Developing a Water Atlas for the ACOSA Region of Costa Rica, Blue Moon Fund: Assisted researchers and
managers in the ACOSA region of southwestern Costa Rica to collect and disseminate information on streams and
rivers to a variety of community stakeholders. Aspects of the two-year project which I lead included (1) creation
of education programs and a watershed-wide volunteer-base monitoring program to teach school students,
researchers, and other citizens about stream health and monitoring protocols; (2) and development of an online
water atlas to store, visualize, and share data among government managers and scientists, nongovernmental
organizations, and citizens.
 Plain Sect (PS) Watershed Education: In partnership with watershed restoration department, lead stream education
programs for PS schools, engaging students and their families in streamside forest monitoring; develop Plain Sect
curriculum.
 Trout Grow on Trees Program: Produced curriculum materials, co-created website and social media presence,
pilot tested a beta version of the new environmental education program in elementary schools and with TU
chapters.
 National Science Foundation: Introducing Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) Science to Students and Teachers:
Engaged college students and teachers in summer research internships studying two observatories: the Christina
River Basin and the Susquehanna Shale Hills site. Coordinator and instructor over 3 summers to over 30
undergraduates. Website.
SERVICE AND SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS
● White Clay Creek Education Committee, 2014-present
● Board Member and Membership Committee Chair; Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE),
2014- present
● Advisor for community watershed awareness initiative on the island of Kauai, HI with the Coherence Lab
● Board Member, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, 2004- present
● Board Member, Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia; Chair for Member Services Committee, 2010-2014
● Board Member, Chattahoochee Hill Country Conservancy Board of Directors, serving as the watershed
stewardship chair, 2010-2014
● Natural Resources Committee Member, Chattahoochee Hill Country Comprehensive Plan, 2010
● Committee Member of the John’s Creek Community Habitat Certification Initiative through the National Wildlife
Federation, 2010-2011.
● Lead organizer of watershed-wide volunteer river cleanups and monitoring of 12 stream sites (Rivers Alive), 2005-
2013
● Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society: served on education and outreach as well as public policy committees,
2004-2006
● Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation: served on education/outreach committees, 2004-2005

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Member of:
North American Association for Environmental Education (current)
Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (current)
National Science Teacher Association (current)
River Network (current)
Georgia River Network
Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (current)
Ecological Society of America
Society for Freshwater Science
Society for Conservation Biology
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
International Sea Turtle Society
Society for Freshwater Molluscs
Society for Ecological Restoration

CERTIFICATIONS, TRAININGS, AWARDS, PROFICIENCIES
● Mailchimp, Constant Contact, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Wild Apricot, Signup Genius, Basecamp, Asana,
Facebook/Twitter, blog sites, basic website editing with Word Press, Weebly, Wix; SAS, GIS, various photo and
video editing programs, and video conferencing/webinar outlets such as Zoom video, Join.me, Google Hangouts,
WebEx.
● Pennsylvania Master Forest Steward, 2018 to present
● Conservationist of the Year, Georgia River Network, 2012
● Next Generation Science Standards and state core standards alignment.
● Izaak Walton League of America Save Our Streams Trainer, 2017-present
● Georgia Adopt-a-Stream trainer (aquatic macroinvertebrate, bacteria, chemistry, physical habitat) 2009-2017
● Pennsylvania Forest Steward Program, Project WET facilitator, 2018
● Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor (for 14 different merit badges)
● Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, Project Aquatic Wild, Project WET
● PADI Scuba certification, 2007
● First Aid/ CPR, 2018
● Federal and State of Pennsylvania background checks current
● Trainings: Frog Watch USA, Stream Stabilization Techniques Workshop, AUBURN UNIVERSITY, 2012;Prescribed
Fire Training, J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center; Freshwater Mussel Identification, Columbus State
University, J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center.
MEDIA SPOTS
 WHYY episode ‘Fly, Teachers, Fly’: https://vimeo.com/299903227/347e6f63c0
 Leaf Pack Network Introduction https://recordings.join.me/ocTb4WsJGkmfTzW29hy9lw
 NPR/WHYY Philadelphia, public educational interview on the Leaf Pack Network, 2014:
https://whyy.org/segments/citizen-scientist-track-tiny-critters-to-determine-health-of-the-watershed/
 Program Video: As state coordinator for Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, 2014:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9C67d5OsmI&feature=share
 NBC 41, Macon, GA: As state coordinator for Georgia Adopt-A-Stream 2013:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJGY0BBSseM&feature=youtu.be
 Instructional Video for Georgia Adopt-A-Stream (co-authored/directed):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7POkh86j4oE
 Delaware River Bioblitz (at 1:54 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFAIkkIRiig
Forthcoming films:

  1. Introduction to Plant a Million Project (screenplay author and co-director)- Dec 1, 2018 to be launched