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Graduate Research Assistant - PhD

May 2022 - Present

I am currently working on completing my PhD under the direction of Dr. John Benson at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. My duties in this position involve:

  • Assisting in the deployment of trail cameras in remote field sites

  • Supervising the capture and collaring of adult elk

  • Performing statistical analyses

  • Writing and preparing scientific papers for publication


Graduate Research Assistant - MS

May 2020 - April 2022

I completed my Master's Degree under the advisement of Dr. Brock McMillan at Brigham Young University. For my research in this position, I have:

  • Supervised the capture and tagging of over 100 neonate deer and elk

  • Assisted in the tagging of adult deer and elk

  • Spent considerable time alone in remote field sites

  • Worked extensively in program R

  • Written and prepared for publication multiple scientific papers

Volunteer - UDWR

October 2017 - April 2022

For several years I had the opportunity to work with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on several volunteer projects. My work included:

  • Recording data and collecting samples at deer check stations

  • Capturing and relocating urban turkeys and moose

  • Capturing and tagging bears and mountain lions

  • Releasing pheasants

  • Installing wildlife guzzlers

  • Classifying free-ranging pronghorn by age and sex

  • Performing aerial surveys for elk and moose

Image by M. Monk

Teacher's Assistant

Sept 2017 - Dec 2017; Sept 2020 - Dec 2020

I have helped teach two classes at Brigham Young University, which are Plant Identification and Natural History of Wildlife. This position required me to grade assignments, assist students, and teach lessons.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Dec 2017 - May 2020

As an undergraduate I worked in BYU's Wildlife Ecology lab. In this position I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects, which included:

  • Processing blood from deer, elk and bison

  • Conducting vegetation surveys and plant collection

  • Assisting in the capture and tagging of adult mule deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats

  • Locating VHF collars and collared animals using radio telemetry equipment

  • Placing and retrieving trail cameras, as well as processing trail camera photos

  • Conducting bird surveys

  • Capturing and tagging greater sage-grouse

  • Assisting in the capture and processing of bison


Intern - Bureau of Land Management

May 2017 - Aug 2017; May 2018 - Aug 2018

In conjuction with BYU and the Bureau of Land Management, I completed an internship at the Richfield BLM field office over two summers. In this position, I:

  • Conducted range trend and utilization surveys

  • Surveyed populations of Prairie dogs

  • Conducted bird surveys

  • Built fences

Experience: Research
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