As a lifelong fan of wildlife and trained biologist, I remain connected to animals through volunteer work. Since 2009 I have been a volunteer at the Knoxville Zoological Gardens, focusing my work with the herpetology department, with a hiatus in 2012 to participate in sea turtle research in the Caribbean as a volunteer with the Student Conservation Association. I volunteer my technology skills as Webmaster for Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC) and its parent organization, PARC.
In addition to my interest in wildlife, I volunteer with Great Smoky Mountains National Park where I contribute geospatial information expertise on a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) project concerning historical land use. I am also a sitting board member with Discover Life in America (DLiA), where I contribute information technology and biodiversity science expertise.
Stemming from my interest in geospatial technology, conservation, and community infrastructure, I serve on the City of Knoxville Greenways Commission as an at-large representative and keep a blog about greenway issues at knox4greenways.blogspot.com.
I actively volunteer on civic projects related to my central-city Parkridge neighborhood. In particular, I enjoy independently and collaboratively exploring the use of information technology to support both civic engagement and civic discourse, including starting the http://parkridgetn.nextdoor.com site, developing a model alertparkridge.blogspot.com crime log, and pairing the crime log with a Twitter and text message notification system (twitter.com/alertparkridge).
In the “physical realm,” I contributed leadership to key community projects including the Greenway Underpass Mural Project (later known as the Sixth Avenue Mural Project) and the Parkridge Community Garden, a proposal with the DowGives grant to create a natural playground in my neighborhood park for urban children to connect with nature, and most recently, a project to install “Little Free Libraries” in center-city neighborhood parks.
I also pride myself in taking individual action as the need arises, living by the maxim “lead by example.” I advocate for the free-flow of information within my community, including equitable access to information technology and equal access to the benefits of technology, including free and open discourse.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Gatlinburg, Tennessee — 2012 – Present
I assist the Park’s GIS specialist and retired Park biologist map land use history of the Smokies using Geographic Information Systems and historical documents.
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC)
United States — 2011 – Present
I serve as Webmaster for both the Southeast PARC and national PARC organizations.
Knoxville Zoological Gardens, Herpetology Department
Knoxville, Tennessee — 2009 – Present
I assist zoo staff in handling and care of reptiles and field research & monitoring projects involving PIT tagging, GPS, and data collection.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Tennessee — March 2012 – Present
I assist TWRA biologists in monitoring threatened amphibians.
University of Tennessee Environmental Studies Program
Pigeon River, Cocke County, Tennessee — September 2012
I assisted with snorkel surveys monitoring freshwater mussel populations.
Obed Wild and Scenic River
Wartburg, Tennessee — September 2012
I assisted Park Service staff in applying insecticide to a grove of Hemlock trees.
Buck Island Reef National Monument
Buck Island, U.S. Virgin Islands — June 2012
I assisted Park Service biologists monitor marine turtles around Buck Island Reef.