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University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Mass.
Master of Science in Environmental Conservation, May 2013
Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
Master of Science in Journalism, December 2009
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Bachelor of Arts, May 2005
- “Communicating about natural resources, scientific research, and critical environmental issues at Cape Cod National Seashore” – Qualitative analysis of how information about scientific research and environmental issues is disseminated in a national park. (Master’s project)
- “Outsmarting Invasive Species: Smartphone Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Environmental Management” – Paper on incentives for participation in a citizen-science project using smartphones to report harmful non-native plants and insects. (Macdonald, B., Schweik, C., Kierstead, M., Bush, N., Fletcher, L., Fish, J. and Starr, J. 2012. Outsmarting Invasive Species: Smartphone Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Environmental Management. Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) conference, November 9th, Baltimore, MD.)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, Hadley, MA
September 2014 to present
UMass College of Engineering, Amherst, Mass.
September to December 2018
Instructor for Writing in Engineering
UMass Integrated Concentration in Science Program, Amherst, Mass.
September 2013 to May 2016 (half-time)
Student success coordinator
Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, Mass.
June 2004 to August 2018 (seasonal)
Interpretive park ranger
Hometown Weekly Newspapers, Medfield, Mass.
February 2010 to June 2010
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston, Mass.
October 2007 – May 2008
Educational park ranger
Open Space Institute, New York, N.Y.
March to July 2018
Contacted as writer for climate-communication project
ecoRI News, Providence, R.I.
December 2013 to May 2014
GateHouse Media New England
January 2010 to June 2010
Assistantships and Internships
Outsmart Invasive Species Project
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.
May 2012 to May 2013
Cato Corner Farm
September 2010 to April 2011
Assistant in cheese making and care
Living on Earth
Public Radio International, Boston, Mass.
January 2010 to May 2010
Editorial and production intern
Cape Cod Voice newspaper (out of print)
May 2006 – September 2007
Editorial intern, freelance writer
Medill News Service, Washington D.C.
September – December 2009
Environment and natural resources reporter
Medill News Service, Chicago, Ill.
January – June 2009
Medill Money Mavens,Chicago, Ill.
March – June 2009
Blogger and editor
Martini newspaper, Geneva, N.Y.
November 2004 – May 2005
Co-founder, writer, editor