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Joseph C. Drake
Ph.D. Student
Dept. Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Education:

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021
Advisors: Dr. Chris Sutherland, Dr. A. Royle, & Dr. X. Lambin
GPA: 4.000

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Masters of Science in Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Sciences
Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology
Advisors: Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle & Dr. Nancy McIntyre
GPA: 4.000
Graduated May 2016

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Biology B.A. & Anthropology B.A. – December 2010
Underwater Resources Management Certificate
Minor: Animal Behavior Science
GPA: 3.748
Graduated December 2010

Research Interests: I have a diverse set of research interests including:  spatial ecology of mammals, avifauna, and herpetofauna; connectivity studies using graph and/or circuit theories; desert ecology; Sonoran Desert natural history; arid lands ecology; social-ecological systems;  conservation biology; fire ecology; applied ecology; and plenty of others.

Professional Experience:

Graduate Research Assistant – Texas Tech University (Dec 2014 to August 2016)

  • Research of Sonoran Desert Connectivity Landscape
  • Studying the connectivity patterns in the Sonoran Desert for 20 different species of amphibian, birds, and mammals
  • Using graph and circuit theory to model landscape connectivity
  • Teaching assistant for undergraduate field biology classes
  • Data Visualization
  • ArcGIS and R proficiency

Biological Technician – Shasta-Trinity N.F. – USDA (May 2013 to Oct. 2013)

  • Crew Lead – Northern Goshawk Surveys
  • Crew Lead – Small Owl Surveys and Banding
  • Surveying for northern spotted owls, peregrine falcons, and hummingbirds
  • Mist netting and banding passerines
  • Lake ecology surveys
  • Fisher camera-trap surveys

 Research Technician – Texas Tech University (July to Nov. 2012)

  • Water quality testing of wildlife waters in remote desert (Barry M. Goldwater Airforce Range, AZ)
  • Herpetofauna and invertebrate surveying
  • Coordinating logistics and safety with military personnel

Biological Technician – U. of Missouri Columbia (Jan. to Apr. 2012)

  • Avifauna point counts in remote field setting (Federated States of Micronesia)
  • Vegetation data collection
  • Data management and logistical organization

Invasive Plant Biological Intern – Whiskeytown NRA (Aug. to Nov. 2011)

  • Monitoring and treating invasive species using GPS and historical data to track long and short term trends
  • Herbicide mixing and application training
  • Data management, quality control, and entry

Wildlife Ecologist Internship – Kaibab N.F. (April to Aug. 2011)

  • Surveying threatened and sensitive species of birds and mammals in the field (spotted owls, N. goshawks, etc…)
  • Wildland fire personnel
  • Invasive plant surveying and monitoring
  • Bat netting and surveying
  • Small mammal trapping and relocation

IU research in the Dominican Republic (Summer 2010 and 2008)

  • Assisted departmental research in creating biological baseline and mapping of newly designated underwater preserve
  • Monitored underwater biological and cultural resources

IU research in the Florida Keys, USA (Summer 2008)

  • Monitored underwater biological and cultural resources
  • Developed recommendations and submitted report to NOAA

IU Archaeological Field School in Belize (Summer 2007)

  • Participated in graduate research on Chau Hiix archaeological site in remote jungle location during archaeological dig

Teaching Experience:

2016

  • Teaching Assistant, Vegetation and Wildlife Inventory and Analysis Techniques (NRM 3407): field-intensive undergraduate-level course focused basic methodology of practical of plant and wildlife sampling and research. Texas Tech University.

2015

  • Co-instructor for a small mammal trapping workshop for undergraduate students participating in the South Central Climate Science Center’s Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities. Texas Tech University.
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Natural Resources Management (NRM 1401): non-major undergraduate-level course that provides broad introduction to natural resource problems and management. Texas Tech University.
  • Teaching Assistant, Vegetation and Wildlife Inventory and Analysis Techniques (NRM 3407): field-intensive undergraduate-level course focused basic methodology of practical of plant and wildlife sampling and research. Texas Tech University.

2014

  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Natural Resources Management (NRM 1401): non-major undergraduate-level course that provides broad introduction to natural resource problems and management. Texas Tech University.
  • Teaching Assistant, Vegetation and Wildlife Inventory and Analysis Techniques (NRM 3407): field-intensive undergraduate-level course focused basic methodology of practical of plant and wildlife sampling and research. Texas Tech University.

Publications & Reports:

Peer-reviewed Articles

Drake, J.C., McIntyre, N.E. Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2017. Nesting connectivity models to resolve management conflicts of isolated water networks in the Sonoran Desert. Ecosphere 8(1):e01647. 10.1002/ecs2.1652

Drake, J.C., McIntyre, N.E. Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2016. Graph theory as an invasive species management tool: Case study in the Sonoran Desert. In Review

McIntyre, N.E., Drake, J.C., Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2015. A Connectivity and Wildlife Management Conflict in Isolated Desert Waters. Journal of Wildlife Management 80(4) pp. 655-666. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.1059

Drake, J.C., Jenness, J.S., Calvert, J., Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2015. Testing a model for the prediction of isolated water sites in the Sonoran Desert. Journal of Arid Environments 118:1-8

Reports

Drake, J.C., Griffis-Kyle, K., & McIntyre, N. 2016. Landscape connectivity of isolated waters for wildlife in the Sonoran Desert.  Report submitted to the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the Bureau of Reclamation. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Drake, J.C. 2016. The role of isolation in Sonoran Desert water site connectivity based conservation strategies. Master’s Thesis. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Literary Publications

Drake, J.C. 2016. Arctic Dreams in the Desert. Archivation Exploration. Vol 1. No. 1

Presentations: * indicates presenter

Drake, J.C., N.E. McIntyre, K.L. Griffis-Kyle. 2016. Landscape connectivity and isolation: The management of waters for wildlife in the Sonoran Desert. Western LCCs and Southwest Climate Science Center Joint Meeting. Asilomar, California, Oct 25-28.

McIntyre, N.E., Drake, J.C.*, Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2016. Impacts of temporary and permanent isolated water resources in the Sonoran Desert on connectivity, isolation, and wildlife management strategies: an example of transient connectivity. US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology’s 2016 Annual Meeting, Asheville, North Carolina

Drake, J.C.*, McIntyre, N.E., Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2016. The Past, Present, and Future of Isolated Water Site Connectivity in the Sonoran Desert and a Framework for Maintaining Biodiversity. 4th Tri-National Symposium of the Sonoran Desert, Ajo, Arizona

McIntyre, N.E., Drake, J.C.*, Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2015. Transient connectivity windows: Impacts of temporary and permanent isolated water resources in the Sonoran Desert on connectivity, isolation, and wildlife management strategies. 49th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of the Wildlife Society and the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of the American Fisheries Society, Flagstaff, AZ

Drake, J.C.*, McIntyre, N.E., Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2015. Using Nested Frameworks for Maintaining Biodiversity of Aquatic Resources in the Sonoran Desert. International Association for Landscape Ecology’s 2015 World Congress, Portland, Oregon

Griffis-Kyle*, K.L., N.E. McIntyre, J. Calvert, J. Drake, A. Kiesow. 2015. The role of wetland habitat quality in evaluating functional connectivity for desert amphibians. Ecological Society of America’s 2015 Annual Meeting, Baltimore Maryland.

Drake, J.C.*, McIntyre, N.E., Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2015. From Bighorns to Bullfrogs: Connectivity of Aquatic Resources in the Sonoran Desert Landscape. 6th Texas Tech Annual Biological Symposium in Lubbock, Texas. [Award: 2nd place in Natural Resources Management Category]

Drake, J.C.*, McIntyre, N.E., Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2015. Connectivity and Isolation in the Management of Aquatic Resources in the Sonoran Desert. 48th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of the Wildlife Society and the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of the American Fisheries Society, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Drake, J.C.*, McIntyre, N.E., Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2014. Connectivity and Isolation in the Management of Aquatic Resources in the Sonoran Desert. 21st Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [Poster]

Drake, J.C.*, Jenness, J.S., Goetting, J., Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2014. Testing a model for the prediction of isolated water sites in the Sonoran Desert. 25th TX Cooperative F&W Research Unit Meeting in Lubbock, Texas. [Poster]

Drake, J.C.*, Jenness, J.S., Goetting, J., Griffis-Kyle, K.L. 2014. Testing a model for the prediction of isolated water sites in the Sonoran Desert. 5th Texas Tech Annual Biological Symposium in Lubbock, Texas. [Poster]

Griffis-Kyle, K.L.*, J. Goetting, J. Drake, J. Arnett. 2013. Sonoran Desert Amphibians and Isolated Waters: Cause for Concern. The Wildlife Society’s 20th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Drake, J.C.*, 2015. Dreams, Lost Socks, & Field Biology. 5th Conference on the Sowell Collection. Texas Tech University Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library in Lubbock, TX.

Grants/Awards:

  • Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow (CLfT) Leadership Training Scholarship (2016)
  • TTU Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Award ($500 – 2016)
  • TTU Graduate School Grant-in-aid ($500 – 2016)
  • TTU Graduate School Water Conservation Research Fellowship ($1000 – 2016; declined)
  • ANRS Travel and Professional Development Grant ($250 – 2016)
  • NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award – 2015 IALE World Congress ($780 – 2015)
  • TTU Summer Dissertation/Thesis Research Award ($2,300 – 2015)
  • TTU Graduate School Travel Funding Award ($400 – 2015)
  • ANRS Travel and Professional Development Grant ($250 – 2015)
  • The Wildlife Society Spatial Ecology and Telemetry Working Group Travel Funding Award ($500 – 2014)
  • ANRS Travel and Professional Development Grant ($250 – 2014)
  • TTU Graduate School Travel Funding Award ($400 – 2014)
  • Eli-Lilly Community Endowment Scholar (full tuition up to $200,000/4 years – 2006-2010)

 Other Honors:

  • TTU Dept. NRM photography contest (1st place and honorable mention; 2016)
  • High Country News Magazine National Park Photography Contest (Editors Selection; 2016)
  • TTABSS Warren B. Ballard Memorial Award – Oral Presentation (2nd Place; 2015)
  • TTU Sowell Collections Essay Contest (2nd Place; 2015)
  • TTU Sowell Collections Essay Contest (1st Place; 2014)
  • Illuminance 2015 – national competitive photography exhibition (presenter; 2015)
  • Photography Contest at 25th TX Cooperative F&W Research Unit Meeting in Lubbock, Texas. (1st Place Landscape Category; 2nd Place Wildlife Category; 2014)
  • Dean’s List (2007, 2009 and 2010)

Computer Skills:

  • Program R statistics and spatial data analysis
  • ArcGIS 10.1 and 10.2
  • Circuitscape and LinkageMapper Connectivity Analysis Software
  • Office Suite
  • SPSS and Excel
  • Public outreach and videography skills from SciFund Challenge Class: Video Outreach 101 for Scientists (Fall 2014)

Field / Lab Research Skills: [Selected skills]

  • Experimental Design
  • GPS and compass
  • Water quality sampling/analysis
  • Aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate sampling and ID
  • Camera trapping
  • Small mammal trapping, tagging, and relocation
  • Breeding bird survey and banding
  • Small owl banding
  • Spotted owl calling, mousing, and survey
  • Bird of prey ID and survey
  • Public relations skills
  • Orienteering and back-country skills
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
  • I-button data-logger
  • Photography
  • T/E experience

Other Certifications:

  • NPS Operational Leadership Training
  • Wildland firefighter trained
  • PADI Divemaster Professional Certification
  • Search and Rescue SARTECH III (March 2010)
  • Eagle Scout

Community Outreach/Science Communication:

  • https://secretlifeofafieldbiologist.wordpress.com/ – Ecology oriented blog featured on International Network of Next Generation Ecologists EcoBloggers list http://innge.net/?q=ecobloggers
  • Dearth – contributing artist. Scientific and artistic interdisciplinary expression of water scarcity issues in the Texas Panhandle: https://dearthproject.wordpress.com/
  • Interview with TTU NRM Dept. on Photography, field work, and research.
  • Good R Practices. Presentation to The R Book Club, a group of R users at Texas Tech University, Spring 2015.
  • Photography used by TTU Dept. Natural Resources as promotional material on handouts, banners, and posters
  • Scales, Tales, and Trails Annual Community Outreach and Youth Education Event held by the Association of Natural Resource Scientists, Lubbock, Texas. 2015
  • Connectivity and Isolation in the Management of Aquatic Resources in the Sonoran Desert. Remotely Wild: Newsletter of the Spatial Ecology & Telemetry Working Group. Spring 2015.

Professional Organizations/Activities:

  • Ad-hoc reviewer Amphibia-Reptilia (2016-present)
  • N-Gen: Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers  (2015-present)
  • International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists – Contributing Ecoblogger (2015 – Present)
  • US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology – Student Member (2015- present)
  • The Wildlife Society – Student Member (2014 – present)
  • ECo Grad Council – UMass Amherst (2016 – present)
  • Association of Natural Resource Scientists – Texas Tech University ( 2014 – 2016)

Selected Workshops:

  • Incorporating Climate Change Data. 2016. 49th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of the Wildlife Society and the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of the American Fisheries Society, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Venomous Reptile Handling. 2016. 49th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of the Wildlife Society and the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of the American Fisheries Society, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Telecoupling Framework for Studying Cross-Border and Cross-Scale Interactions. 2015. International Association for Landscape Ecology’s 2015 World Congress, Portland, Oregon
  • Using R to Model, Manipulate, and Manage Spatial Data. 2015. International Association for Landscape Ecology’s 2015 World Congress, Portland, Oregon
  • Analyses of Wildlife Spatial Behaviors with T-LoCoH. 2014. 21st Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

References:

Available upon request.

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