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Recent Graduate with a BS in Biology (ecological & organismal focus)

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 17013, United States
September 22, 2019

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Zoë Jean Carnes-Douglas

*** *. **** **. ********, PA 17013

Ph: 717-***-**** Email:


• Climate change and mammalian conservation

• Citizen science, outreach and communication

• Plant and animal interactions


Colorado Mesa University, Bachelors of Science, Graduated: August 2019, GPA: 4.0 Major: Biological Sciences, Emphasis in Ecology, Evolutionary & Organismal Biology Relevant Coursework: Mammalogy (lecture and lab), Ornithology (lecture and lab), Animal Behavior (lecture and lab), Advanced Ecological Methods (lecture and lab), Desert Ecology, Tropical Ecosystems, General Physiology (lecture and lab)

Shippensburg University, January 2015 – May 2015

Rochester Institute of Technology, March 2012 – December 2014 RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Sept 2018 – June 2019: SIPBR Research Fellow, Sacomanno Institute for Biological Research Research Supervisor: Dr. Johanna Varner

• Awarded competitive research fellowship to conduct independent research on the effects of climate change on plant chemistry as it pertains to the diet of American pikas (Ochotona princeps) Field Experience

• Collected Alpine avens (Geum rossii) samples across multiple mountain ranges in the southern Rocky Mountains

• Conducted inventories of pika food caches.

• Collected scat samples from fresh latrine sites in marked pika territories. Lab Experience

• Extracted phenolic compounds from plant samples and measured their concentration using Folin-Ciocalteu assay

• Dried, ground, weighed and prepared samples for mass spectrometry and isotopic analysis Analytical Experience

• Analyzed data associated with pika diet and plant chemistry in Excel

• Prepared results for presentation at CMU student showcase and a national conference (American Society of Mammalogists)

July – August 2018/2019: Volunteer Field Research Assistant, Colorado Mesa University Research Supervisors: Dr. Johanna Varner & Dr. Chris Ray (CU Boulder)

• Spent 3 weeks assisting Dr. Varner and Dr. Ray in pika research at sites in the La Sal Mountains (UT) and Rocky Mountain Biological Lab (CO)

• Assisted in trapping, handling, and release of American pikas. Recorded data during pika handling. GRANTS, AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

• 2018 – 2019: Sacomanno Institute for Biological Research Program (SIPBR) Research Fellowship. $4,537

• 2018 – 2019: Canyon Passage Scholarship, Colorado Mesa University

• 2012 – 2019: Dean’s List (every semester at all 3 universities)

• 2010 Congressional Art Award Recipient

• 2011 Best in Show Recipient of Central Pennsylvania Artistic Expressions Show WORK EXPERIENCE

May 2018 – present: Server/Bartender, Handlebar, Grand Junction, CO December 2012 – 2017: Sales Associate/Graphic Designer, the Clothesvine, Carlisle, PA August 2015 – February 2016 Outdoors Sales Associate, Team Member, Kathmandu, Melbourne, VIC August 2015 – June 2016 Server, Left Handed-Chef, Melbourne, VIC COMPUTER SKILLS

• Microsoft office suite, including data analysis in Excel

• Adobe Illustrator

• Adobe Photoshop


Dr. Johanna Varner

1100 North Ave

Grand Junction, CO 81507


Relationship: Research supervisor, Mammalogy professor, Academic advisor Dr. Tom Walla

1100 North Ave

Grand Junction, CO 81507


Relationship: Professor of Tropical Ecology and Advanced Ecological Methods Dr. Aparna Palmer

1100 North Ave

Grand Junction, CO 81507


Relationship: Principles of Animal Biology Professor

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