Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D. in Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA, 2011 

Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Eric Zenner

Dissertation: The influence of silvicultural management on forest structure


Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Environmental Science, with first class honors, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2008

Supervisor: Prof. David Norton

Thesis: The spatial patterning of Hieracium pilosella L. invaded short tussock grasslands


Bachelor of Forestry Science (B.For.Sc.) with first class honors, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2004 

Supervisor: Prof. David Norton

Honours dissertation: The ecological management planning of native plants on plantation forest estates

Awards

  • Graham Whyte Forestry Prize (2009) - Awarded annually to the top postgraduate student in the New Zealand School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury
  • Todd Foundation for Excellence Award (2007) - Jointly awarded by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee and the Todd Foundation for Excellence
  • Pukehou Pouto Scholarship (2007) - Awarded by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee
  • Sadie Balkind Award (2007) - Awarded by the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women
  • Laura J Clad Memorial Scholarship (2007) - Awarded by the University of Canterbury (Award declined due to conditions of acceptance)
  • New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) Undergraduate Scholarship (2003) - Awarded to an undergraduate student at a New Zealand University studying in a forestry related field
  • M.R. Jacobs Prize for Silviculture (2002) - Awarded annually to the top student in silviculture at each forestry school within Australia and the New Zealand School of Forestry
  • Kitchener Memorial Scholarship (2000) - Awarded by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee

Work Experience

2014 - present Michigan Technological University, Michigan, United States 

Assistant Professor of Silviculture in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science


2012 - 2014 Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Temporary Assistant Professor in Forest and Rangeland Stewardship department and Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI).


2008 - 2011 The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, United States

Teaching Assistant in the School of Forest Resources including FOR200W Professional Careers in Forest Resources, FOR350 Biometry, FOR421 Silviculture and FOR410 Ecosystem management.


2008 University of Canterbury, Canterbury, New Zealand

Instructor for ENGR101 Foundations of Engineering and laboratory demonstrator for FORE218 Forest Biology. Research Assistant for Assoc. Prof. David Norton, and coordinator for the promotion of the New Zealand School of Forestry.


2007 University of Canterbury, Canterbury, New Zealand

Instructor for ENGR101 Foundations of Engineering and laboratory demonstrator FORE218 Forest Biology and BIOL113 Diversity of Life.


2004 - 2007 Indigenous Forestry Unit (IFU), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand

Forestry officer for Part IIIA of the Forests Act 1949 and Permanent Forest Sinks Initiative (PFSI).


2003 - 2004 University of Canterbury, Canterbury, New Zealand

Research assistant for Assoc. Prof. David Norton, studying the ecology and restoration potential of highly threatened Cook’s scurvy grass (Lepidium oleraceum) through germinating and growing specimens from soil seed bank samples.


2002 - 2003 Selwyn Plantation Board Ltd (SPBL), Darfield, New Zealand


2001 - 2002 Fletcher Challenge Forests, Waiotapu, New Zealand