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Work with Government  / Community Organizations

2010            Consulted with Mantoloking Environmental Board members regarding strategies to restore invaded dunes within their township and to help build awareness among residents about issues regarding invasive species within their township.

2008 -           Serve on the Cattus Island Advisory Council.  Issues addressed included minimizing impact of a controversial

   present     new trail through some areas of critically imperiled cedar swamp and the development of a new teaching space within the education center.

2008 -          Consulted with town officials from the Town of Middleton, RI, to help them to produce and execute a call for bids to remove

   present     invasiveCarex  from about 2 acres of invaded dune at Second Beach, RI.  Provided guidance as to effective protocols, monitoring methods and replanting of dunes, post-treatment (2008-present).

2007 -           Worked throughout the year with numerous townships from Sea Bright to Holgate

   present     as well as with the NPS and Coastguard at Sandy Hook and DEP and Park Staff at Island Beach State Park to build awareness of the issues created by invasive species in their coastal dunes (2007 – present).

2006 -           Worked with NJDEP and NJ Fish and Wildlife to develop new dune regulations

   present       that would allow for effective management of invasive species in these ecosystems in New Jersey.

2005 -           Worked with the townships of Manasquan, Bay Head and Monmouth Beach to

  present        build awareness of the issues created by invasive species in their coastal dunes. Helped municipal officials in the Manasquan and Bay Head townships to navigate the permitting process in order to start the process of eliminating invasive species from the dunes in their communities.

2004 -           Served as a member of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (a local

  present       magnet high school)’s Advisory Panel. Committee oversees curriculum and advises on aspects of pedagogy, research and / or technology as   needed.

2009             Invited Participant in an Education and Outreach Retreat sponsored by the Barnegat Bay National Estuary in February 2009 Jake’s Branch County Park. The purpose of this retreat was to brainstorm about the future of the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program’s (BBNEP) public communications effort.

2008             Helped the American Littoral Society to organize and carry out a public education / outreach event in which people helped to manually remove invasive sedge from an impacted dune at Sandy Hook.  This event was used to build awareness of the problems caused by invasive species such as Asiatic Sand Sedge as well as to actually remove a small population of the species from the park.  This removal was carried out in November 2008.

2008             Served as onsite coordinator for the State of the Barnegat Bay meeting, which was held at Georgian Court in October 2008. This event brought together local scientists, mayors and other politicians including federal and state representatives to discuss the problems currently affecting the Bay and to brainstorm ways forward.  The event garnered strong media coverage, and thus helped to raise the profile of the University as a leader in environmental issues within the area.

2006            Helped to organize and run an invasive species removal program at Seven President’s Park in Monmouth County in November 2006. Several GCU students and about 100 volunteers pitched in to clean the beach and to remove invasive species, including both Carex kobomugi and Carex macrocephala  at the Park.

2005            Worked with the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium to develop a “Treasure Hunt” highlighting the living treasures of the coastal dunes in Belmar New Jersey.  (


Service as a Peer Reviewer in the Past Five Years

2008-           Served on the Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) for the arnegat Bay National Estuary Program.

Present        Participated in the drafting of various RFPs. Reviewed proposals for those RFPs and was part of the group that made funding recommendations on those RFPs.

o       Served as a peer reviewer for proposals submitted to the National Institute for Climatic Change Research - Coastal Center (a DOE funded agency)

2007-9         Member; Grants Development Team. Georgian Court University

2005-9         Served as an external reviewer for biology proposals for William Patterson University’s Faculty Research Grant Program

o       Served as a judge of oral and poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students at the AERS spring meeting in Ocean City, Maryland.

2008        Served as a judge of oral and poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students at the AERS spring meeting at Pine Knoll Shores in North Carolina.

2006-7         Served as a peer reviewer for GCU’s Merit Awards for Teaching

2006             Served as an external reviewer for several proposals through the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Program.

o       Served as an external reviewer for a textbook proposal and then for a manuscript of the text itself for Pearson Benjamin Cummings Publishers.

o       Served as a judge of oral and poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students at the AERS spring meeting at the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences in March and at the fall meeting in Baltimore Maryland in October.

2005             Served as a peer reviewer for a paper submitted to Restoration Ecology


Other Service Activities in the Past Five Years

1997                Served as academic advisor for between 8 and 15 undergraduate and 3-7 graduate

- present           students each semester.

1999                Served as Georgian Court’s institutional representative to the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium (NJMSC) 

   - present       

2006                Mentored Georgian Court’s chapter of the Golden Z Club. As a member of Zonta of Ocean County,

  - present       I coordinated the chartering of the first Golden Z (University level) chapter of Zonta International within the Atlantic Region at Georgian Court University in 2007.

2000                Mentored 1-5 senior research projects per year for students at the Marine

  - present         Academy of Science and Technology (MAST- a science magnet high school in Monmouth County, New Jersey) as part of Georgian Court University’s articulation agreement with that institution. Also provided an in-service training seminar for the teachers at that school on experimental design and analysis for student research projects in September 2007.

1999 - 2008     Served as the faculty mentor for the Chi Gamma Chapter of Beta Beta Beta Honors Society

1999-2008       Served as Biology Seminar Series Coordinator. This seminar series brings in about 6 highly qualified biologists from Academics, Industry, Government and Medicine to present their research and experiences to our undergraduate and graduate students per semester.  I also coordinate with the University’s Public Relations office to ensure that these presentations are publicized in the local papers, which often results in the attendance of these presentations by a number of high school students as well as interested members of the community.

2004-2005       Mentored Georgian Court University Class of 2007 .