Christine Armiger

Christine Armiger, MS studentMS candidate
Conservation Biology

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Former Program Manager & Education Coordinator

The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Fall 2006 Symposium Coordinator

“Banking on Biodiversity: The Ecological and Socio-Economic Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture”

Goals

My goal as a student of conservation biology is to explore ways in which human modified landscapes can be restored so as to support higher levels of biodiversity and ecosystem services. In 2006, I organized the CTEC fall symposium, Banking on Biodiversity: The Ecological and Socio-economic Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture. This symposium is linked to my own research involving the ecological value of small-holder agroforestry systems in Central America.

Education

M.S. Candidate, Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England
August 2005 – (anticipated completion July, 2008)

Concentration in Conservation Biology Thesis: Measuring Ecosystem Services as a Baseline Evaluation for the Conservation Viability of Agroforestry in Southern Belize, Central America

Bachelor of Arts, May 2001, University of Montana – GPA 4.0
Major: Environmental Science, concentration in Biology 2nd Major: Literature and Writing


Employment

Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation, Keene, NH
Program Manager

January 2007 – January 2008

  • Hire and supervise staff
  • Review grant proposals and scholarship applications
  • Assist with Strategic Development Plan
  • Prepare and edit grant proposals, biannual newsletter, budget, and year end report

Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation, Keene, NH
Education Coordinator

MarchDecember 2006

  • Developed, organized and implemented international symposium entitled Banking on Biodiversity: The Ecological and Socioeconomic Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture
  • Compiled and edited symposium proceedings
  • Edited grant proposals and organized educational events
  • Prepared budget and final report

Medomak Retreat CenterWashington, ME
Co-Founding Director
January 2003 – September 2006

  • Co-founded Maine retreat center dedicated to arts, education, community and environment
  • Established an array of environmental education and outdoor recreation programs
  • Operated facility, hired and supervised employees
  • Designed and constructed recreational trail network

Denali Wilderness LodgeDenali, AK
Naturalist and Hiking guide

MaySeptember, 2001

  • Constructed and maintained low-impact trail system
  • Organized naturalist program and designed educational media for guests
  • Guided day hikes and expeditions throughout Wood River Valley
  • Interpreted geology, ecology, and cultural history of glacial landscape
  • Delivered evening natural history and ecology presentations

Beaverhead County Community Development Committee, Dillon, Montana
Grant Writer

JanuaryMay, 2001

  • Worked with Forest Service to negotiate integration of recreational trails program in
    Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
  • Prepared grant proposals to promote economic, social and environmental enhancement projects for local community

American Safari CruisesJuneau, AK
Naturalist and Expedition Leader

MaySeptember, 2000

  • Interpreted natural and cultural history of Alaska’s Inside Passage
  • Guided hikes and expeditions through Tongass temperate rainforest
  • Delivered evening programs on marine mammals, birds, glaciology and rainforest ecology
  • Led guests on kayak and zodiac tours through glacial fjords

U.S. Forest Service, Fire CrewDillon, MT
Fire Fighter/Field Worker

MayAugust, 1999

  • Fought wildfire and prescribed burns
  • Prepared forest sites for control burns to reduce catastrophic wildfire and soil sterilization
  • Removed seedling and mature conifers from aspen stands (USFS aspen restoration project)

University of Montana, WesternYouth Sports Gymnastics Program, Dillon, MT
Founder, Director and Head Coach
September 1998 – January 2002

  • Established recreational gymnastics program for boys and girls in Dillon, Montana
  • Organized holiday events, college sports half-time shows, and community demonstrations

Internships and Volunteer Work

Sustainable Harvest International, Central America
Volunteer and Researcher

May, 2006 – September 2007

  • Conducted field research on the ecological impact of the SHI farm extension program in Belize
  • Assisted in the construction of fuel efficient wood stoves, water catchment systems and solar driers
  • Supervised US student volunteers in tree planting and other service learning projects

AmeriCorps S.E.R.V.E. New Hampshire
Campus Compact Community Service Volunteer

  • Collaborated with Antioch University New England Faculty to create community event proposal
  • Engaged volunteers to participate in international sustainable agriculture symposium
  • Prepared symposium report and recruited new education coordinator for the Center for Tropical Ecology

US Geological Survey-Biological Resources Division, Volcano Village, HI
Field Biologist
MaySeptember, 2002

  • Nest searching, radio tracking, mist netting and banding palila (an endangered finch-billed honeycreeper inhabiting a relict patch of mamane forest on the west slope of Mauna Kea, Hawaii)
  • Data entry and statistical analyses at Kilauea Field Station

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, MD
Trails Coordinator
1995 – 1998

  • Designed and constructed trails system throughout Gunpowder State Park
  • Led community hikes and canoe trips
  • Organized invasive plant removal work sessions

Academic Event Coordination

Coastal Connections: Linking Research and Education in Tropical Coastal Systems. The Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation. Antioch University New England, Keene, NH. November 3, 2007

Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake up Call. The Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation. Antioch University New England, Keene, NH. February 23, 2007

Banking on Biodiversity: the Ecological & Socio-Economic Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture. The Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation. Antioch University New England, Keene, NH. October 28, 2006

Professional Presentations

Antioch Student Symposium. Antioch University New England, Keene, NH. Measuring Ecosystem Services as a Baseline Evaluation for the Conservation Viability of Agroforestry in Belize, Central America March 29, 2008

The Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation’s Tropical Speaker Series. Antioch University New England, Keene, NH. Agriculture and the Maya: Issues of Conservation and Sustainability in the Working Landscapes of Southern Belize. December 6, 2007

On the Rocks Science Colloquium. University of Montana, Dillon, MT. A Summer in the Wilderness: Cushy Life on the Alaskan Tundra. November 13, 2001

Denali Wilderness Lodge Evening Lecture Series, Denali, AK. Geo-Ecology of the Alaska and Coast Range. June – September, 2001

On the Rocks Science Colloquium. University of Montana, Dillon, MT. Impacts of Ecotourism in Alaska’s Inside Passage. January, 2001

North American Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment & Community, University of Nevada, Reno. Being Responsible Educators: Environmental Education and Student Empowerment. February, 2000.

Raptor Research Foundation Annual Meeting, La Paz Mexico. Utilization of Nest Trees and Nest Stands by Northern Goshawks (Accipiter Gentilis) in Southwest Montana. November, 1999

Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association. Jackson Hole, WY. Being Responsible Educators: Environmental Education and Student Empowerment. October, 1999

Montana Academy of Sciences. Butte, MT. Utilization of Nest Trees and Nest Stands by Northern Goshawks (Accipiter Gentilis) in Southwest Montana. April, 1999


Awards and Scholarships

Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation Scholarship, 2007
Antioch University New England Scholarship, 2006
University of Montana, Western, Out of State Fee Waiver 2000, 1999, 1998
University of Montana, Western Honors Scholarship 2000
University of Montana, Western ES Department Scholarship, 1999
NASA Space Grant, 1999
Susquahannock Environmental Scholarship, 1996
Baltimore County Gymnastics Scholarship, 1996