Kelly Biedenweg

Kelly Biedenweg, MSConservation Biology
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Since the completion of her MS in 2005, Kelly has received an NSF IGERT Fellowship and a UF Alumni Fellowship for doctoral studies with the Working Forests in the Tropics program at the University of Florida. For her dissertation research she is investigating the effectiveness of capacity building programs in promoting Latin American tropical forest conservation.


Research Interests

My experiences as a natural scientist and educator have resulted in my focus on both the social and ecological perspectives of biological conservation. My graduate studies are centered around the practical aspects of conservation biology, specifically the incorporation of human dimensions into sustainable conservation plans. My thesis research took place in Honduras, where I evaluated the effectiveness of an environmental leadership development program in removing barriers to environmental attitudes and behaviors.


Research Experience:

Environmental Leadership and Barriers to Environmental Behavior
Masters thesis research, 2004—2005

Program Evaluation
Principal Evaluator for the Asociacion Nacional de Exbecarios para el Desarrollo de Honduras, a project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2004

Monitoring and Assessment of Marine Toxicology
US EPA, NY/NJ, 2003; Western Washington University, 1997—1998

Natural Resource Inventories
Antioch University New England, 2003—2004; Honduras 1999—2001; vegetation and wildlife inventories

Thailand Conservation of Marine and Forest Ecosystems
1996, tropical ecology, park management and coral reef conservation research

Marine Aquarium Maintenance
Bellingham, WA, 1996—1998


Recent Professional Experience

Managing Director
The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, current to 2005

Co-Instructor
Tropical Marine Conservation: Honduras, graduate course for AUNE in spring 2005

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Social Dimensions of Conservation Biology, Antioch University New England, current

Information Coordinator
The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, spring 2004

Spanish Teacher

Monadnock Community Connections High School, 2003—2004

Conservation Biology Module Evaluator
American Museum of Natural History Network for Conservation Educators and Practitioners, 2003—2004

Symposium/Education Coordinator
The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2003

International Natural Resources Specialist
Peace Corps Honduras, 1998—2001

Biology Teaching Assistant
Keene State College, 2003; Western Washington University, 1998

Environmental Educator
YMCA Camp Fairview Lake, NJ, 2002; YMCA Camp Orkila, WA, 1996/2001; Maritime Hertiage Center, WA, 1998


International Experience

Peace Corps Volunteer, Contract work, Masters thesis research, Trip Leading
Honduras and Central America, 1998—2004

Buddhism Studies
Nepal, spring 1996

Thailand and Malaysia Environmental Studies
winter/spring 1996

Brazil Study Abroad
1993—1994


Honors and Awards:

Working Forests in the Tropics NSF IGERT Fellowship
Doctoral Program, University of Florida, to begin fall 2005

University of Florida Alumni Fellowship
For doctoral studies, University of Florida, to begin fall 2005

US EPA National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship
summer 2003

Antioch University New England Student Travel Award
Great Books Foundation Conference at Biosphere II with Antioch faculty, spring 2003

President’s Honor Roll and Highest 1998 Graduating GPA in Marine Ecology
Western Washington University, 1994—1998

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
1998—current