Lara Davis

Lara Davis, MSMS student
Conservation Biology

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Education

Bachelor of Science In Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
May 2002

Ecosystems Management Course, Ecolife
Center for Wildlife Management
University of Pretoria
South Africa
December 2002


Professional work experience:

19982002
Undergraduate research and Clerical Assistant

Landscape Architecture Department
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

20012002
Research assistant for UMass Extension

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

2002
Island Manager and Interpretive Naturalist

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Waquoit, Falmounth, MA

2002
Substitute Biology Teacher

Barnstable Public School System
Barnstable, MA

2003
Endangered Shorebird Specialist and Interpretive Naturalist

Massachusetts Audubon Society
Skills with tern banding, aerial and boat surveys, and Horseshoe crab census.

20042005
Zookeeper

Heritage Park Zoo Rescue and Rehabilitation Facility
Prescott, AZ
Animal care, and enrichment programs. Member of Mexican Wolf SSP program, developing events for national Wolf Awareness Week, Assisting with wolf capture and administering Veterinarian evaluations.

20022004
Front counter, Baker, and Farmers Market

Pangaea Bakery, organic, hand-made breads
Prescott, AZ

2005
Gallery Assistant

Painter, art-show expediter for Laura Evangelista of Evangelista Ceramics.
Orleans, MA


Internship and Volunteer Experience

1999
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Brewster, MA

19992002
Massachusetts Water Watch

UMass Campus
Amhest, MA

2001
Field/Research Assistant

Leann Kellogg PhD student, University of Massachusetts, Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Conducted radio-telemetry, GPS, GIS data entry, use of box traps, PIT tagging and radio-collaring for Didelphis virginiana, Virginia opossum, population study

2001
Designed Management Plan for East Leverett Meadow

Leverett, MA
Rattlesnake Gutter Trust Fund
University of Massachusetts
Dept. of Natural Resource Conservation

2003
Yavapai Humane Society

dog care, dog walker


Awards, Scholarships and Certifications:

19982001
Barnstable Agricultural Society Scholarship
Barnstable, MA ($2,000)

19982002
American Express Scholarship Award ($1,000)

1998
National Honor Society

2002
Senior Leadership Award
Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

20002002
Vice President
UMass Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society

2002
USFWS, Wildland Firefighting Type II (S-90) Certification

2004
AAZK, American Association of Zookeepers


Travel and Other Interests

  • July 1998: Travel to Munich Germany, and Salzburg, Austria
  • March 2002: Travel to Dublin, Ireland and London, United Kingdom
  • Sept 2002: Drive cross-country, MA to CA
  • Dec 2002: Travel with Ecolife to South Africa
  • Sept 2003: Drive cross-country, MA to AZ
  • May 2005: Drive cross-country, AZ to MA

Art

Painting, drawing (scientific illustration), jewelry-making

Outdoor recreation

Horseback riding (dressage), hiking, backpacking, running, biking, swimming, sailing, beachcombing, climbing, skiing, bird watching, tracking.

Other

Dancing, reading, writing, cooking, music, performance arts, gardening