Rick Newman, MS student

Rick Newman, M.S.Email Rick

Education

PhD in progress
Antioch University New England

MS Conservation Biology
Antioch University New England

Bachelors Degree
University of Arizona


Employment and Experience

Field Research Assistant
2004—2005, Winter, EPIC (Environmental Protection in the Caribbean), St. Martin/St. Maarten

Field Coordinator
2002—2003, Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Bird banding project with US Fish and Wildlife Service on sites in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

Module evaluator
2002, Conservation biology training modules, for the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).

Teaching Assistant
2002, Conservation Biology, Antioch University New England

Assistant Director of Natural Science Department
1995—2001, The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, MA, work in conjunction with diverse staff to administrate a natural science program, including, a natural science museum and research program, aquarium, and adult and child education programs (curate/manage collections, facilitate use of collections by students, visiting scientists/researchers, and the public, lecture, teach classes, train and supervise staff and volunteers, prepare museum exhibits and programs, assist with fundraising, work in conjunction with local schools, museums and conservation organizations as well as state and federal agencies, give interpretive naturalist walks, prepare press releases, and begun database/website access)

Intern
1991—1992, The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association

Research Assistant
1992, 1995—2002, MAPS Bird banding program, Nantucket MA

Federally licensed Master Bird Bander
2001—present, Permit #23119

Researcher
2000—2001, Nantucket MA, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Conducted a study of the Eastern Towhee breading/nesting success and behavior, in open Scrub Oak habitat (Nest-searching, territory mapping, GPS), GIS Analysis

Volunteer
2001 & 2003, Ecological burn crew, The Partnership for Harrier Habitat, Nantucket MA

Volunteer
1997, 1999—2001, Reintroduction of the American Burring Beetle, Nantucket MA, (assist in the release, and survey of captivity raised endangered species) in conjunction with Roger Williams Zoo, Audubon Society, MA State Game and Fish

Volunteer
1992, 1995—1997, 2000—2001, Nantucket Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation, and stranding team

Research Assistant
1999, mid July—mid Aug. Assisted in DNA collection for a Study of Viking Ancestry of Iceland in Southern and Eastern Norway

Researcher
1998, Summer, Caxuna, Para Brazil, Frugivorous Bird use of Acai—ecological assessment of differential removal of Acai fruit from “natural” habitat (Frugivorous Birds, other birds, Mammals, Aquatic invertebrates/vertebrates, Fruiting abundance and seed germination)

Research Assistant
1998, Spring, American Museum of Natural History, Southwest Research Station, Portal, Arizona (Assist primary researchers with ongoing projects, including, Dispersal of striped plateau lizards (Sceloporus virgatus), thermal impact on hibernation of horned lizards (radio tagging), Ecology of Mexican Jays, cooperative nesting in Bridled Titmice, Mountain Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus), also assisted in the operation of the field station, and prepared a study skin for the Museum Collection)

Researcher
1997, Millbrook School Forest Canopy Walkway (Mist netting, in forest Canopy from 80ft. walkway of Neotropical migrant birds, in Millbrook, NY, also assisted in a workshop in conjunction with “the roots and shoots” program of the Jane Goodall Institute, and supervised and instructed high school students in the operation of the research station, filmed for conservation exhibit at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.)

Volunteer
1996, National Park Service, AZ

Educator
1995, Ecological Tour, Amazon Brazil (assisted in educating a group of primarily high school students in Amazon Rainforest ecology along the Rio Negro and Amazon rivers in Brazilian Amazonia)

Intern
1995, Jane Goodall Institute, (Assisted in the compilation and utilization of a data base for the “Chimpanzoo” project, and training in assessment of chimpanzee behavior)

Intern
1994, Summer, Smithsonian Institution, Archeobiology Laboratory, DC (Identification and Reconstruction of ethnographic artifacts, fragmentary bone analysis, of North American Faunal remains found in the zooarchaeological record)


Other Skills

Computer Skills

Apple/Mac and PC/Windows

Software

ArcView GIS, JMP, PCORD, Specify, Access, Biota, Writenow, WordPerfect, Word, Microsoft Works, Excel, Power Point, Quicken, AOL, Netscape, Internet Explorer

Prescribed Burn Training

Attended prescribed burn workshop, 2000

SCUBA

Advanced Open Water Certification (PADI), participated in Rescue Diver Training

Bird Banding

Hummingbird Banding Workshop at the Southern Arizona Bird Observatory 2000 and Puerto Rico 2003

Disaster Planning

Attended Disaster Planning Seminar for Museums and Libraries, 1999

Language Skill

Communicative in Spanish