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Education
Master of Science, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management
University of Wyoming2020-Present

GPA 4.0

Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage2017-2019

Magna Cum Laude

Professional Experience
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Wyoming2020-Present

Thesis: Developing an optimal sampling design for monitoring trends in a patchily-distributed large herbivore (moose) using non-invasive genetic mark-recapture techniques.

Wildlife Research Technician
Alaska Center for Conservation Science2018-2020

Investigated patterns in collared pika (Ochotona collaris) occupancy and abundance across their range in Alaska. Implemented a rigorous sampling regime, including extensive remote fieldwork, while assisting the PI with study design and logistics. Oversaw data management in preparation for analysis. Manuscript in prep for pika density estimates.

Facilitated other projects at the center, including plant identification, lab work, and an urban small mammal mark-recapture study.

Fish & Wildlife Technician II
Alaska Department of Fish and Game2019-2020

Implemented mark-recapture framework for estimating apparent annual survival rates, migratory timing and routes, and reproductive traits of lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes). Conducted extensive fieldwork, including nest searching, live captures using mist nets, banding, fitment of GPS Argos Pinpoint tags, and blood and feather sample collection.

Undergraduate Researcher
University of Alaska Anchorage2017-2019

Conducted analysis to estimate pika abundance and identify important ecological variables that may influence population densities.   

Investigated the effects of ambient noise disturbance on the behavior of three captive pinnipeds at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Maintenance Records Auditor
Peninsula Airways2016-2019

Audited aircraft flight and maintenance records, maintained databases, and processed documents & forms required for ongoing inspections and safety. 

Ammunition Technician / Platoon Sergeant
United States Marine Corps2012-2016

Mentored and maintained accountability of 80+ personnel while providing positive guidance for their personal and professional development, including written performance evaluations. Developed training plans and supervised over 200 logistical movements, training events, and projects. Conducted extensive field exercises for both training and deployed operations.

Publications

Wagner, J. A., Schuette, P. A., & Christie, K. S. (2021). Modeling patterns in collared pika (Ochotona collaris) density in Alaska using spatially-explicit distance sampling. Manuscript in preparation.

Presentations
Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2020 Annual Meeting

Title: Understanding Patterns in Collared Pika Density in Rapidly Changing Alpine Ecosystems of Alaska

American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society 2019 Joint Annual Conference

Title: Understanding Patterns in Collared Pika Occupancy in Rapidly Changing Alpine Ecosystems of Alaska

Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2019 Annual Meeting

Title: Collared Pika Population Ecology in Alaska: A Collaborative Approach

Selected Grants
Travel Grant ($250)
Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society2020
Travel Grant ($3500)
Alaska NSF EPSCoR2019
Travel Grant ($300)
Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society2019
Discovery Grant ($1000)
University of Alaska Anchorage, Honors College2019
Research Grant ($1500)
Midnight Sun Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers2018
Awards and Honors
Student Wildlife Conservation Award
Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society2020
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
United States Marine Corps2016
Memberships & Service
Co-Chair, Student Development Working Group
Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society2019-Present
Conference Planning Committee
Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society2019-2020
Student Liaison Officer
University of Alaska Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society2019-2020
Memberships:

Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Susitna River Coalition, Midnight Sun Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Wildlife Society: National, Alaska & Wyoming Chapters, Northwest Section

Skills
Program R
QGIS / ESRI ArcGIS Suite