Curriculum Vitae

Education: 

2009–present: PhD, Ecology and Conservation Biology  
College for Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York (Syracuse, NY) 
GPA 3.65

2010–2011: MPA, Masters of Public Administration
Maxwell School of Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)

2007–2008: MSc, Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Oxford University Centre for the Environment, St. Edmund Hall (Oxford, UK)

2003–2007: BA, Biology & BA, Environmental Science
Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York (Bronx, NY)    
Macaulay Honors College, summa cum laude (GPA 3.9)

1999–2003:Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, NY
Major: Technology and Liberal ArtsSenior thesis: "Biodiversity Loss"
Awards, Honors, and Grants:

2011 IIE Fulbright Scholar
2010 National Geographic Young Explorers Grant ($5000 USD)
2010 Maurice and Annette Alexander Wetlands Research Award ($1125 USD)
2010 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research ($1000 USD)
2009 NSF GK-12 STEM Fellowship
2009 DEFRA/FFI Flagship Species Fund Small Grant (£1875 GBP)
2008 Abbey-Santander Travel Award (£500 GBP)
2007 St Edmund Hall Brockhues Graduate Research Award, University of Oxford (£250 GBP)
2007 Rhodes Scholar Finalist
2007 The Kane Prize, Biology Department’s Highest Graduating GPA
2007 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, Lehman College
2006 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship ($5000 USD)
2006 Ranger Award, highest rank in Venture Scouts
2006 Charlie Greenberg Scholarship ($1000 USD)
2003-2007 Macaulay Honors College (2003-2007 tuition award)
2003 Eagle Scout; highest rank in Boy Scouts

Work and Teaching Experience:

2010-2011Teaching Assistant (SUNY College for Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY)
- Teach laboratory component of Geographic Information Technology and Ichthyology.
2009-2010National Science Foundation GK-12 Teaching Fellow (SUNY College for Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY)
- Co-teach undergraduate-level “global environment” course; focus on research.
2008-2009Coordinator of Alumni Relations  (Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York, New York, NY) 
- Organized and coordinated Alumni events.  Provided new opportunities and benefits to develop alumni network.  Worked on databases, communications, and fundraising.
2008Research Assistant, Carbon Dynamics (Oxford University Centre for the Environment; Ecosystem Dynamics Lab, Oxford, UK)   
- Worked with team of researchers to establish long-term plots in Oxford University’s permanent forest for analysis and research of carbon dynamics in temperate forest.
2005-2007
(summer intensive)
Assistant High Adventure Director (Ten Mile River Scout Camps, Boy Scouts of America; Narrowsburg, NY)
- Conducted staff training and organized, supervised, and coordinated backpacking, climbing, wilderness survival, and river trek high adventure programs.
2002-2007
(summer intensive)
Wilderness Guide, Climbing Instructor (Ten Mile River Scout Camps, Boy Scouts of America; Narrowsburg, NY)
- Guided weeklong hiking and canoe trips with attention to camping skills, wilderness survival and natural history; conducted week long climbing and rappelling lessons.

Research Experience:

2009-present Arapaima Ecology, Conservation, and Management (SUNY College for Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY)
- Interdisciplinary ecological research of arapaima conservation and management in Brazil through ecological field studies.
2008-2011 Butterfly Research and Outreach (Butterfly Northeast, Assam, India)
- Collaborated with local butterfly interest/enthusiast group to study butterfly communities across a human-dominated landscape; butterfly conservation outreach & education.
2008 Tropical Rainforest Studies, Australia (School for Field Studies (SFS), Australia, Study Abroad)
- Implementation of a software allowing an analysis and an interpretation of cardiometrics data for an optimisation of cycling performance.
2008Diet of tessellated darters, Bronx River (Laboratory for Marine and Estuarine Research (LaMER), Lehman College)  
- Excised the stomach content of tessellated darters, E. olmstedi, collected along the Bronx River to determine dietary niche breadth.
2006Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation in Equador and the Galapagos (Galapagos Institute for the Arts and Sciences(GAIAS),Study Abroad) 
Conducted introductory field research on lava lizard behavior and learned about the conservation of the archipelago.  

Service, Outreach, and Campus Activities:

2010-2011ESF Science Core, Coordinator (SUNY College for Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY)
- Pair former NSF GK12 fellows with graduate students on campus to serve as mentors and train a network graduate student volunteers to engage K-12 classrooms with science and research.
2009Eagle Scout Service Project, Advisor (Boy Scouts of America)
- Supervised the planning and implementation of a scout’s eagle project: a used battery collection drive and outreach program for proper battery disposal.  
2003-2009Assistant Scout Master (Boy Scouts of America) 
- Organized and coordinated Alumni events.  Provided new opportunities and benefits to develop alumni network.  Worked on databases, communications, and fundraising.
2008Study Abroad Fair (Oxford University Centre for the Environment; Ecosystem Dynamics Lab, Oxford, UK)   
- Worked with team of researchers to establish long-term plots in Oxford University’s permanent forest for analysis and research of carbon dynamics in temperate forest.
2005-2007
(summer intensive)
Assistant High Adventure Director (Ten Mile River Scout Camps, Boy Scouts of America; Narrowsburg, NY)
- Conducted staff training and organized, supervised, and coordinated backpacking, climbing, wilderness survival, and river trek high adventure programs.
2002-2007
(summer intensive)
Wilderness Guide, Climbing Instructor (Ten Mile River Scout Camps, Boy Scouts of America; Narrowsburg, NY)
- Guided weeklong hiking and canoe trips with attention to camping skills, wilderness survival and natural history; conducted week long climbing and rappelling lessons.

Skills:
Languages:
EnglishNative 
PolishProficient 
Portuguese Conversant 
SpanishConversant 

Proffesional Membership and Societies:
    2010    Ecological Society of America                                              
    2007    Sigma Xi                                                                                
    2006    Phi Beta Kappa                                                                    

Presentations:

Gurdak DJ, Arantes C, Castello L, Queiroz HL.  “Effect of Annual Flood Variability and Drought Cycles on Arapaima Growth in the Brazilian Amazon.” Oral Presentation, XIX Encontro Brasileiro de Ictiologia. Manaus, PA. February, 2011.
Gurdak DJ, Barua, M. “Butterflies and Invertebrate Conservation in Assam, India.” Short Talk, Student Conference on Conservation Science, New York, NY.  November, 2010. 
Gurdak DJ, Beal R.  “GK-12 at SUNY ESF: Past, Current, and Future Activities- Sustaining activities beyond funding.” Oral Presentation, Ecological Society of American Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. August, 2010.
Buckley S, Landis C, Spiese J, Bowman K, Byrne E, Graves M, Gurdak DJ, Song P, Taylor D, Leopold DJ (PI), Beal R (Co-PI), Spuches C (Co-PI), Majanen T. “Fostering the next generation of scientists.” Poster, National Science Foundation GK-12 Annual Conference. Washington, DC. March 2010.
Gurdak DJ, Barua M, Butterfly Northeast.  “Chasing Butterflies and Catching Interest: Butterfly Research in Assam, India, and its Application in Education and Outreach,” Poster, NSF GK12 Research Poster Presentation.  NSF headquarters, Arlington, VA.  March, 2010.  
Gurdak DJ, Curran TJ, Freeman AND, Allenby J, Schlothan M, Brown RL. “Disturbance patterns in Tropical Rainforest Fragments: Implications for Biodiversity.”  Poster, Summer School in Ecology and Biodiversity, Mammal Research Institute, Poland.  June, 2008.  
Gurdak DJ, Curran TJ, Freeman AND, Allenby J, Schlothan M, Brown RL. “Disturbance patterns in Tropical Rainforest Fragments on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland Australia.” Poster, Student Conference on Conservation Science, Cambridge, UK.  March, 2008. 
Gurdak, DJ, Rachlin, JW.  “Dietary niche breadth of Etheostoma olmstedi Collected at Stations along the Bronx River.”  Poster, Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Induction, Lehman College, Bronx, NY. May, 2007.

Publications:
Peer-Reviewed:
Barua M, Gurdak DJ, Ahmed RA, Tamuly J. 2012. Selecting flagships for invertebrate conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation. Available at:             http://www.springerlink.com/index/10.1007/s10531-012-0257-7

In Prep/ Submitted for Review:
Gurdak DJ, Barua M. (in prep) Butterfly Conservation in a Rural Agricultural Matrix in Assam, India. Manuscript in preparation for submission to Biodiversity and Conservation.
Gurdak DJ, Aragão LEOC, Rozas-Dávila A, Huasco WH, Cabrera KG, Doughty C, Rios WF, Espejo JES, Metcalfe DB, Silman MR, Malhi Y. (in review) Balancing above ground carbon fluxes and wood debris respiration to understand biomass dynamics along a tropical Andes to Amazon elevational gradient. Manuscript submitted to Plant Ecology and Diversity, special issue on “Ecosystem Dynamics of Amazonian Forests”

Technical Reports/ Other Publications:
Barua M, Gurdak DJ (2009) The 2008 Elephant Census: Total Count vs. Subsampling Blocks. In Talukdar BN (ed), Elephants in Assam. Wildlife Wing, Assam Forest Dept. 143-152
Stewart AM, Bowman K, Buckley S, Byrne E, Graves M, Gurdak DJ, Landis C, Patterson N, Rivera Y, Song P, Spiese J, Taylor D, Werner N (2010) A research Guide for Students and Teachers. Second edition. The Research Foundation of the State University of New York.
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