Gregory Lipps, LLC, Herpetological and GIS Consulting 2001 - Present

Consultant.  Clients include the Ohio Division of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Bowling Green State University, Ohio Department of Transportation, various regulated industries, and park districts. Projects include:

• Endangered species surveys

• Complete species inventories

• Habitat suitability and spatial analysis using GIS

• Mark-recapture and population estimation

• Development and implementation of monitoring programs

• Predicting species occurrence using GIS modeling

• Production of educational materials and web site


Toledo Zoo, Toledo, Ohio 1995 - 2001

Zookeeper, Department of Herpetology

Responsibilities included caring for a diverse collection of amphibians and reptiles (including venomous); daily cleaning, feed preparation and feeding, enclosure design and construction, facilities maintenance, carrying out veterinarian prescribed treatments, observing animals, record keeping, researching and applying natural history and captive data to improve care and propagation programs; regular contact with print and television media, including participation in the Emmy Award winning "Zoo Today" television show.

EDUCATION:

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

M.S. Biology. 2005

Co-instructor for Herpetology (2004).

Awarded State Wildlife Grant ($23,000) for thesis research entitled "Predicting the Occurrence of Rare Amphibians."

Bachelor of Science, Biology 2002


PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

Society for Conservation Biology

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Ohio Biological Survey

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity, Ohio EPA Technical Review Committee. 2007

Midwest Regional Working Group, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (MWPARC).

Co-chair: 2006 - 2009
Advisory Board: 2009 - Present

Natural Resources Assistance Council, District 12, Clean Ohio Fund Greenspace Committee.
2003 - Present (current Vice-Chair)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Books:

Lipps, G. J. 2004. Amphibians and Reptiles. Pages 33-37 in: M. T. Grigore, editor. Living in the Oak Openings: A homeowner's guide to one of the world's last great places. Homewood Press, Toledo, Ohio.

Peer-reviewed articles:

Russell, R. W., G. J. Lipps, S. J. Hecnar, and G. D. Haffner. 2002. Persistent organic pollutants in Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi) from Ohio. Ohio Journal of Science 102(5): 119-122.

Selected technical reports and projects:

Lipps, G. J. and R. A. Pfingsten.  2010.  Assessment and conservation of Ohio populations of the Eastern Hellbender.  Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J.  2010.  Landscape characteristics of Eastern Box Turtle locations in the Oak Openings Region of Northwest Ohio.  Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. and R. A. Pfingsten. 2007. A survey of the Hellbender in Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2007. Attempted repatriation of the Cricket Frog onto Middle Bass Island. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Morrison, J.M., Root, K.V., Barnes, J.R., and Lipps, G.  2006. Habitat suitability and demographic population viability models for Florida’s Crested Caracaras. Final Report (FWC Contract No. 01213) for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Peer-reviewed and accepted.

Lipps, G. J. 2006. A survey of the Eastern Massasauga in northern Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2006. Habitat enhancement and management recommendations for endangered and threatened wildlife. (Educational materials for private lands biologists.) Developed for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2005. A framework for predicting the occurrence of rare amphibians: A case study with the Green Salamander. M.S. Thesis. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2005. A survey of the Eastern Massasauga in the Morgan Swamp Nature Preserve. Technical report to the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Dublin, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2004. A survey of the Eastern Massasauga in the vicinity of the Mosquito Creek Reservoir (Trumbull County, Ohio). Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2004. A survey of the Spotted Turtle in northeastern Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2003. A survey of the Cave Salamander in Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2003. A survey of the Green Salamander in Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2003. Monitoring Ohio's Salamanders. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2002. Ohio's pond-breeding salamanders: Standard methods for surveying and monitoring. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2002. Ohio's stream-dwelling salamanders: Standard methods for surveying and monitoring. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2002. A survey of the pond-breeding salamanders along the proposed US 24 corridor, Henry and Lucas Counties. For the Mannik and Smith Group, Maumee, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2001. A survey of the amphibians of the Resthaven Wildlife Area. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2000. A survey of the distribution of Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi) in northern Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Biological Survey and The Toledo Zoo.

EXPERTISE:

• Expert knowledge of the use of Geographic Information System (ArcView 3.x and ArcGIS 10) and Global Positioning Systems.

• Experience in remote sensing using satellite imagery and ER Mapper software.

• Ability to plan and carry out scientific investigations utilizing appropriate quantifiable data collection techniques and statistical analysis of data.

• Expert knowledge of current techniques for surveying and monitoring amphibians and reptiles.

• Experience with safe handling techniques for venomous reptile species and envenomation treatment.

• Familiar with diagnosis of diseases commonly observed in amphibians and reptiles.

• Experience in radiotelemetry techniques for tracking wildlife.

• Knowledge of museum techniques, including the preparation of voucher specimens for scientific study.

• Well-versed in Population Viability Analysis and the use of Vortex and RAMAS software.

• Able to design, develop, and maintain web sites.

• Competent with PC’s and software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.

• Excellent scientific writing, communication, and public speaking abilities.

• Organize and lead efficient and effective meetings and conferences.



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