Curriculum Vitae

Katherine L. D. Richgels

University of Colorado, Ramaley N122, Campus Box 334, Boulder, CO 80309

katherine.richgels@colorado.edu

EDUCATION

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in progress

Advisor: Dr. Pieter Johnson

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

GIS Certificate, Aug 2006

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Bachelor of Natural Sciences, Wildlife Ecology, May 2005

Graduated with Distinction

 

AWARDS, GRANTS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

2010 - 2013     Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, $135,000.

2012                UGGS Travel Grant, University of Colorado, United Government of Graduate Students, Boulder, CO $300.

2011                Departmental Research Grant, University of Colorado, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Boulder, CO, $1,500.

2010                Departmental Research Grant, University of Colorado, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Boulder, CO, $1,200.

2010                Sigma Xi Grants-In-Aid, Sigma Xi, Research Triangle Park, NC, $400.

2009                Departmental Research Grant, University of Colorado, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Boulder, CO, $2,100.

2009                Van Riper Burt Award Research Grant, University of Colorado, Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO, $654.

2009                Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Arlington, VA.

2005                Juday Fellowship for Undergraduate Research, University of Wisconsin, Trout Lake Research Station, Minocqua, WI, $4,000.

2004-2005       McCabe Scholarship, University of Wisconsin, Department of Wildlife Ecology, Madison, WI, $1,000.

2001-2005       Watson Scholarship, IBM, Rochester, MN, $8,000.

 

RESEARCH AND FIELD EXPERIENCE


2008-2013       Graduate Student, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Completed two, four month field seasons sampling aquatic habitats for parasites, macroinvertebrates, and amphibians.  Additionally, became proficient with the statistical program R, community metrics, mathematical modeling, ordination methods, mixed effect models, and other statistical methods. I also designed and implemented several experimental studies.

2006-2007       GIS Analyst, First American Spatial Solutions, Madison, WI.

Contracted for the Urban Explorer project for NAVTEQ. Collected data for the municipal boundary, school district, and fire station location databases. Responsible for general GIS, including data acquisition, GPS use, database creation, management, and spatial analysis.

2005-2006       GIS Intern, National Park Service, Midwest Regional GIS Office, Madison, WI. 

Worked with the WFMI and FPSS programs and was responsible for the creation and editing of databases, heads up digitizing, cartography, and spatial analysis. Internship project used spatial analysis techniques, located possible dug-outs, created a park map, and built a general data model for Nicodemus National Historic Site.

2005-2006       Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin, Center for Limnology, Madison, WI.

Sorted benthic invertebrate surveys from the Northern Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research site. Responsible for general benthic invertebrate taxonomy and data entry.

2005                Juday Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Trout Lake Research Station, Minocqua, WI. 

Developed, implemented, and analyzed a research project on the bioenergetics of parasitized vs. un-parasitized snails.

2005                Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin, Center for Limnology, Madison, WI.

I studied the amphibian parasite, Ribeiroia ondatrae, which causes deformities in frogs, and a Daphnia chytrid parasite causing declines in zooplankton.  I researched aspects of the entire life cycle of R.ondatrae, including birds, snails and amphibians.  I became proficient in survey and capture methods for aquatic systems.

 2004                Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin, Department of Wildlife Ecology Raton, NM.

I studied brown-headed cowbird foraging behavior and was responsible for insect surveys and taxonomy, bird surveys, behavioral studies, and data entry.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2011-2012     Graduate Student Mentor, mentored an incoming graduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado.

2011               Pedagogy Course, learned to create lesson plans, interdisciplinary class modules, and effective assessments for both students and courses.

2010               Teaching Assistant, parasitology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Rating of 5.6 out of 6.

2009               Teaching Assistant, general biology for non-science majors, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Rating of 5.4 out of 6.

2008-2009      Teaching Assistant, general biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Rating of 5.38 out of 6 and a grade of A- from the department.

2008-2009      Mentor, high school research program, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO. Mentor a high school student, Amber Mayfield, from New Vista High School in scientific research.  Amber designed and implemented a project on the effects of snail size on infection levels and took 3rd at the Boulder County Science Fair.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Richgels, K.L.D., J.T. Hoverman, P.T.J. Johnson. 2013. Evaluating the role of regional and local processes in structuring a larval trematode metacommunity of Helisoma trivolvis. Ecography 36: 001–010, 2013 (early view). DOI 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.07868.x

Hoverman, J.T., D.L Preston, S.A. Orlofske, K.L.D. Richgels, P.T.J. Johnson. In Review. Linking metabolic theory and disease ecology: experimental insights into the unique efficiency of host-parasite interactions. Ecology Letters.

Peterson, A.C., K.L.D. Richgels, P.T.J. Johnson, and V.J. McKenzie. 2013. Investigating the dispersal routes used by an invasive amphibian, Lithobates catesbeianus, in human-dominated landscapes. Biological Invasions (online first) DOI 10.1007/s10530-013-0442-y.

Johnson, P.T.J., D.L. Preston, J.T. Hoverman, K.L.D. Richgels. 2013. Biodiversity reduces disease through functional changes in host community composition. Nature 494:230-233.

Hoverman, J.T., J.R. Mihaljevic, K.L.D. Richgels, J.L. Kirby, P.T.J. Johnson. 2012. Widespread co-occurrence of virulent pathogens within California amphibian communities. EcoHealth 9:288-292.

Johnson P.T.J., J.T. Hoverman, V.J. McKenzie, A.R. Blaustein, K.L.D. Richgels. 2012. Urbanization and wetland communities: applying metacommunity theory to understand the local and landscape effects. Journal of Applied Ecology 50:34-42.

Johnson P.T.J., D.L. Preston, J.T. Hoverman, J.S. Henderson, S.H. Paull, K.L.D. Richgels, M.D. Redmond. 2012. Species diversity reduces parasite infection through cross-generational effects on host abundance. Ecology 93:56-64. 

Johnson, P.T.J., J.M. Chase, K.L. Dosch, R.B. Hartson, J.A. Gross, D.J. Larson, D.R.       Sutherland, and S.R. Carpenter. 2007. Aquatic eutrophication promotes pathogenic         infection in             amphibians. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 104:15781-86.

TECHNICAL REPORTS

Dosch, K.L., Johnson, P.T.J., and McKenzie, V.J. 2008. Northern leopard frog (Lithobates [=Rana] pipiens) sampling protocol for Colorado. Prepared for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

 

CONTRIBUTED ORAL PRESENTATIONS

Richgels, K.L.D. 2013. Conservation of California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii)? Colorado Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation semi-annual meeting, January 26th, 2013.

Richgels, K.L.D., Hoverman, J.T., and P.T.J. Johnson. 2012. Evaluating community structure and the role of regional and local processes in larval trematode metacommunities of Helisoma trivolvis. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, August 8th, 2012.

Dosch, K.L., Johnson, P.T.J. 2010. Anthropogenic land use change shifts freshwater aquatic community composition: Parasites and their hosts response to cattle grazing. Ecological  Society of America Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, August 3, 2010.


SEMINARS AND GUEST LECTURES

Richgels, K.L.D. 2013. Plague Life Cycle. St Pius X Catholic Middle School, 6th grade science, March 18th, 2013.

Richgels, K.L.D. 2013. Plague History. St Pius X Catholic Middle School, 6th grade science, March 19th, 2013.

Dosch, K.L. 2011. The herpetofauna of the oak chaparral ecosystem in California. Brown Bag Series, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, March 16th, 2011.

Dosch, K.L. 2010, Avian Malaria, Parasitology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, April 19th, 2010.

Dosch, K.L. 2010. Human Malaria, Parasitology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, April 14th, 2010.

Dosch, K.L. 2010. Cattle grazing shifts aquatic community composition. EBIO symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, April 9th, 2010.

Dosch, K.L. 2010. Cattle grazing shifts aquatic community composition. Natural History Museum Seminar, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, March 17th, 2010.

Dosch, K.L. 2009. Reproduction of animals. General Biology 1220, University of Colorado,  Boulder, CO, Feb 20th, 2009.

Dosch, K.L. 2005. Bioenergetics of infected versus uninfected snails. Trout Lake Research Station Seminar Series, Minocqua, WI, Aug 15, 2005.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2013                Reviewer for Journal of Animal Ecology

2009                Reviewer for American Naturalist

2008                Reviewer for International Journal of Parasitology

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2013                Organizer for the Teaching Controversial Topics Workshop, March 16th, 2013.

2012                Organizer for the Teaching Evolution Workshop, August 4th, 2012.

2011                Volunteer for the Teaching Evolution Workshop, August 6th, 2011.

2009                Investigating Careers in the Environment (ICE) graduate student panel member

2008-2012       Graduate Teacher Program

2008                Professional Development: “Success in Graduate School               

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMITTEES

2010 - 2013      Ecological Society of America, member

2012                Landscape Ecology Discussion Group, University of Colorado

2011-2012       Evolution Outreach Committee, University of Colorado

2009-2010       Graduate Computer Committee, University of Colorado

2008-2012       Disease Discussion Group, University of Colorado

2004-2005       Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, member

2002-2005       Wildlife Society, member

2005                Wisconsin Trappers Education and Certificate


UNDERGRADUATES MENTORED

Brita Schneiders, 2013 – Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program grant

Saren Ploen, 2013 – Research experience

Emma Gallagher, 2013 – Research experience

Jayleen Gerace, 2012 – Research experience

Sako Barbarian, 2012 – Research experience

Ian Buller, 2012 – Honor’s Thesis

Jason Lambden, 2012 – Honor’s Thesis

Jeff McFarland, 2010 – NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

Kendra Gietzen, 2010 – NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

Amber Mayfield, 2009 – Boulder Valley School District Science Fair

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