L. D. Richgels
University of Colorado, Ramaley N122, Campus Box 334, Boulder, CO 80309
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Trout Lake
Research Station, Minocqua,
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
I studied brown-headed cowbird foraging behavior and was responsible for insect surveys and taxonomy, bird surveys, behavioral studies, and data entry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cattle grazing shifts aquatic community composition. EBIO symposium, University
of Colorado, Boulder, CO, April 9th, 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.
2013 Reviewer for Journal of Animal Ecology2009 Reviewer for American Naturalist
2008 Reviewer for International Journal of Parasitology
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”
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
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