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Natalie J. Blea

University of New Mexico

Department of Biology

Albuquerque, NM 87131

(505) 385-0735 natblea505@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 2004-May 2010

Major: Biology, Minor: Environmental Science, Bachelor’s of Science, GPA: 3.2

 

EXPERIENCE

Aquarist/Diver, Albuquerque Aquarium and Biological Park, City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque NM. (May 2010 - Present)

Manager: Holly Casman

  • Responsible for care of a large collection of marine life, maintenance of exhibits,  and providing overall optimal environmental conditions for all exhibit animals
  • Daily diving duties, observation and recording animal behavior and routines for a wide variety of species.
  • Providing an educational and conservation friendly environment for visitors, sending home a important message that 'our actions matter.'

Research Assistantship, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. (January 2009 - Present)

Mentor: Steven Poe, Ph.D.
  • Undergraduate research position in Herpetology laboratory position focusing in Systematics and Evolutionary Biology of Anolis lizards.
  • Field work consisting of specimen collection and identification
  • Observation of a large collection of Neotropical Anolis species and maintenance of specimen preservation 
  • Anolis marsupialis species description project: Literature Review, Obtaining and scoring a number of specimens from a number of museums, Discriminant Function Analysis, and species redescription providing measurements of holotype and variation amongst paratypes

Field Herpetologist

-UNM Undergraduate Research Assistant, Costa Rica (March 2010)

Supervisor: Joe Cook, Ph.D.

  • 10-day survey of total biodiversity in a number of sites located near Dominical, Rincon at Osa Peninsula and Las Cruces
  • Assisted in data collection for a 40 year leaf litter survey of herpetological fauna researching abundance and community ecology.

-UNM Undergraduate Research Assistant, El Cope, Panama (October 2009).

Supervisor: Steven Poe, Ph.D.

  • 6-day scientific herpetology expedition for Herpetology471 course in Parque Nacional Omar Torrijos Herrera in El Cope, Panama.
  • Surveyed community ecology of many species of reptiles and amphibians, including population decline throughout the community.

-UNM Undergraduate Research Assistant, Ecuador (August 2009).

Supervisor: Steven Poe, Ph.D.

  • 10-day herpetological scientific expedition through several Provinces in Ecuador.
  • Surveying and collection of herpetofauna in a number of sites near Baea and Mindo, Ecuador.

-UNM Undergraduate Research Assistant, Costa Rica (March 2009).

Supervisor: Joe Cook, Ph.D.

  • 9-day survey of total biodiversity in a number of sites located near Domincal, Osa Peninsula and Las Cruces
  • Assisted in data collection for a 40 year leaf litter survey of herpetological fauna researching abundance and community ecology.
Veterinary Technician, Cole and Elliott Veterinary Hospital, Albuquerque, NM (August 2006- May 2009)
Supervisor: James R. Cole, DVM
  • Daily veterinary technician duties caring for and treating sick and injured animals at a small animal veterinary clinic. Assisting in surgical preparations, procedures and recovery. Becoming familiar with diagnosis and treatment in small animal medicine.
  • Daily laboratory technician duties processing and preparing tests in a laboratory setting, including bloodwork, fecal laboratories and microscopic examinations. 

AWARDS, HONORS, MEMBERSHIPS

NSF-Stem Scholar Spring (2010)

Ronald E. McNair Scholar (Since December 2009)

Undergraduates Nurturing Research Opportunities (UnO) Scholar (2009-2010)

Atrisco Heritage Land Grant Foundation Scholar (2007-2008)

Dean's List, ('04-'08)
Regents International Study OIPS Grant (UNM), Spring 2009. $250

                  

PRESENTATIONS

Elevation of the subspecies Anolis humilis marsupialis to species status. Anolis Symposium. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. October 2009.
Elevation and redescription of an endemic montane anole related to Anolis humilis with analysis of its conservation status. 35th Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference. Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. April 2010.

 

RELEVANT COURSEWORK

Graduate:

Phylogenetics

Tropical Biology

 

Undergraduate:

Ecology & Evolution                                                  

Intro to GIS

Environmental Science

Physical Hydrology

Herpetology

Ichthyology

Tropical Biology

General Vertebrate Zoology

Cell/Molecular Biology

Genetics

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

Microsoft Office applications: Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

ArcGISv9.1

 

REFERENCES:

Steve Poe, Ph.D,  Advisor

Professor and Assistant Curator of Herpetology

Museum of Southwestern Biology

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

(505) 277-9139

 
Joseph Cook, Ph.D
Professor of Biology and Curator of Mammals
Museum of Southwestern Biology
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
(505) 277-1358