Curriculum Vitae

NICHOLAS HOMZIAK

 

Home Address                                                                       University Address

29 Crescent Terrace                                                                136 Girard Blvd. NE

Burlington, VT 05401                                                               Albuquerque, NM 87106

(802) 343-8699                       

nhomziak@unm.edu

 

SKILLS

  • Collection, identification, and preparation of butterfly and moth specimens.
  • Design of quantitative butterfly and moth surveys.
  • Field identification of butterflies, moths, flowers and trees.
  • Knowledge of Lepidoptera fauna from U.S., Central America, and Caribbean.
  • Digital macro photography, lab and field, using Canon SLR camera.
  • Use of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Publisher.
  • Proficient in Spanish.

 EDUCATION


Burlington High School, 6/2009


BS in Biology, Emphasis in Conservation; Spanish (anticipated 5/2013). University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.  Current GPA: 3.80

           

PUBLICATIONS

  • Two potential food plants and notes on the habitat of the Haitian tailed blue, Pseudochrysops bornoi (Comstock and Huntington 1943) (Lycaenidae) in Guánica, Puerto Rico, USA.  Jurij Homziak and Nicholas T. Homziak.In Press in Caribbean Journal of Science, Vol. 46, 2011.
  •  Moth Fauna of the Albany Pine Bush in Warren and Saratoga Counties, NY.  Jurij Homziak and Nicholas T. Homziak. In preparation for The Nature Conservancy of Eastern New York. 

EXPERIENCE

  • Student Researcher, 9/2010 - Present. Undergraduate Opportunities (UnO) Program at UNM. Researching diversity of lepidoptera fauna of White Sands National Monument, USA and Cuatro Cienagas Protected Area, Mexico, as well as continuing curatorial duties at the Museum of Southwestern Biology.
  • Curatorial Assistant, 4/2010 – 9/2010.  Museum of Southwestern Biology. Responsible for maintaining Museum insect collection, including labeling and preparing Lepidoptera specimens, and organizing lepidoptera collection by family. Used light traps to collect Lepidoptera at White Sands National Monument and Missile Range, August 2-8, 2010, as part of a grant funded study of insect biodiversity at White Sands.
  •  Volunteer, 9/2010 University of New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Monitored use of campsites and human impact in Manzano wilderness to aid Cibola National Forest wilderness monitoring program.
  •  Intern/Field Assistant, 6/2009 - 8/2009.   Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District, Poultney, VT.  Collected moth samples using UV light traps for a study using rare moths as indicators of habitat quality in two NY Pine Bush protected areas. Learned research techniques for quantitative sampling of moths, including sampling design, operation of light and bait traps, specimen processing and identification, and data management. Worked in protected areas managed for protected butterfly species, such as Henry’s Elfin and Karner Blue.
  •  Volunteer, 6/2009.  Rebuilding Together, Harrisonburg, VA.  Rehabilitated low-income housing.
  • Volunteer, 6/2008.   Acadia National Park, Frenchman’s Bay Conservancy, Hancock, ME.  Built and maintained trails; rehabilitated conservancy facilities. (light carpentry, painting)
  •  Volunteer, 7-/2007–12/2007.   Museo Entomologico de León, León, Nicaragua. Collected Nicaraguan Lepidoptera specimens and photographed them for virtual collection.
  •  Volunteer Counselor, 6/2005, 6/2006. Mississippi State University Entomology Camp, Starkville, MS.  Led field trips, taught collecting and specimen pinning, and educated campers about butterflies and moths.
  •  Volunteer, 9/2005 – 6/2009.  Youth Group, First Congregational Church, Burlington, VT.  Made food and did volunteer work for community members in need.
  •  Extensive travel in Germany, Turkey (7/2010), Peru (4/2009), and Nicaragua (6-7/2007).

 

HONORS

  • UNM Nominee for Goldwater Scholarship, 2010-11.
  • UNM National Scholars Scholarship.
  • UNM Amigo Scholarship.

ACTIVITIES

  • Current member of UNM chapter of New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.
  • Current member of UNM Biology Undergraduate Society.
  • Current member of Vermont Entomological Society.
  • Current member of Xerces Society.
  • Current member of Lepidopterists Society.
  • Current member of Florida Entomological Society.
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