WENDEE NICOLE

SCIENTIST * WRITER * EDUCATOR

http://www.wendeenicole.com/

 

 

EDUCATION

MA/Ph.D. candidate, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University                                  May 2003-2005

            Awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) 3-yr Graduate Research Fellowship    

Conservation Genetics Workshop, NCI Laboratory for Genomic Diversity                              Aug 2004

            Led by LGD’s Dr Steve O’Brien, at Smithsonian Conservation & Research Center

Information Technology in Science (ITS) Certificate & Fellowship                                     2001-2003

            ITS Center for Teaching and Learning, Texas A&M College of Education

M.S. Wildlife Ecology, Texas A&M University, 4.0/4.0 GPR                                                 1993- 1995

B.S. Wildlife Ecology. Texas A&M University, Magna Cum Laude                                         1988-1993

School for Field Studies, Center for Rainforest Ecology semester abroad, Australia                        Fall 1990

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Š       LOGOS Communications, LLC. Award-winning Freelance Science/Environment Writer. 1995-Present.  Articles published in magazines such as Scientific American, Nature, Smithsonian, Audubon, OnEarth, Environmental Health Perspectives, Sierra as well as online sites such as Discovery Channel /AnimalPlanet.com, Climate Central, The Daily Climate, and others.  

v  1st place American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA) science writing award, 2013, for “Did Tap Water Kill Lou Gehrig?” in Pacific Standard Magazine.

v  Member National Association of Science Writers (NASW), Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)

v  Animal Planet’s “Animals in the News” daily blogger, covering pets, wildlife, ocean conservation, food and other animal-related issues. 2009 & 2010 http://blogs.discovery.com/animal_news/

v  Won two Gold and one Silver International Regional Magazine Assoc (IRMA) Awards.

v  Produced and screenwrote the Spring Creek Greenway documentary video (springcreekgreenway.com/video) & designed the website (springcreekgreenway.com/)

v  Developed 6-wk online writing course that I’ve taught independently for several years. I critique and provide editing feedback on student articles and query letters.

v  Intermittently involved since 1993 in the Internet Writing Workshops – Nonfiction critique group, which involves editing and critiquing writers’ work.

 

Š       Houston Advanced Research Center. Research Associate. March 2005-Oct 2005.  Led the Houston Regional Urban Forestry Initiative, designed to convince the U.S. EPA to accept urban heat island measures as part of Houston’s plan to mitigate air pollution. In my work, I worked with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and landowners to discuss and encourage mass-scale tree planting and forest conservation.  This involved education and outreach to citizens, as well as the development and business communities. Work also involved researching and writing part of the Houston Atlas of Biodiversity.

 

Š       Adjunct Biology Instructor, Kingwood College (Now Lonestar College).  Jan 2000-Aug 2003. Teaching duties included lecture and laboratory, exam preparation, and directing students in stream monitoring and animal behavior research projects. In addition to classroom courses, I developed and taught the first internet (WebCT) Biology course for the North Harris Montgomery Community College District. Grading included providing editing feedback on student essays and written reports.

 

Š       Eco-Rating International. May 1995 -1997. Pasadena, CA. Ecological Consulting. Evaluated the ecological soundness of the production of consumer products. Interviewed scientists, conducted library research, reviewed scientific reports and papers, and wrote press releases.

 

Š       Teaching Assistant, Animal Ecology lab. 1994-1995. Texas A&M University. Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences.  College Station, TX 77843-2258. Supervised students as we conducted a small mammal field ecology experiment that involved sampling small mammals, fire ants, and vegetation.  Designed lab lectures & curriculum. Reviewed, critiqued and  edited student research papers. Supervisor: Dr. William E. Grant. 

 

Š       Tutor for Biology and Wildlife & Fisheries courses to student athletes. Texas A&M University. College Station, TX 77843-2258.

 

Š       Senior Honors Thesis - Designed and conducted an experiment to determine the impact of fire ants on small mammals. Selected and supervised field assistants. The research was published in a Senior Honors Thesis in 1993 but also was recently approved for publication in the International Journal of Ecology (in press – see publications). The field work involved trapping small mammals, sampling fire ant activity, and identifying vegetation on a 9x9 grid at the Texas A&M field site (post oak savannah habitat).

 

Š       EG&G Environmental Sciences Dept. Summer 1992. Analyst, conducting investigations of U.S. Department of Energy projects and development activities on flora & fauna of Mojave Desert ecosystem. Field work included setting up transects, small mammal trapping, vegetation sampling, radio telemetry of desert tortoise, pitfall trapping of reptiles and macroinvertebrates, and data entry. Full time.

 

Š       LGL Ecological Research Associates. 1991-1992. Lab technician working on a study of secondary productivity in Alaskan wetlands.  Identified and classified benthic invertebrates to Order using microscope. Part time.

 

Š       Griffith University, Dept. of Australian Environmental Studies. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Volunteer Research Assistant working on an ecological inventory of Wivenhoe Park. Duties included pitfall trapping of invertebrates and herps, small mammal trapping, spotlighting nocturnal mammals, mist netting birds, establishing sample plots, and  laboratory identification of terrestrial invertebrates to Order.  Dec 1990-Feb 1991. 25 hrs/week.

 


Š       Mon Repos Environmental Park. Queensland, Australia.  Volunteer tour group leader working under Dr Colin Limpus.  In addition to leading tourist groups, I took measurements on nesting and hatchling sea turtles, and relocated nests higher on the embankment.  Feb. 1990.  

 

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS/RESEARCH

Š       Do Invasive Fire Ants Affect Habitat Selection within a Small Mammal Community? 2010. Holtcamp, W. N., C. K. Williams, and W. E. Grant. Int. J of Ecology. Article ID 642412:1-7

Š       Patch Use Under Predation Hazard: Effects of the Red Imported Fire Ant on Deer Mouse Foraging Behavior. Holtcamp, W. N., W. E. Grant, and S. B. Vinson.  1997. Ecology 78: 308-317.

Š       Grizzly Bears, Evolution, and Critical Thinking: Analyzing a Scaffolding IT for Teaching. Holtcamp, W.N., L. Griffing, L. and J. Packard. 2003. ITS Practitioner Research No. ITS-PR-2003-11. Symposium Proceedings of the SW meeting of the Assoc for Education of Teachers in Science (SWAETS; now ASTE).


Š       Internal forest fragmentation: effects of a logging road on small mammal movements in North Queensland rainforest. W.N. Holtcamp, M. Barton, and N. Wolfe. In prep.

 

COMPUTER EXPERIENCE

Š       Software: Proficient with spreadsheets, graphics software, word processing. Moderate experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistics software (SAS, GS-LIB)

Š       Web Page Design: Designed websites professionally for several years, including Spring Creek Greenway (www.springcreekgreenway.com) in 2006, Terra Folia Rainforest Preserve (www.terrafolia.com), Southern California Birth Provider's Directory (www.socalbirth.org), and others.

Š       Desktop publishing: Proficient with Microsoft Publisher & Powerpoint for newsletters and slides

 

COMmunity Involvement

Š       San Jacinto Conservation Coalition:  http://wendeenicole.com/sanjacinto Founder & President. I founded SJCC in late 2000 "to improve citizens' quality of life by protecting and preserving the natural resources of the San Jacinto watershed, and by proactively promoting responsible, planned "smart growth."

. Worked under the 501(c)3 status of the Gulf Coast Institute with David Crossley

.  Got San Jacinto selected as American Rivers “Most Endangered” in 2006. Resulted in legislation passed     in TX Senate. The bill did not pass the House.

. Organized River Bottom Festival, an outdoor environmental expo at Lake Houston State Park to raise awareness of the ecological value of bottomland hardwood forest. Held March 10, 2001, approximately 450 people attended, and we raised over $4500 for our organization.

. Successful letter-writing campaigns raised corporate awareness of smart growth issues in NE Houston.  SJCC meetings with Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and HEB resulted in plans for forested buffer zones and more aesthetic planned future developments in our area. 

.  Managed the organization’s budget and finances, and supervised volunteer base

 

Š       Evolution Education

. Testified before TX State Board of Education about textbooks and science standards in 2003 & 2008 as a Christian who studies evolutionary biology and supports strong evolution education.

.  Nov 11, 2003: Invited guest on Houston PBS TV show “The Connection” covering the

.  Sep 24, 2003: Panelist and co-organizer of “Evolution: What it is, and what it isn’t” Symposium at Montgomery College with NCSE’s Alan Gishlick and others.

.  Sep 10, 2003:  Testified before the Texas State Board of Education as a Christian who studies evolutionary biology and supports strong evolution education.

.  Listowner/moderator of the Texas AIBS Evolution-Education listserv.

 

 

SELECTED FREELANCE WRITING PUBLISHED ARTICLES

http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/121-a212/

http://ensia.com/features/think-for-yourself/

http://www.nwf.org/nationalwildlife/article.cfm?issueID=115&articleID=1471

http://www.onearth.org/article/my-30-days-of-consumer-celibacy

http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/planet-earth/animals/animals.html

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS/POSTERS

1.     Holy Trinity Episcopal School - Presentations on Galapagos, Darwin and Evolution; Sand mining on the San Jacinto; Expedition Shark – my experience diving with sharks in Australia for Discovery Channel; Writing/Journaling/Photography given to schoolchildren ranging from pre-K to middle school. 2008-2009. 

2.     Changing the World One Story at a Time: Objectivity in Journalism. Invited presentation at the University of North Texas Nature Writing Symposium.  April 2007 http://www.wendeenicole.com/objectivity.htm

3.     Houston Sierra Club General Meeting. Muddy Waters: Sand mining on the San Jacinto River. July 2006.

4.     Multi-User Web-Based Video of Grizzlies and Pandas. Griffing, L., Sarah, S., N. Robertson, W.N. Holtcamp, and O. Gilad. Poster at the Ecological Integration Symposium, Texas A&M University, Feb 2004.

5.     The Nexus of Science and Science Education: Using a Digital Information Technology of American Grizzly bears and Chinese Panda Bears to Engage Public Interest and Knowledge in Science. Griffing, L., W.N. Holtcamp, H. Crawford, and D. Zatz. Poster at the Conference on China-U.S. Trade, Diplomacy, and Research. Texas A&M University, Nov 2003.

6.     Grizzly Bears, Evolution, and Critical Thinking: Analyzing a Scaffolding Tool for Teaching Biology. Holtcamp, W.N., L. Griffing, L. and J. Packard. Presentation at the Southwest regional meeting of Assoc for the Education of Teachers in Science (now Assoc for Sci Teacher Ed). Ft Worth, TX. Mar. 1, 2003.

7.     The Use of Imaging to Promote Science Inquiry. Holtcamp, W.N., L. Griffing, and J. Packard. Presentation at the Educational Research Exchange (ERE) ITS Center Symposia Series. Texas A&M University, Feb 7, 2003.

8.     Alphabet Soup (PBL, GIS, IT): Innovative Ideas for Teaching & Learning Science. Conference of N. Harris Montgomery Community College District. Tomball College, Tomball, TX. March 2002. Holtcamp, W.N.

9.     Tree Hugger’s Revenge: Or Why People Need Trees.  Initial presentation of the San Jacinto Conservation Coalition, a nonprofit organization I founded that promoted smart growth and habitat conservation in NE Houston. Dec 7, 2000. http://www.sanjacinto.cc/speech.htm

10.   The Importance of Scale in Assessing Fire Ant Impacts on Native Small Mammals.  Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Albuquerque, NM. Oct 1993. W. E. Grant, and S. B. Vinson.