SAMANTHA ELLEN ANDRES

Ph: [+1 410 302 0870] [+61 0435 411 549]

sam.Andres111@gmail.com

s.andres@westernsydney.edu.au

Profile

I am a plant and community ecologist interested in the dynamics and drivers of vegetation dynamics across different ecological communities. I have had experience working in coastal, desert, forest, riparian and alpine ecosystems.

Much of the work I have recently been doing has involved large scale-ecosystem focused reforestation projects, and rare plant conservation and management.

Experience

May 2006-May 2009

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Volunteer


Volunteer for the monthly stream and shoreline restoration weekends. Experience revegetating riparian ecosystems, and restoring coastal grassland ecosystems.

Hours: 200


May 2009-August 2009

Tahoe National Forest/Yosemite NP

Trail Crew Member


Experience in building and maintaining trails for public use and recreation. Hours: 550


April 2013-May 2016

California Native Plant Society

Volunteer (Wildflower Show, and Society Meetings)


Experience working for the CNPS wildflower show, helping to identify an organize plants for the show, in addition to working with the public answering questions and giving more information about native Northwest California Species.

Hours: 500

April 2013-July 2016

Humboldt State University

Humboldt State Herbarium Assistant


Experience in prepping, collecting, identifying, annotating, and maintaining specimens in the HSU Herbarium.

Hours: 1000

August 2016-December 2016

Humboldt State University

Teaching Assistant: Plant Taxonomy


Plant Collector for BOT 350 (Plant Taxonomy) at HSU.


Collecting plant specimens to learn family, genus, and species-level characteristic of commonly encountered flora of Northern California.


Instructor: Michael Mesler

Hours: 1000

April 2016-December 2016

Humboldt State University

Parasitic Plants of Northern California


Collection project for the HSU Herbarium consisting of 25 specimens collected from Northern California of parasitic plants in the Orobanchaceae, Ericaceae (Monotropoideae), Stantalaceae, and Orchidaceae.

June 2016-August 2016

SHN (Consulting Engineers and Geologists)

Eelgrass Monitoring Technician


Monitoring eelgrass in the Humboldt Bay to understand the effects of different oyster cultivation methods.

Hours: 500

June 2016-August 2016

Friends of the Dunes

Dune Vegetation Analyst


Vegetation survey crew member for the California State Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready Program to understand how climate change is impacting Humboldt


County’s coastal dunes, led by Andrea Pickart

Hours: 1000

May 2017-October 2017

U.S Forest Service

Riparian Vegetation Monitoring Field Technician


Botanical analysis of riparian vegetation, and habitat monitoring for PIBO (PacFish/InFish Biological Opinion Monitoring Program) to determine the aquatic conservation strategies can effectively maintain or restore the structure and function of riparian and aquatic systems. Hours: 1880

April 2018-September 2018

Chicago Botanic Garden

Rare Plant Demography and Monitoring

Monitoring and demography surveys for Colorado’s rare plants, under the BLM Colorado State office botanist. Collaboration with other local research groups and university organizations. Field work, as well as data entry and office work.

Hours: 880

September 2018-January 2019

US Geological Survey

Research Assistant

Assistant for a variety of research projects at the Moab, UT field office under Mike Duniway, primarily focused on climate change and extreme drought in dryland ecosystems.

Hours 550

December 2018-Present

For the Wild

1 Million Redwoods Project Collaborator

Collaborator in developing a large-scale reforestation effort dedicated to assist in following natural ecological succession processes to reforest a Coast Redwood ecosystem, and its associated microhabitats. Duties include project planning, management, ecological ethics, research and design.

August 2019-September 2019

NSW Office of Environmental Heritage & Conservation Volunteers Australia

Volunteer

Assistant in habitat restoration projects for endangered species partnered with the Save Our Species program through NSW OEH. Tree planting, rare plant education, and assisting in identifying priority areas to implement conservation and management activities.

August 2019-Present

Western Sydney University

Teacher (Botany)

Teaching the lab practicals for the Botany course at WSU. Labs involve concepts in plant ecology, using dichotomous keys to identify plants, and methods of analysis for different vegetation communities.

Education

Humboldt State University — BS Ecology and Biodiversity

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment- Postgraduate Student 2019

Affiliations & Memberships

500 Women in Science: Member since 2018

Analog Forestry Network (AFN): Member since 2018

Ecological Society of America: Member since 2018

Ecological Society of Australia: Member since 2019

Skills

Data Analysis and management

Use of Microsoft Excel, Office, Powerpoint and Word

Use of Dichotomous Keys

Project Management

GIS Software analysis

Budget Planning and Financing

Problem Solving

Population and Community Modeling

Verbal and Technical Communication Skills

Adaptability

Establishment of demographic monitoring protocols

Self-motivation

Graphic design

Soil sampling field and lab procedures

Lichen and moss identification

Herbarium maintenance and specimen collection

Lab analysis and sterile tissue culture

Scientific Writing

Field workQA/QC

Organization and planning

Ability to work under pressure with little to no supervision

Leadership

Teamwork

Time Management

Creativity

Statistical analysis

Public speaking

Projects

Ongoing Projects

Addressing the Drivers of Dieback in an Endangered Shrub: Persoonia hirsuta

A project incorporating approaches to applied conservation biology, coupled with research from multiple ecological lenses to address the best conservation advice for this species, and develop a holistic approach to conservation biology for other species of concern.

Written Reports

•Andres SE, Linowski K, Morningstar LS, Muzio F. 2016. Plant Preference of Formica obscuripes in the Coastal Ma-le’l Dunes Community. Humboldt State University.

•Andres SE. 2018. Sclerocactus glaucus: Colorado Hookless Cactus Annual Monitoring Summary. Colorado Bureau of Land Management.

•Andres SE. 2018. Phacelia formosula: North Park Phacelia Annual Monitoring Summary. Colorado Bureau of Land Management.

•Andres SE. 2018. Physaria obcordata: Species Status Assessment and Monitoring Summary. Colorado Bureau of Land Management.

•Andres SE. 2019. 1 Million Redwoods Annual Progress Report. For the Wild.

•Andres SE. 2019. Persoonia hirsuta Translocation Summary. Australasian Network for Plant Conservation. ANPC Annual Student Issue.

Presentations

The Biogeography of Northern California: Presented at the HSU Biogeography Seminar, and Native Plant Society Meeting

Mycoparasitism-A discussion on the ecology, and evolution of mycoparasitism in the Orchidaceae, and Monotropoideae (Ericaceae): Presented at the Humboldt Mycological Club Fall Meeting.

A Holistic Approach to Conservation Biology: Presented at Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment HDR Forum.

Collaboration and other Work

• Eutrema penlandii: development of a demographic sampling protocol for Eutrema penlandii, a tiny ice-age relict of the Brassicaceae, known only to the Mosquito Range of Colorado.

• Persoonia hirsuta- Collaboration with the Australian Botanic Gardens Persoonia Conservation Program.

• 1 Million Redwoods Project- Collaboration with For the Wild and partner organizations to reforest a Coast Redwood Ecosystem.

Past Projects

Endophytes in Tissue Culture


Utilization of sterile culture techniques to analyze the endophyitic flora of infected and uninfected individuals of Vaccinium ovatum from the pathogenic “witches- broom” fungus Calyptospora goeppertiana.

References

Erik S. Jules- Erik.Jules@humboldt.edu

Michael Mesler- Michael.Mesler@humboldt.edu

Andrew Vanwagenen- Avanwagenen@fs.fed.us

Denny Haynes- dennysonhaynes@fs.fed.us

Carol Dawson- cdawson@blm.gov

Erika Geiger- Egeiger@usgs.gov

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