Prior to my pursuit of a Ph.D., I worked as a consultant for about four years. I worked for two different environmental consulting firms, Parametrix (Albuquerque) and Entrix (Sacramento). In these positions, I specialized in river & riparian ecology, habitat restoration, habitat mapping and monitoring, groundwater monitoring and visualization, 2-D flood modeling, GIS mapping & databases, topographic surveys, FERC hydropower relicensing, geomorphic surveys, sediment transport modeling, proposal and technical writing, and worked in large multi-disciplinary teams.
I also worked as a Research Associate for Oklahoma State University’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Coop Unit. There I created a habitat model to examine the ecological ecological impacts associated with the extraction of water from the Kiamichi River watershed. I developed in-stream flow requirements and habitat suitability criteria for three endangered mussel species, which were based on bathymetric maps that I generated by using topographic surveying equipment. I monitored mussel habitat and evaluated water management options to model the potential impacts to mussels. The process required that I extend the hydrologic records of USGS gaging stations that did not have a sufficient period of record. I was the second author of the final USFWS project report.