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To excel as a field and interpretive naturalist, and to earn a living as such. To manage a moderate-sized, high quality nature center.


Broad-based biological field and laboratory research. Natural history interpretation.


Natural history interpretation, evolution, insects, dragonfly migration, statistical data analysis, conservation biology .


WordPerfect, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, ArcView GIS, Adobe PhotoShop, Visual Basic for Applications (Excel)


B.S., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1987.
Major: Biology. Minor: Mathematics.

M.A., University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1978.
Major: Anthropology. Minor: Zoology.

B.A., State University of New York, Oswego, NY, 1972.
Major: Anthropology. Minor: Biology.



Rocky Shores Naturalist. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Beachside State Park, Waldport, Oregon.

Roving tide pool, marine mammal, seabird, and oceanography interpretation. Program development related to rocky shores topics, including coastal geology. Wrote a detailed program outline on tsunami preparedness that was used to train everyone in the Washburne/Beachside management unit to interpret tsunami hazards to the public, plus a PowerPoint training presentation on the science of tsunami. Beach safety monitoring and education.


Recreation Technician (Visitor Use Assistant). Bureau of Land Management, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Newport, Oregon.

Interpreted natural and cultural resources (tide pools, seal colony, seabird rookery, whale migration, geology, insects, historic lighthouse) to public. Designed graphic/written interpretive material on natural history and lighthouse topics using Word, PowerPoint, and Photoshop. Edited occasional newsletter, Yaquina Head Insect Watch, interpreting insect fauna to visitors and staff. Designed and produced a series of buttons featuring Yaquina Head wildlife to exchange for donations. Specimen identification, particularly insects and bones. Lead tide pool, geology, and lighthouse tours. Gave occasional campfire talks on nighttime nature observation at a nearby state park. Collected entrance fees. Provided general visitor services including first aid, parking control.

Major accomplishments:


Natural History Resource Volunteer. Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon.

On an intermittent basis, identified biological specimens for public, especially insects and mammal bones. Prepared interpretive text for natural history displays. Advised bookstore manager on natural history books being considered for adoption. Served on advisory committee to revise signage on HMSC nature trail. Presented a 2.5 hour training session on observing insects to the volunteers. Miscellaneous projects, including rearing caterpillars to butterflies for public display.


Whale Watch Naturalist. Oregon Natural Resources Council, Portland, Oregon.

Delivered 20-25 minute talks to participants prior to 2.5 hour boat trips to observe migrating Gray Whales. Answered questions about the migration and about whales in general, emphasizing conservation issues. Collected fees and distributed whale-watch literature to participants. Occasionally accompanied boat trips to provide additional interpretation, including locating seals, sea lions, and whales, and identifying seabirds for participants.


Instructional Aide. Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon.

Lead student groups on boat excursions of Yaquina Bay, instructing them in estuarine ecology and natural history. Activities included collecting plankton samples using a plankton net, water samples using a Nansen bottle, and bottom samples using an otter trawl. Identified and discussed sampled organisms. Instructed students in wise use of the estuary. Concluded with a “drive-by” tour of a commercial dock, discussing the different types of commercial fishing vessels that operate off the Oregon coast and the fisheries involved.


Naturalist/Interpreter. Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon.

Assisted visitors by answering questions about displays and animals. Monitored proper handling of animals by visitors. Introduced and ran films. Assisted aquarist as needed. Guided interpretive walks along an estuary nature trail, instructing visitors in estuarine ecology and natural history. Led birding sessions at a coastal headland. Wrote interpretive materials for volunteer docent newsletter.


Volunteer Interpreter. Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon.

Assisted visitors by answering questions about displays and animals. Monitored proper handling of animals by visitors. Introduced and ran videos and films. Assisted aquarist, bookstore manager as needed. Researched and wrote articles and training materials for volunteer interpreter program. Responded to written information requests from public. Organized and maintained a lending library for the volunteers. Wrote captions for HMSC postcards.



Faculty Research Assistant. College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Conducted experiments on the electrophysiology of ion channels in vertebrate nerve cells using whole-cell patch clamping. Cared for laboratory animals, dissected out nerve tissue, dissociated and cultured isolated cells. Delivered stimuli to cells and collected data on responses using automated data acquisition programs. Entered, analyzed results on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Statistical analysis using InStat and StatGraphics. Visual Basic for Applications (Excel) programming.


Biological Aid. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Surveyed two river systems and numerous pothole lakes in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for populations of Arctic Char, Grayling, and Nine-spined Sticklebacks using electroshocking, dipnetting, and seining.


Biological Technician. Institute of Wildlife and Environmental Toxicology, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

Participated in study of effects of a pesticide, Diazinon, on wildlife in orchards in central Washington State. Searched orchards for affected animals following spraying. Took blood samples from affected birds. Monitored nesting success of starlings in nest boxes and naturally nesting birds on treated orchards. Took initiative by compiling a guide to nests and eggs of orchard-breeding birds for use by field personnel and proofreading botanical sections of Institute's research protocol to modernize nomenclature.


Biological Technician. Coastal Oregon Productivity Enhancement Program, Newport, Oregon.

Surveyed small mammal and amphibian populations in forest stands and adjacent clearcuts in Oregon's Coast Range using pitfall trapping. Laid in transects from forest to clearcut, installed traps, collected trapped animals. Identified animals to species, weighed and measured them, and sexed rodents. Entered data using SAS and Dbase III.


Foreign Fisheries Observer. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Under contract to National Marine Fisheries Service, operated aboard a Soviet joint venture factory ship in the U.S. zone of the Bering Sea. Determined species composition of catch and bycatch of prohibited species (crab, halibut, and salmon). Monitored ship's compliance with NMFS regulations. Wrote reports on sampling methodology and ship's compliance on return from duty. Assisted in research on hybridization in Bering Sea Tanner Crabs (Chionoecetes sp.). Involved autonomous decision-making and action under difficult conditions at sea.


Research Assistant. Biology Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Conducted vegetation survey of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge as part of a landscape ecology research project. Interpreted aerial photos of the refuge, ground-truthed the interpretations. Characterized sites according to species present, species dominance, relative cover, slope and aspect, soil color. Took soil samples for lab analysis. Recorded movements of tenebrionid beetles through fractal shrub-steppe micro-landscapes. Entered results into microcomputer using SAS.


Research Aide. New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Recovered seeds of xerophytic plants from soil samples using flotation in water and zinc chloride. Sorted seeds by species.


Archaeological Field Assistant. Texas Archaeological Survey, Austin, Texas.

Participated in archaeological survey of 700,000 acre missile range in southern New Mexico. Located sites and characterized them according to map location, nature of artifacts, and plant species present. Collected surface samples of pottery and lithic materials for laboratory analysis.


Sociometric Technician. Caribbean Primate Research Center, Punta Santiago, Puerto Rico.

Monitored and recorded the behavior of free-ranging Rhesus Macaques, with emphasis on dominance and mating behavior. Maintained group census records. Kept senior scientist apprised of developments in group. Prepared data for optical scanning into computer.



Continuing Education Workshop: Interpreting Geology, Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, 10-11 February 2005. Instructor: Dr. Bob Lillie.

Workshop: Writing about Sea and Shore, Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, 21-22 July 2006. Instructor: Dr. Dorothy Blackcrow Mack.

Workshop: Writing and Selling Nature Essays, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, 19-20 September 2010. Instructor: Melissa Hart. http://www.sitkacenter.com/classes/detail.lasso?recid=1525

Aquatic Insects:

Workshop: Monitoring Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in Northwest Streams, Xerces Society, Hatfield Marine Science Center, 26 July 2000. Four classroom hours, 2 field hours.

Workshop: Introduction to Aquatic Insects, Society of Wetland Scientists, Pacific Northwest Chapter, 21 May 1999. Two classroom hours, 1.5 laboratory hours.


On-line course: Conservation GIS Using ArcView, Environmental Sciences Research Institute, Inc. (http://campus.esri.com/), completed January 2000. Ca. 20 hours instruction.

On-line course: Introduction to ArcView GIS 3.0, Environmental Sciences Research Institute, Inc. (http://campus.esri.com/), completed December 1997. Ca. 20 hours instruction.

Geosciences 565: Geographic Information Systems, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, Winter 1996. Three graduate semester hours.

Courses from Tom Brown, Tracker, Inc. (www.trackerschool.com):

Standard Nature Observation, Tracking and Survival class,1988 (5 days)

Advanced Standard Survival and Advanced Nature Observation and Tracking,1991 (10 days)

Winter Survival, 1993 (10 days)

Advanced Nature Awareness, 1993 (5 days)

Scout class, 1995 (5 days)


Xerces Society, http://www.xerces.org/


Monitoring Migratory Dragonflies:

  1. Guidelines: http://www.ent.orst.edu/ore_dfly/guides.htm#top
  2. Advice to Teachers: http://www.ent.orst.edu/ore_dfly/advice.htm#top

[Archived at http://web.archive.org/web/ ; enter http://www.ent.orst.edu/ore_dfly/ into the “Wayback Machine” and follow links to these articles.]

Analyses of Whale Watching Spoken Here™ migration count data: (archived at http://web.archive.org/web/20061205220853/home.teleport.com/~tmorse/Pages/WWSH.html)

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Site Report: Bureau of Land Management Visitor's Survey (March 2004) [57 page summary and analysis of data from a visitor survey conducted at Yaquina Head ONA (my former place of employment) in summer 2003.]

“Commentary: I’d Rather by Roving.” The Interpreter 1(4), July/August 2005, pp. 20-21. (First place award for outstanding commentary, The Interpreter magazine, 2006)

“Commentary: How Much Knowledge is Enough?” The Naturalist: Newsletter of the Interpretive Naturalist Section of the National Association for Interpretation, Fall 2005, p. 2.

“Commentary: Sound Reflections.” The Interpreter 3(4), July/August 2007, pp. 14-15.

“[Mass Directed Flights of] Dragonflies on the Oregon Coast: An Annual Event.” http://oregonshores.org/narrative.php5?nid=720


An Insect Update. Yaquina Birders and Naturalists, 15 April 1997.

Insects of Newport, Oregon. Yaquina Birders and Naturalists, 9 May 1995.

Natural History along the HMSC Estuary Trail. Hatfield Marine Science Center Volunteers, 11 August 1992.

Adventures of a Foreign Fisheries Observer in the Bering Sea. Hatfield Marine Science Center Volunteers, 8 January 1991.


“Observing Insects,” Yaquina Birders and Naturalists, Big Creek Reservoir, Newport, Oregon, 21 July 2001.


Observing Nature at Night,” for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in conjunction with Oregon State Parks; Beverly Beach State Park, 5 July 2003, 27 July 2003, 9 August 2003, and 17 August 2003.


List co-administrator, Oregon Coast Interpreters e-mail list: http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/oregon_coast_interpreters

Oregon CoastWatch (http://oregonshores.org/coastwatch.php5) mile adopter, Mile 216

Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network (http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/ommsn): report stranded marine mammals in the Newport, Oregon area; respond to stranding reports when paid staff is unavailable.


Declared “Most Interesting Science Person of the Year” for 2008 by the Oregon Coast Beach connection: http://www.beachconnection.net/news/bestof020209_429.php