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Senior Associate Associates Office Staff Employment

Melissa Belcher, MS

Contact: melissa.belcher@rwma.com


EDUCATION:

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.

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M.S. Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, 2011

University of Vermont (UVM), Burlington, Vermont

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B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, 2008

 

SKILLS:

Relevant Coursework:

Environmental Problem Solving and Impact Assessment, Design and Analysis of Ecological Data, Wetlands Biology, Ecosystems Management, Environmental Problem Analysis, Social Processes and the Environment, Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Botany and Geology

 

Computer and Field Skills:

ArcGIS 9.3, Access, SigmaPlot, statistical program R, education and outreach of aquatic/marine biology, wetland habitat evaluation, land surveying, GPS data collection and analyses, evaluation and monitoring of anadromous fish passage, and management of aquatic nuisance species

EXPERIENCE:

Research Assistant, January 2010 - June 2012

USGS S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab, Turners Falls, MA.

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Provides assistance in research projects associated with burst and open channel flumes, fish swimming and diadromous fish migrations

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Assists in data collection and management  

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Assists in biological and structural monitoring and evaluation of migratory fish/technical fishways in the Connecticut River at Holyoke, Turners Falls, Vernon and Bellows Falls dams

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Drafts sections for federal (NMFS) fish passage design guidance manual and evaluates nature-like fishway/dam removal sites throughout the northeast and presents results at professional meetings.

 

Fisheries Volunteer, Spring 2010 & 2011

Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, Springfield, VT

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Assisted biologists with salmon fry stocking efforts in southern Vermont streams and rivers

 

Aquatic Nuisance Species Assistant, Field Coordinator & Boat Inspection Manager, September 2009- January 2010

Colorado Division of Wildlife, Denver, CO

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Presented aquatic nuisance species issues at meetings, conferences and sporting shows

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Assisted head biologist with all data management, outreach, and prepared news releases

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Certified boat inspector for nuisance species monitoring; inspected watercraft entering Colorado waters and trained crews to conduct proper inspections

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Coordinated aquatic nuisance species field teams and equipment in both the east and west slope regions of Colorado

 

Sea Lamprey Control Landowner Coordinator & Fisheries Technician, May 2008 – August 2009

Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, Essex Junction, VT

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Provided field assistance on sea lamprey control activities (e.g. lampricide treatments)

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Managed riparian landowner information, developed and maintained databases to organize information, contact/meetings with all water users and affected riparian landowners, organization of alternatives for drinking/bathing water during treatment times

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Assisted with fisheries management and assessment on Lake Champlain including stocking, mid-water trawling, bottom trawling, Tucker trawling, gill netting, electro-fishing, fish lift monitoring, smolt trap monitoring, fin clipping, data organization and entry, and otolith removal, preparation and analysis

 

Field Assistant & Intern, June 2007- June 2008

Keeping Track, Inc., Jericho, VT

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Assisted wildlife ecologist and forester Susan Morse of Keeping Track program in field work and tracking trips

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Educated the public during tracking workshops, public wildlife education forums, and wilderness tracking trips throughout the northeastern U.S. and southern Canada

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Recipient of the Duval Fellowship award

 

American Chestnut Field Researcher, September 2007- May 2008

University of Vermont Forestry Department, Burlington, VT

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Conducted field research for Dr. John Shane and the American Chestnut Society

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Researched American chestnut populations and growth patterns of hybridized disease-resistant strains in the northeastern U.S.

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Prepared and presented public educational talks regarding American chestnut reintroduction

 

White-tailed Deer Field Research Assistant, September 2007- December 2008

Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, Barre,, VT

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Collected and researched data of white-tailed deer populations on Shelburne Farms property in Shelburne, VT regarding suburban deer management – included weekly night-time spotting surveys

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Assisted in weighing Vermont deer & moose, collecting biological information and removing incisors at weigh stations during Vermont rifle and shotgun hunting season

 

Field Assistant & Researcher, May 2007- November 2007

Greenleaf Forestry/Vermont National Guard, Fairfax, VT

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Fulfilled a contract with Vermont National Guard locating invasive plant species on federal property and recording data with a GPS- which was further analyzed with ArcGIS 9.2 and presented on illustrated maps

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Composed management plans based on collected and conclusive data

PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS:

Hydraulic and biological evaluation and monitoring of dam removals and nature-like fish passage structures,  Presentation at American Fisheries Society 141st Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, September, 2011

Design Standards, Criteria, and Monitoring Protocol for East Coast Fish Passage Restoration Projects, 2011


Review of ‘‘Early life history of marine fishes’’, DOI 10.1007/s11160-011-9217-7.
 


 

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