Experience

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EDUCATION

Master of Science, Zoology and Physiology, May 2013
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA
GPA: 4.0 / 4.0
Advisor: Dr. Craig W. Benkman
Thesis: “Are South Hills Crossbills Declining with Increasing Temperatures?” PDF

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, May 2001
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA
GPA: 3.95 / 4.0, summa cum laude
Advisor: Dr. Alan McIntosh (Professor Emeritus)


WORK HISTORY

ECOLOGICAL CONSULTANT
Julie Hart Consulting, Ettingen, Baselland, Switzerland
Since Aug 2015

Providing services in ecology, ornithology, data and management, statistics, and English writing.

DATA TECHNICIAN
WEST, Inc., Laramie, Wyoming, USA
Oct 2013-Sep 2014

Conducted data quality control, data management, database creation, and data analysis, mainly using R, for an environmental and statistical consulting company.

CONSERVATION BIOLOGIST (Co-founder)
Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Norwich, Vermont, USA
Oct 2007-Aug 2009

Coordinated a regional high-elevation bird monitoring project called Mountain Birdwatch and managed the International Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Group.

BIOLOGICAL TECHNICIAN
Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, Vermont, USA
Apr 2006-Sept 2007

Trained and coordinated ~150 volunteers in five states to monitor high-elevation songbirds, and provided field and technical support for conservation biology projects.

NEW JERSEY WILDLIFE MIGRATION TECHNICIAN
Duke Farms Foundation, Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA 
Aug 2005-Oct 2005

Conducted an established hawk watch and coordinated volunteers.

BREEDING BIRD ATLAS FIELD ASSISTANT
Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, USA 
Jun 2005-Jul 2005

Observed and interpreted breeding behavior of eastern birds for statewide atlas project.

IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER RESEARCHER
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas, USA 
Dec 2004-May 2005

Participated in systematic surveys for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and supervised data entry.

ISLAND SUPERVISOR
National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Program, Outer Green Island, Maine, USA 
May 2004-Aug 2004

Managed a Common and Roseate Tern colony, supervised island interns, monitored growth rates and fledging success, and studied parent-chick feeding interactions.

KOKAKO FIELD ASSISTANT
Kokako Recovery Research, Rotoehu Forest, North Island, New Zealand 
Feb 2004-May 2004

Assisted with census of endangered Kokako, re-sighted banded birds and determined territory boundaries, conducted playback experiments to test pair bond strength.

BIRD CONSERVATION SPECIALIST
Audubon New YorkNational Audubon, and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA 
Dec 2001-Feb 2004

Supported major bird conservation initiatives, including the New York Important Bird Areas Program, National Audubon’s WatchList, and the Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan.

COMMON LOON BIOLOGIST
Loon Preservation Committee, Moultonborough, New Hampshire, USA 
May 2001-Aug 2001

Monitored and protected Common Loons, conducted behavioral observations, provided public education, collected data for long-term studies of mercury and lead toxicity.

NEW ENGLAND ENVIRONMENTAL INTERN
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Concord, New Hampshire, USA 
Jul 2000-Aug 2000

Assisted the Senior Planner in the Commissioner’s Office in developing a 2000 State of the Environment Report for New Hampshire about the state of land, air, and water resources in the state. Solicited updated information from approximately 50 individuals in the agency and compiled a draft document.

FOREST ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH INTERN
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA 
Jun 1998-Aug 1998

Conducted an independent research project on the influence of acid rain on the leachate from lysimeters with respect to soil type, vegetation, and pH as part of continuing research on legacy effects of trees on soils, cation budgets, and nitrogen accumulation in pines.

VERMONT YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS CREW MEMBER
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Waterbury, Vermont, USA
Jun 1997-Aug 1997

Completed a variety of projects ranging from fence building, trail maintenance, rock work on culverts, disaster relief, and prevention of streambank erosion.


GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

  • American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) Research Award, 2011, $2265
  • Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) graduate scholarship, 2010, $500
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship, 2010, $100,000
  • Program in Ecology Travel Award for Great Basin & Mojave Desert Climate Symposium, University of Wyoming, 2010, $500
  • EPA EPSCoR Fellowship, Program in Ecology, University of Wyoming, Fall 2009-Spring 2010, $19,600
  • Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, 2008, $8000
  • American Bird Conservancy, Survey Design and Implementation Fund, 2008, $3900
  • American Bird Conservancy, Survey Design and Implementation Fund, 2007, $4200
  • AmeriCorps Education Award, National Service Trust, 2003, $4725
  • AmeriCorps Education Award, National Service Trust, 2002, $4725

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Phi Kappa Phi membership, 2011
  • The Wildlife Society, Wyoming Chapter Graduate Student Award, 2010 ($1000)
  • Honorary Two-Year Membership to Cooper Ornithological Society, 2010-2011
  • Summa Cum Laude, University of Vermont, 2001
  • Holcomb Natural Resources Prize, University of Vermont, 2001
  • Environmental Sciences Award, University of Vermont, 2001
  • McIntosh Scholarship Award (for Environmental Sciences), University of Vermont, 2000 ($500)
  • Dean’s Book Award for Environmental Sciences, University of Vermont, 2000
  • Golden Key International Honor Society junior scholarship recipient, 1999
  • Mortar Board Sophomore Scholarship Award, 1999 ($1000)
  • Dean’s List, University of Vermont, all 8 semesters
  • Student Academic Recognition (STAR), University of Vermont, Spring 1999-Fall 2001
  • Vermont Scholar, University of Vermont, 1997-2001 (full tuition, room and board)

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Scarl, J., J. A. Hart, R. Dettmers, J. D. Lambert, and P. Sólymos. In prep. Changes in abundance of high-elevation songbirds: A ten-year study using citizen science data in the Northeastern U.S.

Hart, J. A. 2013. Are South Hills Crossbills declining with increasing temperatures? M.Sc. thesis, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming. PDF

Hart, J. A., and C. Rimmer. 2012. White-winged Warbler (Xenoligea montana), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hart, J. A., C. Soberanes-González, C. Rodríguez-Flores, and M. C. Arizmendi. 2011. Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

IBTCG. 2010. A conservation action plan for Bicknell’s Thrush (Catharus bicknelli). J. A. Hart, C. C. Rimmer, R. Dettmers, R. M. Whittam, E. A. McKinnon, and K. P. McFarland, Eds. International Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Group.

Hart, J. A. 2010. Hispaniolan Crossbill (Loxia megaplaga), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hart, J. A., and J. D. Lambert. 2008. Mountain Birdwatch: Protocol and Standard Operating Procedures for Monitoring High-elevation Landbirds in the Northern Appalachian and Laurentian Regions. Northeast Coordinated Bird Monitoring. 62 pp. PDF


ORAL & POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • 2015, “Changes in abundance of high-elevation songbirds: A ten-year study using citizen science data in the Northeastern U.S.”, Julie Hart, Judith Scarl, Randy Dettmers, Dan Lambert, and Peter Sólymos, British Ecological Society, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  • 2013, “Are South Hills Crossbills declining because of increasing temperatures?”, thesis defense, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming (oral)
  • 2011, “eBird: Where birding meets science!”, invited presentation, Laramie Audubon Society, Laramie, Wyoming, (oral)
  • 2010, “In search of Diablotín: one of the world’s rarest birds and its unlikely stronghold in Haiti”, invited presentation, Laramie Audubon Society, Laramie, Wyoming (oral)
  • 2010, “Mountain Birdwatch 2.0: Launching a Revised, Expanded Monitoring Program,” Judith Scarl, Dan Lambert, and Julie Hart, “Power of Partnerships” Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast, Plymouth, Massachusetts (poster)
  • 2010, “Experiences in non-profit bird conservation”, invited presentation, University of Wyoming student chapter of The Wildlife Society, Laramie, Wyoming (oral)
  • 2010, “Climate change, premature seed fall, and the decline of crossbills,” Great Basin & Mojave Desert Climate Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada (poster)
  • 2009, “Bicknell’s Thrush: New England’s montane specialist”, invited presentation, Laramie Audubon Society, Laramie, Wyoming (oral)
  • 2009, “What does maple chocolate ice cream have to do with Bicknell’s Thrush conservation?”, University of Wyoming brown bag series, Laramie, Wyoming (oral)
  • 2009, “Bicknell’s Thrush: Conservation in the face of long odds“, Chris Rimmer, Julie Hart, Randy Dettmers, Becky Whittam, Kent McFarland, and Yves Aubry, American Ornithologists’ Union annual meeting,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (oral, presented by Chris Rimmer)
  • 2009, “Birds and Butterflies of the Alpine: Pipits, Arctics, and Fritillaries on Mount Washington,” 6th Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering, Lake Placid, New York (oral)
  • 2008, “Mountain Birdwatch Phase 2: Monitoring high-elevation birds in the Atlantic Northern Forest,” Northeast Coordinated Bird Monitoring and Conservation Workshop, Cape May, New Jersey (oral)
  • 2008, “Bicknell’s Thrush: New York’s montane specialist,” invited presentation, Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club in Colonie, New York (oral)
  • 2008, “Bicknell’s Thrush: New Hampshire’s montane specialist,” invited presentation, Margret and H.A. Rey Center, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire (oral)
  • 2007, “Bicknell’s Thrush: New York’s montane specialist,” invited presentation, Capital District Audubon Society, Colonie, New York (oral)
  • 2007, “Bicknell’s Thrush: Connecting Vermont to the rest of the hemisphere,” Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Weston, Vermont (oral)
  • 2006, “Bicknell’s Thrush: New York’s montane specialist,” feature presenter, fall council meeting of Audubon New York, Saranac Lake, New York (oral)
  • 2006, “Mountain Birdwatch: High-elevation bird monitoring,” Maine Mountain Conference, Saddleback, Maine (oral)

COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE

  • Web designer and blogger, Laramie Audubon Society, 2011-2014
  • Web designer, Benkman lab, University of Wyoming, 2010
  • Editor and graphic designer, Field Notes, Vermont Center for Ecostudies newsletter, 2007-2009
  • Web designer and blogger, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, 2007-2009
  • Author, Birding articles for a syndicated column in the Burlington Free Press, 2007-2008
  • Compiler of appendices for: Wells, Jeffrey V. 2007. Birder’s Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk. Princeton University Press. 464 pp.
  • Graphic designer, Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan, 2004
  • Graphic designer, Birdscope, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2003
  • Graphic designer, various publications for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2003
  • Compiler and graphic designer, bird checklists for Important Bird Areas of New York State, 2002-2003
  • Compiler and graphic designer, 2001 Bird Conservation Annual Report, National Audubon Society, 2002
  • Compiler, 2000 State of the Environment Report, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, 2000

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Organizations

  • International Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Group, 2007-current
  • Society for Conservation Biology, 2009-2013, 2015-current
  • British Ecological Society, 2015-current
  • Reviewer, Journal of Caribbean Ornithology, 2013
  • Cooper Ornithological Society, 2010-2013
  • American Ornithologists Union, 2009-2013
  • International Rusty Blackbird Technical Working Group, 2007-2009
  • Phi Kappa Phi, lifetime
  • Golden Key International Honor Society, lifetime

Leadership

  • Board Member and Secretary, Laramie Audubon Society, 2009-2014
  • President, Program in Ecology student organization, University of Wyoming, 2010-2011
  • Member, Zoology & Physiology Graduate Advisory Board, University of Wyoming, 2009-2011
  • Steering Committee Member, Vermont Bird Records Committee, 2008-2009
  • Member, Student Advisory Board, School of Natural Resources, University of Vermont, 2001
  • President, Outreach Volunteer and Member, University of Vermont chapter of The Wildlife Society, 1998-2001
  • Treasurer, University of Vermont chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society, Spring 2000

Volunteering

  • bird ringing, Vogelwarte, three different stations, Switzerland
  • bird ringing, ORNIS, Petite Camargue, Alsace, France
  • bird banding, Fauna Forever, Madre de Dios, Amazon, Peru
  • MAPS bird banding station, Laramie, Wyoming, USA
  • bird banding, with Robert Ricklefs and Steve Latta, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • New York Winter Waterfowl Count, USA
  • Cayuga Lake Loon Watch, New York, USA
  • Audubon Christmas Bird Count, various locations, USA
  • Great Backyard Bird Count, various locations, USA
  • Lake Champlain Lake Watch, Vermont, USA
  • Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, New York, USA
  • Nightjar Survey Network, various locations, USA
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