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Alexandra Fries
Science Communicator

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

PO Box 775
2020 Horns Point Rd
Cambridge, MD 21613

Phone: (410) 221-2043
Cell: (703) 371-4165
Fax: (410) 228-3843

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PO Box 775
/ 2020 Horns Point Rd
Cambridge MD 21613 USA


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NameAlexandra Fries

Career interests: Tropical and marine ecology; conservation planning; protected areas management; marine ecosystem-based management, fisheries management, climate change impacts.


Master of Environmental Management, May 2010.
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham NC.
Master's project: A Gap Analysis of the Distributions of Cephalopod Species Worldwide with a Focus on Commercially Important Species.
Concentration: Ecosystem Science and Conservation.
Coursework: Marine ecosystem-based management, tropical ecology, environmental law, wilderness management.
Activities: Student Association of Wetland Scientists; DukeFish, Farm Hand.

Bachelor of Science, May 2008.
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC.
Majors: Marine Biology and Environmental science. GPA 3.49 of 4.0.
Honors: University Honors and Departmental Honors in Marine Biology. Chancellors Achievement Award and Dean's List.
Thesis: Antioxidant Properties of Bacteria Found in Hog Lagoon Waste.
Study Abroad: James Cook University, Australia, Fall 2007.


Science Communicator, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, MD. Updates websites for UMCES and Integration and Application Network (IAN). Support projects to communicate conservation and resource management of coastal habitats as well as creating education materials for climate change effects on communities.

Climate Change Consultant, Conservation International, Arlington, VA.
Compiled data for development of a guidebook on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments on coastal and marine systems. Assisted in coordinating a workshop hosted by Conservation International and NOAA to bring experts together to further compose the guidebook. 2010.

Invertebrate Zoology Intern
, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Further development of the Cephalopoda Lifedesk through Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). Coordinated temporary volunteers in adding new information to the webpages and edited that information. Summer 2010.

Research Intern
, Census of Marine Life, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, DC.
Corresponded with different research groups within the Census of Marine Life. Updated and edited CoML webpage. Developed a webpage on the Cephalopoda through Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) Lifedesk. Presented work at the Cephalopod International Advisory Council in Vigo, Spain. Summer 2009.

Toxicology Research Assistant
, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC. Assisted researchers in laboratory experiments dealing with PAH effects on eggs and larvae of Fundulus heteroclitus and Danio rerio. Performed mitochondrial and microsomal extractions from adult fish livers. 2008-2009. Biochemistry Research Assistant, Department of Biology and Marine Biology, UNCW, Wilmington, NC. Executed an independent research project analyzing bacterial pigment found in hog lagoon waste for antioxidant properties. Established novel extraction and analysis techniques using Solid Phase Extraction and HPLC. 2006-2008.


Greenhouse Assistant, Kresge Greenhouse, UNCW, Wilmington, NC.
Maintained collections of ferns, cacti, bromeliads and rare orchids. 2005-2008.

Resident Assistant, UNCW, Wilmington, NC, 2005-2007.

Office Assistant, Frying Pan Farm Park, Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax, VA. 2005-2006.


Software: Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook, R Statistical Software, STATA, ArcGIS, Quantum GIS, PGAdmin, Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Research skills: centrifugation, electrophoresis, HPLC, Solid Phase Extraction (SPE), Ultra Low Freezer (-80 degrees C), Manifold Freeze Dryer, filtration, saponification, liquid nitrogen, Spectrophotometry, Sonic Dismembrator, mist netting, species identification, spotlighting and proper laboratory procedures.

Horticultural skills: including propagation, air layering, and hydroponics systems.

Certifications: SCUBA.

Secretarial skills: multi-tasking, billing, organization, scheduling, outstanding customer service, time management, typing skills and management of a multi-line phone system. Proficient in conversational and written Spanish.


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Peer-reviewed Publications

Cahoon LB, Halkides CJ, Song B, Williams CM, Dubay GR, Fries AS, Farmer J, Fridrich W, Brookshire C (2012) Swine waste as a source of natural products: A carotenoid antioxidant. Agricultural Sciences 3(6):806–815
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Science Communication Publications

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Integration and Application Network (2013) New Behavior Survey Tackles Seven Key Stewardship Behaviors in Your Watershed. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 1pp (Poster)
Integration and Application Network (2013) Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan: Executive Summary. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 20pp (Report)
Integration and Application Network (2013) 2012 Chesapeake Bay Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 6pp (Report card)
Boesch DF, Atkinson LP, Boicourt WC, Boon JD, Cahoon DR, Dalrymple RA, Ezer T, Horton BP, Johnson ZP, Kopp RE, Li M, Moss RH, Parris A and Sommerfield CK (2013) Updating Maryland's Sea-level Rise Projections. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 22pp (Report)
Integration and Application Network (2013) 2013 summer forecast. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD (Report)
Integration and Application Network (2013) Baltimore Healthy Harbor Report Card 2012. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 5pp (Report card)
Wicks EC, Fries AS and Kelsey RH (2013) Sampling and data analysis protocols for Mid-Atlantic non-tidal stream indicators. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 59pp (Report)
Integration and Application Network (2013) 2012 Old Woman Creek Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 8pp (Report card)
Integration and Application Network (2013) 2012 Pipe Creek Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 8pp (Report card)
Integration and Application Network (2012) Responding to major storm impacts: ecological impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Chesapeake and Delmarva Coastal Bays. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 20pp (Report)
Integration and Application Network (2012) Measuring effectiveness of Best Management Practices. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 12pp (Newsletter)
Integration and Application Network (2012) Healthy Harbor Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 6pp (Report card)
Integration and Application Network (2012) A vision for America's Great Watershed Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 6pp (Report card)
Kruczynski WL and Fletcher PJ (2012) Tropical Connections: South Florida's marine environment. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 494pp (Book)
Integration and Application Network (2012) 2012 July hypoxia forecast. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD (Report)
Integration and Application Network (2012) 2011 Chesapeake Bay Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 6pp (Report card)
Wicks EC, Kelsey RH, Fries AS, Kellogg JP (2012) Bacteria sampling and data analysis protocol addendum for Mid-Atlantic tidal tributary indicators. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 4pp (Report)