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Kris Beckert
Science Communicator

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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

Phone: (410) 221-2043
Fax: (410) 228-3843
Email: kbeckert@umces.edu

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PO Box 775
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Cambridge MD 21613 USA

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PERSONAL DETAILS

NameKris Beckert
Emailkbeckert@umces.edu

EDUCATION

2008

University of Maryland, Ecology M.S.: Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Science Program

2004

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, B.S. Biology; Chemistry minor
Senior Honors Thesis: "The Effects of Seasonal Change and Urbanization on Macroinvertebrate Communities in Streams"received Highest Honors


AWARDS

Horn Point Teaching Assistantship, Land Margins Interactions course - fall 2007/2008
Horn Point Laboratory, Graduate Student Fellowship2006/2007
Horn Point Travel Award 2008
Atlantic Estuarine Research Society annual meeting award 2008
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2003-present
Golden Key National Honor Society 2001-present
National Merit Finalist Scholarship 2000


EXPERIENCE

2009-

Science Communicator, Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)

Primary analyst and writer of Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Assateague Island National Seashore
Compilation and research of data from various sources and formats (GIS, Excel, Access, databases, publications)
Coordination of project planning with National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Network
ArcMap GIS analyst and application, using coverage datasets and land use to extract data for resource assessment reports
Creation of templates and newsletters using Adobe Illustrator and In Design
Conceptual diagrams, illustrations, and formatting of book on South Florida ecosystems
Cartooning for "Trade Off!" environmental management board game and Hawaii National Parks public brochures
Working with staff interns

2007-2009

Graduate Teaching Assistant, UMCES Horn Point Environmental Laboratory

Land Margins Interactions course (MEES610) for 15 graduate students
Planning and organization of field trips to the mountains, Patuxent River, and Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, and Final Symposium
Weekly trivia challenge for students, pertaining to lecture topic

2006-2008

Graduate Research Assistant, UMCES Horn Point Environmental Laboratory

Mentoring summer undergraduate REU students
Organized and participated in fieldwork in MD Coastal Bays, laboratory and watershed analyses
Land use assessment of Maryland Coastal Bays watershed
Involvement in the culturing of Lyngbya harmful algae in the laboratory, nitrogen uptake kinetics, denitrification, growth measurements, and processing
Statistical analysis of data
Artist for Integration and Application Network (IAN) and design of graphics

2006-2008

Horn Point Outreach, UMCES Horn Point Environmental Laboratory

Design and publication of materials for Science Communication
Public and group tours during the week and on Saturdays, taking the touch tank trailer to schools and local functions
Eastern Shore Envirothon coordinator:  conduct workshop on Aquatics for high school students and examination
Teacher for 7th grade photosynthesis/submerged aquatic vegetation experiments and field trips
Created and organized fundraising events for graduate students and Humane Society charity event

2008-

Real Life Chapel associate pastor, Easton, MD

Local minister's license
Sunday morning and communion service organization and planning
Leadership team/board Nazarene Youth International representative to Mid-Atlantic Nazarene District
Commentary writer for newspapers in MD and PA and Mid-Atlantic District webpage
Launch and Leadership team
Leader of "Real Women" women's ministry and  retreat coordinator
Youth ministry leader and speaker at "Converge 2009" teen retreat
Finances and church administration in office, website

Jan-Aug, 2006

Environmental Education Specialist of Southeastern PA, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Harrisburg, PA

Creation, implementation, and teaching of environmental science programs for children, the public, and civic groups
Coordinated Enviro-thon Teacher workshop, Project Wild-Aquatic, Temple University Earth Day, and the Eco-Leadership Summit held May 2006
Watershed documentation and outreach programs
Participated and research for the Schuylkill Watershed Congress March 2006; PA Environmental Education Conference in Erie, PA May 2006; Delaware River Sojourn in coordination with DRBC June 2006; Safe Boating Day May 2006; Family Fishing Ecological Programming June-August 2006
Writing of webpage regional reports, advertising, administrative duties, supervising volunteers and employees
Boat safety instruction



Aug-Dec, 2005

Nature Center Naturalist/ Educator, Churchville Nature Center, Churchville, PA

Conducted public programs on watershed analysis, stream studies, water quality issues
Weekly presentations on Native American heritage
Advertisement and creative announcements for events and fundraising
Assisted with land management and volunteer coordination

2003-2004

US Geological Service Intern, North Carolina Water Science Center, Raleigh, NC

Intensive stream sampling of macroinvertebrates, water quality, fish, algae, E. coli for 30 streams in Albemarle Basinpart of national water quality assessment (NAWQA) program
Profiled and mapped results of analysis on database
Used and instructed others with IDAS software for data analysis of samples
Processed lab samples, identification of macroinvertebrates
Conducted Senior Honors thesis in conjunction with USGS, using the Urban Land Use Gradient (ULUG) created by Dr. Thomas Cuffney

Jun-Aug, 2002

Naturalist Intern and Research Assistant , Peace Valley Nature Center, Chalfont, PA

Identified marine mammals and bird species seen along hikes
Conducted summer outreach programs on watersheds, conservation, and ecology
Wrote and illustrated a guidebook for the Nature Center
Assisted in invasive plant control and mapping of new trails


SPECIAL SKILLS

Computer Applications:  MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook; Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop Elements, SAS Statistical Analysis Package, ArcMap GIS and Arc Catalog

Foreign Languages: Proficient in German

Communication: Experience writing essays and articles for newspapers/magazines; established illustrator/cartoonist/designer for IAN group at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; has designed T-shirts and logos for companies and organizations, drawn college newspaper political cartoons, illustrated ads and articles

Publications


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Peer-reviewed Publications

2013
Fertig BM, O’Neil JM, Beckert KA, Cain CJ, Needham DM, Carruthers TJB, Dennison WC (2013) Elucidating terrestrial nutrient sources to a coastal lagoon, Chincoteague Bay, Maryland, USA. Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci. 116:1–10
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2011
Beckert KA, Fisher TR, O'Neil JM, Jesien RV (2011) Characterization and Comparison of Stream Nutrients, Land Use, and Loading Patterns in Maryland Coastal Bay Watersheds. Water Air Soil Pollut. 221(1-4):255–273
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Science Communication Publications

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2012
Kruczynski WL and Fletcher PJ (2012) Tropical Connections: South Florida's marine environment. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 494pp (Book)
2011
Carruthers TJB, Beckert KA, Dennison WC, Thomas JE, Saxby TA, Williams MR, Fisher T, Kumer J, Schupp C, Sturgis B, and Zimmerman C (2011) Assateague Island National Seashore Natural Resource Condition Assessment. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 182pp (Report)
Carruthers TJB, Beckert KA, Dennison WC, Thomas JE, Saxby TA, Williams MR, Fisher T, Kumer J, Schupp C, Sturgis B, and Zimmerman C (2011) Assateague Island National Seashore Natural Resource Condition Assessment - Executive Summary. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 12pp (Report)
2010
Integration and Application Network (2010) Harmful Algae Impacts the Coast of Florida. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 2pp (Brochure)
2009
Thomas JE, Beckert K, Cain C, Carruthers TJB, Dennison WC1, Fisher T, Jesien R, Kumer J, Longstaff BJ, Radcliffe G, Schupp C, Sturgis B, Wazniak C, Wicks EC, Williams MR and Zimmerman C (2009) Assessing the Coastal Bays of Maryland and Virginia: A comparison of approaches. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 1pp (Poster)
Integration and Application Network (2009) Toxic cyanobacteria blooms degrade ecosystem in coastal Florida. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 4pp (Newsletter)
2008
Integration and Application Network (2008) Upstream land use affects water quality in Maryland's Coastal Bays. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 3pp (Newsletter)
Beckert K, Fertig BM, O'Neil JM, Carruthers TJB, Wazniak C, Sturgis B, Hall M, Jones AB and Dennison WC (2008) Fine scale patterns of water quality in three regions of Marylands Coastal Bays: assessing nitrogen source in relation to land use. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 55pp (Report)
Beckert K, Fertig BM, O'Neil JM, Carruthers TJB, Dennison WC and Fisher T (2008) Fine scale patterns of water quality in three regions of Maryland's Coastal Bays: assessing nitrogen source in relation to land use. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 32pp (Presentation)

Media


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The Bucks County Courier Times (Wed 26 Nov, 2008)
Commentary: Attitude of gratitude: Give thanks every day

The Salisbury Daily Times (Fri 26 Sep, 2008)
Commentary - There's real value in the 'meet and greet'

The Bucks County Courier Times (Mon 8 Sep, 2008)
Turning ordinary into extraordinary

The Salisbury Daily Times (Thu 28 Aug, 2008)
In the pressure cooker of life

The Easton Star Democrat (Mon 15 Oct, 2007)
Horn Point holds educational reception