P.O. Box 6872
Davidson, NC 28036-6872
May 2002- Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Davidson College (Expected)
June 1998-Belmont High School, Belmont, MA. (graduated with honors)
July - August 2001- School for Field Studies, Center For Coastal Studies, San Carlos, B.C.S. Mexico.
- Behavioral ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles.
- The use of technology in monitoring animals.
- Applications of Genetics and Molecular Biology in the conservation of animals.
- 2001- Present: The Effects of Habitat Disturbance on Stream Dwelling Salamander Populations:
Implications for Buffer Zones and Watershed Management. (Honors thesis project)
- 2000 - Present: Monitoring of Reptile and Amphibian Populations in Davidson, N.C. (With Davidson Herpetology Laboratory)
- 2000- Present: Mark-Recapture studies of Box Turtles (Terrapene Carolina) in Davidson N.C. (With Davidson Herpetology Laboratory)
- July - August 2001: An Analysis of Marine Turtle Mortality in the Bahia Magdalena region, BCS, Mexico. (with the School for Field Studies)
- July - August 2001: Biotic and Abiotic Assessment of Estero Banderitas (BCS, Mexico): An Area Proposed for a
Community-Based Marine Turtle Sanctuary. (with the School for Field Studies)
- July - August 2001: Abundance, Morphology, and Habits of Green Turtles (Chelonia Mydas) in Estero Bandaritas BCS, Mexico. (with the School for Field Studies)
- May - August 1999: Characterization of the Vav family proteins: novel players in Rho signaling pathways. (with Dr. Worjciech Swat)
- June - September 1997: Botanical Diversity of the Turtle Head Environmental Sanctuary, Islesboro, ME.
Presentations at Scientific Meetings
Willson, J. D. and M. E. Dorcas. The Effects of Habitat Disturbance on Stream Dwelling Salamander Populations:
Implications for Buffer Zones and Watershed Management. Boone, NC. April, 2002. (Expected)
Funding (Current and Past)
(2001) Robert Stone Environmental Fund (with David Stroupe and Kristine Grayson)-Environmental Service Fund "Habitat enhancement of the Davidson College Ecological Preserve" - $1550
(2001) Davidson College Biology Dept - "The effect of pollution and runoff on populations of stream-dwelling salamanders (Desmognathus and Eurycea) in the Piedmont region of North Carolina" - $275
2001 - Present: Associated Colleges of the South Environmental Intern.
--Organizing improvements and publicity for the Davidson College Ecological Preserve
--Web master for the Central Carolina Amphibian and Reptile Initiative (CCARI)
--Web development for the Davidson Herpetology Laboratory and the Davidson College Ecological Preserve
--Amphibian and Reptile population monitoring on the Davidson College Ecological Preserve
--Educational talks to community
May - August 2000: Worked in Fred Alt's lab at the Center for Blood Research at Harvard Medical with Dr.
Worjciech Swat on the characterization of novel proteins in T and B cell signaling pathways.
May - August 1998, 1999: Assistant in, manufacturing engineering at MEDICA Corporation (manufacturers of
blood analyzers) under Robert Green
July - August 1995, 1996, 1997: Waterfront activities counselor and lifeguard Camp Qunnipoxet, Boy Scout
Summer Camp, Jaffery, New Hampshire.
Associated Colleges of the South
Association of Southeastern Biologists
Central Carolina Amphibian and Reptile Initiative
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity - Social Chair 2000-2001
Courses of Interest Taken at Davidson
- Independent Research: The Effects of Habitat Disturbance on Stream Dwelling Salamander Populations:
Implications for Watershed Management
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Biology 111 & 112
- Amphibian/Reptile Conservation
- Vertebrate Field Zoology
- Cell Biology
- Human Genetics
- Microbes and Disease
- Computational Physics (Java Programming)
- Organic Chemistry I & II
- Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
- Macromedia Dreamweaver and Fireworks
- ArcView GIS
- HTML and Java programming