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Curriculum VitaeNicole L. Michel, Ph.D.
EDUCATION 


Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, 2012
Dissertation: “Mechanisms and consequences of avian understory insectivore population decline in fragmented Neotropical rainforest.”
Advisor: Thomas W. Sherry. Committee: Walter P. Carson, Jeffrey Q. Chambers, Jordan Karubian.

Organization for Tropical Studies Tropical Biology Course, 2006

B.S., Biology, Willamette University, 1995 (cum laude)
Senior Thesis: “Habitat associations and nest site characteristics of the Chiricahua fox squirrel (Sciurus nayaritensis): Life as a sky island endemic.”
Advisor: John Koprowski

RESEARCH & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 


Quantitative Ecologist, National Audubon Society – 12/2015-present
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Animal and Poultry Science – 1/2015-11/2015
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Saskatchewan, School of Environment and Sustainability – 1/2013-12/2014
MAPS Biologist and MAPSPROG Programmer, Institute for Bird Populations – 1997-2005 
Lead Bander, Tortuguero Integrated Bird Monitoring Program – 2-4/2005 
Partner, Web Developer, and Consultant, SMP Data Systems – 2001-2005 
Field Assistant, Idaho Bird Observatory – 8-11/1998 
Seasonal Naturalist, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, National Audubon Society – 1996-1997 
AmeriCorps Volunteer, Northwest Service Academy – 1995-1996 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE 


Lecture courses
Conservation Biology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Fall 2014.
Current Perspectives in Environmental Biology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (co-taught). Winter 2014.

Lab courses
Adjunct lecturer, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Labs taught: Diversity of Life (4). Fall 2012.
Graduate teaching assistant, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Labs taught: Diversity of Life, General Ecology,
Ornithology, Processes of Evolution. 2005-2007; 2009-2012
Undergraduate teaching assistant, Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science Departments, Willamette University, Salem, OR. 1992-1995.

Guest lectures
Ornithology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Fall 2013.
Organization for Tropical Studies Tropical Ornithology Graduate Course, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. 2009.
Organization for Tropical Studies NAPIRE course, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. 2009
Organization for Tropical Studies, Curso de Ecología Tropical y Conservación, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica (delivered in Spanish). 2009

Workshops
General and generalized linear mixed models. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Available online through figshare (see Resources). Fall 2014
Introduction to path analysis and structural equation modeling. Canadian Wildlife Service, Saskatoon, SK. Available online through figshare (see Resources). Fall 2014.
How to find a postdoc. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Available online through figshare (see Resources). Fall 2013.
Dynamic factor analysis. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Fall 2013.
MAPSPROG. Western Bird Banding Association, Klamath Falls, OR. 2004.

Other teaching experience
Private Tutor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. 2011-2012.
Guest instructor (developed & led unit), Gigante Field Course, Gamboa, Panama. 2010.
Guest instructor (developed & led bird identification training courses for local school children and future ecotourism guides), Sarapiquí Conservation Learning
Center, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Costa Rica. 2009.
Field Biologist and Trainer, Institute for Bird Populations, Pt. Reyes Station, CA. 1998-2005.

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, & AWARDS


Ecological Society of America Emerging Issues Conference Travel Award ($1,000) – 2012
National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant ($14,898) – 2010-2012 
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Short-term Fellowship ($4,000) – 2010
The Explorers Club Exploration Fund ($1,600) – 2010 
Cooper Ornithological Society / American Ornithologists’ Union / Society of Canadian Ornithologists Travel Award ($280) – 2010
International Ornithological Congress Travel Award ($500) – 2010 
Organization for Tropical Studies Research Fellowship ($2,500) – 2009 
Louisiana Board of Regents Fellowship, Tulane University ($20,000/year) – 2007-2009
Newcomb Fellows Grant, Tulane University ($5,000) – 2008 
Bat Conservation International Student Research Scholarship ($3,000) – 2008 
Organization for Tropical Studies Research Fellowship ($4,415) – 2008 
American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Scholarship ($1,800) – 2008 
Cooper Ornithological Society Mewaldt-King Research Award ($1,000) – 2008
Organization for Tropical Studies Research Fellowship ($2,120) – 2007 
Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies Summer Field Research Grant for Graduate Students ($1,155) – 2006 
Organization for Tropical Studies Post-Course Grant ($500) – 2006 
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention – 2005 
Carson Scholar, Willamette University ($1,500) – 1994 
Elmer and Grace Goudy Scholarship, Willamette University – 1991-1995 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS


Michel, N.L., R.G. Clark, K.A. Hobson, and C.A. Morrissey. 2015. Aerial insectivorous bird decliens: When? Where? Why? Web broadcast to Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s Information Science Group.Michel, N.L., R.G. Clark, K.A. Hobson, and C.A. Morrissey. 2014. Spatio-temporal patterns and climatic drivers of North American aerial insectivorous bird declines. University of Regina, SK.

Michel, N.L. 2014. Dynamic Factor Analysis. Covariates in Trend Analyses workshop, Avian Monitoring and Analysis Working Group, Environment Canada (webinar).

Michel, N.L. 2014. Spatio-temporal patterns and drivers of North American aerial insectivorous bird declines. Aerial Insectivore Working Group meeting, Environment Canada, Ottawa, ON.

Michel, N.L. 2012. A novel mechanism of understory insectivorous bird decline in fragmented Neotropical rain forest. School of Renewable Natural Resources Seminar Series, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Michel, N.L. Of peccaries and Platyrinchus: Mechanisms and consequences of understory insectivorous bird decline in fragmented Neotropical rainforest. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Michel, N.L. Of peccaries and Platyrinchus: Mechanisms and consequences of avian understory insectivore decline in fragmented tropical rainforest. Organization for Tropical Studies Board of Directors Meeting, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.

PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS


Symposia organized

Michel, N.L., R.G. Clark, K.A. Hobson, C.A. Morrissey. 2014. Ecology and Conservation of Aerial Insectivores. Joint meeting of American Ornithologists’ Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, and Society of Canadian Ornithologists, Estes Park, CO.

Michel, N.L., T.W. Sherry, W.P. Carson. 2013. Trophic Downgrading in Tropical Forests and its Biodiversity Implications. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Oral presentations and posters

Michel, N.L., R.G. Clark, K.A. Hobson, C.A. Morrissey. 2014. Population dynamics of aerial insectivorous birds: overview and climatic drivers. Joint meeting of American Ornithologists’ Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, and Society of Canadian Ornithologists, Estes Park, CO.

Michel, N.L., R.G. Clark, K.A. Hobson, C.A. Morrissey. 2014. Where have all the grassland birds gone? Effects of land use, pesticides and climate on grassland birds in Canada’s Prairie Potholes Region. Prairie Northern Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. (poster)

Michel, N.L. 2013. Trophic downgrading in tropical forests and its biodiversity implications: What do we know? Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Michel, N.L., and T.W. Sherry. 2012. Walking the line between the ‘Empty Forest’ and ‘Ecological Meltdown’: Managing to prevent the tropical biodiversity crisis in an era of mesoherbivore decline and release. Ecological Society of America Emerging Issues Conference, Shepherdstown, WV.

Michel, N.L., T.W. Sherry, W.P. Carson, and S.J. Wright. 2012. Pervasive effects of the native collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) on lianas, understory vegetation, leaf litter, and leaf litter arthropods in lowland Central American rain forest. Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR. (poster)

Michel, N.L., T.W. Sherry, W.P. Carson, and S.J. Wright. 2012. Ricocheting trophic and non-trophic cascade limits lianas and understory insectivorous birds in Central America. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Bonito, Brazil.

Michel, N.L., T.W. Sherry, and W.P. Carson. 2011. Indirect effects of fragmentation limit rainforest birds. Student Conference on Conservation Science, New York City, NY.

Michel, N.L., T.W. Sherry, and W.P. Carson. 2011. Vertebrates gone wild: Collared peccaries limit lianas and understory insectivorous birds in Central American rainforest fragments. Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.

Michel, N.L., T.W. Sherry, and W.P. Carson. 2010. Lianas, not arthropods, limit understory insectivorous birds in Central American rainforest fragments. International Ornithological Congress, Campos do Jordão, Brazil.

Michel, N.L. and T.W. Sherry. 2010. Community-level consequences of understory insectivorous bird decline in Neotropical rainforest. Joint meeting of American Ornithologists’ Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, and Society of Canadian Ornithologists, San Diego, CA.

Michel, N.L., T.W. Sherry, and W.P. Carson. 2008. Birds and bats limit arthropods in Neotropical forest understory. Joint meeting of American Ornithologists’ Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, and Society of Canadian Ornithologists, Portland, OR.

Michel, N.L. 2006. An introduction to the use of molt limits and plumage criteria to age landbirds. Inland Bird Banding Association, Tellico Plains, TN.

Michel, N.L. 2006. Biotic Resistance Hypothesis: Physiologically-mediated mechanisms for “slow” life-histories in tropical rainforest interior insectivores. North American Ornithological Conference, Veracruz, Mexico.

Nott, P., D.F. DeSante, R.B. Siegel, P. Pyle, and N. Michel. 2004. Climate and landscape influences on landbird populations of the Pacific Northwest forests. Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR.

Michel, N. and M.C. Corse. 1995. Rarity and habitat associations in the Chiricahua fox squirrel (Sciurus nayaritensis). National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Schenectady, NY.

HOME INSTITUTION PRESENTATIONS 


Michel, N.L. 2015. Causes and consequences of animal population change: three case Studies. Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

Michel, N.L., R.G. Clark, K.A. Hobson, C.A. Morrissey. 2014. Aerial insectivorous bird declines: When? Where? Why? WildEcol seminar series, University of Saskatchewan and Environment Canada, and live web broadcast to Pacific Wildlife Research Centre, Canadian Wildlife Services, Delta, BC.

Michel, N.L., R.G. Clark, K.A. Hobson, C.A. Morrissey. Aerial insectivorous bird declines: when, where, why, and what we can do about it. School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

Michel, N.L. 2013. Vertebrates gone wild: Cascading effects of abundant collared peccaries drive understory insectivorous bird declines in Central American rainforest fragments. Biology Department, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

Michel, N.L. 2011. Pigs gone wild: Peccaries drive declines of understory insectivorous birds in fragmented Central American rainforest. Graduate Student Studies Association (GSSA) Summer Colloquium Series, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

Michel, N.L. 2006. Comparative foraging success of insectivorous birds in tropical forests along a seasonality gradient in Costa Rica. Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

MENTORING, OUTREACH, & CONTRIBUTING TO DIVERSITY 


Co-supervised undergraduate honours’ thesis, University of Saskatchewan. Fall 2014 – Winter 2015.
Developed “All about birds” presentation for school children, Bioscan, University of Saskatchewan. February 2015.
Developed and led a bird-watching lesson for a Girl Guides troop, Saskatoon, SK. 2013.
Co-supervised undergraduate honors’ thesis, Tulane University. 2011-2012
Judge, Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair. 2011.
Newcomb-Tulane College Fellow Mentor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. 2010.
Developed and led a bird-watching unit for a Girl Scout troop, New Orleans, LA. 2009.
Mentored 2 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) fellows, National Science Foundation and Organization for Tropical Studies, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica. 2008-2009.
Judge, John Curtis Christian School Senior Division Science Fair. 2008.
Judge, FIRST Robotics Competition Bayou Regional. 2008.
Judge, John Curtis Christian School Junior Division Science Fair. 2007.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE


Chair, Mewaldt-King Award Committee, Cooper Ornithological Society – 2013-present
Co-organizer, WildEcol seminar series, University of Saskatchewan – 2013-present
Fellowships Committee member, Graduate Women in Science – 2013-2014
Co-Principal Investigator, “Trophic downgrading and its biodiversity consequences in Neo- versus Afrotropical rainforests,” Emerging Frontiers in Tropical Science Working Group, Organization for Tropical Studies – 2013
Reviewer: Avian Conservation and Ecology, Biological Conservation, Biotropica, Ecology, Journal of Field Ornithology, Revista de Biología Tropical, Scientific Reports, University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal
Affiliations: American Association of University Women, American Ornithologists’ Union, Association of Field Ornithologists, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Cooper Ornithological Society, Ecological Society of America, Graduate Women in Science, Inland Bird Banding Association, Neotropical Ornithological Society, Society of Conservation Biology. 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS 


Certified Bander and Trainer (bird banding), North American Banding Council

COMPUTER LANGUAGES AND SOFTWARE 


ArcGIS, ASP, CART, dBase, JAGS, MARK, MATLAB, R, SAS, SigmaPlot, SPSS, SQL, VBA/Visual Basic, WinBUGS (Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert in all applications/languages)

LANGUAGES SPOKEN 


English, Spanish

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