Herpetologist
Brief info

Dedicated biologist with experience in research design, project management, field work, and consulting. Well-versed in permitting processes, biodiversity surveys, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, and reporting & compliance procedures. Highly accurate and quality-conscious when recording and analyzing data. Effective scientific writer. MSc. in Environmental Science. US Fulbright Scholar. Puerto Rico Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Fellow.

S K I L L S

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
PROJECT &RESEARCH DESIGN
GRANT WRITING & FUNDRAISING
DATA COLLECTION  & STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
STRATEGIC PLANNING
ENVIRONMENTAL & BIOLOGICAL SURVEYS
REPORT WRITING
MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS
CONFLICT RESOLUTION

L A N G U A G E S

ENGLISH
SPANISH
TAGALOG

DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR – JULY 2015 – CURRENT

PROJECT PALAKA – Laguna, Philippines

  • Responsible for every aspect of project planning and management.
  • Successfully oversaw a fundraising campaign that netted $6,000 USD of funds for the project.
  • Engaged in a grant-writing campaign that netted $37,000 USD for the project.
  • Coordinated and oversaw subcontractors.
  • Liasoned with government officials; completed all permitting and reporting.
  • Designed project infrastructure for the captive care and maintenance of endangered amphibians.
  • Developed the first ever protocols for keeping Philippine amphibians alive in captivity.
  • Nurtured collaborations and partnerships with the University of the Philippines,Los Baños, Avilon Zoo, and the National Museum of Natural History of the Philippines.

Highlight:

  •  Project Palaka was a trail-blazing endeavor; the first-ever ex-situ breeding program for endangered amphibians of the Philippines. This project sets the mark for future ex-situ amphibian conservation projects in the Philippines.

BIOLOGIST & ECOLOGIST – NOV. 2008 – JULY 2017

TROPIC VENTURES RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION – Patillas, Puerto Rico

  • Worked with the Project Director to review management plans for “Las Casas de la Selva”, a 404-hectare sustainable tropical forestry project currently managed by TVREF.
  • Conducted biodiversity faunal surveys of secondary tropical forests and managed timber plantations, confirming the presence of 11 species of animals previously not recorded on the property, including the IUCN Critically- Endangered frog Eleutherodactylus richmondi.
  • Researched the effects of non-native timber trees had on lizard populations.
  • Worked with the Project Director to renew a long-running grant with Earthwatch.
  • Independently completed grant applications that yielded an additional $14,000 USD of funding for scientific research.
  • Assisted with the planting of IUCN Critically-Endangered endemic tree Styrax portoricensis.
  • Planned and oversaw the installation of the grass Chrysopogon zizanioides as an erosion control and site stabilization measure in areas of the property impacted by hurricane-induced landslides.
  • Conducted nearly 1,000 hours of educational outreach to elementary, middle, high school, and undergraduate students.
  • Designed research projects to be carried out after my departure from the position, to allow TVREF to continue to monitor biodiversity within the forests of Las Casas de la Selva.  Dedicated biologist with experience in research design, project management, field work, and consulting. Well-versed in permitting processes, biodiversity surveys, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, and reporting & compliance procedures. Highly accurate and quality-conscious when recording and analyzing data. Effective scientific writer. MSc. in Environmental Science. US Fulbright Scholar.

Puerto Rico Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Fellow.

P R O F I L E

31299 Dukes Bridge Rd
Cordova, MD 21625
(410) 739-1990
norman.a.greenhawk@gmail.com

N O R M A N G R E E N H A W K
B i o l o g i s t & E c o l o g i s t

A W A R D S & D I S T I N C T I O N S

  • Research Scholar, Washington College,
    Chestertown, Maryland, 2019-2020
  • Natural Resources Career Tracks
    Scholarship, UPRRP, 2019
  • 2016-2018 PR Louis Stokes Alliance for
    Minority Participation “Bridge to the Doctorate” Fellowship, UPRRP
  • US Fulbright Award to the Philippines,
    US State Department, 2015-2016
  • Natural Resources Career Tracks
    Scholarship, UPRRP, 2014
  • Neville Shulman Award for Emerging
    Environmental Leaders, Earthwatch, 2013

R E F E R E N C E S

  1. JESS ZIMMERMAN
    Lead Principal Investigator – Luquillo Long-term Ecological
    Research Project, El Yunque National Forest
    jesskz@ites.upr.edu
    (787) 380-3311
  1. THRITY J. VAKIL
    Project Director – Tropic Ventures Research & Education
    Foundation, Patillas, Puerto Rico
    3t@gmail.com
    Prefers email contact
  1. NICHOLAS BROKAW
    Professor (retired)- University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
    nvbrokaw@ites.upr.edu
    Prefers email contact
  1. JAN PAUL ZEGARRA
    Fish and Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service
    jan_zegarra@fws.gov
    (787) 851-7297 ext 220

E X P E R I E N C E DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR – JULY 2015 – CURRENT PROJECT PALAKA – Laguna, Philippines

  • Responsible for every aspect of project planning and management.
  • Successfully oversaw a fundraising campaign that netted $6,000 USD of funds for the project. · Engaged in a grant-writing campaign that netted $37,000 USD for the project.
  • Coordinated and oversaw subcontractors.
  • Liasoned with government officials; completed all permitting and reporting.
  • Designed project infrastructure for the captive care and maintenance of endangered amphibians.
  • Developed the first ever protocols for keeping Philippine amphibians alive in captivity.
  • Nurtured collaborations and partnerships with the University of the Philippines,Los Baños, Avilon Zoo, and the National Museum of Natural History of the Philippines. Highlight:
  • Project Palaka was a trail-blazing endeavor; the first-ever ex-situ breeding program for endangered amphibians of the Philippines. This project sets the mark for future ex-situ amphibian conservation projects in the Philippines.

BIOLOGIST & ECOLOGIST – NOV. 2008 – JULY 2017 TROPIC VENTURES RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION – Patillas, Puerto Rico

  • Worked with the Project Director to review management plans for “Las Casas de la Selva”, a 404 hectare sustainable tropical forestry project currently managed by TVREF.
  • Conducted biodiversity faunal surveys of secondary tropical forests and managed timber plantations, confirming the presence of 11 species of animals previously not recorded on the property, including the IUCN CriticallyEndangered frog Eleutherodactylus richmondi.
  • Researched the effects of non-native timber trees had on lizard populations.
  • Worked with the Project Director to renew a long-running grant with Earthwatch.
  • Independently completed grant applications that yielded an additional $14,000 USD of funding for scientific research.
  • Assisted with the planting of IUCN Critically-Endangered endemic tree Styrax portoricensis.
  • Planned and oversaw the installation of the grass Chrysopogon zizanioides as an erosion control and site stabilization measure in areas of the property impacted by hurricane-induced landslides.
  • Conducted nearly 1,000 hours of educational outreach to elementary, middle, high school, and undergraduate students.
  • Designed research projects to be carried out after my departure from the position, to allow TVREF to continue to monitor biodiversity within the forests of Las Casas de la Selva.
  • Led fieldwork teams of 4-20 people through hazardous terrain to collect data for several research studies. Highlight:
  • Successfully planned and raised grant money for a biodiversity survey of two remote, unstudied valleys in Puerto Rico. Interviewed, selected, and led 14 undergraduate students from the mainland US and Puerto Rico into the valleys; the team camped on-site in the field for one month. Conducted visual encounter surveys and collected swab samples to test for the presence of the pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR – NOV. 2008 – JULY 2017 TROPIC VENTURES RESEARCH & EDUCATION FOUNDATION – Patillas, Puerto Rico
  • Managed teams of up to 22 individuals.
  • Planned and oversaw the completion of various projects, including trail building, infrastructure construction, landscaping, trail drainage system maintenance, bridge construction, and the planting and labeling of trees, shrubs, and plants along the “Ethnobotanical Trail.”
  • Coordinated with host universities to plan volunteer experiences for “Alternative Spring Break” students.
  • Organized the logistics for volunteer groups- transportation, meals. daily schedules, break times, and educational experiences.
  • Conducted orientation for all new volunteers, including overview of TVREF rules, safety concerns/regulations, relevant training for projects, and emergency response protocols.
  • Developed the first standardized policy for vetting volunteer applicants.
  • Designed a formal volunteer application process.
  • Produced a handbook to give potential volunteers the information they needed to understand their responsibilities as a volunteer at TVREF. Highlight:
  • Worked with the director to standardize internal policies of managing large groups of volunteers, allowing TVREF staff to smoothly oversee over a dozen groups each year. FIELD SCIENTIST – MAY 2006 – JAN. 2008 KEMRON ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Conducted Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in the Metro Atlanta area.
  • Conducted groundwater monitoring, sampling, and free product removal from various sites throughout the State of Georgia.
  • Participated in the long-term removal of petroleum products from the groundwater at the Hartsfield-Jackson Internation Airport.
  • Oversaw the proper and legal disposal of wastewater products.
  • Oversaw soil sampling and remediation at Brownsfield sites in the Metro Atlanta Area.
  • Conducted interior mold testing.
  • Trained at a phytoremediation project in Crozet, Virginia, where brake ferns (Pteris spp.) were used to remove arsenic from an abandoned orchard slated for development. Highlight:
  • Participated in a massive remediation project of an abandoned train station in Atlanta, GA. The soil had been contaminated with creosote from the burial of old railroad ties. Activities included site assessment, free product recovery, and soil removal & remediation. FIELD SCIENTIST JAN 2003 – MAY 2006 BP ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. – St. Michaels, Maryland
  • Conducted Phase I Environmental Site Assessments throughout Maryland and Delaware.
  • Conducted limited Phase II Environmental Site Assessments.
  • For three years, conducted twice-weekly free product removal from groundwater monitoring wells at Chesapeake Publishing.
  • Completed various soil and groundwater remediation projects for clients ranging from public housing managers to gas station owners.
  • Conducted interior mold testing. Highlight: · Co-managed a challenging soil remediation project in Chestertown, Maryland. The client had failed to perform due diligence before purchasing an abandoned mechanic’s shop.A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment had revealed that the previous owner had illegally disposed of oil by dumping it on the property. Additionally, the site had previously been a coal yard. Remediation involved carefully removing several tons of soil to a depth of nearly four meters while maintaining the integrity of the building. E D U C A T I O N MS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE – 2016 – 2019 UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO, RIO PIEDRAS – San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Fellowship recipient: Puerto Rico- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation “Bridge to the Doctorate” Fellowship · Scholarship recipient: US Forest Service “Natural Resources Career Tracks”
  • Master’s Thesis: The impact of multiple hurricanes on Anolis lizards and Eleutherodactylus frogs within the Canopy Trimming Experiment, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico.
  • Research interests: Liana abundance, tropical forest ecosystems, tropical forest management, herpetology, biodiversity assessment, data analysis BA ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES – 1999 – 2003 WASHINGTON COLLEGE – Chestertown, Maryland, USA
  • Concentration: Chesapeake Bay Regional Studies