Maureen K. Drinkard

maureendrinkardTitle: Assistant Professor
Department: Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Science
E-mail: drinkamk@cobleskill.edu
Office Phone: (518)255-5432

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Science, Wetland Ecology, Aquatic Invertebrates

Courses Taught: Applied Hydrology, Watershed Management, Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation, Ecological Restoration, Soil and Water Conservation

About Maureen: I am a Kent State University Alumni (PhD 2012) and a proud Ohioan! I am enjoying life at Cobleskill. I am the advisor for the Environmental Science students and I am working hard to revamp the program!

Curriculum Vitae:

EDUCATION Ph.D., Biology, Concentration: Ecology Aug 2012
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

B.S., Conservation, Cum Laude Dec 2003
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

POST DOCTORAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track
SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY,  July 2013- Present
Courses:
-Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation
-Applied Hydrology
-Watershed Management
-Soil and Water Conservation
-Ecological Restoration

Online Faculty
Ashford University May 2013- Aug 2013

Adjunct Faculty
Kent State University, Stark Campus, North Canton, Ohio, Jan 2013- May 2013
Courses:
- Life on Planet Earth

Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, Warren, Ohio, Aug 2012- May 2013
Courses:
- Life on Planet Earth
- Human Biology (Except Spring 2013)
- Biological Diversity
TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Adjunct Faculty
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio,  Fall 2010
Courses:
-Human Biology
-Laboratory Experience in Biology (6 Sections)

Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, Fall 2010
Courses:
-Conservation Biology

Instructor and Lead for Biology Department, Summer 2010
Upward Bound, Kent State University

Faculty, One Semester Position, Fall 2009
Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina
Courses:
- Introduction to Environmental Studies
-Ecology with Laboratory

Instructor, Spring 2008
Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University.
Courses:
-Invertebrate Zoology with Laboratory

Teaching Assistant, 2004 – 2009
Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University
-Invertebrate Zoology, Lab Coordinator, Spring 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009.
-Entomology, Lab Coordinator, Fall 2004.
- Wetland Ecology, Lab Coordinator, Fall 2005, 2007.
- Biological Diversity, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, 2005.

Graduate Student Recruitment Assistant, 2006-2007
Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University.

Special Sessions 2004-2005
Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University
- Upward Bound. Summer 2004. Created and taught two sessions on wetland ecology and experimentation.
- Young Women in Science. Summer 2004. Taught a session on wetland invertebrates, wetland mitigation sites, and the effects of flood pulsing on wetlands to middle school girls.
-National Science Foundation – Research Experience for Undergraduates. Summer 2004 and 2005. Co-taught one session on introduction to wetland field methods.

Undergraduate Mentoring, 2004- 2010
- 2004-2010. Extensively trained undergraduates (Karen Montgomery, Natasha Wingerter, Brendan Morgan, Megan Meuti, Rachel Johnson, Michael Woods, Emily Faulkner, Katy Gee) in invertebrate and macrophyte field methods, laboratory sample processing and identification.
- 2007. Co-mentored (with F. de Szalay) an undergraduate (Katy Gee) in an independent investigation field project studying collembolan processing of leaf litter under multiple hydrologic regimes near Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
- 2005. Co-mentored (with F. de Szalay) an undergraduate (Brendan Morgan) in an independent investigation field project studying plant response to flood regime at Mud Brook Preserve, Hudson, Ohio.
-2005. Co-mentored (with F. de Szalay) an undergraduate (Natasha Wingerter) in an independent investigation field project studying naiad odonates at the Art and Margaret Herrick AERF, Kent, Ohio.
- 2004. Co-mentored (with F. de Szalay) an undergraduate (Samantha Emch) in an independent investigation field project studying adult dragonfly behavior at the Art and Margaret Herrick AERF, Kent, Ohio.

Guest Lectures, 2004-2010
Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University
- Spring 2004: Invertebrate Zoology.
- Fall 2004: General Ecology.
- Spring 2005: Invertebrate Zoology.
- Fall 2005: Entomology, Wetland Ecology.
- Spring 2006: Invertebrate Zoology.
- Fall 2006: Entomology.
- Fall 2007: Invertebrate Zoology.
- Spring 2007: Invertebrate Zoology, Department Seminar on Climate Change.
- Fall 2008: Entomology.
- Spring 2008: Invertebrate Zoology.
- Spring 2010: Invertebrate Zoology.

Interpretive Ranger Internship, Summer 2001
Department of the Interior, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps Program
Duties included interpretive tours and visitor station management in addition to my role in the Junior Ranger Program (JRP). Through the JRP I taught daily courses to underprivileged youth including orienteering, animal tracking, local history, primitive survival skills, historical art, and fishing skills.

Teaching Interests
Sustainability and environmentalism, general ecology, conservation biology, community ecology, wetland ecology, field biology, entomology, ecological policy issues, and current issues in biology.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

Doctoral Dissertation, 2004 – 2012
Effects of Flood Pulsing on Biotic Communities in Constructed and
Natural Headwater Riparian Wetlands.
Advisor: Dr. Ferenc de Szalay

Research Fellowship, Spring 2010
One semester term position funded through the Richard Bowers Fellowship
award.

Undergraduate Individual Investigation, Summer 2001
Effects of Seeding on Invertebrate Communities in Created Peatland
Environments. Panzner Wetland Wildlife Reserve, Copley, Ohio.
Advisor: Dr. Ferenc de Szalay.
FUNDED GRANTS:

  • Herrick Aquatic Ecology Research Facility Endowment 2007: Drinkard, M.K. (P.I).. “Invertebrate Community Response to Coarse Woody Debris in Headwater Riparian Wetlands.” Awarded $1,900
  • Herrick Aquatic Ecology Research Facility Endowment 2006: Drinkard, M.K. (P.I). “Invertebrate Emergence Patterns in Response to Flood-Pulsing in Wetlands.” Awarded $2,550.
  • Herrick Aquatic Ecology Research Facility Endowment 2005: Drinkard, M.K. (P.I). “Effects of Flood-Pulsing on Biotic Communities in Constructed Headwater Wetlands”. Awarded $3,700.
  • The Ohio Conservation Alliance 2004: Drinkard, M.K. (P.I.) and F.A. de Szalay (co-P.I.).“Responses of Invertebrate Communities to Flood-Pulsing.” Awarded $500.
  • Hudson Land Conservancy 2003: Drinkard, M.K. (P.I.). “State of the Mud Brook Preserve: Habitat Quality Report.” Awarded $500.

AWARDS:

  • The Richard Bowers Dissertation Fellowship 2009
  • Fellowship awarded to an outstanding graduate student near completion of their PhD.
  • The Clinton and Olive Hobbs Botany Award 2008 The Hobbs Endowment Fund.
  • Awarded $1,700 for work with wetland plants and coarse woody debris.
  • Best Oral Presentation 2007
  • Graduate Student Senate Colloquium, Kent State University.
  • Excellence in Research Award 2006
  • Graduate Student Senate, Kent State University.
  • Excellent Graduate Student Organization Award 2006
  • Graduate Student Senate, Kent State University.
  • Presented to Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Student Council.
  • International Travel Award 2006
  • Graduate Student Senate, Kent State University.
  • Awarded $1,000 to attend Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting in Cairns, Australia.
  • National Conference Travel Awards
    - 2007. Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University. Awarded $400 to attend Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA.
    - 2007. Graduate Student Senate, Kent State University. Awarded $250 to attend Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA.
    - 2005. Graduate Student Senate, Kent State University. Awarded $300 to attend North American Benthological Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
    - 2004. Graduate Student Senate, Kent State University. Awarded $250 to attend Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

  • Drinkard, M.K., J.E. Nieset, A.M. Romito, M.W. Kershner, and F.A. de Szalay. 2011. “Responses of plants and invertebrate assemblages to water-level fluctuation in headwater wetlands.” Journal of North American Benthological Society 30 (4): 981-996.
  • Drinkard, M.K. and F.A. de Szalay. “Plant zonation in response to flood regime in created riparian wetlands.” (Submitted to Wetlands).
  • Drinkard, M.K. and F.A. de Szalay. “Role of coarse woody debris in determining invertebrate communities in a headwater floodplain.” (Preparing for submission).
  • Drinkard, M.K. and F.A. de Szalay. “Impact of flood regime on insect emergence in natural and created riparian wetlands.” (Preparing for submission).

OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

  • Drinkard, M.K. “Green meat is good meat.” Kent Patch. 19 October 2011.
  • Drinkard, M.K. “You get what you pay for: Why Kent’s water is worth it.” Kent Patch. 29 November 2011.
  • Drinkard, M.K. “Cure the winter blues with a green hobby!” Kent Patch. 31 January 2012.
  • Drinkard, M.K. “Organic lawn care basics.” Kent Patch. 13 April 2012.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS:

  • Drinkard, M.K. TBD 2013. “The Green Life 101” A series of community lectures in conjunction with Kent State Trumbull’s Earth Day Events. Warren, Ohio.
  • Drinkard, M.K. and R. E. Donley. 2011. “A day in the life of a green college student.” Keynote talk for multi-organization event working towards integrating the City of Kent and the College in “Green Efforts”- Event name: “Let’s Take a Ride”.
  • Drinkard, M.K. 2011 “The Bottom Line is Green.” Kent Regional
  • Business Alliance. Kent, Ohio.
  • Drinkard, M.K. 2010. “A vision of sustainability in Ohio” Bioneers Conference:
  • Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Drinkard, M.K. 2010. “Ecological Dangers of Consumerism.” Kent Environmental Council. Kent, Ohio.
  • Drinkard, M.K., J.E. Nieset, A.M. Romito, and F.A. de Szalay. 2007. “Impacts of Flood- Pulsing on Invertebrate and Macrophyte Communities in Headwater Riparian Wetlands.” Graduate Student Senate Colloquium. Kent State University.
  • Drinkard, M.K., J.E. Nieset, A.M. Romito, and F.A. de Szalay. 2006. “Impacts of Flood-Pulsing on Invertebrate and Macrophyte Communities in Headwater Riparian Wetlands.” Midwest Ecology and Evolution Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Drinkard, M.K., J.E. Nieset, A.M. Romito, and F.A. de Szalay. 2006. “Responses of Macroinvertebrates and Plants to Flood-Pulsing in Headwater Wetlands During a Three-Year Study.” Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Cairns, Australia.
  • Drinkard, M.K., J.E. Nieset, A.M. Romito, and F.A. de Szalay. 2005. “Plant and Invertebrate Community Changes Caused by Flood-Pulsing in a Constructed Riparian Wetland.” North American Benthological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • de Szalay, F.A., J.E. Nieset, A.M. Romito, and M.K. Drinkard. 2004. “Year One Effects of Flood-pulsing on Plants and Macroinvertebrates in a Newly Constructed Headwater Wetland.” Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS:

  • Drinkard, M.K. and F.A. de Szalay. 2007. “Role of Coarse Woody Debris in Determining Terrestrial Invertebrate Communities in a Headwater Floodplain”. Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Sacramento, California.
  • Drinkard, M.K. and F.A. de Szalay. 2007. “Role of Coarse Woody Debris in Determining Terrestrial Invertebrate Communities in a Headwater Floodplain”. Natural Areas Conference. Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Drinkard, M.K. and F.A. de Szalay. 2007. “Role of Coarse Woody Debris in Determining Terrestrial Invertebrate Communities in a Headwater Floodplain”. Celebration of Scholarship. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
  • Drinkard, M.K. and F.A. de Szalay. 2007. “Role of Coarse Woody Debris in Determining Terrestrial Invertebrate Communities in a Headwater Floodplain”. Water Resources Research Institute. Kent, Ohio
  • Drinkard, M.K. and F.A. de Szalay. 2007. “Role of Coarse Woody Debris in Determining Terrestrial Invertebrate Communities in a Headwater Floodplain”. Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference. Kent, Ohio
  • Drinkard, M.K., F.A. de Szalay, J. Nieset, and A. Romito. 2006. “Plant and Invertebrate Community Changes Caused by Flood-Pulsing in a Constructed Riparian Wetland.” Water Resource Research Institute. Kent State University. Kent, Ohio.
  • Drinkard, M.K., J.E. Nieset, and F.A. de Szalay. 2004. “Responses of Wetland Macrophyte Community Structure to Flood Pulsing in a Headwater Stream.” Water Resource Research Institute. Kent State University. Kent, Ohio.
  • Drinkard, M.K., A. Romito, and F.A. de Szalay. 2004. “Responses of Invertebrate Communities to Flood Pulsing.” Cleveland Museum of Natural History Annual Conservation Symposium. Cleveland, Ohio.

CONSULTING EXPERIENCE:

Consultant December 2010
Prudent Technologies, Inc.
Prepared report of historical data to determine if sensitive habitats and species would be affected by current and future management plans

GENERAL Owner, Dr. GreenBee, LLC 2010-2013
138 E. Main St. Kent, Ohio 44240
Home and garden store supplying goods and services for sustainable, healthy living
Incorporated November 2010. Opened retail location June 2011. Sold in January 2013.

Portage County Solid Waste Commission 2011-2012
Elected member of the rapidly evolving solid waste (recycling) program for Portage
County, Ohio.

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Attend 3 week training workshop on Straw bale Buildings and Sustainable Construction at Dancing Rabbit in Rutledge, Mo. 2013
  • Spearheaded student involvement in Earth Day research and service contests at Kent St. Univ. Trumbull Campus where my students took all the top places. 2011 and 2012.
  • Attended workshop “EarthShip Construction” Blue Rock Station, Ohio 2010 “Women in the Green Economy” Cleveland Business Connect Magazine. Feb 2012. Full page article on my store, Dr. GreenBee
  • Awarded “Small Business Success 2011” by the Ohio Small Business Association
  • “Biology instructor finds new use for insect wings” Kent Wired 22 Sept 2010 Article about my jewelry making hobby
  • Zimmer, C. 2011. Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed. (Noted submission)

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS & ACADEMIC SERVICE:

  • TransPortage (Transition Town), Board Member 2013
  • Medina County Beekeepers 2012 – Present
  • Kent Chamber of Commerce 2010 – 2013
  • Kent Community Time Bank 2010 – Present
  • Cluck Kent (Urban Chickens) 2010 – Present
  • Kent Environmental Council 2010 – Present
  • Portage County Solid Waste Commission, 2011-2012
  • Society for Wetland Scientists. 2003-2008.
  • North American Benthological Society. 2004-2006.
  • Kent State Univ. Biological Sciences Graduate Student Council (Secretary). 2004- 2007.
  • Graduate Women in Science/ Sigma Delta Epsilon. 2005-2006.
  • Friends of the Kent Bog. 2005-Present.
  • Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference Planning Committee. 2006-2007.
  • Departmental Symposium Planning Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University, Kent. 2005 – 2007.

ADDITIONAL SKILLS:

  • Competent in Geographical Information Systems (ArcView), statistical analysis software (SPSS, PCORD), DreamWeaver (web design), Corel Draw and Microsoft Office.
  • Attended Ohio EPA’s workshops on wetland assessment techniques in 2005 (VIBI, IBI, AmpIBI and ORAM). Led laboratory instruction on these techniques for Wetland Ecology courses at Kent State University.
  • Website maintenance for Kent State University Department of Biological Sciences 2005-2006. Utilized Commonspot and Dreamweaver software.
  • Hobbies: Beer brewing, cheese making, bee keeping, jewelry making, natural and sustainable living