© 2018 by Ryan Valdez.  All rights reserved

CURRENT POSITIONS

       National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)

  • George Mason University,

       Faculty Affiliate, Biology Department, College of Science (2017-2019)

  • Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

        Environmental Leadership Mentor (ELM)

EDUCATION
        

                       Distinguished Alumni Award

                             Large mammal diversity in Laikipia, Kenya

                             Nocturnal behavior of ocelot in Texas

                       Outstanding Senior Award

                              Kemps Ridley sea turtle conservation in Mexico

  • GIS Training:  At various levels (management, research, visualization)

  • USDA:    Graduate School

  • Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), alumni

  • Texas Southmost College (TSC), junior college

  • PADI:  Open Water Diver, SCUBA certified

       
LINKEDIN:

     
TEACHING
                 

  • Faculty Affiliate, GMU Biology Department.  2017 - present.

  • GMU:  BIOL 103, Introductory Biology I (TA)

  • GMU:  BIOL 103, Introductory Biology I (Instructor)

  • GMU:  BIOL 104, Introductory Biology II (Instructor)

  • GMU:  BIOL 307, 308 Ecology Lab (TA,)

 

  • GMU:  EVPP 377, Applied Ecology. (Instructor)

  • GMU:  EVPP 318, Conservation  Biology (Instructor)

  • SCBI:  CONS 640 (case study faculty; Smithsonian Con Biol Inst.) 

 

  • Smithsonian National Zoo;  Lecturer (Amazonia Science Gallery)

  • The Smithsonian Associates; visiting scientist (US lecture series)

WORK EXPERIENCE
            

  • National Parks Conservation Association

    • Director, Conservation Science

  • Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

    • Pre-Doctoral Researcher

  • Smithsonian's National Zoological Park (NZP)

    • Director, Amazon GIS Project

  • Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, Amazonia Science Gallery

    • Exhibitry and  Research Fellow

  • The World Bank 

    • Consultant, Amazon conservation

  • U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    • Student Researcher, Ocelot research program, TX

  • Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 

    • FES Department Research

  • National Biological Survey (USFWS)

    • Wildlife Biologist, Wolf research program, MN

  • Texas Agricultural Experiment Station; Texas A&M University

    • Graduate Research Assistant, Attwater's Prairie Chicken research program.  Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences

  • Gladys Porter Zoo, TX 

    • Biologist, Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle program, field based in Mexico

  • Texas A&M University, Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences 

    • Department Research Assistant

  • Texas Southmost College, Biology Department 

    • Program support staff

BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

AWARDS / FUNDING
 

  • NPCA People's Choice Award, 2018.

  • GMU College of Science Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017

  • The Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, graduate research award

  • Francis D. Heliotis Research Award (GMU)

  • The Max and Vera Britton Environmental Science Award, Washington DC

  • MyCOE/SERVIR Biodiversity Initiative Award

  • ​Outstanding Senior Award, Texas A&M, Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences

  • Student Conservation Association (SCA); CCDP (Conservation Career Development) Fellow.

  • The African Wildlife Foundation, research grant

  • American Association of Geographers, SERVIR award

  • The Smithsonian Latino Center, research grant (Kenya program)

  • The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, research grant

  • The Nature Conservancy, research grant

  • The World Wildlife Fund, research grant

  • The National Geographic Society, research grant

  • Blue Moon Fund, research grant

  • West Wind Foundation, research grant

  • Overbrook Foundation, research grant

  • The Winslow Foundation, research grant

  • US Department of State, exhibit support

  • W. Alton Jones Foundation, research grant

  • Private gift donations, research

COMPUTER EXPERIENCE

        

  • Esri GIS Arc products (current 10.6)

  • GPS / various related software programs

  • Google mapping platforms

  • Creative Commons: Adobe and Microsoft Suite software

  • Graphic Design / Web Design / Media software / Digital photography

  • Scanners/Printers/Cameras/Video

  • Various camera trapping brands, associated software programs

  • P.I.E. (Picture Information Extractor), for metadata extraction

  • Miradi.  Adaptive Management Software for Conservation Biology        

GRAPHIC DESIGN / EXHIBITS 
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SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

  • ESA:       Ecological Society of America

  • CERF:    Coastal Education & Research Foundation

  • AAAS:    American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • AIBS:      American Institute of Biological Sciences

  • SCB:       Society for Conservation Biology

  • SCGIS:   Society for Conservation GIS

  • TWS:     The Wildlife Society

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • GWS:     The George Wright Society

  • NGS:      National Geographic Society 

ACTIVE ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS (2018, 2019)

HOBBYIST (freshwater aquaculture)

 

  • AGA:       Aquatic Gardeners Association

  • GWAPA: Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association

MEDIA LINKS

Though summarized, this site represents the majority of programs I have been involved with.  Please contact me for a detailed CV.  

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