Julia Geschke

Julia Geschke

Career Interests

Wildlife conservation; Biodiversity; Conservation planning; Habitat connectivity; Endangered species management
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Ecosystem Science and Conservation Concentration
Relevant coursework: Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis, Conservation Biology, Applied Data Analysis for Environmental Sciences, Big Cats Decline
Bachelor of Science, May 2016
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Major in Environmental Science and Policy: Wildlife Ecology and Management
GPA: 3.93, University Honors Program

Professional Experience

Natural Resources Specialist 2, Cleveland Metroparks Cleveland, OH
Led development of citizen science projects for a new smartphone app used by park visitors. Designed testing protocol and tested app with volunteers to assess science knowledge growth. Presented work at the Citizen Science Association National Conference to encourage collaboration and engage new partners. Assisted with analysis of camera trap study and management of Zooniverse classification interface to create best practices and strategies for improving image collecting, analysis, and classification. Performed other natural resources work (cover board surveys, snake health assessments, mist netting for bats). March 2017 – August 2017
Desert Tortoise Ecology Intern, Penn State/USGS Barstow, CA 
Tracked desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert using radio telemetry. Handled tortoises, changed GPS loggers, and conducted health assessments to assess impacts of population translocation and spread of respiratory disease. Navigated with GPS equipment, proofed and maintained large datasets in Excel and ArcGIS. July – October 2016
Intern, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Beltsville, MD
Studied common tern and least tern populations on Poplar Island through conducting nest checks, collecting and entering data, re-sighting chicks. Assisted with experimental use of unmanned aerial vehicles and infrared cameras as new non-invasive methods to monitor seabird populations. June – August 2015
Research Intern, Bat Acoustic Traveling Study College Park, MD
Worked with PhD student on project studying bat activity and species diversity in rural-urban gradient to see if activity and species composition are shifting due to the impact of White Nose Syndrome. Set up microphones to monitor bat calls, recorded and analyzed initial data. Interacted with public to gain permission to work on their property, educating them about bat conservation and the importance of urban wildlife. November 2014 – May 2015
The School for Field Studies, Tanzania, East Africa
Studied African wildlife conservation and management, focused on human/wildlife conflict. Conducted distance sampling, transects, quadrats, behavioral research, and ethograms to study wildlife. Presented research to local community and interviewed locals about environmental issues to inform efforts for sustainable forest use and gather information on climate change impacts on local agriculture. June – August 2014
Naturalist Assistant, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Bay Village, OH
Helped wildlife staff with the care and rehabilitation of variety of animals (reptiles, birds, mammals). Educated visitors through programs and animal presentations, trained new volunteers. 2007-2012

Additional Information

Computing: Windows, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Program R, ArcGIS, website/blog generation
Trapping and Animal Handling: Experience handling animals such as snakes, turtles, birds, and small mammals Experience assisting with fox trapping Reptile health assessments (oral and nasal swabbing for tortoises, oral and cloacal and skin swabbing for snakes) Mist netting for bats
Identification: Experienced at identifying most mid-Atlantic tree and shrub species Equipment: Experienced with acoustic monitoring equipment (Wildlife Acoustic Song Meter 2) Experienced with small unmanned aerial vehicles (Storm Drone 6 V3 GPS Flying Platform) Experienced with camera trapping Navigation with GPS units Radio telemetry
Specialized Knowledge: Extensive experience managing crowd-sourced, camera trap classification projects on the Zooniverse iNaturalist Designing citizen science projects, fundamental aspects of citizen science including volunteer motivation, recruitment, retention, evaluation
Conferences Attended: Northeast Wildlife Society Conclave, 2015 Northeast Wildlife Society Conclave, 2016 Citizen Science Association Conference, 2017 Presentations: Geschke, J.M., Lorch, P.D., Pytash, K.E., & Ferdig, R.E. (2017, May.) ParkApps NE Ohio: Development of a mobile app as a method of encouraging informal science learning. Citizen Science Association Conference, St. Paul, MN.
AWARDS/OFFICES HELD: • First Year Representative, Duke Conservation Society, 2017 - present • Secretary, Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, University of Maryland, 2012-2016 • Vice President, Terps for Animal Welfare, University of Maryland, 2012-2014 • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, University of Maryland, May 2016 • University of Maryland Honors College, 2012-2016 • Dean’s List, University of Maryland, 2012-2016


citizen science
project management

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government