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Kate Berg

I am passionate about connecting people with information.


I am always looking for opportunities where I can combine my interests in natural resources and the environment with my technical geospatial skills to convey complex information in innovative, compelling, and engaging ways.

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  • Cartography
  • Science Communication
  • Web Mapping
  • Environmental Education
  • Information Systems
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Conservation Biolgy
  • Spatial Analyses
  • Program Development and Evaluation

Education


Some Coursework

TECHNICAL
Graphic Design, Advanced GIS, Cartography, Satellite Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing, Remote Sensing and GIS, Introduction to Python Programming for Environmental Informatics, GIS Programming and Development, Seminar on CAD

EDUCATION & POLICY
Behavior and Environment, Environmental Psychology for Public Policy, Natural Resources Law, Decision-Making Science and Theory, Environmental Governance, Environmental Policy and Politics, Natural Resource Conflict Management, Leading Non-Profit Organizations

SCIENCE
Ecosystem Services, Environmental Change, Community Ecology, Conservation Biology, Evolution and Biodiversity, Field Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Probability, Biostatistics

Master's of Science

Natural Resources & Environment | University of Michigan

        Behavior, Education, and Communication and Environmental Policy and Planning



Bachelor's of Science

Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior | University of California, Los Angeles

        Minor: Geospatial Information Systems & Technologies





Experience

  • Dec. 2017 - Present

    GIS Consultant

    Ramboll | Ann Arbor, MI
    • Providing GIS solutions to support environmental management, including ecological monitoring, sediment management, site remediation,risk assessment, and community development
    • Geospatial data management, modeling, automation, analysis, and visualization using Esri ArcGIS Suite, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Excel
    • Supporting the company’s digitalization efforts through the introduction of Esri Story Maps, interactive web mapping applications, and data collection tools to my office
    • Graphic design of materials using Microsoft Visio, PowerPoint, and Publisher and Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
  • Feb. 2017 - Dec. 2017

    GIS Specialist

    Giffels Webster | Detroit, MI
    • Strengthening the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program through weekly blog posts, redesigning website content, and promoting GIS to clients through the development and presentation of marketing materials using ESRI Story Maps, Microsoft Products, and Adobe Products
    • Creating high quality print and interactive web maps and apps, as well as performing GIS data maintenance, manipulation, and analysis
    • Developing GIS citizen engagement options by researching, organizing, and creating interactive web applications to encourage public participation (e.g. Clearzoning! and Picture This)
  • Jul. 2016 - May 2017

    Graduate Student Mentor

    University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI
    • Supervisor of Program in the Environment Graduate Student Instructors (GSI). Served as day-to-day manager and administrator for all new GSIs
    • Restructured and strengthened the Graduate Student Mentor Program by 1. implementing the program’s first centralized online learning portal; 2. introducing five pedagogical workshops for new GSIs; 3. creating evaluation materials including process/implementation evaluation and observation forms; 4. Writing an Orientation Guide for future mentors
    • Responsible for evaluating all new GSIs and their classes. Provided feedback on their strengths, opportunities for improvement, and recommendations for training, disciplinary action, or recognitions
  • Jan. 2016 - May 2017

    Graduate Student Instructor

    University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI
    • Instructor for three courses: ENV 463: GIS for Conservation and Management (Winter 2016 and 2017) and ENV 309: GIS Explorations (Fall 2016)
    • Responsible for the research, design, and development of some class curriculum, materials, and tests
    • Presented lectures, graded assignments, hosted office hours, and demonstrated excellence in teaching by receiving student nominated ”Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award”
    • Presented lectures and assignments that range from basic cartography and geoprocessing skills for raster and vector data, to more advanced subjects including suitability analyses, least cost path analyses, Python automation, georeferencing, digitizing
  • Jul. 2016 - May 2017

    Intern

    National Wildlife Federation | Los Angeles, CA

    Non-profit experience at a new branch of the largest nonprofit conservation education organization in the country. Developed the California chapter’s education and outreach program through multiple projects:

    • Responsible for public outreach by representing the organization at several major nature and citizen science events, writing blog posts, maintaining social media campaigns, and creating educational materials
    • Supported the Urban Wildlife Co-Existence Initiative with the creation of a clearinghouse of resources about living with wildlife, used to support public engagement and evaluate initiative directions
    • Established effective and working relationships with the LA City Department of Animal Services and city planning groups to support future cooperation and involvement on urban wildlife projects
    • Served as a GIS liaison among stakeholders and developed interactive maps and high-quality maps for staff and public view, including maps used in promotional material, websites, and news coverage, including planning Urban Wildlife Week (the first annual city-wide event in Los Angeles)
  • Sep. 2015 - Jan 2016

    Environmental Education Assistant

    University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI
    • Assisted with the development, implementation, and evaluation of a life science curriculum unit on climate change in local middle schools
    • Web-manager of My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant (MEERA), a website dedicated to supporting educators with one of the largest collections of environmental program evaluation resources
  • July 2014 - July 2015

    Education Specialist

    Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens | Los Angeles, CA
    • Presented zoo educational programs, including on-grounds interpretation and interacting with zoo guests on a daily basis while providing information about habitats, wildlife, plants, and conservation
    • Assisted with zoo program, workshop, and educational resource development, including creating the guided tour used for the zoo’s new state-of-the-art Rainforest of the Americas exhibit
    • Led talks and tours for a variety of audience backgrounds, sizes (e.g. one-on-one interpretation to talks to over 150 people), and ages (e.g. young kids to adults)
  • May 2016 - Dec. 2016

    Research Assistant

    (CRESST) National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing | Los Angeles, CA
    • Worked directly with researchers at CRESST to research, develop, and evaluate a systems modeling intelligent tutoring tool, "Dragoon", for high school science curriculum
  • June 2013 - Sep. 2013

    Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger

    National Park Service | Sequoia National Park
    • Researched, developed, and introduced four original formal science and natural history interpretive talks and guided walks and presented them daily to diverse groups of different backgrounds, sizes (e.g. one-on-one interpretation to talks to over 150 people), and ages (e.g. young kids to adults)
    • Provided informal interpretation and orientation to park guests in visitor centers and on trails, requiring knowledge of a variety of topics and appropriate interpretive techniques to reach our diverse park audiences
    • Responsible for staffing visitor center facilities and stores, opening and closing facilities based on established SOPs, keeping facilities neat and stocked, and basic law enforcement duties

Skills

Esri ArcGIS Suite


ArcGIS Desktop 
ArcGIS Pro 
Story Maps 
ArcGIS Online 

Misc. GIS & Modeling


QGIS 
CartoDB 
AutoCAD 
Sketch-Up 

Adobe Suite


Illustrator 
Photoshop 
InDesign 
Dreamweaver 


Microsoft Suite


Access 
Excel 
PowerPoint 
Visio 

Programming & Markup


LaTex
Python 
HTML & CSS 

Honors and Certificates

  • 2018

    Certificates


    Compliance Solutions | 40-Hour OSHA HAZWOPER Training
    PADI | Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver
    PADI | Equipment Specialist
    PADI | Peak Performance Buoyancy
    PADI | Open Water SCUBA Diver
  • 2017

    Certificates


    Esri | ArcGIS Desktop Associate 10.3
    Esri | Earth Imagery at Work
    Esri | Basics of Python (for ArcGIS 10)
    Esri | Python Scripting for Geoprocessing Workflows
    Esri | Python Scripting for Map Automation


    The Donald M. Matthews Award, Excellence in Forestry


    School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

    Established in 1948 from a fund set up by alumni and faculty of the school, this award honors the memory of Professor Donald M. Matthews, who taught in the field of forest stewardship. The award is given to the most promising student in this field.

  • 2016

    Certificates


    Esri | Do-It-Yourself Geo Apps
    Esri | Going Places with Spatial Analyses


    Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor


    Program in the Environment, University of Michigan

    This award recognizes an ENVIRON-course Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) who demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduates and providing them with exceptional learning experiences.



    Edna Bailey Sussman Environmental Fellowship


    Edna Bailey Sussman Fund

    Funding for an internship with the California National Wildlife Federation during the summer of 2016.

  • 2015

    Dean's Prize Honoring Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers


    University of California, Los Angeles

    Given to select students that exemplify excellence in the sciences at UCLA's Science Poster Day.

  • 2014

    Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, Best Minor Project in the Sciences


    University of California, Los Angeles

    Recognition of excellence in undergraduate research at UCLA



    Holmes O. Miller Scholarship for Field Study


    Holmes O. Miller Endowment Fund

    Funding to support field biology research during the UCLA Field & Marine Biology Quarter (FMBQ).

  • 2013

    Certificates


    Eppley Institute | Interpretive Talk 2.0
    Eppley Institute | Foundations of Interpretation