sara e. Scanga—Curriculum Vitae



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SARA E. SCANGA—Curriculum Vitae


Department of Biology sescanga@utica.edu

Utica College (315) 792-3137

1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, NY 13502

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EDUCATION



Ph.D. in Ecology 2009

Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Syracuse, NY


Title: Population ecology of the rare wetland plant Trollius laxus (Ranunculaceae)

Advisor: Dr. Donald Leopold

Committee members: Drs. James Gibbs, Kristina Jones, Stephen Stehman, Thomas Horton
B.A. in Biology, minor in Women's Studies (graduated summa cum laude) 1997

Drew University, Madison, NJ

Advisor: Sara Webb

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Associate Professor (tenure-track) 06/2014 – present

Utica College, NY


Assistant Professor (tenure-track) 08/2010 – 06/2014

Utica College, NY


R Workshop Coordinator 12/2012

Utica College, NY


Visiting Instructor 07/2005, 07/2011, 06/2012

SUNY-ESF, Cranberry Lake Biological Station, NY


Summer Workshop in Ecology and Conservation Biology 07/2011

Utica College, NY


Visiting Instructor 12/2008 – 05/2009

SUNY-ESF, NY


National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellow 5/2003 – 08/2005

SUNY-ESF, NY


Guest Lecturer 10/2003 and 8/2005

SUNY Morrisville, NY


Graduate Teaching Assistant 01/2002 – 05/2003

SUNY-ESF, NY




RESEARCH EXPERIENCE



Senior Research Analyst (Post-doc) 01/2010 – 07/2010

SUNY-ESF, NY

Postdoctoral work assisting with ongoing research projects. Conduct data analyses and statistical modeling and prepare a manuscript for publication.

Supervisor: Dr. John Stella


Senior Research Assistant 08/2009 – 12/2009

SUNY-ESF, NY

Conduct data analyses and statistical modeling, prepare a manuscript for publication, and assist an M.S. student with statistical analyses.

Supervisor: Dr. John Stella


Environmental Protection Agency STAR Graduate Fellow 08/2005 – 08/2009

U.S. EPA, Washington, DC

Awarded a competitive fellowship to conduct my graduate research from the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program of the EPA.
Senior Laboratory Technician 12/1999 – 01/2002

New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, NY

Researched the genetics of the motility of Treponema denticola, a spirochete.

Supervisor: Dr. Ronald Limberger


Research Assistant 06/1997 – 10/1999

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, NY

Collected and analyzed chemical and microbial data related to long-term lake ecosystem experiments in northern Wisconsin.

Supervisors: Drs. Michael Pace and Jonathan Cole


Research Assistant 07/1996 – 05/1997

Lake Itasca Forestry and Biological Station, MN/Drew University, NJ

Examined the long-term effects of moderate windstorm disturbance in Itasca State Park.

Supervisor: Dr. Sara Webb


Research Assistant 05/1995 – 08/1995

Rutgers Pinelands Field Station, NJ

Investigated how a water table gradient affected soil invertebrates, mycorrhizal associations, and forest vegetation in NJ pine barrens ecosystems.

Supervisor: Dr. John Dighton




PUBLICATIONS



Scanga, S. E. 2014. Feasibility of out-planting small populations of spreading globeflower Trollius laxus in a forested fen in central New York, USA. Conservation Evidence 11:48-52.
Scanga, S. E. 2014. Plant demography in wetland canopy gaps: nonlinear and indirect responses. Plant Ecology 215:927-935.
Scanga, S. E. and D. J. Leopold. 2012. Managing wetland plant populations: lessons learned in Europe may apply to North American fens. Biological Conservation 148:69-78.
Scanga, S. E. 2011. Effects of light intensity and groundwater depth on the growth of a globally rare fen plant. Wetlands 31:773-781.
Scanga, S. E. and K. L. Hajek. 2010. Adapting your research into inquiry-based lessons for public outreach in high school classrooms: an answer to the calls to action. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 91:244-256.
Scanga, S. E. and D. J. Leopold. 2010. Population vigor of a rare, wetland, understory herb in relation to light and hydrology. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 137:297-311.
Scanga, S. E. and M. K. Fierke. 2008. “Say goodbye to sleep”: perspectives on building a family and a career at the same time. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6:448-449.
Webb, S. L. and S. E. Scanga. 2001. Windstorm disturbance without patch dynamics: twelve years of change in a Minnesota forest. Ecology 82:893-897.

POSTERS AND PRESENTATIONS



INVITED RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
Scanga, S. E. The globeflower as Goldilocks:  the effects of too much, too little, and "just right" light transmittance on the population ecology of the rare wetland plant Trollius laxus. Invited oral presentation at the Biology Department’s Friday Seminar Series, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY, March 21, 2014.
Scanga, S. E. Scaling up from lab to watershed:  predicting movements of seeds and nanoparticles across landscapes. Invited poster presentation at the Gordon Research Conference on Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry, Andover, NH, June 16 – 21, 2013.
Scanga, S. E. Engineered nanoparticles in wetlands. Invited oral presentation given at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, May 3, 2011. The presentation was part of a semester-long series entitled Cross-Disciplinary Seminar in Hydrological and Biogeochemical Processes.
Raynal, D. J. and D. J. Leopold, with contributions from M. Buff, A. Eallonardo, J. Gawronski-Salerno, S. Robinson, and S. Scanga. Population ecology, dynamics and conservation of rare plants in New York State. Invited oral presentation given at the International Symposium on Biology of Rare and Endemic Plants, Muğla, Turkey, May 26 – 29, 2010.
Scanga, S. E. and D. J. Leopold. The role of canopy gaps in the conservation of the rare wetland wildflower Trollius laxus. Invited oral and poster presentations given at the New England Wild Flower Society, Framingham, MA, September 18, 2003.


CONTRIBUTED RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

*denotes undergraduate student


Sabo, R. D. and S. E. Scanga. Promoting undergraduate research opportunities through a collaborative small watershed network. Poster presentation given at the Ecological Research as Education Network All Members Meeting, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, June 25 – 28, 2014.
Scanga, S. E. Feasibility of out-planting small populations to conserve a rare fen plant. Poster presentation given at the Northeast Natural History Conference 2014, Springfield, MA, April 7 – 9, 2014.
Zabala, G. A.*, R. D. Sabo, S. E. Scanga, G. B. Lawrence, and K. N. Eshleman. Vegetation and stream chemistry responses to recovery from chronic acid deposition in the Adirondack Mountains. Poster presentation given by Gabriel Zabala at the Northeast Natural History Conference 2014, Springfield, MA, April 7 – 9, 2014.
Brockett, M. R.*, M. R. Fitzgerald-Bord*, F. Dalawar*, G. A. Zabala*, R. Fiorentino, S. E. Scanga, and Sharon L. Kanfoush. Assessment of the effect of climate change induced lake effect snowfall on tree ring width. Poster presentation given by Mary Brockett and MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord at the Northeast Natural History Conference 2014, Springfield, MA, April 7 – 9, 2014.
Blowers, A. J.*, K. R. Ford, J. Ralston, and S. E. Scanga. Local and landscape-scale habitat selection in five boreal birds threatened by climate change. Poster presentation given at the International Congress for Conservation Biology 2013, Baltimore, MD, July 21 – 25, 2013.
S. E. Scanga, A. J. Blowers*, and C. D. Schirmer. Feasibility of out-planting small populations to conserve a rare plant. Poster presentation given at the International Congress for Conservation Biology 2013, Baltimore, MD, July 21 – 25, 2013.
Blowers, A. J.*, K. R. Ford*, J. Ralston, and S. E. Scanga. Low-elevation versus high-elevation habitat selection in boreal birds at their southern periphery. Poster presentation given at the Wilson Ornithological Society Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA, March 7 – 10, 2013.
Scanga, S. E. and D. J. Leopold. European research may apply to North American fen management. Oral presentation contributed to Northeast Natural History Conference 2012, Syracuse, NY, April 15 – 19, 2012.
Scanga, S. E. and D. J. Leopold. Plant demography in wetland canopy gaps: nonlinear and indirect responses. Oral presentation contributed to Northeast Natural History Conference 2012, Syracuse, NY, April 15 – 19, 2012.
Moyer, A. J.* and S. E. Scanga. Growth and nitrogen content of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) plants intercropped with soybean (Glycine max) plants. Poster presentation given at the Northeast Natural History Conference 2012, Syracuse, NY, April 15 – 19, 2012.
Scanga, S., A. Thomas, A. Volo*, S. Benzing*, and S. H. M. Tun*. Effects of engineered nanoparticles on native woody plants. Poster presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, Albany, NY, April 6 – 9, 2011.
Hajek, K. L. and S. E. Scanga. How to incorporate original research into student-directed lessons for multiple levels of education. Poster presented at the Ecological Society of America 93rd Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, August 3 – 8, 2008.
Scanga, S. and D. Leopold. How do light and water levels affect a rare wetland plant? Oral presentation contributed to the Northeast Natural History Conference X, Albany, NY, April 18, 2008. This presentation won an award from the New York Flora Association: Best Student Botany Related Oral Presentation.
Scanga, S. E. Controls on the rarity and persistence of wetland plants: focus on Trollius laxus (Ranunculaceae). Poster contributed to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Graduate Fellowship Conference, Washington, DC, September 24 – 26, 2006.
Scanga, S. E., K. N. Jones, and D. J. Leopold. Controls on the rarity and persistence of a rare wetland wildflower, Trollius laxus (Ranunculaceae). Poster contributed to the Ecological Society of America 90th Annual Meeting, Montréal, Canada, August 7 – 12, 2005.
Scanga, S., R. Barber, E. Cheshire, A. Dechen, P. Homyak, R. Jarrell, K. Miller, K. Shoemaker, D. Raynal, C. Spuches, R. Beal, D. DeSiato, and S. Tankersley. Bringing research into central New York classrooms: ESF Science Corps. Poster contributed to the National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education Annual Project Meeting, Arlington, VA, March 4 – 6, 2005.
Scanga, S. E. and D. J. Leopold. Management at the crossroads: a four-way approach to conserving a wetland wildflower. Poster contributed to the Northeast Natural History Conference VIII, New York State Museum, Albany, NY, May 19 – 22, 2004.
Dechen, A., J. Boley, E. Cheshire, E. Cloyd, H. Golden, R. Jarrell, M. Lucash, S. Scanga, L. Schmitt, D. Raynal, C. Spuches, R. Beal, D. DeSiato, and S. Tankersley. Enhancing scientific literacy through environmental science: developing scientists and citizens. Poster contributed to the National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education Annual Project Meeting, Arlington, VA, March 12 – 14, 2004.

COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS
Scanga, S. E. Annual New York Flora Association Meeting and Walk, Nelson Swamp (Madison County). Invited to lead the annual field trip of the New York Flora Association to Nelson Swamp Unique Area, Madison County, NY on May 5, 2013.
Scanga, S. E. Plant ecology research in a human-dominated world. Invited presentation given at Rogers Environmental Center in Sherburne, NY, October 17, 2012.
Scanga, S. E. Plant ecology research in a human-dominated world. Invited presentation given to the Utica Marsh Council, Utica, NY, December 16, 2010.

EXTRAMURAL FUNDING

Predominantly Undergraduate Institution Fund of the Gordon Research Conferences Board of Trustees. 2013. $600.
Environmental Protection Agency, Science to Achieve Results Program

Predicting and preventing species extinctions: controls on rarity and persistence in wetland plants. 2005 – 2009. $104,504.
New England Botanical Club

The effects of demography and the abiotic environment on the rarity and persistence of a critically imperiled wetland wildflower, Trollius laxus (Ranunculaceae). 2005. $720.
National Science Foundation and New England Wild Flower Society

The effect of forest canopy gaps on the establishment and vigor of the rare plant Trollius laxus. 2003. $4,800.
Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation

Response of spreading globeflower to created canopy gaps. 2002. $4,725.


HONORS, AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS



EFB Outstanding Doctoral Student (awarded for excellence in research, leadership, and service), SUNY-ESF, 2010.
Robert L. Burgess Graduate Scholarship in Ecology (awarded for contributions and promise in basic and applied ecology), SUNY-ESF, 2008.
Best Student Botany Related Oral Presentation, Northeast Natural History Conference, New York Flora Association, 2008.
Maurice M. Alexander Wetland Research Award, SUNY-ESF, 2005.
Wadsworth Center Recognition Award, New York State Department of Health, 2001.
Peter Jennings Prize (awarded for high promise in botany), Drew University, 1997.
Phi Beta Kappa, Drew University, 1997.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, 1996 – 1997.
Lemelson Fellowship in Invention, Innovation, and Creativity, Hampshire College, 1995 – 1996.
Beta Beta Beta, Biological Honor Society, Drew University, 1995.
Drew University Recognition Award, Drew University, 1993 – 1997.


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