Eliza Grames

PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

About me


Current position

I'm pursuing a PhD in Dr. Chris Elphick's lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. I'm broadly interested in ecological modeling and applying mathematical models to population processes and conservation biology. If you want to get in touch or have questions about my research, please feel free to email me at eliza.grames@uconn.edu or get in touch with me through the links below.





Eliza Grames

Research


Mechanisms underlying area sensitivity in forest songbirds

My dissertation research is on mechanisms underlying area sensitivity using forest songbirds in southern New England forest fragments as a model.

Media coverage of Golden-winged Warbler conservation

Extending the Theory of Planned Behavior to multi-choice situations

Mentoring


Field techs

Lab techs

Teaching


Structural Equation Modeling "SEMinar"

After taking Bill Shipley's seminar on path analysis at the University of Sherbrooke , I coordinated a meeting group of graduate students and faculty in my department interested in learning about on structural equation modeling. I split the meeting into an hour and a half of lecture on concepts and theory and then an hour and a half of application and coding models in R. (Fall 2017)

Intro to basic stats in R

I organized a weekly, semester-long meeting group for graduate students and upper division undergraduate students from three departments to learn how to do basic data manipulation, visualization, and statistics in R. The goal of the meetings was to familiarize students with the R programming language to provide a baseline level of familiarity so that students can learn more advanced techniques on their own that apply to their own research. (Spring 2017)

General Ecology

As a teaching assistant (TA) for General Ecology, I lead two discussion sections per week to teach skills in ecology and to reinforce lecture topics. (Fall 2017)

Ornithology

As the TA for Ornithology, I attended all lectures to assist Dr. Rubega with classroom management and activities. I graded all student work, including quizzes, papers, and exams. I also held weekly office hours for students to ask questions about lecture concepts or papers. (Spring 2017)

Foundations of Biology

With my co-TA, I taught two lab sections of biology for non-majors. I alternated being the lead-TA and assistant-TA with my co-TA; we presented brief lectures to students on the topic of the lab, walked them through the procedure, and assisted students with the lab. (Fall 2016)

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Curriculum Vitae


Eliza Grames
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Rd. Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06269
eliza.grames@uconn.edu

Education

Ph.D. Student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut, Chris Elphick, Advisor
Research topic: Mechanisms of area sensitivity in forest songbirds

B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, summa cum laude
University of Minnesota, 2013
Honors Thesis: Self-identity and bottled water consumption

B.A. in Professional Strategic Communication - Public Relations, summa cum laude
University of Minnesota, 2013
Honors Thesis: Media coverage of climate-induced migration in Northwest Alaska following Kivalina v. ExxonMobil

B.A. in Communication Studies
University of Minnesota, 2013

Presentations

Grames, EM. 2017. An integrative model of mechanisms underlying area sensitivity. University of Connecticut Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Grad Student Symposium.

Grames, EM. 2016. Habitat fragmentation and breeding birds in Connecticut forests. Goodwin Conservation Center.

Grames, EM. 2016. Citizen science and opportunities for involvement in upcoming bird research at UConn. Goodwin Master Naturalist Program.

Grames, EM. 2013. Marketing profile of cultural and historical travelers to the Twin Cities Metro Area. University of Minnesota Tourism Center Tourism Week Symposium. (Poster presentation)

Public Outreach and Education, Volunteer Experience

Connecticut State Science & Engineering Fair, Judge (March 2017)
Windham High School Ask-A-Scientist Program, Visiting Scientist (November 2016)
Connecticut Audubon Center at Pomfret, Bird Banding Volunteer (September - November 2016)
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, Overlook Volunteer (September 2016 - October 2016)
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, Marketing Consultant (September 2013 - September 2016)
Fossil Free Minnesota, Communications Committee Chair (December 2012 - August 2013)
Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District, Annual Report Creator (October 2012 - December 2012)
Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), Volunteer Laborer (January, 2011; January, 2012)

Field Research Experience

Wisconsin State Ornithologists Union Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, Principal Atlaser (May 2016 - July 2016)
Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, Banding Assistant (June 2016 - July 2016)
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog American Kestrel Nestbox Project, Monitor and Bander (May 2016 - July 2016)
St. Louis River Alliance Piping Plover Project, Monitor (May 2016 - June 2016)
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Diurnal Raptor, Owl, and Passerine Banding, Banding Assistant (September 2016 - November 2016)

Work Experience

National Academic Quiz Tournaments, Marketing and Data Contractor (September 2015 - August 2016)
Served as a liaison to new schools and coaches, gathered information for promoting tournaments to new teams, updated the database, assisted tournaments with preparations and results reporting, and responded to inquiries from potential quiz bowl tournament hosts.

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, Peregrine Watch Naturalist (June 2016)
Educated visitors about the pair of Peregrine Falcons that nest in downtown Duluth, including the natural history of peregrines and information specific to the downtown pair.

Minnesota Academy of Science, Data Manager, Annual Meeting Coordinator, and Communications Specialist (March 2013 - September 2015)
Planned promotional campaigns for scientific programs such as Science Bowl and the State Science and Engineering Fair, maintained a database of all members and program participants, and coordinated the Annual Meeting and Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium.

University of Minnesota Tourism Center, Communications and Marketing Specialist (November 2011 - May 2013)
Designed and created materials for print and the web, including brochures, posters, postcards, and web content to promote educational programs and services of the Tourism Center.

University of Minnesota Tourism Center, Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2012 - August 2012)
Interviewed visitors to the Twin Cities metro area and collected questionnaires about visitor experiences in the area for a research project conducted by Andrew Ofstedal and Ingrid Schneider.

Student Unions and Activities Program Board, Committee Chair (September 2010 - May 2012)
Oversaw the University of Minnesota Quizbowl Team by organizing collegiate and high school academic tournaments, planning travel for the team, managing the budget, and facilitating practices.

Plant Management Network, External Relations Specialist (October 2011 - December 2011)
Evaluated social media efforts and developed a strategic communication plan to improve usage of social media, wrote and sent out press releases to media outlets and crop commodity groups about newly available resources and research, and built contact lists of potential partners, sponsors, and research groups.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Inspector (May 2011 - September 2011)
Educated watercraft users at public water accesses and the Minnesota State Fair about invasive species threatening Minnesota's lakes and rivers and appropriate steps to take to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Awards and Scholarships

University of Connecticut Outstanding Scholars Fellowship
Robert D. Peterson Award
Robert Henton Fund
Donald V. Hawkins Scholarship
Presidents Distinguished Scholarship
Otto Quale Scholarship
Waller Scholarship
DeBoer-Gore Scholarship

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