Kersey’s Resume




Kersey Lawrence

Based in Connecticut (USA) and Hoedspruit (South Africa)



Owner of Original Wisdom, a Limited Liability Company specialising in tracker training, and ecological and cultural educational adventures tours in Southern Africa.

Consultant for Nature Guide Training, a PTY Limited in South Africa owned by Lee Gutteridge. NGT trains field guides for the safari industry, and organises Study Abroad programs.

Senior Tracker and Evaluator for CyberTracker Conservation.



Track & Sign Identification Evaluator Certification (Aug 2014) following a Specialist Track & Sign Identification Certification (Aug 2011) in Southern Africa through CyberTracker Conservation; both certifications are the second to be given to a woman in 20 years of testing wildlife trackers, and the first to be awarded to a non-African woman.

Trailing Specialist (USA) and Senior Tracker (International) (June, 2016) through CyberTracker Conservation; currently the first and only to be achieved by a woman tracker in the world.

Outstanding Teaching Award (Apr 2012) from the University of Connecticut, Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Advanced Rifle Handling (July 2010), Field Guiding (July 2008), and Trail’s Guiding (July 2011) with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA). These qualifications enable me to legally carry a large-caliber rifle (.458 Express) while conducting educational encounters (on-foot and with 4 x 4 game drive vehicles) between guests and dangerous game in Southern Africa.

Certificate in College Instruction (May 2010) from the Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Connecticut. This was a five course series: Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning; Reflections on Teaching Practices; Advanced Issues in Teaching and Learning; the Teaching and Learning “Summer Institute;” and Environmental Education. Courses focused on the design, assessment and improvement of college-level courses, sharing of information and experiences to help develop a solid understanding of teaching and learning, and development of a personal philosophy defining my roles, responsibilities and behaviors as a teacher. A personal course portfolio for an Environmental Science course was developed, taught, and critiqued.


Aug 2009 to present. University of Connecticut (UConn), Department of Natural Resources & the Environment. Ph.D. program. Research Topic: What can we learn from cyber-tracking? Using modern science to validate an ancient skill. Written and oral qualifying exams given by a five member PhD committee were unanimously passed in April 2012. Major Adviser: Thomas Meyer.  GPA: 3.9/4.0

2005-2009. University of Connecticut, Department of Natural Resources Management and Engineering.  Master of Science Degree.  Thesis: Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Wildlife tracking collar positioning accuracy in the Patagonia region of Chile, South America, and in the eastern deciduous forests of North America. Major Adviser: I.M. Ortega, Co-Adviser: T.H. Meyer.  GPA: 3.9/4.0

2001-2005. University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Non-degree student. Various classes completed in Ethnobotany, Zoology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Organic Chemistry and Biometry (with experimental design and non-parametric statistics). Independent Study: Feral cat colony behavior in relation to spatial and temporal manipulations of supplementary feeding.  GPA: 3.5/4.0

2002-2003. Leeward Community College, HI.  Non-degree student. Various classes completed in Physics, Biochemistry, and Botany.  GPA: 3.8/4.0

1997-1999. University of Connecticut. Bachelor of Science Degree. Natural Resources, concentrating in Wildlife Management.  Adviser: D. Schroeder.  GPA: 3.0/4.0

1994-1996. Mitchell College, CT.  Associate of Science Degree. Life Science. High Honors – Phi Theta Kappa.  GPA: 3.8/4.0




  1. Scientific Literacy and Science Instruction Pedagogy, Course Designer, STRONG-CT (Science and Technology Reaching Out to New Generations in Connecticut), Spring 2012, 20 hours per week. Partnered with professors at Connecticut regional community colleges and professors at UConn in designing curriculum to inspire first generation college students to continue their education in STEM or environmental science, while concurrently developing a program for UConn graduate students to design and teach a science class at these community colleges.
  2. African Field Ecology, Course Designer/Field Instructor – weekly lecture during spring semesters followed by a field-trip in South Africa for over 600 undergraduate students to date (~16 at a time) – A UCONN Education Abroad program in 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009, 40+ hours per week. Students were immersed in the ecology and culture of South Africa on a Big Five game reserve for three weeks, with a heavy emphasis on African culture, tracking & ecology, field journaling, and completing a small research project. This was often a first trip abroad for students, and a first experience with camping, and a life-changing experience. EEB/NRE 3305 – African Field Ecology.
  3. Natural Resources Planning & Management, Instructor of Record for 50 undergraduate students and Supervisor of two graduate student teaching assistants, UCONN, Spring 2011, 20 hours per week, Lecture and lab. This is a capstone course for all senior undergraduate students required to take before graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. It is intended to synthesize what they have learned in four years by bringing together individuals from each concentration (land, water, air, etc) to work in teams to inventory an actual parcel of land and write a professional Environmental Impact Assessment for a proposed development on the site.
  4. Natural Resources Measurements, Instructor of Record for 50 undergraduate students and Supervisor of two graduate student teaching assistants,  UCONN, Fall 2010, 20 hours per week, Lecture and lab. Students conducted common field measurements, analyzed the data, and wrote complete laboratory reports (including background, methods, results, and discussion) for managing natural resources in the following concentrations: wildlife and fisheries, geomatics and remote sensing, water resources, atmospheric resources, and soils.
  5. Wildlife, Habitats, and Humans, Course Designer/Instructor of Record for 10 students, UCONN, Spring 2010, 20 hours per week. Students engaged in case studies designed to facilitate critical thinking about human dimensions of managing land for humans and non-humans, these dimensions varied in scale from homeowner, to community, regional and global requirements and ethics. Course taught for the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  6. Environmental Science, Teaching Assistant for 80 students, UCONN, Fall 2009, 10 hours per week. Students were introduced to basic concepts and areas of environmental concern and how these problems can be effectively addressed. Topics included human population; ecological principles; conservation of biological resources; biodiversity; croplands, rangelands, forestlands; soil and water conservation; pollution and water management; and wildlife and fisheries conservation.
  7. Introduction to Wildlife Management, Course Designer/Instructor of Record for 20 students, Fall 2008 and Fall 2009, 10 hours per week. Students engaged in case studies to learn the basic concepts of wildlife management, including field journaling and identification of organisms, history, basic vocabulary, population estimation, and current issues. Course taught for the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UCONN.
  8. Wildlife Observation and Tracking, Course Designer/Instructor of Record for 10 students, Spring 2009, 10 hours per week. Students met once weekly in a 50 minute lecture and then once weekly in a 3 hour outdoor lab where we identified tracks and sign of New England wildlife in the UConn forest and discussed the biodiversity of the ecosystem and how the morphology of each species suited its niche, habitat, and the tracks and sign it left behind. Course taught for the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UCONN.
  9. Introduction to Research, Course Designer/Instructor of Record for 10 students, STRONG-CT (Science and Technology Reaching Out to New Generations in Connecticut), UCONN, Fall 2008 & Spring 2009, 10 hours per week. Students met weekly and participated in discussions with guest researchers, and completed small assignments (resume, hypothesis construction, experimental design, etc.).
  10. Peer Mentoring in Biology, Course Designer/Instructor of Record for 30 students, STRONG-CT (Science and Technology Reaching Out to New Generations in Connecticut), UCONN, Spring 2009, 10 hours per week. STRONG-CT students enrolled in the University required biology courses met weekly in directed discussions about the material presented in those classes.


  1. Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – UCONN (2011 – 2015) Employed as a full-time Graduate Associate to support the Institute for Teaching and Learning’s (ITL) faculty development initiatives, including the development and delivery of presentations on pedagogy and best practices for teaching science, and in collection of data for the assessment and improvement of teaching, and in personalized instructional consultations. Supervisor: Dan Mercier, Director of ITL.
  2. Two Coyotes Wilderness School (Youth Mentor) (Dec 2012 to Dec 2015). Instructor in a nature immersion, wilderness skills, and community building program for children ranging from toddlers to 18 years old in Granby, CT. The inclusion of all ages, from mothers and fathers with babes-in-arms to elders who share their life stories and wisdom is considered an essential component to the program. Every Monday, 8 hours per day.
  3. Outdoor Girls Program (Volunteer Instructor) (Oct 2012 to May 2013). Teaching Assistant in White Pine Programs Outdoor Girls Program, Ogunquit, ME. One weekend per month, 8-10 hours per day in various field locations with 15 girls ranging in age from 8 to 14 years old.
  4. Tracking Apprenticeship (Teaching Assistant) (Oct 2011 – May 2012). Teaching Assistant in White Pine Programs Tracking Apprenticeship, Ogunquit, ME. One weekend per month, 8-10 hours per day in various field locations.
  5. Guest Instructor/Workshop provider (May-Aug, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2008). In private reserves across South Africa, hours varied with contract.
  6. Independent Study Supervisor at UConn for three undergraduate students in building an educational collaboration between the Town of Franklin Agriculture and Conservation Commission, The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UConn, and the Franklin Elementary school, Spring 2011, 10 hours per week. Students researched and reported on opportunities for Franklin residents in agriculture and conservation.
  7. Scientific Writing Mentor, University (UConn) Writing Center, Fall 2007 & Spring 2008, 10 hours per week. Tutored undergraduate and graduate students in scientific writing.
  8. Public Lands Management class (UConn), Field Assistant, Summer Session 2006, 40 hours per week. A field course driving and camping across the USA, from Connecticut to South Dakota and back, with 18 upper-level undergraduate students in 20 days. Students toured national wildlife refuges and interviewed wildlife managers; Students were required to bring resumes and ask for feedback on their eligibility for employment.
  9. UCONN/Patagonia Expedition, Field Instructor and tracking team leader for ten undergraduate students and five Chilean students per expedition in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, South America, Winter Intersession 2005 & 2006, 40 hours per week. Students camped in a remote field location and participated in daily educational hikes and wildlife surveys.
  10. Pre-school Nature Studies Teacher. (Summer 1999). Dennison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic, CT. 20 hours per week.


Tracker, (Winter 2012-2013 and 2013-2014) White Pine Programs – presence/absence track surveys for American Marten and Canada lynx for an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Technician, (Summer 2007) State Map Project – High-Accuracy GPS Surveying of the Gravitational Field in Connecticut, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Undergraduate Recruiter/Public Relations Assistant, (Fall 2005 to Spring 2008) Department of Natural Resources Management and Engineering (NRME), University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Wildlife Ecologist & Mountain Lion Tracking Team Leader, (Winter Intersession 2005 & 2006)UCONN-Patagonia Scientific Expedition, Chile, South America.

Hilo Project Manager & Student Intern,  (2000-2005) Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) Conservation Division, Honolulu, HI. Conducted endangered species surveys and invasive species eradication on the firing ranges of military bases across the Hawaiian islands.

Coordinator for The UConn Chapter of Wildlife Society in Black Bear winter den monitoring, (various dates 2005-2010) CT. and N.J.

Wildlife Rehabilitator, (Licensed yearly: 1993-2012) Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CTDEP), Hartford Wildlife Division, Hartford, CT.


Board Member, Town of Franklin Agriculture and Conservation Commission. 2009 to present. Currently conducting a Natural Resources Inventory and drafting an Open Space Plan for the Plan of Conservation and Development.

Citizen Scientist – The Audubon Society:  Mammal Monitoring Project, Rapid Bioassesments, Stream Walks, Bird Banding, and Vernal Pool Inventory. 2007 to present.

Merit Badge Councilor and Advancement Board of Review Member, Boy Scouts of America. Merits badges include: Environmental Science, Wilderness Survival, Tracking (100 year anniversary badge), Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World. 2005 to present.

Regional Coordinator for the Connecticut Chapter of the Art of Mentoring, a deep immersion nature program for all ages designed to spark creativity, invigorate respect for elders, and reconnect people with the essential components of their culture. 2011 until 2013.

Graduate Student Council representative, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 2007/2008


National Science Foundation – Mathematical Biology $950,000 In review
The Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc. $5000 2012
Ellen Bishop Carder Scholarship $6000 & $3000 2011 and 2006
Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering $8000 & $5000 2010 and 2008
James V. Spignesi Jr. Memorial Scholarship $10,000 2008
Duval Fellowship of Keeping Track $500 2008
New England Outdoor Writers Association Scholarship $3000 2007
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station $1000 2007
The French Foundation $3000 2006


Graduate Student of the Year (PhD category) – Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, UConn (awarded Feb 2013 for the year 2012)

Teaching Institute (The “Winter Institute” – A Teaching Workshop) annually at UConn, 2009-2013

Brown Bag Seminars on Teaching and Learning, incl. Teaching International Students

Safe Capture Chemical Immobilization of Animals (Fall 2011)

Responsible Conduct in Research (Fall 2010)

Field Guide Assoc. of S. Africa Trail’s Guide Qualification –Entabeni Field School, South Africa. 2010

Advanced Rifle Handling Qualification –Entabeni Field School, South Africa, 2010

Field Guide Assoc. of S. Africa Level 1 Guide Qualification–Entabeni Field School, South Africa. 2008

Backcountry First Aid & CPR – South Africa –Limpopo Ambulance Academy. 2008, Renewed 2011

CITI Ethical Use of Human Subjects in Research, May 2010, renewed Feb. 2013

Habitats & Highways Programs with Keeping Track, VT., N.H., & ME., A series of workshops bringing together representatives from state transportation departments, and state environmental agencies, with mammal tracking and herpetile identification experts to identify significant animal habitats spanning road crossings and discuss ways to minimize human and animal damages. Winter Intersession 2008

Northeast Regional Teaching Workshop, UConn, Storrs, CT. 2007

UConn Geospatial Technology Program, CT. Certifications include: Intro to GIS and Intro to GPS. 2006

Connecticut State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers, licensed since 2000

Graduate of the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program, 1999

Graduate of the CT. Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Course, 1999.Graduate of the CT. Conservation Education/Bow Hunting Course, 1999


Lawrence-Apfel, K., Meyer, T. H., Arifuzzaman, K., and Ortega, I. M. (2012), “An accuracy assessment of global navigation satellite system wildlife-tracking collars in the southern Chilean Patagonia,” Anales Instituto Patagonia (Chile), 40(1):105-113.

Yan, J., Chen, Y., Lawrence-Apfel, K., Ortega, I. M., Pozdnyakov, V., Williams, S. C., and Meyer, T. H. (2013), “A Moving-Resting Process with an Embedded Brownian Motion for Animal Movements,” Population Ecology, DOI: 10.1007/s10144-013-0428-8.


Sally Dobyns and Kersey Lawrence, (31 May 2014) Teaching Exemplars Network (TEN): Capitalizing on Excellent Teaching Faculty, The Teaching Professor Conference, Boston, MA.

Lawrence, K. (3 Dec. 2013) “Her Story” – a presentation about my life and work designed to inspire women to pursue their dreams in natural science and sustainabiity, at Unity College, ME.

Lawrence, K. (6 Apr. 2013) The Wildlife Society’s Northeast Student Conclave: a field workshop on using tracking in science.

Scott Semmens and Kersey Lawrence, (16-17 Mar. 2013). Tracking/teaching support for the workshop “Scientific Inquiry and Animal Ecology through reading Tracks and Sign,” New Hampshire Science Teachers Association Winter Conference.

Lawrence, K. (Spring 2011). CyberTracker Tracker Evaluations, a new twist on Citizen Science: Increasing observer reliability for ecological research, and employing non-literate indigenous trackers with expert knowledge of the environment. The Audubon Society Citizen Science Program, Pomfret, CT.

Lawrence, K., T.H. Meyer, I.M. Ortega, and D.L. Civco. (Fall 2010). Assessing performance & positional accuracy of Televilt© wildlife-tracking GPS collars in a Connecticut deciduous forest. 17th Annual Wildlife Society Conference, Snowbird, UT.

Lawrence, K., T.H. Meyer, I.M. Ortega, and D.L. Civco. (Fall 2010). GPS Collar Accuracy in Connecticut Forested Habitats, Implications for Wildlife Management. Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources, Storrs, CT.

Lawrence, K., (Spring 2007). What’s in your backyard? How to identify animal species by indirect sign on private lands in Connecticut.  New Roxbury Land Trust, Woodstock, CT.


Lawrence, K. (Fall 2010) Cyber Tracking Leopards in South Africa: Using Modern Science to Validate an Ancient Skill. University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cornucopia Festival, Storrs, CT.

Lawrence, K., T.H. Meyer, I.M. Ortega, and D.L. Civco. (Fall 2007). GPS Collar Accuracy in Connecticut Forested Habitats, Implications for Wildlife Management. 14th Annual Wildlife Society Conference, Tucson, AZ.


  • The International Society of Professional Trackers
  • The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa
  • The African Field Guides Association
  • The Tracker Association
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
  • The Connecticut Storytelling Center
  • Society of Ethnobiology
  • International Ichnological Association
  • The American Society of Mammalogists
  • The Society for Conservation Biology (Working groups: African Region, North American Region, and Young Women Conservation Biologists)
  • The Wildlife Society- National, Regional & UConn Chapter member (Working groups: Spatial Ecology and Telemetry, Student-Professional, Native Peoples’ Wildlife Management, and Human Dimensions)



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