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
TEACHING EXPERIENCE & COURSE DESIGN (UCONN)
OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE WITH NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
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.
COMMITTEES / COMMUNTIY OUTREACH / EXTENSION SERVICE
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
GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
|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|
AWARDS & SUPPLEMENTARY TRAINING
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.
PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS
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.