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									Inga P. La Puma
500 Fern Rd.
Villas, NJ 08251, USA
W: 732-932-1582
C: 732-447-7168
H: 609-770-3449

PhD candidate, Ecology and Evolution with Graduate GIScience Certificate
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (Anticipated July 2010)
Ph.D. Topic: Assessment of landuse and fire disturbance in the Pinelands of New
Jersey using spatial modeling.

MS Biology (2003) Florida International University, Miami, FL
M.S. Thesis: Relating ecosystem CO2 exchange to spatial representations of the
normalized difference vegetation index in the Arctic
Professional GIS Certificate (2003) Florida International University, Miami,FL
Graduate Teaching Certificate (2003) Florida International University,Miami,FL

BA Geography (1995) George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Technical Experience
ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, geostatistical analyses, LANDIS-II spatial forest
succession and disturbance model, Fragstats, image interpretation, Li-Cor 6200
CO2 analyzer, Dycam digital NDVI camera

NOAA- National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Fellowship (2007-2010)
Assessment of landuse and disturbance scenarios in the Jacques Cousteau
National Estuarine Research Reserve watersheds using spatial modeling.
Provides 3 years of graduate support, New Brunswick, NJ

Hutcheson Memorial Forest Summer Research Grant (2006, 2007) Vegetation
sampling for varied landcover types in Hutcheson Memorial Forest for
comparison with avian breeding and diversity, Somerset, NJ
Vespucci Initiative Summer Award (2007) Study of spatial ontology in Florence,

NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award (2007) Tuscon, AZ

Americorps Service and Education Award (1997) Big Cypress National Preserve,
Exotic Plants Mapping and Management, Ochopee, FL
Research Experience
2004-2009 Graduate Assistant and Fellow, Center for Remote Sensing and
Spatial Analysis, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. I assist with projects
related to NJ Pinelands spatial forest succession/disturbance modeling,
landuse/landcover change, fire history, forest succession, biomass estimations
using remote sensing, national soils database processing, and spatial inputs for
ecosystem modeling.

2004 Research Technician, Hartman Lab, Rutgers University, New Brunswick,
NJ. Implemented spatial analysis of vegetation monitoring data for wetland
restoration sites. Ran intern program designed to incorporate local youth into
restoration work and forest surveys of their neighborhood park.

2001-2003 Summer Research Assistant, ITEX Climate Change Project, Toolik
Lake, AK. Monitored vegetation under induced climate change scenarios with an
Agricultural Digital Camera to obtain NDVI measurements for small plots.
Monitored vegetation by recording the phenology of tundra plants and took
carbon flux measurements via a Li-Cor 6200 infrared gas analyzer.

1999-2001 Research Technician, Water Quality Monitoring, Southeast
Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, Miami, FL.
Navigated a motor-boat throughout the Ten-thousand islands area and Florida
Bay to collect and analyze water samples.

Teaching Experience
Guest Lecturer, Landscape Ecology Course, Landscape modeling lab – LANDIS-
II, Rutgers University, 11/29/06.
Substitute Laboratory Instructor, Remote Sensing and Aerial Photography
Courses, Rutgers University, taught as substitute for my advisor during his
absences, 2004-2009.
2003 Laboratory Instructor, Introductory Botany Lab, Florida International
Univ., Miami, FL Responsible for approximately 75 students, one semester.
2001-2002 Laboratory Instructor, General Biology Lab, Florida International
Univ., Miami, FL Responsible for approximately 75 students, 4 semesters.
1992-1998 Facilitator and Counselor, Hemlock Overlook Regional Park and
Outdoor Education Center, George Mason University, Clifton, VA Taught
cooperative and nature education to elementary aged children. Camp counselor
for outdoor adventure camp. Zipline instructor.

La Puma IP, Philippi TE, and Oberbauer SF (2007) Relating NDVI to ecosystem
      CO2 exchange patterns in response to season length and soil warming
      manipulations in arctic Alaska, Remote Sensing of Environment.
Myla F.J. Aronson, Steven N. Handel, Steven E. Clemants, and Inga P. La Puma
      (under review) Increased urbanization drives biodiversity change towards
      plant communities dominated by non-natives, Diversity and Distributions
Zewei Miao, Richard G. Lathrop Jr., Ming Xu, Inga P. LaPuma (under review)
      Simulating and sensitivity analysis of carbon storage and fluxes in the New
      Jersey Pinelands, Ecological Modeling.

Selected Presentations
La Puma, IP (2010) Defining the ecological wildland urban interface: relating fire
      and altered land to forest succession in the Pinelands of New Jersey, US-
      International Association of Landscape Ecology, Athens, GA
Parker IC, SF Oberbauer (2002) Relating seasonal patterns of NDVI to CO2 flux
      for climate change scenarios in Arctic Alaska, ITEX Conference, Finse,
      Norway (poster)

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