Resumes: Lianna Louise Jarecki, Ph.D.
CURRENT ADDRESS PERSONAL
H. Lavity Stoutt Community College
P.O. Box 3097
Road Town, Tortola
British Virgin Islands
Tel: office: (284) 852-7177; fax: 494-4996; cell: 442-2044
Born: December 3, 1966
Family: Married; one child
Doctor of Philosophy, 2004
University of Kent at Canterbury, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, United Kingdom.
Diploma of Environmental Management, 1996.
Dresden Institute of Technology, Germany.
Master of Science, 1991
University of Florida, Department of Zoology, Gainesville, Florida.
Bachelor of Science, 1988
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
September '93 - present: Senior Lecturer '95-present; Dept. Head '97; Lecturer '93-'95
H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Paraquita Bay, Tortola
2003 - 2005: Centre for Applied Marine Studies.
I serve as a team supervisor assigned to a new environmental training and research initiative for the Caribbean. Our activities include
- designing curricula in applied environmental studies,
- organizing field courses for universities internationally,
- developing a program of grant-funded research in wetlands conservation, and
- conducting environmental research as a consultant to public and private organizations
1993 - 2005: Natural Sciences Department.
Over the past twelve years, I have:
- taught general and advanced-level Biology courses, tropical marine biology, and environmental specialty courses.
- supervised student research.
- designed curricula and developed courses for the associate degree in Biology and the associate degree in Environmental Studies.
- developed and coordinated training workshops in environmental management.
1991- present (July/August only): Marine Science Program Director.
Guana Island Wildlife Sanctuary, British Virgin Islands
Each summer on Guana Island, one of the BVI's privately owned islands, I:
- organize and direct an annual summer field science station for visiting marine biologists.
- develop internship opportunities for local students.
- conduct long-term monitoring studies of hypersaline mangrove wetlands in conjunction with a Caribbean Flamingo re-introduction program.
March - June 1993: Research Associate
The University of Michigan, Radiation Oncology Dept., Ann Arbor, MI
Conducted molecular biology and tissue culture experiments directed at understanding the occurrence of specific gene repeats in tumors.
January - March 1993: Research Associate.
Healesville Sanctuary, Healesville, Victoria, Australia
Conducted a survey of fresh-water invertebrates in Badger Creek, the primary water source for Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary.
August '92 - June '93: Visiting Researcher.
The University of Michigan, Biology Department, Ann Arbor, MI
Investigated techniques for mitochondrial DNA isolation from the freshwater sponge Eunapius fragilis
February - November 1991: Sanctuary Manager and Research Supervisor.
Guana Island Wildlife Sanctuary, BVI
As a partner in a general conservation effort to benefit the native flora and fauna of Guana Island, I worked to
- remove feral sheep from Guana, an 850 acre island,
- propagate rare native plants for replanting in the wild,
- create a nature interpretation center for the Guana Island Hotel,
- set up a system for measuring sediment load on near-shore coral reefs,
- initiate a long-term study of the aquatic communities in hypersaline ponds.
1989 - 1991: Research Assistant
The University of Florida, Department of Zoology, Gainesville, Florida
Performed molecular biology techniques to reveal the DNA sequence of 12S and 16S ribosomal RNA genes in several species of antelope.
January - July 1989: Research Associate
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Kaneohe, Hawaii
Supervised the construction of a shrimp culture system which maintained constant but adjustable temperature and salinity. Carried out growth experiments on juvenile shrimp raised at various temperatures and salinities.
2005: Member of an environmental assessment team for the Beef Island Development Project, in which a large hotel, marina and golf course will be constructed.
2005: Environmental impact assessment for a private jetty construction project.
2003: On-site training for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Master in Engineering Program field research component on St. John, USVI
2001-2003: Monitoring water quality in Hodges Creek Lagoon for a residential community.
2001: Baseline water quality assessment of Norman Island Bight, BVI.
2000-2001: Marine water quality investigation for the Conservation and Fisheries Department, BVI Government.
2000: Assessment and recommendations for management of the Codrington Lagoon on Barbuda: Environmental Awareness Group, Antigua and Barbuda
2000: Ecological assessment of mangrove wetland on Sandy Cay for the Island Resources Foundation, BVI
1999: Assessment and recommendations for management of four mangrove lagoons on Antigua for the Environmental Awareness Group, Antigua and Barbuda
1996: Baseline water quality assessment of Paraquita Bay Lagoon, BVI, for the Island Resources Foundation, USVI
1995: Assessment and recommendations for management of donated mangrove wetland on St. Croix, USVI, for the University of the Virgin Islands, USVI
- Australia, Brunei, Hawaii, New Zealand
- Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Dry Tortugas, Montserrat; Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Lucia, U.S. Virgin Islands,
- Belize, Guatemala, Venezuela,
- Czech Republic, England, France, Germany,
- Canada, United States
Conservation Data Center, University of the Virgin Islands: Expert Reservist
Island Resources Foundation, B.V.I. and Washington, D.C.: Affiliated Consultant
The Conservation Agency, Rhode Island: Affiliated Researcher
1993 - 2004
Senior lecturer at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College
- General Biology I & II
- A-level Biology program
- Marine Biology
- Research in Biology
- Plant and Animal Physiology
- Biology for Primary School Teachers
- GED preparatory course in general science
- Introduction to Computer Science
Environmental Training Courses and Workshops:
- Birds of the BVI: one week intensive course attended by BVI residents
- Coral Reef Monitoring: one week intensive course attended by BVI residents
- Erosion and Sediment Control: two day intensive technological training attended by BVI residents. (served as coordinator, not instructor)
- Introduction to Coral Reef Ecology: three day intensive course attended by staff of the BVI National Parks Trust.
- Natural Resources Management Training: five weeks intensive course designed for natural resource managers from ten OECS member-states
- Marine Protected Areas Development: one-week intensive workshop delivered to the Marine Parks Committee of the Montserrat National Trust (delivered in Montserrat)
1989 - '90 Teaching assistant at The University of Florida
1. Introductory Biological Sciences: Integrated Sequence II
2. Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
American Red Cross CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Red Cross medic first aid certification
Hyperbaric Chamber Attendant certification from the Jerome Johns Hyperbaric Facility at
Shands Hospital, The University of Florida.
NSS cavern diving certification
PADI divemaster Scuba certification
Radiation Safety Certification for use of radioactive chemicals in the laboratory, from the
Radiation Control program, Biotechnology Center, University of Florida.
English: fluent (first language)
Spanish: basic but becoming conversational
H. Lavity Stoutt Community College:
Strategic Planning Committee, chairman 2005
National Science Foundation (U.S.): student advisor for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, 2001
Worldwide Young Researchers of the Environment: international representative and student advisor, 2000
Environmental Management Training Advisory Committee, member
HLSCC Public Lecture Series: founder and coordinator since 1993
Student Nature Club and Sailing Club: faculty advisor 1996 - 2001
Internal Academic Committee: member, 1996
Strategic Planning Committee: member, 1995
National Science Fair Judging Committee, member 2002 and 2005
Trustees of the BVI National Parks Trust: secretary/treasurer, since 1999, also member of the National Parks Trust Finance Committee since 1994
Association of Reef Keepers: member 1998 - 2004
Airport Development Environmental Advisory Committee: 2000 - 2003
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue: member
Dresden Institute of Technology
Elected course speaker: coordinated social activities of course participants, a group of 22 from 19 different developing countries, worldwide. (1996)
Support for Research and Training Programs
1991-2005 The Conservation Agency, Rhode Island, and The Falconwood Corp., NY
Guana Island Marine Science Program
1998 Society of Wetland Scientists
Student travel award for annual scientific meeting
1997 & 1999 University of Kent at Canterbury
Purchase of research equipment for salt pond ecology studies
1996 United Nations Environmental Program/United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation/Bundesumweltministerium
Fellowship award for postgraduate studies in Environmental Management.
1995 Organisation of University Studies/U.S. Aid for International Development
Development Training Grant
Marine Protected Areas Development, Montserrat National Trust
1994 Organisation of University Studies/U.S. Aid for International Development
Development Training Grant
Natural Resource Management Training Program for OECS region
1994 The BVI Rotary Club
Coral Reef Management Training Course, Scholarship fund
1993 The Conservation Agency, Rhode Island
Hypersaline Pond Monitoring Program
1990 Division of Sponsored Research, The University of Florida
Graduate Research Assistantship
Wetlands Education Workshop, BVI, 2005 (invited)
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, February, 2003 (contributed)
BVI Fisheries Research and Marine Environment Mini-symposium, International Center for Living Aquatic Resource Management, BVI, March, 2002 (invited).
Universite Littorale, Calais, France. One-day seminar for MSc students, May, 2001 (invited)
Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., September, 2000. Departmental lecture series (invited).
Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference, St. Thomas, May, 1999. Organized by the Eastern Caribbean Center, University of the Virgin Islands (invited)
Society of Wetland Scientists, Anchorage, Alaska, June, 1998 (contributed)
University of Greenwich. United Kingdom. One-day seminar for MSc course in natural resource management. November, 1997 (invited).
Conference on Communicating Biodiversity Conservation Messages, Belize, August, 1997. Organised by the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center in collaboration with Wildlife Preservation Trust International. (invited)
Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean, St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, June, 1995 (invited)
Society of Systematic Biology, Hilo, Hawaii, July 1991 (contributed)
Regional Symposium on Public and Private Cooperation in National Park Development, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, August 1991 (invited)
Jarecki, Lianna, 2004. Salt Ponds of the British Virgin Islands: Investigations in an unexplored ecosystem. Ph.D. thesis, University of Kent at Canterbury. 183 pp.
Jarecki, L., S.M. Burton-MacLeod and D.J. Garbary, in review. Biodiversity and ecology of algal mats from hypersaline ponds in the British Virgin Islands (Caribbean Sea). Submitted to Algae.
Jarecki, Lianna, 1999. A review of salt pond ecosystems. Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Virgin Islands Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference-A Commitment to Clean Water. Henry H. Smith and Althea Elliott, eds. St. Thomas, USVI. Pp. 40-53.
Jarecki, Lianna, 1998. The 'good' side of tourism development on small island resorts. Ecos, 19(1), pp. 53-64
Allard, M.W., M.M. Miyamoto, L. Jarecki, F. Kraus, and M.R. Tennant, 1992. DNA systematics and evolution of the Artiodactyl family Bovidae. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci.: USA. 89: 3972-3976.
Kraus, F. L. Jarecki, M.M. Miyamoto, S.M. Tanhauser, and P.J. Laipis. 1992. Mutational compensation within double-stranded ribosomal RNA. Mol. Biol. Evol. 9: 770-774.
Jarecki, Lianna, 1991. Hypersaline Pond Ecology in the British Virgin Islands. Proceedings of the Regional Symposium on Public and Private Cooperation in National Park Development. National Parks Trust, Tortola, BVI. pp. 60-75.
Jarecki, Lianna and J.D. Lazell Jr., 1987. Zur Grosse und Dichte einer Population von Lepidactylus lugubris in Aiea, Hawaii (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Salamandra. 23: 176-178.
Lazell, James D. Jr. and L. Jarecki, 1985. Bats of Guana, British Virgin Islands. American Museum of Natural History: Novitates. 28: 1-7.