Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

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EDUCATION                                                                                                                                                                                            
Ph.D., Biology (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior), Tufts University – Awarded May 2018
Certificate in Water Resources Systems, Science and Society
Interdisciplinary Traineeship in Water Diplomacy

B.A., Ecology, B.A., Environmental Science, summa cum laude with honors, Connecticut College – 2010
Minor: Spanish; Certificate in Conservation Biology

AWARDS & HONORS                                                                                                                                                                          
2021                Young Author Award, The Society of Population Ecology
2018                 Best Student Paper, The Waterbird Society
2017                 Certificate of Commendation for Dedication & Service to Hawaiian Conservation (House of Representatives, State of Hawai‘i)
2016                 Tufts University Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching Award
2016                1st Place in Research Talks, Tufts Graduate Student Research Symposium
2016                Honorable Mention – North American Ornithological Congress Best Student Presentation
2010                Finalist, Oakes and Louise Ames Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis
2010                 Connecticut College Winthrop Scholar
2010                 Helen F. Mathieson Prize for Excellence in Conservation Biology
2010                 Barbara Shattuck Kohn Prize for Excellence in Environmental Studies
2009                 Sibyl A. Houseman Prize for Excellence in Biology
2006-10           Dean's High Academic Honors, Connecticut College

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS                                                                                                                                                               
2022                 ($2,000) Archbold Biological Station Visiting Scholar Fellowship
2021                 ($2,600) American Ornithological Society Postdoctoral Research Grant
2020                 ($51,000) Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Fellowship
2019                 ($35,000) USFWS Partners Grant (as ecologist for Livable Hawaii Kai Hui)
2018                 ($22,956) Fulbright Early Career Scholar Award
2017                 ($300) Hawaii Conservation Alliance Student Scholarship Program
2016                 ($5,280) Tufts Institute for the Environment Interdisciplinary Research Grant
2016                 ($25,000) Disney Conservation Fund Annual Conservation Grant
2016                 ($1,000) Wilson Ornithological Society Paul A. Stewart Research Grant
2016                 ($1,000) Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
2015                 ($5,690) Tufts Institute for the Environment Graduate Research Fellowship
2015                 ($3,000) Tufts Institute for the Environment Graduate Research Grant
2014-21           ($14,550) Nuttall-Blake Fund Research Grant (three separate awards)
2014                 ($1,512) Tufts Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Research Competition
2013                 ($5,900) Tufts Institute for the Environment Graduate Research Fellowship
2013                 ($1,200) Tufts Institute for the Environment Student Travel Grant
2013                 ($1,000) Pacific Coast Joint Venture Invited Speaker Travel Support
2012                 ($56,000) NSF IGERT Water Diplomacy Fellowship at Tufts University
2010                 ($3,000) Mellen Environmental Studies Research Grant
2008-2010      ($3,500) Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies

 

RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                                                                                                    
Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia                                                          Athens, GA
Postdoctoral Research Associate                                                                            Spring 2021 – Present
Coordinating multi-project collaborative research initiative on nature-based infrastructure
Synthesizing and modeling impacts of water infrastructure on biodiversity at multiple scales

Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana                                       Polson, MT
Postdoctoral Research Associate                                                                             Fall 2019 – Spring 2021
Designed analytical pipeline for predicting spread risk for aquatic invasive species
Coordinated an inter-agency collaborative research team at the state and national scales.

Department of Wetland Ecology, Estación Biológica de Doñana                          Seville, Spain
Fulbright Early Career Scholar                                                                                 Fall 2018 – Summer 2019
Investigated effects of water management on space use of migratory waterbirds in rice fields
Analyzed time-series data on impacts of flooding on waterbird nesting patterns in natural wetlands

Department of Biology, Tufts University                                                                         Medford, MA
Postdoctoral Researcher                                                                                               Winter—Summer 2018
Quantitatively assessed extinction risk for two candidate species for down-listing from endangered
Provided actionable knowledge for improving habitat management among multiple agencies

Department of Biology, Tufts University                                                                         Medford, MA
Ph.D Candidate                                                                                                                  Fall 2012—Winter 2018
Studied the effects of wetland loss, climate change and connectivity on the Hawaiian gallinule
Designed new frameworks for integrating ecological science into sustainable water management

Cross-Realm Conservation Team, Center for Large Landscape Conservation      Bozeman, MT
Visiting Conservation Scientist                                                                                    Winter—Spring 2017
Investigated cross-realm solutions for protecting freshwater & terrestrial ecosystems in Montana
Convened scientists and stakeholders to guide future conservation decision-making in Yellowstone

Dragonfruit Agroecology Project, Hanoi University of Science                               Hanoi, Vietnam            
Graduate Researcher                                                                                                         Winter 2012-2013
Worked with an interdisciplinary team to quantify avian diversity in Vietnamese Dragonfruit Farms
Conducted bird counts at local farms, interviewed farmers on ecological history of their properties

Shorebird Monitoring Program, Trustees of Reservations                                         Ipswich, MA
Wildlife Technician                                                                                                            Spring – Fall 2012
Monitored populations and nesting behavior of two threatened shorebird species
Performed active predator management and nest protection based on published research

Koenig Lab, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology                                                                   Carmel Valley, CA
Field Technician                                                                                                                         Fall 2011 – Spring 2012
Collected behavioral data for long-term research on cooperative breeding woodpeckers
Studied oak mast phenology and nesting of dependent bird species

Avian Ecology Lab, Archbold Biological Station                                                                 Venus, FL
Avian Ecology Intern                                                                                                                Winter 2010 -Summer 2011
Conducted extensive field surveys, observations, and monitoring of a threatened bird species
Trapped, banded, and collected blood samples from birds for ongoing conservation research

Shrubland Bird Team, National Audubon Society                                                             Southbury, CT
Field Research Assistant                                                                                                         Summer 2010
Captured, banded, and counted declining shrubland birds to inform habitat management
Surveyed and collated habitat data and reviewed literature on rates of cowbird parasitism

Sea Turtle Conservation Program, WIDECAST Costa Rica                                         Gandoca, Costa Rica     
Research Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator                                                              Summer 2009
Tagged, measured, and monitored nesting female leatherback Sea Turtles on a critical nesting beach
Led nightly patrols to protect endangered nesting turtles
Translated between local staff, volunteers, and the public

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS(* - Shared First Authorship; - Student Mentee co-author)                         
van Rees, C.B., Elphick, C.S., and Reed, J.M. in press. Evaluating the potential de-listing of two endangered Hawaiian waterbirds using population viability analysis and Bayesian hierarchical models. Avian Conservation and Ecology.

van Rees, C.B., Naslund, L., Hernandez-Abrams, D.D., McKay, S.K., Woodson, C.B., Rosemond, A., McFall, B., Altman, S., and Wenger, S.J. in press. A Holistic Monitoring Approach for Natural Infrastructure. Science of the Total Environment.

van Rees, C.B., Hand, B.K., Bargeron, C., Carter, S.C. et al., in press. A Framework to Integrate Innovations in Invasion Biology Science for Proactive Management. Biological Reviews.

*Howard, L., *van Rees, C.B., Dahlquist, Z., Luikart, G., and Hand, B.K. in press. A Review of Invasive Species Reporting Apps for Citizen Science and Opportunities for Innovation. NeoBiota.

Carter, S., van Rees, C.B., Hand, B.K., Muhlfeld, C., Luikart, G., and Kimball, J.S. 2022. Testing a machine learning workflow for aquatic invasive species on Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Northwest Montana. Frontiers in Big Data 4.

*Leigh, D.M., *van Rees, C.B., Milette, K.L., et al. 2021. Opportunities and challenges of macrogenetic studies. Nature Reviews Genetics 22(12): 791-807.

van Rees, C.B., Aragonés, D., Bouten, W., Bustamente, J., and Green, A.J. 2021. Dynamic space use of Andalusian rice fields by Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) is driven by flooding pattern. IBIS (online early access).

Paz-Vinas, I., Jensen, E.L., Bertola, L.D., Breed, M.F., Hand, B.K., Hunter, M.E., Kershaw F., Leigh D.M., Luikart, G., Mergeay, J., Miller, J.M., van Rees, C.B., Segelbacher, G., Hoban, S. 2021. Macro-genetic studies must not ignore limitations of genetic markers and scale. Ecology Letters 24(6): 1282-1284.

van Rees, C.B., Muñoz, M.A., Cooke, S.C., and Reed, J.M. 2021. Morphometric differences in an isolated, island-endemic subspecies of the Common gallinule (Gallinula galeata). Pacific Science 74(4): 345-364.

van Rees, C.B., Jähnig, S.C., et al., 2021. Safeguarding Freshwater Life Beyond 2020: Recommendations for the new Global Biodiversity Framework from the European Experience. Conservation Letters 14(1): e12771.

Gormally, B.M.G., van Rees, C.B., Bowers, E., Reed, J.M., and Romero, L.M. 2020. Feather corticosterone does not correlate with environmental stressors or body condition in an endangered waterbird. Conservation Physiology 8(1): coaa125.

van Rees, C.B., Surya, G., and Reed, J.M. 2020. Multiple Sources of Evidence for density dependence in the endangered Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudsenii). Population Ecology 62: 207-219.

van Rees, C.B., Rozek, J.C., Garcia, G., and J.M. Reed 2019. Ecological Stakeholder Analogs as intermediaries between freshwater biodiversity conservation and sustainable water management. Environmental Policy and Governance 29.4: 303-312.

Cooke, S.C., Haskell, L.E., van Rees, C.B., and Fessl, B. 2019. A Review of the Introduced Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) in Galápagos. Biological Conservation. 229:38-49.

van Rees, C.B. 2018. Wetland conservation in Hawaii and the need for flagship species. `Elepaio 78: 37-41.

van Rees, C.B. and J.M. Reed. 2018. The potential effects of habitat connectivity, management and sea level rise on the extinction risk of an endangered waterbird in a fragmented island landscape. PeerJ 6: e4990.

van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.E., Underwood, J.G., and S.A. Sonsthagen 2018. Landscape genetics implicates stream and drainage infrastructure as corridors in the dispersal of an endangered wetland bird. Ecology and Evolution 8: 8328-8343.

van Rees, C.B., et al. 2018. Estimation of vital rates for the Hawaiian gallinule, a cryptic, endangered waterbird. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 9:117-131.

van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.S., Underwood J.G., and S.A. Sonsthagen. 2018. Small-scale genetic structure in an endangered wetland specialist: possible effects of landscape change and population recovery. Conservation Genetics 19:129-142.

van Rees, C.B. and J.M. Reed 2015. Water Diplomacy from a Duck’s Perspective: Wildlife and Ecosystems as stakeholders in Water Management. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education 155:28-42.

van Rees, C.B. and J.M. Reed 2014. Wetland Loss in Hawai`i since human settlement.  Wetlands 32:335-350.

BOOK CHAPTERS                                                                                                                                                                             
van Rees, C.B., Rozek, J.C., and Garcia, G. 2019. Confronting the Natural Domain: Strategies for Addressing Ecology and Conservation in Complex Water Management Challenges. In: Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Water Diplomacy: Problem-Driven Research and Practice. (Islam, S. and Smith, K., Eds.). Routledge Press.

Burgio, K.R., van Rees, C.B., Block, K.E., Pyle, P., Patten, M.A., Spreyer, M.F. and E.H. Bucher 2016. Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), In: The Birds of North America (P.G. Rodewald, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

PENDING PUBLICATIONS (* - Shared First Authorship)                                                                                                     
McKay, S.K., Wenger, S.J., van Rees, C.B., Bledsoe, B.P., and Bridges, T.S. in review. Jointly advancing infrastructure and biodiversity conservation. Nature Sustainability.

van Rees, C.B. in prep. Human-Environment Water Conflict and the Need for a New Approach to Water and Wildlife in the Anthropocene. Planned submission to Global Change Biology

van Rees, C.B., Chambers, M., Buhr, D., Mansur, A., Suedel, B., and Nibbelink, N. in prep. A Conceptual Model for Multi-criterion Spatial Prioritization of Levee Setbacks. Planned submission for Water Resources Research.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS                                                                                                                                                                 
van Rees, C.B. and Kawasaki, M.T. 2020. Restoring Hawaii’s wetlands is caring for our history, culture. Honolulu Star Advertiser, February 2020.

Reilly, E. and van Rees, C.B. 2018. Urban wetlands play key role in sustaining communities. Honolulu Star Advertiser, January 2018.

Creech, T., McClure, M., and van Rees, C.B. 2018. A Conservation Prioritization Tool for the Missouri Headwaters Basin. Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Bozeman, MT.

van Rees, C.B. 2017. Disney Conservation Fund Grant to Protect Endangered `Alae `Ula. Kolea 67:9. Conservation Council for Hawaii.

van Rees, C.B. 2015. Kokua needed to track the elusive `Alae `Ula. Kolea 65:5. Conservation Council for Hawaii.

SELECTED INVITED TALKS (10 of >40)                                                                                                                                                        
van Rees, C.B. 2021. Chasing the Fire Thief: Ecology and Conservation of the elusive 'Alae 'ula and other Threatened Hawaiian waterbirds. Odum School of Ecology Lecture Series, Athens, GA.

van Rees, C.B. 2019. Bridging conservation research and water security post-2020. EU Biodiversity Strategy Post-2020 Advisory Meeting Ghent, Belgium.

van Rees, C.B. 2019. Conserving Nature on a hot, crowded planet: Lessons learned from the Belgian gulls of Andalusia. Fulbright Spain 2019 Mid-Year Seminar. Valencia, Spain.

van Rees, C.B. 2018. Saving Hawaii’s Swamp Chickens: The Impacts of Landscape and Climate Change on the Hawaiian gallinule. The Wildlife Society & Montana State University Department of Ecology Summer Lecture Series, Bozeman, MT.

van Rees, C.B. 2018. Marsh Birds in Paradise: The Ecology and Conservation of the Hawaiian Gallinule. Nuttall Ornithological Club Lecture Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

van Rees, C.B. 2017. Tracking the Fire Thief: A Case Study in American Connectivity Conservation. British Trust for Ornithology Seminar, Thetford, UK.

Creech, T. and C.B. van Rees 2017. Wilderness to Waikiki: Case Studies in American Connectivity Conservation. Cambridge Conservation Forum Lecture, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK.

van Rees, C.B. 2015. The Movement Mystery of the Hawaiian gallinule. University of New Hampshire, Department of Biology, Durham, NH.

van Rees, C.B. 2013. Hawaiian Wetlands—A Historical Perspective. Pacific Coast Joint Venture Hawaiian Wetlands and Waterbird Workshop, Kailua, HI.

Ellmore, G.S. and C.B. van Rees. 2012. Vietnam on the Biodiversity stage: Biodiversity Hotspots and Conservation Biology. Hanoi University of Science, Hanoi, Vietnam.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (10 of >50)                                                                                                                                            

van Rees, C.B., Aragonés, D., Bouten, W., Thaxter, C., Ross-Smith, V.H., Steinen, E., Bustamante, J., and Green, A.J. 2020. Temporally Dynamic Resource Use of Overwintering Waterbirds During an Agricultural Cycle in Southern Spain. North American Ornithological Conference VII (Virtual).

van Rees, C.B., Surya, G., and Reed, J.M. 2020. Multiple Sources of Evidence for Density Dependence in the Endangered Hawaiian Stilt. North American Ornithological Conference VII (Virtual).

van Rees, C.B., Hand, B.K. et al. 2020. Integrating underutilized technologies to predict the spread of aquatic invasive species. American Fisheries Society, Montana Chapter Conference. Kalispell, MT.

van Rees, C.B. and Reed, J.M. 2018. The impacts of climate change and dispersal behavior on population viability of an endangered Hawaiian waterbird. 27th Annual International Ornithological Congress, Vancouver, BC.

van Rees, C.B., et al. 2018. Navigating a Paved Paradise: Landscape Genetics of an Endangered Hawaiian Waterbird. Winner of Best Student Paper. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society. Vancouver, BC.

van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.E., Underwood, J., Nadig, A., and S.A. Sonsthagen. 2018. Landscape genetics of endangered Hawaiian waterbirds. Student Conference on Conservation Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

van Rees, C.B., et al.. 2017. Marsh birds in urban lands: Do stream corridors explain population connectivity? Student Conference on Conservation Science, American Museum of Natural History, New York City.

van Rees, C.B., Kawasaki, M.T., Underwood, J., Sonsthagen, S.A., Paxton, E.H., and J.M. Reed 2016. Ke lele manu o ka wai: Movement Ecology and Conservation of Hawaiian Waterbirds. IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii.  

van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.E., Underwood, J., Nadig, A., and S.A. Sonsthagen 2016.The movement ecology of an endangered rallid: The Hawaiian gallinule. North American Ornithological Congress VI, Washington, D.C.

MENTORING                                                                                                                                                                                         
2019-2022       Sean C. Carter, M.S. Forestry, University of Montana (expected May 2022)

2019-2022       Leif Howard, B.S. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana (2020)

2018-2021        Lukanicole Zavas, M.S. Natural Resources, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2020)

2017-2018        Matthew Pedrotti, B.S. Botany, Humboldt State University (2018)

2016-2021        M. Alejandra Muñoz, B.S. Ecology, Tufts University (2018)

2015-2017         Annie Miller, B.S. Ecology, Tufts University (2016)

2015                   Tiana Bolosan, B.S. Environmental Science, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (2016)

2014-2020        Martha Kawasaki, M.S. Tropical Conservation, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (2020)

OUTREACH & MEDIA COVERAGE                                                                                                                                                 
2022 TED­x Speaker, “A Glance through Nature's Playbook”. TEDx Bozeman, April 2022.

Featured Guest, Anchor & Flame Podcast. "Conversation with Naturalist Dr. Charles van Rees" December 2021.

Featured Guest, Podsongs Podcast. "Charles van Rees on invasive species (ft. Musical guests Creature Comfort" November 2021.

Featured Guest, Rewildology Podcast. "The (Im)Balance Between Life & Water with Charles van Rees, PhD" September 2021.

Guest Scientist, SciComm Mondays Science Livestream with Nicole Wood.

Featured Guest, Maunalua: East Oahu Communities Working Together.

Episodes aired September 2014, August and September 2015, June 2016.

Featured in “Campbell’s Coup”, Hawaii Magazine, September/October 2014 edition by Mary Vorsino.

Science Storyteller, The Story Collider.
Authored and performed science story about field work in ecology & conservation. Recorded live at the Oberon theatre in Cambridge, MA and podcast in March 2014.

LEADERSHIP, VOLUNTEERING & SERVICE                                                                                                                      
Founder & Lead Author, The Gulo in Nature Blog                                                              Athens, GA
Wrote weekly blog posts on naturalist tips, outdoor recreation, ecology, conservation,   Winter 2022-Present
and environmental careers for a nature education blog.

Scientific Advisor, ‘Alae ‘ula Recovery Working Group                                                   Kapa‘a, HI
Co-produced a recovery & reintroduction plan for an endangered waterbird                  Summer 2021-Present
Facilitated grant development among collaborators from state, federal & private agencies

Executive Board Member, K9 Conservationists                                                              Missoula, MT
Provided scientific consultations for organization mission and directives                       Spring 2021-Present
Researched and identified grant funding and outreach opportunities

Executive Board Member, Hawai‘i Islands Conservation Collective                          Honolulu, HI
Provided scientific expertise on endangered bird ecology                                                    Winter 2020 - Present
Deliberated and voted upon organizational mission, goals, and actions

Co-Producer & Co-Host, The Nature Guys Podcast                                                         Cincinnati, OH
Joined naturalist team sharing nature topics with >5,000 listeners bimonthly              Fall 2020 - Present
Co-produced episode mini-series on water and the environment featuring Erin Brockovich

Lead Ecologist, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui                                                                                 Honolulu, HI
Drafted conservation plan for biodiversity on managed properties                                     Summer 2015 - Present
Spearheaded and organized applications for wildlife conservation grants
Directed community science research programs and managed databases

Spatial Analyst, The Trustees of Reservations                                                                       Ipswich, MA
Helped resident biologists manage spatial datasets and ArcMAP                                         Spring 2013
Collated and organized long-term survey data for a state listed species.

President, Connecticut College Martial Arts Club                                                      New London, CT
Coordinated training schedules and skill trades for 30+ students                                Fall 2007 – Spring 2010
Organized performances for cultural events & self-defense workshops for women & LGBT students

Reviewer For: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Global Change Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Ecological Indicators, Nature Scientific Reports, Ecology and Evolution, Wetlands, Freshwater Biology, Water, Animal Conservation, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Waterbirds, Anthropocene, Journal of Field Ornithology, Sustainability, Ornithological Science, PeerJ.

WORKSHOPS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                                
Theory and Practice of Linking Knowledge with Action for Applied Science       Seattle, WA                                        Graduate-level fellowship training in achieving scientific co-production.                                  Spring 2021

Montana Master Naturalist Certification                                                                               Missoula, MT
Field- and course-work certification in natural history and interpretive nature guiding         Fall 2020

Communication Skills for Effective Leaders                                                                         Madrid, Spain
Intensive training in written and oral communication for team coordination                           January 2019

Using Conservation Evidence to answer conservation questions                           Cambridge, UK
Training in evidence-based approaches to applied conservation research.                                April 2018

Hawaii Bird Banding Workshop                                                                                                Honolulu, HI      
Ethics and methods of bird capture, banding, and resighting for research.                              February 2018

Spatial Analysis in R                                                                                                                        New York, NY
Handling and analyzing spatial datasets using statistical analysis software.                            October 2017

Making Conservation Politically Effective                                                                            New York, NY
Training in representing conservation interests to lawmakers                                                     October 2017

Occupancy modeling for Ecology in R                                                                                     New York, NY
Statistical theory and programming for occupancy-based ecological models.                          October 2016

Mediation and Negotiation in Water Resources Conflicts                                            Harvard, MA
Mediating and leading negotiations between stakeholders in water conflicts.                         September 2015

Wetland Ecology and Management                                                                                           Puxico, MO
Training in hydrology and ecology of lentic wetland systems.                                                      August 2013    

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS SUMMARY                                                                                                                                             
Software: ENVI, ArcGIS, QGIS, Program MARK, SPSS, Microsoft Office Suite

Programming: R (advanced), Python (basic), JAGS/OpenBUGS, MATLAB (basic), SQL (basic)

Language: English (Native speaker), Spanish (Near-fluent)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS                                                                                                                                                     
American Ornithological Society, Sigma Xi, IUCN Connectivity Conservation Working Group, GEO BON Species Populations Working Group, Freshwater BON, Nuttall Ornithological Society, Phi Beta Kappa.

Contact information for professional references may be requested via contact form

EDUCATION                                                                                                                             
Ph.D., Biology (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior), Tufts University – Awarded May 2018
Certificate in Water Resources Systems, Science and Society
Interdisciplinary Traineeship in Water Diplomacy

B.A., Ecology, B.A., Environmental Science, summa cum laude with honors, Connecticut College – 2010
Minor: Spanish; Certificate in Conservation Biology

AWARDS & HONORS                                                                                                           
2021                Young Author Award, The Society of Population Ecology
2018                 Best Student Paper, The Waterbird Society
2017                 Certificate of Commendation for Dedication & Service to Hawaiian Conservation (House of Representatives, State of Hawai‘i)
2016                 Tufts University Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching Award
2016                1st Place in Research Talks, Tufts Graduate Student Research Symposium
2016                Honorable Mention – North American Ornithological Congress Best Student Presentation
2010                Finalist, Oakes and Louise Ames Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis
2010                 Connecticut College Winthrop Scholar
2010                 Helen F. Mathieson Prize for Excellence in Conservation Biology
2010                 Barbara Shattuck Kohn Prize for Excellence in Environmental Studies
2009                 Sibyl A. Houseman Prize for Excellence in Biology
2006-10           Dean's High Academic Honors, Connecticut College

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS                                                                                                   
2022                 ($2,000) Archbold Biological Station Visiting Scholar Fellowship
2021                 ($2,600) American Ornithological Society Postdoctoral Research Grant
2020                 ($51,000) Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Fellowship
2019                 ($35,000) USFWS Partners Grant (as ecologist for Livable Hawaii Kai Hui)
2018                 ($22,956) Fulbright Early Career Scholar Award
2017                 ($300) Hawaii Conservation Alliance Student Scholarship Program
2016                 ($5,280) Tufts Institute for the Environment Interdisciplinary Research Grant
2016                 ($25,000) Disney Conservation Fund Annual Conservation Grant
2016                 ($1,000) Wilson Ornithological Society Paul A. Stewart Research Grant
2016                 ($1,000) Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
2015                 ($5,690) Tufts Institute for the Environment Graduate Research Fellowship
2015                 ($3,000) Tufts Institute for the Environment Graduate Research Grant
2014-21           ($14,550) Nuttall-Blake Fund Research Grant (three separate awards)
2014                 ($1,512) Tufts Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Research Competition
2013                 ($5,900) Tufts Institute for the Environment Graduate Research Fellowship
2013                 ($1,200) Tufts Institute for the Environment Student Travel Grant
2013                 ($1,000) Pacific Coast Joint Venture Invited Speaker Travel Support
2012                 ($56,000) NSF IGERT Water Diplomacy Fellowship at Tufts University
2010                 ($3,000) Mellen Environmental Studies Research Grant
2008-2010      ($3,500) Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies

 

 

RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                                      

Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia                                                          Athens, GA
Assistant Research Scientist (Graduate Faculty)                                               Fall 2022 – Present
Leading research efforts in leveraging nature-based solutions to address the freshwater biodiversity crisis
Co-advising graduate students in interdisciplinary conservation science research

River Basin Center, University of Georgia                                                                    Athens, GA
Postdoctoral Research Associate                                                                            Spring 2021 – Fall 2022
Coordinating multi-project collaborative research initiative on nature-based infrastructure
Synthesizing and modeling impacts of water infrastructure on biodiversity at multiple scales

Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana                                       Polson, MT
Postdoctoral Research Associate                                                                             Fall 2019 – Spring 2021
Designed analytical pipeline for predicting spread risk for aquatic invasive species
Coordinated an inter-agency collaborative research team at the state and national scales.

Department of Wetland Ecology, Estación Biológica de Doñana                          Seville, Spain
Fulbright Early Career Scholar                                                                                 Fall 2018 – Summer 2019
Investigated effects of water management on space use of migratory waterbirds in rice fields
Analyzed time-series data on impacts of flooding on waterbird nesting patterns in natural wetlands

Department of Biology, Tufts University                                                                         Medford, MA
Postdoctoral Researcher                                                                                               Winter—Summer 2018
Quantitatively assessed extinction risk for two candidate species for down-listing from endangered
Provided actionable knowledge for improving habitat management among multiple agencies

Department of Biology, Tufts University                                                                         Medford, MA
Ph.D Candidate                                                                                                                  Fall 2012—Winter 2018
Studied the effects of wetland loss, climate change and connectivity on the Hawaiian gallinule
Designed new frameworks for integrating ecological science into sustainable water management

Cross-Realm Conservation Team, Center for Large Landscape Conservation      Bozeman, MT
Visiting Conservation Scientist                                                                                    Winter—Spring 2017
Investigated cross-realm solutions for protecting freshwater & terrestrial ecosystems in Montana
Convened scientists and stakeholders to guide future conservation decision-making in Yellowstone

Dragonfruit Agroecology Project, Hanoi University of Science                               Hanoi, Vietnam            
Graduate Researcher                                                                                                         Winter 2012-2013
Worked with an interdisciplinary team to quantify avian diversity in Vietnamese Dragonfruit Farms
Conducted bird counts at local farms, interviewed farmers on ecological history of their properties

Shorebird Monitoring Program, Trustees of Reservations                                         Ipswich, MA
Wildlife Technician                                                                                                            Spring – Fall 2012
Monitored populations and nesting behavior of two threatened shorebird species
Performed active predator management and nest protection based on published research

Koenig Lab, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology                                                                   Carmel Valley, CA
Field Technician                                                                                                                         Fall 2011 – Spring 2012
Collected behavioral data for long-term research on cooperative breeding woodpeckers
Studied oak mast phenology and nesting of dependent bird species

Avian Ecology Lab, Archbold Biological Station                                                                 Venus, FL
Avian Ecology Intern                                                                                                                Winter 2010 -Summer 2011
Conducted extensive field surveys, observations, and monitoring of a threatened bird species
Trapped, banded, and collected blood samples from birds for ongoing conservation research

Shrubland Bird Team, National Audubon Society                                                             Southbury, CT
Field Research Assistant                                                                                                         Summer 2010
Captured, banded, and counted declining shrubland birds to inform habitat management
Surveyed and collated habitat data and reviewed literature on rates of cowbird parasitism

Sea Turtle Conservation Program, WIDECAST Costa Rica                                         Gandoca, Costa Rica     
Research Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator                                                              Summer 2009
Tagged, measured, and monitored nesting female leatherback Sea Turtles on a critical nesting beach
Led nightly patrols to protect endangered nesting turtles
Translated between local staff, volunteers, and the public

 

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS(* - Shared First Authorship; - Student Mentee co-author)

van Rees, C.B., Hand, B.K., Bargeron, C., Carter, S.C. et al., in press. A Framework to Integrate Innovations in Invasion Biology Science for Proactive Management. Biological Reviews.

*Howard, L., *van Rees, C.B., Dahlquist, Z., Luikart, G., and Hand, B.K. in press. A Review of Invasive Species Reporting Apps for Citizen Science and Opportunities for Innovation. NeoBiota.

Carter, S., van Rees, C.B., Hand, B.K., Muhlfeld, C., Luikart, G., and Kimball, J.S. 2022. Testing a machine learning workflow for aquatic invasive species on Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Northwest Montana. Frontiers in Big Data 4.

*Leigh, D.M., *van Rees, C.B., Milette, K.L., et al. 2021. Opportunities and challenges of macrogenetic studies. Nature Reviews Genetics 22(12): 791-807.

van Rees, C.B., Aragonés, D., Bouten, W., Bustamente, J., and Green, A.J. 2021. Dynamic space use of Andalusian rice fields by Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) is driven by flooding pattern. IBIS (online early access).

Paz-Vinas, I., Jensen, E.L., Bertola, L.D., Breed, M.F., Hand, B.K., Hunter, M.E., Kershaw F., Leigh D.M., Luikart, G., Mergeay, J., Miller, J.M., van Rees, C.B., Segelbacher, G., Hoban, S. 2021. Macro-genetic studies must not ignore limitations of genetic markers and scale. Ecology Letters 24(6): 1282-1284.

van Rees, C.B., Muñoz, M.A., Cooke, S.C., and Reed, J.M. 2021. Morphometric differences in an isolated, island-endemic subspecies of the Common gallinule (Gallinula galeata). Pacific Science 74(4): 345-364.

van Rees, C.B., Jähnig, S.C., et al., 2021. Safeguarding Freshwater Life Beyond 2020: Recommendations for the new Global Biodiversity Framework from the European Experience. Conservation Letters 14(1): e12771.

Gormally, B.M.G., van Rees, C.B., Bowers, E., Reed, J.M., and Romero, L.M. 2020. Feather corticosterone does not correlate with environmental stressors or body condition in an endangered waterbird. Conservation Physiology 8(1): coaa125.

van Rees, C.B., Surya, G., and Reed, J.M. 2020. Multiple Sources of Evidence for density dependence in the endangered Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudsenii). Population Ecology 62: 207-219.

van Rees, C.B., Rozek, J.C., Garcia, G., and J.M. Reed 2019. Ecological Stakeholder Analogs as intermediaries between freshwater biodiversity conservation and sustainable water management. Environmental Policy and Governance 29.4: 303-312.

Cooke, S.C., Haskell, L.E., van Rees, C.B., and Fessl, B. 2019. A Review of the Introduced Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) in Galápagos. Biological Conservation. 229:38-49.

van Rees, C.B. 2018. Wetland conservation in Hawaii and the need for flagship species. `Elepaio 78: 37-41.

van Rees, C.B. and J.M. Reed. 2018. The potential effects of habitat connectivity, management and sea level rise on the extinction risk of an endangered waterbird in a fragmented island landscape. PeerJ 6: e4990.

van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.E., Underwood, J.G., and S.A. Sonsthagen 2018. Landscape genetics implicates stream and drainage infrastructure as corridors in the dispersal of an endangered wetland bird. Ecology and Evolution 8: 8328-8343.

van Rees, C.B., et al. 2018. Estimation of vital rates for the Hawaiian gallinule, a cryptic, endangered waterbird. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 9:117-131.

van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.S., Underwood J.G., and S.A. Sonsthagen. 2018. Small-scale genetic structure in an endangered wetland specialist: possible effects of landscape change and population recovery. Conservation Genetics 19:129-142.

van Rees, C.B. and J.M. Reed 2015. Water Diplomacy from a Duck’s Perspective: Wildlife and Ecosystems as stakeholders in Water Management. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education 155:28-42.

van Rees, C.B. and J.M. Reed 2014. Wetland Loss in Hawai`i since human settlement.  Wetlands 32:335-350.

BOOK CHAPTERS                                                                                                                
van Rees, C.B., Rozek, J.C., and Garcia, G. 2019. Confronting the Natural Domain: Strategies for Addressing Ecology and Conservation in Complex Water Management Challenges. In: Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Water Diplomacy: Problem-Driven Research and Practice. (Islam, S. and Smith, K., Eds.). Routledge Press.

Burgio, K.R., van Rees, C.B., Block, K.E., Pyle, P., Patten, M.A., Spreyer, M.F. and E.H. Bucher 2016. Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), In: The Birds of North America (P.G. Rodewald, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

PENDING PUBLICATIONS (* - Shared First Authorship)                                    
van Rees, C.B. in prep. Human-Environment Water Conflict and the Need for a New Approach to Water and Wildlife in the Anthropocene. Planned submission to Global Change Biology

van Rees, C.B., Elphick, C.S., and Reed, J.M. in revision. Evaluating the potential de-listing of two endangered Hawaiian waterbirds using population viability analysis and Bayesian hierarchical models. Avian Conservation and Ecology.

*Garner, B.A., *van Rees, C.B., Smith, R., Schwartz, M.K., Luikart, G.H., and Hand, B.K. Commissioned and in review. Applications of Big Data for Biodiversity Conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

van Rees, C.B., Naslund, L., Hernandez-Abrams, D.D., McKay, S.K., Woodson, C.B., Rosemond, A., McFall, B., Altman, S., and Wenger, S.J. in review. A Holistic Monitoring Approach for Natural Infrastructure. Science of the Total Environment.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS                                                                                                       

van Rees, C.B. and Kawasaki, M.T. 2020. Restoring Hawaii’s wetlands is caring for our history, culture. Honolulu Star Advertiser, February 2020.

Reilly, E. and van Rees, C.B. 2018. Urban wetlands play key role in sustaining communities. Honolulu Star Advertiser, January 2018.

Creech, T., McClure, M., and van Rees, C.B. 2018. A Conservation Prioritization Tool for the Missouri Headwaters Basin. Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Bozeman, MT.

van Rees, C.B. 2017. Disney Conservation Fund Grant to Protect Endangered `Alae `Ula. Kolea 67:9. Conservation Council for Hawaii.

van Rees, C.B. 2015. Kokua needed to track the elusive `Alae `Ula. Kolea 65:5. Conservation Council for Hawaii.

SELECTED TALKS (10 of >40)                                                                                            

van Rees, C.B. 2019. Saving Hawaii’s Swamp Chicken: The Conservation story of ‘Alae ‘Ula. Flathead Audubon Society Lecture Series, Kalispell, MT.

van Rees, C.B. 2019. Bridging conservation research and water security post-2020. EU Biodiversity Strategy Post-2020 Advisory Meeting Ghent, Belgium.

van Rees, C.B. 2019. Conserving Nature on a hot, crowded planet: Lessons learned from the Belgian gulls of Andalusia. Fulbright Spain 2019 Mid-Year Seminar. Valencia, Spain.

van Rees, C.B. 2018. Saving Hawaii’s Swamp Chickens: The Impacts of Landscape and Climate Change on the Hawaiian gallinule. The Wildlife Society & Montana State University Department of Ecology Summer Lecture Series, Bozeman, MT.

van Rees, C.B. 2018. Marsh Birds in Paradise: The Ecology and Conservation of the Hawaiian Gallinule. Nuttall Ornithological Club Lecture Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

van Rees, C.B. 2017. Tracking the Fire Thief: A Case Study in American Connectivity Conservation. British Trust for Ornithology Seminar, Thetford, UK.

Creech, T. and C.B. van Rees 2017. Wilderness to Waikiki: Case Studies in American Connectivity Conservation. Cambridge Conservation Forum Lecture, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK.

van Rees, C.B. 2015. The Movement Mystery of the Hawaiian gallinule. University of New Hampshire, Department of Biology, Durham, NH.

van Rees, C.B. 2013. Hawaiian Wetlands—A Historical Perspective. Pacific Coast Joint Venture Hawaiian Wetlands and Waterbird Workshop, Kailua, HI.

Ellmore, G.S. and C.B. van Rees. 2012. Vietnam on the Biodiversity stage: Biodiversity Hotspots and Conservation Biology. Hanoi University of Science, Hanoi, Vietnam.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (10 of >50)                                   

van Rees, C.B., Aragonés, D., Bouten, W., Thaxter, C., Ross-Smith, V.H., Steinen, E., Bustamante, J., and Green, A.J. 2020. Temporally Dynamic Resource Use of Overwintering Waterbirds During an Agricultural Cycle in Southern Spain. North American Ornithological Conference VII (Virtual).

van Rees, C.B., Surya, G., and Reed, J.M. 2020. Multiple Sources of Evidence for Density Dependence in the Endangered Hawaiian Stilt. North American Ornithological Conference VII (Virtual).

van Rees, C.B., Hand, B.K. et al. 2020. Integrating underutilized technologies to predict the spread of aquatic invasive species. American Fisheries Society, Montana Chapter Conference. Kalispell, MT.

van Rees, C.B. and Reed, J.M. 2018. The impacts of climate change and dispersal behavior on population viability of an endangered Hawaiian waterbird. 27th Annual International Ornithological Congress, Vancouver, BC.

van Rees, C.B., et al. 2018. Navigating a Paved Paradise: Landscape Genetics of an Endangered Hawaiian Waterbird. Winner of Best Student Paper. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society. Vancouver, BC.

van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.E., Underwood, J., Nadig, A., and S.A. Sonsthagen. 2018. Landscape genetics of endangered Hawaiian waterbirds. Student Conference on Conservation Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

van Rees, C.B., et al.. 2017. Marsh birds in urban lands: Do stream corridors explain population connectivity? Student Conference on Conservation Science, American Museum of Natural History, New York City.

van Rees, C.B., Kawasaki, M.T., Underwood, J., Sonsthagen, S.A., Paxton, E.H., and J.M. Reed 2016. Ke lele manu o ka wai: Movement Ecology and Conservation of Hawaiian Waterbirds. IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii.  

van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.E., Underwood, J., Nadig, A., and S.A. Sonsthagen 2016.The movement ecology of an endangered rallid: The Hawaiian gallinule. North American Ornithological Congress VI, Washington, D.C.

MENTORING                                                                                                             
2019-2022       Sean C. Carter, M.S. Forestry, University of Montana (expected May 2022)

2019-2022       Leif Howard, B.S. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana (2020)

2018-2021        Lukanicole Zavas, M.S. Natural Resources, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2020)

2017-2018        Matthew Pedrotti, B.S. Botany, Humboldt State University (2018)

2016-2021        M. Alejandra Muñoz, B.S. Ecology, Tufts University (2018)

2015-2017         Annie Miller, B.S. Ecology, Tufts University (2016)

2015                   Tiana Bolosan, B.S. Environmental Science, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (2016)

2014-2020        Martha Kawasaki, M.S. Tropical Conservation, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (2020)

OUTREACH & MEDIA COVERAGE                                                                      
2022 TED­x Speaker, “A Glance through Nature's Playbook”. TEDx Bozeman, April 2022.

Featured Guest, Anchor & Flame Podcast. "Conversation with Naturalist Dr. Charles van Rees" December 2021.

Featured Guest, Podsongs Podcast. "Charles van Rees on invasive species (ft. Musical guests Creature Comfort" November 2021.

Featured Guest, Rewildology Podcast. "The (Im)Balance Between Life & Water with Charles van Rees, PhD" September 2021.

Guest Scientist, SciComm Mondays Science Livestream with Nicole Wood.

Featured Guest, Maunalua: East Oahu Communities Working Together.

Episodes aired September 2014, August and September 2015, June 2016.

Featured in “Campbell’s Coup”, Hawaii Magazine, September/October 2014 edition by Mary Vorsino.

Science Storyteller, The Story Collider.
Authored and performed science story about field work in ecology & conservation. Recorded live at the Oberon theatre in Cambridge, MA and podcast in March 2014.

LEADERSHIP, VOLUNTEERING & SERVICE                                     
Founder & Lead Author, The Gulo in Nature Blog                                                                 Athens, GA
Wrote weekly blog posts on naturalist tips, outdoor recreation, ecology, conservation,      Winter 2022-Present
and environmental careers for a nature education blog.

Scientific Advisor, ‘Alae ‘ula Recovery Working Group                                                          Kapa‘a, HI
Co-produced a recovery & reintroduction plan for an endangered waterbird                         Summer 2021-Present
Facilitated grant development among collaborators from state, federal & private agencies

Executive Board Member, K9 Conservationists                                                                     Missoula, MT
Provided scientific consultations for organization mission and directives                              Spring 2021-Present
Researched and identified grant funding and outreach opportunities

Executive Board Member, Hawai‘i Islands Conservation Collective                                Honolulu, HI
Provided scientific expertise on endangered bird ecology                                                          Winter 2020 - Present
Deliberated and voted upon organizational mission, goals, and actions

Co-Producer & Co-Host, The Nature Guys Podcast                                                              Cincinnati, OH
Joined naturalist team sharing nature topics with >5,000 listeners bimonthly                   Fall 2020 - Present
Co-produced episode mini-series on water and the environment featuring Erin Brockovich

Lead Ecologist, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui                                                                                       Honolulu, HI
Drafted conservation plan for biodiversity on managed properties                                           Summer 2015 - Present
Spearheaded and organized applications for wildlife conservation grants
Directed community science research programs and managed databases

Spatial Analyst, The Trustees of Reservations                                                                             Ipswich, MA
Helped resident biologists manage spatial datasets and ArcMAP                                               Spring 2013
Collated and organized long-term survey data for a state listed species.

President, Connecticut College Martial Arts Club                                                           New London, CT
Coordinated training schedules and skill trades for 30+ students                                                Fall 2007 – Spring 2010
Organized performances for cultural events & self-defense workshops for women & LGBT students

Reviewer For: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Global Change Biology, Nature Scientific Reports, Wetlands, Freshwater Biology, Water, Animal Conservation, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Waterbirds, Ornithology Research, Anthropocene, Journal of Field Ornithology, Sustainability, Ornithological Science, PeerJ, Ecology and Evolution, Ecological Indicators, Diversity and Distributions.

WORKSHOPS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                                  
Theory and Practice of Linking Knowledge with Action for Applied Science       Seattle, WA                                        Graduate-level fellowship training in achieving scientific co-production.                                  Spring 2021

Montana Master Naturalist Certification                                                                               Missoula, MT
Field- and course-work certification in natural history and interpretive nature guiding         Fall 2020

Communication Skills for Effective Leaders                                                                         Madrid, Spain
Intensive training in written and oral communication for team coordination                           January 2019

Using Conservation Evidence to answer conservation questions                           Cambridge, UK
Training in evidence-based approaches to applied conservation research.                                April 2018

Hawaii Bird Banding Workshop                                                                                                Honolulu, HI      
Ethics and methods of bird capture, banding, and resighting for research.                              February 2018

Spatial Analysis in R                                                                                                                        New York, NY
Handling and analyzing spatial datasets using statistical analysis software.                            October 2017

Making Conservation Politically Effective                                                                            New York, NY
Training in representing conservation interests to lawmakers                                                     October 2017

Occupancy modeling for Ecology in R                                                                                     New York, NY
Statistical theory and programming for occupancy-based ecological models.                          October 2016

Mediation and Negotiation in Water Resources Conflicts                                            Harvard, MA
Mediating and leading negotiations between stakeholders in water conflicts.                         September 2015

Wetland Ecology and Management                                                                                           Puxico, MO
Training in hydrology and ecology of lentic wetland systems.                                                      August 2013    

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS SUMMARY                                                            
Software: ENVI, ArcGIS, QGIS, Program MARK, SPSS, Microsoft Office Suite

Programming: R (advanced), Python (basic), JAGS/OpenBUGS, MATLAB (basic), SQL (basic)

Language: English (Native speaker), Spanish (Near-fluent)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS                                                                    
American Ornithological Society, Sigma Xi, IUCN Connectivity Conservation Working Group, GEO BON Species Populations Working Group, Freshwater BON, Nuttall Ornithological Society, Phi Beta Kappa.

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