DEBORAH A. LICHTI

       Lichtid12@students.ecu.edu

 

  EDUCATION

 East Carolina University, Greenville, NC    PhD Candidate                              August 2014-July 2018

 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences 

Dissertation Director: Dr. David Kimmel

 

  East Carolina University, Greenville, NC   Masters of Science       Graduation: May 2014

  Biology                                                                                              Graduation GPA: 4.0

  Thesis Title: A study of composition, abundance, and fatty acid profiles of zooplankton in    Albemarle Sound and Chowan River, North Carolina during spring and early summer

Advisor: Dr. David Kimmel

 

  Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN     Bachelor of Science        Graduation: August 2004

  Fisheries and Aquatic Science                                                          Graduation GPA: 3.58

 

EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant   East Carolina University, Greenville, NC        September 2014- present

  • Collected zooplankton samples for counts and fatty acids on the Tar/Pamlico River, NC
  • Processed of zooplankton samples – identification to genus, family, or species, counting
  • Mentoring undergraduates in the laboratory
  • Setting up the high performance liquid chromatography for analyze of phytoplankton pigments

 

Teaching Assistant    East Carolina University, Greenville, NC         August 2012-May 2014

  • Biology 1101 and 1201 Principles of Biology I and II (Major Courses)
  • Lectured to classes (24 to 48 undergraduate) on a specific topic each week
  • Graded writing assignments, quizzes and exams
  • Developed writing assignments, quizzes and exams
  • Answered questions from students about topics
  • Created inquiry based learning activities for Biology 1201

 

   Research Assistant          East Carolina University, Greenville, NC           May 2013- August 2014

  • Collected zooplankton samples for counts and fatty acids on the Albemarle Sound and Chowan River, NC
  • Processed of zooplankton samples – identification to genus, family, or species, counting
  • Collected water samples for Chlorophyll a and phytoplankton pigment
  • Taking profile data for temperature and salinity using a YSI Castaway
  • Determine total lipids for zooplankton and fatty acids using Folch et al. 1975.
  • Processed zooplankton and phytoplankton for fatty acid profiles using gas chromatography

 

Laboratory Coordinator   Illinois Natural History Survey, LMBS, Zion, IL    May 2009- July 2012

Continue to complete the task from fisheries technician job plus…

  • Liaison between biologists and technicians
  • Teaching zooplankton and benthic invertebrates ientification, and laboratory, field, and hatchery protocols to new technicians and summer interns
  • Keeping the laboratory well stocked by reordering supplies for laboratory and field projects
  • Scheduling and coordinating hatchery tasks and personnel for weekends and holidays
  • Querying data in Access to check for errors
  • Analyzing data using SAS
  • Making graphs with Sigma plot
  • Writing animal care protocols for new and already in process grants for IACUC
  • Setting up databases in Microsoft Access and querying data
  • Developing data sheets for different projects with Microsoft Office products
  • Creating and updating protocols for field, laboratory and hatchery projects
  • Communicating with collaborators from state and federal agencies, and universities, and exchanging samples
  • Contacting sales representatives to attain quotes for new equipment

 

Fisheries Technician    Illinois Natural History Survey, LMBS, Zion, IL      May 2007-May 2009

Field

  • Setting and pulling large mesh gillnets to collect adult yellow perch )
  • Deploying Nueston nets to collect larval fish near- and off-shore on Lake Michigan
  • Collecting full water column day and nighttime zooplankton sampls
  • Sampling for larval fish at multiple depths with a Tucker trawl
  • Taking temperature profile and secchi disc reading in the water column
  • Diving to collect benthic core samples and rocks for macroinvertebrates
  • Counting yellow perch skeins by scuba diving the reef
  • Setting and pulling young of the year (YOY) gillnets to determine yellow perch and other near shore species numbers
  • Bottom trawling to collect YOY yellow perchand other near shore species
  • Collecting gobies , alewife and spottail shiner for polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) prey analysis
  • Collecting yellow perch and lake trout eggs and sperm for hatchery experiments
  • Deploying fyke nets to collect adult yellow perch near shore
  • Using petite ponar grab to collect benthic invertebrates
  • Collecting water with a water sampler for filtering

Hatchery

  • Husbandry of yellow perch and lake trout eggs and larvae
  • Fertilization of yellow perch and lake trout eggs
  • Troubleshooting problems with equipment, water supply, and water quality
  • Conducting experiments on lake trout and yellow perch

Laboratory

  • Processing of zooplankton samples – identification to genus, family, or species, counting, and measuring using ImageJ software and digitizer
  • Aging adult yellow perch spines and otoliths
  • Analyzing adult and YOY yellow perch, alewife, goby, spottail shiner and rainbow smelt stomachs
  • Processing benthic cores and rocks to ID and measure benthic invertebrates
  • Processing adult and YOY yellow perch, goby, alewife, spottail shiner, and rainbow smelt for total length, weight, and removal of stomach and otoliths
  • Identifying larval fish using . Auer, N.A. (ed), 1982.
  • Removing larval fish otoliths using polarized paper
  • Counting yellow perch egg subsamples
  • Filtering samples for Chlorophyll A analysis
  • Analyzing Chlorophyll A samples using a Turner Quantech Digital Filter flurometer
  • Using ImagePro and Standard Cell Sense to photograph 1st hatch yellow perch (P. flavescens) for total and mid-body length, oil globule and eye diameter
  • Entering data into Microsoft Excel and Access

 

Field Technician      FNR Department- Purdue University           April 2007- May 2007

  • Constructing and placing concrete blocks with furnace filters in the Peshtigo River to collect lake sturgeon eggs
  • Counting lake sturgeon eggs collected on concrete blocks
  • Checking D-frame drift nets for lake sturgeon eggs to determine movement
  • Monitoring temperature on the Peshtigo River
  • Setting hoop nets to collect white suckers for recapture population estimate
  • Analyzing white sucker stomachs for the presence of lake sturgeon eggs
  • Snorkeling to place egg bags with substrate and crayfish to determine predation

 

Angler Analyst         Indiana Department of Natural Resources            April- May 2006

  • Surveying anglers for data on fish caught and about time spent on Eagle Creek Reservoir
  • Answering questions anglers had about DNR
  • Measuring the fish lengths on all catches

 

Research Technician        FNR Department– Purdue University               August- December 2005

  • Husbandry of juvenile lake sturgeon and sea lamprey
  • Rearing of lake whitefish
  • Analyzing of stomach contents (Fundulidae)
  • Constructing wood walls around research tank systems
  • Troubleshooting research tanks system problems
  • Operating research tank systems

 

Graduate Research Assistant    Biology Department– Michigan Technological University

May 2004- July 2005

  • Collecting habitat data on the Cedar River
  • Constructing and deploying of egg collection devices
  • Husbandry of juvenile lake sturgeon

 

Research Technician  FNR Department– Purdue University         June- August 2003

  • Sampling sites with backpack shocking to collect and identify all fish species
  • Collecting macroinverbrates from the different sites
  • Assessing stream condition for each location
  • Testing water quality with Hydrolab
  • Boat electrofishing in the Wabash River for shovelnose sturgeon and blue sucker

 

Summer Practicum Teaching Assistant    FNR Department– Purdue University   May  2003

  • Assisting professors in lesson planning and preparation
  • Leading the fisheries group during their three weeks of practicum

 

Laboratory Technician       FNR Department– Purdue University       August 2003-May 2004

  • Husbandry of juvenile lake sturgeon
  • Rearing coaster brook trout
  • Determining amount of medication
  • Administrating the medication
  • Caring for lake herring

 

ECASE  FNR Department– Purdue University          September 2002- August 2003 (Engaging Citizens As Stewards of the Ecosystem)

  • Identification of Macroinverbrates
  • Typing data collected from past years into EXCEL
  • Classification of fish species collected
  • Collecting and testing water samples from the case treams
  • Reorganized the department fish collection
  • Collecting field data from different streams

 

 

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteer             North Carolina Aquarium- Pine Knoll Shores            2015

  • Touch Tank Interpreter for invertebrates and stingrays
  • Discovery cart and gallery interpreter for sea turtles, river otters and sharks

 

Science Olympiad Judge        East Carolina University                     2013, 2014

  • Wrote exam for Disease Detective Division B/C
  • Administer and grade exams

 

Sturgeon Volunteer   River Edge Nature Center, Newburg, WI      May 2007 -September 2007

  • Husbandry of larval and juvenile lake sturgeon () at a stream rearing facility on the Milwaukee River
  • Rearing of brine shrimp for larval feed
  • Checking and cleaning river pump

 

Research Technician       FNR Department- Purdue University          December 2006-March 2007

  • Cutting spinal rays for silver and bighead carp using the Isomet saw
  • Taking images of the ray cuts using SPOT Basic
  • Determining the age of silver and bighead carp
  • Back calculating the growth for each age determined using Pro-Image Express 4.5
  • Analyzing data with statistics using EXCEL

 

Laboratory Technician      Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

September 2002-August 2003

  • Husbandry of juvenile lake sturgeon
  • Rearing coaster brook trout from egg to adult stage
  • Measuring length and weight to determine feed amounts every couple months
  • Calculating the new feed amounts using EXCEL
  • Participating in research projects
  • Attaching external transmitters to lake sturgeon
  • Recording data from experiments

 

AWARDS

Claudia L. Jolls Graduate Student Award in Recognition of Teaching Excellence. 2013-14. Department of Biology. East Carolina University.

Outstanding Teaching Award in Principles of Biology II 2012-13.  East Carolina University.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Sutton, T. M., E.T. Volkman, K.L. Pangle, D.A. Rajchel, and J. Duehr. 2004. Effects of absorbable suture strands diameter on retention of external radio transmitters by juvenile lake sturgeon. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 24: 1404–1408.

 

Volkman, E. T., K. L. Pangle, D. A. Rajchel, T. M. Sutton and D. R. Bast. 2004. Comparison of hatchery-performance attributes among three strains of age-0 coaster brook trout. North American Journal of Aquaculture 66:278-284.

 

Volkman, E.T., K.L. Pangle, D.A. Rajchel, and T.M. Sutton. 2004. Evaluation of juvenile lake sturgeon growth and proximate composition fed different levels of natural diets. North American Journal of Aquaculture 66:105-112.

 

 

PRESENTATIONS

Lichti, D.A., J. Rinchard, and D.G. Kimmel. Changes in the zooplankton community fatty acid profiles at the freshwater/saltwater interface. 2015 Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting, Wanchese, North Carolina. 

Lichti, D.A., J. Rinchard, and D.G. Kimmel. Changes in the zooplankton community fatty acid profiles at the freshwater/saltwater interface: implications for larval fish growth and survival. 2015 ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting, Granada, Spain.

 Lichti, D.A. You are what you eat: determining the lower trophic level fatty acid composition in    western Albemarle Sound and Chowan River, North Carolina. RIP:Research in Progress at East Carolina University. April 7, 2013. Greenville, North Carolina. 

Lichti, D.A., R.A. Redman, and S.J. Czesny. Naturally occurring thermal variation in southwestern Lake Michigan may greatly affect yellow perch growth during embryonic and larval stages. 54th International Conference on Great Lakes Research. May 2011, Duluth, Minnesota.

 

POSTERS

Lichti, D.A., J. Rinchard, and D.G. Kimmel.  You are what you eat: determining the lower trophic level fatty acid composition in western Albemarle Sound and Chowan River, North Carolina. 2013 Research and Creative Week, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.

 

Lichti, D.A., J. Rinchard, and D.G. Kimmel.  You are what you eat: determining the lower trophic level fatty acid composition in western Albemarle Sound and Chowan River, North Carolina. 22nd Biannual CERF 2013, San Diego, California. 

 

Rajchel, D. A., E. T. Volkman, K. L. Pangle, and T. M. Sutton. Hatchery-performance attributes of juvenile lake sturgeon fed two natural food types. 64th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, December 2003, Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Pangle, K. L., E. T. Volkman, D. A. Rajchel, T. M. Sutton.  Comparison of natural diets for juvenile lake sturgeon. 2003 FNR Spring Poster Symposium. April 2003, West Lafayette, Indiana.

 

Pangle, K. L., E. T. Volkman, D. A. Rajchel, T. M. Sutton.  Comparison of natural diets for juvenile lake sturgeon. Spring meeting of the Indiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, March 2003, Bloomington, Indiana.

 

WORKSHOPS

PRIMER 6 Software.  Orlando, FL.  July 30 to August 4 2013.  Attended.

PRIMER 6 Software. Greenville, NC. October 23, 2013.  Presented.

 

SKILLS/TRAINING

  USGS  MOCC Boater Training

Trailing boats up to 28 feet long

Operating boats up to 30 feet long plus retrieving gear (Large and small mesh gillnets) Boater Safety Course

Animal Care, chemical safety, general laboratory and biological hazard training through the

University of Illinois, East Carolina University

Open Water Scuba Diving Certification, PADI (1999) Advanced Open Water Diver Certification, PADI (2001) Rescue Diver, PADI (2003)

 

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