Aimee Rockhill

 

EDUCATION

PhD     Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; North Carolina State University; Raleigh, N.C.

Dissertation: The ecology of bobcats (Lynx rufus) in coastal North Carolina.

Advisors: Roger Powell and Chris DePerno

            August 2013

MS       Forestry and Environmental Resources; North Carolina State University; Raleigh, N.C.

            Thesis:  Imputation of Missing Observations in Forest Inventories

            Advisor: Bronson Bullock

            May 2008

BA       Environmental Science; Plattsburgh State University of New York; Plattsburgh, N.Y.

            December 1998

            SUNY Overseas Academic Program; University of Queensland; Brisbane, Australia

            May 1998

POSITIONS

2016 – Present  Assistant Professor, Western Carolina University

                        Courses: Wildlife Ecology and Management (NRM330), Applied Geospatial Information Systems (NRM344), Sampling Animal Populations (NRM493), Natural Resource Conservation and Management (NRM140), Integrated Resource Management (Student Capstone Project, NRM440).

                        Club Advisor: WCU Wildlife and Forestry - Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society

2016 – 2016      Acting Science Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative (~330 million acres, AK and Canada);  Inform conservation and sustainable resources management within the NWB LCC; support coordination, collaboration, and communication among partners to facilitate knowledge exchange and improve efficiencies; identify and support research that addresses common information needs of partners, provide landscape scale information to better understand and plan for potential impacts of environmental change on natural resources, subsistence and cultural resources, and human infrastructure; engage the community at large to help identify shared science needs and avoid duplication of efforts.

2012 – 2016     Wildlife/Habitat Biologist and GIS Specialist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Koyukuk/Nowitna/Innoko National Wildlife Refuge Complex (~12 million acres); Develop and implement long-term habitat management plans as they relate to wildlife. Develop, execute, analyze and prepare reports for multiple research projects on Refuges and adjacent lands. Collaborate with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and professional societies on regional projects. Assist with analysis and provide GIS support for ongoing inventory and monitoring projects. Projects included: spatially explicit willow mapping of moose habitat, the importance of island willow bars for winter moose habitat, modeling long-term lynx dispersal and movement patterns, phenological monitoring, snow density and depth monitoring, and temporal trends in spruce cone and red squirrel production.

2014 – 2016     Board of Directors and Secretary; Sustainable Energy for Galena Alaska (SEGA), SEGA is a nonprofit corporation created by Galena community members to develop, operate, supervise and maintain services related to supplying woody biomass material to the Galena City School District in a sustainable and ecologically sound manner.

2007 - 2012      Graduate Research Assistant, PhD, North Carolina State University; Developed and conducted scientific research aimed at evaluating current habitat value and effects of forest management activities on wildlife. Developed and analyzed bobcat (Lynx rufus) habitat selection models, movement rates, and home ranges through quantitative research approaches. Evaluated monitoring techniques for population estimation and presence/absence modeling of wildlife species. Assessed immobilization techniques for bobcat field studies. Developed and organized management activities on University property including: prescribed burning, Atlantic white cedar regeneration, timber harvests, annual white-tailed deer and black bear hunting leases, road maintenance, and landowner conflict resolution.

                        Co-chairs: Roger A. Powell, Christopher S. DePerno

2011 (fall)        Instructor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Developed and taught 2 courses; Mammalogy (BIOL4434) and Conservation Biology (FiW4314). Mammalogy was structured similar to the Mammalogy courses taught at North Carolina State University with a focus on mammal species in the state of Virginia. Conservation Biology included lectures by myself and invited speakers and focused on a semester long group project where students developed a recovery plan for an endangered species, the James spinymussel, for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

2011 (spring)   Instructor, North Carolina State University; Developed and taught an undergraduate Mammalogy course (FW495).  Course lectures focused on systematics, biology, behavior, adaptive strategies, ecology, and economic importance of mammals. Course laboratory and field exercises focused on identification, classification, anatomy, distribution, life history, methods of collection, and preservation of mammals.

2007 - 2009     Contract Educator, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; Instructed classes educating adults and children on various wildlife species and adaptations in a hands-on approach.   

2004 - 2007      Graduate Research Assistant, MS, North Carolina State University; Designed projects that included the review, analysis, and evaluation of quantifying timber loss due to ice storm damage. Became proficient in data management and data analysis with various statistical programs including SAS and R. Provided technical leadership in the design and implementation of a long term, large scale loblolly pine spacing and genetics study. Managed, inventoried, and maintained forestry field equipment and vehicles regularly signed out by departmental faculty, staff, and graduate students.

                        Advisor: Bronson P. Bullock

2001 - 2004      Laboratory Technician, North Carolina State University; Set short-term priorities

                        and schedules for laboratory automation necessary for efficient genome construction.

                        Supervised and trained a team of laboratory technicians performing DNA extraction,

                        library construction, physical and genetic mapping, sequencing, and southern blot

                  construction/hybridization. Maintained and programmed equipment for high-throughput

                  DNA sequencing and fingerprinting.

GRANTS AND CONTRACTS (Total = $305,569)

2018            Bates, P. C. and A. P. Rockhill. Grandfather Restoration Project: Fire Effects Monitoring. $20,000; 1 year

2017            Rockhill, A. P. and P. C. Bates. Preliminary assessment of bobcat populations in relation to forest condition in western North Carolina. $4,000; 1 year

2017            Krenz, R. J., A. P. Rockhill, C. L. Huffman, J. R. Miller. Influence of Historic Land-Use Changes on Depositional Processes, Biological Function and Selected Wildlife Assemblages, Big Harris Creek, North Carolina. $15,000; 1 year

2015            Rockhill, A. P., D. V. Kretsinger, and N. Guldager . Examination of a spatially explicit model to determine willow distribution, a critical source of moose forage, throughout Alaska. USFWS Inventory and Monitoring Program. $25,585; 1 year

2014            Rockhill, A. P. and N. Berg. Spatial and temporal dynamics of long-term lynx movement and dispersal in Alaska, USFWS Inventory and Monitoring Program. $30,000; 1 year

2014            Rockhill, A. P., D. V. Kretsinger, and N. Guldager. Examination of a spatially explicit model to determine willow distribution, a critical source of moose forage, throughout Alaska. USFWS Inventory and Monitoring Program. $20,134; 1 year

2012            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno. Hunting lease at Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, Washington County, N. C., $27,000; Seaboard Timber, 1 yea

2011            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Black bear hunting lease at Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, Washington County, N.C. $15,000; Seaboard Timber, 1 year.

2010            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  White-tailed deer hunting lease at Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, Washington County, N.C. $6,000; Seaboard Timber, 1 year.

2010            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Black bear hunting lease at Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, Washington County, N.C. $15,000; Seaboard Timber, 1 year.

2009            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Hunting lease at Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, Washington County, N.C. $15,450; Seaboard Timber, 1 year.

2009            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Habitat restoration on Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest.  U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners of Fish and Wildlife Grant.  $14,000; Seaboard Timber, 3 years.

2009            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Timber sale to facilitate Atlantic white cedar regeneration project.  Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, Washington County, N.C. $35,000; Seaboard Timber, 1 year.

2008            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Hunting leases at Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, Washington County, N.C. $60, 900; Seaboard Timber, 2 years.

2007            Rockhill, A. P., T. Langer, and C. S. DePerno.  NCSU Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

                    Program and Bull Neck Swamp.  2007 Hyde County Bear Hunters Fundraising Event. 

                    Hosted by Pascal and Ashlyn Ballance at Eakes’ Hunting Store, Fairfield, N.C.   

                    $2,500; 1 year. 

PUBLICATIONS (8 in print, 3 in revision, 2 in preparation)

In Print

2016            Rockhill, A. P., C. S. DePerno, Powell, R. A. The efficiency of survey techniques used for monitoring meso-mammals in coastal North Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist, Volume 15, Number 1 (2016): 175–187.

2015            Harris, F., A. Martin, S. A. Suresh, B. McKenna, and A. Rockhill. Koyukuk River chum salmon radio telemetry proportional distribution and abundance estimation with mark recapture sampling. Alaska Fisheries Data Series Number xxxx-xx. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, In Press.

2013            Rockhill, A. P., C. S. DePerno, and R. A. Powell. The effect of illumination and time of day on movement of bobcats (Lynx rufus). PLOS ONE 8(7): e69213. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069213

2013            Rockhill, A. P. The ecology of bobcats in coastal North Carolina. Dissertation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. 119 pp.

2011            Turner, M. M., A. P. Rockhill, C. S. DePerno, J. A. Jenks, R. W. Klaver, T. W. Grovenburg, and K. H. Pollack.  Evaluating coyote movements in Southeast Minnesota.  The Journal of Wildlife Management 75:905-912.

2011            Rockhill, A. P., S. K. Chinnadurai, R. A. Powell, and C. S. DePerno.  A comparison of two chemical immobilization techniques for bobcats (Lynx rufus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42:580-585.

2004            Opperman, C.H., S. Lommel, M. Burke, J. Carlson, C. George, S. Gove, T.D. Houfek, S.

                    Jefferys, S. Kalat, R. King Jr., J. Lewin, P.C. Little, A. Lumpkin, T. Ross, A. Salstead, E.

                    Scholl, B. Sosinski, P.J. Stephens, S.H. Zekanis, J. Frelinger, N. Lakey, J. Bidell, A.

                    Budiman, F. Gadani, and A. Hayes.  The tobacco genome initiative: a gene discovery

                    platform.  In:  Proceedings, 1st Solanaceae Genome Workshop, pp. 51.  19-21 September. 

                    Wageningen, The Netherlands.

2003            Gadani, F; A. Hayes; C. H. Opperman, S.A. Lommel, B.R. Sosinski, M. Burke, L. Hi, R.

                    Brierly, A. Salstead, J. Heer, G. Fuelner, and N. Lakey.  Large scale genome sequencing

                    and analysis of Nicotiana tabacum:  the tobacco genome initiative. In: Proceedings, 5emes

                    Journees Scientifiques du Tabac de Bergarac, pp 117-130.

In Revision

2015            Rockhill, A. P., C. S. DePerno, Powell, R. A, Catts, G. A. Synoptic modelling of spatial and  temporal habitat use by bobcat (Lynx rufus) in coastal North Carolina.  In revision.

2015            Rockhill, A. P., C. S. DePerno, Powell, R. A, Catts, G. A. Is the surrogate species approach feasible for small scale management? An evaluation using bobcats in coastal North Carolina.   In revision.

2015           Rockhill, A. P., B. P. Bullock, E. L. Boone.  Imputation of Missing Observations in Forest Inventories.  In revision.

In Preparation

2015            Rockhill, A. P., M. J. Coan, D. V. Kretsinger, N. Guldager, and B. K. Wylie. Thematic land cover classification through decision tree mapping models and  modern tools: applications for iGIS.

2015            Rockhill, A. P., D. V. Kretsinger, and N. Guldager. Predator suppressed or habitat limited? Estimating the winter landscape forage potential for moose in high and low density areas throughout Alaska.

2015            Rockhill, A. P., J. Bryant, B. Scotton. Variation in seasonal home range and resource selection by moose on the Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge.

BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS

2009            Peterson, M. N., A. P. Rockhill, and C. S. DePerno.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

              Pp 357-359, in J. B. Callicott and R. Frodeman, eds.  Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics

              and Philosophy.  Gale Cengage Learning, MacMillan Reference USA, Detroit, MI.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2011            Instructor; Mammalogy (BIOL4434) and Conservation Biology (FiW4314) fall semester, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 139 students

2011            Trapping and handling techniques for meso-carnivores. Two-day demonstration and training for trapping safety, trap modification, selecting trap site, properly setting foot hold traps, and handling captures presented to 34 students in Wildlife Inventory and Management (FW311, Chris DePerno), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.

2011            Camera Surveys and Sherman Live Trapping Project Design and Implementation. Three-day guided field demonstration for 14 students in Terrestrial Wildlife Surveys (Jason Riggio), Duke University. Durham, N.C.

2011            Small Mammal Trapping Project Design and Implementation. Four-day guided field demonstration for 6 students in Natural Resource Measurements (NR300, George Hess), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.

2011            Instructor; Special Topics in Mammalogy (FW495, spring semester) North Carolina State University, 24 students

2010            Teaching Assistant; Outdoor Wildlife Summer Camp Program: Wildlife Inventory and Management (FW311), Fisheries Techniques and Management (FW312), Mountain Wildlife Ecology and Management (FW313), and Coastal Fish Ecology and Management (FW314)

2009            Teaching Assistant/Lab Instructor; Mammalogy (ZO544, fall semester), North Carolina State University, 22 students

2009            Teaching Assistant; Principles of Wildlife Science (FW453/553, spring semester)

2008            Instructor; Preparing the Professoriate; Natural Resource Management (NR400/500 = 4 undergraduate credits, 3 graduate credits, spring semester; 27 students)                                 

2007-2009 Contract Educator, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (2-4 days/month)

2007            Teaching Assistant; Natural Resource Management (NR 400/500, spring semester)

2006            Teaching Assistant; Environmental Technology Laboratory (ET302, spring semester)

2005            Teaching Assistant; Forest Measurements, Modeling, and Inventory (FOR374, fall semester)

2005            Teaching Assistant; Natural Resource Management (NR 400/500, spring semester)

PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS (* indicates a student)

2018            *Moreau, C., A. Kiser*, A. Myers*, A. P. Rockhill. A comparison between carnivore abundance in developed and undeveloped areas of western North Carolina. The North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting. Haw River, North Carolina.

2017            *Kiser, A. C., H. Combs*, A. P. Rockhill, and P. C. Bates. Understanding the influence of fire on a granitic dome ecosystem. The North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting. Columbia, North Carolina.

2016            Rockhill, A. P., N. Guldager, D. Vargas Kretsinger, B. Wylie, M. Coan. Estimating the forage potential for moose (Alces alces) in high and low density areas of Alaska. 23rd Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Raleigh, North Carolina.

2016            Rockhill, A. P., C. S. DePerno, G. P. Catts, and R. A. Powell. A temporal model to assess cropland as dispersal habitat for bobcat (Lynx rufus). 23rd Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Raleigh, North Carolina.

2015            Rockhill, A. P., D. V. Kretsinger, and N. Guldager. A comparison of low and high density moose habitats. USFWS 2015 Northern Biologist Meeting, Fairbanks, Alaska.

2014            Scotton, B. A., J. Bryant, A. P. Rockhill.  Bald Eagle, Osprey, and other raptor stick nest surveys on Koyukuk/Nowitna NWR, Northwest Interior Alaska, 2008-2014.  16th Alaska

                    Bird Conference, Juneau, Alaska.

2013            Lashley, M., A. P. Rockhill, M. C. Chitwood, P. S. Basinger, G. R. Karns, K. A. Adams, L. I. Muller, C. A. Harper, S. S.  Ditchkoff, M. C. Conner, C. E. Moorman, and C. S. DePerno. The influence of lunar illumination on trait-mediated predation risk in cervids.  In: Predation risk: Importance of indirect effects on vertebrate species. 20th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2012            Lashley, M. A., A. P. Rockhill, M. C. Chitwood, C. E. Moorman, and C. S. DePerno.  The effects of solunar activity on white-tailed deer movements. 19th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.

2012            Lashley, M. A., M. C. Chitwood, M. B. Elfelt, A. P. Rockhill, C. S. DePerno, and C. E. Moorman.  The effects and predictability of solunar activity on deer movements.  Proceedings of the 35th Annual Southeast Deer Study Group, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Sandestin, Sandestin, Florida.

2011            Rockhill, A. P., C. S. DePerno. The efficiency of surveying mammals in coastal wetlands; distribution, richness, and abundance. 18th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

2010            Rockhill, A. P., C. S. DePerno, and S. K. Chinnadurai.  A comparison of two chemical immobilization techniques for bobcats.  17th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Snowbird Conference Center, Snowbird, Utah.

2009            Rockhill, A. P., C. S. DePerno, and R. A. Powell. The effect of moon phase on movement of bobcats (Lynx rufus). Felid Ecology and Management in the Midwest Symposia, 70th Annual Meeting Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Hilton Springfield Hotel, Springfield, Illinois.

2009            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Managing for early successional habitat at Bull

Neck Swamp, N.C.  4th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council.  Moore County Agricultural Center, Carthage, North Carolina. 

2009             Rockhill, A. P., C. S. DePerno, and R. A. Powell.  The effect of moon phase on

              habitat use and movement of bobcats.  2009 Annual Meeting of the American

              Society of Mammalogists, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska.

2008            Rockhill, A. P., and C.S. DePerno.  Using bobcat as an indicator species in

                                       developing a management plan for Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, N.C.

                    Third Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, McKimmon Center, NCSU.

2008            Rockhill, A. P., B. P. Bullock, and E. L. Boone.  A comparison of imputation

              techniques for missing observations in forest inventories.  2008 Northeastern

              Mensurationists Meeting.  Bar Harbor Hotel - Bluenose Inn. Bar Harbor, Maine.

2008            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Using bobcat as an indicator species in developing a management plan for Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, N.C.  15th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami, Florida.

2008            DePerno, C.S., C. Ayers, C. Chitwood, J. Folta, K. Golden, S. Hutchens, G. Karns, A. P. Rockhill, E. Rutledge, B. Sherrill, and M. Sandfoss.  2008.  An overview of wildlife research at North Carolina State University.  North Carolina State University, 1st Annual Faculty Research Symposium, Jordan Hall II, Raleigh, N.C.

2008            Rockhill, A. P., and C.S. DePerno.  Comparing abundance indices for

                    bobcat at Bull Neck Swamp, NC.  2008 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina

                    Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Haw River State Park, Brown Summit, N.C.

2004            Salstead, A., S. Lommel, C. Opperman, and B. Sosinski.  Generation of a framework physical map for tobacco.   Plant and Animal Genomes XII Conference, San Diego, California.

2004            Fuelner, G. E., B. Sosinski, M. Burke, and A. Salstead.  Development of an EST Microarray for Nicotiana benthamiana.   Plant and Animal Genomes XII Conference, San Diego, California.

2003            Opperman, C.H., S. Lommel, B. Sosinski, and A. Salstead.   The Tobacco Genome Initiative.  Plant and Animal Genomes XI Conference, San Diego, California.

EXTENSION AND OUTREACH

2017            Rockhill, A. P. and C. S. DePerno. Moving by Moonlight: Implications for Bobcat Hunting Strategies. Presented to ~100 faculty and students, Paul Burton Biology Seminar Series.

2015            Rockhill, A. P. Skulls, scat, and pelts. Identifying Alaska’s mammals. Presented to 14 students grades 4-6 enrolled in Science Camp, Galena, A.K.

2014            Rockhill, A. P. Wildlife, habitat, and history of Ireland. Presented to 18 students grades 1-6

                    in the Geography Club at Sydney C. Huntington School in Galena, A.K.

2014            Kalke, T., Rockhill, A. P. Sustainable Energy for Galena Alaska, Inc. Presented to 23

                    Galena community members and members of Alaska Energy Authority and Dalson Energy.

                    Wood Energy Meeting, Elder Center, Galena, A.K.

2014            Rockhill, A. P.  Researching bobcats in coastal North Carolina. Presented to 16 students

                    grades 1-4 at Sydney C. Huntington School in Galena, A.K.

2013            Rockhill, A. P.  Phenological monitoring in the boreal forest, AK. Presented to 18 grades

                    K-3 students and 24 grades 9-12 at Sydney C. Huntington School in Galena, A.K.

2012            Rockhill, A. P.  Evaluating various fuel fired camping stoves for efficiency. Guided a group

                    of 6 students through the scientific process and  presentation at the SCH 2012 Science fair.

2012            Rockhill, A. P.,  Bodony, K. Lichen identification in the boreal forest. Presented to 12

                    students at the Sydney C. Huntington School in Galena, A.K.

2011            Rockhill, A. P., C. S. DePerno, R. A. Powell.  Moving by Moonlight: Implications of          bobcat hunting strategies.  Presented to 54 students in the Virginia Tech chapter of the The      Wildlife Society; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Blacksburg, V.A.

2011            DePerno, C. S., S. Hutchens, A. P. Rockhill, and M. Sandfoss.  2011.   Observational          research methods: population monitoring.  Presented to 18 faculty members and students in    the Terrestrial Wildlife Surveys Class (Jason Riggio), Duke University. Durham, N.C.

2010            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Mammals of North Carolina.  Presented to 32 5th grade students at Alston Ridge Elementary School, Cary, N.C.

2010            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Life as a student and bobcat researcher in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University.  Presented to 21 individuals at the Museum of Natural Resources, Raleigh, N.C.

2010            Rockhill, A.P.  Guest Lecture; Skull identification of North American mammals.  Presented to 41 undergraduate and graduate students in Principles of Wildlife Management (FW453/553, spring semester)

2010            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Bobcat ecology in Coastal North Carolina.  Presented to 12 individuals at the Research in Progress Seminar Series, Department of Biology; East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

2010            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno. Monitoring mammalian populations and researching bobcat in coastal North Carolina.  Presented to 10 individuals of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Becoming and Outdoor Woman Program.  Columbia, N.C.

2010            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Tour of Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest.  Presented to 30 members of the NC Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Columbia, N.C.

2009            DePerno, C. S., S. Hutchens, A. P. Rockhill, and M. Sandfoss.  Observational research methods: population monitoring.  Presented to 38 faculty members and students in the Research Methods Class (FOR603/803, Sarah Warren),

2009            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Researching bobcats (Lynx rufus) in Coastal

        N.C.    Presented to approximately 80 members of the Wake Audubon

        Society monthly meeting, Raleigh, N.C.

2009            DePerno, C. S., and A. P. Rockhill.  Challenges and solutions at Bull Neck Swamp

                    Research Forest.  Presented to 9 members of the North Carolina Forestry Foundation,

                    Hofmann Forest, Deppe, N.C.

2009            Rockhill, A. P.  Identifying NC wildlife in your backyard with scent stations. 

                    Presented to 23 3rd graders, Turner Creek Elementary School.

2008           DePerno, C. S., S. Hutchens, A. P. Rockhill, and M. Sandfoss.  Observational research methods: population monitoring.  Presented to 31 faculty members and students in the Research Methods Class (FOR603/803, Sarah Warren), NCSU, Raleigh, N.C.

2008            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  Comparing abundance indices for

bobcat at Bull Neck Swamp, N.C.  Presented to 43 faculty members and students in the PopMED Forum (VPH650, Jay Levine), North Carolina  State University, Raleigh, N.C.

2008            Rockhill, A. P.  Snake, Turtles, and Lizards…exploring your backyard.  Presented to

                    41 3rd graders, Turner Creek Elementary School, Apex, N.C.

2008            Rockhill, A. P., and C. S. DePerno.  NCSU College of Natural Resources degree programs,

Forestry and Wildlife Club activities, and bobcat research at Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, N.C.  Presented to 8 high school juniors and seniors.  Southeast Raleigh High School, Raleigh, N.C.

2007            DePerno, C. S., and A. P. Rockhill.  Wildlife and snakes.  Presented to 60 kindergarten, 2nd

                    graders, and 4th graders.  Adams Elementary School, Cary, N.C.

2007            Rockhill, A.P., S. Hutchens, and C. S. DePerno.  NCSU Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program and Bull Neck Swamp.  Presented to ~250 individuals at the 2007 Hyde County Bear Hunters Fundraising Event.  Eakes’ Hunting Store, Fairfield, N.C.    

2006            Rockhill, A.P.  Wildlife of N.C.  Presented to 47 3rd graders, Turner Creek Elementary School, Apex, N.C.

2005            Rockhill, A.P.  Poisonous Dart Frogs.  Presented to 35 3rd graders.  Olive Chapel

                    Elementary School, Apex, N.C.

SERVICE

2016           Co-advisor, WCU Wildlife and Forestry Club

2014-2016   Sustainable Energy for Galena Alaska (SEGA), Board of Directors, Secretary

2013-2015   Bureau of Land Management Resource Management Plan Team for USFWS

2012-2015  The Wild Felid Association, Council Member

2012            Bureau of Land Management Rapid Ecological Assessment Team for USFWS

2011           Barkalow Selection Committee; Annual Frederick and Joan Barkalow Distinguished Conservationist Lecture in the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program Graduate student representative for Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology faculty meeting (faculty selected)

2010            North Carolina Trappers Association website design and management http://www.nctrapper.org/ and http://www.nctrapper.proboards.com

2010           Grad School How's and Why's Workshop.  Guest panel member, Bostian Hall; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. 

2009            Preparation for Additional Education.  Guest panel member, David Clark Labs; North          Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. 

2009           Experiences in the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program.  Guest speaker, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Alumni Banquet.  North Carolina State Fairgrounds; Raleigh, N.C. 

2008            The First Annual Graduate Research Symposium.  Moderator, Full day symposium.  Jordan Hall II, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. 

2008             Science Fair Judge, Bethesda Christian Academy, Cary, N.C. 

2008           Wilderness Experience Trip for the Society of American Foresters.  Guest speaker, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources Annual Alumni Awards Banquet.  McKimmon Center, Raleigh, N.C.

INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS SUPERVISED

2015            Janelle Carl and Eli Ward

                    Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) Interns, Assessing available

                    moose forage on the Koyukuk NWR, AK

2015            Frank Harris, Nikki Guldager, Josh Rose, and Ed Mallek.

                    Field Volunteers, landscape scale lynx trapping and monitoring, Nowitna NWR, AK

2014            Ben Katz

                    Wilderness Fellow, Assessing available moose forage on the Koyukuk NWR, AK

2009            Amelia Savage, Brett Donadeo, Donna MacLennan, Emily Blackman, Shari Rodriguez,

                    Corey Shake, and Jonathan Garrow.

                    Field Volunteers, Bobcat monitoring, Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, Roper, N.C.

2009            Steve Allen, Chris Ayers, Ed Davis, Kelly Douglas, Monica Iglecia, Sara Marshhauser,

                    Susan McIntyre, Shari Rodriquez, Robert Swiers, Melissa Turner, and Mandy Womble. 

                    Field Volunteers, Bobcat Trapping, Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, Roper, N.C.

2008            Greg Bustard, Jeremy Cooper, Ed Davis, Bonnie Eamick, Sara Marshhauser, Donna

                    MacLennan, Maria Palamar, and Miranda Wood.  Field Technicians, Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest Vegetation Surveys, Roper, N.C.

2008            Donna MacLennan Field Volunteer, Bobcat Trapping, Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest, Roper, N.C

2007            Katherine Golden Field Technician, Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest Survey Techniques, Roper, N.C.

2007            Mike Fine, Stan Hutchens, Joe Long, D. MacLennan, Mark Sandfoss, and JD Wagner. Field Volunteers, Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest Survey Techniques, Roper, N.C.

2006            Korey Meadows and Michael BraffordField Volunteers, Hofmann Forest Vegetation Clearing, Jacksonville, N.C.

ADDITIONAL FIELD/RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2012-2016   Assist Refuge Biologists with: annual moose trend surveys, moose twinning survey, and swan surveys (aerial observer),  waterfowl production surveys, peregrine falcon surveys, and salmon mark/recapture research (boat observer/researcher), and goose banding.

2014            Collaborator; Assessment of hybrid poplar species for reforestation suitability in short-rotation harvests in boreal forests of Alaska. Assisted with planting and monitoring poplar whips to determine suitable species for reforestation efforts. Galena, A.K.

2009            Research Volunteer (Sarah Marschhauser); Sea turtle predation in eastern North Carolina.   Monitored sea turtle nests and conducted hourly ghost crab counts in coastal N.C.

2009            Research Volunteer (Maria Palamar); Reducing the burden of zoonotic diseases associated with raccoons in urban environments.  Surveyed local residents about wildlife disease knowledge in Greensborough, N.C.

2009            Research Volunteer (Charles Plush); Comparing wildlife habitat value of planted and fallow field borders on an organic farm.  Guided imprinted juvenile quail through various field borders and collected for stomach sampling.

2009            Research Volunteer (Melissa Turner); Life history and genetics of white-tailed deer in Chesapeake Farms, Maryland.  Capture, disease swab, blood collection, eartag, fecal andtissue sample, and release of white-tailed deer fawns.

2009            Research Volunteer (Colter Chitwood); Population status and physiological condition of white-tailed deer at Hoffman Forest, N.C.    Biological data collection including blood, spleen, adrenal glands, kidney fat index, femur marrow fat index, fetal weights and lengths, mandible extraction, rumen content extraction, and fecal sample.

2008            Research Technician (Dr. John S. King); Loblolly pine SilvaShield study establishment.  Assisted with layout and tree planting of 5,000 + trees for a tip moth tablet study with various loblolly pine families.  Hofmann Forest, Jacksonville, N.C

2008            Research Volunteer (Kelly Douglas); Examining impact of lead shot in hunting fields.  Dove field soil sample collection of top 1 inch of soil for lead shot examination.

2008            Research Volunteer (Katherine Golden); Surveying N.C. Non-Industrialized Private Landowners.  Assisted with mail survey preparation.

2007-2008    Research Volunteer (Leopold Wildlife Club); Wood duck nest box monitoring.  Assisted with annual preparation and weekly monitoring of wood duck nest boxes through the NCSU Leopold Wildlife Club.  Yates Mill Pond, Raleigh, N.C. 

2007            Research Volunteer (Mark Sandfoss); Population modeling of feral pigs and white-tailed deer at Howell Woods.  Assisted with blood, diaphragm, lung tissue, and fecal collection of hunter harvested feral hog.

2007            Research Volunteer (Dr. Jason Riddle); Quail Covey Counts.  Assisted with covey counts of bobwhite quail on farms in eastern N.C.

2007            Research Volunteer (Dr. Bronson P. Bullock); Loblolly Pine Genetics x Spacing x Thinning Study (GST).  Assisted with volunteer tree removal and loblolly pine measurements of a 20,000 + loblolly pine tree genetic study.

2006            Research Technician (Dr. Steve McKeand); Loblolly Pine Genetics x Spacing x Thinning Study (GST).  Assisted with field experimental design layout and tree planting of 20,000 + trees for a loblolly pine genetic study.  Hofmann Forest, Jacksonville, N.C.

2005            Research Volunteer (Dr. Bronson P. Bullock); 2005 Hofmann Forest Genetics

                    Demonstration.  Assisted with tree planting of 3,600+ trees over 12 plots of a number of

                    genetic families.  Hofmann Forest, Jacksonville, N.C.

PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS

Canadian Journal of Zoology               

Biological Conservation           

National Wildlife Federation

Journal of Mammalogy                        

Prairie Naturalist                      

Wildlife Society Bulletin

Journal of Wildlife Management                     

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2016                US Fish and Wildlife Service STAR Award

2010                University Graduate Student Association Travel Award

2010                North Carolina Trappers Association President’s Award

2010                Namkoong Family Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Conservation and Ethics

2008                Forestry and Environmental Resources Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Graduate Education

2008                University Graduate Student Association Award

2007                Preparing the Professoriate Fellowship

2005               Xi Sigma Pi Honor Society

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2011 -          Wild Felid Association, Council Member, 2012-2015

2009 -          North Carolina Trappers Association

2009 -          American Society of Mammalogists

2006 -          The Wildlife Society (National, State, and Student Chapters)

2006 -          The Society of American Foresters

2005 - 2011 Natural Resources Graduate Student Association (Treasurer, 2006 – 2007)

CERTIFICATIONS

2016            Chemical Immobilization of Animals, Safe Capture International Inc.

2014            CITI Program Training for University of Alaska, Fairbanks: Animal Care and Use, Working with the IACUC, Wildlife Research 1-5

2012            Motorboat Operator Certification

2012            Safety Awareness in Bear Country and Initial Firearms training (annual)

2012            Aviation Basic Safety Training and Mishap Reporting

2012            Aviation Dunker Training and Crash Survival

2010            North Carolina Prescribed Burner Training, North Carolina Forest Service

2009            North Carolina Certified Trapper, North Carolina Trappers Association

2008            Preparing the Professoriate, North Carolina State University

2007            Chemical Immobilization of Animals, Safe Capture International Inc.        

1998            PADI Open Water Diver Certification