1: Botanist (GS-0430), US Fish & Wildlife Service, Fairbanks, Alaska (December 2012-December 2016, term position). Development and coordination of vegetation and floristic inventories in National Wildlife Refuges. Project planning and development of field methods 20%, ecological fieldwork 25%, logistics; contracting; and equipment acquisition 10%, GIS and imagery acquisition; processing; & mapping 15%, crew recruitment & supervision 10%, post-field data processing & botanical work 15%, project reporting and presentations 5%. 40-70 hours/wk. More on this here.
2: Forestry technician, research (GS-0462), US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Moscow, Idaho (October 2010-November 2012, term position). Forestry and forest ecology research support including Lidar data processing & analysis 30%, aerial & satellite imagery processing; analysis; and management 30%, surveying; measuring; and ecological & forestry fieldwork & data collection 20%, and geospatial processing methodology development 20%. 40+ hours/wk.
3: Biological technician, vegetation (GS-0404), US National Park Service, Central Alaska Monitoring Network, Fairbanks Alaska (May-September 2010, temporary position). Botanist & crew leader for ecological inventory project. Ecological & botanical fieldwork 70%, GIS and GPS collection; management; and processing 20%, communications & documentation 5%, & logistical planning and field support 5%. Position built on my experience in the same NPS unit 2008-09 with the USDA NRCS and working for same supervisor 2005-2007 at Denali NP. 40-60 hours/wk.
4: Geospatial & geographical consulting, self-employed dba Vermillion Geographics, Fairbanks, Alaska-Ishpeming, Michigan (2009 & ongoing as time and other projects allow). Data management, GIS, cartography, ecological inventory and site description, and photography.
5. Vegetation ecologist (GS-0408), USDA National Resources Conservation Service, Fairbanks, Alaska (May 2008-May 2009). Lead vegetation ecologist on a soil survey project in Yukon-Charley National Preserve. Ecological and botanical survey planning and fieldwork 60%, ecological landscape classification 25%, GIS data creation and manipulation; management; and cartography 10% project documentation, outreach and communication 5%. Includes remote fieldwork and logistics by helicopter and boat. 40-70 hours/wk.
6. Program officer, World Wildlife Fund US Arctic Field Program, Anchorage, Alaska (November 2007-May 2008, term position). Coordinator for Alaska-Bering Sea region of the worldwide "Conservation Measures" project. Compilation of socioeconomic, ecological, and conservation data for the Kamchatka-Bering Sea ecoregion (US-Russia) to gauge efficacy of WWF projects, elucidate ongoing and emerging conservation concerns, and help plan and coordinate future priorities. Communication with US and Russian government; university; and NGO representatives to source and assemble data 60%, GIS; data management; and mapping 20%, coordination with WWF and Nature Conservancy staff to plan and prioritize data needs 10%, & project reporting & metadata 10%. 40-50 hours/wk.
7. Vegetation ecologist (GS-0408), US National Park Service, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska (April 2005-November 2007, term position). Project ecologist for environmental assessment and management planning of off-road vehicle use in subsistence areas. Field and aerial surveys of landscape ecological conditions 20%, field assessment of ORV impacts 15%, landscape-vegetation mapping 10%, writing (vegetation and wetland EA chapters, research summaries, law enforcement reports, and other NPS documentation) 25%, GIS data creation; processing; analysis; and management 15%, logistical and safety planning for backcountry fieldwork and coordination and supervision of support and field crews 10%, and other project participation in support of Botany Program 5%. 40-55 hours/wk.
8. Biological technician (GS-0404), US National Park Service, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska (April-November 2004, seasonal position). Landscape mapping and field ecology for a long-term (1948-2004) vegetation and hydrological landscape change analysis project in a recently deglaciated & rapidly uplifting area of GBNPP. GIS data creation; analysis; data management; quality control; and cartography 55%, vegetation and wetland landscape classification 25%, project reports and management 10%, botanical and ecological fieldwork and ground truthing 5%, other GIS; cartographic; and ecological work in support of Glacier Bay's Resource Management program 5%. A continuation of the work done earlier (see below). 40-55 hours/wk.
8b. GIS specialist, US National Park Service, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska (November 2002-April 2003, contract position). Produced georeferenced aerial imagery and other GIS data from multi-decade aerial photography to determine long-term vegetation and geomorphological change. Completed all steps in project from imagery scanning to final output of geospatial imagery, supporting data layers, and metadata. Photo print scanning & image processing; georeferencing & orthorectification; GIS work 90%, project documentation and metadata to document processing history and ensure long-term data viability 5%, occasional other cartographic; and GIS; and ecological projects performed in support of Glacier Bay's Resource Management Program 50%. 40 hours/week.
8c. Biological technician, fisheries (GS-0404), US National Park Service, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska (May 2002-November 2002, seasonal position). Documentation and field research on fisheries activity in Park waters. GIS data collection and creation; editing; analysis; metadata preparation; and cartography 60%, plane and boat-based field surveys including GPS & photographic documentation 20%, planning and coordination of field surveys 5%, database design and analysis; project documentation and data management 15%. Also volunteer assistance with botany expertise outside of working hours. 40-50 hours/week.
9. University teaching, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (August 1998-May 2002 and August-December 2003). University instructor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia (August 1998-May 2002 and August-December 2003). Taught and supervised laboratory, lecture, and discussion courses in undergraduate physical geography, meteorology, and environmental philosophy, developed syllabi, assignments, lectures, and exams. Assisted students with difficult material and evaluated students' work and assigned course grades.
10. Teaching and Research Assistance, Department of Geography, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan (August 1995-December 1996). Assisted in grading, supervision, class preparation, and media support of remote sensing, conservation, environmental impact assessment, and regional geography courses. Assisted in research and planning for implementation of a departmental PhD program in Geography.
11. Tourism Intern, Naturally Superior Adventures, Wawa, Ontario (Canada) December 1996-August 1997. worked in researching, developing, and operating Lake Superior and nature-based tourism and recreational programs and educational materials for adults and children, general customer service and customer interaction.
12. Park Ranger, Ft. Wilkins State Park, Copper Harbor, Michigan, May-August 1990. Maintained park historical and visitor facilities and trails, registered and directed visitors, and managed permit sales and accounts.
13+ More... A wide variety of experience and skills from jobs held during study, school breaks, etc. Includes scientific, educational, legal, communications, skilled trades, wilderness recreation, industrial, labor, service, and office work. This experience continues to be a benefit when approaching new and more familiar situations and understanding the experiences and motivations of others. A full, detailed record can be supplied upon request.
Primary work research projects 2002-2016:
1. Vegetation &
floristic inventories in interior Alaska National
Wildlife Refuges (2012-2016)
Examples of projects I've worked on:
1. Here's some mapping of wildfire burn severity and
extent that I made from Spot satellite imagery
for the 2012 Duck Lake Fire in Michigan.
Education and university research
Degrees & coursework:
3. PhD studies, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. all field- and coursework and exams completed; to ABD. Includes 9 month Boren Fellowship at Lviv National University, Lviv, Ukraine.
4 Additional coursework; non-degree, [boreal flora & bryology; 10 semester hours; audited]. University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, Michigan.
5 Additional coursework; non-degree, 2005-2015 [biology, geology, journalism, geography; 22 semester hours]. University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Topical: Boreal vegetation, rare and disjunct plant geography, landscape ecology and conservation, geography of large lakes and biogeography of large lake islands, limnoclimatology.
Geography of northlands. Soviet and post-Soviet natural
science and conservation. Cultural and natural
geography of the USSR and post-Soviet states, Canada,
and the Great Lakes region of North
1. Landscape conservation and ecological
connectivity in the East Carpathian Mountains,
Ukraine, dissertation research at UGA
Undergraduate research (links open excerpts of papers):
1. Phytodemography of butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) on Beaver Island, Lake Michigan; ongoing study (1994-?).
2. Nature conservation history of the USSR and post-Soviet states (USSR, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine; 1991-1994).
3. Toponym dynamics of the USSR and successor states (1992-1994).
4. Comparative phytogeography of Lake Baikal and Lake Superior regions (1992-1994; became master's thesis).
5. Phytogeography, climate, and landscape of the Crimean Peninsula (Ukraine, 1992-93).
Other relevant information
1. Hudak; A.T., A.T.
Haren, N.L. Crookston, R.J. Liebermann, & J.L.
Ohmann (2014). Imputing Forest Structure Attributes from
Stand Inventory and Remotely Sensed Data in Western
Oregon, USA. Forest Science 60(2):
2. Lewis S.A.,
Robichaud P.R., Hudak A.T., Austin B., Liebermann R.J.
Utility of Remotely Sensed Imagery
for Assessing the Impact of Salvage Logging after
Forest Fires. Remote Sensing. 2012;
3. Soiseth, C., J.
Kroese, R. Liebermann, & S. Bookless (2007).
Vessel use and activity in Glacier
Bay National Park's outer waters. Pages 176-180
in: Proceedings of the Fourth Glacier Bay Science
Symposium. US Geological Survey Scientific
Investigations Report 2007-5047, Reston,
4. Liebermann, R. J.,
& M. B. Shilin (2002). Interdisciplinary
approaches to coastal and island conservation research
in Russian areas of the Finnish Gulf, Baltic Sea.
UNESCO Baltic Floating University Bulletin 2002, St.
5. Box, E. O., K.
Fujiwara, G. Nakhutrishvili, N. Zazanashvili, R. J.
Liebermann, & A. Miyawaki (2000). Vegetation and landscapes of the
Republic of Georgia (Caucasus), as a basis for
landscape restoration. Bulletin of the Institute of
Environmental Science and Technology, Yokohama National
University, Yokohama, Japan, 26:69-102.
6. Liebermann, R. J.
(2000). The value of landscape conservation in the
Ukrainian Carpathians. In: Proceedings of the
Carpathian Euroregion Peace and Security Conference,
sponsored by the Hungarian NATO attache, July 2000,
7. Liebermann, R. J.
(1999). The Barents region nature reserve
archipelago. In: Materials of the 3rd international
workshop "Rational Exploitation of the Coastal Zone of
the Northern Seas", Russian State Hydrometeorological
University Press, St. Petersburg, Russia.
8. Various policy, legal, informational, and EA documents for USNPS, NRCS, USFS, US FWS work, 2002-2016.
1. Hudak, Andrew T.; Liebermann, Robert J.; Moreira, Eder P.; Link, Timothy E. (2013). Digital surface, terrain, and canopy height models for the Bannock Creek unit of Boise Basin Experimental Forest in 2007. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. http://dx.doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2013-0003.
2. Hudak, Andrew T.; Liebermann, Robert J.; Moreira, Eder P.; Rowell, Eric. (2013). Digital surface, terrain, and canopy height models for a portion of the Black Hills Experimental Forest in 2002. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. http://dx.doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2013-0002.
3. Hudak, Andrew T.;
Liebermann, Robert J.; Moreira, Eder P.; Gessler, Paul
Some useful skills:
A set of five narrative, contextual descriptions of my experience in 1) ecology, 2) geospatial technologies, 3) remote fieldwork and logistics, 4) communications, and 5) project management, budgets, & employee supervision is available from this page.
Extensive field botany; ecology; and related experience including using identification manuals, vegetation and soil collection and sampling equipment, and post-field operations (identification, collection & curating, specimen preparation and herbarium deposit, etc.).
GIS and remote sensing (aerial and satellite imagery, Lidar) experience including all phases from electronic and print data acquisition to processing, manipulation, conversion, and documentation to output in digital and print formats.
Experience and training in field data and documentation methods including GPS, cartography, surveying equipment and methods, aerial photography interpretation, photographic technique and equipment (advanced creative and scientific photographer), and field and technical illustration.
Project development, planning, and implementation experience including protocol development, contracting, crew recruitment, coordination with external parties, equipment purchasing, progress reporting, etc.
Supervisory experience hiring and leading project teams, project and regional orientation, and coordinating field and office work.
Technical writing skills and experience for scientific and academic presentations and publications, project and consulting reports, environmental assessments, government documents, and research funding proposals.
Research and data mining methodology proficiency including literature, library & archive, internet, interviews, in foreign languages, etc. Field transport using airplanes, helicopters, boats and canoes, motorized vehicles, and on foot.
Logistical planning experience for isolated locations, wilderness and protected areas, in controlled access areas, under restricted budgets, in foreign countries and languages, and other complex and challenging settings.
Backcountry safety and procedural experience, including bear encounter behavior and conflict avoidance, spray and shotgun defense, bear-resistant containers, camp placement, radio and satellite phone use, wilderness research permitting, backcountry itinerary documentation and field check-in, wilderness navigation by map; compass; aerial photos; GPS; and landscape orienteering, and other concerns.
Lidar experience including scripting and processing of large datasets, creation of DEMs, data transformation, quality control, etc. Geospatial software experience with most major products including ArcGIS et al., Envi, Imagine, PCI Geomatica, LasTools; Fusion; and other Lidar applications, Trimble Pathfinder Office and other GPS programs, Adobe Illustrator et al. for cartography, etc.
Computer software, operating system, and hardware experience including word processor, text editor, spreadsheet, database, web editing and publishing, design, image processing, and graphics software; Windows, Unix, Apple, and Linux OS's; various peripheral devices such as flatbed and film scanners, digitizers, projectors, etc.
Logistical and contracting experience with aircraft in fieldwork (fuel supplies, loading, distances, scheduling, safety, etc.)
Extensive flight experience and data collection from aircraft including natural and human landscape interpretation and identification, photography, site reconnaissance, & navigation from helicopters and airplanes in remote and mountainous terrain, rough weather, etc.
Comprehensive university studies centered on ecology and geography facilitate comprehension and research abilities of complex systems. Coursework included botany, ecology, taxonomy, soils, geology, hydrology, meteorology, biogeography, landscape science, systems geography, conservation biology, limnology, forestry, cultural geography, planning, field research methodologies, remote sensing and imagery interpretation, GIS, cartography, quantitative and qualitative data methods, technical writing, foreign languages, botanical illustration, history, sociology, and others.
Broad work, volunteer, and life experiences and commensurate ability, adaptability, and interests. Good physical health and work ethic, respect for people and the natural environment, attention to details and sums, common sense, mechanical and problem-solving abilities, and creativity.
1. Invited reviewer of
UNESCO World Heritage Site nominations
1. Student and research
travel to USSR in 1991, and post-Soviet Russia,
Ukraine, Belarus, Baltic States, and Republic of
Georgia since 1992; Includes approximately 34 months in
9 extended visits.
I read, write, and speak Russian and Ukrainian; some experience with other Slavic Languages; Swedish; Spanish; and French in working capacity.
I believe in active citizen participation and volunteer my time to that end. has included library work, animal work at a Humane Society shelter, organizing and assisting with fundraisers and community events such as dogsled races, ski loppets, a sister city organization, etc..
Books, analog/emulsion photography, bicycling, regional history and geography, international radio, architecture and design, film, food, and [of course] all things related to Lakes Baikal and Superior, botany, nature conservation, the taiga, the former USSR, Michigan, Alaska, Canada, and the geography of northlands.
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