#Jessica L. Burnett

Macroecology | Complex Systems | Quantitative Ecology

Education

University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, NE
    Ph.D. (expected 2019) Natural Resource Sciences and Applied Ecology
University of Florida in Gainesville, FL
    M.Sc. (2015) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
    B.Sc. (2013) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Professional Experience

Graduate Research Assistant (2015-Present)
Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant (2013-2015)
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation | University of Florida

Geospatial Analyst and Avian Ecology Intern (2013)
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute | Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Conservation Commission

Research Assistant and Lab Manager (2012-2013)
Sieving Avian Ecology and Conservation Lab | University of Florida

Smithsonian Fellow and Florida Crew Leader (2011 and 2013)
Neighborhood Nestwatch Program | Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Peer-reviewed Publications

  1. Burnett, J.L., Roberts, C.P., Allen, C.R., Brown, M.B., and Moulton, M.P. 2017. Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) range expansion in North America. Biological Invasions 19(1): 5-9 doi:10.1007/s10530-016-1273-4

  2. Burnett, J.L. and Sieving, K.E. 2016. Songbird distress call as a detection enhancement method and application to Red-shouldered Hawks (Buteo lineatus). Florida Field Naturalist 44(4):157-168

  3. Allen, C.R., Birge, H.B., Bartlet-Hunt, S.L., Bevans, R.A., Burnett, J.L. , Cosens, B.A., Cai, X., Garmestani, A.S., Linkov, I., Scott, E.A., Solomon, M.D., and Uden, D. 2016. Avoiding decline: Fostering resilience and sustainability in midsize cities. Sustainability 8(9):844-868 doi:10.3390/su8090844

  4. Burnett, J.L. and Moulton, M.P. 2015. Recent trends in House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) distribution and abundance in Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 43(4):167-172

Teaching Experience

Instructor. R Bootcamp: Introduction to Program R for Biologists, 2017. University of Nebrsaka and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Kearney, NE
             Introductory short course to biometry using Program R

Agency Reports

  1. Burnett , J.L., Roberts, C.P., Allen, C.R., Angeler, D.G., Twidwell, D. 2017. White Paper: Regime Shift Detection Using Fisher Information. Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), Department of Defense.

  2. Allen, C.R., Angeler, D.G., Twidwell, D., Burnett , J.L., Roberts, C.P. 2017. Interim Report (RC 25-10): Global Change, Vulnerability, and Resilience: Management Options for an Uncertain Future. Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), Department of Defense.

  3. Twidwell D., Bielski, C.H., Burnett , J.L., Donovan, V.M., Wonkka, C.L. 2017. Review of LANDFIRE Biophysical Settings Models (BpS) in the Great Plains. LANDFIRE Project.

Presentations

  1. Burnett, J.L., Roberts, C.P., Allen, C.R., Angeler, D.G., Twidwell, D., and Tyre, A.J. Ecological Regimwe Shifts in the Central Great Plains. Great Plains Symposium, Oral presentation. Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln, NE, 2017.

  2. Burnett, J.L., Roberts, C.P., Allen, C.R., Angeler, D.G., Twidwell, D., and Tyre, A.J. Using Big Data to Detect Regime Shifts in Space and Time. North American Ornithological Conference VI, Poster presentation. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Institute, Washington, D.C., 2016

  3. Burnett, J.L., Moulton, M. P., Sieving, K.E., Avery, M., and Robinson, S.K. Are House Sparrow declines a byproduct of urban greening? Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, Oral presentation. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2015

  4. Burnett, J.L., Moulton, M. P., Sieving, K.E., Avery, M.L., and Robinson, S.K. Are House Sparrow declines a byproduct of urban greening? American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society Annual Meeting, Poster presentation. Norman, OK, 2015.

  5. Burnett, J.L., Moulton, M.P., and Sieving, K.E. House sparrow: the decline of a once ubiquitous, invasive species. Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Poster presentation. Safety Harbor, FL, 2014.

  6. Burnett, J.L. and Sieving, K.E. Detecting birds of prey using tufted titmouse distress calls. USGS Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Committee Meeting, Poster presentation. Gainesville, FL, 2013.

  7. Burnett, J.L. and Sieving, K.E. Do actual and perceived risks of small forest birds align? Florida Ornithological Society Conference, Oral presentation, St. Petersburg, FL, 2013.

  8. Burnett, J.L. and Sieving, K.E. Perceived predation risks of small forest birds. Association of Field Ornithologists Annual Conference, Poster presentation. Venus, FL, 2013.

Invited Talks

  1. Invited talk. Decline of the Once-Ubiquitous House Sparrow in North America. Nebraska Invasive Species Council, Lincoln, N.E., 2015.

  2. Guest lecture. Using Citizen Science Data in Avian Invasion Ecology, in undergraduate course, Ecology of Avian Invasions, 2013. Interactive discussion and lecture on finding and utilizing open-sourced data online to understand the dynamics and ecology of avian invasions.

Grants

for research
2013          IFAS Extension Internship for Undergraduate Research, University of Florida $2,200
2013          Ordway-Swisher Biological Station Undergraduate Research, University of Florida $550

for travel
2017          Nelson Memorial Fellowship, Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln $695
2017          Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University and Big Ten Academic Alliance $500
2016          Nelson Memorial Fellowship, Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln $900
2016          Center for Great Plains Studies, Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln $750
2016          American Ornithologists’ Union $250
2015          NSF Diversity Award, Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference $650
2015          Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida $250
2015          Graduate Student Council, University of Florida $350
2015          Office of Research University of Florida $500
2014          Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida $250
2013          Office of the Dean, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida $750

for membership

2013          American Ornithologists’ Union Undergraduate Student Membership Award

Honors & Awards

2017-18      Fling Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln $20,000
2017          Big Ten Academic Alliance Traveling Scholar
2016-18      University of Nebraska Center for Great Plains Studies Graduate Fellow
2016-         AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science Award
2016          2nd place, School of Natural Resources Elevator Speech Competition $300
2015-         Resilience Alliance Young Scholar (Invitation Only)
2015-18      Othmer Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln $24,000

Relevant Skills

Quantitative ecological methods
    – Time series anlaysis
    – Information theory
    – Structural equation modeling
    – Occupancy analyses
    – Model based inference
    – Utilizes both Bayesian and frequentist approaches

Statistical programs
    – Program R (advanced)
    – SAS (intermediate)
    – MatLab (novice)

Other
    – Data management and version control
    – Local and remote research and writing collaborations
    – Field and laboratory experimental design
    – Familiar with IACUC

Recent Service

####University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2017       Key player in achieving institutional membership to the Association for Women in Science 2016-         Student Representative, Faculty Advisory Committee, School of Natural Resources
2016-         Student Representative, Digital Team, School of Natural Resources
2016          Organizer, Association for Women in Science Mentor Workshop
2016          Faculty Search Committee, Urban and Community Forester
2016          Seminar Coordinator, School of Natural Resources
2015-16      Founder & President, Natural Resources Diversity Initiative
2015-16      Department Representative Representative, Graduate Student Association
2015          Founder, Affiliate Chapter of the Association for Women in Science

####to the profession

2016          Planning Committee for Inclusive Ecology Section, Ecological Society of America
2016-         Reviewer, Wilson Journal of Ornithology
2015-16      Liaison, Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section, Ecological Society of America

Societal Membership (since)

2016           Resilience Alliance
2015           Ecological Society of America
                      Applied Ecology, Urban Ecosystem Ecology, & Student sections
2015           Wilson Ornithological Society