VALERIE E. PETERS. Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology Department and Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Miami University, Oxford, OH

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1 VALERIE E. PETERS Postdoctoral Fellow Institute for Environment and Sustainability Department of Zoology Miami University Oxford, Ohio USA Tel: (1) RESEARCH INTERESTS Agroecology, avian ecology, climate change, conservation ecology, ecosystem services, entomology, plant-animal interactions, tropical ecology PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS 2012 Present 2011 Present Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoology Department and Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Miami University, Oxford, OH Research Associate, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Migratory Bird Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL EDUCATION 2009 Ph.D. in Ecology, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 1996 B.S. in Biology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA HONORS & AWARDS 2005 Solitary Glove Award, Odum School of Ecology 2004 Tinker Travel Award, University of Georgia 2002 National Counties Award, Martin County, FL FUNDED GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Postdoctoral research grant in environmental science. The effect of food resource enrichment on the ecosystem services of bird biodiversity, seed dispersal by birds and pest control by birds in traditional polyculture coffee agroforests Earthwatch Institute Project Grant. Sustainable coffee production in Costa Rica Smithsonian Graduate Fellowship. Shade tree selection in Bird-Friendly coffee plantations.

2 2003. Birders Exchange Equipment Grant. Shade tree selection in Bird-Friendly coffee plantations U.S. Peace Corps Biodiversity Grant. Conservation of La Montaña de La Botija, Honduras. Resulted in the legal protection of 20,000 ha of semi-deciduous broadleaf forest (Parque Nacional la Botija). PUBLICATIONS Peters, V.E. and R. Greenberg Fruit supplementation affects birds but not arthropod predation by birds in Costa Rican agroforestry systems. Biotropica 45: Peters, V.E., C.R. Carroll, R.J. Cooper, R. Greenberg and M. Solis The contribution of plants with a steady-state flowering phenology to native bee conservation and bee pollination services. Insect Conservation and Diversity 6: Peters, V.E. and C.R. Carroll Temporal variation in coffee flowering may influence the effects of bee species richness and abundance on coffee production. Agroforestry Systems 85: Peters, V.E. and N. Nibbelink The value of fruit security for the conservation of a neotropical frugivore in human-dominated landscapes. Biodiversity and Conservation 20: Peters, V.E., R. Mordecai, C.R. Carroll, R.J. Cooper, and R. Greenberg Bird community response to fruit energy. Journal of Animal Ecology 79: Peters, V.E. Sowing shrub species with a steady-state flowering phenology as a more compact approach to increasing the temporal predictability of food resource availability in tropical agroecosystems. (In review, Biological Conservation). Hernandez, S.M., V.E. Peters, P.L. Weygandt, C. Jimenez, P. Villegas, B. O Connor, M.J. Yabsley, M. Garcia, S.M. Riblet and C.R. Carroll. Do shade-grown coffee plantations pose a disease risk for wild birds? (Accepted, EcoHealth). Hernandez, S.M., B.J. Mattsson, V.E. Peters, R.J. Cooper, C.R. Carroll. Coffee agroforests remain beneficial for Neotropical bird community conservation after accounting for detectability differences. (In review, PlosOne). PUBLICATIONS (Non-peer reviewed) Peters, V.E Case Study in Natural Resources work, Peace Corps, Latin America and Caribbean Region Conference, Guatemala

3 Peters, V.E La Montaña de la Botija Biological and Socioeconomic Study Report. Submitted with legal reserve status proposal to Honduras National Congress, obtained legal status in Document now serves as management plan for Parque Nacional La Botija. TEACHING EXPERIENCE Summer 2012 Ecology 4575/6575, Conservation Medicine, 6-credit elective, field-based course in Costa Rica (20 students), University of Georgia. Spring 2011 Environmental studies 305G, Birds and pollinators, 4-credit elective (12 students) Spring 2011 Environmental studies 305H, Community-based conservation, 6-credit elective with field-based component in Costa Rica (8 students), Fall 2010 Environmental studies 305A, Wildlife restoration, 4-credit elective (19 students), May 2010 Biology 105, Ecological perspectives of environmental issues, 4-credit course to fulfill science requirement for non-majors (21 students), Spring 2010 Environmental studies 305E, Large-scale ecosystem restoration, 4-credit elective (12 students), Spring 2010 Environmental studies 305G, Birds and pollinators, 4-credit elective (8 students), Fall 2009 Environmental studies 205, Ecological restoration, 4-credit course for non-majors (16 students), Summer 2008 Teaching Assistant, Ecology 1000, University of Georgia Costa Rica Campus, University of Georgia. Fall 2005 Teaching Assistant, Ecology 3500, Tropical Field Ecology, University of Georgia Costa Rica Campus, University of Georgia. Spring 2005 Our Shared Forests, curriculum design, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, University of Georgia Environmental Educator, Shaver s Creek Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania State University. INVITED TALKS 2010 Invited Guest Lecturer, Shade-grown coffee and ecology, National Geographic field course, University of Georgia Costa Rica Campus, Costa Rica 2010 Resource constancy and ecosystem services in shade-grown coffee, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C Invited Guest Lecturer, Topics in International Conservation, University of Georgia, GA, USA 2009 Invited Course Assistant Professor, Conservation Medicine, University of Georgia course taught at various sites in Costa Rica

4 2009 Invited Guest Lecturer, Tropical Field Ornithology and Entomology, University of Georgia Costa Rica Campus, Costa Rica 2008 Invited Guest Lecturer, Tropical Field Ornithology and Entomology, University of Georgia Costa Rica Campus, Costa Rica 2007 Invited Guest Lecturer, Biology Seminar: Making Parks Work- A Case Study in Latin America, Berry College, GA, USA 2000 Birds of La Montaña de la Botija, Partners in Flight Conference, Panama CONTRIBUTED PAPERS & POSTERS Peters, V.E. and R. Greenberg Food enrichment as driver in ecosystem service provisioning in shade-grown coffee. Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Austin, TX. Peters, V.E. and C.R. Carroll Coffee flower phenology changes and pollinator response in a strong el Nino year. Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. Peters, V.E Costa Rica Sustainable Coffee, Earthwatch PI Conference, Boston, MA, USA RESEARCH SUPERVISEES & MENTORING biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, November 2009 EarthWatch (7 participants from West Point Academy), Field study in shade-grown coffee, ecosystem services and biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, July 2009 EarthWatch (5 participants), Field study in shade-grown coffee, ecosystem services and biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, July 2009 EarthWatch (8 participants from Vermont Technical College), Field study in shade-grown coffee, ecosystem services and biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, May 2009 EarthWatch (4 participants), Field study in shade-grown coffee, ecosystem services and biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, April 2009 biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, March 2009 biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, December 2008 biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, August 2008 Field Research Mentor, Are lipids or calcium limiting nutrients for birds in coffee and forest patches? Costa Rica, August 2008 Field Research Mentor, Pest control by birds in shade grown coffee plantations, Costa Rica, August 2008 Field Research Mentor, Species richness and abundance of pollinators in steady-state resource patches, Costa Rica, June/July 2008

5 EarthWatch (6 participants), Field study in shade-grown coffee, ecosystem services and biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, May 2008 biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, March 2008 biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, November 2007 EarthWatch (5 participants), Field study in shade-grown coffee, ecosystem services and biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, July 2007 biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, June 2007 EarthWatch (3 participants), Field study in shade-grown coffee, ecosystem services and biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, April 2007 biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, February 2007 biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, November 2006 biodiversity protection, Costa Rica, July 2006 PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS Ecological Society of America PEER REVIEWER Ecology, Biological Conservation VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE 2001, Ecotourism consultant, Honduras Conservation Corps, Honduras , United States Peace Corps Natural Resources Volunteer, Honduras , Americorps American Red Cross Volunteer, Chicago, IL , Americorps National Civilian Community Corps Volunteer, Perry Point, MD

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