Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara. Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology. 2017.

M.A., University of California Santa Barbara. Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology. 2013.

B.A., Prescott College. Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Conservation Biology. 2003.


Professional Experience

Environmental Specialist, ManTech SRS Technologies, Lompoc, California. October 2017 - present.

Lecturer, University of California Santa Barbara Department of Environmental Studies. April 2017 - present.

Staff Research Associate, University of California Natural Reserve System, Sedgwick Reserve, Santa Ynez, California. March - December 2018.

Biological Science Technician (Assistant Crew Lead), U.S. National Park Service, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers, California. July - September 2018.

Ecologist, Cardno/RCS Industries, Concord, California. May - September 2018.

Biological Science Technician, U.S. National Park Service, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers, California. July - September 2017.

Staff Research Associate, University of California Santa Barbara Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research, Santa Barbara, California. April - June 2017.

Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura, California. October 2008 - September 2015.

Scientific Aide, California Department of Fish and Game, Marine Region, Santa Barbara, California. June - October 2008.

Research Biologist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Kalamazoo, Michigan. April - August 2007.

Research Associate/Administrative Assistant, University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Ann Arbor, Michigan. September 2006 - August 2008.

Ornithological Research Assistant, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Ann Arbor, Michigan. April - August 2006.

Release Biologist, Institute for Wildlife Studies, San Clemente Island Naval Auxiliary, California. January - October 2005.

Scientific Technician—Biologist, University of Guelph Department of Integrative Biology, Ear Falls, Ontario, Canada. March - December 2004.

Biological Research Assistant, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Ecología, Hermosillo, Sonora, México. January - March 2004.

Resource Education Ranger, U.S. National Park Service, Olympic National Park, Kalaloch & Forks, Washington. May - September 2003.

Assistant Trip Leader, Longacre Expeditions, Tin Cup, Colorado. May - September 2001.

Steward, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan. May - December 2000.


Fellowships & Awards

Schuyler Lecturer Fund Grant ($355) - 2019

University of California Santa Barbara Doctoral Student Travel Grant ($685) - 2016

Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellowship ($15,000) - 2014

Broida-Hirschfelder Graduate Fellowship ($8,000) - 2014 - 2015

Brython Davis Endowment Graduate Fellowship ($12,751) - 2014 - 2015

University of California Santa Barbara Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology Block Grants ($255, $722, $11,147) - 2011 - 2014

Brython Davis Endowment Graduate Fellowships (~$12,647) - 2011, 2012, 2013

Worster Award for Graduate-Undergraduate Research Pairing ($3,290) - 2013

Leal Ann Kerry Mertes Scholarship ($1,250) - 2012

University of California Santa Barbara Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology Fellowship ($33,754) - 2010 - 2011

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service STAR Awards - 2009, 2014, 2015

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Performance Awards - 2008 - 2014


Peer-reviewed Scientific Publications

Peralta-García, A., A.J. Adams, C.J. Briggs, P. Galina-Tessaro, J.H. Valdez-Villavicencio, B.D. Hollingsworth, H.B. Shaffer, and R.N. Fisher. 2018. Occurrence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in anurans of the Mediterranean region of Baja California, México. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 127:193-200.

Adams, A.J., A.P. Pessier, and C.J. Briggs. 2017. Rapid extirpation of a North American frog coincides with an increase in fungal pathogen prevalence: Historical analysis and implications for reintroduction. Ecology and Evolution 7:10216-10232.

Adams, A.J., S.J. Kupferberg, M.Q. Wilber, M. Grefsrud, S. Bobzien, V.T. Vredenburg, and C.J. Briggs. 2017. Extreme drought, host density, sex, and bullfrogs influence fungal pathogen infection in a declining lotic amphibian. Ecosphere 8:e01740.

Adams, A.J., C.J. Dellith, and S.S. Sweet. 2016. Rana aurora (Northern red-legged frog) Transport. Herpetological Review 47:648.

Goldberg, J., S. Jewell, A. Picco, A. Adams, J. Bader, J. Ballard, and I. Posano. 2016. Interim Rule: Injurious Wildlife Species; Listing Salamanders Due to Risk of Salamander Chytrid Fungus. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. 23 pp.

Adams, A.J., J.P. LaBonte, K.L. Richards-Hrdlicka, M.J. Ball, M.H. Toothman, and C.J. Briggs. 2015. DNA extraction method affects detection of a fungal pathogen in specimens using qPCR. PLoS ONE 10: e0135389.

Adams, A.J., C. Darst, and C. Rutherford. 2015. Draft recovery planfor the Santa Barbara County Distinct Population Segment of the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California: 76pp.

Mendelson, J.R., and A.J. Adams. 2014. Diadophis punctatus (Ring-necked snake) Diet. Herpetological Review 45: 709-710.


Science Writing & Reports

Adams, A.J. 2018. Final Report and Recommendations for Pond Management at Sedgwick Reserve. 49 pp.

Adams, A.J. 2018. Thinking Like a Hungry Bear: Revealing California grizzly diets from museum specimens, California Grizzly Study Group Blog.

Adams, A.J. 2018. Unnatural Disaster: A (Wild)fire-side Story, Guest blog for Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere.

Adams, A.J., and E.A. Wilson. 2017. Final Report on Amphibian Surveys: University of California Santa Barbara Sedgwick Reserve, Winter 2017. 22 pp.

Adams, A.J. 2016. Environmental Conference Cuts Travel Emissions, Fosters Communication. UCSB Daily Nexus. May 26, 2016.

Adams, A.J. 2016. UCSB Campus a Haven for Birdwatchers. UCSB Daily Nexus. May 12, 2016.

Adams, A.J. 2014. Banking on conservation: California tiger salamander recovery in Santa Barbara County. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Field Notes.

Adams, A.J., and K. Drexhage. 2009. California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense), Santa Barbara County Distinct Population Segment 5-year review: Summary and evaluation. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California: 59 pp.


Teaching

Lecturer, Department of Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. April 2017 - present. Course taught: Endangered Species Management.

Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara. September 2011 - June 2016. Undergraduate courses taught: Non-infectious Disease; Ecology of Disease; Vertebrate Evolutionary Morphology; Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles; Principles of Evolution; Vertebrate Zoology.

Instructor, Amphibian Disease Workshop, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Ensenada, México, November 2015.

Wilderness Orientation Instructor, Prescott College, Grand Canyon National Park and Superstition Wilderness, Arizona. January 2003.


Selected Presentations & Invited Lectures

2019. Natural History as an Amphibian Decline Research Too. Natural History Institute, Prescott, Arizona. (Invited lecture).

2019. Using Natural History Collections to Track a Fungal Pathogen of Amphibians Through Time. Natural History Collections Research Seminar, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, Santa Barbara, California. (Invited lecture).

2018. Watering Hole: Restoring a Stock Pond for Sensitive Wildlife. Central Coast Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, San Luis Obispo, California. (Contributed presentation)

2017. Historical rise in fungal pathogen prevalence coincides with rapid southern California extirpation of Rana boylii. California-Nevada Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force Meeting, Santa Barbara, California. (Contributed presentation)

2017. The role of disease in the disappearance of a southern California frog. University of California Sedgwick Reserve public lecture series, Santa Ynez, California. (Invited lecture)

2016. Examining the historical role of disease in the regional extirpation of a California anuran. Integrated Research Challenges in Environmental Biology, Amphibian Disease Annual Meeting, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. (Contributed presentation)

2016. Multiple factors predict fungal pathogen infection in a declining California frog. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, Wisconsin. (Contributed Presentation)

2015. Chytrid infection, drought, and flow regulation create multiple stressors on foothill yellow-legged frog populations in the Alameda Creek watershed. California-Nevada Amphibian Populations Task Force Annual Meeting, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. (Contributed Presentation)

2014. Evaluating methods for detecting Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in formalin-preserved specimens using qPCR. Integrated Research Challenges in Environmental Biology, Amphibian Disease Annual Meeting, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. (Contributed Presentation)

2014. Amphibian declines in southern California. University of California Santa Barbara Wildlife in America Course. (Invited Lecture)

2014. Examining anuran declines in southern California’s Western Transverse Ranges: Did disease play a role? Southern California Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California (Contributed Presentation)

2013. Update on the Santa Barbara County Distinct Population Segment of the California tiger salamander. The Wildlife Society Central Coast Wildlife Roundtable and Career Symposium, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. (Invited presentation)

2012, 2014, 2018, 2019. Endangered Species Management at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. University of California Santa Barbara Conservation Biology course. (Invited lecture)

2010. Management of non-native tiger salamanders at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ventura Field Office, Ventura, California. (Invited presentation)

2003. Complexities in conservation: Northern spotted owls of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. Prescott College Baccalaureate, Prescott, Arizona. (Invited lecture)


Professional Service, Volunteering, & Outreach

Secretary, Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America. 2018 - present

Interviewee, “Ask a female scientist” initiative, La Brea Tar Pits High School Girls in STEM Research Group. 2018

Advisory Board Member, Santa Clara River Watershed Conservancy, Ventura, California. 2017

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Animal Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Herpetological Conservation and Biology, EcoHealth. 2015 - present

Communications Officer, University of California Santa Barbara Women in Science & Engineering. 2015 - 2017

Voting Member, University of California Santa Barbara Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology Graduate Student Advisory Committee. 2010 - 2013

Bird Bander, Rouge River Bird Observatory, Dearborn, Michigan. 2006 –2007

Avian Surveyor, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2007

Bird Skin Preparer, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Bird Division, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2006

Northern Spotted Owl Survey Volunteer, Olympic National Park. 2002 –2003