Biodiversity ● Ecology ● Conservation ● Genetics ● Dispersal ● Animal Behavior ● Policy
2008-2012 PhD (Natural Resources) Advisor: Olin E. Rhodes, Jr. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University
Dissertation: The intersection of life history characteristics and anthropogenic barriers: a genetic investigation of six mammal species in Indiana
2004-2007 MSc (Natural Resources) Advisor: Stanley D. Gehrt
School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University (OSU)
Thesis: Mating strategies and pack structure of coyotes in an urban landscape: a genetic investigation
1998-2002 BSc (Biology), minor in German Advisor: Jodi Shann
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati (UC)
2014-present Post Doctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University
Working with four primary investigators on a large, long-term forestry project, I analyzed
data, presented research, and wrote manuscripts for scientific publication and extension.
Advisor: John B. Dunning
2008-12 Graduate Research Assistant (PhD), Purdue University
I investigated the population genetics of six species of terrestrial mammals to determine extent of interstate highways as barriers to gene flow, and isolation by distance at large landscape scales for mesocarnivores. This required fieldwork in addition to molecular techniques and statistical analysis. Advisor: Olin E. Rhodes, Jr.
2007 Field and Lab Technician, Notre Dame University
I assisted a graduate student with insect collection, field site maintenance, and molecular
biology techniques in El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico. Advisor: Courtney Prather
2004-07 Graduate Research Assistant (MSc), The Ohio State University
Using molecular techniques in coordination with GIS data, I investigated the genetic
relationships, mating behaviors, and pack structure of coyotes in a suburban landscape. Advisor: Stanley D. Gehrt
Research Experience, cont.
2004 Contract Employee (GS-5), US Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio
Molecular techniques, sample organization, data entry. Supervisor: Dr. Michael Blum
2004 Volunteer, Institute for Bird Populations, Madison, Indiana
Mist-netted and banded birds, evaluated body metrics, set up stations, evaluated habitat.
2002-03 Fulbright Scholar, Vienna, Austria
Worked with grassroots agency (Distelverein) to set aside farmland for wildlife corridors,
enrolled in wildlife classes at BOKU and University of Vienna. Advisor: Johannes Wolf
2001 Women in Science Undergraduate Research Summer Program – UC
Conducted experiments on contaminated soils to observe the effects of plant matter
on the leaching ability of heavy metals. Advisor: Jodi Shann
1999-2002 Student Research Assistant – UC
Field sampling, ecotoxicology and soil lab techniques, liquid and gas chromatography.
Supervisors: Jodi Shann, Heather Henry
Hennessy, C., T. Tsai, W. Beatty, J. C. Beasley, P. A. Zollner, and O. E. Rhodes, Jr. 2015. Elucidation of Population Connectivity in Synanthropic Mesopredators: Using Genes to Define Relevant Spatial Scales for Management of Raccoons and Virginia Opossums. Journal of Wildlife Management 79(1), pp. 112-121.
Fike, J.A., Hennessy, C.A.*, Kennedy, M.L., and O.E. Rhodes. 2013. Microsatellite markers for the gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and their utility in fox squirrels (Sciurus niger) and red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). Conservation Genetics Resources 5(3), pp. 679-681. *Corresponding author.
Beasley, J.C., Eagan, T.S., Page, L.K., Hennessy, C.A., and O.E. Rhodes. 2013. Baylisascaris procyonis infection in white-footed mice: predicting patterns of infection from landscape habitat attributes. Journal of Parasitology 99(3), pp. 423-432.
Hennessy, C.A., J. Dubach, and S.D. Gehrt. 2012. Long-term bonding and occasional den-sharing in a population of urban coyotes (Canis latrans). Journal of Mammalogy 93(3) pp. 732-742.
Hennessy, C, T. Tsai, W.S. Beatty, J.C. Beasley, P.A. Zollner, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. Unexpected effects of drainage culvert properties on raccoon and opossum population connectivity. (In Prep)
2014 – Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) N190 – Life Sciences for Elementary Teachers
I led the lecture and lab for this course. The purpose was exposing future elementary teachers to basic tenets of science in general and biology in particular. I incorporated a range of teaching methodologies.
2014 – IUSB P262 – Anatomy and Physiology Lab – IUSB
I taught two labs per week. This entailed a 1 hour lecture to provide background on the topic, then guiding the students through dissections and identifying parts of specimens and models.
2013-4 – IUSB L101 and L102 – Biology Lab for Biology Majors – IUSB
I taught standard biology methods, while emphasizing sterile lab technique. I intensively taught writing skills within a scientific framework. I led the students on ecology-oriented field trips
2013 – IUSB N190 – Animals Among Us – IUSB
I designed an introductory zoology course for non-majors. I constructed lectures, exams, quizzes, and labs, incorporating a range of teaching styles.
2013 – IUSB N190 – Life Sciences for Elementary Teachers – IUSB
I taught two labs per week, emphasizing basic tenets of biology. Students were introduced to teaching material for science courses that are appropriate and engaging for elementary students.
2013 – FNR373 – Wildlife Practicum – Purdue
I demonstrated mist-netting and bird handling techniques to students. I aided students with visual and audible bird identification.
2011 – FNR348 – Wildlife Investigational Techniques – Purdue
I prepared specimens, graded exams, and trained students on trapping and handling techniques.
2009, 2011 – FNR488 – Global Environmental Issues – Purdue
I prepared materials for class, guided discussions and graded exams.
2006 – SENR624 – Wildlife Identification and Management – OSU
I taught lab, created and graded quizzes and exams, managed the sample collection, and assisted students with identification of wildlife sign and samples.
2004, 2005 – SENR222 – Natural Resources Data Analysis – OSU
I taught recitation and lab, graded homework, and helped students with problems.
2002-2003 – Fulbright Scholarship – Vienna, Austria
As a native speaker of English, I created novel lessons for elementary and high school students.
2004-present American Society of Mammalogists
2007-present Sigma Xi
2009-present The Wildlife Society
Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management
Basic and Applied Ecology
Awards and Scholarships
|2015||$500||Presenting at International Urban Wildlife Conference||TWS|
|2012||$75||2nd place (PhD poster) FNR Annual Research Symposium||Purdue|
|2009-10||—||AAAS Excellence in Science sponsored membership||AAAS|
|2007||$749||Ray Travel Award, Council of Graduate Students||OSU|
|2007||$800||1st Place Award, E.G. Hayes Graduate Research Forum||OSU|
|2006||—||Janice L. Fenske Memorial Award Finalist||TWS|
|2005-06||$420||Poetry awards, College of Agriculture||OSU|
|2002-03||~$17,000||Fulbright Scholarship||US govt.|
|2001||$3000||Women in Science and Engineering Research Fellowship||UC|
|2000||$1000||Globalization Grant, Department of Global Studies||UC|
|2000||$500||Helga Daly Scholarship, Department of German Studies||UC|
Organizer of Symposium (OS) or Invited Speaker (IS)
2013 “Behind the Scenes of Landscape Genetics: A Focus on Methodologies”. The Wildlife
Society annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. OS
2013 “Circulation: Anatomy and Function” Indiana University South Bend, Biology Dept. IS
2010 “Investigating Wildlife with Genetics” U. of Notre Dame, Biology Dept., Mammalogy. IS
2008 “Coyote Mating System and Pack Structure” Purdue chapter of the Wildlife Society. IS
Presentations (representational list)
2015 – Sun Grant Initiative Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
“Economic, Ecological Impacts of Woody Biomass Harvest in Deciduous Forests” paper
2015 – 75th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference (Indianapolis, IN)
“The Effects of Downed Coarse Woody Debris on Salamanders, Moths, and Beetles: A
Forest Ecology Study in Southeastern Indiana” paper
2013 – Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society (Wisconsin Dells, WI)
“Tracking Wolf Populations Across Heterogeneous Landscapes with Genetic Models”
2012 – Environmental Sciences and Engineering Symposium (Purdue)
“Anthropogenic Barriers for Six Common Mammal Species in Indiana” poster
2012 – Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Annual Research Symposium (Purdue)
“Interstate highways as barriers to dispersal for eastern chipmunks” poster
2011 – 91st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists (Portland, OR)
“Interstate highways as barriers to dispersal for chipmunks” poster
2010 – Indiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting (Terra Haute, IN)
“Interstate highways as barriers to animal movement” paper
2007 – 68th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference (Madison, WI)
“Coyote pack membership in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area” paper
2007 – 87th Annual American Society of Mammalogists Conference (Albuquerque, NM)
“Mating strategies of a suburban coyote population” paper
2007 – 21st Annual Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum (OSU)
“Mating strategies of a suburban coyote population” paper
2007 – 27th Annual Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (Kent State University)
“Mating strategies of a suburban coyote population” paper
2006 – 67th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference (Omaha, NE)
“Mating strategy of an urban coyote population” paper
2002 – Undergraduate Research Seminar, Dept. of Biological Sciences (UC)
“Movement of heavy metals through contaminated soils” paper
|Year||Amount Requested||Funding Agency||Title of Grant||Status|
|2014||Post-doctoral Fellowship||David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship (Society for Conservation Biology)||Recolonization History and Contemporary Source-Sink Dynamics of Gray Wolves (Canis lupus) in the Great Lakes Region||Not Awarded|
|2015||$15,000||Indiana Department of Natural Resources||Factors of Microclimate Conditions in Bat Hibernacula: Understanding the Relationships Between Winter Habitat and Disease Ecology||Submitted|
2012 Introduction to UNIX for Biologists – Purdue
2012 Introduction to DiaGrid and BLASTer Software – Purdue
2011 Conservation and Restoration Genetics Graduate Course – Organization for Tropical
Studies, Las Cruces, Costa Rica
2006 Publication Graphics and Data Analysis in R Workshop – ASM Meeting, Omaha, NE
2006 Conservation Leaders of Tomorrow – Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, Dundee, IL
2006 Mammalian Diversity in Ohio – OSU
2009-2011 Graduate Student Council; Faculty Liaison, Social Chair – Purdue
2006-2007 GradRoots: Hospitality Chair – OSU
2005-2006 Edward F. Hayes Research Forum: Committee Member – OSU
2005-2006 Council of Graduate Students: Senator – OSU
2005-2007 Website Improvement Committee: Grad Student Representative – OSU
Volunteer and Outreach
2014 Science fair judge at Jefferson Middle School, South Bend, Indiana
2012-2014 Bioblitz volunteer – Purdue
2013 Volunteer for Purdue Summer Practicum; bird banding and identification
2012, 2015 Volunteer with Wabash River Enhancement Corporation
2010-2014 Volunteer with Tippecanoe County Chapter of the Audubon Society
2010 Student Volunteer for Purdue U. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
2007 Volunteer at Highbanks Metropark in Columbus, OH
2007 Volunteer for Wonders of Our World (WOW); introducing scientific topics to
elementary school students, OSU
2006 Instructor for Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Training Program
2004-2005 Volunteer for Get Real About Science, program for high school students, OSU