Professional

Curriculum Vitae for Macy K. Ricketts

Laramie, WY, 82072, United States

mrickett@uwyo.edu

Professional Experience

 UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING PROGRAM IN ECOLOGY, LARAMIE, WY

Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate, July 2017-Present

  • NSF-EPSCoR Graduate Researcher for the Microbial Ecology Collaborative, a 20-million-dollar research grant aimed at studying microbial communities across the state of Wyoming
  • Current work focuses on both living and ancient DNA analysis of microbes associated with archaeological sites in Wyoming
  • Utilize metagenomic and amplicon DNA techniques, as well as laboratory methods of culturing and lipidomics
  • Strong interest in programming, data science, and communicaton.
  • Strong interest in science communication and education. Co-taught LIFE 2100, a sophomore-level research and analysis class. Developed and carried out labs and lesson plans related to introductory-level programming
  • Work is heavily focused on computational analysis of DNA sequences using Qiime2 and Dada2 sequence processing pipelines
  • Utilizes python, perl, C++, and R in research analysis on a regular basis
  • Expected graduation with Ph.D. in Ecology in May 2022

MONTANA INSTITUTE ON ECOSYSTEMS, MISSOULA, MT

Research Intern, May 2016-May 2017

  • Principal Investigator for project, “Comparative metagenomics analysis of soil microbes along treads and risers of periglacial ground in Glacier National Park, Montana”
  • Project composed of both field and laboratory work and will be completed in January of 2017Study was independently organized and conducted by the principle investigator, funding was provided by a NSF-EPSCoR grant through the Montana Institute on Ecosystems
  • Study focus on genetic analysis of soil microbes and surveys of abundance and distribution of rare alpine plants in alpine environments fed by glaciers and/or permanent snowfields

UNIVERSITY OF GUAM BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT, MANGILAO, GUAM

Research Experience for Undergraduates, June 2015-August 2015

  • National Science Foundation-funded REU for Dr. Haldre Rogers
  • Project was composed of both field and laboratory work
  • Study focused on seed removal levels between two islands of the Marianas: Guam and Saipan
  • Also aided Dr. Rogers in trophic cascade model and invasive species experiments

MONTANA TECH STUDENT NEWSPAPER THE TECHNOCRAT, BUTTE, MT

Editor-in-Chief, January 2014 – May 2017

  • Manage staff, organize work schedules, delegate duties, write and edit articles
  • Work closely with Associated Students of Montana Tech and student body on content
  • Manage newspaper finances and work closely with publisher on distribution
  • Work closely with editors and writers on article content

MONTANA TECH DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, BUTTE, MT

Research Assistant, July 2014 – May 2015

  • Field research assistant to Dr. Martha Apple
  • Study focused on rare alpine plants that grow at the edges of glaciers in Glacier National Park
  • Collected data on species identity and distribution, as well as plant and soil samples
  • Analyzed samples in a laboratory setting using ImageJ, scanning electron microscopy and mechanical methods.

DISTINCTLY MONTANA MAGAZINE, BOZEMAN, MT

Freelance Science Writer, February 2015-May 2015

  • Authored article, Glacier Poppies, Pikas and Lilies: In a Climate of Change, which was printed in Spring 2015 issue
  • Also contributed photography for the article, which was a three-page spread in the issue
  • Worked closely with editors on content, tailored content for the general public

THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MT

Research Assistant, August 2014

  • Aided Ph.D. student Scott Hotaling in collection of Lednia tumana, rare aquatic stoneflies that live in the streams that come directly off of glaciers
  • Aided in determining Lednia tumana species distribution

LIVINGSTON ENTERPRISE, LIVINGSTON, MT

General Assignments Reporter, June 2013 – August 2013

  • Scheduled and conducted appropriate interviews
  • Worked closely with editors on article content
  • Wrote news articles, features, human interest and sports stories

 

Selected Publications and Presentations

AS FIRST AUTHOR

  • Microbial community structure within stratified soils at the La Prele Mammoth site, abstract presented at the Society for American Archaeology Conference in Austin, TX in April 2020
  • Analysis of microbial community structure in archaeological soils from the La Prele mammoth site, abstract presented at the NSF-EPSCoR national conference in Columbia, SC in October 2019
  • DNA-based determination of microbial community structure in soils from the La Prele Mammoth site, abstract presented at the Society for American Archaeology Conference in Albuquerque, NM in April 2019
  • Comparative amplicon analysis of soil microbes along tread and risers of periglacial ground in Glacier National Park, Montana, abstract presented at the 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2016
  • Does canopy cover or predator presence affect post-dispersal seed removal?, an abstract presented at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, D.C. in February 2016

 AS SECOND AUTHOR

  • Apple, Martha Elizabeth, Macy Kara Ricketts, and Alice Caroline Martin, 2019. Plant and microbial functional types at the snowfields and periglacial patterned ground of Glacier National Park. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 29(7): 1127-1141.
  • Genetic analysis of microbial community structure in soils from the Hell Gap Witness Block, an abstract to be presented at the Society For American Archaeology Conference in Albuquerque, NM in April 2019
  • What drives the variation of plant functional traits on periglacial patterned ground and along elevational gradients? An abstract to be presented at the 2019 International Mountain Conference in Innsbruck, Austria in September 2019
  • Plant and microbial functional types at the snowfields and periglacial patterned ground of Glacier National Park, abstract presented at the Mountain Climate Conference in Spokane, WA in October 2016
  • Ecosystem services and functional traits of rare arctic-alpine plants at the edges of retreating snowfields in Glacier National Park, Montana, abstract presented at the Mountains of Our Future Earth Conference in Perth, Scotland in October 2015
  • Microanalysis of periglacial soil in areas of rare alpine plant abundance in Glacier National Park, abstract presented at the Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference in Portland, Oregon in June 2015
  • The interface between snowfields and treeline at Glacier National Park, Montana, abstract presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December 2014

Education

 THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING, LARAMIE, WY

Ecology Ph.D. Candidate—Microbiology-focused, Expected Graduation Date May 2022

  • National Science Foundation – EPSCoR Research Fellow
  • Member of the Ward microbiology lab
  • Achieved candidacy May 2019

MONTANA TECH OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, BUTTE, MT

B.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology, minor in Technical Communication, May 2017

  • 2015 Honorable Mention, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Presidential Scholar, Montana Minds Scholar and Montana University System Scholar
  • 80 cumulative GPA
  • Former member of Montana Tech women’s basketball team

PARK HIGH SCHOOL, LIVINGSTON, MT

High School Diploma, June 2013

  • Graduated with cumulative 4.0 GPA and as high school Valedictorian
  • Basketball team captain and all conference
  • Academic All-State 8 times in three sports, Montana State Champion in women’s tennis
  • Montana State FFA Range champion five years in a row

Community Outreach

 UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING CLUB TENNIS TEAM, LARAMIE, WY

Volunteer coach and travel coordinator, May 2019 – Present

  • Coordinate practices and travel for over 150 team members
  • Book flights, hotels, court time, transportation, and manage finances for the team
  • Build effective practice plans for the team
  • UWyo’s club tennis team was voted Club Sport of the Year in 2019 and achieved Tier 1 status that same year, meaning we placed high at our sectional tournament and became eligible for an additional $20,000 of annual university funding

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING PROGRAM IN ECOLOGY ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM, LARAMIE, WY

Event Organizer and Presenter, February 2019

  • Organized catering for lunch and dinner, event space, program of events, and silent auction items for annual research symposium for ~150 staff, students, and members of the public
  • Presented talk on current research at the symposium

WYOMING PRESS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING, CHEYENNE, WY

Science Journalism Panelist, January 2019

  • Served as a panelist for a science journalism panel at the WPA annual meeting
  • Answered questions from area journalists on interviewing scientists, reporting science and developing storylines on science research

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING PROGRAM IN ECOLOGY MENTORING PROGRAM, LARAMIE, WY

Program Organizer, May 2018-May 2019

  • Paired new students with more advanced students in a similar research field
  • Organized and planned events for mentoring program participants

WYOMING STATE SCIENCE FAIR, LARAMIE, WY

Science Fair Judge, March 2018

  • Served as a judge for divisions in grades 1-12 for the categories of microbiology and molecular biology
  • Listened to students pitch their projects and asked relevant questions
  • Selected winners based on presentation skills and project merit

MONTANA TECH STATE SCIENCE FAIR, BUTTE, MT

Science Fair Judge, April 2016, 2017

  • Served as a judge for student projects in grades 1-12 in the categories of biology and physics
  • Listened to students present their projects and asked relevant questions
  • Selected winners based on presentation skills and project merit

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK PHOTO SHOW, BUTTE, MONTANA

Photographer, January 2015

  • Displayed a collection of 18 original photos about 2014 Glacier National Park research project on campus
  • Show illustrated effects of climate change on alpine flora and fauna in Glacier in order to raise awareness
  • Show was on display for 11 months during the 2015 school year

MONTANA TECH BIOLOGY CLUB, BUTTE MONTANA

President, January 2015- May 2017

  • As club president, in charge of organizing and scheduling service projects and activities for the club
  • Community outreach includes organizing and participating in science outreach activities with elementary and middle school students in order to spark interest in STEM fields, particularly for women and underrepresented minorities
  • Responsibilities also include speaking to high schoolers and freshmen and sophomore-level seminar classes on current research in Glacier National Park and the Mariana Islands in order to create interest in STEM fields

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION MONTANA MINDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, BUTTE, MONTANA

Scholar, August 2013- May 2017

  • As a scholar in the Montana Minds program, presented at local high schools on how to apply for college scholarships and fund college education
  • Participated in community outreach activities in order to encourage high school students, particularly females, to pursue careers in STEM fields

Additional Skills and Experience

  • Experience in scanning electron, transmission electron, phase contrast, and light microscopy
  • SCUBA certified Open Water Diver
  • Proficient in the use of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
  • Frequently use R, python, C++ and Perl programming language for daily research tasks
  • Excellent writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills

Professional References

  • Naomi Ward | Graduate Research Advisor | Ph.D. Microbiology | University of Wyoming | nlward@uwyo.edu
  • Martha Apple| Undergraduate Research Advisor | Ph.D. Botany | Montana Tech | mapple@mtech.edu
  • Haldre Rogers | NSF-REU Research Advisor | Ph.D. Biology | Iowa State University  | haldre@iastate.edu
  • Amy Kuenzi | Undergraduate Academic Advisor | Ph.D. Biology | Montana Tech | akuenzi@mtech.edu

 

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