Post-doctoral Researcher: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. Apr. 2016-pres.
- Developing scientific-based documents and visuals to inform management decisions
- Assisting an economic feasibility study for recreational fishing license system
- Providing data for a total economic valuation for nearshore fisheries in the main Hawaiian Islands
- Executing a meta-analysis of creel surveys conducted in Hawaii
President and Senior Scientist: Delaney Aquatic Consulting, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. Jan. 2016-pres.
- Executing data collection, preparation, and advanced statistical analyses
- Proposal writing, obtaining contracts, budgeting, and completing projects on time
- Determining the best solution for environmental problems
- Conducting benthic, biological, and sonar surveys of various aquatic environments
- Facilitating meetings with diverse sets of stakeholders, local, and international researchers
Senior Biologist: Cramer Fish Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. Jan. 2015-Feb. 2016
- Led the development of a salmonid life-cycle model
- Wrote grants and obtained new contracts (e.g. N.A.S.A.)
- Conducted data analysis on multiple projects involving fish biology, conservation, habitat restoration, monitoring, and resource management
- Reviewed past experimental designs and recommended improvements for future experimental designs, monitoring designs, and ecological models
Fisheries Biologist: Cramer Fish Sciences, Auburn, California, U.S.A. Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015
- Conducted data analysis on multiple projects involving fish biology, conservation, genetics, and resource management, including analysis for a $2,000,000 study
- Developed an equation-based multistate model to estimate the survival, movement, and detection probabilities of fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
- Project lead on a study conducted by consultants and governmental agencies
- Generated over $200,000 in profit for the company
Research Fellow: Oceans Research, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa May 2012-Jun. 2013
- Principal investigator on a multifaceted, multimillion dollar project
- Supervised multiple honors students
- Wrote papers based on the datasets produced by the laboratory personnel
Director of Research: Oceans Research, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa Nov. 2011-May 2012
- Simultaneously managed 16 research projects focusing on sharks and marine mammals
- Supervised the research organization during its most productive publishing year
- More than tripled the number of scientific permits the organization received
- Published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals (e.g. Marine Biology, PLOS One)
- Principal investigator on multiple research projects and supervised the budgets of all research projects
Principal Investigator: Oceans Research, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa Apr.-Nov. 2011
- Conceived, designed, implemented, sustained, and analyzed the data for a mark-recapture study
- Conducted original research on various marine species with a focus on sharks and marine mammals
- Created and presented a 4-hour seminar and hands-on workshop on statistics and designing experiments. This seminar was given every month
- After three months, I was promoted to the Scientist in Residence position
- Wrote grants and obtained research funds from various funding bodies
Substitute Teacher: Hingham High School, Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Dec. 2010-Apr. 2011
- Taught four honors-level courses on general biology and ecology
- Taught senior-level course on human anatomy and physiology
- Taught previously designed lesson plans and ones that I created
- Created a productive and positive classroom environment for learning
- Won the Hingham High School Teacher of the Week Award
Harbor Discoveries Instructor: New England Aquarium, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Jun.-Oct. 2010
- Trained students to collect accurate data on the abundance of intertidal species for the New England Aquarium, Na.G.I.S.A., and Census of Marine Life databases
- Supervised data collection to ensure the protocol was executed properly
- Coordinated and organized a conference for researchers, volunteers, and the public
- Planned, designed, and implemented a complete curriculum for four different themes of an environmental and marine-based education program
- Taught on a variety of topics in biology, ecology, and marine sciences
- Supervised and maintained group dynamics to optimize work success, safety, and enjoyment of the students, parents, and staff
Research Assistant: Zavora Marine Laboratory, Zavora, Mozambique Mar. 2010
- Conducted visual surveys of recreational scuba divers activities to establish their impact on the health of coral reefs, benthic communities, and manta rays
- Executed standardized coral reef monitoring protocols (e.g. Reef Check) to monitor long-term impacts on reef structure and diversity
- Conducted underwater photo-identification of manta rays and whale sharks
Field Assistant: Oceans Research, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa Feb. 2010
- Conducted photo identification and mark-recapture methods to establish and monitor the population status and abundance of sharks and marine mammals
- Executed genetic and stable isotope sampling of sharks
- Used acoustic telemetry equipment to track the movement of white sharks
Research Assistant: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Sep. 2008-Jun. 2009
- Conducted a study on the sustainability of student response systems (i.e. clickers) in undergraduate science classes to determine if it is worth investing up to $500,000
- Created paper-based questionnaires to assess the students’ satisfaction with clickers
- Conducted clicker-based surveys of students’ perception and satisfaction of clickers by conducting in-class surveys in courses taught at McGill University
- Co-authored a peer-reviewed publication based on this study
Doctoral Student: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Jan. 2005-Oct. 2009
- Published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals (e.g. Biological Invasions, Ecology, Ecological Applications) and presented the results at scientific conferences (e.g. E.S.A)
- Co-principal investigator on a N.O.A.A. funded grant (~$200,000)
- Took courses on biometry, geographical information systems, and statistics
- Created and validated a large-scale citizen science monitoring network involved 1,000 volunteers that more than 50 sites along seven states (New Jersey to Maine)
- Conducted field experiments, surveys, recruitment studies and computer modelling
- Created, trained, and sustained a 1,000 person volunteer-based monitoring network that documented the distribution of native and invasive species by in person training, creating training manuals, field guide, and on-line learning tools
- Each year, gave dozens of lectures and hands-on workshops to the scientific community, teachers, students, and the general public
- Each semester I was a teaching assistant for one or two university-level courses
Research Assistant: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Sept.-Dec. 2004
- Coded a model that optimally used sparse data to forecast the spread of species
- Prepared a successful grant proposal for funding from N.O.A.A.
- Co-authored a peer-reviewed publication in Ecological Modeling
Executive Director: Invasive Tracers, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Mar. 2004-Apr. 2011
- Recruited, trained, and supervised 7,000 volunteer “citizen scientists” to monitor over 60 sites from New Jersey, U.S.A. to Prince Edward Island, Canada to participate in my research
- Gave 500 presentations to diverse audiences for training and fund raising, including the key note address for the New England Aquarium’s Conservation Fundraising Night
- Co-produced an educational video featuring an interview with Dr. J. T. Carlton
- Conducted data analysis and wrote peer and non-peer reviewed publications
- Obtained and renewed collection and scientific research permits from 7 state-level governmental conservation agencies and federal parks
Visiting Scientist: Charles Darwin Research Institute, Galapagos, Ecuador Feb.-Mar. 2004
- Collected Darwin’s finches by mist net then took beak measurements, bite force data, blood samples, banded, and released the individuals
- Conducted ethological studies on the feeding habits of Darwin’s finches
- Banded, took blood samples, weights and beak measures of various species of birds including Darwin’s finches
- The data was published in Proceedings of Royal Society of London Series B. Biological Sciences
Harbor Discoveries Instructor: New England Aquarium, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Jun. 2002-Aug. 2004
- Conducted formal and informal education in the classroom, field sites, and at sea
- Taught curriculum on various topics of environmental and marine sciences
Paid Intern: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Jun.-Aug. 2001
- Helped implement and expand a state regulation and the Rideshare Program
- Maintained a Microsoft Access database of all businesses in Massachusetts
Merz, J.M., Delaney, D.G., Setka, J.D., and Workman, M.L. 2016. Seasonal rearing habitat in a large Mediterranean-climate river: management implications at the southern extent of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.). River Research and Applications. 32(6): pp 1220–1231. DOI: 10.1002/rra.2969. PDF.
Joseph E. Merz, Paul S. Bergman, Joseph L. Simonis, David Delaney, James Pierson, Paul Anders. 2016. Long-Term Seasonal Trends in the Prey Community of Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) Within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California, Estuaries and Coasts pp 1-11. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-016-0097-x PDF.
Delaney, D.G., Bergman, P., Cavallo, B.J., and J. Melgo. 2014. Stipulation Study: Steelhead Movement and Survival in the South Delta with Adaptive Management of Old and Middle River Flows. The document was reviewed by representatives from the California Department of Water Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) National Marine Fisheries Service, University of Washington, and United States (U.S.) Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation. http://baydeltaoffice.water.ca.gov/announcement/Final_Stipulation_Study_Report_7Feb2014.pdf
Delaney, D.G., Cavallo, B., Bergman, P.S., Hinkelman, T., and Courter, I. 2015. A life-cycle model for partially anadromous rainbow trout in Battle Creek, California: Model documentation.
Delaney, D.G., Bergman, P., Cavallo, B.J., and Melgo, J. 2014. Stipulation Study: Steelhead Movement and Survival in the South Delta with Adaptive Management of Old and Middle River Flows.
Delaney, D.G., Bergman, P., Cavallo, B.J., and J. Melgo. 2013. Phase II Data Analysis Plan for the Acoustic Telemetry Stipulation Study (for the Salmonid Mark-Recapture Study). The document was reviewed by representatives from the California Department of Water Resources, N.O.A.A. National Marine Fisheries Service, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and the Westlands Water District.
Delaney, D.G., Johnson R.J., Bester M.N., and Gennari E. 2012. Accuracy of using acoustic telemetry data and visual identification of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) to estimate residency patterns. PLoS ONE. 7(4): e34753. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034753 http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0034753
Delaney, D.G., Edwards, P.K., Leung, B. 2012. Predicting regional spread of invasive species using oceanographic models - validation and identification of gaps. Marine Biology 159: 269-282.PDF
Delaney, D.G., Griffen, B.D., Leung, B. 2011. Does consumer modify invasion impact? Biological Invasions. 12: 2935-2945. PDF
White, P.J., Delaney, D.G., Syncox, D., Akerberg, O.A., Alters, B. 2011. Clicker Technology Implementation for Effective Long Term Sustainability. EDUCAUSE Quarterly 34: 4. http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/clicker-implementation-models
Delaney, D.G. and Leung, B. 2010. An empirical probability model of detecting species at low densities. Ecological Applications 20: 1162-1172. PDF
Delaney, D.G. 2009. Monitoring and managing the spread of marine introduced species: development of approaches and application to the European green crab (Carcinus maenas) and the Asian shore crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus). Ph.D. dissertation, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Delaney, D.G., Sperling, C.D., Adams, C.S. and Leung, B. 2008. Marine invasive species: validation of citizen science and implications for national monitoring networks. Biological Invasions 10: 117-128. PDF
Griffen, B.D. and Delaney, D.G. 2007. Species invasion shifts the importance of predator dependence. Ecology 88: 3012-3021. PDF
Leung, B. and Delaney, D.G. 2006. Managing sparse data in biological invasions: a simulation study. Ecological modeling 198: 229-239. PDF
Bergman, P., Delaney, D.G., Merz, J.E., and Watry, C. 2014. A Pilot Mark-Recapture Study using Spot Patterns of Oncorhynchus mykiss in the Stanislaus River, California. Technical report for Bureau of Reclamation.
Delaney, D.G. 2012. Shark feeding dives - A shark expert's opinion on a controversial practice. About.com: the reference website for the New York Times Company.
Delaney, D.G. 2011. Is Scuba Diving With Sharks Dangerous? About.com: the reference website for the New York Times company.
Delaney, D.G. 2011. Striving to save sharks in South Africa. Dedham Country Day Bulletin.
Delaney, D.G. 2010. The global threat of invasive species. Beyond Blue. PDF
Delaney, D.G. 2009. Report on the European green crab, Carcinus maenas. Center for Agricultural Bioscience International Invasive Species Compendium.
Delaney, D.G. 2008. Verifying the validity of volunteer monitoring to increase its utility: An academic perspective. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s The Volunteer Monitor. PDF
Delaney, D.G. 2007. In the Spotlight: The Marine Invasive Species Monitoring Organization. The National Institute of Invasive Species Science Citizen Science Newsletter.
Delaney, D.G. 2006. Meet the scientists. National Sea Grant’s Nab the Aquatic Invader Website.
Delaney, D.G. 2005. Asian shore crab spreads north. The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Newsletter (C.Z. Mail).
Delaney, D.G. and Solecki, A. 2005. Citizen science as a solution to invasive species. Gulf Stream Newsletter: A publication of the Gulf of Maine Marine Educators’ Association.
PEER-REVIEWER OR EXPERT OPINION FOR GOVERNMENTAL DOCMENTS
Asian Carp in the Great Lakes Region. A summary report for Members of the U.S. Congress. Buck, E.H., Upton, H.F. and Stern, C.V. In Press. Congressional Research Service.
Risk assessment for the Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) and the European green crab (Carcinus maenas) in Canadian waters. 2010. Therriault, T.W., Herborg, L.M., Locke, A. and McKindsey, C.W. Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Identifying significant range extensions of invasive marine pests – C.C.I.M.P.E. Range Decision Guidelines Project. Darbyshire, R. and Caley, P. 2009. Australian Government’s Bureau of Rural Sciences.
Marine Pest Incursions – A tool to predict the cost of eradication based on expert assessments by Crombie, J., Knight, E. and Barry, S. 2007. Australian Government’s Bureau of Rural Sciences.
- 2012 Principal Investigator on a multimillion dollar project - South African Collaborative Shark Study
- 2011 Hingham High School Teacher of the Week Award
- 2009 G.R.E.A.T. / G.T.C. Travel Award ($500)
- 2009 Alma Mater Student Travel Grant Award ($750)
- 2008 Gulf of Maine Visionary Award
- 2007 University of Maine’s Addison E. Verrill Award for Marine Biology ($2,000)
- 2006 McGill Graduate Studies Fellowship Award ($5,000)
- 2005 Co-P.I. on a grant from N.O.A.A.’s National Sea Grant ($205,755)
- 2005 Ecological Society of America’s E.C. Pielou Award ($200)
- 2005 McGill Graduate Studies Fellowship Award ($5,000)