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Ashley Soloway

10.04.2018

EDUCATION

Master of Science, Soil Science October 2016
• Agricultural Micrometeorology - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
• Thesis Title: Effect of gap-filling methods on carbon exchange estimates of a 15-year flux dataset from an old growth forest in northern Manitoba
• Soil Science Graduate Student Association Representative (Fall 2015/Winter 2016 term)
• Dean’s Honour List

Bachelor of Science, Biology (Honours) June 2014
• University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
• Thesis Title: Larval deformity assessment in cutthroat trout larvae collected from mine sites in British Columbia exposed to elevated selenium concentrations
• Dean’s Honour List

High School Diploma 2008
• Collège Jeanne-Sauvé, Winnipeg, MB

EXPERIENCE FROM GRADUATE PROGRAM

• Excellent research and writing skills
o Technical reports, literature reviews, thesis document, environmental assessments
• Large dataset management, graphing, and statistical analysis using MatLab
• Learned environmental acts, laws and guidelines
• Extensive work in agricultural outreach programs (Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development, Science Engineering and Technology (SET) Day, CanU Academy for elementary school kids)

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

Technician May 2016 - Present
Center for Earth Observation Science, University of Manitoba
• Planned and executed a greenhouse gas monitoring field project including:
o Eddy covariance (LI-COR) instrumentation
o Meteorological instrumentation
o Flux gradient instrumentation
o Open-path laser
o Data-loggers (LI-COR and Campbell Scientific)
o Aquatic chambers
o Solar Panels and battery bank setup and connection to devices
• Maintained site instrumentation and ensured working order
• Organized and analyzed large flux datasets including statistical and quality screening
• Compiled recommendations and results in technical reports
• Collaborated and communicated with numerous other scientists and industry professionals
• Programming using Matlab and Microsoft products for greenhouse gas flux calculation and analysis

Contract Biologist June 2014 - October 2014
Environment Canada, Department of Environmental Enforcement
• Wrote a technical report detailing experimental methodology
• Explained, in great detail, techniques used in experimental procedures as well as any observations over the course of larval rearing
• Collaborated with other scientists involved in the project in order to perfect my addition to the full research report
• Drafted bioassay plots and tabulated result summaries

Grader/Marker (Agricultural Micrometeorology) Fall 2014 - Fall 2015
University of Manitoba, Department of Soil Science
• Graded course assignments for course throughout the term in a timely manner
• Gave constructive comments
• Reported feedback/summary to professor

Research Assistant April 2013 - August 2013
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Agroforestry Research Center - Indian Head, SK
• Performed lab techniques including electrical conductivity measurements, pH measurements and detailed sample prep and organization
• Sampled roots, soils, xylem, leaves and cutting
• Devised experimental plots by measuring out appropriate layouts in the field and assignment treatments to different plots
• Assisted in planting and maintenance of poplar and willow common gardens

Research Assistant April 2012 – September 2012
Department of Fisheries and Oceans - Winnipeg, MB
• Produced an honours thesis requiring extensive research and analytical skills
• Caught fish using gill nets, backpack electro-shocking, gated fish fences and angling from streams and ponds
• Processed fish (tissue biopsy, weighing, sex determination, length measurements) in “field lab”
• Collected milt and egg samples in the field lab
• Lab techniques including microscopic tissue/specimen analysis, maintenance of live specimens, in vitro fertilization, sample preservation

Teaching Assistant/Lab Demonstrator January 2012 - April 2012
University of Manitoba, Department of Biological Sciences
• Demonstrated difficult lab procedures and tasks to students
• Prepared lab specimens for demonstration and dissection species
• Performed lab summaries for students in order to emphasize important lab materials


COMPUTER SKILLS

• Statistical analysis software including MatLab programming, SASS and GraphPad
• Extensive practice using Microsoft Office including Word for document formatting, Excel for data organization, basic statistical analysis and plotting data and PowerPoint for preparing oral presentations for research
• Knowledge of Microsoft Access basics

OTHER SKILLS AND INTERESTS
• Strong presentation and communication skills
o Thesis defence
o Conference presentations
o Project/Research and Development presentations
• Participation in sporting events such as volleyball and baseball rec leagues and marathons
• Interested in environmental conservation, agriculture and the future state of the environment in response to changing climate and anthropogenic influences

MEMBERSHIPS & CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
• Manitoba Soil Science Society
• 2nd place poster award at 2016 conference
• Oral presentation at 2015 CLRA/MSSS joint conference
• Attendee at 2014 MSSS conference
• ArcticNET Scientific Meeting 2016 attendee and poster presenter
• Manitoba Hydro Research and Development Day
• Young Scientist FLUXNET Network
• Researchgate online
• LinkedIn online

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