Curriculum Vitae

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Education
Ph.D. Ecology, University of Georgia (UGA). Advisor: Dr. James E. Byers. 2012 - Current.
B.Sc. (Hon), Geology with a minor in Zoology, National University of Ireland Galway, 2004

Research Experience
Invited researcher, National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. Louise Firth. Summer 2013

Professional Experience - University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Service, 2007 – 2013
G.E.O.R.G.I.A. (Generating Enhanced Oyster Reefs in Georgia’s Inshore Areas) Program coordinator

Sapelo Living Shoreline Demonstration Project

Georgia Oyster Inventory

Other Programs Provided assistance and guidance to other programs such as Adopt-A-Wetland, Oyster Aquaculture, Wetland Inventory, Spartina Nursery, Essential Fish Habitat and Invasive Species

Fellowships, Grants and Awards
St Catherines Island Foundation/American Museum of Natural History, $3,400 & 4 years of housing
Savannah Presbytery M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund, $2,000
Solitary Glove Award, Ecology, UGA, $500
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, $132,000
1st place, Proposed Research Presentation, Graduate Student Symposium, Ecology, UGA, $250
Attendance Scholarship, 6th National Restoring Americas Estuaries conference in Tampa Florida, $500

Publications and Reports
Power, A., Corley, B., Atkinson, D., Walker, R., Harris, D., Manley, J., and Johnson, T. 2010. A caution against interpreting and quantifying oyster habitat loss from historical surveys. J. Shellfish Res. 29(4):927-936.

Corley, B. and Harris, R. D. 2011. Coastal Georgia Shellfish Inventory: McIntosh County Final Report. Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Corley, B. and Harris, R. D. 2011. Coastal Georgia Shellfish Inventory: Bryan and Liberty County Final Report. Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Harris, R. D. 2010. Long Tabby Living Shoreline Monitoring. Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Harris, R. D. 2010. Ashantilly Living Shoreline Monitoring. Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Presentations
Harris, R. D. 2013, 2014 and 2015. “Application of Landscape Ecology to Interactions between Coastal Ecosystem Engineers”, Three Minute Thesis Competition, Athens, Ga.
Harris, R. D. 2013, 2014 and 2015. “Application of Landscape Ecology to Interactions between Coastal Ecosystem Engineers”, Graduate Student Symposium, Athens, Ga, Odum School of Ecology.
Harris, R. D. 2012. “Living Shorelines: A new look for the Georgia Coast”, Restore America’s Estuaries 6th National Conference, Tampa, Fl, Tampa Convention Center.
Harris, R. D. 2011. “Sapelo Living Shoreline Project”, Applications of Living Shorelines in the Southeast, Yulee, Fl, Betty P. Cook Nassau Center, Fl. http://floridadep.org/gtm/pub/ctp/living_shorelines/Sapelo_Harris.pdf.
Harris, R. D. 2010. “Oyster Restoration Efforts Through G.E.O.R.G.I.A. - Generating Enhanced Oyster Reefs in Georgia’s Inshore Areas”, Restore America’s Estuaries 5th National Conference, Galveston, Tx, Galveston Conference Center. https://www.estuaries.org/pdf/2010conference/monday15/schooner/session3/harris.pdf
Harris, R. D. 2007 - 2013. “Oyster Restoration Efforts Through G.E.O.R.G.I.A. - Generating Enhanced Oyster Reefs in Georgia’s Inshore Areas”, to over 100 federal, state and local government, NGO, schools and clubs, Georgia and neighboring states.

Invited Lectures
Coastal Zone Management Class, Savannah State University, Savannah, Ga. 2011
Odum School of Ecology, Computational Ecology Group, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 2011

Undergraduate Student Mentorship
Kaleigh Davis, undergraduate research assistant (summer 2014 to present)
Lucas Montouchet, undergraduate research assistant (summer ‘14) and CURO fellow (summer ‘15)
John Coffin, undergraduate research assistant (fall to spring 2014 and spring to summer 2015)
Katie Mattox, undergraduate research assistant (summer 2015)
Michael Holden, undergraduate research assistant (fall 2013 to summer 2014)
Tim Montgomery, undergraduate research assistant (summer 2014)
Jessica Story, undergraduate research assistant (summer 2014)

Undergraduate Honors Student Committee
Kaleigh Davis, undergraduate honors thesis reader (spring 2015)

Other Relevant Information
Boat Handling - Over 3000 hours of piloting, seamanship and boat hauling expertise
Software - MS Office, ArcGIS, eCognition, Agisoft PhotoScan, R, Adobe CS Master and Final Cut Pro
Hardware – Trimble RTK GPS, Milestone DMA80, TruPulse 360B, Arduino Microcontroller