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Elizabeth Wheat


B.S. Biology Union College, Schenectady, NY
M.A. in Conservation Education New York University, NY, NY
Ph.D. Student (currently) University of Washington.


  • College of Forest Resources Lockwood Scholarship
  • Member Sigma Xi
  • Daggat Award given to the graduating student of highest character and conduct as chosen by the faculty (Union College)
  • McCoy Award (best student in botany)


Impact of aquaculture on chlorophyll concentration in Willapa Bay.
Effects of downstream management and estuary health on shrimp populations in headwater streams in Costa Rica.


Wheat, E. and Jennifer Ruesink Stable Isotope Chemistry and Anthropogenic Nutrients in Hood Canal, WA. Hood Canal Science Summit hosted by Congressman Norm Dicks. Kitsap, WA. (July 2008)

Wheat E. Los Camerones de agua dulce en La Cangreja N.P. Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica. (February 2008)

Wheat, E., Pete Dowty, and Jennifer Ruesink Eelgrass Decline and Anthropogenic Nutrients in Hood Canal, Washington. Puget Sound Georgia Basin Research Conference. Vancouver, WA. (January 2007)

Gaulke, L.,Tho Nguyen, Amanda Henck, Elizabeth Wheat, Deb Dryer. Anthropogenic Nutrient Sources and Low Dissolved Oxygen Levels in Hood Canal, Washington International Conference on Managing Conflicts at the Land Water Interface, Bac Liu, Vietnam. (March 2005)

Long and short term effects of waterfowl on Collins Lake, an urban lake in upstate New York; Lake and Reservoir Management 16(4):330-344, 2000.

Professional Experience

Science Teacher – OutDoor High School. Designed and implemented a field based science curriculum for at risk high school students in Eugene, Oregon

Coordinator of Environmental Science Programs – Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. Lead teacher workshops, developed curriculum, and taught classes integrating the urban environment with the science curriculum.

International Experience

- Exploratory trips to Vietnam and Costa Rica looking for an international research site.
- Science Teacher, Friends School, Monteverde, Costa Rica.
- Term abroad: 4 months in England, Holland and Hungary – Comparative analysis of national health care systems.