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Bibi Powers-McCormack


Colorado College, 2021

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Bachelor of Arts

major: Organismal Biology & Ecology

minor: Human Biology & Kinesiology

Grant High School, 2016

Portland, Ore.

awards & honors

Colorado College Dean's List | Colorado, USA (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Awarded to students with an average academic year GPA of 3.75 or higher. 

Venture Grant Recipient | Colorado, USA (2020)

Received funding and support from Colorado College to study abroad independently in Ecuador for six weeks. 

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Life Saving Award | Oregon, USA (2014)

MCSO Search & Rescue team member suffered from a cardiac arrest. As Field Team Leader, coordinated rescue efforts to provide CPR, use of an AED, and evacuation to a helicopter. 



mist netting birds • backpack electrofishing • seine netting • macroinvertebrate sampling • insect collecting & identification • voucher transfering • camera trapping and identification • R & Python coding • data management in R & Microsoft Excel

Knowledge Hub Curation Pipeline | Maryland, USA (2022-)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center MarineGEO Data Technician

Proposing, designing, and developing a workflow that is efficient and well-communicated from ideation, through data collection, curation, and analysis, to presentation.

Annual Monitoring Curation | Maryland, USA (2022-)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center MarineGEO Data Technician

Curating annual monitoring data from sites spread globally to ensure a standard is being maintained in efforts to prepare the data for archive and analysis.

SeagrassNet Project | Maryland, USA (2022-)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center | MarineGEO Data Technician

Curating a seagrass sampling effort that includes 20 years of data collected quarterly in an effort to better understand seagrass presence and its influence to changing anthropogenic and climatic events.

Modeling Invasions: Considering Multiple Variables | Maryland, USA (2021-2022)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center | Marine Invasions Lab Intern

Developed a modeling protocol that evaluates variables of greatest concern while considering variables from multiple datasets using AIC. Tested the model with fouling data collected from marine ports in Florida.

Fouling Community Survey (East & West Coasts) | Maryland, USA (2021)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center | Marine Invasions Lab Intern

Fall 2021 Intern with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Marine Invasions Lab. Worked on processing data from the 2021 field season by labeling and transferring voucher samples and proofing data sheets. 

Fouling Community Survey (Great Lakes) | Maryland, USA (2021)  

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center | Marine Invasions Lab Intern

Fall 2021 Intern with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Marine Invasions Lab. Created new protocols to process the inaugural dataset of Great Lakes fouling community samples. 

Mud Crab / Loxo Parasite Host Parasite Interactions | Maryland, USA (2021)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center | Marine Invasions Lab Intern

Fall 2021 Intern with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Marine Invasions Lab. Processed mud crabs to add to ongoing research on the host-parasite interaction between two species of mud crabs and the Loxothylacus panopaei parasite.

Emergency Medical Technician | Colorado, USA (2017-)

Nationally certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B), including experience in emergency rooms, on ambulances, and providing medical care through Search & Rescue.

The Impacts of Anthropogenic Noise on Bird Density and Diversity | Colorado, USA (2021)

Conducted point count surveys to investigate the role that anthropogenic noise has on local species diversity and density in the Colorado Front Range region.

Spatial Analysis of Wetland Presence & eBird Data | USA (2021)

Worked with a large (500+ GB) dataset in R. Subsetted, cleaned, and mined the data for an analysis of the bird species around Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota with landscape metrics. 

Field Research Technician | Colorado, USA (2020)

Hired to work on a research crew studying Flammulated Owls with Dr. Brian Linkhart. Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resources (ASTAR) Road Development Least Cost Path Analysis | Colorado, USA (2020)

Developed a least cost path analysis for road development in the North Slope region of Alaska considering the role of land cover and terrain, with the goal of connecting six indigenous communities in the region. Worked in collaboration with Dr. Charlotte Gabrielsen (Colorado College) and Dr. Paul Leonard (Arctic Science Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service).

Influence of COVID-19 on the Movement of People | Colorado, USA (2020)

Initiated and created a GIS project displaying spatial and temporal data on how COVID-19 has influenced daily mobility via Apple Maps direction requests and stay-at-home orders. view project

Field Research Technician & Educator | Manabí, Ecuador (2020)

Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation

Surveyed the coastal dry forest via camera traps, collected baseline data on ghost crabs to investigate human impacts on coastal ecosystems, helped build a biological corridor, and educated local children on sustainability with the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation.

Yampa & Little Snake River Fish Research | Colorado, USA (2019-2020)

Collected data via seine nets & backpack electrofishing on fish populations. Investigated the impact of daily water discharge on native & non-native populations. view project

Human Anatomy Lab Colorado, USA (2018-2021)

3 years of experience in a human anatomy lab dissecting multiple male and female human cadavers. 

Freshwater Fish Monitoring | Tasman District, New Zealand (2017)

Tasman District Council

Surveyed the reproductive success of Galaxias maculatus with the Tasman District Council.

Invasive Mammal Management | Tasman, New Zealand (2017)

Checked, cleared, and set vector, DOC 200 stoat, and Master Kill possum traps to aid in New Zealand's invasive mammal removal program.

Student Watershed Research Project | Oregon, USA (2012-2016)

Conducted macroinvertebrate and water quality sampling for the City of Portland. 



  • Biology of Plants
  • Biology of Animals
  • Ecology
  • Animal Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Ornithology
  • Study Abroad in Ecuador: Tropical Ecology
  • Fish Studies Research
  • Community Forestry
  • Molecular & Celluar Biology
  • Population Genetics
  • EMT-Basic
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • Advanced Human Anatomy
  • Advanced Head & Neck Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Forensic Science


  • Introduction to GIS
  • Applications in GIS
  • Modeling Ecological Data in R
  • Computational Thinking
  • Calculus
  • Probability & Statistics


  • Decision Making & Negotiation
  • Language Socialization
  • Anthropological Studies of the Southwest


  • Documentary Form & Filmmaking
  • Elementary Spanish
  • Elementary Latin
  • K-12 Classroom Culture

leadership & other experience

Competitive Youth Climbing Coach Team Supervisor | Maryland, USA (2021-)

Coach athletes ages 6 - 18 on the Earth Treks & Movement Rockville climbing team. Encourage bravery, instill confidence, and lead skills lessons and workouts while preparing athletes for USAC local, regional, divisional, and national competitions. Address administrative tasks, including attendance, billing, and curriculum development.

Rock Climbing Youth Instructor Oregon & Maryland, USA (2016-)

Teach lessons on climbing safety, technique and etiquette to kids and adults at The Circuit Bouldering Gym, Earth Treks Rockville, and Movement Rockville.

Rock Climbing Front Desk Employee | Oregon & Maryland, USA (2016-)

Check in members and guests at The Circuit Bouldering Gym, Earth Treks Rockville, and Movement Rockville, give first-time orientation and safety briefings, and monitor gym safety and participant behavior.

Dog Trainer Colorado, USA (2020-)

Raised and trained a 4-month shelter dog to Pet Dog Ambassador Level 1, NACSW nose work basics, and AKC basic agility. 

Alberg Leader Institute Assistant Leader | Colorado, USA (2020)

Outdoor Education leader for the Colorado College class of 2024 New Student Orientation. Planned and led meetings and activities to 20 people over Zoom.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Officer | Oregon, USA (2012-2019)

Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) Type 2 Searcher. Responded to natural disasters, provided assistance at crime scenes, performed body recoveries, and searched for missing persons. Taught wilderness medical response, advanced navigation, survival skills, and search techniques to new recruits. Elected to roles of increasing responsibility: Ground Searcher, Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader, Field Team Leader, President. 

USAC Collegiate Climbing Team Member | Colorado, USA (2017-2019)

Trained, climbed, and competed in the Collegiate Circuit for Colorado College. 

USAC Youth Climbing Team Member | Oregon, USA (2010-2017)

Trained, climbed, and competed in the Youth Circuit for The Circuit Bouldering Team. 

Oregon Humane Society Volunteer | Oregon, USA (2010-2017)

Earned certifications in T-Touch, dog and cat behavior recognition, shy & anxious dog socialization, dog bathing, resource guarding & aggressive dog training, and animal first-aid. Interacted with cats, dogs, & small mammals and connected with visitors. Photographer for internal events. Held leadership roles from 2015-2016.

CBCC-KA Dog Trainer Intern Oregon, USA (2015)

Worked in a dog boarding and training facility while learning about animal behavior and training from Doug Duncan (MA, CTC, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA), who specializes in working with shy, fearful, and aggressive dogs. 

Oregon ZooTeen Volunteer | Oregon, USA (2014)

Apart of an extensive summer program designed for teens to engage with the Oregon Zoo and connect the public. Included running the interactive goat yard, monitoring small mammals, reptiles, & farm animals, and participating in ongoing scientific research studies with the Asian elephant population.

Oregon Zoo Ambassador Volunteer | Oregon, USA (2013)

Connected with the public about animal enrichment and environmental conservation at the Oregon Zoo by organizing and running booths at multiple zoo exhibits.

international travel

New Zealand (2017) • Fiji (2017) • Ecuador (2020)


  • coding skills in Python & R
  • GIS skills in ArcGIS & ArcMap
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • PADI certified open water diver
  • NR EMT certified
  • Oregon State Search & Rescue certified 
  • American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR/AED/First Aid certified
  • experience in high-stress situations
  • experience working with injuries & bodily fluids
  • experience working with clients
  • mist netting
  • seine netting
  • backpack electrofishing
  • macroinvertebrate sampling
  • deploying camera traps
  • camera trap photo identification

other interests

climbing • birding • photography • videography • digital art & illustration • SCUBA diving • camping • backpacking • soccer • casual nature walks at a Christopher Robin's pace • dog training • traveling

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