Mary Elizabeth Marek-Spartz
M.S. GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
2015 Saint Mary's Univ. of Minnesota – Department of Resource Analysis (4.0 GPA)
B.S. CONSERVATION BIOLOGY with minors in Housing Studies and Environmental Policy & Management
2013 Univ. of Minnesota – College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources (3.6 GPA)
ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR—Saint Mary’s Univ. of Minnesota (2016-present)
DIGA 645 R-Programming for Technology Applications
GRADUATE STUDENT—Univ. of Minnesota Entomology Department (2017-present)
Researching potential biological control agents of an invasive plant (garlic mustard). Developing tools to improve workflows for weed biocontrol including developing a Python package for modeling the population dynamics of an herbivore and its host plant using functional programming.
RESEARCHER II—Univ. of Minnesota Agronomy Department (2013-2017)
Management of multiple research projects in biological control, research design and implementation, grant writing, spatial and quantitative data analysis of plant populations.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT—Univ. of Minnesota Entomology Department (2012-2013)
Field work, lab work, and research in biological control. Experience in greenhouse operations, biological insect containment facility operations, and maintaining insect colonies.
SOUTHEAST COMO IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY INTERN—SE Como Neighborhood, Minneapolis, MN (2011-2012)
Worked to provide sustainable solutions to environmental concerns in an urban neighborhood. Tasks included project organizing, neighborhood mapping and data collection, and conducting housing surveys.
UNDERGRADUATE ZOOLOGY TEACHING ASSISTANT—Univ. of Minnesota Biology Department (2011-2013)
In charge of instructing labs and presenting lectures on animal development, phylogenetics and behavior. Involved dissections and caring for lab specimens.
2018 Generations.py v. 1.1.0: A set of recursive population models for ecologists—PyPI - The Python Package Index (Python library)
2018 Biological control of Canada thistle: Host range of Hadroplontus lituraon native Cirsium spp.—Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference (presentation)
2018 Generations.py: Understanding weed-herbivore interactions using Python—XV International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds (poster)
2016 Modeling the Potential Distribution of Garlic Mustard Biological Control Agents with Climex—Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference (poster)
2015 Comparing Map Algebra Implementations for Python: Rasterio and ArcPy—Saint Mary’s Univ. of Minnesota (Master's thesis)
2014 Frenatae, Entomology Graduate Student Organization Calendar—Univ. of Minnesota (print)
1382 Juliet Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Amateur radio call sign: KEØALJ
Geographic Info. Systems (GIS)
Teaching (in-person and online)
Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop
Data Mining & ML
Big data frameworks
2018 Travel award for early career researchers to attend the XV International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds — International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC)
2013 Insect Illustration, Bell Museum of Natural History — Univ. of Minnesota (Exhibition)
2012 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program — Univ. of Minnesota
2011 Undergraduate Student Design and Excellence Award — Univ. of Minnesota College of Design