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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Prentiss W. Adkins, Jr

Biological Science Technician (Plants)
1221 South Main Street
United States

Phone: 208-883-2360
Fax: 208-883-2318
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  • University of Delaware, B.S. Entomology 2006

Professional Experience

  • Biological Technician (Insects and Diseases), U.S. Forest Service - Institute of Pacific Island Forestry - Hilo, HI
    2015 - 2017
    My primary duties were in support of weed biocontrol research projects, including strawberry guava biocontrol and development of biocontrol agents for miconia. Selecting, setting up and monitoring plots for a Strawberry Guava and Fruit fly study. I also sampled ant fauna at the study sites and identifying them (looking for Wassmania auropunctata). I identified all flies caught in the traps on site. The release and monitoring of biocontrol agents in rainforests on the island of Hawaii; monitoring impacts of biocontrol on invasive plants and associated natural communities; maintaining insect colonies in quarantine; testing host specificity of prospective biocontrol agents; performing routine maintenance and minor repairs to equipment such as insect cages, irrigation systems and shade houses; collecting and propagating native and introduced plants. Collect Miconia Stem and leaf material to feed to colonies of weevils in the quarantine lab. Worked on identifying bycatch specimens from a previous project.
  • Forestry And Wildlife Technician IV, Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
    2014 - 2015
    This position involves the management of a large flock of nene recently translocated from Kauai and maintenance to the grounds where they are being held. This includes feeding the birds, fence maintenance, mowing, planting, weeding, pond maintenance, etc. It also includes the use of a firarm for predator trapping and control, conducting bird surveys, tagging birds and monitoring their health.
  • Biological Aid (Crew Leader), Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    2009 - 2012
    Lead a three person crew in an ecosystem improvement project. This includes survey,identification and removal of invasive species from state park lands, removal is accomplished by hand tools, chainsaws, and herbicides. The plants we have been monitoring are Japanese Black Pines, Oriental Bittersweet, Japanese Knotweed and Weeping Love Grass to name a few of them. Herbicides are applied by backpack sprayers, hand-held sprayers, and a sprayer mounted on a tracked vehicle. We performed Spotlight surveys of Whitetail deer herds on State Park Land and Management hunts for population control. We used egg addling to help control the populations of Non migratory Canada Geese. We worked in a variety of Habitats such as Dune, Marsh and Wetlands, Hardwood Forests, Pine Forests, and Mixed Forests. We also create and maintain fire breaks in several of the parks.Collection of Native Plant seeds for reforestation projects. Maintained Northern Diamondback Terrapin Fence. This fence was used to try to reduce mortality of the terrapin by trying to keep them off of the Highway as they searched for nesting sites I have worked with volunteer groups ranging from two to fifteen people and from schoolage to senior citizens. I have worked with and directed three other technicians for the last three years and i have also worked on my own without supervision.
  • Biological Technician (Insects), Agriculture Research Service - Carl Hayden Honey Bee Lab
    2007 - 2009
    I have analyzed High Fructose Corn Syrup samples for HMF(Hydroxymethylfurfural) at various Temperatures. I was responsible for keeping the Lab in order and keeping an inventory of the chemicals in the Lab. I have completed an EndNote library for all the PDF's of the Bee Lab Chemistry Lab. I have performed routine maintenance on various pieces of Lab equipment. I worked on Bee repellent using a combination of chemicals. i have performed many bioassaies on both bees and mites.I also helped to maintain the colonies used by the lab. I used various power tools to build and repair the equipment used for housing the colonies. I maintained the vehicles used by the lab. I have run protein Assays using a Biotek Synergy HT Plate reader.
  • Biological Technician (Insects and Diseases), U.S. Forest Service - State and Private Forests - Juneau, AK
    2006 - 2007
    I worked as an insect taxonomist for the Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) program. The EDRR Team (consisting of Forest Service, APHIS, university and state representatives) has developed a framework for implementing a national, interagency detection, monitoring, and response system for non-native bark and ambrosia beetles. I put out Lindgren funnel traps (baited with specific and non-specific lures), made the collections, and did the identification using reference specimens and taxonomic keys. I helped maintain the insect collection for the Juneau office. I worked on consolidating an office reference collection using Endnote. I am also working on population and controls projects for the spruce aphid of Sitka spruce. I worked with US Fish and Wildlife Service on the insect diet of screech owls. We did a diet analysis of owl pellets and the findings from necropsy of the stomach contents of deceased owls. I worked with the Alaska State Museum to help them identify museum pest insects that they are trapping.

Last updated on : 07/17/2020