University of Florida

Nancy Steigerwalt

Nancy is the biological scientist and lab manager for the Restoration and Plant Ecology Lab at UF. She joined the staff of the Environmental Horticulture Department in March 2006, shortly after earning her M.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences here at UF. Her primary responsibilities include assisting Dr. Adams and graduate students with research projects, ordering supplies for the laboratory, greenhouse, and for field work, maintaining equipment, analyzing data, assisting with the perparation of papers, figures, presentations and posters, refurbishing the laboratory, and designing and maintaining the website for the Restoration and Plant Ecology Lab. Her research interests include restoration, aquatic ecology, applied plant ecology, and aquatic invertebrates.

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Education

  • 2005 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    M.S. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Thesis-Environmental Factors Affecting Invertebrate Community Structure on Snags in the Ichetucknee River, Florida
  • 2002 Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
    B.A. Environmental Science (major), Environmental Ethics (minor)
  • 2001 School for Field Studies, Atenas, Costa Rica
    summer program
  • 2000-2001 University of Lim

Related Courses

Stream Limnology, Limnology, Aquatic Heterotrophs, Applied Phycology, Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms, Geographic Information Systems for Soil and Water Science, Applied Fisheries Statistics, Strategies for Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems, Ecology 1, Conservation Ecology, Geoscience, Biometrics, Humanity and Ecosphere, Biology 1, Biology 2, Stream Ecology and Pollution, Environmental Chemistry, Consumer Products Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Nutrition, Environmental Ethics, Global Ethics and Health: the Impact of Environment.

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Related Work Experience

2006 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Biological Scientist- Department of Environmental Horticulture

Responsibilities include assisting lab members with their research projects, ordering supplies for the laboratory, greenhouse, and for field work, maintaining equipment, analyzing data, assisting with the perparation of papers, presentations, figures and posters, refurbishing the laboratory, and designing and maintaining a web site for the Restoration and Plant Ecology Lab. Her research has involved seed banks and restoration.

2006 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
OPS Biologist- Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Sampled eels and measured environmental parameters at the dam in the Guana River, FL. Preserved samples.

2004-2005 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Graduate Assistant- Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Sampled snag habitat and measured environmental parameters in the Ichetucknee River , FL. Removed aquatic invertebrates from snags. Preserved samples and isolated invertebrates from surrounding detritus. Identified invertebrates to lowest possible taxonomic level, and slide-mounted organisms when necessary. Maintained databases and analyzed data. Examined relationships between invertebrate community structure and selected environmental variables. Sampled aquatic invertebrates in Blue's Creek, FL, and identified them to the lowest possible taxonomic level. Assisted teaching the public and a number of school groups throughout Florida about aquatic invertebrates and fish.

2002-2003 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Graduate Assistant- Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Sampled phytoplankton and measured environmental parameters in Lake Griffin, Leesburg, FL, once a month for slightly over a year. Performed nutrient analyses and conducted nutrient-limitation bioassays monthly. Conducted light and nutrient competition experiments on four species of phytoplankton. Made media for and maintained cultures of a number of phytoplankton species. Maintained databases and analyzed data. Taught general lake ecology and field sampling methods on Lake Griffin, Leesburg, FL, to 30 students from Allee Academy Charter School, Umatilla, FL.

2002 Wildlands Conservancy Emmaus, PA
Intern- Rivers Department

Assisted with stream restoration projects throughout the Lehigh River Watershed. Determined vegetative border widths and which/how many native species to plant within these areas. Planted and maintained vegetation. Assisted with grants, invoices, and billing. Wrote quarterly reports, press releases, and sections of the Lehigh River Watershed management plan.

2002 America Reads Hartsdale, NY
Reading and Writing Tutor- Highview Elementary School

Assisted teacher with class and tutored second and third grade students having learning difficulties or with whom English was a second language.

2001 Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY
Research Assistant- Dr. Mali Yin, Chemistry professor

Researched topics and gathered articles for weekly distribution to students to supplement the textbook for Environmental Chemistry, an undergraduate class taught by Dr. Yin.

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Research Experience

2001 School for Field Studies, Atenas, Costa Rica

Sampled terrestrial insects and earthworms on nine different land uses and quantified erosion on an organic farm in Atenas, Costa Rica . Analyzed data and compared the diversity and richness of terrestrial invertebrates among the land uses. Compared results to a similar study completed the previous year while the farm followed conventional agricultural practices. Results were used by local farmers. Involved in a series of additional projects requested by local communities, national parks, and non-governmental organizations throughout Costa Rica .

2000-2001 University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Sampled and identified invertebrate communities and measured environmental parameters in a riffle of the River Shannon, Limerick , for four months. Compared four woodland stands in Castletroy, Limerick, Ireland, using a variety of community structure parameters.

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Skills

Aquatic invertebrate identification, identification of common freshwater fish and macrophytes, boat and trailer operation, electro-fishing, trawling, seining, invertebrate and phytoplankton sampling, and water chemistry analysis.

Database maintenance and data analysis using Excel, SAS, SYSTAT, PC-ORD, and ArcGIS. Exposure to SPSS, MVSP, and MINITAB. Website design and maintenance using Dreamweaver and Frontpage. Presentation and poster design using Powerpoint. Figure creation and picture manipulation using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Florida pesticide applicator's license. PADI open-water dive certification. Carpentry.

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Papers

  • Steigerwalt, N.M, C.E. Cichra, and S.M. Baker. 2007. Composition and distribution of aquatic invertebrate communities on snags in the Ichetucknee River, Florida. submitted.
  • Steigerwalt, N.M, C.E. Cichra, and S.M. Baker. 2007. Environmental factors affecting aquatic invertebrate community structure on snags in the Ichetucknee River, Florida. submitted.
  • Phlips, E.J., J. Frost, M. Yilmaz, N. Steigerwalt, and M. Cichra. 2004. Factors controlling the abundance and composition of blue-green algae in Lake Griffin . Final Report #SF669AA. St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, FL.

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Professional Associations

  • North American Benthological Society- member
  • Florida Association of Benthologists- member
  • 2005 Annual Meeting, Palatka, FL
  • Steigerwalt , N.M. , C.E. Cichra, G.L. Warren, and S.M. Baker. 2005. Environmental Factors Affecting Invertebrate Community Structure on Snags in the Ichetucknee River , Florida .
  • Awarded runner-up Best Student Presentation Award
  • 2004 Aquatic Heteroptera Workshop, Gainesville, FL

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Nancy Steigerwalt
Nancy removing rhizomes and roots from seed bank samples in the potting shed.

Phone

352 - 392 - 1831 x 378

Fax

352 - 392 - 1413

E-mail

nsteiger@ufl.edu

Address

Department of Environmental Horticulture
PO Box 110675
Gainesville, FL 32611