Curriculum Vitae

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EDUCATION

August 2014 – Present

Ph.D. Ecology, University of Louisville
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Yanoviak

January – April 2014

Post-Baccalaureate, University of Louisville (2 courses as a technician)

2009-2013

B.S. Biology, University of Pittsburgh, Cum Laude
Advisor: Dr. Walter Carson
Honors in Biology, Major in Economics
Thesis: “Patterns of coarse woody debris volume among 18 late-successional and mature forest stands in Pennsylvania”

POSITIONS HELD

2013-2014 – Research Technician, University of Louisville, PI: Dr. Steve Yanoviak

2013 – Research Technician, University of Pittsburgh, PI: Dr. Walter Carson

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2015-2018 – Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
$138,000

2017 – Graduate Research Internship, National Science Foundation
$5,000

2015-2016 – Young Explorer’s Grant, National Geographic Society
$4,750

2015-2016 – Short-term Fellowship, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
$7,000

2016 – Award Recipient, Carl C. Cornett Entomological Endowment Fund
$2,500

2016 – Research Grant, Graduate Network in Arts and Sciences
$100

2015 – Beechmont Garden Club Award, University of Louisville
$1,000

2015 – Research Grant, Graduate Student Council
$280

2015 – Biology Graduate Student Publication Award, University of Louisville
$150

2014, 2018-2019 – University Fellow, University of Louisville
$72,000

2014 – Award Recipient, Carl C. Cornett Entomological Endowment Fund
$2,500

2014 – Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program

2013 – Honors degree in Biology granted by Departmental Honors Committee

PRESENTATIONS

Gora, E. M., P. M. Bitzer, J. C. Burchfield, and S. P. Yanoviak. 2016. Why does lightning only kill some trees? A model-based approach. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Gora, E. M., P. M. Bitzer, J. C. Burchfield, and S. P. Yanoviak. 2016. Lightning on Barro Colorado Island: Tree characteristics influence lightning-tree interactions. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Bambi Seminar Series. Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Gora, E. M. 2015. Effects of lightning on a tropical forest. Invited presentation for Matt Larson, the Director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and guest Meghan Lamson. Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Gora, E. M. 2015. Lighting disturbance in forests. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Guides Seminar (Invited presentation). Panama City, Panama.

Gora, E. M., and S. P. Yanoviak. 2015. Lightning’s impact on forest ecology. Society of Integrative Comparative Biology Meeting. Palm Beach, Florida.

Gora, E. M., and S. P. Yanoviak. 2014. Lightning disturbance in forests. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island Bambi Seminar Series. Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Gora, E. M. and S. P. Yanoviak. 2014. Lightning ecology and electrical resistivity of trees. Kentucky Academy of Science (third place in graduate competition). Lexington, Kentucky.

Gora, E. M. and S. P. Yanoviak. 2014. The Ecology of Lightning in a Northern Forest. Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (> 70 in attendance). Dayton, Ohio.

Gora, E. M., S. P. Yanoviak, and M. Feil. 2013. Resistivity of trees and vines. Kentucky Academy of Science.

Gora, E. M., 2013. Patterns of coarse woody debris volume among 18 late-successional and mature forest stands in Pennsylvania. University of Pittsburgh, Honors Research Symposium.