Russell Doughty, PhD

Russell Doughty, PhD


PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology December 2019
University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma
GPA: 4.0

Masters of Natural Resources December 2014
Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon
GPA: 3.97

BA in Economics May 2005
Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa


Postdoctoral Research Associate
Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, Center of Spatial Analysis, Earth Observation and Modeling Facility, University of Oklahoma

Temporary Research Assistant
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University


Postdoctoral Research Associate
California Institute of Technology 5/1/2020 – Present
Pasadena, CA
Conduct research in the lab of Dr. Christian Frankenberg.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Oklahoma 1/1/2020 – 4/30/2020
Norman, OK
Conduct research in the lab of Dr. Xiangming Xiao.

PhD Graduate Research Assistant
University of Oklahoma 8/1/2016 – 12/15/2019
Norman, OK
Acquire and manage GIS spatial datasets and databases related to Oklahoma’s private, public, and tribal lands and natural resources for the purposes of scientific research and educational outreach. Implement GIS software applications and interfaces. Provide user support to master’s graduate students. Identify requirements and implement advanced analytical techniques to solve complex issues, such as changes in land use and its impact on the environment. Automate data processing with Python programming language.
Represent the Center for Spatial analysis in the University’s K20 group to develop curriculum using geospatial data and software for kindergarten through graduate school. Work with post-doctoral researchers and PhD students to develop technically feasible automation, mapping and analysis approaches.
Accomplishments:  Graduate Student Senator

Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy 11/1/2013 – 10/15/2016
Antlers, OK
Served as the sole employee for Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy’s (ORWP) 501c3 and 501c4 nonprofit organizations. Worked in-hand with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to develop elementary and middle school curriculum and materials on watershed resources using GIS software, geospatial datasets, Adobe Photoshop, and other materials. Personally executed the curriculum for grades 3-6 in the public school system for 10 different communities in Southeast Oklahoma. Each student received a map of their watershed, which I developed using GIS software and datasets.
Worked closely with US Army Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, tribal entities, and other nonprofit organizations to refine and expand the curriculum I developed at ORWP. Conducted geospatial research to determine possible habitat for endangered species, such as the Interior Least Tern, for the purposes of sustainable land management practices. Develop and deliver presentations to groups such as the Red River Valley Association. Effectively communicate with a board of 15 members. Conduct outreach at fairs and festivals. Develop news articles, advertisements, radio announcements, and make appearances on television for local news outlets such as KTEN and KXII.

Climate Change and Phenology Intern
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks 6/1/2013 – 8/24/2013
Three Rivers, CA
Recipient of the George Wright Climate Change Initiative internship from the University of Washington. Collaborated with community educators, park biologists, and GIS specialists to develop a web feature on Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park’s phenology program. The web feature is located at and was constructed using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS programming languages.
Developed curriculum based upon the web feature for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students in accordance with California state education standards. Field tested the curriculum with students at a public school near the park.

Graduate Research Assistant
Oregon State University 5/1/2012 – 10/31/2012
Corvallis, Or
Collect soil samples and take biomass measurements for Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) projects at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon. Samples were tracked using the global positioning system (GPS) and catalogued into GIS datasets using GIS software.

Mobile Education Store Publishing, LLC 11/1/2012 – 5/30/2012
Corvallis, OR
Technical advisor and editor for Pines to Vines, a digital book on forest ecosystems for the nation’s leader in mobile education for children. Available for in the Apple Store.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Educators Choice Award – SIIA Innovation Competition
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Flawlessly Designed – Children’s Book Review
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 2014 Kapi Award – Honorable Mention

Family Forest Land Manager
Forest Land Management 09/1/2012 – 12/15/2012
Buffalo Valley, OK
Wrote a long-term sustainable management plan certifiable by the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and Oklahoma’s Forest Stewardship Project. The forest is 120 acres of diverse forest that has been managed for old-growth since the 1940s, which began with my great-grandfather. The forest has the oldest pine in the valley and a state-champion hickory tree. Currently continue to aid landowner in formulating and supervising sustainable land management projects.

Forestry Technician
United States Forest Service (USFS) 04/11/2011 – 11/04/2011
Chelan, WA
Wilderness Trail Crew Supervisor. Safely lead trail crew in accomplishment of project goals under hazardous conditions during 10-day backcountry tours. Train crew members on proper trail & tool maintenance, including crosscut saws. Guided & coordinated several backcountry volunteer work parties, each lasting 1 week. All work performed in very remote and inaccessible areas of the North Cascades. Explosive blasting and prescribed burning experience.
Wildland Firefighter Type II
First Aid and CPR
Crosscut Instructor – Bucking and Falling
Bridge Inspector – Major and Minor Bridges

Crew Leader
Northwest Youth Corps 6/1/2009 – 5/01/2011
Eugene, OR
Supervisor for Leadership Development and Backcountry Leadership Programs. Land use planning and project execution including recreation planning and interdisciplinary resource management. Each backcountry project was 5-6 weeks in length. Physical and mental development of adults and youth ages 16-19. Taught daily lessons to students earning high school biology and PE credits.

AmeriCorps Volunteer
AmeriCorps at American Youthworks 1/1/2009 – 5/30/2009
Austin, TX
Completed an 800-hour service commitment with the Environmental Corps program. Trail maintenance, construction, invasive species removal, tree planting, and ecosystem restoration projects. 11-day front and backcountry projects at state parks in west, central, and east Texas.

Legal Assistant
Brown McCarroll, LLP 8/1/2005 – 6/30/2007
Austin, TX
Data entry, analysis, legal research, written and oral presentations for the largest law firm in Austin, Texas. Experience in administrative health care law, intellectual property, and product liability. Microsoft Access database management.


Oklahoma Numismatic Association

  • Recipient of a $1500 scholarship to attend 2016 Summer Seminar hosted by the American Numismatic Association

Central States Numismatic Society

  • Recipient of a $4900 grant in 2016 to publish my book on Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cent Die Varieties

Grinnell College, IA

  • Trustee Honor Scholar
  • Chess Club Founder
  • Football Letter Award
  • Town-and-Gown Rugby


  • Use of ArcGIS and Python programming language beginning in 2012
  • Familiar with National Park Service website development platform
  • Wrote my first computer program in 1995 using VisualBasic 4.0
  • Replaced hardware in my first personal computer in 1997 with current-day expertise in hardware, including mobile devices
  • Skillful in all versions of HTML, including CSS since induction, coding my first sites in Notepad; comfortable in the Adobe Dreamweaver environment
  • Owner and designer of 5 domain addresses from 1997 to present with millions of page views
  • Sixteen years of proficiency in computer-generated graphic arts using Adobe Photoshop versions 4.0 to CS6 (released 1996 to 2012)
  • Creation of PDF files using Adobe Acrobat Professional versions 5.0 to 10.0, 2001 thru present and publications in Adobe InDesign since 2012
  • Produced several videos using Lightworks Pro, beginning in 2012
  • Proficient in JavaScript and data structures since 2002
  • Professional document production in Microsoft Office since debut in 1995, including Word, Frontpage, Powerpoint, and complex charts and formulas in Excel
  • Involved in commercial and educational projects such as computer programs, websites, marketing materials, printed/oral reports, JavaScript web-based features, YouTube videos and AppleOS/AndroidOS mobile applications
  • Type 70+ words a minute, error free