Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Biology [Chemical Ecology], Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2013
  • Certified Essential Oil Therapist (RA, EOT) West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy, Canada,2009
  • Master of Science (MSc) Primate Conservation, Oxford BrookesUniversity, UK,2006
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) [cum laude] Zoology, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, USA,2004
  • Associate of Arts (AA) Liberal studies, Crafton Hills College, USA, 2002

PROFESSIONAL/EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

Core areas of expertise: Research (in-situ and ex-situ), biology, chemical ecology, ecology, conservation, sustainability, botany, ethnobotany, evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, ethology, semiochemicals, DNA extraction, genetic analysis, statistical analyses, biological pest control, curriculum development, instruction.

Independent Research Scientist and Consultant (2014 – present)

  • Teaches faculty, students, and the general public about chemical ecology, olfactory communication, semiochemicals, botany, sustainability, and aromatherapy
  • Creates and implements workshops on the sustainable harvest of plants, phytochemistry, and research design and methodology
  • Conducts research on the uses and applications of aromatic plants used in traditional medicine
  • Publishes reports on topics relevant to biology, ecology, sustainability, conservation, aromatic plant medicine, and health
  • Consults on sustainable management techniques in both rural and urbansettings
  • Consults on the uses of essential oils for product development and biological pest control
  • Consults on and conducts statistical analyses

Holistic Practitioner of Complementary/Alternative Medicine (2009 – present)

  • Provides consultations on the use and safety of essential and carrier oils guided by current scientific research
  • Aims to enhance and support the well-being of people with aromatic plant medicine

Senior Research Analyst (2015 – 2017) Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • Extracted, manipulated, and analyzed complex data from external and internal databases
  • Aided with research design, execution, and statistical analyses
  • Compiled and generated a variety of reports incorporating research techniques using primary and secondary resources
  • Trained staff and faculty on research methodology and introductory statistics
  • Wrote and summarized reports for the Canadian Ministry and peer-reviewed publication
  • Managed multiple complex projects and executed survey projects
  • Supported budget and enrolment planning
  • Special Advisor for re-accreditation programs
  • Research committee – grant review

Instructor (2014 – 2016) Canadian College of Shiatsu Therapy, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • Created and delivered curriculum, homework, and exams on the introduction of aromatherapy and how to enhance massage therapy with essential and carrier oils
  • Supervised students on research design, data analysis, and writing scientific reports
  • Engaged students in mock scenarios to improve their interpersonal skills with clients
  • Provided students with hands-on opportunities to create therapeutic blends

Graduate Teaching Assistant [Introduction to Ecology] (Fall 2009) Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

  • Developed and implemented supplemental curriculum that enhanced students’ understanding and application of the core course material
  • Planned and facilitated tutorials whereby students were encouraged to work independently and in teams, problem-solve, and effectively communicate their opinions in written and verbal formats
  • Assessed students’ overall performance on a regular basis, whereby I conveyed necessary feedback that would prepare them for challenging assignments, exams, and oral presentations
  • Marked essay-formatted exams and provided students with detailed comments to increase their understanding of the material

Graduate Research Assistant

  1. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada (2006 –2012)
  2. University of Ruhr, Bochum, Germany (2005 –2006)
  3. Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford, UK(2005)
  4. Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA USA(2003)
  • Developed inter-disciplinary research proposals, experimental designs, methodology, and cost requirements for research projects
  • Worked independently to collect, coordinate, and analyze a variety of ex-situ and in-situ data sets (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Collaborated with colleagues, universities, government and non-government organizations in the planning and design of research projects
  • Wrote and reviewed grants
  • Educated and mentored research assistants and graduate students
  • Trained researchers on research techniques, created ethograms for their use, monitored their progress, and prepared them with strategies to take on tasks independently
  • Analytical chemistry: Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Performed DNA extraction, DNA paternity analysis, and paternity assignment
  • Prepared and examined specimens using photomicrographic imaging and environmental scanning electron microscopy

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Ex-situ

  • Local mate competition, and mechanisms, functions, and fitness consequences of courtship and mating behavior in the parasitoid wasp Ooencyrtus kuvanae (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) (2006–2012) Simon Fraser University, BC,
  • Alkaloid presence in the slow loris Nycticebus javanicus (2011) British Broadcasting Company (BBC) documentary; Indonesia Institute of Sciences (LIPI): Bandung,
  • Social and solitary behavior of the Northern Ceylon slender loris and the red slender loris as a result of visual, auditory, and odor enrichment (2004 – 2005) University of Ruhr, Bochum,
  • Effects of enrichment on a captive population of orangutans (2003 – 2004)Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA,
  • Effects of enrichment on captive animals (2003) Los Angeles Zoo, LosAngeles,CA,

In-situ

  • Cultivating rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) and data collection for genetic analysis and population density of muna (Minthostachys) (2018) Peru
  • Endangered rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) expedition (2017)Peru
  • Aromatic medicinal plants and their use in traditional medicine (2015)Peru
  • Natural history expedition (2005) Galapagos Islands,
  • Amphibian vocalizations, feeding guilds of birds, habitat comparison andant hierarchies (2004) Central Valley, Costa
  • Sea turtle migration, feeding guilds of birds and ants, mammal density, and vegetation sampling (2003) Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja California,
  • Small rodent distribution and vegetation sampling (2002 – 2003) San Dimas Experimental Forest, CA,

WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS

  • Conversation about Conservation (Sept 2019) Alliance of International Aromatherapists, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 3 Workshops TBD: NE Women’s Herbal Conference (August 2019) Hebron, NH, USA
  • Peruvian rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora): Conservation Consciousness, Cultivation, and Education (June 2019) Planting the Future, Williams, OR, USA
  • Essential and Carrier Oil-Bearing Plants: Conservation Consciousness (October, 2018) Korean Association of Essential Oils, Aroma & Spa, Seoul, Korea
  • Protecting Endangered Plant Species (July, 2018) Regent’s University, London, UK
  • Conservation of Essential Oil-Bearing Plants (June, 2018) Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,
  • The use of Traditional Medicine throughout Peru (August, 2017) Alliance of International Aromatherapists, Rutgers University, NJ, USA
  • The Language of Fragrance in Pollination (June, 2016) Chino, CA,USA
  • Aromatic Plant Medicine – Applications, Benefits, Conservation and Chemistry course (January, 2017) Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies, Salt Spring Island, BCCanada
  • Conservation statuses and sustainability of aromatic medicinal plants (August & September, 2016) Webinar
  • Aromatic plant medicine for the visually impaired (July, 2016) Vancouver,BC
  • Juicing with aromatic plant medicine (July, 2016) Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Aromatherapy as a form of Traditional Medicine in Peru (June, 2016) Alliance of International Aromatherapists, International teleconference
  • Aromatic Plant Medicine in Peruvian Culture (June, 2016) Surrey, BC, Canada
  • Dr. Kelly Ablard’s Peruvian Adventures (May, 2016) Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies, Langley, BC, Canada
  • Order Through Odour (May, 2016) Cafe Du Soleil, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Wild Aromas and Food Collection Workshop [Co-facilitator:Camille Flanjak] (April, 2016) Squamish, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Artistic Expression in Response to Chemical Ecology and Essential Oils (March, 2016) Science World, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Chemical Ecology and Essential Oils (2015) Science World, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Reiki and Remedies (August, 2015) Vancouver Community College Urban Apothecary Garden, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Tai Chi and Chai Tea (August, 2015) Vancouver Community College Urban Apothecary Garden, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Introduction to Aromatherapy (June, 2015) VancouverCommunity College, Vancouver, BCCanada
  • Aromatherapy 101 (Summer, 2014) PIDP, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Chemical Communication Across Species (April, 2013) Keynote presentation for the British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapy (BCAOA), Annual Meeting, Delta, BC, Canada
  • Functions and fitness consequences of pheromone-tagging, and pre-and post- copulatory rituals of the parasitoid wasp Ooencyrtus kuvanae(Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) (July, 2011). International Society of Chemical Ecology 27th Annual Meeting, Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • Creative Blending Techniques (May, 2010) Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • The mechanisms and functions of pre- and post-copulatory rituals of the parasitoid wasp Ooencyrtus kuvanae (July, 2010). Entomological Society of BritishColumbia and Entomological Society of Canada Joint Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Introduction to Aromatherapy (October, 2008) Old Barn Community Centre, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Evidence for specimen-specific mate marking pheromone in the parasitoid wasp Ooencyrtus kuvanae (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) (September, 2008). Universityof Edinburgh, School of Evolutionary Biology, Scotland, UK
  • Naturalizing the captive environment of slender lorises (Loris tardigradus and L. lydekkerianusspp.) via olfactory enrichment (August, 2008).International Primatological Society Congress: University of Edinburgh, Scotland,UK
  • The slender loris (Loris tardigradus and L. lydekkerianus spp.) (May, 2008). Orangutan Awareness Society: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • Introduction to Aromatherapy (March, 2008). Old Barn CommunityCentre, University of British Columbia (UBC): Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Evidence for specimen-specific mate marking pheromone in the parasitoid wasp Ooencyrtus kuvanae (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) (July, 2007). Entomological Society of British Columbia: Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC Canada; Entomological Society of Canada: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Orangutans’ manufacturing and use of tools with long-term enrichment compared to short-term enrichment (August, 2005). 1Chester University, Chester, UK. (August, 2003). 2University of Berkeley, Berkeley,CA, USA; 3McNair Annual Symposium, Pomona, CA, USA; 4California State Long Beach College, Long Beach, CA, USA

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed articles

  • K.M. (in press). Putting Consciousness Back into Conservation of Aromatic Plant Medicine. The International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy.
  • Ablard, K.M. (2018). An Overview of Mintostachys South America’s mint. The International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy. Vol 6 (4).
  • Ablard, K.M. (2017). Conservation of Essential Oil- and CarrierOil-Bearing Plants; In Essence
  • Ablard, K.M. (2016). Exploring Aromatherapy as a Form of Traditional Aromatic Plant Medicine in Peru; The International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy. Vol 5(1).
  • Ablard, K.M., Simonetto, K., Weir, K., Crespi, B.J., Schaefer, P.W., and Gries, G. (2014). First-male sperm precedence and pre- and post-copulatory rituals in the parasitoid wasp Ooencyrtus kuvanae (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae); The Canadian Entomologist available on CJO2014. doi:10.4039/tce.2014.7. Ablard, K.M., Schaefer, P.W., and Gries, G. (2013). An alternative reproductive tactic: a parasitoid wasp gathers and guards a harem by pheromone-tagging virgins; Behavioural Processes 94, pp.32-40.
  • Ablard, K.M., Gries, R., Khaskin, G., Schaefer, P.W., and Gries, G. (2012).Does the stereochemistry of methylated cuticular hydrocarbons contribute to mate recognition in the solitary egg parasitoid wasp Ooencyrtus kuvanae? Journal of Chemical Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10886-012-0189-4.
  • Ablard, K.M., Fairhurst, S., Andersen, G., Schaefer, P.W., and Gries, G. (2011). Mechanisms, functions, and fitness consequences of the pre- and post- copulatory rituals of the parasitoid wasp Ooencyrtus kuvanae; Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 149 (2), pp.103-111.
  • Somjee, U., Ablard, K.M., Crespi, J., Schaefer, P.W., and Gries, G. (2011). Local mate competition in the solitary wasp Ooencyrtus kuvanae; Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65 (5), pp.1071-1077.

Book

  • Ablard, K.M. (in progress).

Book chapter

  • Nekaris, KAI, Pimley, , and Ablard, K.M. (2007). Predator Defense by Slender Lorises and Pottos. Primate Anti-predator Strategies. Springer, New York, NY: pp.222-240.

Non Peer-reviewed Articles

  • Ablard, K.M. (Nov 2019). Rosewood (Aniba rosaedora); Time to Take Heart; South African Association of Aromatherapy Journal
  • Ablard, K.M. (Fall 2018). Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essentialoil: Exploring Alternatives; Aromatika
  • Ablard, K.M. (2018). Essential and Carrier-Oil Bearing Plants: Conservation consciousness; Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, Spring issue
  • Ablard, K.M. (2018). Sustainable sandalwood in Australia; In Essence 16 (2).
  • Ablard, K.M. (2017). Conservation of Essential Oil- and Carrier Oil-Bearing Plants; In Essence 16 (1).
  • Ablard, K.M. (2017). Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essentialoil: Exploring Alternatives.kellyablard.com
  • Ablard, K.M. (2017). Rosewood (Aniba rosaedora); Time to Take Heart. kellyablard.com
  • Ablard, K.M. (2017). Threatened East Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album) Thrives in www.kellyablard.com
  • Ablard, K.M. (2017). The Essence of www.kellyablard.com
  • Ablard, K.M. (2016). The Conservation of Essential Oil- and CarrierOil-Bearing Plants.kellyablard.com
  • Ablard, K.M., Carson, C., and Tisserand, R. (2015). Cinnamon Survey: Special Report. The Tisserand Institute.http://tisserandinstitute.org/cinnamon-oil-survey- special-report/
  • Ablard, K.M. Essential Oils of Citrus Prevent Infection in Plants andAnimals (2015). Tisserand Institute Newsletter.http://bit.ly/1BEOcH6
  • Ablard, K.M. Behaviour of the Northern Ceylon slender loris (Loris tardigradus nordicus) and the red slender loris (Loris tardigradus tardigradus) as a result of olfactory, visual, and auditory enrichment (2006). Canopy, Vol4(2).
  • Ablard, K.M. Behaviour of the Northern Ceylon slender loris (Loris tardigradus nordicus) and the red slender loris (Loris tardigradus tardigradus) as a result of olfactory, visual, and auditory enrichment (2005). Canopy, Vol4(1).

SPECIALIZED COURSES/DIPLOMAS

  • IUCN Red List Assessor Certificate (Oct 2018) Conservation Training, The Nature Conservancy
  • Professional Instructors Diploma Program (2014) Foundations of Adult Education and Curriculum Development
  • CO2 Extracts in (Clinical) Aromatherapy (2018) Madeleine Kerkhof; Wernhout, Netherlands
  • Medicinal Plants of California (2016) William Broen; Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden; Claremont, CA, USA
  • New Frontiers in Aromatic Therapies (2016) Mark Webb BSc, MASCC, MIAAMA; Sidney, BC, Canada
  • Indigenous Plant Medicine Teachings (2016) Lori Snyder; Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • The Professional Practice (2016) The role of aromatherapy and complementary medicine in 2016; Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
  • Identification and Uses of Woodland Plants (2015) Sarah Orlowski; Courtenay, BC, Canada
  • Medicinal Trees (2015) Chanchel Cabrera; Courtenay, BC, Canada
  • Identification, Harvesting, and Use of Local Herbs (2015) Don Ollsin; Courtenay, BC, Canada
  • Making Natural Body Care Products (2015) Betty Norton; Courtenay, BC, Canada
  • Plant Spirit Medicine (2015) Monika Ghent; Courtenay, BC, Canada
  • The Sacred Use of Fragrance (2015) John Steele; Sidney, BC, Canada
  • The Art of Herbal Tonic Elixirs (2015) Yarrow Willard; Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Aromatherapy Products: Packaging and Labeling (2015) Jade Shutes; NAHA [webinar]
  • First Aid for Dogs Using Essential Oils (2014) Lia Whitmore NAHA online
  • The Art of Distillation with Ann Harman (2013) Sidney, BC, Canada
  • From Harvest to Hydrosol Course with Ann Harman (2013) Fruitland, WA, USA
  • The Use of Essential Oils in the Cancer Care and Palliative Environments with Rhiannon Harris (2012) Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
  • Introduction to Spiritual Phytoessencing (2012) Dr. Bruce Berkowsky [webinar]
  • Aromatherapy with Robert Tisserand (2011) Sidney, BC, Canada
  • Thalassotherapy and Essential Oils (2010) Diane Bernard; Sidney, BC, Canada
  • Aromatherapy and Great Skin (2010) Jennifer Jefferies; Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
  • Plant Morphology (2004) California State Polytechnic University Pomona, USA
  • Plant Structures and Functions (2004) California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA
  • ArcView 3.x (2000 – 2001), Environmental Systems Research Institute(ESRI), Redlands, CA, USA

VOLUNTEER WORK

Director, United Plant Savers (2017 – )

  • Advises on the conservation status and sustainable-management of essential and carrier oil-bearing plants
  • At-Risk Species Assessment Tool Committee
  • Data analyses
  • Designing and coordinating a BioBlitz

Community Scientist, Science World, Vancouver, BC Canada (2012 – present)

  • Educates the public about sustainable agriculture of essential and carrier oil- bearing plants, olfaction, chemical ecology, and chemical communication across species
  • Designs scientific-based exhibits and activities for the general public

Board Member, British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists (2010 – 2018).

  • Positions: Vice President and Website Content Coordinator

Advisory Board, Tisserand Institute (2014 – 2017)

  • Reviewed reports and provided current research on the clinical uses of essential and carrier oils
  • Advised on the conservation statuses and sustainability practices of essential and carrier oil-bearing plants
  • Wrote reports on topics including the use essential oils for both people and animals
  • Conducted statistical analysis

Founder/Coordinator, Vancouver Community College Urban Apothecary Learning Garden (2014 – 2016)

  • Designed, planted, and maintained the garden consisting of ~50aromatic medicinal plants
  • Taught faculty, students, and the general public about botany, sustainable farming, how to distill essential oils, the chemistry and medicinal properties of the plants, and the different cultures and/or rituals each plant represents
  • Designed and facilitated wellness workshops using plant material from the garden
  • Trained and provided opportunities for garden enthusiasts and researchers
  • Built community projects with a focus on international students and at-risk youth

AWARDS/GRANTS/HONORS

  • Achievement of Excellence Award (2016) British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapists
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)sponsored member award (2011-2013)
  • President’s PhD Research Stipend Award(2011)Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada
  • Graduate Fellowship Award (2006 – 2008) Simon Fraser University, BC,Canada
  • Travel Scholarship (2007) Simon Fraser University, BC,Canada
  • Research Grant, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) (2006 -2012)
  • Research Grant, Twycross Zoo Animal Behavior Research Grant (2005) Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire,UK
  • Research Grant, Association of British Wild Animal Keepers (2004) ChesterZoo, Chester,UK
  • Cum laude (2004) California State Polytechnic University Pomona, CA,USA
  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Program Scholar(2002-present)

MEDIA

  • Preservation of Threatened Essential Oil-Bearing Plants (Dec 2019) Beyond the Essential Oil Recipe Summit
  • Conservation of Threatened Aromatic Medicinal Plants (Oct 2019) Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Summit hosted by David Crow
  • Uncommon Scents (August 2017) Interview regarding endangered rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora)
  • Curiosity Collider Gala Reception: Meet the Artists – Science Collides (September, 2016) http://bit.ly/2dyBaFp
  • Smiling Joe Productions (June 2016) Documentary series on unique gardens featuring Dr. Ablard, founder of the Vancouver Community College Urban Apothecary Learning Garden
  • Canadian Geographic magazine (April, 2013) “Cameras Record Wasps’Mating Habits” by Tamara Tachichi
  • Science Daily (Jan. 8th 2013) “Females Tagged in Wasp DatingGame”
  • British Broadcasting Company (Nov. 2012) Mysteries of Slow Loris Toxin
  • Interview by Robert Tisserand (Dec. 16th 2011) “Essential Oils & Chemical Ecology”

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

  • SPSS (PASW)software
  • NVivo
  • ArcGIS
  • WordPress

CURRENT AFFILIATIONS

Community Scientist Initiative Program, Science World; American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) Community; Society for Conservation GIS – ESRI; Alliance of International Aromatherapists; British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapy; National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy; United Plant Savers; International Society of Chemical Ecology

 

 

 

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