Bob at CapeI. Present Position

Director and Chief Scientist
Congress Farm Research Institute
1217 State Route I34
Wilmington, OH 45177

II. Education

B.S. Physics, University of North Carolina, 1964

M.S. Aerospace Engineering with Distinction, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1974.

Ph.D. studies (all but dissertation), Applied Mathematics, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1975.

III. Employment History

2002 – Present Congress Farm Research Institute
Wilmington, Ohio

President, CEO, Chief Scientist and sole employee.
Mathematical and statistical modeling, satellite imagery
analysis, scientific computing, field ornithology

2000 – 2002
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Wilmington College
Wilmington, Ohio.

College algebra I, II and III, numerical methods, probability
theory, mathematical statistics.

2000 – 2002
Visiting Research Scientist
Conservation Ecology Research Unit
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Summer visits. Research and teaching in satellite image
analysis for conservation biology. Ecological remediation, elephant conservation.
Supervised honors projects for two Master’s students

1997 – 2000
Senior Research Associate
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Scientific computing, satellite imagery analysis, training
graduate students in remote sensing and computer modeling
of ecosystems

1999
Visiting Scientist
State University of Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

Research and teaching in satellite image analysis for
conservation biology

1998 – 1999
Adjunct instructor, Department of Geography
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee

Three course remote sensing sequence for undergraduates

1991 – 1997
Consultant, scientific computing
Wilmington, Ohio

Wrote software controllers for precision scientific
instruments

1992
Adjunct assistant professor, Wilmington College

Taught business statistics to a class of 19 inmates in Warren
Correctional Institution

1986 – 1991
Defense Systems Analyst, The Analytic Sciences
Corporation, Dayton, Ohio

Cost and operational effectiveness analyses of defense
systems. Computer modeling of aerial combat

1966 – 1986
Pilot and systems engineer, United States Air Force

Career about evenly split between flying fighter aircraft and
research and development. Retried in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel

1981 – 1982
Adjunct instructor, Chapman College, Holloman
AFB extension campus

Three-course calculus sequence, differential equations, numerical methods

IV. Professional Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Ornithologists Union
Association of Field Ornithologists

V. Representative Publications

2003. Pimm, S.L., J.L. Lockwood, C.N. Jenkins, J.L Curnutt, R.D. Powell, M.P. Nott, O.L. Bass, Jr.
A Sparrow in the Grass: a report on the first ten years of research on the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow, Technical Report: Center for Ecological Research and Conservation, Columbia University, New York

2003. Jenkins, C.L., R.D. Powell and S.L. Pimm. Demonstrating the destruction of the habitat of
the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow
. Animal Conservation, 6:29-38

2003. Jenkins, C.L., R.D. Powell and S.L. Pimm. Why sparrow distributions do not match model
predictions
. Animal Conservation, 6:39-46

1999. Powell, R.D and S.L. Pimm, Toward a mass-balanced dynamic model of Alaska’s Prince William
Sound ecosystem in the post-spill period 1994-1996
. Restoration Project 98330 annual report,
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage, Alaska. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

1998. Nott, M.P, O.L. Bass, Jr, D.M. Fleming, S.E. Killefer, N. Fraley, L. Manne, J.L. Curnutt,
T.M. Brooks, R. Powell and S.L. Pimm. Water levels, rapid vegetational changes, and the endangered
Cape Sable seaside sparrow
. Animal Conservation 1: 23-32

1997. Lockwood, J.L., R.D. Powell, M.P. Nott and S.L. Pimm. . Oikos 80: 549-553

VI. Personal

Longtime birdwatcher
Traveled to every continent except Antarctica
Once and future classical music radio show host
Fluent German

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