Matthew Rothaus
1512 Boylston Ave #205  
♦ Seattle, WA 98122 
♦ 360-260-5417


University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
 ♦ August 2015
♦ Bachelor of Science -Ecology and Environmental Biology
University of Washington – Professional & Continuing Education
 ♦ June 2017
♦ Certificate in Wetland Science & Management


Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary Water Quality Assessment
Designed and implemented a survey of water quality in the Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary. Samples were taken from five separate ponds that are hydrologically connected through leaky berms, but are otherwise separate. After collection samples were analyzed in a lab for five water quality parameters (alkalinity, temperature, conductivity, turbidly, and pH). Linear regressions were used to look for patterns in the data across the five ponds.
Studies in Tropical Environments
Two weeks exploring the Galapagos Archipelago. Studied a wide variety of ecosystems and how various organizations were performing conservation biology. Interacted with locals to learn how they viewed their environment and what they considered important.
Four days exploring Cloud Forest in mountains of Ecuador under field guide Nelson Jaramillo. Discussed plant communities and how they interact with wildlife to form a unique ecosystem.
Collaborative Research in Biology
Worked within a team to develop and perform a study on the extent of earthworm invasion in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Study included collecting worm specimens, soils samples, leaf litter, and assessing percent plant coverage of sample sites. Used R statistical software to perform both analysis of variants (ANOVAs) and Structural Equation Modeling to analyze the collected data.


  • Identification of herbaceous and woody plants in multiple plant communities (wetlands, riparian forest, wet and dry mesic forests) using dichotomous keys, field guides, and personal knowledge.
  • Preparation of soil samples for analyses of nitrogen and organic content.
  • Use of Munsell charts and soil texture classification methodology.
  • Wetland identification and delineation using data gathered in an office and on site.
  • Navigating too sites using maps, landmarks, and a GPS.
  • Use of proximal and quantitave chemistry to determine the nutritional content of food, such as salt, moisture, fiber, and cellulose.
  • Analysis of water samples for various quality parameters, such as alkalinity, chloride, chlorine, hardness, turbidity, pH, and chlorophyll content.
  • Preparation of and cleaning samples for LCMS/MS and GC/MS via QUECHERS methodology and SPE techniques
  • Ability to follow standard lab quality assurance including: sample tracking, LIMS input, proper data handling, and use of duplicates and spikes.
  • Use and maintenance of common lab equipment including: pH meters, hot water baths, vacuum ovens, hot/stir plates, photospectrometers, and a variety of glass wares.
  • Use of PCR to analyze genotypic changes in fruit fly populations.
  • Investigation of how CO2 concentrations affect photosynthetic rates of C3 (Vicia faba) and C4 plants (Zea mays) using controlled atmospheres and handheld chlorophyll detectors.
  • Plating and transferring nematodes based on physical characteristics

Professional History

IEH Analytical
3927 Aurora Ave N #202
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-2715
03/24/2016 – Current
Laboratory Analyst
Proximate analysis
Water quality analysis
Data management
General lab maintenance
T&L Nursery
13245 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 885-5050
07/06/2015 – 02/26/2016
Section Grower
Greenhouse management
Fertility management
IPM application
Irrigation and minor mechanical
Trefoil Cultural and Environmental
1965 W Highview Drive
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
please request contact info
05/30/07 – 08/28/2014
Archaeological Assistant
Excavation and artifact handling
Wetland identification via geographical conditions
Map scanning and editing using GSI software
Data entry and clerical tasks