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M.S. in Environmental Earth System Science, Ocean Biogeochemistry Lab – Stanford University, 2010.
B.S. in Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology concentration – Cornell University, 1998.
Intern, various projects – Point Reyes Bird Observatory, 2002-2004.



Ecologist, Geographic structure of Adélie Penguin populations: demography of population expansion – HT Harvey& Associates / Point Reyes Bird Observatory, 2002-present.
Co-founder and board member – Oikonos, 2002-2008.
GIS Biologist, various projects – Point Reyes Bird Observatory, 2003-2006.
Riparian Habitat Conservationist – Point Reyes Bird Observatory, 2000-2002.
Food Drive Assistant – Alameda County Community Food Bank, 1999-2000.
Landscape Designer, Restoring Native Ecosystems in the Urban Landscape – Ceiba Garden Design, 1998-1999.
Research Assistant, A Study in Avian Chemical Ecology and Ethno-Ornithology, Yutaje, Venezuela – Cornell University, 1998.
Collections Assistant – Paleontological Research Institution, 1997.
Farm Assistant – Wheatland Vegetable Farms, 1992-1995 (summers).



Ballard, G., V. Toniolo, D. G. Ainley, C. L. Parkinson, K. R. Arrigo, and P. N. Trathan. 2010. Responding to climate change: Adélie penguins confront astronomical and ocean boundaries. Ecology, 91(7): 2056-2069.
Lescroël, A., G. Ballard, V. Toniolo, K. J. Barton, P. R. Wilson, P. O. B. Lyver, and D. Ainley. 2010. Working less to gain more: when breeding quality relates to foraging efficiency. Ecology, 91(7): 2044-2055.
Ainley, D.G., K.M. Dugger, V. Toniolo and I. Gaffney. 2007. Cetacean Occurrence Patterns In The Amundsen And Southern Bellingshausen Sea Sector, Southern Ocean. Marine Mammal Science, 23(2): 287–305.
Stralberg, D., V. Toniolo, G.W. Page, and L.E. Stenzel. 2004. Potential Impacts Of Non-Native Spartina Spread On Shorebird Populations In South San Francisco Bay. Report to the Coastal Conservancy Invasive Spartina Project.



Editor, Meatpaper, 2012-2013.
Co-author, Love and Antarctic Light, Jubilat 9, 2005.
Technical editor, Ecology and Conservation of Birds of the Salton Sink : an Endangered Ecosystem, edited by W.D. Shuford and K.C. Molina, Studies in Avian Biology No. 27, 2004. Web master, www.oikonos.org, 2003-2006.
Instructor, Standardized Methods for Monitoring Landbird Populations, Point Reyes Bird Observatory, 2000-2004.
Instructor, Bird Monitoring and Conservation: a workshop for private landowners, Blucher Creek Watershed Council, 2002.
Member, Tomales Bay Watershed Council Habitat Committee, 2000-2002. Editor, Walker Creek News, Marin County Resource Conservation District, 2000-2002.
Technical editor, The Riparian Bird Conservation Plan: a strategy for reversing the decline of riparian associated birds in California, 2000.



• Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing: ArcGIS/ArcInfo 9.x, SeaDAS, Spatial Analyst, Tracking Analyst, image analysis; programming in Python, Avenue, AML.
• Other analysis and database software: R, Matlab, FoxPro.
• Field biology: field seasons in avian and/or plant ecology in Venezuela, New York, 
California (various sites), Farallon Islands, and Antarctica.
• Foreign Languages: Italian (native fluency).
• Technical climbing and mountaineering.