Research and Analysis
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Contributed to the research used in multiple presentations at the USGS Chesapeake Bay Program Workshop in August 2016; one involving my thesis research and the other involving research from my work with the Leetown Science Center.
Presented my thesis research at the 7th North American Duck Symposium in February 2016.
Coordinate and facilitate performance improvement activities through data collection, analysis and reporting, while identifying opportunities for increased efficiencies.
Provide fiscal supports for contract billing and assist in audit readiness activities to ensure compliance with accreditations and other regulatory standards.
Worked as a temporary contractor for the Aquatic Ecology Branch of the Leetown Science Center.
Contributed to research involving brook trout movement in an experimental stream lab.
Assisted with daily care and maintenance of the fish and stream setup.
Also, contributed to the literature review and data analysis portions of the stream lab research projects.
Participated in fieldwork, which consisted of surveying fish via electrofishing methods in streams, as well as taking drying surveys and downloading existing water temperature and pressure data from loggers placed in various watersheds of the Catoctin Mountain National Park, Shenandoah National Park, and Delaware Watergap National Recreation Area.
Traversed approximately twenty watersheds by foot, using GPS, compasses, and topographical maps.
In charge of running two lab sections each semester with each section consisting of about twenty-five students.
Responsible for grading students for both the lecture and lab portions of courses, in addition to teaching and guiding the three-hour lab portion each week.
Courses taught included Human Anatomy and Physiology I (three semesters) and Principles of Biology I (two semesters).
Primarily responsible for compiling and preparing the billing and productivity each month.
Help to complete various other administrative tasks, such as preparing for trainings, creating year-end summary compilations, and maintaining a weekly newsletter.
Participated in the studies of a captive sea and diving duck colony at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge.
Primary research included hearing studies on diving duck species; external transmitter attachment studies on ducks, loons, and gannets; and foraging and behavioral studies on black ducks.
Specific tasks included designing and building controlled environments for testing; collecting data; administering tests; and observing animal behavior.
On a daily basis, was responsible for the care of the animals including feeding, training, cleaning, and administering medications; collecting eggs; general upkeep and maintenance of the pens, tanks, aquariums, pumps, filters, and area around the colony; and training and mentoring interns and volunteers.
Surveyed local shark and stingray species using a combination of techniques such as drop nets, seine nets, cast nets, long lines, and drop lines.
Collected data on GPS coordinates and water depth readings, as well as sex and any other identifying characteristics
Tagged and photographed each specimen for record keeping and collected data on GPS coordinates and water depth; documenting species, sex, and other identifying characteristics; tagging each specimen; and photographing for record keeping.
Learned how to handle other species found in the ecosystem including turtles, crabs, and various species of fish.
Camped on an uninhabited desert island, surveying damage, both natural and human caused, of the island's mangrove ecosystems.
Cataloged biological life in the surrounding habitat by taking notes, photos, and GPS readings. Documented marine life (fish, crabs, bivalves, and anemones), birds, spiders, and insects. Other wildlife observed on the island included coyotes, snakes, scorpions, sea lions, dolphins, and gray whales.
Off the island, worked with a local museum helping to excavate the full skeleton and carcass of a dead pilot whale to be cleaned and put on display.
Researched humpback whales by integrating the use of photo-identification and genetic data from skin samples collected.
Additional data collection included recording GPS coordinates, maintaining behavioral observation notes, and environmental testing.
Assist in basic tax preparation and bookkeeping using Quickbooks and other tax related software.
Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2010 - current)
American Heart Association First Aid CPR AED (Expires July 2019)
USGS Wilderness First Aid (Expires September 2019)
USGS Over-the-water activities safety training (Expires 2020): Training in a controlledenvironment that includes the use of job-hazard analyses, the proper care of personal flotationdevices (PFDs), and in-the-water training simulating the use of PFDs.
MD boating license online training course (completed February 2016)
Field Research and Data Collection Techniques: Photo identification, Drop nets, Seine nets, Long lines, Drop lines
Field Skills: GPS, Orienteering, Bird banding
Microsoft Office Software: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Publisher
Data Analysis Software: Matlab, SAS, RStudio
Accounting Software: Quickbooks, Lacerte, CCH Engagement
Misc. Software and Databases: eClinicalWorks, ChildPlus
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