Meticulous and experienced researchrer adept in data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Acknowledged for achievement in Ecology/Environmental Science, and Molecular Biology.
Detail-oriented M.S. and Ph.D Graduate proven, with a history of critical thinking and problem solving skills; illustrated by:
Eight years of successful ecological and molecular research conducted at multiple institutions on three continents (S. America, N. America, and Asia).
The procurement of grants for both research and teaching, multiple Graduate Fellowships, teaching and Research Assistantships (Smithsonian Institutes (2) National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and (2) OUSS/MCI stable isotope lab.
& The successful completion of both a (1) Master of Science and a (2) Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Howard University respectively.
*Publications are currently in preparation from my research, in collaboration with researchers at the Smithsonian Institutes, Howard University, and Georgetown University.
Invertebrate Biology: Knowledge of animal behavior, with difference to Invertebrate Zoology. Knowledge of the Taxonomy, synapomorphies, and evolutionary history of many aquatic, marine, and terrestrial invertebrate groups:
3) Arthropda (specializing in Hexxapoda and arachnids)
Ecology: Broad understanding of Ecological theory and research; with a specializing expertise in:
1) Chemical Ecology
2) Chemical Defenses (plants and animals)
3) Trophic Ecology and Stable isotope analysis
(Of food webs, and/or diets)
4) Aquatic Ecology
5) Terrestrial Ecology
6) Reef Ecology
7) and Tropical Island Ecology
2014 – 2019: Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, studying the trophic ecology of invasive species (apple snails, Pomacea canaliculata) by processing and analyzing organic stable isotope samples at the OUSS/MCI stable isotope lab, under the direction of the principle investigator Dr. Christine France. Subsequently, these data were used in statistical analyses (Bayesian Models) in R (SIAR Stable isotope analysis in R) to determine the components invasive species diets, and other sympatric species within habitats .
2014 - 2019: Conducted ecological field collections to support research into the trophic ecology of invasive apple snails (Pomacea spp.) in Maldonado, Uruguay (2014-2015), Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China (2017), and Oahu, HI (2018); using stable isotopes to track trophic interactions between plant and animal constituent species of freshwater and terrestrial communities, including arthropods (such as crustaceans, insects, Myriapoda, arachnids, mollusks, and other macroinvertebrates), fish, as well as birds (using molted feathers), and specially invasive apple snail species (Pomacea canaliculata).
Palmer Antarctic Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula (Feb-April 2013)
I was a researcher at Palmer Antarctic Research Station for three months; studying the influence of ocean acidification on the ecology of mineralizing invertebrates and encrusting algae on the Antarctic Peninsula.
My duties included but were not limited to:
Loading and unloading dive equipment onto and from U.S. Antarctic Program boating vehicles, referred to as Zodiacs.
Trained by U.S. Antarctic Program to safely operate the Zodiacs.
Maneuver Zodiacs to and from dive sites, through ice flows, and around icebergs.
Catalogue dive sites utilizing GPS technology, as well as reference points of dive sites.
Checking scuba gear, including tanks and dive weights.
Monitor divers while submerged.
Evaluate and prevent threats to diver and vessel safety.
Received D.A.N. certification for diver first-aid and survival in Antarctic Conditions.
Conducted research away from Palmer station, including the extremely isolated La Mare Pass; some 1,000 miles from the South Pole.
Lab work involving seawater chemistry:
Determining the total alkalinity, salinity, and pH of daily seawater samples using computerized acid titration system.
Create a database of diurnal; fluctuations for these metrics.
Collect seawater for meochasm and mesochasm experiments involving the influence of ocean acidification on mineralizing invertebrates and encrusting algae.
Help maintain these experiments and record data.
Catalogue data by hand, and in a computer database, to understand the daily fluctuation of sea water chemistry and assure those were in line with the conditions within our labs' experiments.
1st (15- credit hour) Teaching Certificate from the Center for Integrating Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) consortium awarded by (UAB) Graduate School.
(August 10, 2013)
2nd (15- credit hour) Teaching Certificate from the (CIRTL) consortium completed at Howard University Graduate School (Spring 2017)
International Open Academy
120-hour TESOL certificate (2019)
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