graduate researcher and fellow resume example with 7+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

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.

  • Research Literature review and Assimilation
  • Specimen and/or Sample Cataloging, Preparations, Storage (short term -20°C, or longterm -80°C), and Maintenance/Inventory tasks.
  • Lab Safety, Compliance, Operations, and Workflow Maintenance.
  • Reaseach Collaboration and Professional/Scientific/ Public Presentations.
  • Project Management, Experimental Design, and Associated Coordination and Logistics
  • Data Oorganization, Security, Backup, and Integrity
  • Data Analysis using Quantitative and Qualitative Statistical Analyses, and Multivariate Statistics
  • R Statistics Analysis Software ans associated packages
  • Technical/ Research/ and/or Grant Writing with reports
  • Molecular Techniques: total genomic DNA Extraction, Primer selection and/or design, Polymerase Chain Reactions (PCR) and/or reaction master mix modifications and optimization, PCR product cleaning and/or gel extraction, sequence plate preparation (by hand or automated), Molecular bioinformatics software platform for molecular biology and sequence analysis. (Geneious).
  • 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:

    1) Echinodermata

    2) Mollusca

    3) Arthropda (specializing in Hexxapoda and arachnids)

    and others...

    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

Work History
09/2014 to 05/2020
Graduate Researcher and Fellow Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Bellevue, WA,
  • Oversaw groups of over five undergraduate students and trained them in laboratory activities, including safe use and maintenance of equipment, reagents, and chemicals.

  • Supervised undergraduate students working on research projects, and directed students in performing and completing assigned tasks.
  • Maintained and calibrated laboratory equipment for precision and accuracy.
  • Planned field work and permitting, modified and executed research objectives, methodologies, and techniques to facilitate dissertation research project, on multiple continents.
  • Gathered, prepared, evaluated, and tested various biological samples of stable isotopes and corresponding genetic samples to: (1) define the diets of an invasive apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) species: using mass spectrometry, Statistical modeling in the R Statistical software, and molecular techniques (DNA Extraction, PCR, and Sequencing) to identifying species of plants and animals.
  • Recorded data and maintained database of all stable isotope spectromettric data, collection inventories of stable isotope and genetic samples, and corressponding spectrometry and sequencing results; with excellent data integrity practices.

  • Prepared materials for reports, presentations, grant proposals, in preparation for submission to peer-reviewed journal publications.
  • Gathered, reviewed, and summarized, organized, and entered data into software; producing reports, graphs, and various statistical, (qualitative and quantitative) analyses and scientific calculations using MS Excel, PowerPoint, and R Statistical analysis software; and various associated packages.

  • Maintained laboratory operations by: (1) updating and revising standardized operating procedures (2) ordering, cataloging, and monitoring materials and supplies (3) and monitoring experimental equipment and workflow.

  • Presented results to collaborating field experts at the Smithsonian Institutes and Georgetown University: and analyzed acquired information for presentation to Principal Investor (PhD advisor) routinely.
10/2016 to 06/2019
Research Associate Smithsonian Institutes, Museum Of Natural History City, STATE,

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).

09/2011 to 08/2013
Graduate Researcher and Fellow The University Of Alabama At Birmingham City, STATE,
  • Supervised undergraduate students assisting with my research.
  • Maintained laboratory operations, updating and revising standardized operating procedures and reordering raw materials and supplies to sustain experiments and workflow.

  • Worked on a chemical Ecology project, studying preferential feeding of a freshwater amphipod (Hyalella azteca) and palatability of available food resources: and the influence of (1) nutritional value (soluble lipid content) and (2) the presence of structural defenses (toughness) on these metrics.
  • Gathered, reviewed, and summarized literature from scientific journals to support the the premise of my research. Produced graphs and statistical, qualitative and quantitative, analyses and other scientific calculations using MS Excel and R Statistical software
  • Performed.

  • Planned, modified, and executed research techniques, procedures and tests. Maintained and calibrated equipment for precision and accuracy.
  • Collected, prepared, and tested hypotheses using a wide range of experimental techniques (soluble lipid curve using spectrometry, penetrometry assessments, and choice versus non-choice feeding assays.
  • Gathered, prepared and evaluated data obtained by experimentation to test various hypotheses of amphipod feeding behavior.

  • Recorded data and maintained source documentation following good documentation practices.

  • Prepared materials for reports, presentations, in preparation for submission to peer-reviewed journal publications.

  • Organized various presentations and new course materials as directed by Principal Investigator (Dr. James B. McClintock), other department faculty on my committee, department seminars, and scientific conferences.
01/2013 to 04/2013
Graduate Researcher and Fellow The University Of Alabama At Birmingham City, STATE,

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.

Expected in 05/2020
Doctor Of Philosophy: Biology
Howard University - Washington, DC
  • Graduated with 3.8 GPA

  • Coursework in Ecology, Molecular Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Population Genetics, ans Statistics.
  • Received the:
  • (1) AGEP Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Fellowship.
  • (2) An Inaugural Ernest E. Just-Percy L. Julian Graduate Research Assistantship.
  • (3) and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship

  • Dissertation: Title: The trophic ecology of invasive species (Apple Snails) in native versus non-native habitats: The search for trophic shifts and associated ecological impacts.
Expected in 08/2013
Master Of Science: Biology
The University Of Alabama At Birmingham - Birmingham, AL,
  • Liftime Member of Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society


  • Awarded the (NSF) Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship

  • Graduated with 3.5 GPA

  • Coursework in Ecology, Invertebrate Biology, Satistics, Molecular Genetics and Biology, chemical Ecology.
Expected in 12/2010
Bachelor Of Science: Biology
Norfolk State University - Norfolk, VA
  • Graduated with 2.6 GPA
  • Awarded:
  • -4 internships at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • - $85,000+ in Grants and Scholarships:

  • Grants:
  • DC Tuition Assistance Grants (DC TAG, $50,000)
  • DC College Access Program (DC CAP, $4,000 per year)
  • DC Leveraging Educational Assistance Program (DC LEAP, $2,500 per year)
  • NSF Minorities in Science grant ($2,000 per year)
  • Federal Student Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG, $4,000 per year)
  • And the Pell Grant ($1,550-$2,600 per year).

  • (2) Scholarships:
  • ACCESS Scholarship (at Norfolk State University, NSU, $3,000 per year).
  • Member of Norfolk State University Biology Society

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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School Attended

  • Howard University
  • The University Of Alabama At Birmingham
  • Norfolk State University

Job Titles Held:

  • Graduate Researcher and Fellow
  • Research Associate
  • Graduate Researcher and Fellow
  • Graduate Researcher and Fellow


  • Doctor Of Philosophy
  • Master Of Science
  • Bachelor Of Science

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