RESEARCH ASSISTANT with degree in Biology specializing in Field Biology and Ecology. Experience includes various field biology projects, presentations, and extensive coursework in Aquatic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Entomology. Excellent computer and database skills. Great interpersonal, communication skills, and attention to detail. Has the flexibility and drive to acquire new techniques.
EDUCATION•••••Bachelor of arts in Biology 5/••••• GPA: •••••/ ••••• Augustana College – Rock Island, Illinois
HONORS Augustana College Freshman Science Honors Scholar- Logos Program Dean’s List- 2 Semesters
RELEVANT Animal Behavior COURSES•••••theory and practice of ethology, with emphasis on practical experience in conducting AND•••••behavioral studies SKILLS Aquatic Biology ••••• •••••qualitative and quantitative limnology, including biological, physical, and chemical •••••factors with emphasis on an ecological approach and field work Cell Biology •••••overview of the structure, function, and metabolism of cells and their components •••••with laboratory experience in cell culturing and microscopy Genetics •••••quantitative and qualitative genetics from Mendelian inheritance to bioinformatics, •••••including laboratory experience in bacterial transformation, DNA extraction, •••••mutagenesis, and gel electrophoresis Ecology overview of ecology from autecology to biomes, including abiotic factors, trophic interactions, community structure, and quantitative population dynamics Entomology •••••phylogenetics, physiology, ecology, identification, and behavior of insects, including •••••practical experience in specimen collecting and conducting entomological field studies Evolutionary Biology •••••thematic and quantitative summary of modern evolutionary theory, including •••••discussion of its relevance to society, culture, and religion Evolution of Scientific Principles history of scientific thought, including changing ideas of the nature of science and•••••its relevance to social and cultural changes
Field Biology •••••comprehensive approach to the scientific method with practical experience in •••••designing and conducting field experiments Parasitology••••• •••••ecology, taxonomy, ontogeny, pathology, and epidemiology of parasites, especially •••••those of special concern to humans Scientific Controversies overview of major historical disputes within science, and consideration of how such debates and paradigms apply to an understanding of inquiry within a scientific community Zoology cladistics, anatomy, physiology, and ontogeny of animals
RELEVANT “Variation in Water Conditions and Their Effects on Dissolved Oxygen in Augustana’s RESEARCH Slough” with Dr. C. Kevin Geedey •••••Using a Hydrolab DataSonde, monitored bihourly changes in temperature, specific conductivity, turbidity, depth, and pH and analyzed their relationship to changes in dissolved oxygen levels within a pond, as an indicator of the effects of abiotic environmental factors on photosynthetic activity.
“Biodiversity of Invertebrates in Select Aquatic Habitats at Green Wing Environmental Laboratory” with Dr. Steven Hager Assessed presence and abundance of macroinvertebrate species through standardized dip net sampling, in an attempt to gauge pollution by assessing known tolerance levels of species present.
“Sexual Size Dimorphism in the White-faced Meadowhawk Dragonfly, Sympetrum obtrusum” with Dr. Darrin Good Assessed body size measurements of captured dragonflies to infer the strength of both sexual selection for male territorial competition and natural selection for female fecundity and offset of reproductive costs.
Presentation at Augustana College’s Celebration of Learning •••••: “Variation in Water Conditions and Their Effects on Dissolved Oxygen in Augustana’s Slough”, with Dr. C. Kevin Geedey
Other skills Microsoft Word, Works, PowerPoint, and Excel
AFFILIATIONS Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society John Deere Chapter •••••present and ••••• Activities•••••Augustana College Darwin Club -President •••••