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This is a great Extra Credit assignment to give out at the beginning of the semester. You can direct students towards it anytime they come to you wanting to boost their grade. NPR Sci Fri gets them listening, critically thinking, and writing. Tailor
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June 2017 – Current Vice-President, BirdsCaribbean; Caribbean-wide - Serving on the non-profit’s Executive Board - Advancing extensive collaboration on a myriad of science and conservation projects across the Caribbean with local partners - Leading the planning and execution of the organization’s biennial ornithological conference - Serving on the conference Scientific Committee; involves overseeing keynote speaker choices, symposia and workshop choices, and abstract submission and acceptance - Amplifying BirdsCaribbean’s reach and networking strength by attracting new members from throughout the islands June 2016 – Current Managing Editor, Journal of Caribbean Ornithology; Caribbean-wide - Overseeing the editorial team and entirety of the publication process, including manuscript acceptance, peer-review, copy-editing, and production; volumes range from 12-15 publications in size - Onboarding, training, and managing new staff - Writing articles and publication summaries for the monthly online newsletter - Orchestrating website upgrades, maintenance, and announcements January 2017 – June 2018 Science Teacher; Holly Springs High School; NC, USA - Taught senior-level Astronomy, honors Earth Science, and Biology - Praxis Test Scores: General Science Content Knowledge, 187/200; Principles of Learning and Teaching, 175/200 - Served as coach for the Speech & Debate Team (2 semesters) - Established an Outdoor Learning Classroom to host a future Garden and Sustainability Club - Served on multiple committees designed to improve mentoring resources, higher standards of education, and literacy January – September 2015 Researcher and collaborator, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History; Washington D.C., USA; Jamaica, West Indies - Led research team to conduct remote censuses for the critically endangered Jamaican Golden Swallow - Formed conservation-focused collaborations with local Jamaican entities including the Windsor Research Centre and the Jamaican Conservation and Development Trust - Developed pathways for Jamaican students and organizations to promote and amplify local ornithological research July 2015 English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, Partnership between Universidad de Nariño, Colombia & Cornell Univ. - Taught English through ornithology to 15 undergraduate biology majors - Developed mentor relationship with Latin American biologists aimed at moving them forward academically and professionally January – May 2014 Teaching Assistant, Cornell University; Ithaca, NY, USA - Ornithology: BIOEE 4750; taught the identification of, as well as the characteristics and relationships between all avian families worldwide; course also included avian physiology, morphology, and behavior - Writing in the Majors: WRIT 7101; developed and improved student skill-sets related to writing scientific papers intended for publication in peer-reviewed journals May 2012 – May 2016 Director of the Golden Swallow Project, Cornell University; Ithaca, NY and Dominican Republic, West Indies - Investigated the life history of the Hispaniolan Golden Swallow – specifically the limitations to their reproductive success - Collaborated with local Dominican landowners, companies, foundations, biologists, universities, and National Parks to develop a short- and long-term conservation management plan for an endemic, threatened avian species - Developed presentations and course materials for local schools with an emphasis on birds as an indicator of ecosystem health and opportunities for sustainable ecotourism - Hired, trained, and prepared Dominican and Latin American interns to become experts in their field and continue advancing scientific avian studies and conservation within their own countries - Led three teams of biologists over three research seasons in the study of an unknown passerine in a remote and challenging setting - Funded project through personally written grant proposals May 2010 – May 2015 Program Coordinator and Field Biologist, Golondrinas de Las Américas Project; Western Hemisphere-wide - Contributed to a hemisphere-wide study focused on the breeding life history of Tachycineta swallows - Led rigorous scientific workshops in multiple countries; trained interns in scientific methodology and project objectives - Coordinated ten Western Hemisphere field sites and associated interns working at each location - Formed collaborations with leading scientists throughout the Caribbean, Central America and South America - Managed protocol and scientific methodology advancements for the project - Learned proper techniques for trapping, banding, bleeding, and measuring biometrics of different bird species September 2009 – November 2009 Field Instructor, Acadia National Park SEA Program; Schoodic Peninsula, ME, USA - Taught outdoor education programs for middle and high school students - Programs included concepts of astronomy, marine chemistry, forestry, soils, and geology - Worked independently in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary educational environment within the National Park Service May 2009 – August 2009 Trip Leader and Educator, Broadreach Academic Treks Sea Turtle Studies Program; Costa Rica - Served as an academic trip leader for two academic trek student groups traveling throughout Costa Rica - Coordinated logistics, finances, student well-being, and course academics throughout program - Gained experience with rapid problem solving of situations in an international context - Conducted tropical marine and terrestrial research with a focus on sea turtle biology and ecology - Collaborated on long-term sea turtle monitoring project with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation - Participated in nightly sea turtle patrol shifts, collection of biometric data, and dialogue with poachers and tourists - Learned introductory techniques to bird banding and mist netting May 2008 – November 2008 Researcher; Bigelow Laboratory for Marine Sciences & Ira C. Darling Marine Center; Boothbay & Walpole, ME, USA - Conducted research on wild, juvenile American lobster populations throughout mid-coast Maine - Collaborated research studies with fisherman along the coasts of Rhode Island and Maine - Gained considerable experience as a Research Diver, involving scuba diving from many styles of boats, in cold water, strong tidal currents, low visibility, multiple dives per day with heavy equipment and rough surface conditions - Oversaw dive boat maintenance and operation with Chartplotter GPS; use of cascade systems and air compressors - Collected and identified New England invertebrates and fishes - Gained knowledge of flowing seawater lab May 2006 – August 2006 Base Camp Manager, Broadreach Underwater Discoveries Program; St. Martin, French West Indies - Served as manager of base-camp activities, store-room supplies, and gear maintenance - Learned to manage gasoline and diesel compressors on sailboats - Outfitted program members with diving and sailing gear - Provisioned catamaran and monohaul sailboats with food and safety supplies - Gained experience with warm water diving, night diving from dinghies, and leading groups of new divers - Learned coral reef systems and associated flora and fauna

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Eastern Carolina University (ECU) NC Teach; Alternative Teaching Licensure January 2017 – June 2018 Cornell University (CU) Masters of Science Natural Resources w/ Ornithology Concentration May 2012 – August 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Bachelors of Science Biology w/ Marine Biology Concentration August 2004 – May 2008 Summa cum laude; GPA: 3.88 / 4.00 Bangor University, Wales, UK Study Abroad Semester Spring 2006

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