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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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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