EducationM.S. Biology - University of Oklahoma - 3.8/4.0 - degree in-progress
Post-Bacc Cert. - Zoo & Aquarium Studies - Western Illinois University - 4.0/4.0 - 2010
B.S. Integrative Biology - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - 3.4/4.0 - 2008
ExperienceI am a Biology M.S. graduate student at OU. I have instructed undergraduate courses in BIOL 1121 (Intro. Zoology) for three semesters and BIOL 1005 (Concepts in Biology) for one. I have extensive personal course notes on key topics and concepts that I want my students to understand.
I hold B.S. in Integrative Biology from UIUC, and, driven by a strong interest in the study of animal behaviors, a Post-Baccalaureate certification in Zoo & Aquarium Studies from WIU. While working on my certification, I also worked at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. It was my experience here that incited me to shift my focus to academic research within the sciences that utilize museum collections. Specifically within the parameters of evolutionary biology of bygone eras; a lifelong passion of mine. The focus of my current research is vertebrate paleontology with an emphasis on ecological responses to the warming temperatures of the recession of the last glacial maximum in the late Pleistocene.
In high school I achieved a composite ACT score of 30 and 32 (I took it twice) and a 35 on the science portion. I was one of two students to receive a 5 on my AP biology test, won the biological senior medallion, andactively participated in Science Olympiad for three years.
I really like biology.
Specifically, I can advise you on more than just OU course information. I have a plethora of experience in science competitions, finding and applying for internships, applying to college, applying for graduate school, career tracks in research and academia, career tracks in the zoo and aquarium field including wildlife rehabilitation centers, museum collections, and academic writing.
I have worked in both the insects department and geology department of the Field Museum in Chicago performing collections management duties and fossil preparation. I currently work in the SNOMNH vertebrate paleontology collections on my own research and spent my first year of graduate school as a research assistant in the collections and preparation laboratory. I have field experience with the USGS collecting epidemiological and ecological data from prairie dogs and black footed ferrets in Wyoming and South Dakota, worked at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre in the United Kingdom, did my undergraduate research experience in multiple plant biology labs working on isolation and sequencing of genetic material for phylogenetic analysis, and have been on many paleontological digs across Oklahoma and the American West and Southwest collecting everything from Paleozoic footprints to Mesozoic dinosaur bones to mass-death assemblages of mammals in Cenozoic flood and riverine deposits to debris cones full of microvertebrates in natural-trap caves.
I like to do awesome things and I hold myself to a very high standard to keep being awesome. My goal is simply to keep this list active and non-exhaustive.
HobbiesI love hedgehogs. They are magnificent and uniquely evolved beasts, extremely sensitive bioindicators, and my passion for them has brought me to England solely to help with their study in the wild (they are not endemic to the New World.) My profile shot shows myself with a rehabilitated Western European hedgehog at the rescue I worked.
I still retain an active interest in behavioral science and enjoy perusing studies that combine it with paleontological data. If I choose to pursue a PhD, I hope to work within the scope of evolutionary biology regarding Permian synapsids; a grouping of animals that lived and died before the dinosaurs and, while reptilian in nature, most closely resemble mammals. (The most recognizable example would be that of a dimetrodon.)
Admittedly, my first experience teaching was terrifying and I did not receive good reviews. It's now one of the things I love the most. I've honed my abilities in attempt to keep my students interested and it's a personal goal of mine to give each and every one of them a 'wow moment' every semester. Something they won't easily forget, possibly enticing them to look into further on their own time, or sharing with a friend. I strongly believe that scientific illiteracy is a growing problem, but can easily be remedied if we change the way things are taught and give students the opportunity to be completely enthralled by at least one thing in each course they take. The human condition is fueled by curiosity, and biology is an endless trove of fascinating tidbits of information. I sincerely hope and try to make my passion for the subject catching.
Education is not a one-way street. I don't view a semester as successful unless I also learn something from my students as well.
I'm also a hobby entomologist, I love insects, identifying and collecting them, but have no express interest in studying them professionally. I enjoy baking, crafting, nature photography, prepping fossils, raising tarantulas, my guinea pig Charlie, storm-chasing, RPGs, traveling, and constantly learning new things. I am an insatiable polymath.
I admit, in my heart, there is something I find a million times more awesome than biology. That something is astrophysics. It's been my passion since I learned how to read, but my brain is not conducive to the advanced theoretical physics involved. I soak up new astronomical findings and theories like a sponge and knew a majority of the material we covered in my undergrad introductory astronomy class when I was 7. For this, I could possibly help tutor you in basic astronomical concepts.
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