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Biology Graduate Laboratory Teaching Assistant

Biology Graduate Laboratory Teaching Assistant at University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

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Work Experience

Biology Graduate Laboratory Teaching Assistant

University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL
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August 2011 to Present

Teach two sections of Biology two labs covering animals, plants and ecology.

Principal investigator: Conservation and Development Ye'kwana Indigenous communities of Orinoco Basin, Bolivar, Venezuela, Principal

University of Florida; Earthbound, Kuyujani
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Gainesville, FL, Cuidad Bolivar, Venezuela
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September 2010 to Present

To better recommend sustainable management strategies of Heteropsis spp. interviews, 
GPS field data and observation of harvesting methods of women basket artisans were 
collected to understand where, when, why and how Heteropsis spp. are harvested.

Reading, Science and Math K-5 Tutor

YMCA Camp McConnell
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Gainesville, FL
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October 2009 to Present

Tutor a manifold of students in science, math and reading K-5

Contracted Outdoor Education Coordinator

YMCA Camp McConnell
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Micanopy, FL
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November 2008 to Present

Design environmental education and geographical education curriculum, prepared 
lessons/ visual aids, teach environmental themes to elementary school students in an outdoor setting and facilitated ROPES leadership courses on a contract basis. Acted for 
six months as interim office manager and event manager

Researcher/Editor

Student Conservation Association
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Charlestown, NH
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September 2010 to November 2010

Researched details and edited fields for a national parks registry to be posted at ohranger.com website for comprehensive online directory of American Public Lands

Education, Marketing

Outreach and Fundraising
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Brooksville, FL
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November 2008 to August 2010

Teach groups of 5-50 youth and young adults various science topics, including 
archeology, entomology ecosystem health, and sustainable farming. Create materials for publicity, coordinate outreach efforts and effectively communicate mission

Alachua County Trust
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Alachua, FL
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September 2008 to March 2010

Alachua, FL 
Using GPS data points and transects, our team collected carbon stock data for a sample of forest types on the Trust's land to assess potential profit that could be earned by selling carbon stocks 
 
Fall 2008 Morningside Nature Center, Gainesville, FL Herpetology Inventory 
Collected physical samples and measurements of amphibians and reptiles

Nature Assistant

Environmental Education
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Gainesville, FL
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March 2008 to January 2009

Designed environmental education curriculum, prepared lessons/ visual aids, taught 
environmental and cultural themes to the public

Counselor & Facilitator, Community Tampa Bay, Tampa

Community Organizer
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Bay, FL, US
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1999 to 2009

Volunteer as integral member of an organization committed to fighting bias, bigotry and racism through diversity trainings, residential social justice camp for teens, various 
volunteerism and community actions walks and events, and run a 3 year anti-violence 
social marketing campaign.

Temporary Invasive Species Field Assistant

Environmental Education
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Gainesville, FL
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April 2008 to December 2008

GPS located invasive plant populations, removed Florida invasive exotic plant species from The University of Florida campus, plant native species and install irrigation.

Research Assistant

University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL
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June 2007 to August 2007

Researched a various topics for Bron Taylor's recently published piece, "The 
Greening of Religion."

National Park Service Disturbed Lands Technician

Prince William Forest Park
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Triangle, VA
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June 2007 to August 2007

Conducted reforestation project for abandoned pyrite mine site (using GIS 
technologies); conducted macro-invertebrate water testing, river quality assessments, 
invasive species removal and coordinated large volunteer efforts.

City of Gainesville
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Gainesville, FL
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September 2006 to March 2007

Gainesville, FL, Star Volunteer Award 
Honored for coordinating the annual, Great Air Potato Round-up, which controls local 
invasive plant pests 
 
Fall 2006 National Society of Collegiate Scholars, University of Florida Chapter

Program Assistant, Office Assistant

Grounds Maintenance
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Gainesville, FL
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February 2004 to December 2006

Designed and implemented various programs for collegiate student center, 
including volunteer coordination, co-managed office and took care of grounds 
 
Professional Trainings

Outdoor Adventure Recreation President and Treasurer

Community Organizer
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2003 to 2006

Wilderness First Aid Training, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, biking, 
hiking and climbing

Student Government

Multicultural Affairs
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March 2005 to May 2005

University of Florida 
Honored as most outstanding cabinet director of 26 cabinets of the Executive Branch of 
Student Government; managed a staff of 30 members 
 
Professional Associations 
• Association of American Geographers 
• Society for Economic Botany 
• Florida Society of Geographers 
• National Recreation and Park Association 
• North American Association for Environmental Education 
 
Professional Employment

Education

B.S in Natural Resource Management

University of Florida

2007

M.Sc. in Geography

University of Florida

Skills

GPS and GIS; semi-structured field interviews; participatory mapping; documentary film making; event management; curriculum development; ROPES faciliatator