Hello, my name is Chris and I am currently licensed to teach Biology
, and Math
at Indiana high schools. I have earned my Master of Science
in Biology from the University of Northern Colorado, where I spent three years doing snake venom research [project name: Effects of Captivity or Season on Venom Composition in Two Species of Rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox and C
. v. viridis)]. I have given talks about my research at three national snake conferences. I also taught a variety of Biology labs (Herpetology, Mammalogy, Parasitology, Bio 101, and Anatomy
labs) for two of my years at UNCO.
As for my undergraduate, I graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology
, and Biochemistry
. I spent two years there performing epigenetics research (project name: Knocking Down USF-1 to Study Epigenetic Modifications Across the Chicken ß-globin Locus During Erythroporesis).
I currently hold a nuisance wild animal control permit (through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources), which allows me to remove nuisance snakes from people’s property for a small fee.
My hobbies include fencing (4 years), photography
(8 years), and computers (14 years). I served as the primary fencing instructor for 1 year and assistant instructor for 2 years, with my weapon of choice being the saber. I am experienced and skilled in the use of digital cameras for taking pictures and videos; three photos were included in a book my Master’s advisor published in 2009. I’ve assembled, repaired, and maintained software/hardware on numerous Microsoft Windows
I believe that in order for true learning to take place, answers must be arrived at by the student, themselves, as opposed to being simply given by the instructor. Knowledge may be power, but the ability to acquire knowledge on one’s own is even more powerful. I have committed myself to lifelong learning/teaching and encourage others to do the same. To this end, I attempt to facilitate the critical thinking and analysis of every aspect of our daily lives. I intend to start my PhD in Biology next year and continue doing snake venom research for the rest of my life.