My name is Aaron H., a recent M.S. graduate in coastal biology Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. I am strongly committed to academic excellence, at LSU while an active member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society with a 3.9 GPA and previously while studying for a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University. I have also completed coursework in Comparative Tropical Ecology and Conservation while studying at field sites throughout Ecuador and the Galapagos under the School for International Training in Quito, Ecuador. Recent conferences where I have presented personal research include the Graduate Student Symposium and the Gulf Estuarine Research Society Biennial, both at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama. As well, I have presented research at the Benthic Ecology Conference this past March in Savannah, Georgia.
Throughout my career, I have strongly committed to scientific education. I have a broad range of academic experience as both a field instructor and classroom educator, particularly in the natural sciences. I previously served as a marine science instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute in southern California, where I taught a host of science courses to high school students in the classroom and while hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and diving. I also taught biology at the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Wellfleet Bay, the W. Alton Jones Camp at the University of Rhode Island, the Conservation Learning Center in central Costa Rica, and for the past two years have served as an Environmentor at LSU, conducting year-long research projects with local high school students. I possess a broad knowledge of the sciences (geology, biology, physics) and extensively use math and strong writing skills in my current scientific research (algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics; scientific paper writing and college-level editing/tutoring). I previously earned a 5 on both U.S. and European History AP exams, a 4 on the AP English exam, a 1420 SAT, 1280 GRE General and 710 GRE Biology Subject exam.
I believe strongly in community outreach and the responsibility of individuals to share their passion and expertise in regional endeavors. I previously served as the Treasurer of the Student Wetland Society on campus, served as the Environmental Coordinator of all community education at the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center and served as the site coordinator of all research and community outreach at the Caño Palma Biological Station, both in Costa Rica.
I have extensive research experience, in the Boston area (where I grew up), along the outer Cape, and across the United States, in coastal California and along the Mississippi River delta in Louisiana, and internationally along the eastern tropical beaches of Costa Rica and within high montane cloud forests of Bilsa Research Station and tropical archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, both in Ecuador. As research coordinator at the COTERC Biological Research Station in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, I was responsible for overseeing all field work, database management and research reports of all ongoing sea turtle research. I have also assisted and managed field research for the Tufts University Department of Biology (butterfly and host wildflower ecology), The Tufts Institute of the Environment (invasive plant management along the Mystic River), the Jatun Sacha Foundation at Bilsa National Park in Ecuador (leaf-cutter ant ecology and currently at the USGS Cooperative Unit at the Louisiana State University AgCenter (ribbed mussel and oyster reef ecology).
I am available to tutor in the Boston area, and look forward to working with students to achieve success in their respective academic endeavors and future life-long aspirations.
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