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Robert W.

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Saint Paul, MN (55105)

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So you're looking for someone to help you out with your upcoming test or project? No problem. I've got your back.

I'm a professional biologist with ten years of international research experience. I've published in ecology, evolution, molecular biology, statistics, geography, public health, science philosophy and modeling. I have considerable experience in writing across genres (including scientific reports, journalism and essays).

I've taught for three decades, from summer camp level through post-grad. I've taught lecture courses of 500 students and tutored one-on-one. All levels, ages and skill sets. I enjoy helping students reach their scholastic goals, whatever they may be.

My tutoring philosophy is simple. Every student is different, as is every project. We will work together to figure out the best way to get *you* to master the material at hand. I have a variety of pedagogic tools in my kit--writing-to-learn, concept mapping, peer review, etc.--but it's all about converging on which of these will click best for you.

We will work hard, but we will have fun too. I aim for a relaxed *and* results-based learning experience.

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I have experience with basic biology (grade school through college), molecular biology, evolution and ecology, behavior, zoology, phylogenetics and phylogeography, immunology and virology.


I earned a PhD in population biology and took--and TA'd--several biostatistics courses. My dissertation work included a variety of multivariate applications and a matrix population model, all of which I published in international journals. For my post-doc work in influenza, I applied phylogenetic, phylogeographic and spatial statistics. During my doctoral and post-doctoral research, I developed a number of new statistical methods, including a sparse False Discovery Rate correction, the first matrix population model for a virus, and the first geographical application of geometric morphometrics.


I have experience with all aspects of organisms and their natural (and not-so-natural) environments, including their population composition, distribution, and changing states within and across ecosystems.


I have experience with all aspects of basic statistics, from high school through post-grad, including simple metrics and parametric stats through non-parametric, Bayesian, multivariate, correlation and regression, spatial, survivorship, time series, elasticity, and power analyses.


I have experience with all genres, including fiction and non-fiction, poetry, scientific reports, essays, blogging, and low-stakes writing for learning new material.


I earned my undergrad degree in Biology, taking several courses in zoology, anatomy, evolution, behavior and ecology. While I earned my doctorate in population biology, I taught 12 lab courses in basic and population biology, which included dissections, phylogenetic analyses, ecological surveys and studies in animal behavior. I more recently taught a survey course in biogeography for 500 students.

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Binghamton University (Biology)

CUNY Graduate Center (PhD)

Great tutor - personalized instruction Rob helped our son - 11th grade - with AP biology. Rob tailored the lesson to our son's interests - baseball - and thus made the content relevant and interesting. Our son's grades improved as a result of working with Rob. ...

— Jack from Saint Paul, MN on 7/17/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

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Robert will travel within 10 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55105.

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