Hello, my name is Garrett A., and I am a recent master’s graduate with a background in ecology and conservation and sustainability.
I graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 with my B.S. in Biology and earned my master's degree last December in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Missouri. I've spent six months over the course of four trips working as a researcher and teacher of conservation issues in South Africa. I've also worked as a research assistant and lab technician in Alaska for two summers. In addition to my experience abroad, I also have taught several college and high school level courses in ecology and biology and been a leader of science outreach on my college campus.
During graduate school, the majority of my free time was committed to promoting scientific understanding and conservation education. I have taught three semesters of upper division college ecology lab and two sections of introductory biology lab for freshmen. Additionally, as the founder of a campus science-communication outreach group, I learned early on the importance of effectively communicating scientific experience and knowledge to youth and the public. Our group created a variety of projects and workshops that paired scientists with journalists, artists, policy makers to promote better scientific understanding and application. Being an organizational leader and educator has honed my verbal and written communication skills, as well as ability to with a people from diverse backgrounds and age groups.
I recently spent three months teaching an African conservation course for college and high school students. Each course paired me with another scientist or an experienced counselor along with seven to ten students. In addition to teaching about key biological concepts and threats to biodiversity in Africa, I traveled with students across South Africa to show them first hand how they can play a positive role in environmental conservation. I was responsible for giving daily lectures, incorporating a variety of multimedia and personal experience into each lesson, writing course curriculum, and applying myself to be a flexible and adaptable teacher in an informal learning environment.
I'm now living in New York City and am working part time for the Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side. I'm working as the College Achievement through Science and Urban Exploration (CAUSE) instructor, which takes high school juniors that are interested in science and the environment on weekly field trips and teaches them about conservation.
In my personal free time I live a pretty active lifestyle of running, biking and rock climbing. I also have a soft spot for baking bread and cooking in general.
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