I have a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in American Government. As part this degree, I took four required history courses including History of the United States, History of the American Presidency, and Minority Groups in the United States. I received "A's" in all of these courses. As a college-level environmental science instructor, I frequently draw on U.S. history to explain environmental problems and conditions, and how government policy affects them.
I teach environmental science at the college level, which includes covering a significant amount of basic biology material. I had a 30 year career as a research biologist, including work in immunology and virology, human physiology, molecular biology and environmental biochemistry.
As a graduate student, my degree required the completion of a course in Biostatistics, which I completed with an "A" grade. I continued to use statistical methods throughout my career as a research scientist.
As an undergraduate biology student, I took classes in plant taxonomy, including classes on both woody and herbaceous plants. As an AS student at Ohio State University, I took classes in native and ornamental woody and herbaceous plants. As a working environmental scientist and college-level instructor, I apply this knowledge on a daily basis.
I am a skilled home cook with over 40 years of cooking experience, including significant experience as a baker. As a commercial produce farmer, I process a large amount of fresh food for long-term storage and have professional and practical knowledge of food preservation, including livestock butchering, freezing, canning, dehydration and smoking/curing. I have worked as a quality assurance specialist and line supervisor in the food processing industry. As a college-level environmental science instructor, I do a section on "the science of food and cooking" as part of the class material on environmental and health effects of modern food production and processing. I also teach organic gardening and present workshops on various gardening topics to local horticultural groups.
My undergraduate degree is in Biology, with an emphasis in ecology. I took classes in Vertebrate Ecology, Natural History of Vertebrates, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Evolution, Algae and Fungi, Plant Physiology, Historical Geology, Physical Geology and Organic Chemistry. As a working environmental scientist, I conducted research in a wide variety of ecosystems, including wetlands, temperate and boreal forest environments, tropical marine environments, deep ocean environments and prairie ecosystems. I currently teach environmental science at a local community college.
As an undergraduate student, I completed the senior-level genetics course with an "A" grade. As a graduate student, my degree was concentrated in Molecular Genetics. As a researcher, much of my career involved advanced molecular biology research such as genomic sequencing and genetic modification of various organisms.
As part of my requirements for my B.S. in Biology, I took classes in Physical and Historical Geology. I also took classes in groundwater geology and for my first post-college professional job, worked as a Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. My work as an Oceanographic researcher required extensive and specific knowledge of ocean sedimentation processes and sea floor geology.
Government & Politics
I have a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in American Government. As part of my requirement for this degree, I also took 3 undergraduate courses in American and European history. As a college-level environmental science instructor, I frequently draw on U.S. history, including political history to explain environmental problems and conditions, and how government policy affects them.
As a Molecular Biology researcher, I handled and worked with a wide range of bacteria and virus strains on a daily basis, and have a professional, working knowledge of microbiology laboratory practice. I taught college level microbiology for a local career college for three semesters between 2011 and 2013.
As an undergraduate, my concentration was in ecology, with an emphasis in vertebrate ecology. Classes which I took that directly relate to Zoology included Evolution, Natural History of Vertebrates, Ornithology, Mammalogy and Vertebrate Ecology, all of which I passed with "A's" or "B's". While I was a student, I also worked part time at the Virginia Zoo and worked with and cared for animals from every part of the world and representing every major Phylum in the Animal Kingdom. As a career environmental science researcher and teacher, I have applied this knowledge on a daily basis for over 30 years. Also, as a result of my work, I have had the opportunity to professionally observe and study many ecosystems and the species within them across a wide portion of the globe.