I earned a B.A. Degree, with honors, at the University of Pennsylvania in Environmental Studies with a Geology minor. At Penn, I participated in internships and taught two semesters. For the internships, I worked with a field crew collecting soil samples on an environmental study with a Penn professor and doctoral student. The second internship was completed at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center under a grant for undergraduate research (a REU grant) from the National Science Foundation. My work with the Smithsonian included managing the delivery of experimental treatments and collection of vegetation growth response data in an intertidal marsh ecosystem. The course I taught at Penn was Geology Laboratory, for which I won the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2009 from Penn's Department of Earth and Environmental Science.
In graduate school, I continued work on environmental research but focused on developing the statistical skills needed to manage data, develop studies, and form and test hypotheses. In addition I gained more experience teaching students. For graduate school, I attended the University of Idaho where I participated in an environmental research assistantship, a teaching assistantship, worked for the university's Department of Statistical Science as a statistics tutor, and earned a M.S. Degree in Statistical Science. I taught the College of Natural Resources's course Introduction to Geospatial Analysis. My research, training, and efforts in Idaho resulted in two professional scientific publications with scientists and funding from the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forestry Service.
Professionally, I have managed large datasets and written computer programs for data analysis, modeling, and simulation work. I have competency with the R Language and SAS software, and have familiarity with a number of statistical computing software packages. I completed 9 college level mathematics courses and 9 statistics courses at the graduate level. I wrote a statistics thesis on parameter estimability using novel and computationally intensive methods and got an 'A.' I have always enjoyed teaching and tutoring, and also have experience working with middle school students. I helped my nephew get selected for admissions to a competitive middle school in New York City for mathematics.
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