Eastern Kentucky University (Master's)
I am writing to be considered to tutor you in Biology. I am currently nearing the end stages of my Master's of Science degree in Biological Sciences, Applied Ecology concentration, at Eastern Kentucky University. Presently, I am slated to defend my thesis research on population variables of bobcats (Lynx rufus) in southeastern Kentucky by the end of January 2012.
As my CV can attest, my scientific background is diverse and encompasses both academic and industrial experience. Each opportunity has facilitated my growth as a professional, trainer, manager and researcher. This breadth has allowed me to expand my knowledge base as well as develop my technical abilities to a high level of quality, integrity and organization. To best prepare myself as a scientific researcher and conservationist is my principle goal.
My MS thesis research has provided me with an abundance of learning opportunities, from taking on lead authorship of two grants to dealing with study objective changes to creating contingency plans for unexpected events. During the three years of study development and implementation, I worked with several collaborators whose expertise greatly expanded the range of possibilities for my research. Being able to teach a non-major biology course was a significant learning experience, both professionally and personally. It has been integral in honing my educational outreach skills.
During my six months working for Cornell University, I secured two field positions. In May 2007, I drove out to Arizona to meet Michael Booth, a PhD candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program. For over two months, Mike and I worked on gathering data for assessing the ecology of two species of sucker fish (Catostomus insignis & C. clarki) in high and low latitude desert streams. As a side project of my own design, we surveyed the movement patterns of both species at several sites. A paper of this research has been preliminarily accepted for publication. Through my research partner, I received an offer to work for Dr. Alex Flecker, in Trinidad, on a long term fish ecology project. Ten days performing field work in rainforest streams was a truly enjoyable educational experience. These experiences aided greatly in the development of my field skills and helped me to focus and define what path my career would follow.
As a result of my diverse experiences, I have become not only a competent scientist, but also an independent person that is able to prosper in high pressure leadership positions. I welcome the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications. Thank you for your time and consideration.
I am writing to be considered to tutor you in Biology. I am currently nearing the end stages of my Master's of Science degree in Biological Sciences, Applied Ecology concentration, at Eastern Kentucky University. Presently, I am slated to defend my thesis research on population variables of bobcats (Lynx rufus) in southeastern