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Lessons offered by Erik
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Physics - Chemistry
  • Ecology
Levels
  • Senior
  • College
  • Adult Education

Biology Professor specializing in genetics, microbiology, ecology, and general science education offers lessons and tutoring to high school and college students in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

Methodology

I am currently obtaining my Ph.D. in adult and continuing education with a minor in science education. However I have been a college professor in the UW-College system for over 12 years. I have a passion for education and truly love working with students to understand the world around us.

I have taught at both the college, and high-school level with a few lessons for grade-school students thrown in. I mainly focus on lecture based instruction but I am proficient in distance and online education as well. I also use hands on laboratory instruction whenever possible.

I am a firm believer that everyone learns differently, and each individual has their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to understanding a topic. Some learn better visually, while others need a hands on approach. When it comes to teaching science, I find making an effort to tackle all types of learning critical. There are so many ways for people to understand something, so making use of as many techniques as possible just makes sense!

Background

I've been teaching for over 12 years at the college level. I have also acted as a substitute instructor at the high-school level and offered outdoor laboratories to grade-school students. I have worked with class sizes ranging from 5-6 students all the way up to 70+ students in one class. Most students that have offered evaluations have given me high praise as an instructor, with many saying that I opened their eyes to biology and made it much more approachable as a subject! I work hard with my students to make sure the education they receive not only helps them advance their careers, but also lets them understand some of the workings of the living world around us.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $50/h

Details

I'm always willing to negotiate rates as needed on a case by case basis.

Lessons offered by Erik
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Physics - Chemistry
  • Ecology
Levels
  • Senior
  • College
  • Adult Education

Erik's resume

Education:
Ph.D. (In Progress) Adult and Urban Education, (science education minor) University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Graduate Level Research Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Loyola University, Maywood IL, 2005
Master of Science Developmental Biology, DePaul University, Chicago IL, 2000
Bachelor of Arts, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest IL, 1997
Academic/teaching Experience:
• Education and Education Theory
• General biology for majors and non-majors
• Molecular biology
• Ecology and Evolution
• Cell biology
• Developmental Biology
• Animal Anatomy
• Limnology
• Botany
• Biological aspects of conservation of natural resources
• Environmental Biology
• Zoology
• Human Sexuality
• Choir
• Drama/Theater
• Mythology/Medieval English Literature

Teaching responsibilities:
• Teaching undergraduate students
• Preparation of quizzes and lectures
• Grading and evaluation of laboratory reports
• Student advisement and mentoring
• Office hours and tutoring (14+ hrs per week)
• Preparation of laboratory material and equipment
• Organization of field exercises for an urban ecology course
• Mentoring of laboratory personnel






Courses Developed:
• Created General Biology course from ground up for UW-Sheboygan
• Created Developmental Biology laboratory and lectures for DePaul University
• Created new Ecology of wetlands lectures for Environmental Course at UW-Sheboygan
• Developed New Material for Biology of Human Sexuality at UW-Sheboygan
• Developed Biology of Frankenstein lectures for non-science majors for LEC 100 series for UW-Colleges

Extra Curricular Activities:
• Choir and Drama
• Outdoor Skills and Camping
• Faculty Advisor for Boards, Swords, and Cords (A Hobbyist Guild)

Research Experience:
Graduate Research Assistant, Loyola University, Maywood, IL, 2005
Project: Analysis of a key morphogenetic protein in spore coat assembly
• Vector construction and cloning of genes
• Protein overproduction and purification
• Culture growth and maintenance
• Gel electrophoresis for DNA including Gel Shift assays
• SDS PAGE, Western, and Far Western analysis
• Two-Hybrid analysis
• Gel Filtration Chromatography
• in vitro and in vivo immuno-precipitation
• Fluorescence microscopy and immuno- fluorescence microscopy

Graduate Research Assistant, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2000
Project: Conserved gene expression in vertebrate skulls and shells: msx gene family in turtle development.
• cDNA library construction
• Paraffin wax histology
• in situ hybridization
• Tissue preparation and Staining
• Laboratory animal control

Undergraduate Researcher, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, 1997
Project: Comparison between natural and restored prairies
• Collection of field data concerning plant diversity and coverage
• Identification of native and non-native plant species
• Quantitative analysis of species diversity

Undergraduate Researcher Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, 1997
Project: Survival rates of transplanted gastropods on San Salvador Island, Bahamas
• Identification of native gastropod species, and field observations concerning habitat usage
• Capture and recovery techniques for native species, and defining habitat boundaries for species

Work Experience:
Book World West Bend and Mequon, Wisconsin (September 2015 – Current)
Part Time Employee at West Bend, Transitioned to Manager of Mequon location in June of 2016
• Customer Service
• Stocking Shelves
• Online Ordering
• Maintaining Merchandise
As Mequon Book World Manager
• Employee training
• Purchasing merchandise
• Placing orders for merchandise and supplies
• Data entry and record keeping
• General store maintenance
• Community outreach
• Author and artist liason

Half Price Books Milwaukee, Wisconsin (August 2014 – November 2014)
Temporary Employee
• Customer Service
• Stocking Shelves
• Online Ordering
• Maintaining Merchandise
• General Janitorial Duties

UW-Colleges, Sheboygan, Fox Valley, Washington County, Found du Lac (August 2005-Current)
IAS Professor of Biology
• Teaching lecture material pertinent to the topics
• Preparation of classroom materials including quizzes, handouts, and exams
• Maintenance of Botany Laboratory as well as care for new and old plants
• Maintenance of Microbiology Laboratory including monitoring of culture stocks, lab equipment, and chemicals
• Student mentoring and advising
• Grading of exams, quizzes, papers, and other time sensitive materials
• Preparation of original classroom material for Conservation course

Abbott Laboratories (March 1998-1999)
Laboratory Technician
• Performed chemiluminicent and folate assays
• OSHA bloodborne pathogen safety trained
• Force and torque testing on sample bottles
• Sample preparation of human plasma for testing
• Knowledge of PCR and RT-PCR reactions
• Knowledge of LCx assay machine and thermal cycler operation

Integrated Lakes Management (July 1997 - March 1998)
• Purple loosestrife control
• Lake monitoring by taking water quality data
• Pesticide applicator (Certified with Illinois license)
• Algae removal and chemical treatment of ponds and lakes
• Knowledge of animal trapping procedures
• Data entry for lake and pond information
• Brushing work by removal of dogwood and buckthorn

Publications
Chada VG, Sanstad EA, Wang R, Driks A., Morphogenesis of bacillus spore surfaces. J Bacteriol. 2003 Nov;185(21):6255-61.

Browning DF, Beatty CM, Sanstad EA, Gunn KE, Busby SJ, Wolfe AJ., Modulation of CRP-dependent transcription at the Escherichia coli acsP2 promoter by nucleoprotein complexes: anti-activation by the nucleoid proteins FIS and IHF. Mol Microbiol. 2004 Jan;51(1):241-54.

Associations:
• Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
• Beta Beta Beta biological society
• International Thespian Society

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