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Lessons offered by Chris
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Biology
  • College / University Preparation
  • Zoology
  • Geology
  • Hydrobiology
Levels
  • All Levels

Marine Biology PhD Student Biology, ecology, life science, scientific writing, college prep

Methodology

My basic philosophy in teaching is that we're all born scientists--that is, we're all naturally curious. That's what it's all about. Sometimes though, science classes can make you feel like it's just too complicated... or too boring. What I want to do is to help you see that the concepts you're learning about, whether in middle school or in college, can still be simple, interesting, and that YOU CAN DO IT. I start each lesson by going over the concept(s) we're studying, showing example(s) of how they might apply to a "bigger picture" issue (that we might actually care about), and inviting a back and forth discussion of what I've talked about. In answering questions, I'll often ask others, which allows students to truly learn the material rather than just memorize it for a short time. I'll also take as much time as needed to help individuals with specific questions or problems; again, I really want you to walk away understanding something you might not have before we met.

Background

I'm currently a PhD student in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. My formal experience ranges from teaching introductory college-level biology courses, to assisting in teaching more advanced courses, to teaching SCUBA diving classes in Mexico. A lot of my teaching focus has been on understanding the "big" concepts in life science, understanding how to use the scientific method, how to write effectively (not just in science), and how to interpret graphs/understand science-based problems--all very helpful for college prep. I've received many positive reviews and a lot of positive feedback from my students. I've also been involved with many science-based outreach events for students ranging from elementary-college. Overall, my goals are to help you really "get it" when it comes to the material in your science classes, become a better writer, and better prepare you for college or graduate school.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $25/h
Lessons offered by Chris
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Biology
  • College / University Preparation
  • Zoology
  • Geology
  • Hydrobiology
Levels
  • All Levels

Chris's resume

EDUCATION:

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Ph.D. Marine Biology (in progress)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
M.S. Freshwater Science and Technology (benthic ecology)—August 2016
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.S. Biological Sciences, Conservation and Environmental Science—December 2012

TEACHING-RELATED WORK HISTORY:

Graduate Research Assistant, June 2018- Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Teaching Experience:
• With the University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s Summer Science program: Teach elementary and middle school students about the animal and plant communities that live on oyster reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, oyster anatomy, and oyster reef conservation using art projects, video clips, and oyster dissection
• With the Harte Research Institute’s ‘Sink your Shucks’ program: Teach families/general public about oyster reef conservation in Texas at community outreach and “reef building” events

Research Associate, January 2018-June 2018 Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Teaching Experience:
• At the 2018 Benthic Ecology Society Meeting: judged presentations/posters and gave feedback to science students on their work

Adjunct Instructor (Biology 120), August 2017-December 2017 Carroll University (Waukesha, WI)
Teaching Experience:
• Taught three introductory biology sections (approximately 60 students). Areas of focus included understanding scientific literature and solving science-based problems, designing experiments, applying the scientific method, forming and testing hypotheses, improving scientific writing, and collecting samples/data. Frequently worked with students outside of class for additional help.

PADI Divemaster, December 2016-May 2017 Aqua Adventures Eco Divers, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Teaching Experience:
• Effectively briefing and leading tourist groups at 10+ dive sites on coral reefs and shipwrecks
• Teaching/training first-time divers in the classroom and underwater
• Assisting in teaching advanced diving courses
• Educating divers on fauna encountered on dives, dive safety

Research Technician III—June 2016-December 2016 Fisheries Ecology Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
Teaching Experience:
• Assisted instructor of Ichthyology (fish biology) course: Helped undergraduate and graduate students learn about and understand concepts in fish evolution, anatomy & physiology, and ecology

Graduate Research Assistant, August 2013-May 2016
Benthic Ecology Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
Teaching Experience:
• Assisted instructor of Benthic Ecology and Invertebrate Function & Evolution courses: Helped undergraduate and graduate students learn about and understand how the animal life that lives on the bottoms of lakes, rivers, and oceans functions, interacts, and has evolved over time
• With the National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Presented my research to groups of high school students and helped them prepare for a nation-wide high school science competition

Wildlife Technician, April 2012-October 2012 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
Teaching Experience:
• Lead volunteer groups on tree/prairie planting, cleanup, outreach events on the Hank Aaron State Trail (Milwaukee, WI); taught volunteers about the ecology and conservation of plant communities in Southeast Wisconsin

SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, & AWARDS
• Student Scholarship—Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 2019
• Graduate Scholarship—Coastal Conservation Association-Texas, 2018
• Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship—American Water Resources Association, 2015
• Paul W. Rogers Scholarship—International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR), 2015
• Boesel-Sanderson Award—Society for Freshwater Sciences, 2015
• PADI Foundation Research Grant—Professional Association for Dive Instructors, 2015
• UWM School of Freshwater Sciences Student Scholarship, 2014 & 2015
• UWM Graduate School Student Travel Award, 2014
• Richard P. Howmiller Graduate Award—UW Milwaukee Dept. of Biological Sciences, 2014

VOLUNTEER / SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES
• Third Coast Science for You Magazine (managing editor)—2018-present
• University of Texas Marine Science Institute—Summer Science program, 2018
• Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies—Sink Your Shucks oyster shell recycling program, 2018
• Benthic Ecology Meeting Society—Presentation Judge, 2018
• PADI Project AWARE/Action for Isla Earth Day Ocean Cleanup—Diver, 2017
• Society for Freshwater Science—Student Moderator, 2015 Annual Conference
• National Ocean Science Bowl—Research Presenter, Competition Prep, 2014-2015
• Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources—Wisconsin Unionid Mussel Survey (Cedar Creek, Grafton, WI), Grey Wolf Howling Survey (Sandhill State Wildlife Refuge, Babcock, WI), Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Sampling/Deer Harvest Registrar (Paddock Lake, WI), 2012
• Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center—Butlers Garter Snake Mark/Recapture Program, 2012
• Alliance for the Great Lakes—Adopt a Beach (Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, WI), 2010

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