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Tutor profile: Brian M.

Brian M.
Environmental educator
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About Brian

About Brian
I am a naturalist and environmental educator living in northeast Oregon. I enjoy hiking and wildlife photography, and love to share my enthusiasm and passion for science with those around me!

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for multiple college-level courses in biology, including Entomology and Marine Biology. I spent a summer working as a naturalist and educator for ages 8-14 at an environmental education center. I have worked as a guide (which is a different sort of teaching), leading nature tours hiking, kayaking, birding, and snorkeling. I also occasionally give webinars on various science topics through a couple different environmental ed centers that I have volunteered with.
University of Miami
Marine Biology
Master's Degree
2016 - 2017
Cornell University
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Bachelor's Degree
2011 - 2015

Work Experience

Work Experience
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Biological Science Technician
2021 - 2021
-Survey and interview anglers along Imnaha River, record and measure fish taken -Remote driving in inclement weather, interacting with general public -Assist with sample collection and data recording during steelhead spawns when needed
Coral Triangle Adventures, Snorkel Guide
2020 - 2021
-Lead multi-week snorkeling tours in Indonesia for groups up to 17 people -Prepare and deliver powerpoint presentations on natural history -Assist with logistics, airline tickets and baggage, and accommodations for tour groups
Self, Freelance Photographer and Videographer
2018 - 2021
Most of my photography revolves around wildlife, but I am happy to do a variety of projects, including: Photos and written articles published in online and print magazines; Video services for weddings and other events; Fish and product photography for an aquaculture company; Fine Art prints for sale.
Spectrum Brands, Inc, Fish Hatchery Technician
2019 - 2019
-General husbandry for large numbers of freshwater fish -Handling of chemicals and medications for fish -Perform necropsies of fish to assess health issues
Environmental Education Center, Seasonal Naturalist and Camp Counselor
2018 - 2018
-Developing and leading STEM-related educational programs, both outdoors and indoors -Leading nature walks and assisting with environmental education programs -Working with up to 32 children, age 9 to 14
Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science, Volunteer
2017 - 2017
-Preparing bird specimens (skins, skeletons, tissue samples, spread-wings) -General upkeep of museum specimens, refilling ethanol vials, filing of paperwork -Participation in outreach activities associated with the museum
Kodiak Raspberry Island Remote Lodge, Kayak and Hiking Guide, General Camp Hand
2017 - 2017
-Leading nature tours for guests of the lodge, keeping checklists of all wildlife seen -Helping the captains on the fishing boats and vacuum-sealing caught fish -General maintenance, cleaning, hospitality
Shoals Marine Lab, Teaching Assistant
2016 - 2016
-Helped run a college-level course for high school students -Acted as resident advisor for 20 high school age students -Wrote and delivered lectures on chondrichthyan biology and behavior -Designed and helped carry out labs and field exercises, including snorkeling, specimen dissections, fishing excursions, and whale watching
Tulane University, Research Assistant - Field Work in Papua New Guinea
2015 - 2015
-Assisted in location, capture, and processing of white shouldered fairy wrens -Managed and stored plasma samples -Conducted nest surveys and behavioral observations -Outreach with local schools and villages
Cornell University, Undergraduate Researcher
2012 - 2015
-Used OsiriX andImageJ software to view analyze CT scans and fur samples -Experience trapping, processing, and skinning small mammals in the field -Exposure to numerous related vertebrate research projects and papers -Over 60 hours experience with geometric morphometric landmarking of CT scanned skulls
Cornell University, Undergraduate Researcher
2011 - 2015
Variable hours; during field work in Malaysia, worked approximately 100 hours / week for 5 weeks. In Ithaca, NY, worked approximately 5 hours / week -Integral part of a group planning the expedition to Malaysia (pre- and post-trip work took place in Ithaca) -Conducted field research on multiple bird families in Sabah, Malaysia -Managed thousands of digital media files and curated data for use in the Macaulay Library -Responsible for setting up mist-nets, removing birds from nets, handling and processing birds involving measuring, weighing,
Cornell University, Teaching Assistant
2014 - 2014
-Help entomology students find, collect, and identify insects -Prepare dissections and specimens for labs and exams -Assist professor in grading insect collections -Experience using and teaching others to use dichotomous keys, various collection techniques
Cornell University, Research Assistant - Field Work in Alaska
2014 - 2014
-Set up transects for small mammal trapping; assisted with invertebrate pit-fall sampling, tick sampling -Designed protocol for and conducted bird point-counts -Assisted with hunting and dissection of small mammals; set up blood slides for endoparasite sampling
Southwestern Research Station, Work Intern
2013 - 2013
-Experience setting up mist-nets for bat collections, using a lizard-noose, catching hummingbirds, and identifying and collecting spadefoot toads -General maintenance and landscaping experience
Cornell University, Resident Advisor of Ecology House (dorm)
2012 - 2013
-One of four resident advisors in the dormitory, responsible for 96 total residents -Leadership, budgeting, and program-planning experience -Head of Recycling and Composting Committee, co-chair of Greenhouse Project

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