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Tessa V.
Wildlife Biologist
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About Tessa
My name is Tessa Vermeul and I am a wildlife biologist with a bachelors in Fish and Wildlife sciences from Oregon State University. My life-long love of wildlife and passion for conservation has driven me to obtain a degree specializing in community ecology and wildlife conservation and accumulate a variety of invaluable experiences both locally and internationally. I strongly believe that the most critical aspect of effective research and wildlife/environmental conservation is education and I want to help spread the knowledge and skills I...
Teaching Experience
Last summer I was a Teaching Assistant for the FW255 (Field Sampling in Fisheries and Wildlife) course at Oregon Sate University under the guidance of professor Doug Reese. I was in charge of setting up daily lab activities before the field work began, helping students create data sheets and finalize experimental designs and guiding various groups of students through proper field techniques, data acquisition and data entry/analysis. I have also given multiple lectures to Oregon State University students, as well as 5th grade students at...
Education
Oregon State University
Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
Bachelor's Degree
2012 - 2016
Work Experience
Finley Wildlife Refuge, Mammal Diversity Research Manager
2015 - Present
•Organizing and analyzing large amounts of camera trap, transect and habitat characterization data, using past and present data collected at 14 different sites at Finley Wildlife Refuge •Managing three research assistants in collecting habitat characterization data at each of the 14 camera sites in the refuge, including assigning data entry tasks and overseeing all field work •Writing a research paper from data findings and presenting work for wildlife conferences and presentations •Giving invited talks regarding my current research and...
Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand, Human Elephant Conflict Research
2016 - 2016
•Participating in interviews with local village farmers to assess wild elephant damage on crops and property •Performing daily patrols to deter locals from feeding wild elephants and to keep the elephants off the road and away from the villages •Planting native trees to provide viable elephant habitat for future generations and meeting with local community members and rangers to learn about human elephant conflict •Reviewing camera trap footage of elephant damage to mitigation fences surrounding a section of the park.
Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael, Chile, Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael Intern
2015 - 2015
•Helping plan future routes and marking trails in previously unexplored and undeveloped portions of Patagonian forest in Laguna San Rafael National Park •Weeding, replanting and identifying native Nothofagus trees in a nursery for native vegetation in Puerto Rio Tranquilo •Learning about the politics, languages, traditions and native flora and fauna of the region •Exploring the glaciers of the National Park with the park Ranger
Oregon State University, FW 255 Teaching Assistant
2015 - 2015
•Presenting information to the class and answer student questions regarding course material •Assisting students in designing, implementing and analyzing their field studies •Setting up and executing various educational activities including GPS practice exercises, transect practice, and more •Driving students to their research sites in school vehicles and assisting with experimental design and research projects
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