My 'teaching method' depends heavily on the student, who they are, how confident they are and what they're aiming to learn/struggling to understand. Firstly I want to understand the curriculum that the students themselves are studying at school so I can base my own tutoring to reflect this. I want to make sure each session helps students understand a key element of the topic being studied. I am a visual learner, and I often will help explain things by drawing them out and explaining them in detail, or maybe even using online resources and youtube videos to help further demonstrate certain ideas.
I have an undergraduate degree from Plymouth (Marine biology and coastal ecology) and a masters from Essex (Tropical marine biology). I work as a marine biologist and dive master around the world part time, and also tutor biology students in my free time when I'm back at home in the UK.
• Santander scholarship for academic excellence
• Alfred Russel Wallace Grant for Outstanding Field Ecologists
• University of Essex Masters Excellence Scholarship
• Marine biology dive master internship at Tofo Scuba, Mozambique
• Poster presentation of my Msc research at the Reef Conservation UK Conference 2018 at ZSL.
• Presenting my Msc research to the trustees of Operation Wallacea at the National Geographic Society.
The Marine Diaries (2017)
• Founding member of ‘The Marine Diaries’
• My role as outreach and communications officer was to contribute to the daily running of social media sites by scheduling content, organise take overs for twitter/Instagram, and contact companies/NGOs to collaborate.
ARCHELON/GVI, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, Kyparissia (Seasonal Position) 2017
• Monitoring Leader and monitoring assistant.
• Co-ordinating and training 100 multi-national volunteers throughout the summer.
• Teaching volunteers how to identify loggerhead nests, track loggerheads, find egg chamber, measure nest characteristics, relocate nest and protect nest.
• Collating data regarding clutch size, depth of nest, number of eggs, distance from sea and number of nesting attempts.
• Protecting all nests from predation and tourists, as well as relocating nests at risk of inundation
• Leading night surveys and tagging female nesting turtles using pit tags or metal tags
• Teaching volunteers how to observe females nesting without disturbing them, identify egg chamber and mark it, measure carapace whilst checking for damage/removing excessive barnacles, check flippers for tags and tag un-tagged turtles.
• Recording the stranding’s of injured and dead turtles and communicating with coast guards.
• Disciplining volunteers when necessary, and delegating daily duties such as cleaning, cooking, surveys and fundraising amongst volunteers
• Management and maintenance of monitoring equipment
• Compiling an annual report summarising the research findings of the season, as well as recommendations for the next monitoring leader
• Presenting to large audiences in hotels and restaurants about minimising touristic impacts on turtle nesting
• Inform tourists during surveys about the charity I was working for and promoting the importance of respecting and conserving the loggerhead turtle.
Bristol Aquarium (2013)
• Working within the animal husbandry team for 8 hours a day, helping feed animals and administer medication to animals.
• Give focused talks to customers.
Marine Biological Association: The Shore Thing (2014)
• Annual survey monitoring the abundance, population structure and biogeographic ranges of indicator species in intertidal coastal areas.
Student Ambassador (2014-2017)
• Representing the Marine Biological Department at Plymouth University for open days
• Giving tours of the laboratories and facilities, mini-lectures on student life and advice for future applicants.
Iguana Station (2014)
• Opening the visitor centre and giving information tours to guests.
• Organising the rota for volunteers and coordinating the volunteer schedule
• Conducting scientific surveys in the mangrove, measuring mangrove density and Iguana numbers.
• Monitoring temperatures of relocated Olive Ridley turtle nests, as well as caring for those in rehabilitation.
• Liaising with local fisherman to encourage more sustainable fishing activities
• Teaching English to primary school students
• Assisting PhD students with data collection in the field.
Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia (2018)
• Completing Reef Check Indonesia certification as well as conduction my own scientific research and survey design for my Msc thesis.
• Helping other MSc and PhD students complete their data collection, and guiding less experience Operation Wallacea Research Assistants with creating and designing scientific studies underwater
• Diving 2/3 times daily over a total of 10 weeks
• Distinction in grade 6 Flute and fluency in reading music
• YSS4 Sailing qualification
• PADI Dive Master, Nitrox and Emergency First Response (primary and secondary)
• Data analysis in R-studio, GIS familiarity and experience with large database entry and excel spreadsheets
• Bio-imaging and ImageJ
• Reef Check certified (Indo-Pacific)
• DBI police checked (2016)
• Skilled at social media management
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