Being an undergraduate natural science major with aspirations to get a masters degree, I have found that it is just not possible to gain valuable laboratory experiences or learn fundamental research techniques in a classroom. I therefor relish the chance to get as much laboratory and research experience as I can and I am adept at picking up new things quickly. I have already gained great proficiency through my experiences as a junior curator at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, my reptile breeding hobby, and previous internship with Dr. Kennedy at the Research Annex Laboratories. I learned valuable skills from these experiences such as how to deal with repetitive tasks, how research projects work, and how to organise, maintain, and perform in a laboratory environment. My lifes goal is a career in wildlife care and research, therefore, research and laboratory experience is essential to my education.
Lady Wolf's Leos is a small breeding project for Leopard Gecko color morphs. We breed Lavender Bold Stripes, Halloween Masks, Tremper Albinos and Bell Albinos color morphs. Plans to expand breeding projects to other reptilian species such Panther Chameleons and Blue-tree Monitors are being made.
Laboratory Research Assistant
May 2014－Mar 2015
Dr. George Kennedy
Worked under Dr. George Kennedy from the Entomology Department at the Research Annex Laboratories on North Carolina State University campus helping him with his research, conducting experiments, as well as organizing and cleaning lab equipment. Helped rear and care for the test insects such as thrips and two spotted spider mites. This involved feeding the insects and crafting cups with holes to house the insects. Was also responsible for growing and maintaining test plants at the Method and Ligon St greenhouses. This gave me experience in greenhouse protocol and how to care for a variety of crop and horticultural plants. Also gained a great deal of skills and experiences in laboratory protocol, maintenance, research techniques and experimental processes, though the most valuable skill gained was how to maintain consistent effort when doing repetitive tasks. Another skill learned was how to take samples and conduct experiments both in the field or in the lab. Learned how to organize a laboratory and keep an inventory list of chemicals and insecticides. Learned how to use different laboratory equipment such as pipets, balances, vortex mixer, and centrifuge. Also gained experience and knowledge in handling chemicals for various tests as well as how to conduct them. For example, in one study on Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus one of the tasks was to mix different rates of sucrose solution, taken from wild tomato plants, and spray the different rates on to leaf disks in petri dishes. Next step was to put thrips, who carried Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, into the petri dishes with the leaf disks so they could attempt to transmit the virus. Then helped with the elisa tests to look at the transmission rates of the virus. Another example of the kind of research participated in was the Two Spotted Spider Mite experiment where help was given to test the level of resistance the insects might have to an insecticide. Using a microscope, spider mites were placed on to leaf disks with different rates of insecticide on the disks. After a period of time, aid was given in counting the spider mites noting the survival rate. From other experiments, such as ones previously mentioned. Also learned how to make stained microscope slides and permanent slides using mounting media from mounting specimens of thrips caught in the field for identification. Accustomed to working in hot weather and being outdoors allot makes it easy to do repetitive tasks such as sampling insects in harsh weather. Furthermore, a good feel for how funding proposals, research reviews and reviews of the literature are written.
Small Mammal Research Trapping Volunteer
Jul 2014－Jul 2014
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
museum staff with their small mammal research project. The study was a mark recapture project where help was given to measure, weigh and tag various species of rodents.
Aug 2005－May 2008
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Helped the museum curators care for program animals such as opossum, corn snakes, rabbits, frogs, turtles, alligators and even birds. Care of the animals involved feeding, cleaning, and medical needs as well as maintaining feeder colonies of rodents and insects. Also got to present the animals as a form of educational outreach to public groups like school classrooms or for special events. Also got to attend special lectures given by museum staff and others in the natural science field such as herpetology and mammalogy. Attended educational excursions to the sand hills or mountains of North Carolina and to Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Additionally, got to go on a special educational excursion to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State where the group got to learn about and observe the natural history of the unique wildlife and flora.
High School Diploma
Needham B. Broughton High School
Bachelor of Science:
Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology Concentration in Wildlife
North Carolina State University
I am a member of the Herpetology Club and Leopold Wildlife Club at NCSU. I have taken Biology, Ecology, and Plant Biology courses that taught me about electrophoresis and different laboratory tests. These classes also taught me laboratory protocol and safety. Classes like Wildlife Ecology, Dendrology and Herpetology have educated me on species identification, ecosystem management and conservation. I am good with Microsoft programs, such as excel, due to my forestry, and statistics classes. I am also good at data entry and analyses due to these classes.