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Summary

Highly motivated, diligent and productive professional with over twenty years of experience in scientific research in the polar regions, ten years of K-12 science education outreach and five years of project management. Interested in science communication; science policy and diplomacy; promoting and building science literacy; polar science, environmental assessment and conservation; and the impact of climate change on the environment and society. Dedicated to achieving excellence through effective organization and communication, critical thinking, integrity, and a strong work ethic. A desire to learn, grow and contribute.

Interests

|   Science Communication   |  Strategic Social Media Communication  |   Science and Public Policy   |  Polar Research   |

|   Informal Science Education and Outreach   |  Climate change and its impact on the environment and society   |

Skills

Written and Oral Communications

Experienced in writing and editing a wide range of formats (academic, business,  general public, online). Experience giving presentations and organizing workshops.

Science Communication

Webpages, blog posts, short and long articles, presentations, summaries, and short videos.

Social Media 

Strategic social media plans, writing/editing online, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram.

Research 

Original research, online research, physical science and social science methods.

Data Analysis and Management 

Data analysis (quantitative and qualitative) and data set entry and Q/A.

Project Management and Organization

Highly organized and methodical. Managed several federally funded projects. Leadership, resource allocation, budgetary oversight.

Work Experience

2016Present

Blog Editor

Science Borealis

Brought on board to edit blog posts written by a variety of bloggers of varying backgrounds, experience and expertise. This is a volunteer position.

  • Ensure all posts appearing on the weekly Science Borealis Blog are well-written by providing stylistic and structural editing and proofreading
  • Help develop the writing skills of Subject Editors who require extra coaching and mentoring
  • Contribute to the discussion about future projects and editorial policies
Jul 2013Sep 2013

Researcher | Intern

University of Alberta

Undertook an 8-week, unpaid internship required by the Science Communication program. At the end of the internship, continued working on the project as a paid researcher (3 month contract).

  • Quickly completed an unrelated project that had remain unfinished for a year
  • Conducted online research and wrote a report summarizing findings (results presented by the Principal Investigator at a national conference)
  • Beta-tested software created for this project and provided feedback leading to improvements
20122013

Graduate Student | Research Assistant

Laurentian University

Enrolled in the Science Communication Graduate Diploma program to enhance my science communication skills. Through course work and projects, I learned about informal science education best practices, science writing and editing, social studies research techniques, and different methods of effectively presenting information (presentations, videography, etc.). Worked part time as the program’s webmaster. (This is now a Master’s program at LU.)

  • Completed an independent research project by designing and implementing a survey and conducting interviews
  • Updated program website and authored a social media administration handbook
20022011

Scientist

Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Hired as a science professional to support a variety of federally funded projects. When the Principal Investigator left, I brought all of his grants to a successful conclusion over the course of 5 years.

  • Administered five federally funded projects as a Principal/Co-Investigator
  • Researched, co-wrote, and edited peer-reviewed papers, eight annual and three final reports, and grant proposals
  • Designed two project websites and researched and authored content for them
  • Planned and delivered workshops
  • Researched and wrote two Inquiry-based science protocols, twenty-five learning activities, and content for one science teachers’ professional development course
19932001

Research Technician

Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Hired as a science technician to support a variety of federally funded projects.

  • Made significant contributions to a variety of research projects and field campaigns including supervising people in the field, data analysis and summary, and day-to-day project management
  • Contributed to writing and editing peer-reviewed papers, annual reports and grant proposals

Education

20172018

Social Media Marketing and Communication Citation

University of Alberta

A program offered by the Faculty of Extension. The courses are in a  blended online/onsite format.

20122013

Graduate Diploma

Laurentian University

Joint program between Laurentian University and Science North (http://sciencenorth.ca/sciencecommunication/).

Final research project: Was the Polar-Palooza “Stories from a Changing Planet” Campaign a Transformative Learning Experience for the Participating Scientists? Graduate Diploma in Science Communication, Laurentian University. Unpublished.

19851992

Master of Science

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Thesis title: Annually recurring sea ice patterns in the nearshore region of the eastern Beaufort Sea as determined from satellite data (1974-1986). Interdisciplinary Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Unpublished.

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