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Summary

Successful professional with +20 years of experience working on science-related projects. Proven track record of effective organization and communication, critical and agile thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, integrity, respect, and a strong work ethic. Life-long learner. Transitioning from an exclusively science-based career to one that includes a significant communications component.

Accomplishments

  • Edited +160 blog posts by 48 different authors
  • Completed Laurentian University Science Communication Graduate Diploma
  • Completed University of Alberta Social Media Marketing and Communication citation
  • Designed, wrote content for, and managed two project websites (Dreamweaver and HTML)
  • Co-authored 31 peer-reviewed papers and chapters (ResearchGate: +1870 citations)
  • Managed 5 US National Science Foundation-funded projects
  • Designed/participated in field campaigns (Antarctica – 9 research cruises; Arctic – 2 field trips; Central Alaska – 7 winters)

Skills

Written and Oral Communications

Prepare/edit concise and logically written materials. Organize and communicate ideas effectively in oral presentations. Discuss issues in a collegial and courteous manner. Use logical arguments to persuade others. Explain complex or difficult concepts clearly and effectively using basic terms and language.

Science Communication

Ability to write at all levels – brief abstracts to final reports. Able to tailor oral and written presentations to the audience (expert/general public/K-12 students). Write/produce blog posts, short and long articles, presentations, summaries, briefings, speaking notes, and short videos. Use learning and communication theory to produce effective artifacts.

Websites | Social Media 

Design/create content for project websites. Strategic social media planning. Online writing/editing. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram.

Analysis and Problem Solving

Define a problem and identify possible causes. Comprehend a large amount of information and identify the elements relevant to the problem a hand. Form and defend independent conclusions. Design an experiment, plan or model that defines a problem, tests potential resolutions, and/or implements a solution. Develop criteria to evaluate different possible courses of action.

Research and Information Management

Identify sources of information applicable to a given problem. Gather relevant information using internet and library resources. Understand and synthesize large quantities of information. Develop organizing principles to sort and evaluate data effectively.

Project Management and Organization

Highly organized and methodical. Manage a project from beginning to end. Manage several projects at once. Identify goals and/or tasks to be accomplished. Develop realistic timelines to complete projects. Prioritize tasks. Anticipate potential problems. Maintain flexibility in the face of changing circumstances (new information or a change in available resources).

Interpersonal and Leadership Skills

Facilitate group discussions or conduct meetings. Respond appropriately to positive or negative feedback. Effectively mentor subordinates and/or peers. Collaborate on projects and develop relationships with co-workers. Teach skills or concepts to others.

Self-Management and Work Habits

Work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines (good time management). Comprehend new material, subject matter, computer applications, and office procedures quickly (fast learner). Work effectively with minimal supervision. Disciplined worker. Attentive to detail. Exercise discretion and good judgment. Proven ability to deliver high-quality work.

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
May 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 remained 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, video, live events, etc.). Worked part-time as the program’s webmaster. (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

Portfolio

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