Kathleen Shea

Kathleen Shea

Work History

Work History
Jan 2011 - Present

Research Associate

Nipissing University

This position was geared towards the set-up and organization of the Watershed Analysis

Center at Nipissing University. Main duties include the design and maintenance of a laboratory

website, the formation of an effective data management system, and the development of laboratory

and field protocols that ensure the productivity and safety of all lab members. Through these duties, I

have strengthened my organizational and administrative skills as well as my understanding of

ecological principles and experimental design.

May 2009 - Jan 2011

Ecosystem Analysis Lab Research Assistant

University of Guelph

Responsibilities included the hiring, training and scheduling of a seven-person field crew, data

organization and statistical analysis, and equipment purchasing and maintenance. This position

allowed me to further develop my organizational and administrative skills and encouraged me to

multitask, as I was responsible for maintaining both my own personal research project as well as a

larger-scale, long-term research program. Lastly, this position allowed me to develop my skills in

working as part of an efficient team under strenuous work and living conditions while maintaining

team morale and productivity.

Jan 2007 - Dec 2009

Teaching Assistant

McMaster University, University of Guelph

Courses instructed include Biol 1030- Biology I, Geo 1B03-The Living Environment, Geo 2A03-

Environmental Issues and Geo 2G03-Geomorphology. Duties included marking, developing lesson

plans and leading tutorials, invigilating tests and assisting students with course materials. This

position has allowed me to further develop skills in diplomacy, leadership and scientific

communication while deepening my understanding of course materials through instruction.

May 2008 - Aug 2009

Peatland Ecohydrology Lab Research Technician

McMaster University

Responsibilities included research season planning and organization as well as data collection

and analysis. Due to the remoteness of this field site, I was encouraged to develop a sense of personal

responsibility and pride in my work.

Education

Education
Jan 2009 - Dec 2010

Master of Science

University of Guelph
Sep 2003 - May 2008

Honours Bachelor of Science

McMaster University

Skills

Skills

Proficiency in all programs of Microsoft Office Suite

Research and Statistical Analysis

Mapping using Geographic Information Systems

Fluent in French and English

Community Engagement

Board of Directors Member 2009-2010

University of Guelph Graduate Students Association, Guelph ON

Responsibilities included involved representation of graduate students in the Department of

Integrative Biology, participation in the Human Rights Advisory Group and the preparation and

dissemination of a Social Justice Committee Newsletter. Skills developed include the ability to

communicate effectively and respectfully to individuals representing a variety of causes and

contextual backgrounds in order to work towards common goals.

Environmental Blogger 2009

Whole Earth Care

http://wholeearthcare.blogspot.com/2009/11/its-katie-answer-lady.html

As a volunteer blogger, I was responsible for answering questions posed by website patrons in

a fun, effective and accurate manner. This position allowed me to develop skills in research, website

design and maintenance and communication with an online audience.

Contributing Member 2008

McMaster University Campus Sustainability Group

McMaster University, Hamilton ON

In this volunteer position, I was responsible for collecting data from a range of sources across

McMaster University campus regarding the environmental, social and economic costs and benefits

associated with instituting a number of sustainability initiatives. This task required constant, in-depth

and open communication and a willingness to learn.

Awards and Scholarships

Society of Wetland Scientists Student Research Grant- 2010

• Award granted to partially fund novel and independent research in the field of wetland ecology

• Based on the merits of a complete research proposal, including expected outcomes and budget.

NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS-M Award- 2008-2010

• Award granted to help fund Masters Level Research

• Based on academic excellence, research potential, communication and leadership skills

NSTP Travel and Research Grant- 2008

• Awarded to fund research in the circumpolar regions

• Based on contributions to Northern research and academic standing

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award- 2008

• Award granted to help fund Undergraduate research project

• Based on academic standing and research aptitude

McMaster University Undergraduate Research Award- 2007

• Award for funding of undergraduate thesis research

• Awarded by the department of Geography and Earth Sciences based on students’ ability to

successfully undertake independent research

Certifications

Certifications

Certificate of French Immersion

Ontario Ministry of Education
Aug 2011

Emergency Level First Aid

St. John's Ambulance