Science CV

EDUCATION

2013                                       M.Sc., Environmental Science; GPA: 3.71/4.0

University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana

 

2010                                       B.Sc., Marine Science and Biology; GPA: 3.30/4.0

University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida

 

RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2014                                       Young Marine Explorers, Volunteer

Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas

  • Blog writing; Environmental cleanup and education

 

08/2014-09/2014                                Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization, Intern

Sandy Point, Abaco, The Bahamas

  • Identification of marine mammals through photo Identification of dorsal or caudal fins using scarring and/or nicks; data collection of marine mammal encounters such as location, species, on site identification, and weather conditions; fecal and skin opportunistic sample collection of marine mammals; Use of ArcGIS to indicate points of interest of marine mammals for analysis and comparison to previous or current data; input and correct data from encounters/sightings hard copies to electronic database

 

2014                                       FRIENDS of the Environment, Volunteer

Marsh Harbour, Abaco

  • Data research and entry

 

08/2012-05/2013                                Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Lawrence Wiedman

University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • Marking and entering grade scores; class and lab preparation and clean up; edited 3 Field Study Guides for The Bahamas, Southern Appalachian, and Southwest college courses, Specimen collection and identification; field lab preparation and clean up; lecture assistant

 

07/2012-06/2013                                University of Saint Francis, Masters’ Thesis Assistant for A. Meehan (Everhart)

Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • Assisted in health assessment research of Dave’s Patch Reef in North Andros, Bahamas; quantitative and qualitative collection and analysis of all organisms including fish, sponges, and soft and hard corals through the use of the Roving Diver technique; identification of potential coral risks

 

08/2011-05/2012                                Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Joseph Steensma

University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • Co-author and editor for North Andros, The Bahamas birding field book

 

CONFERENCES

4th Annual Student Conference for Conservation Science-New York. (2014). American Museum of Natural history, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Volunteer.

 

Colebrooke, L, Meehan, A., & Wiedman, Dr. L. (2014). “Patch Reef Health Assessment Using New Mapping Techniques and Bioindicators: A Case Study of Dave’s Patch Reef Eastern Andros Is., Bahamas.” Presentation at the 2nd Annual Bahamas Natural History Conference. College of The Bahamas, New Providence, The Bahamas.

 

DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS

DIY: Crafting Academic Research for Conservation. (2014). 4th Annual Student Conference for Conservation Science-New York. American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

 

What am I Going to Do with the Rest of my Life?! Exploring Careers in Consevation. (2014). 4th Annual Student Conference for Conservation Science-New York. American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

 

BOOK PUBLICATIONS

Steensma, J., Morken, N., & Colebrooke, L. (2013). “A Guide to the Birds of North Andros Island.” SHEBA Media, Fort Wayne, IN.

 

NON-PUBLISHED PAPERS

Colebrooke, L. (2011-2013). “Coral Reef Mapping and Census of Dave’s Patch Reef: Andros, Bahamas.” GPS and photography were used to create a map of Dave’s Patch Reef in North Andros, Bahamas. GPS was used to trace the boarder of the patch and record points of interest of major stationary invertebrates such as hard and soft corals and sponges. Points of interest were also photo documented and various panoramas were created from the images collected. An efficient, inexpensive, and accurate map was created. Graduate thesis.

 

SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

  • Research skills: Qualitative and quantitative field and laboratory research, dorsal and fin field identification, Caribbean coral and fish photo identification, sample collection
  • Writing experience: editing, formal letter writing, pamphlet and brochure preparation
  • Managerial skills: supervisor/leadership experience, collaborating with a team, various clerical duties, organizing and facilitating events, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literacy: Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook and PowerPoint,
  • Certification(s): PADI Open Water

 

NON-ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE

2007-2012       Various part-time and full-time positions as Sales Associate, Front Desk Assistant, Computer Lab Assistant, and Secretary Assistant

 

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

2011-2012                            Warm Fuzzies

University if Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • Knitted and crocheted hats, gloves, and scarves for homeless/those in need

 

2007-2010                            Camp BSU, Youth Activities Coordinator

University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida

        • Organizing and managing educational outdoor and indoor activities for youth (ages 5-13 years old); Formal letter writing for fundraising events, educational toys and supplies donations, and event invitations
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