Shark research field methods: fishing, measuring, sampling and tagging.
Through my various internship endeavors I have become experienced in gill netting, seine netting, long-lining, rod and reel fishing, manual acoustic telemetry, preparing bait, recording and entering behavioral data of free swimming sharks, shark handling/transport (i.e. measurements, taking isotope samples, genetic samples, muscle biopsy, etc.), white shark photo identification, shark tagging and am proficient in tonic immobilization.
As an avid member of my school's sailing team and having lived aboard a catamaran for 3 weeks, I am capable of sailing large vessels, have experience with operating 16 ft. and 17 ft. skiffs, dinghies and also have assisted in running research vessels for Oceans Research. I have over 100 hours at sea, with 53 of them being completed January (2013) with Oceans Research.
Hold NAUI Advanced SCUBA Diver, Night Diver and U/W Environment certifications. I have over 70 dives from around the world (i.e.: Galapagos, Bahamas, South Africa, British Virgin Islands, Belize), including wreck dives, deep dives, drift dives and night dives; also am a free-diver.
Have experience using analytical balances, centrifuges, filter sterilization, gel systems, micropipets, pH meters, conductivity meters, microscopes and spectrophotometers. I have used dissecting scopes and have dissected over 20 sharks.
Proficient with ArcGIS Explorer, R Program, Sigma Plot, all Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher), Windows Media Player and am capable of editing photos.
Bilingual, knowing English and Spanish fluently.