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Christine Thurber
Science Communication Intern

Cooperative Oxford Laboratory

904 S Morris St
Oxford, MD 21654

Phone: (410) 226-5193 x183
Fax: (410) 226-5925

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904 S Morris St
Oxford MD 21654 USA


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NameChristine Thurber



Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Minor in Environmental Science
Assumption College, Worcester Massachusetts


January - May

Internship in Science Communication
EcoCheck, Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Employ skills in desktop publishing, spatial analysis and environmental assessment in effective science communication in solving environmental problems. Duties include: editing text, photos and videos, working with new media outlets, creating new vector images and conceptual diagrams, plotting spatial data and preparing maps, and creating print-ready InDesign documents.

September - December 2009

Environmental Education and Interpretation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Visitor Center, Patuxent Research Refuge

Designed and led interpretive and educational programs, provided visitor information services and tours for school groups, led scout badge workshops, and provided support for special events.
Designed several displays in the lobby and co-authored an educational puppet show for children. Also assisted with biological monitoring and management of deer, sea ducks and beavers on the refuge.

May - July

Internship studying harmful algal blooms
Gallaudet University, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Conducted an independent experiment analyzing urease/UALase activity in three dinoflagellate species.
Prepared and maintained turbidostat experiments to monitor the physiology of a cyanobacterial species.
Employed laboratory techniques to analyze nitrogen assimilation by algae (nutrient and enzyme assays).
Participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Maryland and Gallaudet University.

May 2007 -
May 2009

Intern for Senior Wetland Scientists
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Interned with wetland scientists at an integrated services engineering firm.
Participated in delineating, monitoring, reporting and permitting for work on various environmental resources for engineering clients.
Attended the 2008 MACC Annual Environmental Conference for workshops and training.

Winter 2006

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Performed beaver surveys in western Massachusetts with a wildlife biologist.

2006 - 2008

Water Sample Technician (Volunteer)
Blackstone Valley River Coalition

Sampled water monthly at several monitoring sites for water quality and surveyed environmental conditions.


Computer Skills
Adobe Design Premium CS4 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks)
Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
ArcView (GIS) and GPS technology

Scientific Equipment
10-AU Digital Fluorometer
UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
Filtering Apparatus
Light meters

Analytical Techniques
Fluorometry to establish algal growth curves and biomass using chlorophyll a concentrations
Preparation of urea uptake samples for mass spectrometry
Urease/UALase activity assays

Relevant Qualifications
Certified in CPR and First Aid by the American Heart Association


Graduated with honors - Magna Cum Laude
Dean's List at Assumption College
Best Poster in the 2008 Undergraduate Symposium at Assumption College for poster project on Wetlands: Regulation and Mitigation.
Silver and Gold Award Recipient in Girl Scouts; Gold Award in 2005 for hiking safety presentations for children and self-authored pamphlet entitled Stay There, Keep Dry!


Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
National Scholars Honor Society
2008 Panel speaker for View From Our Shoes sponsored by ADAPT at Assumption College
Appalachian Mountain Club
Adult Girl Scout
Campus Activities Board, Students Advocating Change - letter writing committee, Environmental Club, Classics Club, Health Professions and Natural Sciences Society (Assumption College)


Rock climbing, hiking, camping, kayaking, recreational Frisbee and volleyball
Volunteering at Reach Out Center (Assumption College) and NEADS in Princeton, MA


Professor Owen D.V. Sholes
Associate Professor of Biology
Department of Natural Sciences, Assumption College
500 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 767-7483

Robert Wildey
Wetland Scientist, EIT
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
101 Walnut St.
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 924-1770 x1143

Dr. Caroline Solomon
Associate Professor of Biology
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave., NE
Washington, D.C.
Voicephone: (202) 651-5385 (messages)

Michelle Donlan
Park Ranger/Visitor Services Specialist
Patuxent Research Refuge NWVC
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD
(301) 497-5630


Science Communication Publications

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Integration and Application Network (2010) A Guide to the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Report Cards. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 4pp (Newsletter)