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Jenna M. Sullivan

1983 NW Estaview Drive ● Corvallis, Oregon 97330

(541)207-2315 ●


Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon- Ph.D student, Fall 2013 – present

Advisor: Bruce Menge; PhD anticipated May 2018

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH- Graduated June 2009

Major: Biology (High Honors); Minor: French; Advisor Matt Ayres

Honors Thesis: “Spatial Patterns and Reproductive Success of an Invasive Wooodwasp in New York State.”

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon- Summer 2002, 2003, 2006

Teaching Experience

Oregon State University ● Corvallis, OR

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Biology 211 & 212: Principles of Biology September 2013 – present

I lead one lab section of 40 undergraduate biology majors enrolled in Principles of Biology. This position requires weekly instruction for a 3-hour, weekly laboratory session, including a short lecture introducing the materials, active guidance as students complete the lab protocols, and assessment of progress during the lab. In addition, I am responsible for writing quizzes, grading, maintaining a grade book, communicating with students through email and Blackboard, holding one office hour per week, and proctoring the course exams. I also assist one lab section per week, and benefit from the assistance of another graduate student in my lab section. I attend weekly lab preparatory meetings and am enrolled in a yearlong Teaching Development seminar.

Sanibel Sea School ● Sanibel, FL

Lead Educator and Ocean Advocate May 2011 – August 2013

Sanibel Sea School is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the public about marine ecology in the Gulf of Mexico. I was the lead educator in charge of operations at our main campus. My duties included preparing and revising curriculum, registering clients, and teaching half- and full-day educational programs to kids. Our goal is to develop within each student a visceral connection and understanding of the ocean and to promote good ocean stewardship. I designed a research trip to Forfar Field Station in the Bahamas for high school-aged students to study coral reef ecology and research methods, and successfully conducted the program’s inaugural summer 2013. I also periodically contribute to our social media and educational outreach efforts, including writing for our blog and other websites and coordinating volunteering programs to teach underprivileged local youth.

Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching Program ● Republic of the Marshall Islands

High School science teacher Aug 2009 – Jun 2010

I taught 12th grade Human Biology and 10th grade Life Science to 5 high school classes on Wotje Atoll. Responsibilities included curriculum development, grading, resource assembly and construction, instruction of daily 40-minute class periods, weekly lesson plan submissions, and staff development programs. I was chair of 12th grade teachers and advisor to the Health Club. The school is poorly resourced and lacks consistent internet access, so creativity and ingenuity in lesson planning were crucial. I further developed communication skills as the English proficiency of many students and co-workers was very low.

Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences ● Hanover, NH

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Population Ecology Course Sep 2008 – Dec 2008

I was the undergraduate teaching assistant in Population Ecology, taught by Sharon Bickel. I was responsible for fielding questions from students and assisting them in the laboratory and field portions of the course, including extensive microscope use for identifying stream invertebrates.

Additional teaching work and accomplishments

October 2013      Workshop: Inspiring Students’ Motivation to Learn, Center for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Robin Pappas

Professional Experience

E&S Environmental Chemistry, Inc. ● Corvallis, OR

Writer, Environmental Scientist, & Data Analyst Nov 2010 – May 2011; periodic part-time 2003 – 06

I performed various duties in field, laboratory, and office settings for an environmental research company. This included preparing a report for the U.S. National Park Service on the effects of airborne contaminant deposition on surface waters, watersheds, and associated biota in the National Parks throughout the United States. I assisted with water quality sampling from boat and land and conducted chemical analysis in the laboratory, including for nitrate and ammonium. I also prepared a summary of how biodiversity and community structures influence ecosystem services and critical loads, focusing on how to integrate economic, ecological, and social values to manage and preserve ecosystem assets. Duties have also included: extensive use of ArcGIS software for aerial photograph interpretation, watershed boundary delineation, and GIS data manipulation; map, graph, and figure creation; data entry; data analysis in Microsoft Excel; and extensive use of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

Peart Laboratory, Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences ● Hanover, NH

Forest Ecology field research Jun – Aug 2010

I collected data for a long-term forest ecology research project under Dartmouth Professor David Peart as part of a dynamic research team, hiking to remote locations with heavy and/or cumbersome equipment. Work required focus, an ability to make precision measurements in the field, and rapid identification of familiar and newly-learned plant species. This job required flexibility, competence and comfort in a subalpine field setting, and an ability to successfully continue work even under adverse conditions (inclement weather, technological malfunctions, etc.).

Ayres Laboratory, Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences ● Hanover, NH and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) ● Syracuse, NY

Honors Independent Research in Forest Entomology of Invasive Species Jun 2008 – Jun 2009

I investigated the population dynamics and spatial demographic patterns of an invasive European insect, Sirex noctilio, in the pine forests of New York State in an effort to contribute to general scientific understanding of the principles that govern non-native species. Knowledge of, and the ability to predict, the environmental and economic impacts of these insects and how they will influence the success of important forest species is of particular concern, as non-native insect invaders currently pose one of the most serious and costly threats to timber activities in North American forests. This research culminated as a senior thesis which received High Honors.

Peterson Laboratory, Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences ● Hanover, NH

Evolutionary Biology Research Assistant Jan 2006 – Dec 2007

Working in a paleobiology lab under the direction of Professor Kevin Peterson, I conducted gene-sequencing research in an effort to better understand phylogenetic relationships between species, and to identify micro-RNAs to examine the origins of vertebrate complexity. Some techniques I employed were PCR gene-amplification, transformations, ligations, micropipetting, gel-electrophoresis, and use of a spectrophotometer.

Natural History Museum ● London, UK

Palaeontology Department Intern Mar – Jun 2007

I authored a series of contributions to the Museum’s Echinoid Web Directory of holotype and other important museum specimens. Duties included photographing specimens, manipulating images, researching the taxonomy and defining features of each species, and creating web pages. I also assisted at the museum’s fossil information and identification booth at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.

Professional Service

Member, Board of Trustees ● Sanibel Sea School, Sanibel, FL; Feb 2014 – present


Sullivan, J.M., M.P. Ayres, and J.N. Garnas. Spatial patterns and reproductive success of an invasive woodwasp in New York State. Manuscript in prep.

Ayres, M.P., J.M. Sullivan, T. Harrison, and M.J. Lombardero. 2009. Diagnosing the presence of Sirex noctilio from examination of dying and recently dead pine trees. Report for USDA APHIS.

Kaplan, S.M., J.M. Sullivan, A.C. Spinoso, T.D. Chang, and L.M. Cheek. 2008. Foraging Behaviors in Fish-eating Bats. Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science: Fall 2008.

Sullivan, Jenna M. and Laura C. Sullivan. 2001. Kids’ Guide to the National Parks of California and Oregon. E&S Geographic and Information Services, Corvallis, Oregon, 116 pp. (6,000 copies in print).

Sullivan, T.J., K.U. Snyder, S. Mackey, D.L. Moore, J.M. Sullivan, and L.C. Sullivan. 2006. Evaluation of the Effects of Edge-of-Field Grass and Shrub Filter Strips on Fecal Coliform Bacteria Transport in an Agricultural Setting: Results of Phase II of the Tillamook Buffer Strip Effectiveness Project. Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Garibaldi OR.


Sullivan, J.M., A. Johnson, E. Cerny-Chipman, and B. Menge. Zooming in on Sea Star Wasting Syndrome: Observations at small size classes and potential for recovery. Western Society of Naturalists Conference, 11/14/2014, Tacoma, WA.

Departmental Seminar, Oregon State Integrative Biology, 10/13/14

Citizen Science Research Opportunities, Invited Presentation and interactive session, Oregon Sea Grant State of the Coast Conference, 10/25/2014

Making the Most of Office Hours Invited Presentation, OSU Center for Teaching and Learning Fall Symposium 10/23/2014

CoastWatch/Oregon Shores Citizen Science training, 10/7/2014

Poster Presenations

Jenna_Sullivan_CV_1.2015Sullivan, J.M., J.R. Garnas, and M.P. Ayres. Spatial Patterns and Reproductive Success of an Invasive Wooodwasp in New York State. Poster at the Western Society of Naturalists meeting, 11/7/13, Oxnard, CA.

Sullivan, J.M, A. Podlasek, and B. Neill. Engaging Students and Communities in HAB Research and Mitigation through Science Fair Projects. Poster at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Conference, 2/19/2013, New Orleans LA.

Spatial Patterns and Reproductive Success of an Invasive Wooodwasp in New York State. Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium, 5/2009, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH. Nominated for membership to Sigma Xi.

Special Qualifications


Proficient in French; Basic Spanish, Marshallese

References available upon request










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