Education

 

2010 - 2012

Master of Science in the Marine Sciences 
Savannah State University

Savannah, Georgia

Thesis: Interactions between common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and shrimp trawlers in Savannah, Georgia

2005-2009

Bachelor of Science
College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
Major: Biology

Professional activities

 

2018 - 2020

Resident Lecturer in Tropical Coastal Ecology

School for Field Studies, Bocas del Toro, Panamá
Created lesson plans and teach an upper-level field-based Tropical Coastal Ecology course to university students from the US in a semester-long study abroad program.  Mentored students in a Directed Research course and assist them in executing a research  project. Assisted with community engagement activities and day-to-day life around the center. Served as Acting Center Director in the summer of 2019.

2013-2017

Marine Science Instructor and Program Manager

Sea|Mester, Global Expeditions Group
Developed course materials and instructed lecture and field-based science courses to university and gap year students: Introduction to Marine Biology and Introduction to Oceanography.
Planned 90-day program schedules and coordinated with organizations on shore in various countries; served as the point of communication between the students, the staff on the vessel, and in the office; managed a staff of seven; supervised and monitored the safety of student groups; guided scuba dives and sailed the vessel.

Summers 2014, 2015, and 2018

Operational Director and Trip Leader

ActionQuest and GoBeyond, Global Expeditions Group

Led groups of 8-12 high school students on an adventure travel and service learning programs in Australia and Thailand.  Handled logistics and accounting, provided supervision, and facilitated group discussions and interactive learning opportunities. 

2012-2013

Instructor for Department of Natural Sciences
and Marine Sciences Technician

Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
Developed course materials and instructed Introduction to Marine Biology and Human Biology, served as the editor for both undergraduate and graduate Technical Writing courses. 
Managed both laboratory and field aspects of the dolphin research lab, mentored undergraduates in their research, and wrote and edited manuscripts.

2010-2012

National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow

National Science Foundation / Chatham County Public Schools, Savannah, GA.  
Created lesson plans for 7th grade life science and 8th grade physical science classes based on marine science research; assisted in middle school science classrooms and at an outdoor education facility for K-12 students.

Volunteer Activities

2019 - Present

Founding Member of Bocas Hope Spot

Bocas Hope Spot, Bocas del Toro, Panamá
Founding member and awardee of the Mission Blue Hope Spot recognition for Bocas del Toro.  Collaborate with multiple NGOs in Panama to promote the conservation of our marine ecosystem; create and disseminate educational materials to the community of Bocas del Toro; provide training to the marine park guards; write scientific content for the new tour guide certification textbook for our region; create and post educational social media content.

Publications

You can access each of my publications by clicking on the article titles below.

Kovacs, C.J., Curran, M.C., & Cox, T.C. (2013). Where’s that dolphin? Using sightings of bottlenose dolphins to study spatial patterns. The Science Teacher 80(9): 24-29.

Kovacs, C.J., Curran, M.C., & Cox, T.C.  (2013). Using mathematics to conduct social analyses of bottlenose dolphins in the classroom. Science Scope: 36(8): 52-60.

Kovacs, C.J., Daskin, J.H., Patterson, H., & Carmichael, R.H. (2010). Crassostrea virginica shells record local variation in wastewater inputs to a coastal estuary.  Aquatic Biology 9:

77-84.

 

Skills

 

General

  • Strong writing and public speaking skills

  • Able to write for both scientific and general public audiences 

  • Detail-oriented with excellent organization skills 

  • Enjoys working as part of a team, but also comfortable with independent work and strong time and project management skills 

  • Advanced proficiency in Spanish 

Teaching

  • Curriculum development

  • Creating educational materials

  • Field-based teaching

  • Research mentorship

  • Community engagement 

  • University courses taught: Tropical Coastal Ecology, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Directed Research 

Research

  • Snorkel and scuba transect surveys

  • Coral, fish, and invertebrate identification 

  • Photo analysis (CoralNet)

  • Photo-identification for marine mammal research

  • Scientific writing and statistics 

Program management

  • Creating itineraries and managing schedules  

  • Organizing travel logistics 

  • Group facilitation and conflict resolution  

  • Risk management 

  • Menu planning and provisioning 

Digital skills

  • Microsoft Office 

  • Skilled photographer and experience with basic photo and video editing 

  • Teaching online using Zoom 

  • Producing content and managing social media accounts

  • Graphic design using Canva

  • Web design using WIX

  • SEO analytics using Semrush

  • Task management using Trello 

Could any of my skills be of use to you?  I would love to work with you

Please get in touch via CarolynKovacs@gmail.com or the contact form on my Work with Me page.