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Alexandra Epple

Alexandra Epple

Data Analyst

Virginia Aquarium


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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center | Dec 2019 - Present

Stranding & Research Scientist: Data & Operations

-Curate in-house relational database of marine mammal and sea turtle stranding data (including table, form and query creation); oversee entry and data accuracy in national database. -Track/curate data associated with stranding response (including final QC of level A and HI data), necropsies (including editing and finalizing necropsy reports, etc.), and biomedical investigations. -Oversee sample management and collection (sample tracking, executing external and internal sample requests, updating protocols, track and review diagnostic sample results, update reports, etc.). -Assist senior scientists with accounting and financial reconciliations (including purchasing and grant expense tracking). -Assist with grant proposals to support stranding operations (including Prescott and CZM grants). -Write and/or contribute to permitting, technical reports, and operational and research grant reporting, including writing narrative, gathering and displaying data. -Develop and update protocols, train staff, interns, and fellows in stranding data collection and curation. -Served as project lead for multiple marine animal research projects -Serve as Stranding & Research Group representative on synergistic teams (including serving as the primary voting representative on the Greater Atlantic Regional Stranding Consortium). -Conduct detailed post-mortem forensic investigations on sea turtles, seals, and cetaceans, including natural and human-related mortalities/morbidities. -Respond to reports of sea turtle crawls/nests, verify and locate egg chamber, collect egg(s) as necessary for research, participate in nest hatching supervision, including handling/release as necessary.
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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center | Jun 2017 - Dec 2019

Stranding Biologist: Necropsy Manager


Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center | Nov 2016 - Jun 2017

Stranding Technician

-Execute recovery, transport, handling, morphometric measurements, and releases of patients spanning all health statuses (critical to stable). -Independently perform sea turtle and seal medical and husbandry duties (new patient admit examinations, wound care, radiographs, blood draws and in- house blood diagnostics, IM/SQ/IV/PO medication administration). -Assist with advanced medical procedures (ultrasounds, surgeries, deep hook removals). -Execute flipper and PIT tagging independently, assist with telemetry tagging. -Train and coordinate daily volunteer tasks including rehabilitation, response, and necropsy duties.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi | Aug 2016 - Dec 2016

Adjunct Faculty Instructor

Responsible for the instruction of four laboratory sections of undergraduate biology.

Texas State Aquarium | Jul 2016 - Nov 2016

Husbandry Assistant, Wildlife Rescue

Participated in the rescue, rehabilitation, medical care, and release of injured shorebirds, raptors, sea turtles and marine mammals.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi | Jan 2015 - May 2016

Research Assistant

- Calibrated and managed equipment - Worked with trainers in managed care facilities collecting lung function data - Developed data analysis method - Analyzed lung function data, compiled results - Implemented and managed all aspects of the undergraduate research program within the Comparative Physiology Lab - Developed undergraduate training program, project determination and implementation - Supervised 2 undergraduate students completing directed independent study courses - Participated in wild bottlenose dolphin health assessments with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi | Aug 2014 - Dec 2014

Teaching Assistant

- Assisted with Physiology lecture course (BIOL 3430) - Taught Physiology laboratory course (BIOL 3430) - Designed coursework and laboratory lessons - Evaluated student performance

Marine Mammal Conservancy | Jan 2009 - Jan 2014

Director Of Education

Managed internal volunteer education and public outreach.

Marine Mammal Conservancy | Jan 2009 - Jan 2014

Necropsy Coordinator

Oversaw post-mortem examinations, including dissection, sampling, and reporting.

Marine Mammal Conservancy | Jan 2005 - Jan 2014

Animal Care Technician

Played a primary role in the response and rehabilitation of stranded cetaceans.

Miami Dade College | Jun 2012 - Sep 2012

Research Assistant

Through applied organic chemistry principles, worked to synthesize novel molecules related to resveratrol.

Isabela Oceanographic Institute | Aug 2008 - May 2009

Outreach Educator

- Worked at a middle/high school teaching English and taught community courses for elementary students and adults - Led teacher trainings with school’s English Department faculty - Supervised a group of high school students in conjunction with the Charles Darwin Foundation

The Marine Mammal Center | Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

Stranding Department Intern

- Answered daytime and after-hours rescue hotline speaking with concerned members of the public regarding sick and injured marine mammals - Coordinated and executed responses, rescues, rehabilitations, transports and releases of seals and sea lions (Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions, Guadalupe Fur Seal, Harbor Seals) - Participated in necropsies (Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions, Guadalupe Fur Seal, Harbor Seals, Harbor Porpoises) - Attended “Animal Basic Care & Safety”, “Assessment of Marine Mammals”, and “Pen Boarding” Classes - Assisted with medical procedures (ultrasounds, MRI, radiographs, blood sampling, euthanasia, admit/release exams, tube feedings, IV fluids, intubation) - Maintained animal behavior, medical, and research records

Miami-Dade County Public Schools | Aug 2006 - May 2008

Elementary School Teacher

- Full-time ESOL teacher assisting speakers of other languages (grades K-5) to become more proficient with the English Language - Planned yearly school-wide professional development days consisting of lectures and activities as Professional Development Committee Chairperson

My Education

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Master's Degree, Marine BiologyTexas A&M University-Corpus Christi | 2016
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Elementary Education & Studio ArtUniversity of Miami | 2006

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