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brandon.bales@clinton.kyschools.us

brandon.bales@kctcs.edu

PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

FIELDS of SPECIALIZATION

Teaching; Biology; Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Management; Human Anatomy and Physiology

 

EDUCATION

2007-2010       Ph.D. in Biological Education (ABD; pending dissertation), University Northern                                 Colorado – School of Biological Sciences, Department of Natural and Health                                     Sciences. Greeley, Colorado. Relevant courses: Behavioral Ecology, Animal                                     Behavior, Theories and Principles of Learning, Science Curricula in                                                 Secondary/College Settings…course descriptions available.

2005-2007       M.S. in Biology, South Dakota State University – Department of Biology &                                       Microbiology. Brookings, South Dakota.  Relevant courses: Large Mammal Ecology                         and Management, Neotropical Biodiversity, Upland Game Ecology and Management,                       Fire and Ecosystems...course descriptions available.

2002-2004       B.S. in Wildlife Biology (Cum Laude), Murray State University – Department of                                 Biological Sciences. Murray, Kentucky. Relevant courses: Mammalogy, Ornithology,                         Herpetology, Ecology, Wildlife Techniques, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Policy and                         Administration…course descriptions available.

2000-2002       Elizabethtown Community College. Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016-Present

Biology Teacher, Clinton County High School

Adjunct Instructor, Somerset Community College

 

2010-2016   

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Somerset Community College – Responsibilities include instructing Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO-137) and II (BIO-139), Introductory Biology (BIO-112), Introduction to Biology Lab (BIO-113), Human Ecology (BIO-120),  Human Ecology Lab (BIO-121), Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO-135), Academic advising, participating and coordinating local events, collaborating with K-12 classes, serving on Faculty Council, serving on Rules Committee, serving on the Online BIO-137 and A&P QEP working groups, serving as PASS team member, serving on a  Biology instructor search committee, event coordinator for Science Olympiad events, and participating in Earth Day celebrations.

2007-2010      

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Northern Colorado – School of Biological Sciences; Labs taught: Principles of Biology BIO-110, Microbiology BIO-351, Survey of Organismal Biology BIO-111, Human Physiology BIO 350

2005               

Graduate Teaching Assistant, South Dakota State University – Department of Biology & Microbiology; Labs taught: Human Anatomy BIOL-221L

2004               

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Murray State University – Department of Biological Sciences; Labs taught: Biological Concepts BIO-101

 

FIELD EXPERIENCE

 

  • International field experience
    •  Barbados: Island bat survey; tissue samples and museum specimens collected for Texas Tech University
    • St. Lucia: Island bat survey; tissue samples and museum specimens collected for Texas Tech University
    • St. Vincent: Island bat survey; tissue samples and museum specimens collected for Texas Tech University
    • Costa Rica: Field course Neotropical Biodiversity (see attached course descriptions), and corresponding field study: Saccopteryx bilineata  Call Analysis
  • Domestic field experience – Colorado, Kentucky, South Dakota, Tennessee,

Illinois, and Florida

  • Road cruising – reptiles and amphibians
  • Tagging – reptiles by scale clipping, birds by feather dying, mammals by ear tags

and hair dying

  • Banding – birds with metal leg bands, bats with metal and plastic forearm bands
  • Trapping/Capture – reptiles (venomous and non-venomous) by hand capture

methods; amphibians by pitfalls and hand capture methods; birds by rocket nets, hand capture, and nest trap; mammals by pitfalls, leg hold traps, sherman traps, and tomahawk traps

  • Mist netting/Harp traps –  bats utilizing a variety of configurations
  • Frog logging – acoustic sampling for frogs
  • Acoustic sampling – bats utilizing Anabat II detector, CF ZCAIM storage and

AnaLook  software; Pettersson D 240x and Sonobat software

  • Radio-tagging/tracking – bats utilizing Holohil LB-2 and LB-2N transmitters,

R4500S (Advanced Telemetry Systems) and R-1000 receivers

(Communications Specialists Inc.)

  • Bat hibernacula survey
  • Tissue sampling – bats and reptiles for genetic testing; white-tailed deer for CWD

testing; mice for blood-work and hormone testing

  • Preparation of museum specimens – bats, and small mammals
  • Habitat assessment – field assessment through species composition and density,

canopy cover, and ground cover; remote assessment through the use of

AcrGIS

  • Habitat use and selection –  Neu’s method and Compositional analysis through

the use of BIOTAS

 

Certifications

  • Associate Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society
  • Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation 1AB, International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group, Fire Classes: S-130, S-190
  • The Nature Conservancy, work capacity test
  • Open Water Diver, PADI

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

Kentucky Academy of Science: 2010-present

The Wildlife Society: 2002-present

Great Plains Natural Science Society: 2006-2008

North American Symposium on Bat Research: 2005, 2006

            South Dakota Bat Working Group: 2005-present

            Western Bat Working Group: 2006-present

            Organic Association of Kentucky: 2016-present