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Miranda S. Altice

Education

2021-Present

Southern Cross University

Lismore & Coffs Harbour, Australia

MSc by research in environmental science and management with an emphasis on marine biology. Recieved an HDR scholarship in 2022 and interning at the Australian Institiute of Marine Science in Townsville, learning coral husbandry and aquaculture. Genotyping and data analysis are between the National Marine Science Centre and Lismore (plant science) campuses.

2015-2016

Clemson University Extension

Clemson, South Carolina, USA

Received a certificate as a Master Naturalist with a focus on strengthening science communication, teaching citizen science skills, and primary - high school naturalist education. Courses covered included fieldwork techniques, taxonomy and classification and some tracking skills.

2006-2007

Palm Beach State College

West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Certificate in teaching Montessori pre-primary ages. Invited and succeeded in continuing to lower and upper elementary Montessori education, with a curriculum focus on cosmology and life sciences.

2002-2004

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Double undergraduate degree in communications/journalism and marine biology with foci in science communications, ichthyology, and marine taxonomy. Completed the final months in Ormskirk, England, with the communications department creating a travel documentary on rural British towns.

1999-2001

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, Florida, USA

Double associate's degree in communications/journalism and marine biology. Work-study as a biology and microbiology lab assistant. Took part in fieldwork at Newfound Harbor Marine Institute in Big Pine Key, Florida.

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Miranda S. Altice

Work Experience Highlights

Research Officer

National Marine Science Centre, SCU

Assisting with the species and overall update of an echinoderm fisheries guidebook funded by the FAO United Nations. Casual, part-time, temporary research assistant collecting information on new species and novel characteristics of sea cucumbers.

Project Coordinator and Grant Writer

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital

Wrote, coordinated, and monitored grant projects, assisted the CEO and ensured the operational needs of the organisation were met, created and managed the volunteer program. Within two years, had secured over $200K for a startup, non-profit organisation.

Science Teacher & Enrichment Tutor (12 years)

Various locations in the USA and Australia

Developed engaging science lessons and curricula for elementary and high school students in different educational philosophies. Observed for creative science teaching techniques, which was later published in an academic education journal. Currently teaching marine science to year 11 at a progressive school in Lismore, NSW. Teacher representative on board of directors for four years.

Science and Education Writer

Freelance

Writing high-quality educational content for professionals, blogs, and magazines since 2002. The aim is to translate challenging topics into informative and digestible articles for the general public. Some outlets include the Sierra Club, Earth Island Journal, and Family Education.

Icthyology Laboratory Assistant

Jacksonville University

Assisted in the daily routines of preparing for university-level ichthyology and marine biology lab courses. Classified, catalogued and prepared preservation jars for marine specimens in the taxonomy warehouse. Designed and curated a small zoological museum in the zoology department for biology students.

  • Coral tissue blast & symbiont extraction (Lizard Island

  • Advanced PADI Diver since 1998

  • Certified Master Naturalist (Lowcountry, SC, USA)

  • Proficient in Excel & Google Sheets

  • Ongoing courses  in RStudio/Stats

  • First Aid & CPR certified

  • Published writer specializing in science since 2002

  • Science educator for over 12 years 

  • "Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom" certified

  • Advanced Digital Media certified

  • Vinyaysa flow & prenatal yoga teacher certifications 

  • Australian Seabird Rescue and Sea Turtle Hospital

  • Lowcountry Master Naturalist Association

  • Australian Museum Atlas of Living Australia (DigiVol)

  • Board member and teacher liaison for several schools

  • Secretary for SCU's 2022 Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) Conference 

  • International Coral Reef Society (ICRS)

  • Australian Marine Science Association (AMSA)

Skills & Achievements

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