Aaron Grade
Chicopee, MA
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Aaron G.

Chicopee, MA
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Experienced teacher and Ph.D Candidate in a biological discipline. I instruct at the college level, and I also have experience working with middle and high school students. Biology feels challenging, but learning the concepts behind how life works is also fun and enlightening! I understand how nerve-wracking it is to take standardized tests, as I've taken the SATs, GRE Biology Subject Test, and PRAXIS Biology Subject Test. With a lot of hard work and preparation, I received high scores on all, including a recognition of excellence award for the PRAXIS Biology score. Let's work together on tackling test anxiety and overcoming content learning barriers in biology!

About Aaron G.

Hello! I am a Ph.D. Candidate and wildlife ecologist. I study how populations of mammals and birds respond to their environment, especially as the world urbanizes. My work has taken me everywhere from the coral reefs of Turks and Caicos to Yellowstone National Park in Montana! I am currently finishing my Ph.D., and I've found some interesting results on how backyard birds and mammals respond to human pressures in Phoenix Arizona and Western Massachusetts.

My education includes a wide range of subjects in biology, with an emphasis on ecology and evolution. One "rite of passage" for a Ph.D. Candidate is the qualifying exam. I had to sit in front of 4 professors for over 4 hours while they were able to ask me any question they wanted to about general biology, ecology, evolution, and statistics. Eek, talk about high pressure! Studying for that and my other tests throughout my education, I've learned the best ways to destress and have fun with learning.

Biology has some amazing content, and learning how things work takes creativity and imagination. I'm excited to help others, especially those who are struggling, make the most out of their time learning the subject. I'm lucky to have found a career in which I get to do what I love every day. Whether you want to go into a STEM field or not, we'll work together to help you achieve success in your biology education.


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Research and Teaching Assistant
Sep 2015 - Present

University of Massachusetts

Project Manager
Sep 2014 - Aug 2015

University of Florida

Field Technician
May 2012 - Aug 2012

Wildlife Conservation Society

Field Technician
May 2011 - Aug 2011

Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit

Resource Assistant
Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection


Ph.D. Candidate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Sep 2015 - Present

University of Massachusetts

M.S., Interdisciplinary Ecology, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Sep 2013 - Aug 2015

University of Florida

B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Sep 2006 - May 2010

University of Connecticut



Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Mar 2013

National Science Foundation

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