Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey B.

Somerset, NJ

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About

Jeffrey delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:
2007

I am a passionate scientists with a love for teaching. I am currently working as a teaching assistant at Rutgers University while I pursue my PhD in Ecology and Evolution. Before coming to Rutgers, I earned my B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University. I have studied in systems throughout the world including Belize, Guam, and Saipan. I take my practical experiences and mix them with conventional learning.

I have taught a wide range of subjects from basic math to middle school students to wildlife conservation and management to masters students. Each student and each teaching experience is unique and I like to approach it in that way. A style which may work in a large classroom setting may not be beneficial in a one on one lesson and method of teaching which works for a visual learner may not help a kinesthetic learner. Knowing this I cater all lessons to the individual student.

Aside from the STEM fields, I also am a huge proponent of physical fitness. I am an active runner and competed from my Division I track and field team in college. I also train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as muay thai and traditional western boxing. Whether you are hoping to lose some weight or improve already existing striking skills, we can work out a plan to meet your goals.

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Experience

Teaching Assistant - Ornithology
Apr 2016 - Present
Rutgers University

Ornithology is the study of birds. Classes are based on learning what makes birds unique from other animals and how to identify them. Classes are a combination of lab and field based learning.

Varsity Tutor
Aug 2014 - Sep 2015
Varsity Tutors

I worked for Varsity Tutors and tutored in clients homes. I tutored physics, biology, algebra, and SAT test prep. I truly enjoyed working for the company but moved and many of my students were too far for me to continue to travel to their houses. Additionally Varsity Tutors only allows in house tutoring and this did not work ideally for my schedule.

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Co - Instructor: Life of Birds
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
Rutgers University

I helped co-teach a freshmen level introductory ecology course focusing on basic field techniques for ecology. We focused primarily on birds as study organisms.

Teaching Assistant - Wildlife Conservation and Management
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
Rutgers University

This course taught mathematical modeling to represent wild populations. These models started simple and eventually were built up to become more complex and realistic. The final project of the class involved taking all methods that were learned during the class to create viable plans to protect threatened species in New Jersey.

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Field Crew Leader
May 2014 - Sep 2014
Ecology of Bird Loss Project

The Ecology of Bird Loss Project is a long term scientific investigation of the impacts of the invasive brown tree snake on the island of Guam. I spent several months in the Marianas conducting research with this project and leading field technicians through field sites. This experience reinforced many of my field techniques as well as my leadership skills.

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Academic Mentor- Biology 201, Biology 202
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Rice University

Worked individually or with small groups of students covering topics in the introductory biology courses at Rice University.

Education

Ecology and Evolution
Aug 2010 - Present
Rutgers University
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Rice University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Estimating Animal Population and Abundance
Apr 2015
Smithsonian Institution

Special program lead at the Smithsonian-Mason Conservation Institute in Front Royal Virginia. Class specialized in mark-recapture techniques as well as occupancy modeling.

Awards

Hutcheson Memorial Forest Grant
Jul 2015
Hutcheson Memorial Forest Foundation
The 2015 Luis F. Bacardi Award for Advances in Tropical Conservation
Jul 2015
The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Teaching Assistant Professional Development Grant
May 2015
Rutgers University
Baker Fellow Award
May 2014
Rice University - Baker Residential College
Bausch and Lomb Science Award
May 2010
Bausch&Lomb and University of Rochester
Medfield Fitness Award
May 2010
Medfield Fitness Society
Medfield High School Scholar Athlete Award
May 2010
Medfield High School

Affiliations

American Association of University Professors
Aug 2014

The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

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Photos & Videos

Picture from article: http://news.rice.edu/2013/04/08/without-birds-will-guams-forests-look-like-swiss-cheese-2/

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Holding a recently captured Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. I band and track birds as part of my research.

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A newly banded wood thrush. I use USGS bands to help track bird population changes in northeastern forests.

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Laura Apr 4, 2016
Ecology · Online

I always struggled to read scientific papers. Generally, even after reading the entire thing I still do not know what was happening. I had to give a presentation for my Conservation Biology class on a paper my teacher assigned and Jeff helped me understand the paper and put the presentation together.

Not only did he help me with the paper I was assigned but he also gave me pointers on how to understand any scientific paper. Now that I have a strategy I find that I am no longer as lost when given a paper to read.

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