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Joseph E. Townsend

6140 Glenn Teague Road

Charlotte, NC 28216

Phone: 704-340-2168

Email: joetown94@gmail.com

Website: www.josephtownsend.com

EDUCATION

 

University of the Virgin Islands (August 2017-Present)

Masters of Marine and Environmental Science

GPA: n/a

 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012 – 2016)

Biology (B.A.), Communications (B.A.), minor studies in Marine Science

GPA: 3.3

 

Sea Education Association (March 2015-June 2015), Class C-259

Semester of coursework as a part of the Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Program

GPA: 3.84

 

Charlotte Catholic High School (2008-2012)

GPA 3.47

Class rank 13 out of 321

Activities and honors:

National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society

 

Current GRE Scores

Quantitative Reasoning: 160 (76th percentile)

Verbal Reasoning: 162 (90th percentile)

Analytical Writing: 4.5 (86th percentile)

 

MANUSCRIPTS AND PUBLICATIONS

 

Aichelman, H. E.; Townsend, J.; Courtney, T.; Baumann, J.; Castillo, K. D. “Heterotrophy mitigates temperate coral Occulina arbuscula response to temperature stress”. Ecology and Evolution 4 August 2016.

 

Baumann, J.; Townsend, J.; Courtney, T.; Aichelman, H. E.; Davies, S. W.; Castillo, K. D. “Temperate regimes impact coral assemblages along environmental gradients on lagoonal reefs in Belize”. PLoS ONE 11(9): e016298.

 

AWARDS/HONORS

 

September 2015 Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) 2015-2016 Academic Year Internship

$2,700 awarded to conduct tank experiment on coral stress response using live corals from Belize

 

July 2015 Top Oral Presentation – UNC Graduate School

Honor recognizing top three oral presenters at the Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium

 

August 2015 Research Experience for Undergraduates at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

 

June 2015 Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) Summer 2015 Internship

 

June 2014 Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) Summer 2014 Internship

 

May 2012 Presidential Scholarship to the College of Charleston

 

November 2011 Eagle Scout

 

August 2011 Lake Norman YMCA Counselor of the Year

 

RELEVANT COURSEWORK COMPLETED

 

Biology – general biology (with laboratory component), ecology and evolution, genetics and microbiology, cell and developmental biology, organismal biology (with laboratory component), global biodiversity and macroecology, behavioral ecology

 

Chemistry – general chemistry (with laboratory component) and organic chemistry

 

Math – calculus, statistics

 

Geology – coastal geology, global earth systems

 

Marine Science – basic principles, marine biodiversity, ocean science and public policy, marine ecology, marine physiological ecology, biological oceanography (graduate level), ocean science and public policy, nautical science

 

Communications/Media Production- introduction and advanced media production, documentary production

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Lab-based Skills
    • Live coral care- Castillo Lab, UNC Marine Sciences Department
    • DNA Amplification with PCR – Sea Education Association
    • DNA Extraction – Sea Education Association
    • Light microscopy- Sea Education Association
    • Buoyant weights- Castillo Lab, UNC Marine Sciences Department
    • 3D Digital Scanning- Castillo Lab, UNC Marine Sciences Department
    • Analytical quantification of Nitrate- Martens Lab, UNC Marine Sciences Department
  • Field-based Skills
    • Nautical skills aboard tall ship and powered vessels- Sea Education Association
    • AAUS Scientific Diver – American Academy of Underwater Sciences
    • PADI AOW and NITROX
    • Caribbean coral identification (AGRRA)- Castillo Lab, UNC Marine Sciences Department
    • Neuston net sampling- Sea Education Association
    • Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (CTD) deployment- Sea Education Association
  • Computer/Software based Skills
    • R Statistical Analysis – Castillo Lab, UNC Marine Sciences Department
    • Analysis of sequence data using MEGA and Geneious – Sea Education Association
    • Constructing a Phylogenetic Tree – Sea Education Association
    • Population Connectivity Analysis – Sea Education Association
    • Metabarcoding Analysis – Castillo Lab, UNC Marine Sciences Department
    • Image and film editing using Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro
    • qGIS and ArcGIS experience
  • Other Relevant Skills
    • CPR/AED for the professional rescuer – Red Cross
    • First Aid – Red Cross
    • Outdoor survival
    • Extensive Video and Image Processing and Editing
    • Proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Extensive experience with Audio/Visual equipment
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • North Carolina Boaters Education Certification

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research interests:

  • The impact of abiotic factors on marine ecology, physiology, and resilience
  • How ecological interactions drive community structure and function
  • Understanding the interactions between morphology and ecological function of marine organisms
  • Science communication, conservation, policy, and management

June 2015-May 2016 Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) – UNC Marine Sciences Department

Advisor: Dr. Karl Castillo

  • Understanding the interactive effect of nitrate and low salinity on the tropical coral Siderastrea siderea
      • Independent project co-advised by Dr. Karl Castillo and Colleen Bove
    • Designed tank based experiment
    • Partial renovation of tank system
    • Daily maintenance and upkeep of 12 tank system
    • Experimental dosing of nitrate
    • Analytical quantification of Total Inorganic Nitrogen (TIN)
    • Buoyant weights, bleaching analysis, and weekly feeding

 

March 2015-June 2015 Sea Education Association (SEA) – Woods Hole, MA

Advisor: Dr. Amy Siuda

  • Studying the morphology and population connectivity of Panulirus argus phyllosoma
    • Neuston net and 555μm plankton net towing
    • Identification of plankton using light microscopy
    • Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (CTD) deployment
    • Identification and staging of phyllosoma using light microscopy
    • DNA extraction, amplification, and sequencing
    • Analysis of sequence data using MEGA and Geneious

 

August 2014-March 2015    Volunteer Undergraduate Researcher – UNC Marine

Sciences Department

Advisor: Dr. Karl Castillo

  • Investigating acclimation and resilience in corals on the Belize Barrier Reef System (BBRS)
    • Design, construction, collection, and analysis of video surveys of the Belize Barrier Reef System
    • Comparative analysis of novel video survey method with traditional survey methodology
    • Collection of in situ water samples
    • Video documentation of field data collection

 

June 2014-August 2014 Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) – UNC Marine Sciences Department

Advisor: Dr. Karl Castillo

  • Investigating the effect of feeding on growth of the temperate coral Oculina arbuscula
    • Daily maintenance of 12 tank system
    • Experimental feeding regime
    • Buoyant weights
    • 3D surface area scanning and analysis of coral skeletons
    • Symbiont counting and density analysis

 

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

Poster Presentations

June 2016 Townsend, J; Baumann, JH; Aichelman, HE; Courtney, T; Davies, SW; Castillo, KD. “An accurate and cost-effective survey method: video transects with GoPro® technology”. Poster presented at the International Coral Reef Symposium, Honolulu, HI. June 2016.

April 2016 Townsend, J; Bove, CB; Baumann, JH; Davies, SW; Castillo, KD. “The interactive effects of nutrient and salinity stress on coals from distinct environments on the Belize Barrier Reef System”. Poster presented at the UNC Climate Change Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC. April 2016.

Feb 2016 Townsend, J; Bove, CB; Baumann, JH; Davies, SW; Castillo, KD. “The interactive effects of nutrient and salinity stress on coals from distinct environments on the Belize Barrier Reef System”. Poster presented at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA. February 2016.

June 2015 Townsend, J; Botta, W. J.; Plantz, R. W. “Dispersion dynamics of the Caribbean spiny lobster Panulirus argus phyllosoma”. Poster presented at the Sea Education Association Annual Sargasso Sea Symposium, Woods Hole, MA. June 2015.

March 2015 Townsend, J; Baumann, J.; Aichelman, H. E.; Courtney, T.; Davies, S.W.; Castillo, K. D. “Comparing coral survey methodology: gopro video vs. agrra”. Poster presented at the 44th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Quebec City, Canada. March 2015.

 

Oral Presentations

June 2016 Aichelman HE; Townsend, J; Courtney, T; Davies, SW; Castillo, KD. “The temperate coral Oculina arbuscula exhibits a heterotrophic rescue effect to temperature stress”. Presented at the 2016 International Coral Reef Symposium, Honolulu, HI. June 2016

June 2016 Bauman, J; Townsend, J; Courtney, T; Aichelman, HE; Davies, SW; Watkins, J; Lima, FP; Castillo, KD. “Influence of thermal history and nutrient enrichment on coral and symbiont community structure on lagoonal reefs on the mesoamerican barrier reef”. Presented at the 2016 International Coral Reef Symposium, Honolulu, HI. June 2016

April 2016 Townsend, J; Bove, CB; Baumann, JH; Davies, SW; Castillo, KD. “The interactive effects of nutrient and salinity stress on coals from distinct environments on the Belize Barrier Reef System”. Presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC. April 2016

Feb 2016 Baumann, J; Townsend, J; Courtney, T; Aichelman, HE; Davies, SW; Castillo, KD. “Influence of thermal history and nutrients on coral community structure on lagoonal reefs in Belize”. Presented at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA. February 2016

July 2015 Townsend, J; Baumann, J; Aichelman, HE; Courtney, T; Davies, SW; Castillo, KD. “Characterizing coral reef community structure across reef sites with different thermal regimes”. Presented at the Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC. July 2015.

June 2015 Huston, G; Keefe, M; Rolf, K; Townsend, J “Stressors on biodiversity and natural resources in the sargasso sea”. Presented at Sea Education Association Annual Sargasso Sea Symposium, Woods Hole, MA. June 2015.

March 2015 Baumann J, Courtney T, Davies SW, Aichelman HE, Townsend J, Lima FP, Castillo KD. “Influence of thermal history and nutrients on lagoonal reef composition on the Belize Barrier Reef System”. Presented at the 44th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Quebec City, Canada. March, 2015.

March 2015 Aichelman HE, Townsend J, Courtney T, Baumann J, Castillo KD. “The rescue effect of heterotrophic feeding during temperature stress on the temperate coral Oculina arbuscula”. Oral Presentation. 44th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Quebec City, Canada. March, 2015.

 

OUTREACH

 

A Marine Management Proposal for the Sargasso Sea- Author, Graphic Designer

Part of a team of 19 students that developed a 125-page proposal for feasible policy recommendations for management of the Sargasso Sea. This management proposal was then the central presentation of the 2015 annual Sargasso Sea Symposium by the Sea Education Association. Additionally served on a team of 4 students responsible for the visual design of the proposal document.

Sea Education Association Annual Sargasso Sea Symposium– Coordinator

Part of a team of 19 students to organize the 2015 Annual Sargasso Symposium held by Sea Education Association. The symposium is a gathering of both scientific experts and major policymakers involved in the Sargasso Sea in order to present both modern scientific findings surrounding the Sargasso Sea, as well as current policy recommendations for management of the Sargasso Sea.

Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN) Triangle- Event Participant

Worked with fellow undergraduate to develop a lesson plan for elementary school educators. Presented at the second annual SciREN Triangle outreach event held in Raleigh, NC in November 2015.

Girls Advancing In STEM (GAINS)- Event Participant

Assisted with an exhibition table of coral reef related ecology for high school women interested in pursuing a scientific career. Activities included hands on activities, such as mock reef surveys, microscopy, and live coral care, as well as information on coral biology and global distribution.

 

RESEARCH AND CAREER SEMINARS ATTENDED

  • An Introduction to Metabarcoding – Castillo Lab
  • An Introduction to R analysis – Castillo Lab
  • Designing a Scientific Poster – Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA)
  • Developing Your Personal Statement – UNC Graduate School
  • Writing a Scientific Abstract and Developing a CV – UNC Graduate School
  • How to Use iBiosketch – Strategic Evaluations, Inc.

VIDEO DOCUMENTARIAN EXPERIENCE

  • Director and Executive Producer Project Bucket
    • Premiered in the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill on August 27th, 2017
  • Produced, directed, and filmed for “North Carolina Now: Pettigrew State Park”
    • Broadcast on UNC-TV on December 2, 2014
  • UNC Pauper Players Executive Board Member (videographer)
  • Additional self produced works in prep

 

WORK EXPERIENCE 

UNC Friday Center – Chapel Hill, NC (May 2016-May 2017)

Media Technician

Responsibilities:

Provide quality and prompt audio/visual service to all clients of the Friday Center, troubleshoot issues with media technology as it occurs

Linda’s Bar and Grill – Chapel Hill, NC (July 2016-January 2017)

Barback

Responsibilities:

Ensure prompt food and drink service to all guests of Linda’s Bar and Grill, maintain necessary stock of all food and bar items, general organization and cleanliness of both bar areas.

Castillo Lab – Chapel Hill, NC (June 2014-May 2016)

Undergraduate Researcher, Videographer

Responsibilities:

Conducted independent coral research, assisted with research both in Chapel Hill and in Belize, assisted with renovation of the Castillo Ecophysiology Lab, producer and videographer of lab outreach videos.

Alpine Bagels – Chapel Hill, NC (January 2015-March 2015)

Kitchen Staff

Responsibilities:

Daily organization and maintenance of food preparation area, food preparation, cleaning of kitchen area, stocking and inventory of food items

Lake Norman YMCA – Davidson, NC (summers 2011, 2012 and 2013)

Summer Camp Leadership Staff

Elected “Counselor of the Year” and service champion

Responsibilities:

Low ropes course coordinator, group games coordinator, coordinated daily assemblies, team leader and activity planner, weekly video communications to parents, general supervision and upkeep of camp