Amanda Kay Quillen, Ph.D.
Email:  amandaquillen@mac.com


OBJECTIVE
To obtain a career position in project management, education or research with opportunities for growth and creative thinking. I would be open to a change of career focus.

EDUCATION
Doctor of Philosophy, Biology, 2009. Florida International University, Miami, Florida.
Dissertation topic: Diatom-based paleolimnological reconstruction of quaternary environments in a Florida sinkhole lake. LINK.
Bachelor of Science, cum laude. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2002. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Personal Biology Tutor, WyzAnt Tutoring, online. January 2019 to Present. • Teach one on one AP Biology lessons using whiteboard, video, and audio. • Answer questions and give lessons with little to no preparation time.
Founder and Sole Proprietor, Dr. Q’s Naturals. November 2009 to Present. • Formulate natural alternative cleaning products, soap, and cosmetics. • Design custom home and self care products for clients with allergies and specific skin needs. • Utilize chemistry and botanical knowledge to advance natural skincare. • Write articles about skincare ingredients.
Independent Environmental Consultant, Self Employed. July 2011 to May 2012. • Presented educational seminars on topics relevant to aquatic ecology and lake management. • Traveled to trade shows and meetings to present research. • Continued work with former employers as needed. • Trained replacement scientist hired at my recommendation (due to my relocation). • Wrote educational materials for web and print marketing (listed below with Online Writing Samples).
Limnologist, Aquatic Systems, Inc. (ASI) and Vertex Water Features. June 2009 to June 2011. • Directed research and development as chief scientist. • Supervised biologists in the field and laboratory performing environmental sampling and water chemistry analysis. • Introduced new, ecologically friendly, technologies and marketable products and services. • Designed mapping methods for lakes and retention ponds utilizing acoustic and GPS technologies coupled with 3D modeling and geographic software (GIS). • Instituted natural and scientifically proven lake management techniques, such as aeration and beneficial bacterial bioaugmentation, with the goal of decreasing use of copper and other aquatic pesticides. • Researched the effects of artificial destratification aeration on lakes. • Troubleshot lake management problems internationally through education of clients and lake management professionals. • Coordinated internationally with Vertex dealers and customers regarding their lake management practices. • Informed ASI service managers about increasingly dynamic federal and state aquatic regulations. • Attended scientific meetings to stay abreast of evolving methods and laws relevant to the lake management industry. • Recognized with Outstanding Vendor Award at the Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society meeting. • Presented research and technical talks at state, national and international scientific and industry meetings (listed below with Conference Presentations).
Research Assistant, Florida International University. August 2002 to May 2009. • Participated in a variety of grant-funded projects: • Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research (FCE-LTER): Performed various activities contributing to the long term monitoring of the ecology of the Everglades, including fieldwork as well as plant, periphyton and diatom enumeration and identification. • Lake Harney sediment accumulation and past water quality: Completed and analyzed diatom counts and sediment silica content. Co-authored formal report. • Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP): Performed field observations of periphyton, plants, invertebrates, and small fish involving helicopter travel to remote locations. • Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Habitat: Field assistant for project examining the habitat structure of the endangered sparrow. Identified aquatic plants collected in the field. • Lake Monroe sediment accumulation and past water quality: Completed and analyzed diatom counts and sediment silica content. Co-authored formal report.
Doctoral Candidate, Florida International University. August 2002 to April 2009. • Completed complex research project and dissertation. Managed all aspects of several paleolimnological projects. • Supervised technicians in the field. • Gained expert level proficiency in statistical and mathematical data analysis, Mac and PC computer operation, microscope usage, and algal identification. • Wrote papers, grants, and reports. • Presented research at international symposia and an invited seminar. • Awarded Dissertation Year Fellowship, recognizing the most outstanding Ph.D. candidates of the University. • Completed graduate courses concentrating on the development of complex statistical skills, advanced concepts in ecology, and specific expertise related to the dissertation work (paleolimnology, limnology, algal ecology and identification). Electives included introductions to geographic information systems (GIS), habitat analysis, and aquatic plant identification. • Participated in media and outreach activities related to my areas of expertise.
Teaching Assistant, Adjunct Instructor, Florida International University. August 2002 to April 2009. • Taught laboratory courses as primary instructor. • Served as Head Teaching Assistant for Ecology Laboratory. Managed instuctors, taught course material to instructors. Coordinated with national and city park managers to arrange field trips. • Taught Ecology Lecture as a guest lecturer. Taught large lecture classes of 70 to 300 students. Prepared lectures using a variety of styles, including PowerPoint lecture and student discussion group. • Developed curricula for Ecology and General Biology laboratories. Maintained and edited course websites and laboratory manuals.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Association for the Advancement of Science, North American Lake Management Society, Florida Lake Management Society, Aquatic Plant Management Society, Inc., South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society, Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society, Western Aquatic Plant Management Society, Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society, Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society, MidSouth Aquatic Plant Management Society, Texas Aquatic Plant Management Society

PUBLICATION
• A. K. Quillen, E. E. Gaiser, and E. C. Grimm. Accepted. Diatom-based paleolimnological reconstruction of regional climate and local land-use change from a protected sinkhole lake in southern Florida, U.S.A. Journal of Paleolimnology. 49(1):15-30. LINK.

MANUSCRIPTS
Changes in Nutrient Levels Induced Through Manipulation of Artificial Destratification Aeration in a South Florida Retention Pond. LINK.
Diatom-based models to predict color, pH, and total phosphorus from multiple habitat types in sinkhole lakes from Highlands County, Florida, U.S.A. LINK.
Freshwater lake diatoms from Highlands County, Florida, U.S.A. LINK.

AGENCY REPORTS
W. T. Anderson, L. J. Scinto, E. E. Gaiser, B. Carroll, A. Quillen, & D. Johnson. 2005. Lake Harney Sediment Accumulation and Past Water Quality. St. Johns River Water Management District (Contract # SH45213).
W. T. Anderson, L. J. Scinto, E. E. Gaiser, B. Carroll, A. Quillen, & J. Haberer. 2004. Lake Monroe Sediment Accumulation and Past Water Quality. St. Johns River Water Management District (Contract # SG452AA).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
• A. K. Quillen. 2012. Nutrient fluctuations induced through manipulation of aeration in a South Florida retention pond. North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) 21st Annual Southeastern Lake and Watershed Management Conference, Columbus, GA. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2012. Effects of aeration observed in a South Florida retention pond. New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) Annual Conference, Hamilton, NY. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2011. Nutrient fluctuations induced through manipulation of aeration in a South Florida retention pond. Texas Aquatic Plant Management Society Annual Meeting, Bandera, TX. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2011. Nutrient fluctuations induced through manipulation of aeration in a South Florida retention pond. 30th Annual MidSouth Aquatic Plant Management Society Meeting, Guntersville, AL. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2011. Nutrient fluctuations induced through manipulation of aeration in a South Florida retention pond. South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society 33rd Annual Meeting, Clemson, SC. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2011. Nutrient fluctuations induced through manipulation of aeration in a South Florida retention pond. The Aquatic Plant Management Society, Inc. 51st Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD. (Oral, presented by John Gardner.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2011. Changes in Nutrient Levels Induced Through Manipulation of Artificial Destratification Aeration in a South Florida Retention Pond. 22nd Annual Florida Lake Management Society Conference, St. Augustine, FL. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2011. Flipping the switch: What happens when I turn my aeration on and off? Pond Boss IV Conference & Expo, Big Cedar Lodge, MO. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2011. Changes in Nutrient Levels Induced Through Manipulation of Artificial Destratification Aeration in a South Florida Retention Pond. 30th Annual Western Aquatic Plant Management Society Conference, Westminster, CO. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2011. Changes in Nutrient Levels Induced Through Manipulation of Artificial Destratification Aeration in a South Florida Retention Pond. Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society 12th Annual Conference, New Castle, NH. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2010. Changes in Nutrient Levels Caused by Manipulation of Artificial Destratification Aeration in a South Florida Retention Pond. 30th International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society, Oklahoma City, OK. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2010. Nutrient fluctuations induced through manipulation of aeration in a South Florida retention pond. Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society 34th Annual Training Conference, Daytona Beach, FL. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2010. Nutrient fluctuations induced through manipulation of aeration in a South Florida retention pond. South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society 32nd Annual Meeting, Pawley's Island, SC. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2010. Nutrient Reduction and Recovery in a South Florida Retention Pond Using Artificial Destratification Aeration. The Aquatic Plant Management Society, Inc. 50th Annual Meeting, Bonita Springs, FL. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2010. Research and Development Program Update. Aquatic Systems Corporate Sales Meeting, Deerfield Beach, FL. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2010. Nutrient Reduction and Oxygenation in a South Florida Retention Pond Using Artificial Destratification Aeration. 21st Annual Florida Lake Management Society Conference, Crystal River, FL. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2010. Nutrient Reduction and Oxygenation in a South Florida Borrow Pit Lake Using Artificial Destratification Aeration. 29th Annual Western Aquatic Plant Management Society Conference, Seattle, WA. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2010. Nutrient Reduction and Oxygenation in a Borrow Pit Lake in South Florida Using Artificial Destratification Aeration. Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society 30th Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen & E. E. Gaiser. 2007. Hindcasting climate change from an 11,000-year diatom record from Lake Annie in Highlands County, Florida. 19th North American Diatoms Symposium, Pellston, MI. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen & E. E. Gaiser. 2006. Interpreting Past Climate and Human-Driven Changes in Two Central Florida Lakes Using Diatom Microfossils. 12th Annual Florida Ecological and Evolutionary Symposium, Lake Placid, FL. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen & E. E. Gaiser. 2006. Interpreting Past Climate and Human-Driven Changes in Two Central Florida Lakes Using Diatom Microfossils. 8th Annual Biology Symposium of Florida International University, Miami, FL. (Oral.)
• A. K. Quillen & E. E. Gaiser. 2005. Noteworthy and Problematic Diatom Taxa from Central Florida Lakes. 18th North American Diatoms Symposium, Mobile, AL. (Poster.)
B.P. Carroll, A. Quillen, W.T. Anderson, E. Gaiser, L.J. Scinto, D. Engstrom, 2004. Understanding the Recent Paleolimnological Record from Lake Monroe, FL, USA. AGU, 85 (47) Fall Meeting Supplemental, Abstract PP43A-0594. (Poster.)

INVITED SEMINARS
• A. K. Quillen. 2012. Water Quality for Lake Managers. Aqua Doc Lake and Pond Management, Chardon, OH. (Seminar.)
• A. K. Quillen. 2009. Diatom-Based Paleolimnological Reconstruction of Holocene Environments in Lake Annie, FL. Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, FL. (Seminar.)

ONLINE WRITING SAMPLES
Pond Aeration Controls Nutrients, for Vertex Water Features. LINK.
Aeration in Marinas and Canals, for Vertex Water Features. LINK.
Seasonal Changes in Ponds and Lakes, for Vertex Water Features. LINK.
Introduction to Bacillariophyta, for the online species database of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Bocas del Toro, Panama. LINK.

MEDIA & OUTREACH
Assisted in the development and filming of education videos for Pond Boss Magazine. LINK.
Appeared on the Discovery News Audio Podcast to educate about diatoms. LINK.

OTHER SKILLS AND INTERESTS
Talented computer user (Macintosh and Windows operating systems), capable operator of a variety of software packages including SPSS, ESRI ArcGIS, Golden Software's Surfer (3D modeling) & Didger (mapping) packages, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat), Microsoft Office. Enjoys a productive relationship with several sewing machines and entirely too much fabric. Urban gardener trying to grow flowers and food in small spaces. Ask me about my compost pets! Produces custom home and self care products under the Dr. Q's Naturals label. I formulate customized natural alternative cleaning products, soaps, and cosmetics.

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Dissertation Year Fellowship. Florida International University, 2007-2008. Awarded to outstanding Ph.D. candidates, includes tuition waiver and stipend.
Teaching and Research Assistantships. Florida International University, 2002-2007. Award includes tuition waiver and stipend.
Graduated cum laude. University of Tennessee, 2002. Honors awarded to students with a GPA of at least 3.50.
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. University of Tennessee, 2001. Induction acknowledges the top 10% of college seniors.
Bicentennial Scholarship. University of Tennessee, 1998-2002. Scholarship recognizes students with outstanding high school GPA and standardized test scores by granting a four-year full-tuition scholarship.

COURSEWORK
Graduate studies concentrated on the development of complex statistical skills, advanced concepts in ecology, and specific expertise related to the dissertation work (paleolimnology, limnology, algal ecology and identification). Electives include introductions to Geographic Information Systems, Habitat Analysis, and Aquatic Plants.
Undergraduate studies included extensive field and lab experience. Focused major work on organismal, aquatic, and marine ecology.

DETAILED TEACHING EXPERIENCE
General Biology II Laboratory. Spring 2003, Summer 2004, Spring 2006, Spring 2009. Freshman level required biology major's course material includes a survey of organismal biology with emphasis on botany and zoology.
Ecology Lecture, Guest Lecturer.
Spring 2007 & Fall 2008. Substituted for scheduled absence of regular professor, teaching large lecture class of 70 and 300 students. Prepared and taught four different lectures using a variety of teaching styles, including prepared lecture and student discussion group.
Ecology Laboratory, Head Teaching Assistant. Fall 2008. Managed TAs teaching the laboratory course, teaching course material to the instructors prior to each session. Maintained and edited course website and laboratory manual. Coordinated with national and city park managers to arrange field trips to enhance the students' experience.
Ecology Laboratory, Curriculum development. Summer 2007. Updated course website and laboratory manual to more adequately illustrate the main concepts of ecology.
Ecology Laboratory. Spring 2005, Spring 2007, Summer 2007. Junior level required biology major's course material covers basic principles governing the interaction of organisms and the environment including trophic structure and energetics, species diversity, evolution of populations, and biogeochemical cycles.
Introductory Marine Biology Laboratory. Fall 2005 & Fall 2006. Lower-division non-biology major's survey of marine biological environments and zones, including the relationship of the physical and chemical environment to the distribution of marine plants and animals.
General Biology II Laboratory, Curriculum development. Summer 2006. Updated course website and laboratory tasks to better suit the needs of freshman FIU biology majors.
General Biology I Laboratory. Fall 2002. Freshman level required biology major's course material includes biomolecules, cells, energy flow, genetics, and physiology.

DETAILED RESEARCH ASSISTANT EXPERIENCE
Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research (FCE-LTER). E. Gaiser (PI). 2002-2009. Performed various activities contributing to the long term monitoring of the ecology of the Everglades, including fieldwork as well as plant, periphyton and diatom enumeration and identification.
Lake Harney sediment accumulation and past water quality. W. Anderson (PI), E. Gaiser, L. Scinto. July 2004 - January 2006. Funded by St. John's River Water Management District. Completed and analyzed diatom counts and sediment silica content. Co-authored formal report.
Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). E. Gaiser, J. Trexler. Spring 2005. Performed field observations of periphyton, plants, invertebrates, and small fish involving helicopter travel to remote locations.
Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Habitat. E. Gaiser, M. Ross., S. Thomas. Spring 2005. Field assistant for project examining the habitat structure of the endangered sparrow. Identified aquatic plants collected in the field.
Lake Monroe sediment accumulation and past water quality. W. Anderson (PI), E. Gaiser, L. Scinto. July 2003 - October 2004. Funded by St. John's River Water Management District. Completed and analyzed diatom counts and sediment silica content. Co-authored formal report.


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