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Biological Science Technician

Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
January 01, 2018

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Mr. James R. Massa

*** ****** ***** *****

Fairbanks, AK 99709

C: 907-***-****


Experienced scientific research technician in many aspects of field and laboratory work. This experience includes work primarily in the biological, physical and chemical sciences with emphases on environmental/ecological issues.


Research Technician/Laboratory Manager/Safety Officer 2000-2005

Frontier Group for Global Climate Change, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK.

I was directly involved in research examining climate change/global warming effects in the arctic.

I worked primarily in the oceanographic and cryospheric fields of research.

This work included examining sea ice, collecting data, then running computer models to construct heat budgets, trying to ascertain movement of water masses using isotopic signals. Also collected samples of outgassing from permafrost.

In addition to assisting with the science being conducted, I was involved in the logistics, preparing shipment of supplies and equipment to and from the field.

I maintained the research labs for scientists.

I was responsible for the overall operation and maintenance of the laboratories including regular service and repair of chemical analytical machines.

I maintained complete, current, up to date inventories of equipment, chemicals and supplies.

I wrote and implemented Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) ensuring that safety codes and protocols were followed and adhered to.

I kept and maintained up to date, readily accessible Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the labs. These were constantly reviewed and updated as needed.

I facilitated communications between American and Japanese officials and scientists.

I served on the campus wide Laboratory Chemical Safety Committee.

Lecturer 1998-2016

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK.

I taught and tutored a variety of mathematical courses ranging from developmental math through calculus III and statistics. I taught in several settings including traditional classroom and online instruction.

I developed Calculus III for online instruction and continue to update this course.

I taught Introductory Statistics online.

Fisheries Biologist I 1998

Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Anchorage, AK.

I helped set up and maintained remote field camp.

I set up computer and sonar equipment. I also calibrated sonar equipment.

I analyzed sonar and computer data to estimate salmon escapement.

I performed daily test fishing to identify species present and determined their population proportions.

I supervised technicians.

Field Technician 1996

US Fish & Wildlife Service, Fairbanks, AK

I set up and maintained remote field camp.

I set up computer and sonar equipment. I also calibrated sonar equipment.

I analyzed sonar and computer data to estimate salmon escapement.

Research Assistant/Laboratory Technician 1992-1995

Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK.

I analyzed diets of salmon fry.

I examined physical oceanographic parameters, specifically tidal advection, and related these to fry feeding behavior.

I analyzed zooplankton samples.

I entered data, wrote computer programs and performed multivariate statistical analyses, fluid dynamics computations.

Often, I solved higher order partial differential equations in order to determine the diffusivity or mixing coefficient.

I wrote scientific reports and prepared seminars to present the findings and results of the research.


University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK.

Master of Science; Fisheries Oceanography, 1995.

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.

Graduate course work in freshwater fisheries and ecology (Limnology).

Wagner College, Staten Island, NY.

Bachelor of Science; Biology, Minor in Chemistry, GPA 3.4

Fairleigh Dickinson University, West Indies Laboratory, St. Croix, USVI

Studied Marine Science exclusively


1) Feeding Ecology of Chum Salmon Fry (Oncorhynchus keta) in Northern Prince William

Sound, Alaska - Evidence for Opportunistic Feeding.

In: Proceedings of the 17th Northeast Pacific Pink & Chum Salmon Workshop, pp. 73-93,


2) A Comparison of Diets and Apparent Growth Rates for Juvenile Pink and Chum Salmon

Collected in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

In: Proceedings of the 16th Northeast Pacific Pink & Chum Salmon Workshop, pp. 1-16,



Graduate Resource Fellowship Recipient, 1994.

Graduated Cum Laude from Wagner College,

Elected to Tri-Beta Honor Society,


Oceanographic and Limnological Technician.

Certified Scientific Research SCUBA Diver (PADI).

Accomplished photographer including microscopic subjects.


Fluent in English

Beginning level proficiency in Russian


MicroSoft Office: good proficiency including Word, Excel, Power Point,.

MatLab; basic proficiency

MiniTab: basic proficiency

Surfer: decent proficiency (software analyzing oceanographic data)

FishCatch: decent proficiency (software analyzing sonar data)

FORTRAN; basic proficiency

References: Please see the following page.


Dr. John Walsh, Chief Scientist

International Arctic Research Center, Akasofu Building, University of Alaska Fairbanks ; +1-907-***-****

Dr. Jennifer (Jenny) Hutchins Associate Professor

Physics of Oceans and Atmospheres, Oregon State University +1-541-***-****

Casey Byrne, Academic Services Director

Public Health Major, University of Washington +1-206-***-****

Dr. Dana Thomas, Chancellor, Professor of Statistics (Emeritus)

320 Signer’s Hall, University of Alaska Fairbanks +1-907-***-****

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