Shannon Whitcomb


  • Iowa State University – MS Fisheries Biology May 2000 GPA 3.67
  • Lock Haven University – BS Ecology / Environmental Biology Dec. 1996 GPA 3.1
  • * 3 credits away from a dual major with Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • * Current Guest Teacher Certification
  • * Completed training for Online Instruction of college level courses using D2L


Adjunct Instructor, Clarion University, Venango Campus, Oil City, PA
Fall 2013 - present
Basic Biology

  • Prepared and presented lecture material
  • Maintained contact with students through office hours and email communications
  • Prepared and graded all papers, quizzes and exams
  • Used D2L, MyClarion, Powerpoint, and Microsoft Word
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
  • Prepared and presented laboratory material for two laboratory sections
  • Maintained contact with students through office hours and email communications
  • Prepared and graded all quizzes and lab practicals

Laboratory Instructor, Aquatic Ecology, ISU, Ames, IA
Fall 1998 and lab prep 1999

  • Ordered lab chemicals, prepared task sheets and produced a semester budget
  • Organized weekly field trips and graded scientific reports for each lab
  • Set up and lectured for a variety of laboratory experiments
  • Updated and organized the aquatic invertebrate collection at Iowa State University

Laboratory Instructor, Fish Biology, ISU, Ames, IA
Spring 1998 and 1999

  • Prepared laboratory lectures and exams
  • Taught fish anatomy, identification and several behavioral labs
  • Set up and maintained several aquariums with different species of fish


Work Experience

Special Ed TA, Will Rogers Elementary School, Stillwater, OKAug. 2012 – Nov. 2012
Assisted students with special needs in the classroom
Assisted classroom teachers
Gained CPI Certification

Office Assistant, Will Rogers Elementary School, Stillwater, OK
Aug. 19, 2010 – July, 2012
Created and maintained student data lists for over 500 students, using Microsoft Office
Supervised children on the playground and at lunch, substitute in a classroom all day, or as needed
Typing, filing, answered phones and assisted parents and children with various needs
Assisted with school events and filling in for several positions when the need arose
Interacted with people of all ages and social backgrounds

Microbiology Technician, OADDL, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Jan. 2001 – June 2002
Cultured animal samples on Blood Agar Plates
Isolated and identified bacteria using various plates, TSA series, microscopic evaluation, peroxide tests, and computer ID
Tested antibiotic resistance

MSU Extension Fisheries Agent, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Feb. 2000 – Aug. 2000
Created PowerPoint presentations for Michigan DNR and MSU Extension personnel
Created Fact Sheets pertaining to frequently asked fisheries and water quality related questions
Conducted various workshops for children and landowners
Facilitated communication between individuals of different agencies and disciplines

Graduate Student, Iowa State University, Ames IA
Master's Thesis Project – Effects of watersheds on 29 Iowa farm ponds
Jan 1998-Jan 2000
Watershed data collection
Used computer modeling (AGNPS 3.65) to estimate sediment and nutrient entry rates
Data collected using topographical maps, soil survey maps and by walking the watershed

Pond data collection
Fish were collected using a seine and electrofishing
Fish scales were aged and growth was determined using Optimus 5.2
Water quality parameters were examined
Used SAS, Minitab, StatView, Powerpoint, EXCEL and Word

Research Technician, Missouri River Benthic Fish Study, ISU, Ames, IA
July 1997 – Dec. 1997
Measured temperature, conductivity, turbidity, depth, and velocity, gathering substrate samples and charted riverbed profiles
Operated a boat in both extreme weather and river conditions
Collected fish using electrofishing, drifting trammel nets, benthic trawls and gill nets
Scales, spines, rays and otoliths were prepared for age and growth analysis
Identified unknown species using dichotomous keys.

Fisheries Biologist Aide, PA Fish and Boat Commission (Area 5), Bushkill, PA
April – June 1997
Handled fish ladder maintenance and identified fish recorded on videotapes
Sampled trout streams using a shoreline shocking unit carried in a towboat
Used gill nets to collect American Shad brood stock, spawned and prepared eggs for shipping to a nearby hatchery

Fisheries Biologist Aide, (Creel Clerk) PA Fish and Boat Commission (Area 2), Tionesta, PA
May – Aug. 1996, Jan. – March 1997
Conducted angler interviews, maintained boat and equipment
Identified and measured fish, handled all paperwork
Collected fish using electrofishing and trap nets
Prepared scales for age and growth analysis

Independent Research Project at Lock Haven University – karyotypic study on the hybridization of Cottus cognatus and C. bairdi. Aug. 1995 – Dec. 1996 *7 credit hours
Collected fish using a backpack electrofishing unit, dip nets and seines
Fish chromosomes were separated and kayotypes were compared for each species
Mentored 3 students during my final semester


Last Updated 10/18/18