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Kristina Zabierek
172-39 Highland Ave apt 4E
Jamaica NY 11432
(7 1 8) 6 8 3 - 4 8 1 8 kzabierek100@gmail.com
EDUC AT IO N
2013-2014

2008-2012

Masters of Science: Population and Conservation Biology - Texas State University


Advisor: Caitlin R. Gabor, Ph.D.
Effects of diel cycle and turbidity on antipredator response to multiple cues of predators
by Eurycea nana and Eurycea sosorum
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Biology, Minor in Education Queens College, CUNY
NYS certified to teach secondary education in biology
Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.89

P ROF ES S IO NA L EM P LOYM ENT


Biological Science Technician, GG-404-5
Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, USGS
777 NW 9th St., Suite 400 Corvallis, OR 97330

05/18/2015-09/05/2015

Visual encounter surveys of turtles and frogs (eggs, tadpoles, subadults, adults), with habitat assessment
Collected mark recapture study data on endangered frog species
Accurate data collection and data entry
Drove 4x4 vehicle on urban, suburban, and mountain roads and gained extensive kayaking experience
Volunteer at San Marcos Aquatic Resource Center, USFWS
500 E McCarty Ln, San Marcos, TX 78666

03/02/2013-05/04/2015

Conducted independent research projects with federally threatened and endangered salamander species
Responsible for setup and maintenance of hatchery tanks of endangered fish and salamander species
Monitored health of wild-caught and hatchery-reared individuals
Aided in collections of wild salamanders, ensuring genetic diversity
Led volunteers on collecting trips and trained volunteers with laboratory techniques
Assisted in leading tour groups for school children
Instructional Assistant (Organismal Biology, 1131) at Texas State University
601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

01/07/2013-12/15/2014

Communicated difficult scientific concepts to undergraduate biology majors


Provided extensive feedback on writing assignments
Taught students how to effectively conduct research, analyze data, and communicate findings in written papers
and oral presentations
Lab Prep Assistant (Organismal Biology, 1131) at Texas State University

01/03/2013-12/16/2015

Designed course material


Trained new instructional assistants
Monitored and maintained fish for student experiments
Education Outreach Program at Texas State University
Professional development course aimed at connecting scientists with young students
Designed and executed interactive science lessons for junior high school students

08/23/2014-12/12/2014

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Reader (Cultural Evolution, 213W) at Queens College


65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367

08/27/2011-12/21/2011

Provided extensive critical feedback grading writing intensive papers


Designed grading rubrics for assessing knowledge
Internship with NYC Parks Department
24 W 61st St, New York, NY 10023

05/25/2011-09/09/2011

Visual monitoring of endangered piping plovers


Organized outreach events which garnered support for conservation initiatives
Research Assistant at Queens College

06/01/2010- 05/25/2012

Conducted both collaborative and independent research projects involving insecticide resistance
Gained experience with farming methods, behavioral and physiological assays, statistical analysis, writing, and
presenting scientific information
Student Teaching at John Bowne High School
63-25 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367

01/07/2012-06/28/2012

Designed and implemented lessons for 9th grade biology students, both independently and under supervision
Used differentiated instruction and summative and formative assessments to evaluate student work
Interacted with parents to facilitate a wholesome learning environment
Organized and led biology field trips
Student Internship at Robert H. Goddard Junior High School
138-30 Lafayette St, Ozone Park, NY 11417

08/20/2011-12/15/2011

Shadowed experienced biology teacher


Graded assignments and facilitated groupwork
Tutored students in multiple subjects
Designed/implemented five interactive lessons for the class
P UB LIC AT IONS
Zabierek, K.C., Gabor, C.R. Multimodal communication, mixed messages and the effects of turbidity on the
antipredator behavior of the Barton Springs salamander, Eurycea sosorum. In review.
Zabierek, K.C., Epp, K.J. Antipredator response of Eurycea nana to a nocturnal and a diurnal predator. In
review.
Gabor, C.R., Zabierek, K.C., Kim, D.S., Alberici da Barbiano, L., Mondelli, M.J., Bendik, N.F., Davis, D.R.
A non-invasive water-borne assay of stress hormones in aquatic salamanders. Copeia, In press.
Baker, M., Hossain, K., Zabierek, K., Collie, K., Alyokhin, A., Mota-Sanchez, D., Whalon, M.
2014. Geographic variation in cannibalism in Colorado potato beetle populations. Environmental
Entomology, 43(1):102-109.
P RES ENT AT IONS
ZABIEREK, KC, GABOR, CR. Multimodal communication and the effects of turbidity on the antipredator
behavior of the Barton Springs salamander, Eurycea sosorum Texas Herpetological Society 2014 Fall
Symposium, San Marcos TX; November 2014 [poster]
ZABIEREK, KC, GABOR, CR. Effects of turbidity on the antipredator response of the Barton Springs
Salamander to predator cues Sixth International Research Conference for Graduate Students, San
Marcos TX; November 2014
ZABIEREK, KC, GABOR, CR. Effects of turbidity on the antipredator response of the Barton Springs
salamander to predator cues. International Society for Behavioral Ecology, New York, NY; August
2014 [poster]

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ZABIEREK, KC, EPP, K. Antipredator Response of the San Marcos Salamander to a Nocturnal
and a Diurnal
Predator EuryceaAlliance Summer Meeting, Austin, TX; June 2014
ZABIEREK, KC, EPP, K. Antipredator Response of the San Marcos Salamander to a Nocturnal and a Diurnal
Predator Texas State University Colloquium, San Marcos, TX; April 2014
ZABIEREK, KC, EPP, K. Antipredator Response of the San Marcos Salamander to a Nocturnal and a Diurnal
Predator WISE Conference, Texas State University, TX; November 2013 [poster]
ZABIEREK, KC, EPP, K. Antipredator Response of the San Marcos Salamander to a Nocturnal and a Diurnal
Predator Animal Behavior Society Conference, Denver, CO; July 2013 [poster]
ZABIEREK, KC, BAKER, M. Olfaction in the Colorado Potato Beetle Animal Behavior Society
Conference, Bloomington, IN; July 2011 [poster]
ZABIEREK, KC, BAKER, M. Olfaction in the Colorado Potato Beetle Queens College Colloquium, Queens
NY; November 2011 [poster]

COAU TH ORED P RE S ENTA T IO NS


GABOR CR, BENDIK NF, DAVIS DR, ZABIEREK KC, MONDELLI MJ. The effects of urbanization on
physiological stress of Jollyville Plateau salamanders, Eurycea tonkawae. Texas Herpetological Society
2014 Fall Symposium, San Marcos; November 2014 [poster]
BAKER MB, COLLIE, K.C., ZABIEREK KC. Cannibalism as a behavioral mechanism underlying resistance
evolution. International Society for Behavioral Ecology, New York, NY; August 2014
GABOR CR, BENDIK NF, DAVIS DR, ZABIEREK KC, MONDELLI MJ. The effects of urbanization on
physiological stress of Jollyville Plateau salamanders, Eurycea tonkawae. EuryceAlliance Summer
Meeting Austin, TX; June 2014
GABOR CR, BENDIK NF, DAVIS DR, ZABIEREK KC, MONDELLI MJ. The effects of urbanization on
physiological stress of Jollyville Plateau salamanders. 6th Conference on the Biology of Plethodontid
Salamanders, Tulsa, OK; May 2014
BENDIK NF, DAVIS DR, ZABIEREK KC, GABOR CR. The effects of urbanization on physiological stress
of Jollyville Plateau salamanders, Eurycea tonkawae. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
Annual Meeting, Austin, TX; January 2014
RES EARCH EXP ER IENCE
S2013
Further validation of the water-borne hormone technique using ACTH challenge TSU
S2013
CORT in Eurycea tonkawae in urbanized and non-urbanized streams TSU
S2010-S2012 Olfaction, field predation, and toxin sequestration in Leptinotarsa decimlineata. CUNY
HONORS & AWARDS
May 2014
Honorable Mention for Best Graduate Colloquium Talk
May 2014
Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Achievement
May 2014
Durrenberger Scholarship for Women in Science $500
May 2014
Howard D. Schulze Biology Scholarship $430
May 2014
Graduate College Scholarship $1,500
May 2012
Colwin Award for Research Excellence $550
May 2012
Award for Teaching Excellence in Science
May 2012
Award for High Honors in Education
May 2012
Award for High Honors in Biology
May 2011
Student Association Service Award
EXTR ACURR IC U LA R ACT I V IT IE S
December 2014 Panel member for grant-writing committee, Texas State University
2013-2015
Texas State Botany Club: Member
2013-2015
Texas State Ecology, Evolution, Behavior Discussion Group
February 2013 Assisted in designing colloquium program for the Department of Biology, Texas State
2010-2012
F.A.I.R.: Founder and President
2009-2012
Circle K International Club: Vice President