CV

ZOE ELLIS

Email Address: zeellis95@gmail.com


EDUCATION

Liverpool John Moores University

MSc Primate Behaviour and Conservation (2018 – present)

University of Liverpool

BSc Zoology (2015 – 2018) classification: I

Key Modules:

Tropical Ecology Field Course Module in Kibale National Park, Uganda (April 2017), which involved:

  • Designing and undertaking a group research project on primate ecology in the field, recording all observations and relevant information in a detailed field notebook
  • Creating and delivering a PowerPoint presentation describing the research performed and any conclusions drawn, improving my presentation skills and confidence when speaking publicly
  • Composing an assessed scientific report detailing the research conducted on the field course in a standardised manner, allowing the honing of my skills in the area of scientific writing

Zoology Field Course Module in Cévennes National Park, France (August – September 2017), which involved:

  • Designing and undertaking a group research project on freshwater invertebrates in the field, recording all observations and relevant information in a detailed field notebook
  • Creating and delivering a PowerPoint presentation, and composing an assessed scientific report as demonstrated in Tropical Ecology Field Course Module

Honours Research Project (September 2017 – April 2018), which involved:

  • Designing and undertaking a research project on shorebirds in the field, recording all observations and relevant information in a detailed field notebook
  • Producing scientific reports detailing the entirety of the project, including an introduction section, aims and methods, results, and a discussion section
  • Creating and delivering a PowerPoint presentation encompassing the main aims, methods, and results of the project

Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Wirral

3 A-Levels (2013 – 2014) in Psychology (A*), Biology (B), English Language (B)

1 AS-Level (2014) in the Extended Project Qualification (A)

Woodchurch High School, Wirral

9 A* – C GCSE Levels (2006 – 2011)


EXPERIENCE

Liverpool Guild of Students Acted as a Zoology Course Representative (September 2016 – May 2018), which involved:

  • Engaging with all Zoology students, gathering opinions and complaints to address in Staff-Student Liaison Committee Meetings
  • Undertaking an Enhancement Project, with the hopes of improving the university experience for future students
  • Acting as chair for meetings with the Programme Director, taking minutes and addressing issues put forward by the student body

Liverpool Guild of Students Acted as the Vice President of Liverpool Nature Conservation Society (September 2017 – May 2018), which involved:

  • Assisting the President with any and all committee affairs, such as event planning and hosting, administration, and the running of committee meetings
  • Creating and managing a blog, and publishing popular science articles on behalf of contributing members of the society
  • Managing the society email and all social media accounts, improving my organisational skills
  • Brainstorming with other committee members for appropriate events, and making decisions regarding these events, improving my leadership skills

Liverpool John Moores University Volunteered as a Research Assistant to Dr Nicola Koyama (June 2018 – present), which involved:

  • Creating an ethogram using appropriate scientific literature
  • Conducting behavioural observations on the chimpanzee group at Chester Zoo, including scan samples, focal samples, ad libitum and all occurrence samples
  • Recording observations using the Animal Behaviour Pro application available on iOS and compiling data into Excel spreadsheets
  • Providing regular reports to the chimpanzee keeping staff at Chester Zoo

SKILLS

Behavioural observation skills:

  • Capable of conducting scan, focal, ad libitum, and all occurrence samples
  • Able to create and use ethograms in order to standardise recording procedures

Computational skills:

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office packages, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Able to use statistical software packages such as SPSS and R to analyse data
  • Use of behavioural observation iOS applications, i.e. Animal Behaviour Pro
  • Some knowledge of ArcGIS mapping software

Team-working skills:

  • Able to work in a laboratory and in the field with other students in order to benefit the team when performing practical experiments
  • Able to maintain a patient demeanour whilst dealing with stressful situations in order to make sure that the whole team is benefited by the outcome

Time-management:

  • Prioritising work and consistently meeting deadlines as a result of effective timetabling
  • Able to work at speed under demanding conditions without struggle

Communication skills:

  • Able to talk at length to a group of laymen and effectively explain the topic in discussion
  • Able to talk professionally about a topic to intellectuals and answer questions effectively

Project management:

  • Able to independently work on a project with little to no help from supervisors and present large amounts of research in a concisely written essay
  • Able to design and carry out a scientific research project with a small team of colleagues, whether it be in a laboratory or field setting

References are available upon request