Welcome


Raphaelita K. Bishara

















University of New Mexico


227 Los Pinos Rd
Cuba, NM 87013

rbishara@unm.edu











UPCOMING EVENTS 2010:
  • April 2: University of New Mexico Research Day
  • April 24: West Coast Undergraduate Biology Research Conference in San Jose, CA
  • May 15: Graduation Day from University of New Mexico
  • June 5: North American Benthological Society Conference












Research Interests:

Studying conservation biology and focusing on herpetology.  Seeking master's or doctoral program that specializes in herpetological studies in the tropics.





Costa Rica 2010

EDUCATION


Home school, Cuba, New Mexico , 1992-2001
Elementary-Middle school
North Dakota Independent Study, Fargo, North Dakota, 2002-2004
High school diploma
Cuba Independent Schools, Cuba, New Mexico, 2002-2005
High School diploma
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 2005- present
 Major: Conservation Biology, Master’s of Science, GPA: 3.4

EXPERIENCE

Ranch assistant, CC Ranch, Cuba, NM (2004-2009)
Supervisor: Harry Bishara
Assisted on various jobs to run ranch.  Different jobs included clerical work and paper work as well as field work such as irrigation, building fences, working with large machinery and working with animals.  A lot of hands-on manual labor involved.

Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of New Mexico (May 2009-present)
Supervisors: Ayesha Burdett & Tom Turner
Assisted in research on Rio Grande River in New Mexico.  Involved in studies of aquatic food web in desert ecosystems as well as controlled experiments using mesocosms. 
Involved in intensive field work along the Rio Grande including collection of fish, invertebrates, water samples and chlorophyll samples.  Analysis of samples in lab using microscopes including identification of invertebrates and fish, counting of invertebrates, extracting chlorophyll content in water samples and running for stable isotope analysis.

RELEVANT COURSEWORK
Undergraduate:
Limnology
Botany
General Vertebrate Zoology
Herpetology
Conservation Biology
Tropical Biology
Phylogenetics

COMPUTER SKILLS
Microsoft Office
SASS
PRIMER
SIGMA PLOT


AWARDS, HONORS, MEMBERSHIPS
National Honor Society (2004/2005)
Dean’s Honor Roll List (2005/2006), (Fall 2008)
Desert Fishes Council (Sept 2009- present)
North American Benthological Society (Jan. 2010-present)

LANGUAGES & TRAVEL
English
Navajo
Panama (Oct. 2009)
Costa Rica (Mar. 2009)


PRESENTATIONS
-University of New Mexico Biology Research Day (Apr. 2010): "Abiotic factors affect community structure during drydown in a mesocosm experiment and in natural freshwater systems in the middle Rio Grande, New Mexico"
RK Bishara, AS Burdett, TF Turner

-Desert Fishes Council: 18-22 Nov 2009: "Aquatic invertebrate ecology in the Rio Grande, New Mexico: A comprehensive undergraduate training program"
RK Bishara, CA Love, EL Johnson, AS Burdett, TF Turner

PERSONAL INTERESTS:
reading
learning about new cultures
horseback riding
raising and caring for animals
traveling
visiting the tropics











Desert Fishes Council 18-22 Nov 2009