Objective

I obtained a Master of Science degree in December 2017. During my studies I achieved a 4.0 in each of my last 5 semesters, had 5 leadership roles in various organizations, and created a prestigious research profile. I won numerous of awards for my research, leadership, and problem-solving abilities and seek to challenge my strengths in industry.

Education

2017 - Master of Science - Geological Oceanography

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    • - University of S. Mississippi at NASA Stennis Space Center
    • - 3.8 GPA, 4.0 in last 5 semesters ( transcript*)
    • - Obtained most prestigious departmental scholarship
    • - Presented 4 different projects at 7 international conferences
    • - Authored 2 peer-reviewed papers in peer-reviewed journals
    • - *outdated (Oct 2017) but official. For updated contact me.

2009 - Hons. Bachelor of Science - Earth and Environmental

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    • - McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
    • - Obtained research positions in two laboratories
    • - Volunteer position at the Queer Student Community Center

Employment

2015 to 2017 - Graduate Research Assistant

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    • - USM at NASA Stennis Space Center, MS, USA, and
    • - Geological Survey of Japan, AIST, Tsukuba, JAPAN
    • - Won awards from professional societies, USM, and NGOs
    • - Conducted analysis in R, Matlab/OCTAVE, and python
    • - Front-end web dev using AWS, php, html, css, javascipt
    • - 40:60 office:fieldwork ratio

2013 to 2014 - Project Scientist

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    • - S2S Environmental Inc., Pickereing, ON, Canada
    • - Managed phase II environmental investigations by interacting with clients, hiring contractors, conducting fieldwork, overcoming on-site challenges, and writing reports
    • - Conducted analysis using Microsoft Excel, and wrote reports using Microsoft Word
    • - Improved instrument accountability by creating protocols for inventory and upkeep

Summer 2013 - Program and Content Developer

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    • - Imperial Oil Outreach Initiative, Hamilton, ON, Canada
    • - Created geological modules using Google Earth Pro and Google Sketchup
    • - Interacted with a wide variety of clients

2010 to 2013 - Undergraduate Research Assisstant

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    • - McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
    • - Logged and processed sediment cores
    • - Calculated sediments statistics using Geosoft Oasis and Adobe Photoshop (image analysis toolkit)

Awards: Scholarships and Distinctions

2017 - Student Travel Award

Presented by the Cushman Foundation of Foraminiferal Research for innovation in paleo-storm and paleo-tsunami detection techniques.

+ 1570 USD

2017 - Student Travel Bursary

Presented by UNESCO IGCP Project 639 for developments of magnitude-resolved paleo-storm and tsunami research.

+ 350 USD

2017 - Student Chapter of the Year

Presented by the Marine Technology for investigating the efficacy of aerial surveying techniques and exceptional student involvement.

+ 0 USD

2017 - Outstanding Student Scholarship

This is the most prestigious award presented by the Marine Technology Gulf Coast Chapter. It was awarded for my exemplary leadership and research.

+ 1000 USD

2017 - Marine Science Scholar Scholarship

This is the most prestigious award presented by the School of Ocean Science and Technology (University of Southern Mississippi). It was awarded for my academic record, success in research, and leadership positions at the university.

+ 32861 USD

2016 - Student Chatper of the Year

Presented by the Marine Technology Society for funding proposals relating to expanding citizen-science projects and for surveying-methodology research.

+ 0 USD

2016 - 1st Place - Student Poster Competition

Presented by at Bays and Bayous to Justin Blancher, Thomas Kosciuch and Haley Spaid for developments in unmanned aerial system surveying research.

+ 350 USD

2016 - Student Travel Bursary

Presented by UNESCO IGCP Project 639 to present innovative statistical methods in microfossil research.

+ 350 USD

Awards: Research Grants

2017 - Marine Science Scholar Research Award

Presented by The School of Ocean Science and Technology (USM) to supplement current research budget and objectives.

+ 2000 USD

2016 - Funded Research Proposal

Received a small research grant from the Marine Technology Society to investigate the utility of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in place of traditional surveying techniques. A UAV was provided by Moffett and Nicholl.

+ 200 USD

Computer: Communication

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Powerpoint

Abode Indesign

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Indesign

LaTeX

Computer: Database

Microsoft Access

MySQL

SQL

Computer: Geoscience Software

ArcGIS

GeoSoft Oasis

Pix4D

Computer: Programming

javascript

CSS

HTML

Matlab

Python

R

Shell

Skills

Coming soon ...

Community

2017 - Student Outreach Coordinator

Division of Marine Science, USM, NASA Stennis Space Center, MS, USA

2017 to 2018 - Treasurer

Student Oceanography Society - Divison of Marine Science, USM

2017 to 2018 - President

Marine Technology Society USM Student Chapter, --

2016 to present - Front End Developer

Coastal Hazard Reseach Lab, NASA Stennis Space Center, MS, USA

2016 to present - Front End Developer

UNESCO IGCP Project 639, --

2016 to 2018 - Chair (Geological)

USM Seminar Series, Division of Marine Science, NASA Stennis Space Center, MS, USA

2016 to 2017 - Treasurer

Marine Technology Society USM Student Chapter, --

Research: Summary

Cat. 5 cyclone sand source

In 2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam devasted the Vanuatu by flooding their farms, shaking fruit trees, and washing away their homes. We investigate the affect on the geologic record in order to help us expand our understanding of storms beyond the locals' memories. These long-term records which are integral for understanding the relationship between storms and a changing climate. This project married stastical, biological, and physical methods and invented a novel approach that has been gaining popularity in the natural hazard community.

3,000 years of storms and tsunamis

The bahamas see several hurricanes ever year, though we don't think that this has always been the case. We compare the effects of a Category 4 hurricane to a history of sand from a lake. We have used the photons emitted by irradiated elements in conjunction with the size and species of biological critters to retell a history of changing climates and coastal hazards.

Microbiology of tsunami sands

In 2011, the North-East coast of Japan was flooded by a tsunami that was caused by a bigger earthquake than we thought possible. Our work will identify the microbiology of the sand in the marine environment and compare it to the microbiology left by the 2011 event. This is in an effort to be able to compare the 2011 tsunami to other, older tsunami sands in Japan and hopefully identify overlooked tsunami-prone regions.

Research: Peer Reviewed Publications

Kosciuch, T.J., Pilarczyk, J. E., Hong, I., Fritz, H.M., Horton, B.P., Rarai, A., Horrison, M.J., Jockley, F.R., 2017. Foraminifera reveal a shallow nearshore origin for overwash sediments deposited by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu (South Pacific). Marine Geology.

Hong, I., Pilarczyk, J. E., Horton, B.P., Fritz, H.M., Kosciuch, T.J., Wallace, D., Dike, C., Rarai, A., Horrison, M.J., Jockley, F.R., 2017. Sedimentological characteristics of the 2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam overwash sediments from Vanuatu, South Pacific. Marine Geology.

Research: Oral Presentations

2017 - Kosciuch, T.J., Pilarczyk, J.P., Reinhardt, E.G., Mauviel, A., Aucoin, C., Sedimentological and micropaleontological characteristics of the 2015 Hurricane Joaquin deposit: implications for long- term records of storms and tsunamis impacting the Caribbean. 11-15 Dec. 2017, AGU fall meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA.

2016 - Kosciuch, T.J., Pilarczyk, J. E., Hong, I., Fritz, H.M., Horton, B.P., Rarai, A., Developing a means to discover paleo-overwash sediments in Vanuatu. 3-5 Dec. 2016, Bays and Bayous, Gulfport, MS, USA.

2016 - Kosciuch, T.J., Pilarczyk, J. E., Hong, I., Fritz, H.M., Horton, B.P., Rarai, A. Assessing provenance of the 2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam sediments, Vanuatu using foraminifera. IGCP Project 639 Meeting Sea Level Change from Minutes to Millennia. 9 - 14 Nov. 2016. Muscat, Oman.

2016 - Kosciuch, T.J., Pilarczyk, J. E., Reinhardt, E., Hong I., Fritz H.M., Horton, B.P., Rarai, A., Morrison, M.J., Jockley, F.R. The use of microfossils in assessing ancient tropical cyclones. DMS Seminar Series, NASA Stennis Space Center, MS, US.

Research: Poster Presentations

2017 - Kosciuch, T.J., Pilarczyk, J. E., Reinhardt, E.G. Sedimentological and micropaleontological characteristics of the 2015 Hurricane Joaquin deposit: implications for long-term records of storms and tsunamis impacting the Caribbean. UNESCO IGCP 639 17-22 Sep. 2017, St. Lucia, South Africa.

2016 - Kosciuch, T.J., Pilarczyk, J. E., Hong, I., Fritz, H.M., Horton, B.P., Rarai, Morrison M.J., Jockley F.R. Microfossil Record of the Tropical Cyclone Pam Deposit from Vanuatu: Implications for Docu- menting Long-Term Records of South Pacific Storms. Ocean Sciences 22-26 Feb. 2016, New Orleans, LA, US and USM Graduate Student Symposium.

2016 - Blancher, J.E., Kosciuch, T.J., Anderson, H., Assessment of coastal elevation changes using Unmanned Aerial Systems. Bays and Bayous. 3-5 Dec. 2016. Gulfport, MS, USA.

Research: Conference Attendance (without presentation)

2018 - StarCon (Computer Science)