Bryan H. Nichols, PhD

Full Resume


PhD Science Education (spring 2012; successfully defended Nov 22, 2011)
Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum & Instruction
University of South Florida Tampa
Dissertation: Defining Earth Smarts: A Construct Analysis for Socioecological Literacy Based on Justly Maintaining Quality of Life
Advisor: Dana L. Zeidler

MS Marine Science, 2005
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science
Thesis: Sound production in nearshore rockfishes (Sebastes spp.)

MA Journalism, 2005
University of South Florida - St. Petersburg
Emphasis: Science Journalism

BSc. Honors Marine Biology, 1988
University of Guelph, Canada


Program Manager ASAP Helios Grant

University of South Florida Lakeland
March 2012 to present

Manager for this $950,000 STEM education grant.

University Instructor

University of South Florida
2007 to present

Highly rated instructor of courses including:

Regular STEM Substitute

All Saints Academy, Lakeland, FL

Regular substitute for Grade 8-12 STEM courses

Freelance Writer/Photographer


A regular columnist in WaveLength magazine, a natural history series in Sea Kayaker and various pieces in: Pacific Yachting, Home Education, Full Time Dads, Equinox, Canoe & Kayak, WestCoast Fisherman, The Skeptical Inquirer, Travel Books Review, newspapers, others.

Curriculum & Instructional Designer

Water Altas Project
Designing technology-based, inquiry environmental science modules for a water management district.

Curriculum Editor

Coalition for Science Literacy, University of South Florida
Summer 2010
Edited and formatted multiweek modules in a variety of STEM related subjects for grades 6-12.

Research Assistant

Florida PROMISE Grant
Summer 2008
Designed and edited teacher training materials based on the new Sunshine State Standards for science and mathematics.

Communications Contractor

Southwest Florida Water Management District, Brooksville, Florida
Fall 2005 Spring 2006
Provided writing and photography for a website and printed materials. Visited district schools to give presentations on water cycle and conservation.

Field Research Assistant

Ongoing from 2003
Helped with field research in Southwest Florida (Charlotte Harbor, Sarasota and Tampa Bay) including work with fish, acoustic recording devices and dolphin capture/release.

Science Writer

Lau Basin Cruise Three, Ridge 2000
April 2005
Took part in a monthlong research cruise to deep sea hydrothermal vents aboard the R/V Melville in the South Pacific, providing writing and photography for reports and related website.

Graduate Research Assistant

Spring 2003
Content analysis of news articles for Media Roles in the Anthrax Scare: Messages and Lessons Learned, part of a $18,000 grant from the USF College of Public Health.

Intertidal Quadrat Studies Biologist

Georgia Strait Alliance, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Spring/Summer 2001, 2002
Coordinated intertidal surveys of seashore life with community volunteers.

Sea Kayak Instructor, Guide & Naturalist

Island Expeditions (Belize), Island Institute (San Juans, WA), others
1995 - ongoing
Manager and lead guide for remote base camp day kayaking (Glovers Atoll); naturalist, guide and instructor on 1 - 8 day wilderness kayak trips.

Scuba Instructor

Taught and worked as divemaster and captain on diving and snorkeling tours in the Northwest and Caribbean.

Science Officer

Fall/Winter 1997-98
Coral Cay Conservation, Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Responsible for teaching volunteers how to identify Caribbean fish, invertebrates, corals & algae.

Timber Cruiser

Watson Forest Services, BC
1994 - 2002
Inventory, appraisal and waste sampling of remote wilderness timber stands.

Marine Science Instructor

Island Institute, Spieden Island, Washington state USA
Apr - Aug 1993, 1994
Taught marine ecology, whalewatching, sea kayaking & snorkeling.

Research Assistant/Biologist

Marine Mammal Research Group, Victoria BC Canada
Fall 1993
Tagged and tracked killer whales; conducted marine mammal & bird surveys; managed data and wrote reports.


The Yosemite Institute, Yosemite National Park, CA
Jan 1990 - Feb 1992
Designed curricula and taught for this respected educational institution.

Marine Science Instructor

SEACAMP, Big Pine Key, Florida
May-Aug 1988, 89, 91
Designed & instructed 21 hour marine field courses including scuba. Taught tropical marine science and led scuba, snorkeling & canoe trips as an underwater naturalist, boat captain and guide.

Resource Management Assistant

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Trapped and radio-collared black bears as part of a study on the potential effects of gypsy moth defoliation.



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