Cory B. Goff

6002 E Valley Forge Ave

San Antonio, TX 78233

goff@txstate.edu

(540) 425-4630

 

EDUCATION: 

2015 – Present   Texas State University – Ph.D. in Aquatic Resources

2013 – 2015       Marshall University – M.S. in Biological Sciences

Certificate Program: Geospatial Information Science

Master’s Thesis: Effects of roads and trails on Peaks of Otter Salamander (Plethodon hubrichti) and Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) movement behavior.

2012                   Penn Foster Career School – Career Diploma in Wildlife/Forestry Conservation

2008 – 2012       Liberty University – B.S. in Biology: Environmental Science

Honors: Cum Laude & Outstanding Research Award

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2016 – Present Research Assistant – Texas State University

2015 – Present   Instructional Assistant – Texas State University

2013 – 2015       Graduate Assistant – Marshall University

2013                   Forestry Aid (GS-03) – US Forest Service

Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger Districts: Natural Bridge, VA

2012 – 2013       Chemistry Teacher – Alliance Christian Academy

2012                   Forestry Aid (GS-03, STEP) – US Forest Service

Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger Districts: Sherando Lake Recreation Area, Lyndhurst, VA

2010 – 2011       Forestry Aid (GS-03, STEP) – US Forest Service

Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area: Marion, VA

2009 – 2012       Teacher Assistant – Liberty University: Lynchburg, VA

2009                   Camp Naturalist & Logistics Coordinator – Camp Bethel: Fincastle, VA

 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

2016    Doctoral Institutional Assistantship: Texas State University (Fall Semester)

2016    Research Assistantship: Texas State University (Spring Semester)

2015    Doctoral Institutional Assistantship: Texas State University (Fall Semester)

2015    Doctoral Merit Fellowship: Texas State University – $9000 awarded over 3 semesters

2015    Graduate Fellowship: Marshall University College of Science (Spring semester)

2014    Honorable Mention Student Poster: The Wildlife Society Annual Conference

2014    Graduate Travel Grant: Marshall University Graduate College – $200 awarded

2014    Biological Sciences Lab Manual Royalty Fund: Marshall University – $415 awarded

2014    Summer Thesis Award: Marshall University – $500 awarded

2014    Grants in Herpetology: Virginia Herpetological Society – $500 awarded

2014    Graduate Fellowship: Marshall University College of Science (Spring and Fall semesters)

2013    Graduate Fellowship: Marshall University College of Science (Fall semester)

2012    Cum Laude: Liberty University

2012    Outstanding Research Graduate Award: Liberty University

2011    1st Place Student Presentation: Virginia Herpetological Society

2010    Certified Virginia Master Naturalist: Central Virginia Master Naturalists

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE:

2009 – 2012       Salamander Research Team – Liberty University: Continued research with Peaks of Otter Salamander distribution, survival, and competition with the Red-backed Salamander.

2010 – 2011       Eastern Box Turtle Research – Liberty University: Tracked and documented movements of 2 resident and 2 nonresident box turtles using radio telemetry, and marking locations using a GPS to determine home ranges and effect of hard and soft releases.

 

PUBLIC OUTREACH AND PRESS:

2016                   Poster Presentation: Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists – Are declining populations of the Ornate Chorus Frog, Pseudacris ornata, more stressed than stable populations?

2016                   Poster Presentation: Texas State University Biology Student Colloquium – Natural movement behavior of two Plethodon salamanders near roads and trails.

2015                   Poster Presentation: Texas Herpetological Society Annual Symposium – Natural movement behavior of two Plethodon salamanders near roads and trails.

2014                   Poster Presentation: The Wildlife Society Annual Conference – Student Research-in-Progress (SRIP) Poster: Effects of trails and roads on Plethodon salamander movement behavior. Honorable Mention awarded.

2014                   Davis Creek Watershed Association Outreach Event: Educated the public on local, native amphibians and reptile species with live exhibits.

2014                   Marshall University Water Festival: Educated school children on wildlife dependent on wetlands for survival with live exhibits.

2013                   Poster Presentation: Marshall University GIS Day– Cheat Mountain Salamander Distribution. In partial fulfillment of GEO-526: Principles of GIS

2013                   Photo credits: The Design of Life – A Zoology Lab Manual: Biology 225. 2013. Norman Reichenbach, Liberty University.

2012                   Promotional Video: Liberty University – Interview and promotional video documenting ongoing salamander research and educational achievements.

2012                   Presentation: Liberty University Research Symposium – The Peaks of Otter salamander: Factors restricting it to montane forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

2011                   Presentation: Virginia Herpetological Society Annual Meeting – The Peaks of Otter salamander: Factors restricting it to montane forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE:

2015                    Texas Herpetological Society Annual Meeting – 4 hours                                                                      Volunteer coordinator

2008                   Claytor Nature Study Center – 60 hours                                                                                                      Volunteer instructor

1997 – 2008       Roanoke Valley Bird Club Raptor Migration – 250+ hours                                                                   Volunteer counter

2007                   Cerulean Warbler Research – 12 hours                                                                                                        Volunteer surveyor

2007                   Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Collection  – 10 hours                                                                                  Volunteer surveyor

 

ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETIES:

  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists – Current Member
  • Herpetologists’ League  – Current Member
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles – Current Member
  • Virginia Herpetological Society – Current Member
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