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Caron - Biology Professor - Phoenix, AZ, USA

Martha Caron

Phoenix, AZ, USA


Biology Professor


Taught everything from non-majors bio through majors general biology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology. Have experience with small community colleges and large research universities. 10+ years experience in helping all levels of students achieve their career goals.

Work History

Full-Time Faculty Science, Math and Engineering Department - General Biology-Introduction

South Mountain Community College

January 2013 - May 2013

Phoenix, AZ (Jan 2013-May 2013)
Full-Time Faculty Science, Math and Engineering Department - General Biology-Introduction to Cell Biology for Majors

Faculty Associate

Arizona State University

From August 2013

Currently teaching general biology for majors both Bio 181 and Bio 182.

Adjunct Faculty Biology Department - Introduction

University of Colorado Denver

August 2008 - August 2012

Denver, CO (August 2008-Aug 2012)
CU Succeed Outreach Program (College Professors in High School Classrooms)
Adjunct Faculty Biology Department - Introduction to Biology for Non-Majors with lab - 4 Semesters

Adjunct Faculty Biology Department - Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II

Red Rocks Community College

June 2008 - August 2012

Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology for Non-Majors, General and Medical Microbiology, General Biology-Introduction to Cell Biology for Majors - 12 Semesters

Adjunct Faculty Biology Department - Human Anatomy And Physiology I and II

Community College of Denver

January 2008 - December 2009

Medical Microbiology - 4 Semesters

• Currently teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology for Non-Majors, Medical Microbiology, and General Intro to Biology for Non-majors at the above institutions
• Combine lecture with real-world experience to actively engage students in applying the course material
• Prepare and administer course syllabi, lectures, laboratory experiments, written & practical examinations
• Supervise, mentor, and evaluate undergraduate teaching assistants
• Work collaboratively with colleagues to maintain, update, and enhance course curriculum
• Work as a team member in instructional planning of current courses
• Mentor first generation potential college students through the CU Succeed High School Outreach program to put them on the path to future success in college
• Introduce innovative teaching techniques to enhance curriculum and provide multifaceted directions from which students may learn.
• Includes experience teaching condensed courses in General Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology during summer sessions.

Amur Leopard Population Management Plan (PMP) Coordinator and Regional Studbook Keeper

Updated studbook and produced 2007 master plan breeding recommendations. Organized and launched a North American Amur Leopard Field Conservation Program and created a globally managed population with the Amur Leopard EEP in Europe to breed animals genetically suited for reintroduction to be implemented in 5-10 years.
• Chair, Conservation Advisory Team
Administer the Ulysses S. Seal Conservation Grant Program, a small-grant program that motivates zoo staff to get personally involved in conservation. Award grants to staff champions or participants for field projects. Responsible for writing all recommendations, helping draft grant applications, making funding decisions, and preparing presentations.

Education-Conservation Department Liaison

School for Environmental Studies high school

• Education-Conservation Department Liaison - Served as connection between education programming and conservation. Presented conservation talks to zoo camp classes, local school and college classes and guest-lectured in animal behavior at the School for Environmental Studies high school. Team-developed first on-line interactive curriculum offering, Tiger Dating Game, and narrated an educational teacher field trip training video and a volunteer interpretive training video.
• Pallas Cat Species Survival Plan (SSP) Coordinator and International Studbook Keeper (2004-2010)
Updated studbook from a four-year back log of data and produced master plan breeding recommendations for the SSP 2004-2009. Published the studbook in 2005, 2006 & 2009, added 11 new institutions to the SSP, completed a husbandry manual, successfully funded a 10 year long field research project on wild Pallas cats in Mongolia and increased captive breeding to preserve the genetics represented within the current captive population.

Committee Co-chair, Interpretive Graphics Team

Visitor/Tiger Behavioral Study

• Visitor/Tiger Behavioral Study - Conducted behavioral study of tiger exhibit renovation to assess success of tiger exhibit use, interpretive and interactive graphics. Designed and executed study, trained and supervised School for Environmental Studies student in observation techniques. Presented results at Tiger Species Survival Plan meeting, National AZA conference, Fort Worth, TX, 2002.
• Committee Co-chair, Interpretive Graphics Team - Developed educational interpretive themes, graphics text, photo selection, and layout. Had approval and oversight responsibility of final exhibit design. Projects include Tropics Softening/Renovation, Conservation Wall, Tiger Lair, Sun Bear Exhibit Renovation, Russia's Grizzly Coast
• Newspapers in Education Curriculum Development - Team wrote an eight-week curriculum for the Star Tribune newspaper on tiger conservation, biology, and ecology using newspapers as educational learning tools.

Adjunct Faculty Biology Department

University Of St. Thomas

January 2001 - December 2002

- Genetics and Population Biology Lab, Diversity of Life Lab - 4 Semesters
• Enriched student education through lectures and supplemental information
• Supervised, mentored and evaluated undergraduate teaching assistants.
• Prepared and administered exams, assigned and evaluated lab write-ups
• Guided students through developing and conducting independent research projects demonstrating the use of the scientific method of research
• Oversaw student-led evaluations of posters presenting their independent research projects

Research Scientist/Conservation Biologist

Minnesota Zoo

June 2001 - January 2008

(SSP) Education & Behavioral Advisor and Facilitator


Served as point of contact for educational information and curriculum for institutions interested in tiger education, and institutions experiencing tiger behavioral issues. Facilitated communication with Tiger SSP institutions and maintained institutional records. Facilitated increased breeding within the Tiger SSP improving genetics within all three subspecies.

Behavioral Research Scientist

Audubon Zoo

January 1998 - May 1998

Designed and managed research project on mixed species exhibits of Thomsen's gazelle to assess animal habitat use and recommended husbandry improvements. Research involved collection, analysis, and presentation of data.

Research scientist/behavioral habitat manager

Primate Breeding And Research Resource

November 1996 - May 2000

• Managed and improved captive squirrel monkey habitats, which led to increased successful breeding.
• Designed/managed a three-year research project involving behavioral data collection and interpretation.
• Successful management of the captive habitats, indicated by increased successful breeding and increased mother rearing.
• Supervised and trained laboratory technicians on managing of project animals.

Behavioral Research Scientist

Tulane University Primate Research Center

January 1996 - December 1996

Managed research project involving collection and interpretation of data, periodic reassessment of research project, problem solving through project redesign followed by further data collection, analysis and presentation of results.

Teaching Assistant-Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department - Diversity of Life Lab

Tulane University

September 1995 - May 2000

, Cell and Molecular Biology Lab, Ecology Lab and Vertebrate Morphology Lab - 10 semesters
• Focused on team-building and curriculum development as well as laboratory evaluation with other graduate teaching assistants
• Supervised and facilitated student learning through lectures and supplemental information including both on-site field labs and in laboratory experimentation and course work
• Created, administered and evaluated practical and written examinations


Qualifications & Certifications

Jefferson-Scranton High School

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Tulane University


Tulane University


Buena Vista University

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