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Chandler Olson



A Bit About Me

I am eager to share my passion and curiosity about the biodiversity of our world with others!

I hope to use this website and YouTube channel to educate and inspire!


May 2017- March 2021

August 2022 - 

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Concentration: Ecology/Evolution/Genomics

PhD in Biological Sciences

Concentration: Phylogenetics of Mollusca

Drexel University

GPA: 3.95

University of Alabama

Work Experience

Apr 2020 – July 2021

September 2019 - March 2020

April – September 2019

June 2018 - January 2019

Curatorial Assistant | Academy of Natural Science, Dept. of Malacology

  • Developed new interface for collection database, transformed collection data to comply with Darwin Core standards, and began integration of general invertebrate collection to database using Python and FileMaker.

  • Created python program to parse out agent information of over 28,000 individuals from the “2400 Years of Malacology” document to augment the standing agent dictionary database.

  • Imaged collection specimens with digital photography and SEM imaging as part of the Pacific Island Land Snail Digitization Project and for other research projects.

  • Performed precision dissections of turtle ants removing components of head and abdomen for analysis of the bacterial communities and their role in the fixation of inorganic nitrogen to produce amino acids.

  • Husbandry of ant colonies and management of various experimental dietary conditions.

Content Intern | AdMed Inc.

  • Worked in collaboration with PhD. and PharmD. medical writers to develop training materials on diseases and drug mechanism of actions for pharmaceutical companies (ex. Merk & Co., AbbVie Inc.).

  • Developed new content (fact sheets, assessment tests) and ensured content accuracy of materials including video storyboards, podcasts, virtual classrooms.

iSTAR Undergraduate Researcher | Drexel University, Ward Lab

  • Conducted a variety of experiments in the field including a morphological survey of Melipona beecheii bee castes that suggests they may utilize rare morphological caste differentiation.

  • Presented results on morphological differentiation as a poster at the STAR Summer Showcase at Drexel University in August and the Second International Scientific Conference in Cienfuegos, Cuba in October.

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