Steph’s Curriculum Vitae



Master’s of Arts, Conservation Biology
Columbia University, New York NY 2015 – 2017

  • Thesis investigated the shifting distribution of Bering Sea marine mammals due to climate change via passive acoustic monitoring; supervisor: Howard Rosenbaum
  • Vocalizations audibly and visually analyzed using Raven Pro 1.5 and compared to Automatic Information System (AIS) vessel tracking; proficient in Geographic Information System (GIS) and R, Bayesian statistics, habitat modelling and mapping

Bachelor of Science Honours, Biology
Queen’s University, Kingston ON 2009 – 2014

  • Thesis examined the effects of antifouling paint on non-target Daphnia pulex zooplankton survival and reproduction; supervisor: Dr. Shelley Arnott
  • Trained at Huntsman Marine Science Centre (Bay of Fundy) in marine mammal observation, identification, physiology, policy, photo-identification and vessel surveys

Marine Biology Fall Program, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
University of Victoria, Bamfield BC

  • Thesis focused on preventing the spread of invasive tunicates Botrylloides violaceus; included intertidal species collection, animal maintenance and project management


Research Experience

Kihansi Spray Toad Acoustician, Bronx Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society
New York NY 2016

  • Recorded and analyzed vocalizations of extinct-in-the-wild toads using a directional microphone and Raven Pro to facilitate population rehabilitation in Tanzania; collaborated with keepers and American Museum of Natural History researchers

 Horseshoe Monitoring Network Assistant, New York Audubon Society
Long Island NY 2016

  • Collected abundance data to assess the conservation status of horseshoe crabs; involved nighttime quadrat sampling, tagging and mark-and-recapture surveys

American Eel Electrofishing Participant, Wildlife Conservation Society
New York NY 2015

  • Participated in electrofishing monitoring surveys for Bronx River eels to facilitate urban management; responsibilities included catching, handling and measuring eels

Cetacean Monitoring Intern, Sea Watch Foundation
New Quay, Wales UK

  • Monitored bottlenose dolphins via transect/land-based surveys in the Ceredigion Special Area of Conservation; DLSR and Digiscope photography of fins for photo-ID
  • Educated the public during wildlife tours; managed public sighting submissions online

Ichthyology Laboratory Assistant, Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto ON 2013 – 2014

  • Prepared PCR fish tissue samples; systematized formaldehyde collections; facilitated Ontario Fish Identification course (sample assembly, workbook material compilation)

Research Assistant, Government of Canada Summer Work Experience Program
Queen’s University Aquatic Ecology Lab, Kingston ON 2012

  • Reared Daphnia zooplankton for salinity experiments; project management duties included animal handling, chemical preparation, data collection and organization; fieldwork duties included freshwater lake sediment coring via canoe (Dorset, ON)


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University
New York NY 2016

  • Designed and graded assignments for Marine Coastal and Estuarine Ecology; acted as a resource and mentor for both undergraduate and Master’s students

Educator, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Toronto ON 2013 – 2015

  • Developed and taught marine conservation classes (30+ students, Ontario Science Curriculum); presented Tank Talks with scuba divers (200+ guests); managed sleepovers (with plastic reduction program, 75 guests) and wrote safety manual
  • Monitored stingray, bamboo shark and horseshoe crab touch tanks; lead husbandry tours; contributed to launching ticket recycling and shoreline cleanups
  • Partnered with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to accommodate the stingray feeding program to participants with physical and cognitive disabilities

Teaching Assistant, Huntsman Marine Science Centre
St. Andrew’s NB 2012

  • Chaperoned Ashbury College’s International Baccalaureate biology program; taught marine mammal identification, aided curriculum planning & mentored student projects

Project Nunavut Intern and Coordinator, Queen’s Projects on International Development
Kingston ON 2011 – 2012

  • Oversaw Inuit youth summer program in Arviat, Nunavut with the Municipal Council; organized fundraising, travel/accommodations and planned community events


 Communications Experience

TedEd Educator and Program Developer
New York NY 2016

  • Coordinated with TedEd administration and animators to create an education video on whale songs, along with a program for teachers to implement in the classroom:

 Great Lakes Lead Boat Crew Member, eXXpedition
Toronto ON 2016

  • Participated in the world’s largest simultaneous water sampling event; manta trawled for microplastics; supported the initiative via online outreach

 WaterDocs Film Festival Volunteer, Ecologos
Toronto ON

  • Assisted program facilitation during the documentary film festival; generated public discussions to increase aquatic science literacy; contributed to 2016 festival planning


I.T. Experience

Faculty Desktop Support Technician, Columbia University
New York NY 2016

  • Provided technology aid to faculty/administrative staff (MAC, PC, Android devices); enhanced technological skills while handling time-sensitive and confidential projects

Administrative and Data Entry Specialist, Office Team
Toronto ON 2015

  • Temporarily filled office support positions; refined ability to work under pressure in novel environments; enriched Excel expertise; delivered high-quality customer service

Sales Associate, The Publishing and Copying Centre
Kingston ON 2010 – 2012

  • Trained in Photoshop, printing, photocopying and finishing machinery; provided excellent customer service; staff training leader responsible for equipment tutorials



Sardelis & Drew, 2016. Not “pulling up the ladder”: Women who organize conference symposia provide greater opportunities for women to speak at conservation conferences. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0160015. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160015.



4th International Marine Conservation Congress Women in Science Focus Group
Society of Conservation Biology, St. John’s NL 2016

Developed diversity programming for SCB and led discussion on improvements for future conferences based on findings from Sardelis & Drew, 2016

 Mysticetes Mini-Conference (funded by Anatomical Records)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York NY 2016

Sardelis, Antunes, West, Robards, Stafford, Southall, Rosenbaum. Quantifying the vocalization patterns of Bering Sea marine mammals for management baselines

17th Annual Bamfield Scholars Society Symposium
Bamfield Marine Science Centre, Bamfield BC 2012

Sardelis, Kuchera & Arnott. Investigating the effectiveness of toxic and non-toxic aluminum antifouling paints: Settlement prevention of the invasive tunicates



4th International Marine Conservation Congress
Society of Conservation Biology, St. John’s NL 2016

Sardelis, Antunes, West, Robards, Stafford, Southall, Rosenbaum. Quantifying the spatiotemporal vocalization patterns of marine mammals in the Bering Sea & Strait

1st Annual Women in Science Columbia Conference
Columbia University, New York NY 2016

Sardelis & Drew. Not “pulling up the ladder”: Women who organize conference symposia provide greater opportunities for women to speak at conferences

Biology 537 Thesis Poster Session
Queen’s University, Kingston ON 2013

Sardelis & Arnott. Mortality rate of the cladoceran Daphnia pulex as an indicator of water quality in the presence of three different types of antifouling paint



Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2016
Transportation of Dangerous Goods 2016
Standard CPR and First Aid, Canadian Red Cross 2015
PADI Open Water Diver 2014
Ontario G Class Driving License 2013
Pleasure Craft Operator Card 2012
Smart Serve 2010


Awards and Grants

Lerner Gray Research Grant, American Museum of Natural History 2016
Summer Research Travel Grant, Columbia University 2016
Grad Student Travel Award, American Society of Ichthyologists/Herpetologists 2016
Undergraduate Laboratory Travel Bursary, Athabasca University 2014



Society of Conservation Biology 2016
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists 2016



English (native proficiency), French (professional working proficiency, level B Government of Canada Test of Written Expression in the Second Official Language)