SUMMARY

Accomplished, Emmy awarded media professional delivering high quality, well-researched, original programs. Brings 4 years of television experience and 9 years working in marine science and education. Developed fresh ideas, sound background research and sharp post-production skills with major television channels all while completing a post graduate degree at a top marine science school.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

PRODUCTION

* Researched and developed all three seasons of “Changing Seas”, providing valuable contacts and scientific feedback, and earning a 2010 Suncoast Emmy Award.

* Provided critical feedback on scripts and rough cuts, catching factual and continuity errors, in English and in Spanish for Discovery Channel Latin America, WPBT-2 (PBS member station) and local television.

* Studio and location production experience.

SCIENCE

* Conducted research on reef fish, sharks, seals, and invertebrates as a marine biologist for NOAA and universities.

* Global research experience on small boats and large research vessels, and scuba diving expertise.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

* Selected as a fellow for the National Science Foundation’s Science Made Sensible (SMS) program, teaching science in new and engaging ways in inner city middle school classrooms as resident scientist.

* Further selected as part of SMS elite team to spend 3 weeks in South Africa, teaching and doing research.

* Author of two syndicated science-themed online comics with an audience 20 million.

* Created two blogs to teach science to students through lab activities and comic illustrations.

* Produced science and environmentally themed videos and mentored high school students to do the same.


EDUCATION:

2003-present University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Marine Biology and Fisheries
Proposed title of thesis: “Characterization of the essential fish habitat of black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) and red grouper (Epinephelus morio)”

1997 - 2001 University of Stirling, United Kingdom
B.Sc. (Honours) Marine Biology


FILM AND TELEVISION EXPERIENCE


Associate Producer- WPBT Channel 2 (PBS Miami) (Emmy® Award Winner)
August 2009- present
Research and development for the marine focused “Changing Seas”

Production Assistant- WPBT Channel 2 (PBS Miami)
March 2009-August 2009
Research and development for the marine focused “Changing Seas”

Production Assistant- Animal Planet and Powderhouse Productions
February-March 2009
Fetch Me a Beer (working title) with Zak George

Producer, videographer and editor- Untamed Science and Pearson Publishing
December 2008-March 2009
Produce video shorts to accompany chapters of high school and middle school text books.

Producer, videographer and editor- Vero Productions
December 2007- present
Produce children’s science television programs such as The Big Blue & You and short science and travel films as well as promotional videos for television programs and scientific institutions.

Production and research assistant- Discovery Channel
February 2008 — May 2008 (4 months) Discovery Channel Latin America
Assist in all aspects of production, including research, translation, reversioning, idea formulation, and supervision of post production. Titles worked on included “Fuga de las FARC”, “Great Quakes- Mexico City”, “Tabasco Bajo el Agua”

Assistant editor- The Bite TV
September 2007 — February 2008 (6 months)
Assist in all aspects of editing a biweekly reality-based sportfishing show.

Reporter and Production Assistant- The Art News Network
April 2007-September 2007 (6 months)
Report cultural news via filmed interviews and newspaper articles. Assist with productions in all aspects.



SCIENCE WORK EXPERIENCE

Marine Biologist- National Marine Fisheries Service-Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Miami, FL
August 2002– present
Manage project on black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) essential fish habitat and behavior in the Florida Keys, includes surgically implanting tags into groupers and tracking them over the reef using acoustic telemetry.


Shark Biology Research Assistant- Shark Lab, Bimini Biological Field Station (BBFS), Bahamas
July – August 2001
Assisted Dr. Samuel H. Gruber on lab and field projects on shark behavior


Reproductive Biology Research Assistant- National Marine Fisheries Service, Panama City, FL
January – March 2001
Conducted research on spawning patterns of the red porgy, Pagrus pagrus, in the Gulf of Mexico as undergraduate thesis research.


Harbor Seal Behavior Research Assistant
May 15th 2000 Elkhorn Slough, CA
Field research on harbor seals (Phoca vitulina). Involved the capture of pups to obtain biological samples as well measurements.


Marine Invertebrate Biology Research Assistant- University of California, Santa Cruz
April – June 2000
Collaborated on PISCO (Partnership for the Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans) project.
Collection of organisms at the sites and equipment maintenance and identification and quantification of organisms.


Underwater Research Assistant- NOAA, National Undersea Research Center (NURC), Key Largo, FL
July - August 1998
Conducted underwater research (using various monitors, quadrats, transects and video techniques)
Aid and dive supervisor aboard the underwater habitat, the "Aquarius."


Molecular Biology Research Assistant- Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
July - August 1996
Assisted molecular biology project using polymerase chain reactions, electrophoresis, and analysis of bacteriophage cultures.



PUBLICATIONS

Gleason, A.C.R., A. Eklund, R.P. Reid, and V. Koch (2005) Acoustic Signatures of the Seafloor: Tools for Predicting Grouper Habitat. Proceedings of the 56th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. Roadtown, Tortola, BVI.

Koch, V., Prada, M. and Kellison, T. (in press) Spawning coloration of black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci). Journal of Fish Biology.

Koch, V. and Linholm, J. (in prep.) Essential fish habitat of black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) in the upper Florida Keys.

Meltzoff, S. and Koch, V. (in press) Wild West Galapagos: fishing community angles FOR grassroots tourism. Political Anthropology.

Koch, V. and Meltzoff,S. (in prep.) The political ecology of the black grouper in the upper Florida Keys.


FILM PANELS AND CONFERENCES

2010 International Emmys Juror

2010 Miami International Film Festival attendee

2009 Green Forum (National Geographic, Americas Business Council and Poder Magazine)

2008 Wildscreen Film Festival attendee



OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Webmaster and web designer
March 2008-present
Create and design websites such as The Big Blue & You and Vero Productions

Substitute teacher- Ransom Everglades High School, Miami, FL
September 2006-present
Fill in for science teachers (physics, biology, psychology), as well as mathematics and languages.

Executive assistant- European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
September 20th-December 21st 2001
My responsibilities included report translation, reviewing, and editing; the coordination of missions; and research.


SKILLS

Diving and seamanship: PADI divemaster, nitrox certified, NOAA divemaster, boat safety course with NMFS and USCG

Acting, presenting and reporting

Computing (Mac and PC)

Languages: Fluent (speaking and writing) in English and French, conversant in Spanish, German and Luxembourgish.



ON CAMERA EXPERIENCE

Art News Network (2007) Reporter Miss Fitness interview
George and the Dragon (2001) Barmaid Tom Reeve, dir.
Octane (a.k.a. Pulse) (2001) Cashier 1 Marcus Adams, dir.

National Geographic (1998) Underwater filming “Aquarius” shoot



THEATER EXPERIENCE

Macbeth (2008), Ross, Shakespeare in the Park, C. Stovall Dir.
Midsummer Night’s Dream (’08), Titania (Lead), Shakespeare in the Garden, C. Stovall dir.
Twelfth Night (2007), Viola (Lead), Shakespeare in the Park Miami, C. Stovall dir.
Midsummer Night’s Dream (‘06), Titania (Lead), Shakespeare in the Park Miami, C. Stovall dir.
Romeo and Juliet (2006), Prince, Shakespeare in the Park Miami, C. Stovall dir.
Taming of the Shrew (2005), Bianca, Shakespeare in the Park Miami, C. Stovall dir.
Stepping Out (1997), Dorothy (Lead), Fiona Gaultier dir.
Hard Times (1996), Louisa (Lead), John Lane, dir.



TRAINING

Storytelling: Claudia Meyer
Video Editing: Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere
Underwater videography: John Ruthven
Presenting: Michaela Strachan
Researching: Laura Harvey
Improvisation: Gerald Owens, Laughing Gas
Screen Acting: Screen Acting Society, University of Stirling
Stunt Training: On set of “Pulse”
Sword fighting: Chessmasters, Heroes for Hire
Tango dancing: Best of Dance