Christopher Thawley


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PO Box 5889

Davidson NC 28035


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  • Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina 2000-present

Double Majoring in Biology and Art

Art major:  GPA 3.88,  Emphasis on Italian Renaissance studies

Biology major: GPA 3.68, Emphasis on Organismal level studies

  • Penncrest High School, Media, Pennsylvania, 1996-2000


Additional Academic experience
  • School for Field Studies, Costa Rica Studied Abroad

Spring 2002

  • Cornell University in Rome

Fall 2002

  • Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Agricultural Sciences,

Summer 1999



  • Davidson Biology courses include: Cell Biology, Vertebrate Field Zoology, Ecology, Animal Physiology, Botany, Reptile and Amphibian Conservation, and BioStatistics
  • School for Field Studies courses include: Tropical Ecology, Principles of Natural Resource Management, and a Directed Research course


Research Experience


  • Research Experience for Undergraduates: Summer 2003, Eastern Illinois University, Dr. Steve Mullin; researched behavioral responses of wild caught Xenopus laevis to differential cues predators and conspecifics


  • Directed Research:  April 2002, School for Field Studies Costa Rica, Dr. Gerardo Avalos; investigated effects of naturally occurring volcanic pollution on tropical freshwater macroinvertebrate communities in two national parks


  • Internship:  June 2001-January 2003, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania; assisted in conducting clinical drug trials in the cardiovascular therapeutic area for FDA approval


  • Research Internship:  Summer 1999, Pennsylvania State University, Plant Pathology Laboratory, Dr. David Beyer; researched growth of soil microorganisms in mushroom compost substrate and their effects on A bisporus


  • Park Internship: Summer 1998, Ridley Creek State Park, Under the direction of Park Manager, John Graham, performed a comprehensive surface water survey of the entire Ridley Creek watershed within the park boundaries




  • John Calvin Dye Scholarship – Davidson Academic - 2000 to present


  • Boyd Calhoun Hipp Scholarship – Davidson Academic - 2000 to present


  • Canon Envirothon - Green Earth Campaign – Scholarship – 2000


  • National Merit Scholarship – 2000


Awards and Achievements


  • Member of 2000 National Envirothon Championship Team
  • Presidential Scholar Semi-finalist 2000
  • Awarded 3 Conservation Awards by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  • Winner of Keystone Award for Best Fiction Writing in Pennsylvania, 2000




  • Davidson Club Ultimate Frisbee team, captain 2003-2004, member, 2000-2004
  • Member of Davidson College Concert Committee, 2000-2004
  • Employed by Davidson College Central Services
  • Member of Davidson College Environmental Action Coalition (EAC)
  • Participant in Alternative Breaks service program


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