John McCoy

Biography

EDUCATION

M.S., Biology, Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe), 1981
Thesis: A Preliminary Vascular Survey of East Caroll Parish, Louisiana

BACKGROUND

Biologist,  1991 - present for the National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA 70506

Laboratory Manager, 1982 - 1991 Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe  LA 71201

Managed biology and chemistry laboratories. Duties included chemical and equipment invetories, procurement, budget management, oversee and maintain scientific equipment, manage interns (~8), manage chemical stockroom, oversee and manage Material Safety Data Sheet inventory, and assist students/graduates with research or course work. During this time developed a solid knowledge base of microscopes, electronic physiographs, electronic balances, pH meters, and other analytical equipment common to teaching laboratories. Other duties included working with analytical equipment such spectrometeres and scanning electron microscopes. Time was spent developing new methods for biological collections management including managing databases on mainframe computers and eventually migritating these to 'personal' desktop computers. This involved translating and programming from one system to another. Innovative methods for printing herbarium labels as well as helping develop technology to integrate paper database range maps into electronic range maps of plants. Developing new technology for implementing plant databases continues today. Duties have always involved managing and overseeing people in laboratory situations. This has helpe to develop a strong sense of understaing of what is required for laboratory safety and implementing safe practices in laboratory environments. Chemical safety is a primary responsibility by managing and using chemicals through time extensive knowledge about how to safely work with and prepare for situations such as spills or exposure.