Ruben D. Zamora, M.S.
Education
B.S. Biology University of Texas-Pan American 1997

M.S. Biology University of Texas-Pan American 2009

Thesis Topic:
Population ecology and reproductive biology of the diamondback
watersnake (
Nerodia rhombifer) in southernmost Texas.
Advisor: Frank W. Judd

Texas SBEC Certifications
Secondary Science Composite, Grades 6 -12

Physics/Mathematics, Grades 8 -12

Areas of Interest
Science education, curriculum development, math-science integration, interpretation
of natural history, vertebrate ecology, ornithology, herpetology, conservation biology
environmental issues, general science, data modeling.

Skills
Science Education: Interpretation of scientific information, lesson planning and
delivery, application of 5E lesson cycle, lesson creation and development, laboratory
prep and laboratory activity creation and development, formative and summative
assessments, analysis of disaggregated student performance data

Wildlife Identification: Birds, herps, mammals, and other taxa

Natural History Interpretation: Program development and program delivery, field
multimedia, spontaneous, writing

Plant and Animal Sampling: Point counts, mark-recapture, banding, transects
quadrats, live trapping, radio telemetry, drift fence

Population and Community Analyses: Abundance indices, survivorship, importance
similarity, diversity

Experimental Design and Data Analysis

Office and Data Analysis Software: Microsoft Office Suite, SPSS, Minitab

Technical and Popular Writing

Work Experience

Teacher Nov 2013-Present Science Department, B.L. Garza Middle School,
Edinburg, TX

Teacher Aug 2013-Nov 2013 Science Department, PSJA Southwest Early College
High School, Pharr, Texas

Teacher 2007-2013 Science Department, Edinburg North High School, Edinburg,
Texas

Teacher 2006-2007 Science Department, Business, Education, and Technology
Academy (BETA), Edinburg, Texas

Natural Resource Specialist (Biologist) Jan 2005-Aug 2006 Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department, Weslaco, Texas

Teacher 2002-2005 Science Department, South Texas High School for Health
Professions, Mercedes, Texas

Teacher 2000-2002 Science Department, Edinburg North High School, Edinburg,
Texas

Teacher 1999-2000 Science Department, Kenneth White Middle School, Mission,
Texas

Teaching Assistant 1996-1999 Department of Biology, University of Texas-Pan
American, Edinburg, Texas

Research Assistant 1998 Department of Biology, University of Texas-Pan American,
Edinburg, Texas

Biological Technician 1994-1996 AmeriCorps Volunteer with the United States Fish &
Wildlife Service, Alamo, Texas

College Tutor 1994 Teacher Academy, Edinburg Texas

Publications
Zamora, R. D. and P. Valadez. 2007. Nerodia rhombifer (diamond-backed
watersnake). Courtship and diet. Herpetological Review 38:468-469.

In Preparation Zamora, R. D. Predation on a buff-bellied hummingbird (Amazilia
yucatanensis
) by a great kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus).

In Preparation Zamora, R. D. Population ecology and reproductive biology of the
diamondback watersnake (
Nerodia rhombifer) in southernmost Texas.

In Progress Zamora, R. D. Predictors of student performance in physics courses at
Edinburg North High School.

Memberships
Association of Field Ornithologists
National Science Teachers Association
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Southwestern Association of Naturalists
Texas Ornithological Society
Wilson Ornithological Society

Presentations
2005 Flying WILD curriculum guide and outdoor classroom opportunities at Estero
Llano Grande State Park. Workshop to Area School District Science Coordinators

2005 Comparison of avian communities in forested and open habitats at Estero Llano
Grande State Park. Seminar. University of Texas-Pan American

2005 Project WILD: Integration of math and science. Weslaco I.S.D. High School Math
and Science Departments

2006 Population ecology and reproductive biology of
Nerodia rhombifer from extreme
south Texas: preliminary results. Seminar. UTPA Biology Department

2006 Natural history of Estero Llano Grade State Park. Weslaco Rotary Club, Texas

2006 Conservation at Estero Llano Grande State Park. Weslaco Literary Club and
Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club, Texas

2006 Using bioenergetic models to assess avian risks associated with windfarm
development on the upper Texas coast. Animal Bioenergetics Class, University of
Texas-Pan American

2006 Critters of Estero Llano Grande State Park. Sharyland Middle School, Mission
Texas

2006 Components of Harwell Middle School’s wetland ecosystem. Harwell Middle
School, Edinburg, Texas

2007 Evaluation of a web-published protocol for using raisins as a model for osmosis
BETA Science Department

2007 A proposal to study the winter ecology of the vermilion flycatcher,
Pyrocephalus
rubinus
, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Seminar. University of Texas-Pan
American Biology Department

2007 Integrating curricula: Calorimetry and basic data modeling, applications of
Algebra I in physical sciences. South Texas I.S.D. Science and Math Departments

2007 From barnyard animals to wildlife warriors: reflections on a reconnection with
nature by seventh graders. (Narrated Video Slide Show) BETA and South Texas I.S.
D. Administrators.

2007 Size and growth in
Nerodia rhombifer (Serpentes: Colubridae) from the Rio
Grande delta. Seminar. University of Texas-Pan American Biology Department

Courses Taught
Advanced Placement Biology (Grades 11-12)
Advanced Placement Chemistry (Grades 11-12)
Advanced Placement Environmental Science (Grades 11-12)
Advanced Placement Statistics (Grades 11-12)
Biology I (Grade 9)
Chemistry I (Regular and PreAP, Grade 10)
General Biology II Laboratory (College)
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (College)
Integrated Physics and Chemistry (Grade 9)
Integrated Science (Grade 7)
Physics I (Regular and PreAP, Grades 11-12)
Principles of Technology I (Grades 11-12)
Scientific Research and Design (Grades 11-12)
Science Department
Edinburg High School
2600 E. Wisconsin Rd.
Edinburg, TX 78542
phone: 956-289-2400 (work) / 956-369-4744 (cell/voice)
email: ru.zamora@ecisd.us (work) / rdzamora72@gmail.com (home)