Quick Resume

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Completed Master’s Degree in Environmental Science with five years of experience in microbiology and chemistry research. Achieved leadership positions in business and science-based organizations. A creative and avid communicator of science to the public. Innovative, resourceful and well rounded.


Topics: Microbiology | Environmental Science | Environmental Activism | Water Issues | Ecotoxicology | Air Pollution | Nuclear Waste | Alternative Energy | Chemistry | Immunity | Environmental Art

Transferable Skills: Journalism | Technical Writing | Research | Project Management | Marketing Leadership & Innovation| Art & Illustration | Infographics | Teaching | Social Media | Event Planning

Software: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel PowerPoint, Access, Outlook) | Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) | SAS | C programming

Languages: English (Native) | Spanish (Intermediate) | German (A1.2, Goethe Institut)



2016:     Cassandra Rauert, Tom Harner*, Jasmin K. Schuster, Karen Quinto, et al. Towards a regional passive air sampling network and strategy for new POPs in the GRULAC region: Perspectives from the GAPS Network and first results for Organophosphorus flame retardants. Science of the Total Environment. E-pub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.06.229


2014:    Karen Quinto and Jessica Machado. Leadership in an Organizational Setting. Influents 8, 18-19.

2013:  Karen Quinto. The Outfall of Decisions. Influents 8, 20-22.



University of Toronto | City-wide atmospheric mercury sampling study of the GTA supported by NSERC

Centre for Urban Energy | Microbial Fuel Cell prototype design with focus on optimization of wastewater effluent type

Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority | Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) Student Design Competition for the upgrade of the Colony Trail Storm Water Management Pond in the East Holland sub-watershed

ENACTUS | An EnRoot project building vertical gardens for urban agriculture with focus on entrepreneurship



Environment Canada |  Research Support Chemist, Hazardous Air Pollutants

University of Toronto | Research Assistant, Environmental Geomicrobiology

Ryerson University | Research Assistant, Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Ecology

Region of Peel | Municipal Water Quality and Compliance Program / Source Water Protection Program Assistant

Benevito Foods Inc. | Quality Control Technician/ Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Operator                

Ryerson University |  Research Assistant, Environmental Ecology



Freelance visual work:

FroggaBio | 7′ x 4′ logo painting for office lobby

FroggaBio | flyer layout design work

Wolfaardt Lab | science illustrations for journal publication

Ryerson Urban Water | concept diagrams for financial grant


Lake Resedimentation (diagram)

Freelance journalism work:

Valeant Pharmaceuticals | assistant editor and writer for science-based online content and press releases

EyeOpener | section editor and content writer