... was brought up in Peru where he developed a passion for learning about science, the environment, and technology; teaching about science and technology; and traveling to remote and exotic places like the Amazon Rainforest and the seldom visited Andean forests. José earned his B.S. degree in Biology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Environmental Quality Management from UNALM in Peru. He then moved to the US and completed his M.S. in Ecology, and Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Missouri. José used to work as a high school science teacher in Peru. This path led him into what he believes is one of the most humble and rewarding experiences he's had 'serving and guiding people towards accomplishing their personal and professional goals'. His interests lie in the intersection of life science, technology, science education, and sharing experiences through international collaborations. [Home]
... received her MAT from Miami University and her undergraduate degree in biology from Metropolitan State University in Denver Colorado. She worked as a paramedic for 6 years in Denver's inner city neighborhoods until switching direction and going into education. She has taught in both formal and informal classrooms. She is currently the Science Inquiry Programs Coordinator at the Denver Zoo. Now she creates conservation education programming for middle and high school students, teachers, and other informal groups. She is interested in developing more and better ways to use inquiry to connect kids to nature and engaging underserved audiences in environmental education. Outside of work, Alicia lives with her husband and two kids and breaks up the chaos with camping trips, hiking, reading and small chunks of quiet time.
…teaches in the BS and MA degree programs in science education at Northern Arizona University. A former newspaper editor, she has served as a high school teacher and school administrator, and has taught in the education programs at Willamette University and Oregon State University. Her commitment to wildlife conservation led her to volunteer for the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, where she used her publishing experience to produce educational materials for local farmers and teachers. She has traveled throughout southern Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. When not traveling or working, she can be found exploring the high desert of the southwest with her husband and two young daughters.
... is a high school biology teacher from Washington State. As a child, she grew up wandering the woods, fishing and swimming the lakes and exploring the beaches of New Jersey. These early experiences fostered a deep connection with nature. Amy earned a BS degree in wildlife management and a certificate in teaching from Rutgers University and an MA degree in teaching from Miami University Global Field Program. She strongly believes in experiential learning and has led field courses to Hawaii and the Olympic peninsula for high school students. Solo traveling is her greatest passion and she loves to camp, hike, swim and explore nature with her family.
... was a graduate student at Miami University working on her master’s in Environmental Sciences, and a graduate student at Project Dragonfly. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Northern Kentucky University; while an undergraduate she spent two summers in the mountains of New Mexico analyzing various physiological and reproductive behaviors in several species of cicadas. Amy has also had extensive laboratory experience analyzing various molecular and microbial characteristics of several pathogenic fungi and yeast strains while working as a research assistant at the University of Cincinnati. She has also worked as an instructor for the Nocturnal Adventure’s Program at the Cincinnati Zoo, teaching children about animal adaptations. She believes that environmental education is an effective way of reaching people and inspiring them to contribute in their own way to improving our world.
... is a Bolivian Ecologist. She interested in plant-animal interactions, experimental design, conservation, population biology, and teaching life sciences. Andrea has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level, in both Bolivia and United States. She has also taught several field-based courses. Andrea has done research in the tropical savannas, the neo-tropical rainforests, and the Pre-puna - a high altitude semi-arid environment. She is currently and associate researcher at the Institute of Ecology in La Paz Bolivia. Andrea completed her B.S. in Unviersidad Mayor de San Andres, her M.S. in Biology and her Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.
.... received his Ph.D in tropical biology from the University of Miami (Coral Gables). He is an expert on rainforest ecology, particularly in Papua New Guinea. There he lived for about 15 years and built a research station and ran a program that mentored national students. He helped create the PNG Institute of Biological Research (http://www.pngibr.org) along with a team of national scientists, most of whom were his former students. He has taught field biology courses in PNG since 1996 and is most proud that now his former students sometimes employ him to help them teach. Andrew has more than fifty publications, mostly relating to birds (particularly cassowaries) and conservation. He is a life member of the Society for Conservation Biology, an Elective Fellow of the American Ornithologists Union, and an associate editor of Pacific Conservation Biology. He has also done fieldwork in other rainforests, particularly Costa Rica, Malaysia, and Indonesia and has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation International. He is committed to building conservation capacity in developing nations and helped create and organization that does this (http://www.greencapacity.org). He currently lives on and is restoring a small tree farm in western Pennsylvania.
... is a graduate research associate in the Department of Conservation & Science at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University. As part of his undergraduate and master's work Austin studied at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute where he conducted research on chimpanzee social behavior and cognition. Currently, at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Austin is working on his dissertation, which is focused on behavioral and hormonal measures of social bonding in male gorillas, and he runs the Primate Touchscreen Cognition Program that evaluates the cognitive abilities of the Zoo's diverse primate collection. He is also a mentor for the Memoirs Program, a collaborative effort between CMZ and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, that provides University of Rwanda students the opportunity to conduct research at the Karisoke Research Center.
... is a graduate assistant for Project Dragonfly. Prior to enrolling as a Master's student in Miami University's Institute of Environmental Sciences in 2006, Becky worked as a Conservation Organizer for the Sierra Club in Cincinnati. As a grassroots organizer, she worked closely with citizens and politicians to build awareness and support for local environmental issues. Becky attended Northern Kentucky University where she received B. s. degrees in Biology and Psychology. Her specialization in undergraduate research involved a two-year in-depth study of Caribbean coral reef ecology, conducting a bio-inventory of Glover's Reef Marine Reserve (Belize, C. A.), and using spatial predictions of coral reef community diversity to assess the efficacy of the marine reserve. She also assisted the Belize Department of Fisheries with the monitoring of harvested benthic species.
…is a secondary science teacher at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School in St. Louis, MO. For the past five years, he has developed and taught environmental science and sustainability courses in an effort to promote students’ understanding of the interrelatedness of society, the economy, and the environment. Ben received his master’s degree in Biology (focus on Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics) from the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he studied the population genetic structure of the endangered Galápagos penguin. As a graduate student, he fell in love with teaching as part of a National Science Foundation GK-12 grant that placed him in a public high school with the aim to improve science literacy and connect researchers to students. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from St. Norbert College.
... was a member of the Project Dragonfly team and a graduate student in Miami University's Institute of Environmental Sciences. His involvement with Dragonfly started in 2003 when he began work as the Manager of Outreach and Technology. He continues to grow with Dragonfly as a graduate assistant developing and implementing the Earth Expeditions program. In addition, he occasionally works as a part-time educator at the Cincinnati Zoo. Brad has conducted research in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Curacao, Ohio, Oklahoma, Colorado, California, Namibia, and southern Florida. He believes that the role of education is not to teach people what they do not know; it is to teach them to behave as they do not behave. When not laboring in the field, at Dragonfly, or at school he usually ends up thinking about all the laboring he should be doing in the field, at Dragonfly, or at school ... that ... or making pottery.
... recently graduated with her M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, and is currently teaching Biology in the Age of Technology (BAT) for Dragonfly and Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences at the University of Florida. She is also working for St. John's Water Management to update the Florida Agricultural Lands GIS database. Prior to attending the University of Florida, she worked in the Great Basin trapping small mammals and volunteered for Saguaro National Park and Arizona Game & Fish doing wildlife surveys. She earned her BS in Biology from the University of Akron where she was a member of the varsity swim team and volunteered in the lab of Dr. Ron Salisbury researching innate hypertension in SHR-Y rats.
... is the Wild Research Project Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where she works on a National Science Foundation grant focused on creating more engaging environments at zoo exhibits. Here, Caitlin is excited to create spaces where families learn together, exploring science and conservation, and moving from passive spectators to active investigators. Caitlin also has a passion for the outdoors. Working at Joy Outdoor Education Center in Clarksville Ohio, Caitlin held several education positions. With 315 acres of natural classroom to explore, she taught natural history classes, led high and low ropes courses, facilitated corporate team-building exercises, and even portrayed characters in an outdoor living history experience focused on the Underground Railroad. Helping people 'jump' out of their comfort zone (sometimes literally) while sharing excitement for the natural world with children and adults alike was her favorite aspect of experiential education. With a background in video and film production, Caitlin also teaches dance, specializing in the Lindy Hop. She enjoys hiking, biking, reading, climbing, searching for salamanders, and spending time with her family, especially her 10 nieces and nephews.
... is a Curator of Curriculum Development at the New York Botanical Garden, she creates, evaluates and disseminates K – 12 plant science and conservation curricula for global, national and local dissemination. Dr. Colon holds a BA in Biology, an MA in Environmental Conservation Education and a Ph.D. in Ecology. She conducted her Masters' thesis on environmental education in Belize, and her dissertation as a Fulbright scholar on the impact of logging on wildlife in Borneo. Prior to this she was secondary instructor in Education at the Bronx Zoo and a research fellow and consultant in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia for the Wildlife Conservation Society. She is also an avid writer, and has authored, contributed to and/or been featured in a variety of scientific and popular publications, including travel guides, children’s books and educational videos. She remains active in the local small mammal research community working with students, volunteers and small non profits.
... is a Curator of Education at the Detroit Zoological Society, overseeing youth programs, educator professional development and the international conservation program in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. She was a member of the first graduating class in 2011 after visiting Baja, Belize and Trinidad. Claire also holds a bachelors in Elementary Education and is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician in the state of Michigan.
… is Associate Curator of Conservation and Research at North Carolina Zoo. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University where she studied African vulture biology and conservation. Her passion for conservation and education have taken her all over the world, and she has worked with several different organizations including Columbia University, Bronx Zoo, American Museum of Natural History, and Houston Zoo in both teaching and research capacities. Her current position allows her to continue conservation work on vultures in Tanzania, oversee a conservation education program in Uganda, use technology to improve anti-poaching efforts, work with undergraduates conducting studies at the zoo, and to teach master’s students at Miami University.
... received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Master of Science degree in Primate Conservation Biology from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England. Corrin’s master’s research focused on evaluation and modification of a conservation education program designed for children aged 8 - 12 throughout Bangladesh. Corrin is now the Conservation Education Research Coordinator in the Conservation Education Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Her primary duties at this facility include developing, implementing, and evaluating conservation education and outreach materials for audiences ranging from students, to teachers, to donors, and practitioners. Corrin also conducts research and facilitates in-situ conservation education initiatives for San Diego Zoo Global in Vietnam, Baja California, Mexico, Malaysia, and soon in Cameroon, Africa. Corrin’s most recent focus is on the development of sustainable alternative livelihoods, conscious consumerism, and conservation psychology. Corrin also found Primate Connections in 2009, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping grassroots primate conservation organizations grow.
...is the Graduate Program Manager at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Cory earned BS and MS degrees in Ecology from the University of Georgia, where he specialized in Mammalogy. He then moved to Cincinnati, and received his PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati, specializing in the ecology of herbivores and invasive plants. Cory's research interests focus mainly on plant-animal interactions, particularly as they apply to restoration of sensitive habitats, including Longleaf Pine savannas in his native Georgia. His fondness for all things natural and his willingness to get incredibly muddy comes from spending most of his childhood running through the hills and streams of the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills where he was raised. In his downtime, you can usually find him running, traipsing around in the woods, or eating cupcakes. He speaks French very poorly, but loves traveling and has a stunning personality.
... knew, after teaching in Seoul, South Korea for six years, that it was time to reconnect with the things that were most important to her - informal education and the outdoors. Her experience in the Global Field Program gave her the opportunity to do just that. Now as the Program Operations Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, she is able to use inquiry in her daily life, inspiring children and adults to become conservation leaders in their community. She is ready to take inquiry from a local to a global perspective as an online facilitator as well as leading Earth Expeditions for Project Dragonfly!
... is a chemistry and Earth science teacher at Billings Senior High School in Billings, Montana. Craig grew up chasing fish and game in the mountains of Montana where he gained an appreciation for nature at a young age, and he continues to share his passion for the outdoors with young people. Recently he joined an expedition to the Summit of Greenland's Ice Sheet where he collected atmospheric samples and data for climate research. He received a B.S. in Biology and Broadfield Science as well as a teaching certificate from Montana State University. He has traveled to Mongolia, Namibia and Borneo with Earth Expeditions and recently completed his M.A. in Zoology from Miami University's Global Field Program.
… received her Ph.D. in Zoology/Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior at Michigan State University. Her research focused on the cognitive abilities of honeybees and several corvid species (jays, magpies, and Nutcrackers). In addition to her expertise in animal behavior, Cynthia has diverse experience in science education that includes teaching K-6 general science, high school biology, and several collegiate courses. In teaching a Field Animal Behavior course and a writing intensive Biology and Society course, she has developed a strong interest in open-inquiry activities, field-based experiences, and writing to learn approaches- key elements of Earth Expeditions courses. Cynthia now works with national programs and initiatives to improve biology education; she recently completed two Science & Technology Policy Fellowships where she worked on programs and initiatives in biology, climate change, and sustainability education at the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education and the National Academy of Sciences.
... is a faculty member at the Northern Kentucky University Center for Applied Ecology. As a graduate of Miami University's Institute of Environmental Sciences, Devin has over 6 years of experience working in the environmental field. He works as project manager for many community projects, providing ecological services to local non-profit organizations, governments, and businesses. Devin also coordinates, trains, and manages student interns. As a graduate student he worked for Project Dragonfly, and fell in love with environmental education. When he has free time, Devin can be found outside exploring.
... is quite at home ... or in her field of expertise…well, after just slipping into a high mountain bog in Costa Rica. She believes there’s no better place to be than in the water, whether swimming, studying, or just having a cool refreshing dip! Donna finished a doctorate in zoology just last year at Miami University, working in the area of human impact on streams and stream organisms. She is interested in watershed ecological relationships and environmental education. During her stay at Miami she was a student in the first Miami-sponsored Belize workshop for teachers, and later jumped at the opportunity to teach the course every summer. She has been a teacher since 1975, working in public schools, YMCA, Cincinnati Zoo, and university settings, but the outdoor field experience is her love and specialty. She is teaching this year at Thomas More College in northern Kentucky, but hopes to find a position that will be more inline with her outdoor and stream interests and experience. Her older son followed her into the field of aquatic ecology, and her younger son is a junior at Oakland College in Michigan.
...is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Westminster College in Missouri and teaches courses in Biodiversity and Conservation. He was a high school Science Teacher (Chemistry, Physics, and Biology) for 11 years at a British School in Lima and also taught International Baccalaurette UL/SL Biology and Chemistry during this time. Enrique also enjoys teaching field courses in the Amazon Rainforest. He was Advisor to the Peruvian Ministry of Education and the Universidad Catolica del Peru for 3 years. Enrique has been involved in research efforts related to the Nature of Science and Science Educator's Professional Development. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Science Education at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Enrique finished his B.S. in Cell Biology at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, and his M.A. in Education at the University of Bath.
... Felice was the Manager of Digital Technology at Project Dragonfly at Miami University. Before joining Dragonfly Felice worked as a computer programmer at Miami University and in the corporate world. Felice has taught numerous courses for the Department of Computer Science at Miami. During the 1990s, before her technology career began, Felice worked as a language teacher abroad and in the United States. She has a BA degree in Anthropology and Masters degrees in Chinese and Computer Science.
... has been a high school science teacher since he graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1986. He has been teaching at the Zoo Academy since 1996, an incredible program where juniors and seniors take intense college preparatory classes and spend 2 hours every day working with the keepers at the Zoo. He received a Master's in Science Teaching from Miami University in 1996 and promptly started teaching in the MAT program. Glen was a student, then a course facilitator the following year, on the Costa Rica Earth Expedition.
... is the On-Site School Programs Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. A native of the northwest, Heather received her B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife with an option in Wildlife Education from Oregon State University. She has since traveled extensively throughout the U.S. working at zoos, nature centers, residential programs and environmental conservation organizations. Each experience has contributed to the mosaic of her ever-growing understanding of environmental education. She joined the Zoo in the fall of 2010 and looks forward to exploring more of Cincinnati and the Midwest.
... is Director of the Conservation Education Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. With his energetic team of top-flight educators, he helps enhance the success and sustainability of the conservation projects conducted by San Diego Zoo global researchers by ensuring public participation and support. He and his staff help popularize conservation success stories through local and national education and outreach efforts, online campaigns, and local conservation education efforts for the 120+ field conservation projects that SDZG does in 35+ countries around the world. James is an insect community ecologist with research and teaching interests in reducing the negative effects of human activities on biodiversity through conservation education. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Kansas. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vermont, a Samuel Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and finally a researcher and professor at Columbia University for 14 years before coming to SDZG in 2011. James is also fluent in Spanish, conversant in Portuguese, and has travel language abilities in French, Italian, and German. He is yoga teacher as well as an accomplished triathlete and ultramarathoner and as such is often thought of as slightly unhinged. Of the seven instruments he plays poorly, the ukulele is his favorite, mainly because it translates as jumping flea.
… has been with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden since 1979 when her family moved to Cincinnati from Bryan, Texas. Jan received her Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University and her Master’s of Education from the University of Florida. She’s taught school in Florida, Ohio, and Texas. Jan volunteered at the Zoo until she found her niche in the Education Department where she has been on staff since 1984. As School Services Coordinator and Animal Handling Instructor, Jan is able to combine the two things she enjoys most – working with children and introducing them to the animals that share Planet Earth. Jan is a certified trainer with the National Association of Interpretation and has been able to travel to such interesting places as Canada, Europe, Africa, and Central and South America. Jan and her husband live in West Chester, Ohio, but spend as much time as possible in Maryland with their two young grandsons.
... was a student on the Earth Expeditions trip to Trinidad in 2004. She received her BS degree in Biology at Westminster College of Salt Lake City in 1992. Having worked for 3 years as the Education Manager at Tracy Aviary, Jen now coordinates the education program at HawkWatch International, an organization that monitors migratory raptors across eleven States. She is also working on her MS degree at the Univeristy of Utah, due to be completed in Spring of 2006. Her thesis will explore the importance of affect in learning, investigating the effect of education outreach programs on Sense of Wonder in upper grade-school children.
... is the herpetology Collection Manager at the University of Oklahoma's Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. She works behind the scenes organizing and managing more than 50,000 amphibian and reptile specimens. Prior to this, Jessa was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Earlham College - where she taught Biodiversity, Evolutionary Biology, General Ecology, Population Biology and Community Ecology. She also taught High School Biology in Pensylvannia. Jessa completed her B.A. in Biology at Earlham College, and her M.S. in Zoology at the University of Hampshire. Jessa enjoys the outdoors, and her experiences in Galapagos, and Kenya had been instrumental in her developing a passion for experiential learning, field work, teaching and research.
... is the Director of Education at the National Aquarium. Joe holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from Montclair State University in New Jersey. He joined the National Aquarium in 2001 and has over 25 years of experience in environmental education through the nonprofit and public sectors. He oversees staff and programs serving schools, teachers, youth and community education in both formal and informal settings. His background includes hands-on instruction, curriculum and educational website development, administering grant funds and leading residential programs designed to connect youth with conservation and the environmental sciences. He is an avid birdwatcher and enjoys camping and backpacking with his family and friends.
…is a seven-year veteran of the teaching profession, focusing much of his career in middle school science. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Akron and a Master of Arts in Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College. Joe spends much of his time in the classroom implementing inquiry-based science and action research with his students. Outside the classroom, Joe is involved with his district's Energy Task Force, Math Visionary Team, and Business Advisory Council. He has had the opportunity to work at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic in the Office of Civic Education Initiatives with their Innovative Scholar Program in the area of spine research and rehabilitation. In addition to his involvement with Earth Expeditions in Costa Rica and Belize, Joe has also had the opportunity to travel to parts of Europe and Northern Africa.
...is a Graduate Assistant for Project Dragonfly and a graduate student at Miami University's Institute of Environmental Sciences, where he is concentrating on natural sciences. Before coming to Miami, he worked at the Alaska SeaLife Center and gained exposure to a number of avian species, predominantly a population of Eiders on site for research. As a Graduate Assistant, Jonathan has worked in multiple facets, including data collection for the Wild Research project and as a Teaching Assistant for Zoo Expeditions and Earth Expeditions courses.
...is the Program Coordinator for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Nocturnal Adventures Program. She manages overnight programs for the general public and schools and teaches as a facilitator for Miami University's Earth Expeditions. Kate received her B. A. in Education with an emphasis in experiential education from Prescott College in Arizona. She has escorted trips for the Zoo to Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Trinidad, and Belize in addition to traveling and studying extensively on her own. Kate came to the Zoo from a background that focused on environmental and experiential education. She draws on this reservoir of knowledge daily while teaching, writing curriculum, traveling and hiring/supervising Zoo employees. Kate feels fortunate that her experience allows her to stay committed to the Cincinnati Zoo's overall mission, Adventure, Conservation and Education.
... is Professor of Biology at Hope College in Michigan. Her research interests involve the ecology of tropical and temperate birds that exploit disturbed habitats and interactions between seed-dispersing animals and invasive plants. She has conducted ecological research in Monteverde, Costa Rica since 1981 and loves to explore new places. Kathy is a former Chair of the Education Section of the Ecological Society of America, has served on ESA's Education Committee, and has played an active role in numerous programs at the national, state, and local level to link college and K-12 teachers in the improvement of science education. Kathy is an inquiry specialist and contributing editor for Project Dragonfly. She and her biologist husband, K. Greg Murray, have two teenage sons.
… works as the Science and Conservation Education Supervisor in the Education Department at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where she provides professional development for formal and informal educators; supervises on-site and outreach school, afterschool and summer learning programs; and facilitates programs that engage these audiences in wildlife conservation. Katie is a huge believer in the potential of international experiential learning to foster a sustainable global community! She spent a year in Iceland as an exchange student, and then received a degree in biology and a minor in African studies from Colorado College (with two semesters of study abroad in east and southern Africa). She completed her M.Sc. degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Management through Imperial College London.
... is the School Programs and Educator Professional Development Coordinator at Woodland Park Zoo, where she develops and oversees the implementation of inquiry-based programming for K-12 students and educators. She graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, and completed her Master of Arts in Zoology through Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Program through which she traveled to Baja, Guyana, and Borneo. Kelly is an avid wildlife tracker, and for several years has used her skills to help determine movement patterns of animals along the I-90 corridor of Washington as part of a citizen science monitoring project. Fascinated by the aspects of inquiry and connections to place that involvement in citizen science projects foster, this became a major focus of Kelly’s work in the Global Field Program.
... Born and raised in Belize, Kevin has known manatees all of his life. He grew up watching manatee outside of his home, Gales Point Manatee, which was named after the marine mammal. Kevin works for Wildlife Trust, where he splits his time between researching tracked manatees and finding creative ways to protect sea turtle nests from predation. To keep coastal Belizeans informed of manatee research tracking, Kevin visits fishing villages all along the coast of Belize to explain the manatee tracking process, what transmitters looks like, and how they operate. Kevin is the youngest member of his village council and an active voice for manatee conservation in his village. He is also the chairman of the Gales Point Manatee Tour Guides Cooperative.
... Kristen Lucia is a doctoral graduate student in the Department of Zoology at Miami University. She received her B. s. in Biology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where she studied the physiological and behavioral changes caused by a decline in diet quality in white-footed mice. Her master's research focused on why prairie vole offspring delay dispersal and remain at the natal nest beyond the age of maturation, evaluating both ecological and biological influences. Kristen is now working on her doctorate, continuing her study of prairie vole behavior. Bit by the teaching bug many years ago when she first began teaching for Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, Kristen hopes to continue to find the balance between teaching and research, so she can further her love for science and the outdoors while sharing that passion with others.
...is passionate about conscious living and the relationships that people have with society and the natural environment. Kristin is a recent graduate from the Global Field Program and traveled to Belize, Mongolia, and Guyana with Earth Expeditions. She has been an avid international traveler for over ten years, and enjoys learning about the many different aspects of culture and society. Kristin works in human services, coaching, and leadership in her home in Edmonton, Canada.
… is the environmental educator for grades K-12 at Wildwood Environmental Academy in Maumee, Ohio and a course facilitator for Project Dragonfly’s Earth Expeditions. She is leads the school’s environmental education activities by implementing programs that reveal conservation messages. Laura is a 2015 National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, which sent her on an expedition to the Arctic Svalbard. Laura earned her M.A.T. from Miami University’s Global Field Program in 2011 and her B.S. in Education from Ohio University. Laura strives to use her life experiences to motivate others to connect with nature. In her spare time, she enjoys running, gardening, yoga, coaching, and camping.
... teaches biology at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.S. in marine science from the University of South Carolina, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She conducted her doctoral fieldwork in Curacao where her research focused on coral reef ecology, specifically factors affecting the resilience of reefs and the recovery of a keystone grazer. Liz is an avid scuba diver and is certified as a rescue diver.
... is the Youth Program Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden where she can be found developing and teaching curriculum designed to awaken wonder and awe in children who are the country's future leaders. What do salamanders, a crazy college professor, and a summer job at a state reservoir in Indiana have in common? They were all factors that led her to the field of environmental education. With nine years of experience, Mary has gained interpretive experience in the county, state, and federal park systems. In her spare time, Mary enjoys inline skating, playing the piano, trying to learn to identify songbirds, and still going on the occasional salamander hunt.
... is the Senior Research Assistant and Education Officer of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) where he assists with ongoing ecological research and the bush encroachment program. Matti is responsible for training student interns from Namibian universities and coordinates environmental education and outreach programs at CCF. Matti has seven years' experience in field surveys, conducting interviews, baseline vegetation surveys, and holds a National Diploma in Natural Resource Management. In 2006, Matti was named a Conservation Hero by the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund for his outstanding commitment to environmental education in Namibia and the important contributions he has made researching cheetahs and their habitats. To top it all off, Matti is fluent in five Namibian languages, and is a joy to work with and know.
... was a Project Assistant at Project Dragonfly. She studied Philosophy, Linguistics, and English at Ohio State, and earned a Master's Degree in American Literature at Miami University in 2004. She has taught writing and literature on the college level, and is interested in the intersection of cultural, environmental, and psychological issues.
… is the Education Program Manager at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. She manages the operational and programmatic aspects of the Zoo’s public education programs and Nocturnal Adventure overnights. In 2005 Melinda received her BA from DePauw University with a major in Political Science and minor in Biology. She is currently earning her MA in Zoology through GFP . She has co-facilitated Earth Expeditions in Baja and Kenya. Since childhood growing up on her family's farm, Melinda has always had a passion for wildlife and wild places and strives to foster the same passion in others. In her free time she and her husband love to camp and hike. For a laugh ask her why they didn’t make it to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
... recently received his Ph.D. in botany from Miami University. His research generally focuses on ethnobiology, ethnoecology, and tropical ecology. Mike spent approximately one and a half years living amongst and working with the Maijuna Indians of the Peruvian Amazon while completing his dissertation research project. Currently, Mike is working to address biocultural conservation issues facing the Maijuna in conjunction with the Maijuna indigenous organization FECONAMAI (Federacion de Comunidades Nativas Maijunas) and a US not-for-profit organization called WildShare International.
... earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Cincinnati and worked in project management for a global Clinical Research Organization until she realized her lifelong passion for nature and nature education was her true path. An avid gardener and plant lover, she began volunteering with the Horticulture Department at the Zoo working in the gardens. Mollie also volunteered with the Education Department at the Wild Discover Zones using inquiry to engage Zoo guests with science and nature in a fun, informal setting. These experiences inspired her to investigate a new career path, which led her to Miami University and the Project Dragonfly Advanced Inquiry Program. She earned her Master of Arts in Zoology in December 2013 and is now the Volunteer Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
... joined the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in February 2002 as the Volunteer Educator Program Coordinator. Upon completing a BS in Biophysical Environmental Studies from Northland College in Ashland, WI, Molly began her career assisting in limnology field research projects throughout the Lake Superior watershed. She spent many years as a Naturalist in county park systems in both Maryland and Ohio, as well as serving as a statewide legislative representative for the American Lung Association of Maryland where she testified before state general assemblies and the United States Congress on public health and environmental issues. Molly now works with the Cincinnati Zoo staff, providing intensive interpretive training for Volunteer Educators on the issues that many species face and the Zoo's resulting global conservation efforts. She truly enjoys working in partnership with people on issues impacting communities and ecosystem health and is thrilled to be a part of the inquiry processes taught with the Earth Expeditions Program!
... is a cross-disciplinary science and environmental educator, researcher, photographer, and speaker. She earned her B.S. in Biology from University of Dallas and M.S. in Ecology from Purdue University, and has over 15 years of university and professional-level teaching experience in a range of subjects and settings, as well as extensive research experience with plants, birds and mammals (including people!) in coastal, desert, woodland and built habitats around the U.S. Having just recently left her position as Director of Science Education and Research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she was for 3.5 years, Molly is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center (specifically with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments group) and is focusing on completing her Ph.D. in Biology at Miami University, where she is conducting environmental psychology research measuring people’s sensitivity to nearby nature in the built environment. Molly’s husband and two young children love studying and experiencing the beauty of daily life as much as she does; and they are all equally adamant about enabling science and nature experiences for non-traditional and underserved members of society.
... is the Belize Program Manager and Conservation Biologist for Wildlife Trust's Edge of the Sea Aquatic Conservation Program, has been studying Antillean Manatees for over 10 years. A native of Belize, she began her career by creating the Belize Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the Belize Manatee Recovery Plan, both of which she continues to manage successfully. Nicole and her team work with the local community, grassroots organizations, and the Belize government to help raise awareness of the Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary, a hotspot for manatees and their calves by developing eco-tourism initiatives to educate people about these mammals. Nicole is a recipient of the Whitley Fund for Nature award, the funds for which are being used to further her current research and management work in the Southern Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary.
... is the co-director of Kwanmuang Institute. After his one-year Buddhist monkhood in Thailand, he attended the Environmental Leadership Master's program from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado graduating in 2000. Upon his return to Thailand, he co-founded the Kwanmuang Institute in collaboration with the Spirit in Education Movement (SEM), Thailand, to conduct various experiential educational courses on spiritual ecology, deep ecology, dialogue and team learning. Over the past seven years, he has also been involved with the Karen headwater bio regional conservation efforts. Recently, he founded the Oral University of Nature, a Karen indigenous traditional learning school in the forest of Chiengmai, Thailand.
... has worked in the Education Dept. of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for 12 years. An avid nature enthusiast since childhood, she also spent a year working for the Cheetah Conservation Fund as Program Manager. As the Zoo's Community Outreach Coordinator, she directs the Edzoocation program which provides environmental education programs for 3rd and 4th grade students, helps coordinate the Cincinnati Public School Zoo Expeditions for 2nd and 5th graders, and assists with teacher training workshops at the Zoo. She also coordinates the Zoo's community outreach program that highlights the Zoo at regional community events. Her international outreach efforts include providing environmental education programs for the children in a small village in Belize where she has also had the opportunity to assist with an on-going manatee research project. Beyond traveling throughout the United States, her travels include Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Europe, Botswana, Kenya, and Namibia. She received her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut.
... Reema is currently part of the Biological Sciences faculty team at Salisbury University. She is a Trinidadian ecologist who earned her MS degree from the University of Arkansas and her PhD from Miami University. As a primatologist, Reema has worked with monkeys, prosimians and apes under captive, naturalistic and wild conditions. Her main research interests lie in studying the behavioral ecology of primates in a tropical setting, particularly in the same rainforests that she explored as a child. Reema believes that we are all environmental stewards and can each contribute to the preservation of biological diversity, sustainability of resources, and maintenance of healthy ecosystems. She believes that environmental education efforts and grassroots programs are especially critical to encouraging the understanding of the importance of the earth's treasures and preserving these wonders for future generations.
... joined the Brookfield Zoo in 2006 as the Director of Education and International Training. He graduated as a D.V.M. at the University of Buenos Aires in 1991. Previously, Ricardo was the Assistant Director of the National Audubon Society International Programs, and Associate Director of Education at Miami Metrozoo. Fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese, Ricardo has experience in environmental leadership training, strategic planning, organizational management, fundraising, and communications. As Director of Education and International Training, Ricardo is responible for developing, implementing, and directing a comprehensive program to establish formaland informal public education initiatives and training of conservation professionals to develop human capacity to lead conservation efforts in Chicagoland and worldwide.
... is a conservation biologist and science educator, and her interests are at the interface of conservation biology, behavior, ecology, and science education. She received her Ph.D. in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2011, and her doctoral research focused on the foraging ecology of dusky dolphins. This research resulted in insights about underwater behaviors, and she made an educational research-based video, which was on exhibit at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She currently teaches courses that focus on ecology, biodiversity, evolution, and environmental science at Montgomery College and Howard Community College in Maryland. While teaching, she works to incorporate inquiry-based activities into courses, and to connect students more closely with nature. She lives in Mount Airy, Maryland with her husband, four cats, and a diversity of native plants and ancient oak trees, and she is looking forward to facilitating community-level solutions through Project Dragonfly.
...is the Conservation Program Specialist in the Conservation Education Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Robin holds a B.S and M.S. in Biology from San Diego State University, where she studied the evolutionary biology of arachnids. Since joining the San Diego Zoo Global in 2007, Robin has focused on community engagement in conservation. She has helped develop a national teacher workshop in conservation research, and is excited to partner with Project Dragonfly to grow San Diego Zoo Global’s (SDZG) professional development programs. Robin manages SDZG’s Advanced Inquiry Program Master’s degree and assist in coordinating and instructing the new Hawai`i Earth Expedition. Robin also works closely with the Institute’s field conservation programs, and is currently developing a community-based conservation education plan for the Hawai`i Endangered Bird Conservation Program. She feels very lucky to be able to share her passion for biodiversity and conservation with students, teachers and community members, both locally and worldwide.
… is a science and conservation education leader with degrees from Wright State University in elementary education and advanced teaching practices. Though trained in formal education, Robyn’s career has been balanced between time spent teaching in K-12 classrooms and time working with those same audiences in informal education in zoos and aquariums across the country. Robyn started her career as a seventh grade science teacher in Lebanon, Ohio and eleven years later was the Assistant Director of Education for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) headquartered at the Bronx Zoo in New York City, directing activities across WCS's five NYC-based zoos and aquarium as well as projects across several international landscapes and seascapes. After moving back home to Southwest Ohio, Robyn became the Coordinator of Online Faculty for Miami University's Regional E-Learning Initiatives. Through this position, Robyn serves as a facilitator and consultant to online faculty interested in further developing their pedagogical content knowledge as well as a promoter of scholarship in E-Learning at Miami and a catalyst for cultivating community and increased engagement among online faculty teaching through Miami University Regionals. Robyn’s interest in leadership is driven by desire to serve her communities as an agent of change, exploring new knowledge and ways of doing things, asking thoughtful questions and tackling complex problems with creative solutions.
... is a Research Technician in the Conservation Education Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Samantha earned a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, and then went on to complete her M.S. in Evolutionary Biology at San Diego State University, where she studied the evolution of baleen whales. Her background in and passion for studying wildlife and working with people has been applied throughout a wide variety of scientific endeavors and over 14 years of teaching experience. This ultimately culminated in landing her dream job with the Conservation Education Division, where she acts as a liaison between researchers and the public in a variety of formal and informal settings. Samantha spends her time working with students, teachers, and community members in southern California and Latin America, teaching about conservation biology and the latest research by the Institute.
... is known for her writings on natural history and the development of investigative environmental education programs in Thailand. She is the General Secretary of the Green World Foundation (GWF), a local non-government organization. With GWF, Dr. Oy established “Environmental Detectives”, an education program that develops techniques for public biological monitoring that can lead to better awareness of the state of local environments and the empowerment of local communities in the management of their natural resources. She is currently developing an environmental monitoring technique for “Seashore Detectives” in southern Thailand. Oy Kanjanavanit graduated in archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. She then went on to complete her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she studied the ecology of forest fire in the savanna forest of Thailand.
... is the School and Graduate Program Manager at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where he manages the Zoo's youth public programs. He received his B.S. in Biology from The Ohio State University with an emphasis on Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology and a Master of Arts in Zoology through Project Dragonfly's Global Field Program. After graduating he found himself sharing the joys of the natural world with others as a naturalist. Working at the Wilds really piqued his interest in global conservation and how important education is in its success!
... was the Manager of Digital Technology for Earth Expeditions and Project Dragonfly. He earned a B. Phil. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University, and a Master's degree in cognitive psychology from Bowling Green State University. Sean has extensive experience in both teaching about social uses of technology and in fostering inquiry in the college curriculum, having taught in Miami University's School of Interdisciplinary Studies since 2001. He is particularly interested in participatory digital culture, social uses of the Internet, and the ways that collaborative Web tools can help to support interdisciplinary inquiry. He lives in Oxford, OH and, in his spare time, enjoys reading and exploring the Internet.
…is a conservation education consultant and team member at Project Dragonfly at Miami University. She instructs online courses for the Global Field and Advanced Inquiry Programs as well as several of the international Earth Expeditions courses. Stephanie has been working with formal and informal educators for more than fifteen years helping them to develop, implement and evaluate strategies to increase use of the environment and conservation as an integrating context across disciplines. Stephanie worked for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) for nine years overseeing their national Schoolyard Habitats Program and serving as the Senior Director for Field Education Programs. In her roles with NWF she oversaw curriculum development, teacher training programs, community-based volunteer conservation initiatives and program evaluation. Most recently, Stephanie served as the Director of Education at Woodland Park Zoo where she directed and evaluated the development and implementation of educational programs for children and adults, schools and communities that inspired them to care for and protect the natural world. Stephanie earned her Master's in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Montana concentrating in conservation education. Travel and immersion in other cultures through exploration of the natural world has always been a priority in Stephanie's life and she is thrilled to connect these professional and personal pursuits through the Global Field Program and Earth Expeditions.
... is an assistant professor of environmental studies at University of Montevallo. She also coordinates the environmental studies program and sustainability initiatives at UM. She received her Ph.D. in Environment and Ecology from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, her M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University and her B.A. in Public Policy Analysis/Biology from Pomona College. Caplow’s research focuses on how people interact with conservation interventions (including policies, projects, or education) and how those interactions can lead to environmental/social change that supports conservation efforts. She has conducted research in the U.S., Tanzania, Belize, Sri Lanka, and Hungary.
... is a botany professor at Shasta College in beautiful Redding, California, where she teaches botany, biology, and natural history. She feels strongly that the best way to learn about science, nature, and different cultures is by traveling and getting out into the field. As a student, Susannah had the opportunity to study and/or conduct botanical, ethnobotanical, and ecological research in India, West Africa, Peru, Guatemala, the Bahamas, and Mexico. She strives to help others also have life-changing experiences that contribute to a greater understanding of the environment and diverse cultures and a desire to help conserve them. Susannah has a bachelor’s degree n botany and anthropology from BYU, where she spent a semester in India studying ethnobotany and learning about the many amazing cultures and religions there. In Sénégal, she helped manage a chimpanzee research project, where she collected plant and primate ecology data. Susannah received a master’s degree from New Mexico State University in range science and plant taxonomy and graduates this spring (2014) with a PhD in botany from Miami University, where she focused her research on plant systematics/taxonomy, biogeography, and ethnobotany. Other than traveling, Susannah loves art and spending time with her husband and three young children, getting out in nature and going on adventures. She is very excited to be a part of Earth Expeditions!
... was a doctoral candidate in educational leadership and zoology at Miami University. Terry received a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Cincinnati. He then completed the Teacher Leadership M.Ed. program from Wright State University. Terry later focused graduate course work in the areas of curriculum theory and science education at Purdue University. Terry is entering his 21st year as a science educator having teaching experiences with kindergartners through graduate school students in a variety of educational settings including both public and independent schools and universities in urban, rural, and suburban settings. While formal classroom instruction has served as the foundation of Terry's teaching background, his recent teaching and research focus concerns informal environmental education with rural student populations in Southern Ohio.
...is a doctoral candidate in Zoology at Miami University. His current research centers around the relationship between freshwater mussels and fish, to which their larvae attach as parasites. He grew up near the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers and earned his BS and BA at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Along the way, he completed both a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Michigan Biological Station and the Wilderness and Civilization program at University of Montana. He has taught at several levels, including at working with K-12 programs at a nature area, various bear outreach programs, an NSF-funded workshop teaching conservation genetics and inquiry for high school teachers and lab components of undergraduate courses. He seeks out both traditional and non-traditional venues for teaching and research, combining his work and love of nature.
... was a course facilitator for Dragonfly workshops, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany of Miami University. She earned her B.S. & M.S. degrees in Biology from University of Puerto Rico, and received her Ph.D. in botany from Miami University. Her research focuses on and speciation and island biogeography in the Caribbean, plant reproduction/breeding system evolution, and the relationship of rarity to plant reproductive biology and how the results apply to conservation. She has conducted studies in Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and southern Florida. Vivian has experience teaching at all levels from high school to graduate students, from specialized courses and graduate seminars in Botany to liberal arts courses. She believes that education is the key element for necessary changes in the relationship between our society and biological resources. Vivian considers that natural science should be integrated with law, public policy, and social sciences to develop effective conservation programs to control the detrimental consequences of human impact on biological diversity. She and her husband have two children.
... is currently a Senior Program Officer at the Anschutz Family Foundation in Denver, Colorado. She received an undergraduate degree in International Studies and a master's degree in Environmental Sciences with a focus on community-based conservation from Miami University. She has co-facilitated Earth Expeditions in Costa Rica, Thailand, and Baja; as well as Zoo Expedition courses at the Cincinnati Zoo. Her current work and focus is on community change, social change and capacity building among individuals and the nonprofit sector.
... is the Neo tropical Conservation Program Manager at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo. A native of Trinidad, Bernadette is also Director of the Center for the Rescue of Endangered Species of Trinidad and Tobago (CRESTT). Bernadette earned her B. s. degree in Biology at the College of Mount Saint Joseph and her M. s. degree from the University of Cincinnati. Bernadette has devoted her life to the conservation of Trinidad’s wildlife resources, including the reintroduction of the blue-and-gold macaw to the Nariva Swamp in Trinidad. She worked with the zoo’s education department to set up an education program at the Emperor Valley Zoo in Trinidad. She has developed community-based behavioral monitoring programs for reintroduced macaws and conservation education programs in community schools bordering Nariva Swamp.
... has been in love with nature and studying the environment her entire life. This love brought her to Miami University where she studied Environmental Education and Special Education as a part of the Western College Program. Years of working with children, leading groups through the woods as a naturalist, and encountering new cultures while traveling in far off countries has taught Fia the importance of exploring, taking chances, and discovering the endless possibilities this world has to offer. Working as the Sustainability Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has only strengthened her love of the environment and her desire to preserve and protect it. Working with the Zoo's aggressive green initiative program and engaging her urban community in Avondale, as well as working with community-based conservation programs throughout her master's work, has allowed Fia to weave sustainability into her personal, professional and educational careers. After graduating in December 2011 from the GFP, Fia is thrilled to continue to be a part of the Project Dragonfly family.