2002 - 2003
current research interests are in identifying science education
practices that promote a greater public understanding of
the processes of scientific application and exploration.
In my past research experiences, I have worked as a field
biologist on studies focused on the effects of invasive species
on forest ecology in the Appalachians, effects of forestry
practices on biodiversity in the Adirondacks, and a natural
resource inventory of Cornell's Arnot Forest. I have a deep
passion for field ecology applied to conservation efforts,
and in my research as a graduate student, I am exploring
ways to engage school students and their teachers in being
a part of these efforts. With CEIRP I hope to work with as
many teachers and students as possible to introduce and practice
the research methods used by conservation biologists, to
promote a deeper understanding of the nature and processes
of scientific inquiry applied to solving real-world problems.
I feel that this approach is not only strong educationally,
but is at the same time exciting and adventurous for the
students and teachers involved.