Shana Steigerwald

Shana Steigerwald

… grew up playing in the woods and saw no reason to give up that hobby as an adult.  Today she is a writer, communicator and educator living in Cincinnati, Ohio, and her extensive background in journalism includes 11 years at her hometown paper, her . (You may have read one of her many stories chronicling the early life of everyone’s favorite celebrity hippo, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Fiona.) Her byline has also appeared on USA Today and National Geographic. She currently serves as the communications manager and an environmental educator for the nonprofit Ohio River Foundation while continuing to write on a freelance basis.  Shauna’s lifelong love of the natural world and her desire to make a positive impact on it brought her to Miami University’s Project Dragonfly in 2016. After life-changing experiences in Baja, Namibia and Borneo, she earned her master’s degree in biology through the Global Field Program in 2018. That rounded out a varied educational background that also includes bachelor’s degrees in English and communications as well as a master’s degree in business administration, all from Xavier University. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with current Project Dragonfly graduate students as a Community Learning Leader.  When she isn’t working, Shauna enjoys hiking with her husband, traveling as much as she can, spending time with friends and family, curling up with a good book and spoiling her two cats.