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Earth Expeditions

Chris Myers

Chris Myers

… received his Ph.D. in ecology from Vanderbilt University and is now a professor of Zoology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University. His research areas include community-based conservation, participatory…

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Lynne Born Myers

Lynne Born Myers

… received her B. Phil. from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University. As a founder and co-Director of Project Dragonfly, she oversees national exhibits, participatory media, and…

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Jamie Bercaw Anzano

Jamie Bercaw Anzano

… has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in journalism, a master’s in environmental science with concentrations in environmental education and public policy from Miami’s Institute of…

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Shasta Bray

Shasta Bray

… grew up catching fireflies, reading Ranger Rick and falling in love with the animals at the zoo. Dedicated to wildlife conservation, she believes that personal encounters with nature and wildlife create emotional connections that

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Ramana Callan

Ramana Callan

… is a reintroduction biologist and field ecologist who loves plants and animals and working in remote locations that most people never get to see. Her research interests focus on plant-animal…

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Leah Crowe

Leah Crowe

… is a high school Spanish teacher who is enamored of nature and wildlife. She likes nothing better than to wander her property in southeastern Indiana with her husband and two dogs. A life-long learner,

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Hays Cummins

Hays Cummins

… is a professor in the Western Program and Geography at Miami University. Hays is a founding Co-Director of Project Dragonfly and served as the science editor for Dragonfly magazine. Hays received his Ph.D. in

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Liz Dame

Liz Dame

… received her bachelor’s in marine science from the University of South Carolina. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, where her research focused on behavioral ecology and marine ecology, respectively.

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Maureen Drinkard

Maureen Drinkard

… is better known her students as Dr. Mo, an assistant professor of environmental science and ecology at Brevard College near Asheville, North Carolina. She fell in love with wetland ecology through a senior research

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Taliah Farnsworth

Taliah Farnsworth

…loves three things: people, science and the intersection of the two. As the Virtual Experiences Coordinator with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Taliah produces interactive videoconferences and engaging broadcasts of digital videos that connect

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Katie Feilen

Katie Feilen

… is a primatologist and conservation biologist, who has chased 12 monkey species through the jungles on three continents. As part of Disney’s Conservation Team, she coordinated conservation efforts of the…

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Samantha Gorenstein

Samantha Gorenstein

… teaches fifth grade science in Littleton, Colorado. Her passion for conservation work began during a volunteer placement at a wildlife orphanage in Nelspruit, South Africa. After returning to Colorado, she began volunteering as a

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Matt Hallett

Matt Hallett

… is the Manager of the Guyana Conservation Initiative at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida. His research

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Elizabeth Katoa

Elizabeth Katoa

… is a high school biology teacher for the North Ridgeville City Schools near Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her MA in Zoology from Miami University through the Global Field Program and traveled to Belize, the

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Kathayoon Khalil

Kathayoon Khalil

… is the Principal Evaluator at the Seattle Aquarium. She received her Ph.D. in 2014 from Stanford University in learning sciences and technology design and her master’s in environmental science from Yale University’s School of

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Shafkat Khan

Shafkat Khan

… received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology in August 2016. Shafkat completed his B.A. in environmental studies at Goshen College in Indiana. Shafkat’s ecological interest…

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Jill Korach

Jill Korach

… is Project Dragonfly’s Assistant Director of Field Programs where she instructs multiple Earth Expeditions courses each year, advises graduate students, and partners with global conservation organizations worldwide. Jill has a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, and environmental biology…

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Alicia Lamfers

Alicia Lamfers

… received her MAT from Miami University and her undergraduate degree in biology from Metropolitan State University in Denver. She worked as a paramedic for 6 years in Denver’s inner city neighborhoods until…

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Genifer Lara

Genifer Lara

… currently teaches geology and geography at Mohave Community College in Kingman, Arizona. For the past several years, she has been a field instructor for Round River Conservation Studies, a study abroad program…

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Dan Marsh

Dan Marsh

… is the Director of Education at the Cincinnati Zoo, where he manages the departments’ educational programs for the general public and schools. Dan received his B. A. in Biology from the University of Louisville

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Kevin Matteson

Kevin Matteson

… currently works as an instructor, administrator, and academic adviser for Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Before arriving in Ohio, Kevin conducted research on bees, butterflies, and other pollinators

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Lily Maynard

Lily Maynard

… is a Conservation Programs Manager for Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment, specializing in social science and conservation behavior change. Lily completed her master’s and doctorate at the University of Florida in the School of

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Judith Metcalf

Judith Metcalf

… received her doctorate from the University of Louisville and her master’s degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Her research interests include human impacts on populations and communities. Her master’s work explored the impact of

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Jennifer Mickelberg

Jennifer Mickelberg

… holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science form George Mason University. Her doctoral dissertation, “Understanding and Managing Isolation in a Fragmented Population of Golden

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Jim Miller

Jim Miller

… is an AP Environmental Science & Environmental Science teacher at Cleveland Heights High School, near Cleveland, Ohio. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies through Allegheny College and his teaching certificate through Ashland

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Sarah Navarro

Sarah Navarro

…grew up in Michigan where her parents fostered her love of nature with frequent camping trips and encouragement to explore the wildlife all around her (as long as she didn’t bring it inside!). Sarah earned

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Mollie O’Neil

Mollie O’Neil

… 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

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Jerran Orwig

Jerran Orwig

… is the Advanced Inquiry Program Manager in the Education Department at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio. She oversees the graduate program at the Zoo and supports AIP students as they

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Martha Parker

Martha Parker

… is the Conservation Impact Manager at the Houston Zoo, where she is responsible for evaluating and collecting results from the zoo’s and conservation partners’ work to save wildlife. Raised in rural western New York,

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Karen Plucinski

Karen Plucinski

… is the Assistant Director and Instructor of the Advanced Inquiry Program, Project Dragonfly. Prior to this, she was on the biology faculty at Missouri Southern State University and…

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