Education and Human Resources Committee Representative: Jennifer Doherty (UPenn)

I am the student section representative on the ESA Education and Human Resources Committee (EHRC). I am responsible for (1) articulating student perspective on matters that pertain to ecology education and the ESA education program, (2) informing the ESA student body of educational initiatives within ESA, and (3) coordinating education initiatives between the EHRC and the ESA student body.

I am in my final year of my Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. The overarching goal of my dissertation is to improve our understanding of how arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) diversity is maintained within the rooting zone of an individual host plant and the consequences of that diversity on host plant performance.

I am a former NSF GK-12 Fellow. As a fellow I developed and taught a course involving undergraduates in teaching biology to inner city high school students. My GK-12 work allowed me to leverage funding from the local school district to develop low cost inquiry labs that can be done in every classroom and to continue monthly professional development sessions I began as a fellow. These experiences have changed my life and I am now pursuing Post-Doc opportunities in research on student learning and the effectiveness of teaching and mentoring.

If you have any comments, concerns, questions, or ideas about ecology education for K-12, undergraduate, or graduate students, please contact me.

dohertyj (at)

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