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Keynote Speakers

Thursday, October 22, 2020,  11:00 AM EDT, Panel 

Dr. Ken Klemow, Wilkes University 

Dr. Ken Klemow is a botanist and ecologist with expertise in ecology education and the environmental impacts of energy development.  He serves as Professor and Chair of Biology and Health Sciences at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he teaches courses in Biology, Botany, and Energy. For the past thirty years, Ken has been active at the national level on education issues, where he currently serves on a committee to develop and oversee the implementation of the Ecological Society of America’s Four-Dimensional Ecology Education (4DEE).


Dr. Luanna Prevost, University of South Florida

Dr. Luanna Prevost is an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida. She obtained her Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Georgia and completed a postdoctoral research assistantship in Science Education at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the assessment of student learning, professional development, and institutional change. Dr. Prevost is also interested in how professional development program design can be used to support students in STEM, particularly those from traditionally underserved populations. She is also Director of the Amgen Biotechnology Experience -Tampa which provides hands-on learning for high school students and professional development for teachers.

Friday, October 23, 2020,  11:00 AM EDT 

Dr. Bryan Dewsbury, University of Rhode Island

Dr. Bryan Dewsbury is an Associate Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator of the Science Education And Society (SEAS) research program where his team studies the social context of teaching-learning in formal and informal settings. He conducts professional development for faculty and staff on inclusive practices in higher education and has worked with over 50 institutions of higher education across North America. He is also a Fellow of the John N. Gardner  Institute where he supports institutions in the transformation of their campuses toward equity.


Saturday, October 24, 2020,  11:00 AM EDT, Panel

Dr. Concepción Rodríguez-Fourquet, University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon

Dr. Concepción Rodríguez-Fourquet aka “Conchi” started her career as a professor in 2004 right after finishing my Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. She has been involved in many projects with undergraduate students with the objective of promoting research, mostly in ecology.  Early on she became the mentor of a student organization called LIFE (Leading Initiatives for the Future Ecologist) for which she is still involved with today.  Since 2008 she has been the BioBlitz organizer on campus.  The BioBlitz is held annually on campus, most of the time lasting 24 hours. Currently, she is collaborating with an NGO working on the protection and conservation of land crab populations in a nature reserve. She is also part of a CREST program that promotes environmental neuroscience and looks at the effects of contaminants on the behavior of several species of invertebrates. 

Andy Klingensmith, Shaw Institute for Field Training

Andy Klingensmith is the Coordinator of Experiential Learning Programs at Shaw Nature Reserve. He has a Bachelors’s degree from the University of Idaho and has been a professional in the field of Environmental/Outdoor/Experiential Education for the past 15 years. At SNR he coordinates the Shaw Institue for Field Training (SIFT) program which aims to engage high school students from a diversity of backgrounds in the fields of environmental research and restoration. Through SIFT, students receive hands-on field skills training with real-world application of their training through partnerships with Washington University (in St. Louis)  researchers and professors.  His other duties at SNR include designing and facilitating school programs, creating and delivering interpretation programs, and producing virtual media.

Jordan Gonzalez, Boyle Heights High School

Gonzalez has been teaching in Los Angeles schools for over a decade. His background is in humanities and urban education. After graduate school, he started teaching in South Los Angeles and found it imperative to connect the classroom to real life, and began forming partnerships with community organizations to make learning more relevant. In 2014, he collaborated with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Landtrust to design, develop, and implement an interdisciplinary unit combining reading, writing, and gardening. Students explored the basics of soil management, crop, and food production, green space, and access to healthy food. Since that early partnership, he has become a science teacher and has continued to build on community partnerships, including Friends of the LA River and Planting, and it is an ongoing goal to bring in scientists to create meaningful learning experiences and expose students to the various STEM fields.