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2017 ESA Dig Scholars

We are pleased to announce the 2017 ESA Education Scholars who participated in the Dig into Data Faculty Mentoring Network. These scholars published new modules in Vol 13 of TIEE. The scholars have shared the products of their efforts in and/or EcoEd Digital Library.

Maruthi Sridhar Balaji Bhaskar

Texas Southern University

Dr. Maruthi Sridhar Balaji Bhaskar is an Associate Professor in Department of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences at Texas Southern University, Houston TX. He teaches Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Environmental Science, Urban Ecology, Environmental Geology courses. Dr. Bhaskar’s research interests includes the application of remote sensing and geospatial techniques for land cover changes environmental planning and management, landscape ecology, human and environmental health monitoring and economic development. Dr. Bhaskar serves as a Director of the Environmental Toxicology Program

Module: Investigating Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Ecologies Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Kaitlin Bonner

St. John Fisher College

Dr. Kaitlin Bonner is an Assistant Professor of Biology at St. John Fisher College where she teaches a variety of courses including General Zoology, Evolution, Genetics, Parasitology, and Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology. Her research students also have varied projects that extend into the fields of molecular ecology and evolution. Her students can be found outside chasing spiders and bees or in the lab playing with nematodes and Daphnia.

Module: The nose knows: How tri-trophic interactions and natural history shape bird foraging behavior


Anna Carter

Iowa State University

Dr. Anna Carter is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology at Iowa State University, using remote sensing and spatially-explicit modelling to study the thermal ecology of [mostly] reptiles.

Module: Painting turtles: an introduction to species distribution modeling in R


Libby Ellwood

Florida State University

Dr. Elizabeth Ellwood is a postdoctoral research fellow at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Los Angeles, CA. In her research, she addresses ecological questions using a combination of paleo, historical, and contemporary data types. She is a co-PI on the Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education (BLUE) RCN-UBE.

Module: The Effect of Climate Change on Butterfly Phenology


Alida Janmaat

University of the Fraser Valley

Dr. Alida Janmaat is an associate professor at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada, where she teaches introductory ecology, animal behaviour and first-year biology. Her research focuses on the biological control of insect pests and invasive weeds. Her QUBES project was developed from a classroom-based undergraduate research experience that that has been running for over 10 years in her introductory ecology course. Dr. Janmaat has recently expanded her research interests to include the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Module: Investigating Leaf Litter Decomposition and Invertebrate Communities in Streams


Megan Jones


Dr. Megan Jones is a staff scientist and science educator with NEON. She is passionate about sparking curiosity and fostering learning in students of all ages, with her work at NEON focused on undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers. Megan attended Florida State University where she earned a MSc in College Science Teaching and a PhD in Biological Science with a focus on evolutionary behavioral ecology. For her, science, education, and natural history are not only a career but also a passion.

Module: Data Management using National Ecological Observatory Network’s (NEON) Small Mammal Data with Accompanying Lesson on Mark Recapture Analysis


Deb Linton

Central Michigan University

Dr. Debra Linton is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at Central Michigan University. She is a discipline-based education researcher focusing on undergraduate biology education, where her interests include biodiversity literacy, active learning pedagogy, and K-12 science teacher training. She is a co-PI on the Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education (BLUE) RCN-UBE.

Module: The Effect of Climate Change on Butterfly Phenology


Amanda Little

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Dr. Amanda Little is a Professor of Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she teaches plant biology, ecology, and wetlands courses. Her research interests include wetland plant community ecology, invasive species biology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Module: Environment-Richness Relationships in Ephemeral and Permanent Wetlands: Guided Inquiry with Graph Interpretation


Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Dr. Anna Monfils is a Professor and Director of the herbarium at Central Michigan University (CMU). Her research includes molecular, morphological, and specimen-based research on systematics of the bulrushes; monitoring and management of aquatic invasive plants in the Great Lakes; and conservation of biodiversity in prairie fen wetlands. She is active in the scholarship of teaching including projects to develop biodiversity data literacy standards in undergraduate education (BLUE: Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education), define and evaluate best practices for Broadening Participation in Biodiversity Science, and examine data literacy, citizen science data, and diversity in the National Parks (3dNaturalists).

Module: The Effect of Climate Change on Butterfly Phenology


Sarah Orlofske

Northeastern Illinois University

Dr. Sarah Orlofske is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and Curator of the Stephen J. Taft Animal Parasitology Collection. Her research interests include disease ecology and evolution, specifically the roles of parasites in aquatic ecosystems and the community ecology of host-parasite interactions, as well as tropical biodiversity and conservation. Her teaching responsibilities range from Animal Parasitology to General Biology and include field-based courses in Ecology and Ecology and Evolution. In these courses she develops curriculum to incorporate authentic inquiry and quantitative skills.

Module: Parasites – They’re what’s for dinner: Investigating the role of parasites in aquatic food webs


Molly Phillips

Florida Museum of Natural History

Molly Phillips is a biologist with a background in evolution, ecology, and natural history with focuses in mammalogy and behavioral ecology. The majority of her career so far has been in association with natural history collections and her current position is as the Education, Outreach and Diversity Coordinator with Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio). iDigBio is the National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) funded by the National Science Foundation. Through ADBC, data and images for millions of biological specimens are being made available in electronic format for the research community, government agencies, students, educators, and the general public. She is also part of the Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education (BLUE) RCN-UBE.

Module: The Effect of Climate Change on Butterfly Phenology


Carrie Wu

University of Richmond

Dr. Carrie Wu is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond, where she has taught courses including Introduction to Biological Thinking: Biological Invasions, Evolution, Molecular Ecology, and Experimental Design and Biostatistics. Her research examines how plants respond to changing environments, using both native alpine systems and emerging invasive species.

Module: The Biology of Climate Change: The effects of a changing climate on migrating and over-wintering species at a high-elevation field station