Field Course title

Sustainability and Conservation: Citizen Science and Service Learning in Australia

Faculty

Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin

Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin

The Pennsylvania State University - Lehigh Valley
Associate Professor of Biology
CHANCE Founding Director
2017/18 Jefferson Science Fellow

Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin is an Associate Professor of Biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Founding Director of Penn State's award-winning, international, environmental education engaged scholarship program called CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences). Whether she is working as a cell and developmental biologist on cancer cell lines with her undergraduate students in her research laboratory or as a conservation scientist studying the effects of global climate change on ecosystem diversity and dynamics with high school teachers and undergraduates in the fields of Australia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, or Panama, her overall mission is to create learning environments wherein students, at any level, are inspired and effectively learn science by doing actual research. As a scholar, she has published, as an author or editor, 65 publications in peer-reviewed books, journals, proceedings, and online environments, and has gratefully accepted numerous awards at the local, state, and national levels – all of which attest to her expertise in undergraduate teaching and learning, teacher professional development, and international programming and education. Dr. McLaughlin prides herself in being a visionary who effectively "reimagines" science educational interfaces, course delivery, and programs – in both traditional or non-traditional settings. Her experiences as a master teacher of biology, research scientist in the field of cell and developmental biology, education researcher in the field of biology teaching and learning, and director of a university-wide international education program have also provided her expert training in creating effective web-based educational materials and interfaces, partnership building (CHANCE has 45 partners worldwide), and leadership skills. Dr. McLaughlin is an appointed U.S. National Academies Medicine Jefferson Science Fellow.

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Dr. Karen Kackley-Dutt

Dr. Karen Kackley-Dutt

The Pennsylvania State University - Lehigh Valley
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Karen Kackley-Dutt, is an Instructor of Biology at The Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley campus. She teaches undergraduate courses in general biology, ecology, environmental science, economic botany and leads international field experiences. She received a doctorate in botany/plant pathology from the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Kackley worked as a research scientist and technical specialist in the horticulture industry for eighteen years before returning to academia. She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards at the University of Maryland and Penn State. Dr. Kackley regularly presents at regional and national conferences on the use of technology to facilitate learning biology outside the classroom both in the United States and abroad.

Heather Amatore

Ellen Ariel

James Cook University, Australia
Associate Professor
College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture
Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research

Dr Ariel is Associate Professor in Virology at the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. Her cultural background is Danish / Australian and although she grew up in Denmark, her tertiary education was in Australia, which she finished off with a PhD in Aquatic Pathobiology. Dr Ariel worked for the European Commission for 11 years as Coordinator of the 25 National Reference Laboratories for Fish Diseases in the European Union. The overall focus was on biosecurity of aquatic animals, especially aquaculture, and standardizing and harmonizing diagnostic capacity across borders to prevent spread of disease and facilitate safe trade in live fish. She was also heavily involved in harnessing and delivering scientific advice to policy makers as well as assessing and advising research directions in the EC Aquatic Animal Disease sector. After lecturing on the topic of human viruses for a number of years, Dr Ariel has recently taken on the coordinating role for the Aquatic Animal Health group at James Cook University. Her research interest is aquatic animal health in all its variations, but especially virology.Dr Ariel is the team leader of the Turtle Health Team, and instigator of the new research facility: "The Caraplace".

Heather Amatore

Heather Amatore

Heather Amatore is an Administrative Assistant at Penn State Lehigh Valley. She is the Campus Receptionist and also serves as the CHANCE Administrative Assistant. She has associate’s degrees in both Biological Science and Medical Laboratory Technology, and she is an advocate for student international education and conservation. She considers herself a nature lover and enjoys the outdoors with her husband and three children.

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