AIP Faculty and Staff

Directors

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 science, and national education reform. Chris is the founding Director of Project Dragonfly and served as Editor-in-Chief of Dragonfly magazine--the first national magazine to feature the investigations of children. Project Dragonfly has reached millions of children through award-winning print media, teacher programs, and the Emmy-Award winning national PBS children’s television series,DragonflyTV. He has written more than 60 professional articles and has directed projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization for Tropical Studies, and other agencies. Chris directs Earth Expeditions and the Global Field Program, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, and taught environmental education at Yale University.

Lynne Born Myers

... is a founder and co-Director of Project Dragonfly, where she oversees national exhibits, participatory media, and learning programs. She served as the founding editor for Dragonfly magazine and now leads the development of national exhibits for Wild Research and Saving Species. These two NSF-funded projects are designed to engage millions of families at zoos, aquariums, and other public learning institutions throughout the U.S. Lynne also writes fiction and nonfiction books for children with her husband, Chris, including McCrephy's Field (Houghton Mifflin), Forest of the Clouded Leopard (Houghton Mifflin), and Galapagos: Islands of Change (Hyperion). Lynne received her B. Phil. from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University. She has developed conservation partnerships in many countries for Earth Expeditions, and works on a variety of research and education projects addressing human relationships with nature.

Jamie Bercaw Anzano

... is Director of Communications and Research at Project Dragonfly at Miami University, where she instructs international and web-based graduate courses and serves as a graduate advisor. When Dragonfly began more than 15 years ago, Jamie served as an editor for Dragonfly children's magazine. She has since worked on a number of Dragonfly initiatives to implement inquiry-driven reform in formal and informal learning environments. Prior to her work at Dragonfly, Jamie wrote hundreds of articles as a newspaper reporter and magazine writer. She has a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in journalism and a master's in environmental science with concentration in environmental education from Miami University's Institute of Environmental Sciences. Her interests lie within the intersection of theory and practice and in helping educators and other professionals explore ways to use inquiry to improve human and ecological communities. Jamie has explored many countries throughout the world, but she particularly enjoys rediscovering her backyard with her two young sons.

Jill Korach

... has worked in Project Dragonfly since 2004. She serves as the Assistant Director of Earth Expeditions' Field Program instructing several of our international courses. She is also the Program Manager for the Wild Research Program. Jill earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis where she focused on tropical rainforest ecology. She earned her Master's from Miami University's Institute of Environmental Sciences concentrating in conservation biology. Her interests lie in ethnobotany and she strives to bring focus to the dependence and interconnectedness of people and plants as a way to re-connect us to our environment. Jill accredits her love of the natural world and global perspective to her extensive local and international experiences – and to getting a chance to climb trees as a child.

Kevin Matteson

... is the Assistant Director of Masters Programs for Project Dragonfly at Miami University. Since 2002, Kevin has researched ecology, pollinator conservation, and entomology in heavily developed urban landscapes in both Chicago and New York City. For his doctoral research, conducted at Fordham University, Kevin utilized high-resolution GIS datasets to evaluate landscape factors influencing the diversity of bees and butterflies in community gardens of East Harlem and the Bronx. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate- and graduate-level, Kevin has served as an educator in a variety non-traditional settings including bilingual art-based science education in the Bronx and student-led programming while at the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society. Kevin has also engaged in scientific outreach through work as a scientific consultant and blogger for an urban citizen science program (www.greatpollinatorproject.org) and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Urban Ecosystems Ecology section (www.esa.org/urbanecosystem/) of the Ecological Society of America. He currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio with his wife and two young children.

Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo

Agnes Kovacs

... is the Manager of the School, Groups, and Teacher programs at the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. She began there in 2007. In this capacity, Agnes oversees Connections classes for school groups, teacher workshops and graduate classes, field trips, and the award winning Levels of Engagement program. Approximately 225,000 students come through these programs annually. Agnes serves as an Arctic Ambassador with Polar Bears International and has twice facilitated the PBI Leadership Camp in Churchill, Canada. Agnes loves gardening, hiking, golfing, and the ocean. Her master's degree is in Education.

Debbie Clemens

... serves as AIP support staff at the Brookfield Zoo.  She also instructs several AIP courses at the Brookfield Zoo as well as AIP/GFP Web-Based Learning Community courses. Debbie has her MA in Zoology from Miami University as a graduate of the Advanced Inquiry Program.  Her main interest is primates and her conservation focus is wild orangutans.  Debbie has field experience in the forests of Borneo, where she has studied primate conservation, behavior, and ecology.  Her relationships with various organizations in Sabah, Malaysia assist in her work to raise awareness and support for orangutan conservation efforts.  Debbie has a long history with the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo and has worked in the volunteer, education, and primate keeper departments.  Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband, teenage sons, and her pets.  She is happiest outdoors, hiking in the forests.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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 was her true path. An avid gardener and plant lover, she began volunteering with the Horticulture department at the Zoo working in the gardens. Mollie also volunteered with the Education department at the Wild Discover Zones using inquiry to engage Zoo guests with science and nature in a fun, informal setting. These experiences inspired her to investigate a new career path, which led her to Miami University and the Project Dragonfly Advanced Inquiry Program. She earned her Master of Arts in Zoology in December 2013 and is now the Volunteer Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 

Scott Wingate

... is the School and Graduate Program Manager at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where he manages the Zoo's youth public programs. He received his B.S. in Biology from The Ohio State University with an emphasis on Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology and a Master of Arts in Zoology from Project Dragonfly's Global Field Program. After graduating he found himself sharing the joys of the natural world with others as a naturalist. Working at the Wilds really piqued his interest in global conservation and how important education is in its success!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Christine Korhnak

…is an Education Manager at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, where she creates new educational opportunities for a wide range of audiences and works with a stellar team to present existing programs ranging from school field experiences to camps to AIP. She holds a degree in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!), where she focused on Marine Biology and Oceanography in the hopes of growing up to be Jacques Cousteau. She has nearly 20 years' experience in zoo education and was recently named as a member of the AZA's Conservation Education Committee. Christine likes to travel and is passionate about helping people connect their six degrees of separation to environments they may never experience firsthand. She is still drawn to the ocean and loves to sail. After a recent snorkeling experience during a Belize Earth Expeditions trip, she is now dreaming of putting a salt water tank in her home… one big enough to float in.

Katie Corr

…is all about Project Dragonfly. Aside from completing her own M.A. in Zoology through the GFP, she also coordinates and leads Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's branch of Dragonfly's Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP). She loves helping students to discover the power (and fun!) of inquiry while exploring local environments. She strives to connect people to their surroundings and to help them discover their own voices for positive change. Katie loves traveling, at home and abroad and is always up for a good road trip, especially one that includes her dogs. She has a B.A. in environmental studies from Hiram College where she focused on environmental education and incorporating sustainability messaging into rural schools. She likes running and reading (though not at the same time) and is a soccer enthusiast.

Vicki Searles

... is the Curator of Education at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, where she also serves as a member of the exhibit design team responsible for including scientific and cultural information in state-of-the-art multi-species naturalistic exhibits. She holds a degree from the School of Natural Resources at the Ohio State University, where she studied wildlife management with an emphasis on behavioral science. Beginning in 1990 she has been a participant in international workshops including workshops in Peru, Venezuela, and South Africa. As president of the Executive Board for the Cleveland Regional Council for Science Teachers, her conservation education program, largely inquiry-based, connects students and volunteers in the United States with students, scientists and animals around the globe.

Denver Zoo

Molly Maloy

... is the Teacher Professional Development Coordinator at the Denver Zoo as well as Co-lead on the Zoo’s Botswana Conservation Education project. Molly has a master’s degree in Environmental Education and always knew zoo education and conservation was the path for her. Molly began her zoo career at the Baltimore Zoo where she was the Keeper Encounter Coordinator and then left the East Coast to head to the Denver Zoo to become a trainer at their Wildlife Show. Molly left the Zoo for a year to pursue a job in Zambia where she met her husband and bribed him to move to Denver and live with her so she could return to the Denver Zoo. Molly has been at the Denver Zoo for 14 years and with each year that passes, her passion for wildlife (especially hornbills and wombats), global conservation and education is reinforced every day. When not at work, Molly spends her time with her husband Pete and their 2 year old son Charlie. Traveling to Africa for both work and pleasure is a huge part of Molly’s life as is enjoying eating three times her body weight in chocolate.

Phoenix Zoo

Gabrielle (Gabby) Hebert

... is the Director of Visitor Experiences for the Phoenix Zoo, the place where her love for environmental education began back in her undergraduate days as a summer camp instructor.  Gabby has a BS in Conservation Biology from Arizona State University and a freshly earned Master's in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association for Environmental Education and will serve as the organization’s president in 2013. Developing the capacity of educators to most effectively reach their audiences is a passion for Gabby, and her recent master’s thesis focused on using professional development to explore the emotional needs of environmental educators. In her free time Gabby loves to bike, garden, and cuddle with her four feline children.

Ruth Allard

... is the Executive Vice President for Conservation and Visitor Experiences at the Phoenix Zoo, where she oversees the Zoo’s involvement in regional and international conservation efforts and the Zoo’s educational programming team. She holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with an emphasis on applied conservation biology, as well as a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Arizona. She has conducted studies on butterfly learning and sea turtle nesting behavior, which helped her realize that she prefers science communication to basic research. Prior to her arrival at the Phoenix Zoo, Ruth spent 10 years working in the Conservation and Science Department at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. While there, she discovered a love for connecting people and building community through conservation and education partnerships.

San Diego Zoo Global

Christine Browne-Nunez

... is a senior researcher in the Conservation Education Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Her work is focused on the development and evaluation of community-based conservation education projects around the globe. Christine is a human dimensions specialist with interdisciplinary training and experience in the social and natural sciences. She holds a BA in Education from the University of Missouri, an MSc in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University, and a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation/Human Dimensions from the University of Florida. Prior to joining San Diego Zoo Global, Christine was a post-doctoral research associate with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include applying social science theory and methods (quantitative and qualitative) to conservation issues. She has worked in the U.S. and Kenya as a teacher and scientist, and enjoys blending these skill sets in her current position.

David O'Connor

... is a community-based conservation ecologist affiliated with the Conservation Education Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research and a contract senior researcher with National Geographic Magazine. David’s work focuses on human-wildlife-livestock interactions, and developing community-based conservation and conservation education programs, primarily in developing nations. He takes participatory, stakeholder driven, socio-ecological approaches to his work. David holds a B.Sc. in Zoology and Earth Science from University College Cork, Ireland, a Grad. Dip. in Business Studies from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin, Ireland, and an M.Sc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan. He’s also previously worked with the BBC, World Wildlife Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Jackson Laboratory, and Whole Foods Market HQ. Most recently his work has focused on reticulated giraffe conservation in Kenya, Bornean sun bear conservation education, and socio-economic evaluation of bear part usage in Laos and Cambodia. David feels very lucky to be part of a fantastic team at the Institute and to contribute to this amazing, innovative program. And he reminds you that giraffe are the best!

Kimberly Kutina

... is a Research Technician in the Conservation Education Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.  Kimberly holds a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, where she focused her studies on primate behavior and human evolution. She believes the key tenets of the AIP are also necessary components for any successful conservation program, and she loves that she gets to contribute to this program as the AIP logistics coordinator at San Diego Zoo Global. In addition to her AIP role, Kimberly also delivers conservation modules to visitors of the Conservation Education Lab, both during the school year for students and during the summer as part of a conservation biology professional development workshop for teachers. When she's not feeding giraffes at work, she's feeding her miniature dachshund puppy, Indigo, at home.

Robin Keith

... is the Conservation Program Specialist in the Conservation Education Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Robin holds a B.S and M.S. in Biology from San Diego State University, where she studied the evolutionary biology of arachnids. Since joining the San Diego Zoo Global in 2007, Robin has focused on community engagement in conservation. She has helped develop a national teacher workshop in conservation research, and is excited to partner with Project Dragonfly to grow San Diego Zoo Global’s (SDZG) professional development programs. Robin manages SDZG’s Advanced Inquiry Program Master’s degree and assist in coordinating and instructing the new Hawai`i Earth Expedition. Robin also works closely with the Institute’s field conservation programs, and is currently developing a community-based conservation education plan for the Hawai`i Endangered Bird Conservation Program. She feels very lucky to be able to share her passion for biodiversity and conservation with students, teachers and community members, both locally and worldwide.

Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo

Amanda Lindell

... is a Director of Professional Development for Educators at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Amanda holds a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami and a M.S.Ed in Secondary Science Education from Lehman College. After teaching high school  biology for two years in New York City, Amanda joined the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2010 where she has focused most of her time on the Urban Advantage Middle School Science Initiative teaching students and teachers how to use the Zoo for long-term science investigations. Recently, she has been shifting her focus to pre-service teachers in on-site and online workshops, where she inspires them to become passionate about both science and teaching science to their future students. She enjoys traveling with her husband to faraway places like New Zealand and Kenya but also coming home to their loving mutt, Juno. Being able to pass on her passion and inspire others to love science and the environment is her favorite part of her job.

Joanna Cagan

... is the Manager of Professional Development for Educators at the Wildlife Conservation Society. She works with teachers and graduate students in on-site and on-line programming at the Bronx Zoo, utilizing the Zoo’s world-class exhibits and vast global conservation program to inspire adult learners to incorporate science and conservation into their classroom teaching. She worked for many years as an instructor in the Zoo’s School Programs department, where she taught children from pre-K-12th grade in a wide-range of informal programming.  Joanna has also taught kindergarten and first grade classroom science in New York City, and she worked for many years as a freelance writer.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University, a Certificate in Conservation Biology from the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University and an M.S.Ed in Elementary Education from Lehman College.  Joanna lives with her husband and son in New York City, and finding and celebrating urban wildlife is one of her favorite hobbies when not at work.

Kathryn Atkins

... is a Coordinator of Professional Development for Educators at the Wildlife Conservation Society.  Kathryn has a BA in Biology from the University of Mississippi, an MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, and an MS Ed in Secondary Science Education from Lehman College.  Prior to joining the WCS Professional Development team she was a Secondary Instructor in the Bronx Zoo’s School Program Department, where she taught informal science programming to middle and high school students and developed and taught courses for graduate students.  She then taught middle school science for three years as a New York City Teaching Fellow before returning to WCS to work with AIP.  In addition to a love of conservation and science education, Kathryn is an avid knitter, crafter and baker – all of which she hopes to share with AIP students!

Woodland Park Zoo

Jenny Mears

... is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Woodland Park Zoo, where she facilitates the Advanced Inquiry Program Master's degree for educators as well as stewardship opportunities for the greater community. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Urban Horticulture and a B.A. in Art. She also earned her Master of Arts in Zoology from Project Dragonfly's Global Field Program, from which she discovered a love of participatory education and community mapping. Jenny is thrilled to work with AIP graduate students as they find their own passions and connect their audiences with the natural world

Katie Remine

... works as the School and Community Engagement Supervisor in the Education Department at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where she develops and presents conservation education for educators of K-12th grades, supervises on-site and outreach school programs, and facilitates programs that engage community members in conservation actions. Katie is a huge believer in the potential of international experiential learning to foster a sustainable global community! She spent a year in Iceland as an exchange student, and then received a degree in Biology and a minor in African Studies from Colorado College (with two semesters of study abroad in east and southern Africa). She completed her MSc degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Management through Imperial College London.

Kelly Frazee

... is the School Programs and Educator Professional Development Coordinator at Woodland Park Zoo, where she develops and oversees the implementation of inquiry-based programming for K-12 students and educators. She graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, and she completed her Master of Arts in Zoology through Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Program through which she traveled to Baja, Guyana and Borneo. Kelly is an avid wildlife tracker, and for several years has used her skills to help determine movement patterns of animals along the I-90 corridor of Washington as part of a citizen science monitoring project. Much of her master's work focused on the aspects of inquiry and connections to place fostered through citizen science projects, and she looks forward to sharing her excitement and interest in these topics with students in the Advanced Inquiry Program!