AIP Master Institution Faculty


Project Dragonfly - Miami University

Chris Myers

Chris Myers

... received his Ph.D. in ecology from Vanderbilt University and is now a professor of Zoology 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. 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, the Advanced Inquiry Program and the Global Field Program, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, and taught environmental education at Yale University.

Kevin Matteson

Kevin Matteson

... is the Assistant Director of Master's Programs for Project Dragonfly at Miami University. Since 2002, Kevin has researched ecology, pollinator conservation, and entomology in heavily developed urban landscapes. For his doctoral research 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 of non-traditional settings including bilingual art-based science education in the Bronx. Kevin has also engaged in scientific outreach as a scientific consultant and blogger for an urban citizen science program and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Urban Ecosystems Ecology section of the Ecological Society of America.

Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo

Agnes Kovacs

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.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cory christopher

Cory Christopher

... is the Graduate Program Manager at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Cory earned a master's degree in Ecology from the University of Georgia, where he specialized in Mammalogy, and he received his PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati, specializing in the ecology of herbivores and invasive plants. His fondness for all things natural and his willingness to get incredibly muddy comes from spending most of his childhood running through the hills and streams of the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills where he was raised. In his downtime, you can usually find him running, traipsing around in the woods, or eating cupcakes. He speaks French very poorly, but loves traveling and has a stunning personality.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Katie Corr

Katie Corr

... is an Education Specialist at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo where she serves as the coordinator of adult educational programming. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Hiram College where she focused specifically on Environmental Education and mainstreaming environmental issues into rural classrooms. Between time spent as an interpretive ranger with the National Park Service and her current position with the Zoo, Katie has 9 years of experience in alternative education. In her free time, Katie can be found adventuring outdoors, traveling or working in her garden.

Vicki Searles

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.

Woodland Park Zoo

Jenny Mears

Jenny Mears

... is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Woodland Park Zoo, where she facilitates teacher professional development, including the Advanced Inquiry Program Master's degree for educators, as well as Backyard Habitat classes for the greater community. She received degrees in Urban Horticulture and in Art from University of Washington. Jenny has a great interest in and passion for global understanding and resource conservation, and is delighted to find the intersection between the two in both the Advanced Inquiry Program and Global Field Program.

Katie Remine

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.