PAESTA member participates in global program

Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association member Toba Bernstein took part in graduate studies in Costa Rica this past summer through Miami University's Project Dragonfly. Bernstein of Newtown, PA, studied lowland rain forest and montane cloud forests while investigating the biotic, physical, and cultural forces that affect tropical biodiversity.

Bernstein is a graduate student with Miami University’s Earth Expeditions, a global program offering graduate courses to people from all disciplines. The program combines web-based learning with field experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. Inspired by her work in Costa Rica, Bernstein is now conducting a semester-long research project.

Since the program began 12 years ago, Project Dragonfly has engaged more than 2,100 people in firsthand educational and scientific research at critical conservation field sites in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Dragonfly is located in the department of biology at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio. Miami was established in 1809 and is listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies.

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