Informal learning is going to be a fundamental part of the Keeping Bio-diversity cluster, and we're seeking a learning researcher whose research can inform our knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in informal contexts, particularly regarding museum collections and conditions. Possible research areas of expertise include concentrate on bridging informal and formal learning conditions, and/or using digital technologies to boost learning possibilities in multiple contexts.
Additionally to collaborations inside the Keeping Bio-diversity cluster, we have seen potential collaborative links with multimedia, augmented/virtual reality, and digital learning research, and STEM education research within the Educational Psychology Department (Dr. Butchers, Poitras and Zheng), informal learning research and evaluation in the Museum (Ms. Menlove and Ms. Runburg), and informal science learning and citizen science within the Biology Department (Drs. Nadkarni and Sekercioglu).
Conservation biology is the central Keeping Bio-diversity cluster. We're seeking candidates with research emphases in environmental and transformative reactions to habitat loss, global warming, or invasive species, determining and ameliorating risks to endangered species including genetic risks, methods and techniques of rebuilding habitat and ecosystem functionality, and/or citizen science.
Additionally to collaborations inside the Keeping Bio-diversity cluster, we have seen possibilities to collaborate with environmental and phylogenetic operate in Biology (Drs. Bohs, Bowling, Coley, Dearing, Kusar, Nadkarni, Pataki, Sekercioglu), transformative ecology and human behavior research in Anthropology (Drs. Broughton, Codding, Hawkes, Knapp), archaeobotany, herbarium science, paleoecology, and vertebrate zoology in the Museum (Drs. Louderback, Metcalfe, Energy, Rickart), and Red-colored Butte Garden’s knowledge of rare plant conservation and horticulture (Dr. Lee).