Engaged Curriculum Grants

Bringing Specimens to Life

Teaching students to communicate scientific knowledge that promotes local diversity and inspires an interest in the natural world.

Learning about organisms increases awareness of local diversity and fosters a sense of wonder in the species living in our own backyards. While natural history museums are dynamic places that have the specimens to illustrate this diversity, they often struggle to reach broad audiences who are not aware these resources are available to them. In this course, students collaborate with community partners, providing a unique opportunity for students to learn about natural history collections, engage with members of the public and communicate science. Students learn strategies for sharing scientific knowledge with diverse audiences and articulating why we collect animals, what we can learn from them and why careful scientific collecting should continue.

Grant type: Planning

The Team

  • Vanya Rohwer
    Cornell Museum of Vertebrates
  • Casey Dillman
    Cornell Museum of Vertebrates
  • William Bemis, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Harry Greene, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Irby Lovette, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Amy McCune, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Jeremy Searle, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • David Winkler, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Kelly Zamudio, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Community partner: Cayuga Nature Center
  • Cornell partner: Lab of Ornithology

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