Project Team and Collaborators
The Crossing Boundaries Project is a collaborative effort between Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Crossing Boundaries provides middle and high school students with knowledge, skills, motivation, and inspiration to use information and communication technologies in addressing biodiversity conservation issues in local and international contexts.
Jim MaKinster directs the project, focusing in particular on the design and implementation of teacher professional development. He is an Associate Professor of Education and Environmental Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. An expert in teacher professional development, curriculum development, and use of technology in educational settings, he also directs the GIT Ahead project (NSF ATE #0602751). His doctoral studies involved working with large numbers of teachers in web-supported learning communities and conducting professional development workshops related to inquiry-based teaching.
Nancy Trautmann co-directs the project, focusing on curriculum development and evaluation of impacts of the project on teachers and students. Director of Education at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, she has over 20 years experience conducting and evaluating science outreach programs for secondary teachers. She currently leads a project in which the Cornell Lab is developing a distance-learning course to help secondary teachers facilitate student research projects. Her doctoral research focused on web-mediated peer review among science students.
Mike Batek is the Project Manager. He comes to HWS from a former position teaching science at Northwest College Preparatory School, a College Board school in the Rochester City School District. He was certified at Roberts Wesleyan and was a participant in the Urban Teachers for Tomorrow Program. During his three years at Northwest, he taught and developed curriculum for Regents Earth Science, 7th Grade Science, 8th Grade Science, and Environmental Science. He holds a B.S. in Geology, M.A. in Geography, an Ed.M. in Earth Science Education and Earth Science for Students with Disabilities, and has completed fieldwork toward his dissertation on woodland conservation in the Andes.
Courtney Wilson was the Curriculum Specialist. She is a 2008 graduate of William Smith College with a B.A. in Public Policy and Environmental Studies. During the summer of 2008, she spent 14 weeks working at the Amazon Institute for People and the Environment (IMAZON) as an intern for Crossing Boundaries. She has since traveled to Kenya with the project and is writing curriculum modules that use a variety of technologies to explore conservation biology issues in U.S. and international settings. Courtney is now pursuing graduate work in Natural Resources and Informatics at the University of Michigan.
Eugenio Arima is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a senior researcher at IMAZON and an environmental geographer with expertise in using GIS to document and model environmental change. He focuses on the scientific and geographic aspects of land cover and land use change using computer‐based models to predict the impact of future development on the Amazonian landscape. Dr. Arima also researches the social dimensions of deforestation through interviews with colonists, farmers, loggers, and politicians.
Carol Burch, Hannibal High School
Lisa Lowenberg, Chittenango High School
Lisa Mason, Hannibal High School
Roberta Palmiotto, Union Springs Central School
Karen Taylor, Dryden High School
Michelle Watkins, Beaver River Central School
Paul Allen, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Assistant Director of Information Science
John Bowman, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Director of Multimedia
Jennifer Fee, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Project Leader of BirdSleuth
John Hansen, Hansen Research Services, Statistician
Jamie Herring, Habitat Seven, Inc., Director and Videographer
Irby Lovette, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Associate Director for Academic Affairs
Will Morris, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Web and User Interface Designer
Steve Muth, Voicethread, Co-founder
Ken Rosenberg, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Director of Conservation Science
Douglas Spencer, Edu, Inc., President and Evaluation Consultant
Marie Studer, Encyclopedia of Life, Director of Education and Outreach
International Organizations and Institutions
Finger Lakes Institute, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
IMAZON – The Amazon Institute for People and the Environment, Belem, Brazil
Mpala Research Center, Kenya
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Advisory Board Members
Tom Baker, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Instructional Technologist
Alec Bodzin, Lehigh University Associate Professor of Science Education
Christine Cunningham, Museum of Science, Boston, Vice President of Research
Judith Fonzi, Univ. of Rochester, Warner Center for Prof. Dev. & Educational Reform, Director
Pat Piles, Finger Lakes Wired, Project Manager
Joseph Kerski, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Curriculum Development Manager
The Crossing Boundaries Project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0833675. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.