Laura Carsten Conner

Research

My research interests include:

  • youth engagement in science in both formal and informal contexts
  • development of science identities among girls
  • building of conceptual knowledge in immersive environments.

As can be seen from my CV, my formal training is in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and past research interests include sperm competition, mating strategies, and the role of context in trait development among walnut flies.

Teaching

Recent courses taught or co-taught include:

  • Principles of Ecology
  • Communicating Science
  • Scientific Writing
  • Scientific Teaching
  • Animal Behavior

Outreach

I am heavily involved in K-12 outreach. Projects that I lead or co-lead include the CASE GK-12 Program, the Alaska Summer Research Academy, the Traveling Planetarium project, and the "Eyes on the Arctic" K-12 climate change program. I also serve as the project evaluator for the NSF-funded "Girls on Ice" program.

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