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MaKinster and Wilson ’08 Publish

A journal article co-authored by Courtney Wilson ’08 and Associate Professor of Education James MaKinster, among others, titled “A world of data at your fingertips: exploring biodiversity with online visualization and analysis tools,” was recently published in Science Teacher, volume 77, issue 7.

The article poses, “Imagine if students could tap into a database of every known reptile species and compare the number living in their community to those in the Amazon. What if they could use data collected by citizen scientists to investigate a hurricane’s effects on bird populations and migration patterns?”

The journal article then discusses a new online science tool called Science Pipes, which “allows students to conduct biodiversity investigations such as these.”

Wilson earned her B.A. in public policy studies and environmental studies from William Smith and minored in economics and French and Francophone studies. While she was a student, Wilson interned with the Finger Lakes Institute and with MaKinster. She is currently a curriculum development specialist for the Crossing Boundaries Project and is based at Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology. There, she works with Crossing Boundaries Co-principal Investigator Nancy Trautmann.

The full article is available online.