Iowa (2011)

Team Iowa had two stops on their leg of the Roadshow:  Muscatine High School  in Muscatine and The Putnam Museum in Davenport.

Here are some pictures from Iowa:

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Meet Team Iowa

Joshua Hanna

Joshua is both a project based science teacher at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, IA and a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa where he is currently researching barriers that Iowa high school teachers face when teaching evolution in the classroom.  Joshua was the 2009 recipient of Iowa’s Excellence in Science Teaching Award for life science by the Iowa Academy of Science.

John Logsdon

John is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Iowa and was a Sabbatical Scholar at NESCent in 2009-2010, during which time he initiated work on a book aimed at a popular audience on the evolution of sex.  He holds degrees from Iowa State University (B.S., Biology and Psychology) and Indiana University (Ph.D., Genetics).  John is an evolutionary biologist and educator with growing interests in science communication and public outreach. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on evolutionary topics.  His research interests are in the molecular genetic aspects of evolution with a focus on the origin and evolution of eukaryotes and their genomes.

Julie Meachen-Samuels

Julie Meachen-Samuels received both her Bachelor’s and her Master’s degrees in Zoology from the University of Florida, where she examined the anatomy of native Floridian llamas that went extinct at the end of the Pleistocene. She then moved on to the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her PhD in Biology in 2008. At UCLA, her doctoral dissertation work focused on the functional morphology and prey-killing strategies of cats. In August 2009, Julie started her postdoc at NESCent, examining how living and extinct carnivores make/made a living and separate themselves from one another.  Additionally, she is examining the correlation between carnivore morphology and climate. This research will use past faunal turnovers to understand how current human and climatic alterations may impact carnivore communities today.


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