Experiential Science Education - Yanayacu, Ecuador 2010

Dr. Nina Zitani

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Hometown: London, Ontario, Canada

University/Department: University of Western Ontario, Dept. of Biology

Why did you decide to go on the Yanayacu Research Trip?  One of my favorite things to do is to teach tropical biology in the field. I was offered the job and I didn’t hesitate to take it!

What was the most important thing you learned?  Tropical biodiversity is profoundly complex and difficult to teach in a classroom setting.  Each time I am in the field with students it reaffirms by belief in the power of seeing tropical biodiversity firsthand as a means to understanding it.

How has this experience changed you? The rain forest is my classroom. I learn something new each time I visit it.

What are your plans for the future?  I hope to continue to teach biodiversity studies in both the classroom and in the field.

What advice would you give a young scientist?  Though specialization is important, learn as much as you can about different subjects and be well rounded. 

If you would like to ask Dr. Zitani a question about science please send her an email at: nzitani@uwo.ca
Also check out her website at:  http://www.biodiversitygardening.com/