Experiential Science Education - Yanayacu, Ecuador 2010

Shana Wolff

Hometown:  Cheyenne, Wyoming

University/Department:  University of Wyoming: University of Wyoming:  Geology/Geochemistry/Zoology

Why did you decide to go on the Yanayacu Research Trip?  I've always wanted to experience new places and new things, to find out about different points of view.  In the field of Paleontology, you need to understand entomology because you run across so many that are fossilized.

What was the most important thing you learned?  Bugs will not hurt me.

How has this experience changed you?    I'm not so afraid of bugs anymore.  I also notice little things, like the leaf cutter ants walking across the trails and the bromeliads.  I've learned a lot about insects and plant anatomy, about how it coexists and all works together.

What are your plans for the future?  I plan on finishing up my undergraduate degree and applying to a PhD program.  My eventual plan is to teach at a university, where I can teach field courses in the summer. 

 What advice would you give a young scientist?  Always as questions, no matter how weird it may seem.  If there is no answer, you can find.  All science is questions.  Why does this......? or How does.......?

If you would like to ask Shana a question about science please send her an email at:  msbaggins@hotmail.com