2009 ESF S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Team | ESF Science | Experiential Learning & Outreach | SUNY ESF
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2009 ESF S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Team

MajanenTerhi Majanen - ESF SCIENCE/Stewards of Syracuse Project Manager

A warm welcome to all 2009 ESF SCIENCE and Stewards of Syracuse participants!

Terhi coordinates the ESF SCIENCE and Stewards of Syracuse programs and the National Science Foundation GK12 project. She has a BA in Geography from University College London and a Masters in Environment & Development from the University of Cambridge. Terhi's interests include protected areas and biodiversity, sustainable development, and environmental education.


Brandon Murphy - ESF SCIENCE/Stewards of Syracuse Team Leader

Brandon is a graduate student in the department of Environmental and Forest Biology working with Dr. Don Leopold on inland salt marsh restoration on the Solvay waste beds around Onondaga Lake. Since 2008, Brandon has also been working with the ESF Outreach office helping to develop the ESF Online program and courses. He enjoys teaching, both formally and informally, and is particularly interested in stress tolerant plants. In his free time Brandon enjoys running, biking, snowboarding, golfing, playing guitar, and playing softball and soccer.



Amanda Giangiobbe – ESF SCIENCE/Stewards of Syracuse Team Member

Amanda is currently a senior Environmental Studies Communication and Culture major at SUNY ESF. Growing up in Marcellus, NY on the Nine Mile Creek, Amanda became a nature lover at a very young age. Upon graduating from ESF she plans on attending graduate school and becoming a science teacher. She is very excited to be part of ESF SCIENCE, and is looking forward to a fun and successful summer!


Fernando Maldonado – ESF SCIENCE/Stewards of Syracuse Team Member

Fernando is a senior at SUNY ESF studying Environmental Biology.  Born and raised in New York City, just a few blocks away from Yankee Stadium, Fernando had very few nature experiences in the city that never sleeps until he saw a wild rabbit around the premises of his high school. As he saw the wild rabbit survive in a heavily populated area, his curiosity grew enough that he enjoys teaching others about nature. Fernando hopes to one day educate youth about the world they live in and help aid them in becoming closer to and respect nature.

kateKate Hibbard – ESF SCIENCE/Stewards of Syracuse Team Member

Kate grew up in the suburbs of Syracuse and is currently a senior in Conservation Biology. Her curiosity for nature exploration comes from the love and respect of the environment that she has learned from her parents. Kate’s interests include science education, traditional ecological knowledge, and responsible environmental stewardship. Kate is excited to be a part of ESF Science Corps and to have the opportunity to share her passion for nature and positive attitude.

brunoBruno Takahashi – ESF SCIENCE Team Leader

Bruno is originally from Peru, and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program of Environmental Science, working with Dr. Mark Meisner in the environmental communication and participatory processes area of study. His research interests include the representation of environmental issues in the mass media, and the promotion of environmental behaviors, with special interest in developing countries.Bruno worked with the ESF Outreach office in the summer of 2007, and now is looking forward to this year's program.


Alex Blake – ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Alex Blake recently graduated from ESF with a degree in Environmental Studies: Communication and Culture. Growing up near various streams and ponds, Alex spent many summer days catching and observing animals. His time spent in nature gave him a deep respect for the environment, which he hopes to spread to others through writing and education. As part of the ESF SCIENCE Team, he hopes to share his love for nature and the environment with a new generation of naturalists.


Susana del Granado – ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Susana del Granado is a PhD student in the program of Environmental and Natural Resources Policy at ESF. Susana studied biology in her home country, Bolivia. In 2004 she was awarded a Fulbright-OAS scholarship and completed a MS degree at SUNY-ESF in Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes. Susana recently finished a Master in Public Administration at Syracuse University.


Shea Lambert – ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Hello! I'm from Rochester, NY, and I just graduated in May 2009 from ESF with a Bachelors of Science in Conservation Biology. I've always had a passion for nature, especially reptiles and amphibians. I really enjoyed working with ESF Outreach last summer as part of the Stewards of Syracuse program. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for ecology with SCIENCE campers this summer. I know it will be a great opportunity to teach, learn, and be outside!


Ann Moore – ESF SCIENCE Educator

Ann plants seeds of possibility in young people as a science teacher for Cayuga Onondaga BOCES in Auburn, New York. She earned an MS in Environmental Science from ESF, and a BA in geology from SUNY Cortland. Her interests include snorkeling, kayaking and exploring the wonders of the universe with her students. She is delighted to return to ESF as both student and mentor for the ESF SCIENCE program.


Heidi Busa – ESF SCIENCE Educator

Heidi is a teacher at Marcellus High School and is currently teaching environmental studies, biomedical and chemical technologies, Regents Living Environment, and Global Environment (part of ESF in the High School). Heidi is a graduate of SUNY ESF where she majored in Wildlife Biology, minored in Botany, and received a B.S. in Forest Biology. She also received an M.S. from Syracuse University in Science Education. Professionally, Heidi has over 25 years of experience educating students. She has taught as an environmental educator for the NYSDEC and at Stone Environmental Schools in Maine and Massachusetts. Before teaching high school students at Marcellus, Heidi instructed at Fowler and Corcoran High Schools, along with Lincoln and Grant Middle Schools in the Syracuse School District. Outside of the classroom, Heidi is a consultant to the Associate Dean for Educational Outreach at SUNY ESF, where she works on curriculum and professional development. Heidi is also an item writer for the NYS Regents Exam on the Living Environment; she is a facilitator for Project Wild, a wildlife oriented education program; and a facilitator, state chair, and national consultant to Project Learning Tree, an environmental education program dealing with forest resources.