People

Principal Investigators

Paul F. Marty
Paul F. Marty, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, FSU College of Communication and Information
Paul F. Marty is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies within the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University. His Ph.D. is from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1996 to 2002, he was Director of Information Technology at the Spurlock Museum. His current research focuses on the evolution of sociotechnical systems and collaborative work practices, digital convergence and the evolving roles of information professionals, and involving users in the co-construction of digital knowledge.
Ian Douglas
Ian Douglas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, FSU Learning Systems Institute
Ian Douglas is an associate program director in the Learning Systems Institute (LSI) at Florida State University (FSU). LSI is an interdisciplinary research institute engaged in learning and human performance research. He leads LSI’s Knowledge Communities’ Research Group (http://www.lpg.fsu.edu/KCRG/). In addition, he is an associate professor in the College of Communication and Information at FSU. Dr Douglas has an M.A. in Psychology, MSc in Computing and Cognition, and a Ph.D. in Computing. His research interests are in usability in design, knowledge management and learning systems technology. He has over fifty publications relating to these areas and has received 6.7 million US dollars in research funding over the past eight years.
Southerland
Sherry Southerland, Ph.D.
Professor, FSU College of Education
Sherry Southerland is a professor in the Science Education program at Florida State University. She received her B.S. in Biology from Auburn University, her M.S. in Physiology from Auburn University, and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Science Education. She has been a biology teacher at the high school, community college, and university levels and a science teacher educator at both University of Utah and Florida State University. She has also worked as a field biologist and a forensic chemist. Her three primary areas of research include an examination of the learning of nature of science knowledge, the role culture plays on the learning and teaching of science, and the ways in which teachers own sense of discontentment shape their professional development.
Victor Sampson
Victor Sampson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, FSU College of Education
Victor Sampson is an Assistant Professor in the Science Education Program. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology at the University of Washington, a Master’s degree in Secondary Science Education from Seattle University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Science Education from Arizona State University. Before becoming a faculty member in the School of Teacher Education (STE), he was a graduate fellow at the center for Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) and worked as a science teacher in both private and public high schools. His work centers on ways to promote more meaningful learning inside the classroom and ways to provide teachers with opportunities to learn within and from their practice in a way that initiates and sustains change.
Michelle M. Kazmer
Michelle M. Kazmer
Associate Professor, FSU College of Communication and Information
Michelle M. Kazmer is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies within the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University, and holds a courtesy faculty appointment at the Florida State University College of Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her MLS at the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering at Columbia University. Her research focuses on participants in distributed social worlds, and in particular the processes of knowledge creation and sharing among those participants. She is also interested in the interaction between online and local settings for participants in distributed social worlds.

Education / Content Team

Nicole D. Alemanne
Nicole D. Alemanne
Content Developer
Nicole D. Alemanne is a Ph.D. student in the School of Library and Information Studies within the College of Communication of Information at Florida State University. She received her M.S. in Information Studies with a certificate in Museum Studies from Florida State University, and her B.A. in Literature & Rhetoric from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her previous professional background was in advertising and television research. Her research interests focus on digital humanities, collaborative knowledge production, and social computing environments.
Amanda Clark
Amanda Clark
Educational Developer
Amanda Clark is a Ph.D. student in the College of Education at Florida State University. She received her Master’s Degree from Florida State University in Science Education, and her Bachelors in Biological Sciences is from FSU. Clark worked as a high school science teacher from 2005 to 2010 in Jackson County, Florida. Prior to that she was a Biologist at Florida State University. Her research interests focus on improving the teaching of the Nature of Science within science curriculums and improving teacher’s pedagogical knowledge on how to engage their students in extended investigations paralleling the type of work performed by scientists.
Anne Mendenhall
Anne Mendenhall
Instructional Designer and Research Assistant
Anne Mendenhall earned a Ph.D. from Florida State University in Instructional Systems. She received a Master’s Degree from Utah State University in Instructional Technology and her Bachelor’s Degree is in Communications focusing on journalism, video production, and multimedia development. Dr. Mendenhall has worked internationally within developing countries (e.g. Pacific Rim region, Indonesia, Africa). Dr. Mendenhall’s research interests includes design and development research, technology integration in science education, distance learning, team-based and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning, and task-centered instruction (using the First Principles of Instruction).
Jennifer Schellinger
Jennifer Schellinger
Educational Developer
Jennifer Schellinger is a Ph.D. student in the College of Education at Florida State University where she is pursuing a degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education. She recently defended her M.S. thesis at Florida State University in the Department of Biology where she studied sessile macroinvertebrate communities living on hardbottom reefs in the Apalachee Bay region of the Gulf of Mexico. Her research interests focus on developing educational programs that enhance state standards in informal science settings.
Alyssa Larson
Alyssa Larson
Education Assistant
Alyssa is an undergraduate student in the FSU-Teach program, who is double majoring in Mathematics and Mathematics Secondary Education. One day, she hopes to teach high school mathematics and possibly coach softball. Alyssa previously interned with the Mary Brogan Museum of Arts and Science as an assistant teacher, during their educational summer camp. She is contributing to the Habitat Tracker Project through her research and content development for the website. In her free time, she enjoys working with students, volunteering, and playing intramural sports.

Technology / Design Team

Chase Anderson
Chase Anderson
Graphic Designer
Chase is a junior pursuing a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History at the Florida State University. His primary interests are web design and animation and he has done graphic design work for Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend. Chase enjoys freelancing as an artist of design work, video editing, as well as creating personal websites.
David Lafontant
David Lafontant
Programmer
David is currently pursuing his B.S Degree in Computer Science from the
Florida State University. Captivated by programming, he is interested in
broadening his scope of programming languages. He enjoys the problem
solving aspect of coding and has an aptitude for mathematics. David’s primary
focus is in the development and maintenance of software.
Gilberto Parada
Gilberto Parada
Graphic Designer
Gilberto is currently pursuing his B.A. in Graphic Design and B.S. in Information Technology from the Florida State University. Gilberto is presently active in the Hispanic Latino Student Union as Publicity Co-Chair, a position which enables him to utilize and develop his graphic design skills and assists others with publicity content. He also enjoys working as a freelance web designer and creating advertisement material for organizations at the FSU campus.
Andrés Ruiz
Andrés Ruiz
Graphic Designer
Andres received his Bachelor’s in Art for Graphic Design from the Florida State University and is currently working on a second Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He has a prolific background in motion graphics, 3D animation, and print media. Andres’ eclectic work experiences have help shape him into a multifaceted team player.
Justin Zgodzinski
Justin Zgodzinski
Webmaster
Justin is a recent Graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology and minors in both Math and Business. He volunteers for WellSpring Studio School doing web development and previously worked as a webmaster at WFSU. He worked for over 6 years in help desk IT for International Speedway Corporation and has experience with A+ and Network+ courses.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Rick Brusca
Executive Director,Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Craig Pugh
Executive Director,Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Dr. Betty Dunckel
Program Director and Associate Scientist,Center for Informal Science Education, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
Agnes Kovacs
Manager, School, Group, and Teacher Programs, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
Eddy Dawson
Information Technology Manager, Red Butte Botanic Garden
Dr. Barbara Crawford
Professor, Mathematics and Science Education, University of Georgia
Dr. Julie Kittleson
Assistant Professor, Science Education, University of Georgia
Dr. Leah M. Melber
Director of Student and Teacher Programs, Lincoln Park Zoo

Past Team Members

Manisha Maurya
Manisha Maurya
Education Assistant
Manisha graduated with her M.S. in Sociocultural and International Development Education Studies (SIDES) with an emphasis in science education. She graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Spanish. Habitat Tracker challenges students with inquiry-based learning in the field of science, which is an aspect that intrigued Manisha about the project; she wants to incorporate that method of learning in her future science classroom. Manisha is now a peace-corp volunteer in South America.
Nikunj Mehta
Nikunj Mehta
Mobile Developer
Nik is currently pursuing his B.S Degree in Computer Science from the Florida State University. He enjoys programming, systems/database administration and hardware design. His primary interests lie in optimization of high-level code, and cryptanalysis. In his free time, he plays an active role in the world of open-source software and is always willing to collaborate with others in a friendly and constructive environment.
Kirby Browning
Kirby Browning
Education Intern
Kirby just graduated with a dual major in biology and secondary education from the FSU- Teach program at Florida State University. Previously, Kirby worked in the education department at the Tallahassee Museum of Natural History, which allowed her to practice her love of teaching with the unique animals there. She focused most of her time conditioning the education animals and helping with program development. She is currently working with Leon County Schools as a substitute teacher.
Aldo E. De La Paz
Aldo E. De La Paz
Web Developer & Graphic Artist
Aldo De La Paz is a web developer, graphic designer and illustrator with a strong background in technology and advertising. He received his B.S. in Information Technology and his Master’s in Integrated Marketing & Management Communication with an emphasis in Digital Marketing from the Florida State University. His experience includes both freelance and professional work for clients such as Florida KidCare, SafeKids USA, several Florida State University entities, and various other state-wide and national campaigns.
Carolina Jimeno
Carolina Jimeno
Education Intern
Carolina is currently pursuing her B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education through the FSU-Teach program with a minor in Business from Florida State University. Carolina is presently active in WeTEACH@FSU as a member, a position that allows her to participate and volunteer with WeTEACH socials and fundraisers. She also works with the FSU-Teach program by maintaining the social networking sites and promotions of available internships and scholarships for FSU-Teach students. Carolina currently works as a mathematics tutor at the Student Athlete Academic Services, where she is able to gain teaching experience and assist busy athletes with their academics.
Todd Lahtinen
Todd Lahtinen
Mobile Development Intern
Todd Lahtinen is an Information Technology professional pursing a career in web and mobile application development. He currently works for Florida State University’s College of Communication and Information on the the Habitat Tracker project and the Interactive Resume project. Todd is also employed at Whats Next Marketing developing business web applications. Todd will receive his B.S. in Information Technology from FSU in August of 2011.
Miriam Ojima
Miriam Ojima
Education Intern
Miriam double majors in Biology and Science/Mathematics Teaching through the FSU-Teach program at Florida State University. At the heart of her interests is marine ecology, and she participates in research with FSU’s Marine Certificate Program. She also spends some time with Habitat for Humanity, the Field Hockey Club, and the Japanese Student Association.
Dale C. Smith
Dale C. Smith
Web Development Intern
Dale is currently pursuing his B.S. in Information Technology from the Florida State University. He is a technologically talented student who excels in the knowledge of computer hardware, software, and multimedia design. Dale is always willing and excited to learn new skills, and helpful when leading or assisting others. He displays the ability to cooperate well with others and practices superb business communication.