Meet your Instructors
Programs offered through the public education department are developed and taught by museum education professionals with science backgrounds and years of experience teaching in informal learning environments.
Teresa MacDonald is the Associate Director of Public Programs at the museum. She holds a BA, honors, in physical anthropology, an MSc in vertebrate paleontology, and a PhD in science education. She has more than twenty years of science teaching experience in museums, science centers, universities and schools from kindergarten to college level on three continents. Teresa has been involved with several grant-funded projects such as Principal Investigator for Understanding the Tree of Life, Co-PI and outreach lead for the Euteleost Tree of Life project, Co-PI for Adventures at Nanoscale: Superconductivity, outreach director for Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe, and is a partner on the IMLS-funded project The Tree Room: Teaching and learning about evolutionary relationships.
Novick, L.R., Pickering, J., MacDonald, T., Diamond, J. et al. (2014). Depicting the Tree of Life: Guiding Principles from Psychological Research. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 7(1):1-13.
MacDonald, T., and Wiley, E.O. (2012). Communicating phylogeny: Evolutionary tree diagrams in museums. Evolution Education and Outreach, 5:14-28. DOI 10.1007/s12052-012-0387-0. (KU ScholarWorks http://hdl.handle.net/1808/9307).
MacDonald, T., and Bean, A. (2011). Adventures in the Subatomic Universe: An exploratory study of a scientist-museum physics education project. Public Understanding of Science, 20(6):846-862.
MacDonald, T. (2010). Communicating Phylogeny: Evolutionary tree diagrams in museums. Paper presented at NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching) annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, March.
Bekkah Lampe is the Education Program Coordinator at the KU Natural History Museum. She holds a BS in biological sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an MA in ecology, evolution and marine biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has over ten years of experience in science education and has previous worked in the education departments of the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, NC, the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, MD, and the Ty Warner Sea Center in Santa Barbara, CA. Bekkah contributes to various projects for the Public Education department, including creating Sexy Science Shorts, short animated videos about animal reproductive behavior.