Jessica (Scott) Pascoe
Mentor: Rebecca Field
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
College and major: Swarthmore College, Biology and Environmental Studies, class of 2000
What you miss most about the REU program:
Being surrounded by amazing scientific researchers, and daily bird counts.
What you miss least about the REU program:
55 mosquito bites on one hand, waking up at 4:30am every day for bird counts.
What about the REU program has stuck with you:
I met one of my best friends at Harvard Forest and we both maintain Harvard Forest was one of the best summers of our lives.
Have you stayed in touch with other REU students?:
Whether your REU experience supported or changed your career plans:
I really loved the field experience. I wanted to be a Field Ornithologist but learned through my summer at Harvard Forest that I am horribly allergic to mosquitoes. Instead of doing field work, I decided to go into education to translate scientific principles to the general public.
What you're up to now:
I currently serve as the Director of Education for the Colorado Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Previously I was the Director of Sustainability for Lewis and Clark Community College. I also worked at the St. Louis Science Center as the Ecology and Environment Gallery Leader, and served as the Director of Education for the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.
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