Elizabeth Eubanks (2007) was selected to participate in an Arctic Tundra Dynamics project with PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) in 2008. She traveled to Barrow, Alaska to work with Dr. Steven Oberbauer on a project titled, Biocomplexity Associated with the Response of Arctic Tundra Carbon Balance to Warming and Drying across Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales. Ms. Eubanks continued her work with Dr. Oberbauer, recently, in the tropics of La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. She traveled to Costa Rica from October 11-18, 2012, in order to duplicate some of the same research practices that they experienced in Alaska dealing with Carbon Fluxes.
Ms. Eubanks returned to her home state of Florida in time to share her experiences as a participant in Teacher Research Experience Programs such as NOAA Teacher at Sea and PolarTREC, at the Learn Green Conference on October 19. This Florida Green Schools Conference is a key component of a larger initiative, the Palm Beach County Green Schools Recognition Program, which encourages schools to create cultures of sustainability and learning that will empower students to create a more sustainable future. Ms. Eubanks leads the Green Team at St. Mark Catholic School and they have been awarded the highest honor given by the Green Schools Recognition Program, which is the Green School of Excellence Award. The Green Team attended the Learn Green Conference and performed the Master Plastic Monster Baggy skit that promotes recycling.
Elizabeth Eubanks is a middle school science teacher from Florida. She was aboard NOAA Ship David Starr Jordan for two weeks in July 2007 while scientists conducted shark research in Pacific waters off the coast of California. You can read her blogs here.