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Friday, December 21, 2012
Wildlife, field research and education: Wyoming EPSCoR's EOD Coordinator
Earlier this fall we started a series of blogs about the EPSCoR office. The following is part twoof the series and features our Education, Outreach and Diversity (EOD) Coordinator, Beth Cable.
Beth Cable is Wyoming EPSCoR's EOD Coordinator
For a wildlife biologist, field research can look like a lot of things.
Sometimes it is observing animals in their natural habitats; sometimes it is
looking for changes in migration patterns; and sometimes it is bringing the joy
of nature to students through field research projects. For Beth Cable, the
Education, Outreach and Diversity (EOD) Coordinator for the CI-WATER grant at
Wyoming EPSCoR, field research has been all of these things.
Beth has had a varied career, but of all her experiences, field work has
been the best part. “The most fun part of my career was doing wildlife
research,” Beth says. “It was a carefree environment where my learning curve
was high. It was full of great experiences and gave me a chance to see a lot of
the country and a lot of amazing natural things happening.”
Science was always Beth’s favorite subject in high school.After working as a field researcher for
several years following her degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State
University, she started working in outdoor schools.
“I missed interacting with people,” Beth says.
The first outdoor school Beth worked at was in California. The yearlong
school is part of California’s public school curriculum which aims to get
students outside. As the school was located just south of Yosemite National
Park, the students and teachers had a great opportunity to explore the park. After
teaching in California, Beth came to Wyoming to work at the Teton Science Schools outside of Jackson Hole. The Teton Science Schools also offers courses
all year long. In the winter, students studied the winter environment, including
the snow. The summer, however, was the best part for Beth, because it focused
on field research. She and her students participated in bird banding and
vegetation mapping, among other projects.
“One of my favorite things to do is field research projects with high
school students,” Beth says. “I loved doing field work and now I love doing it
Beth’s love of field research and working with high school students
became the focus of her Master’s thesis at the University of Wyoming. After
earning her masters, Beth taught science to 7th-12th
graders in Rock River, Wyoming, before coming back to UW. Since then, Beth has
helped design biology curriculum for UW and coordinated the Wyoming State
Science Fair. Today, Beth’s passions and varied experiences guide her work at
Wyoming EPSCoR and with Utah universities collaborating with UW on the CI-WATER
“The best part of EPSCoR is the variety of things I get to do,” Beth says.
“And I enjoy working with the people in Utah, even though they are far away. I
have learned a lot from them.”
Beth’s latest work with Utah has been on toolboxes for K-12 schools in
the two states. These toolboxes are designed to teach students about water and
encourage them to explore the world of water around them.
“I’m really excited about the toolboxes,” Beth says.
The toolboxes are the result of hard work, collaboration and dedication
by Beth and her partners at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Beth’s
experiences with teaching and curriculum planning, with real-world science and
learning in the outdoors have greatly informed the toolboxes. She is looking
forward to piloting them and sending them around the state.
Outside of science and her work at EPSCoR, Beth is an avid trail runner
and skate skier.