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Michelle A. Forster

Program Leader

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As the Education Program Specialist, Shelly works primarily with school groups and summer camp students. She also coordinates the Hudson River Data Jam and contributes to teacher workshops.

In her life before Cary, Shelly was a high school science teacher. Her passions in education include guiding students through scientific research projects and helping students overcome their fear of the creepy, crawling, and generally unglamorous parts of nature.

Shelly has worked on an eclectic variety of scientific research projects, which have included studying mountain gorilla disease ecology, engineering glow-in-the-dark parasites, collecting tomato smells, and tempting sub-alpine pollinators with painted flowers. She's currently working on learning to identify the many tree species on the Cary property and is keen to track plant and animal phenology through the four seasons.