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Dr. Alan R. Berkowitz

Head of Education, Plant Ecologist | PhD

Expertise: education

2801 Sharon Turnpike; P.O. Box AB
Millbrook NY 12545-0129, USA

845 677-7600 x311

Alan Berkowitz is a leader in advancing ecosystem literacy. His efforts include developing teaching materials, facilitating undergraduate research opportunities, and training educators. His projects aim to enhance public understanding of the complex interactions that govern the natural world and the ways that people influence ecosystems.

Berkowitz directs the Cary Institute’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Over 30 years running, the program allows students to conduct hands-on ecological research under the advisement of a scientist mentor. The program, which is committed to supporting diversity, has launched nearly 75% of its alums into careers in the sciences. Berkowitz also directs the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) Undergraduate Research Program.

Schools across the nation have the opportunity to partner with the Cary Institute to implement freely-available curriculum materials and participate in cutting-edge teacher training workshops. These collaborations bring together teachers, education researchers, and scientists – all working to improve ecological science literacy.

Berkowitz is the Education Team Leader for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), a Long Term Ecological Research site directed by the Cary Institute. In this role, Berkowitz works with teachers in Baltimore City Public Schools to bring BES research into the classroom.

Klemow, Kenneth, Alan R. Berkowitz, C. Cid, and G. Middendorf. 2019. “Improving Ecological Education Through A Four-Dimensional Framework”. Frontiers In Ecology And The Environment 17 (2): 71. doi:10.1002/fee.2013.
Berkowitz, Alan R., Tobias Irish, and Cornelia Harris. 2016. “Data Explorations In Ecology: Secondary Students’ Knowledge, Skills, And Attitudes Towards Data”. In National Association For Research In Science Teaching Annual Conference. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Berkowitz_NARST_2016_DEEP_final.pdf.
Jordan, Rebecca C., Wesley R. Brooks, Jacqueline R. DeLisi, Steven A. Gray, and Alan R. Berkowitz. 2015. “Ecology Nature Of Science: Shared Discussions And Practices Among Ecologists And High School Teachers”. Ecosphere 6 (11): art223. doi:10.1890/ES13-00386.1.
Berkowitz, Alan R., Tobias Irish, Cornelia Harris, Samantha Root, C.A. Brewer, Katherine Trudeau, and Angelita Alvarado-Santos. 2015. “Data Explorations In Ecology: Students’ Understanding Of Variability And Use Of Data In Environmental Citizenship”. In Association For Science Teacher Education Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Berkowitz_ASTE_2015_DEEP_final.pdf.
Berkowitz, Alan R., Tobias Irish, Cornelia Harris, Samantha Root, C.A. Brewer, Katherine Trudeau, and Angelita Alvarado-Santos. 2015. “Data Explorations In Ecology: Students' Understanding Of Variability And Use Of Data In Environmental Citizenship”. In National Association For Research In Science Teaching Annual Conference. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Berkowitz_NARST_2015_DEEP_final.pdf.
Harris, Cornelia, Alan R. Berkowitz, Bess Caplan, and Shelley Doster. 2015. “Hudson River Data Jam: Creatively Engaging Students With Large Data Sets”. In Ecological Society Of America Annual Conference. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Harris_ESA_2015_DataJam_final.pdf.
Bianchini, Julie A., Nissa Yestness, Katherine J. Nilsen, Jiwon Kim, LaTisha M. Hammond, Stacy Carpenter, Tobias Irish, Sylvia D. Parker, and Alan R. Berkowitz. 2014. “Progression-Based Teaching Strategies In Environmental Science: Teachers’ Successes And Struggles In Implementation.”. National Association For Research In Science Teaching. Pittsburgh, PA: National Association for Research in Science Teaching. http://www.pathwaysproject.kbs.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Bianchini-et-al.-2014.-Learning-Progression-Based-Teaching-Strategies-in-Environmental-Science.pdf.
McBride, B. B., C.A. Brewer, Alan R. Berkowitz, and W. T. Borrie. 2013. “Environmental Literacy, Ecological Literacy, Ecoliteracy: What Do We Mean And How Did We Get Here?”. Ecosphere 4 (5): art67. doi:10.1890/ES13-00075.1.
Harris, Cornelia, Alan R. Berkowitz, Jennifer Doherty, and Laurel Hartley. 2013. “Exploring Biodiversity's Big Ideas In Your School Yard”. Science Scope 36 (8). National Science Teachers Association: 20-27. http://learningcenter.nsta.org/files/ss1308_20.pdf.
Jordan, Rebecca C., Wesley R. Brooks, Steven A. Gray, Jacqueline R. DeLisi, and Alan R. Berkowitz. 2013. “Rising To The “Broader Impacts” Challenge”. Frontiers In Ecology And The Environment 11 (5): 234 - 235. doi:10.1890/13.WB.013.
Harris, Cornelia, Alan R. Berkowitz, K. Notin, and M.A. McLean. 2013. “Beyond Eco-Footprints: Using The Stem Process To Guide School Greening”. Green Teacher. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/beyond_eco_footprints_2013.pdf.
Irish, Tobias, Alan R. Berkowitz, Cornelia Harris, Samantha Root, and Katherine Trudeau. 2013. “Data Explorations In Ecology”. In Association For Science Teacher Education Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting. Black Rock Forest, NY. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Irish_ASTE_October2013_DEEP_final.pdf.
Berkowitz, Alan R., Angelita Alvarado-Santos, Cornelia Harris, and Samantha Root. 2013. “Data Explorations In Ecology: Students’ Understanding Of Variability And Use Of Data In Environmental Citizenship”. In Ecological Society Of America Annual Conference. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Berkowitz_ESA2013_final.pdf.
Harris, Cornelia, Angelita Alvarado, Alan R. Berkowitz, and Celia Cuomo. 2013. “Data Explorations In Ecology: What Do Students Know, And Need To Know, In Order To Make Environmental Citizenship Decisions?”. In North American Association Of Environmental Education Research Symposium. http://www.caryinstitute.org/reprints/Harris_NAAEE_2013_poster.pdf.
Poole, Alexandria K., Eugene C. Hargrove, Philip Day, William Forbes, Alan R. Berkowitz, Peter Feinsinger, and Ricardo Rozzi. 2013. “A Call For Ethics Literacy In Environmental Education”. In Linking Ecology And Ethics For A Changing World, 349 - 371. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7470-410.1007/978-94-007-7470-4_28.
Harris, Cornelia, Alan R. Berkowitz, and Angelita Alvarado. 2012. “Data Explorations In Ecology: Salt Pollution As A Case Study For Teaching Data Literacy”. The American Biology Teacher 74 (7): 479 - 484. doi:10.1525/abt.2012.74.7.9.
Osmond, D., N. Nadkarni, Charles T. Driscoll, E. Andrews, Arthur J. Gold, Broussard Allred, Alan R. Berkowitz, et al. 2010. “The Role Of Interface Organizations In Science Communication And Understanding”. Front. Ecol. Environ. 8: 306-313.
Mourad, T., R. Rino, Alan R. Berkowitz, A. Finley, and J. Ramos. 2009. “Trail Blazers In Transforming The Culture Of Ecology”. Bulletin Of The Ecological Society Of America 90: 103-108.
Jordan, Rebecca C., F. Singer, J. Vaughan, and Alan R. Berkowitz. 2009. “What Should Every Citizen Know About Ecology?”. Front. Ecol. Environ.. doi:10.1890/070113.
Harris, Cornelia, K. Notin, and Alan R. Berkowitz. 2009. “Ecosystem Literacy: Using The Classroom And Schoolyard To Teach About The Ecosystems That Support Life”. The Science Teachers Bulletin, Science Teachers of New York State.

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