Alan Berkowitz

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

<p class="MsoNormal">Alan Berkowitz fell in love with trees as a child along the Wissahickon Creek in the wilds of Philadelphia, and with teaching about the environment as a naturalist at the Grand Canyon. He received his BA in environmental studies from Antioch College in 1976 and a Ph.D. in plant ecology from Cornell University in 1986. As Head of Education at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies since 1985 he brings cutting edge science to ecology education programs for children, college students, teachers and adults. Emphasizing place- and inquiry-based learning, his work has championed teaching and learning about schoolyards, neighborhoods, cities, streams, the Hudson River and forests as ecosystems. Dr. Berkowitz leads the Education Team for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a Long Term Ecological Research project, and has directed the Cary Institute’s research program for undergraduates for the past 33 years. He also directs the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) of the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN), supporting 9-10 students in a 9 week research experience at institutions around the nation. Dr. Berkowitz was the first Vice President for Education and Human Resources of the Ecological Society of America (ESA, 1995-2000), and was co-founder of ESA’s Presidential Award-winning SEEDS program.

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Using 2D models to teach how and why watersheds flood part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Share-a-Thon
We will demonstrate how to use a 2D watershed model to simulate how and why watersheds flood. The model, "Floorlandia," simulates water movement across an imaginary landscape, with students moving beads ...

Conference Presentations (4)

Urban Thermal Energy Modeling in high school Chemistry classrooms part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program:Share-a-Thon
The Integrating Chemistry and Earth science (ICE) project developed a new high school chemistry curriculum that infuses Earth science content into a traditional high school chemistry course. In the Thermochemistry ...