The University of Texas at Austin
<p class="MsoNormal">Estefania is a PhD candidate and a Colombian Fulbright scholar at the Jackson School of Geosciences, co-advised by professors Dr. Rowan Martindale and Dr. Katherine Ellis. Estefania research is aimed to incorporate geoscience education research into geoconservation strategies, she is especially interested in the relation nature-society, how sense of place impacts behaviors and attitudes towards nature, and how to facilitate collaborative learning in geosciences with diverse audiences (e.g. scientists, and local communities) . Her study area is East Portland, Jamaica, where she is supporting ongoing conservation strategies to protect coral reefs and its resources. Estefania received her bachelors degree in Geology in the National University of Colombia, and she holds a MSc degree in Geology from the same institution. Before staring her PhD, Estefania worked for the Colombian Geological Survey in projects related with geological heritage, including the national inventory of geoheritage sites and the first proposal for a Global UNESCO geopark in the country. At JSG Estefania has been involved in leadership positions, as the JSG representative in the UT Graduate Students Assembly; in this respect she is especially interested in participating on initiatives to increase diversity equity and inclusion in the Geosciences.
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Taphonomy: Dead and Fossilized part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Share-a-Thon
"Taphonomy: Dead and Fossilized" is a unique board game experience that aims to teach the concepts of Taphonomy, the process of fossilization and preservation biases, through gameplay. Students will ...
Conference Presentations (3)
Facilitating spaces of collaborative learning for geoconservation using a new board game, "Reef Survivor: Jamaica" part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2022:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday Oral Session A
"Reef Survivor: Jamaica" is an educational board game that incorporates elements of place-based education and Earth systems thinking to help players learn about reef ecology and resilience in the face of ...
The Impact of Educational Games on Learning, Engagement, and Equity in Geosciences part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday:Poster Session II
Incorporating play in classrooms has been shown to improve student learning (Griggs et al., 2009); however, the advantages may not be equal across all learners. Some studies have suggested that gender, ...
Learning outcomes of the educational board game Taphonomy: Dead and Fossilized, evaluated with high school learners in a summertime out-of-school program part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Oral Sessions:Oral Session I
Educational games are designed to help students retain educational material, gain a deeper understanding of concepts, and become innovative problem solvers. Like other active learning activities, games have been ...