EAST ALTON – Environmental Educator Erica Doerr has
joined the education team at the National Great Rivers Research and Education
Center (NGRREC℠) and will be responsible for developing earth
science curriculum for teachers throughout Illinois, as well as leading
community outreach events. She started her new role in early September.
“I love working
with the public and school groups and want to get them excited about science
and the river,” Doerr said. “I got into this field to show others that anyone
is a scientist and create opportunities for communities to be immersed in their
unique local ecosystems.”
Prior to joining NGRREC, Doerr led the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s Upward Bound
program. During this time, she worked with high school students from East St.
Louis and engaged them in science to highlight the different career paths
available. She also led outreach programs as a geologist for the state of
Arkansas, focusing on the New Madrid seismic zone, and communities living in
the lower Mississippi River valley.
“I started my
career path as a community college graduate and have enjoyed teaching at the
community college level,” she said. “I think it’s a great place to begin
secondary schooling without getting lost and not feeling like just a number or
a face in the crowd. Community colleges are really the perfect stepping stone
to move into the workforce or go on to further your education.”
Visit http://www.ngrrec.org/Education to learn more about NGRREC’s education
programs or contact Doerr at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠ )
2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, NGRREC is dedicated to
the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center
aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education, and outreach related
to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds, and
their associated communities.