About Biologist. Educator. Filmmaker. Having adventures in informal science education and outreach as a science communicator.
I am especially interested in environmental education, distance learning, and citizen science. Getting people of all ages excited about science and connecting them with the natural world is my passion.
I completed my MS in Museum & Field Studies with an Informal Biology Education & Citizen Science focus at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I now work as part of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science team as the Distance Learning Coordinator.
Museum Programming:As Distance Learning Coordinator at DMNS, I support and teach informal science programs in schools and online through distance learning. It is tremendous fun to blend science, collections, technology, and education to create fun, engaging science learning opportunities for students all over the world.
Citizen Science & Writing: I was part of a team that launched a new citizen science project in Boulder, CO called the Sunflower Community Project. My master's thesis, titled "Citizen Science: A Tool for Scientific Discovery & Influencing Science Attitudes in Museums" explored the power of citizen science in informal learning institutions, such as natural history museums. I examined which types of citizen science projects are being used by different museums as well as how participation in citizen science affects volunteers' attitudes toward science. Currently I am preparing my thesis findings for publication.
Education University of Colorado at Boulder (2013-2015) Master of Science in Museum & Field Studies (Track: Public/Administration) Concentrations: Informal Science Education & Citizen Science Master's Thesis: Citizen Science: A Tool for Scientific Discovery & Influencing Science Attitudes in Museums
The Colorado College (2006-2010) Bachelor of Arts in Biology Minor in Film Studies Senior Thesis: Population Differentiation of Impatienscapensis at the Range Limits
Current Positions Distance Learning Coordinator, Denver Museum of Nature & Science 2017-present Volunteer Naturalist, Audubon Society of Greater Denver 2014-present
Past Work Experience Offsite Programs & Distance Learning Specialist, Denver Museum of Nature & Science 2015-2017 Entomology Collection Assistant, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History 2013-2015 STEM Instructor, CU Science Discovery 2015 Citizen Science Project Manager,The Sunflower Community Project 2013-2015 Guest Lecturer, Colorado College 2015 Rural Outreach Coordinator, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History 2014 Education Intern, Audubon Society of Greater Denver 2014 Seasonal Park Interpreter, El Paso County Parks 2012-2013 Biology Paraprofessional, Colorado College Biology Department 2011-2013 Research Specialist, University of Connecticut & Colorado College 2010-2011 Teaching Assistant, Colorado College Biology Department 2009-2010 Lab Technician, Colorado College Education Technology Services 2008-2010 Research and Greenhouse Assistant, Colorado College Biology Department 2006-2009
Past Volunteer Experience Volunteer Museum Educator, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History 2013-2015 Interpretive Volunteer, El Paso County Nature Centers 2012-2013 Girl Scout Leader, Girl Scouts of Colorado 2012-2013 Monkey, Bear, & Lion Department Volunteer, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 2010 Lab Leader, Cool Science & Girls Day in the Lab 2009-2010
Publications Heschel, M. Shane, Ann Evankow, Katherine Bibee Wolfson, Jane Carlson, & Kent E. Holsinger. 2014. Drought response diversification in African Protea species. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 175(4): 442-449. LINK Bibee, Katherine, Katie Shishido, Ronald P. Hathaway, and M. Shane Heschel. 2011. Population differentiation of Impatiens capensis (Balsaminaceae) at the range limit. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 172: 211-219. LINK
Boggs, Julian Z., Katrina Loewy, KatherineBibee, and M. Shane Heschel. 2010. Phytochromes affect drought response physiology in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Growth Regulation. 60: 77-81. LINK
For a more complete list of my experience, visit my CV here.