Ellen is currently the Coordinator of Interpretation in the Education
Division at the Missouri
Botanical Garden. This means she spends her time designing
ways to communicate about research and science to visitors,
teachers and students.
grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and is a tropical ecologist
educator. She spent a year in Bogor, Indonesia as an American
Field Service (AFS) exchange student before attending Grinnell
College in Iowa, where she earned a BA in Biology and a concentration
in Environmental Science in 1992.
college, Ellen spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar, conducting
research on the pollination of agroforestry trees in the Amazon
Ellen's graduate research at Cornell University was conducted
in Timor, Indonesia, on alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture.
then worked at a butterfly house before starting her own elementary
science curriculum business.
Ellen's second Rough Science project.