Tami LaPilusa (Lecturer, Biology Department; School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences; G’12) traveled to The Bahamas in March to conduct land crab research and community outreach in Eleuthera, and to present at the 2018 Bahamas National History Conference in Nassau http://bnhc242.com/. During the expedition, she expanded her collaboration with the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, which facilitated her STEM outreach visits with almost 100 high school students at both Preston H. Albury and Windermere High Schools on the Island of Eleuthera and assisted with logistics for future land crab research sites and faculty led study-abroad programs in The Bahamas.
Her presentation “CCRABSS 2017: Creating Collaboration in Research Among Bahamian and SUNY Oneonta Students” at the 2018 BNHC highlighted the findings of her month-long Faculty Led Study Abroad course from summer 2017, where five SUNY Oneonta students were part of an international research expedition to survey the land crab fishery on North Andros Island, The Bahamas.
While at the BNHC, LaPilusa was also an invited scientist in the “Meet a Scientist” Series, where local and international researchers were engaged with elementary students from Nassau to share about what it means to be a scientist and how and why they became passionate about their research program and biology. Generous funding for this important professional development opportunity was provided in part by the Biology Department, the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and The College at Oneonta Foundation.