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Heidi Ballard, advisor

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Education, University of California, Davis

Heidi Ballard, advisor

Heidi Ballard, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Education at University of California, Davis. Her work focuses on participatory research approaches and citizen science efforts for ecological monitoring in conservation and natural resource management contexts. Her recent work also includes examining the intersection between environmental education practices and social-ecological systems through the role and impact of youth wildfire education programs in the U.S., citizen scientists monitoring blue oaks in California, and youth EE programs on working farmlands and ranches. She is interested in the processes and outcomes of integrating local ecological knowledge with conventional science to improve learning about ecosystems. Previously, she worked with Latino migrant forest workers and with a Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest to develop research and monitoring of non-timber forest products, harvest and management. She was also a high school biology teacher for five years. She received her MAs in Science Education from Stanford University and Botany from Miami University of Ohio, and PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley.