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Alan Berkowitz

Head of Education, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Alan Berkowitz

Dr. Alan R. Berkowitz has been Head of Education at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY since 1985. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch College in 1976, and a doctorate in Plant Ecology from Cornell University in 1986. Dr. Berkowitz’s ecological research delves into the ways that plants interact with each other and the physical environment, with an emphasis on physiological ecology and hydrology. Dr. Berkowitz’s primary work at the Cary Institute has been in advancing the field of ecology education. He develops curricula for elementary, middle and high school classrooms, leads professional development programs for teachers in sites across the nation, and carries out research into how students and adults learn ecology. Dr. Berkowitz leads the Education Team for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a Long Term Ecological Research project studying and teaching about Baltimore as an ecosystem, and has directed the Institute’s program in independent research for undergraduate students for the past 23 years. Dr. Berkowitz was the first Vice President for Education and Human Resources of the Ecological Society of America (ESA, 1995-2000) and received the Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education from ESA in 2003.