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Martha Monroe

Professor and Extension Specialist, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida

Martha Monroe

Martha is an extension specialist in environmental education and professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  She provides support to a variety of environmental education programs (such as 4-H and PLT) and teaches communication, conservation behavior, and environmental education program development courses on campus. Her research focuses on understanding public perceptions and exploring how to engage communities and individuals in decision making and responsible environmental behaviors at the wildland-urban interface. Her work in environmental education spans over 30 years of teaching youngsters, facilitating teacher workshops, developing curriculum, and evaluating programs.  She holds a BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, where she concentrated on environmental policy, cognitive psychology, and environmental education.  She played a key role in the development of USAID’s EE materials through GreenCOM, coordinated programs at the Dahlem Environmental Education Center in Jackson Michigan, taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, led the development of the EE Toolbox (a collection of resources for teacher educators) for the National Consortium for Environmental Education and Training, and served as President of the North American Association for Environmental Education (2006-07).  Martha has also had an opportunity to work internationally, conducting teacher workshops, surveying programs, and leading EE training programs in Botswana, Namibia, Jordan, Russia, Tonga, Fiji, Malaysia, Chile, and Thailand. Her most recent activities involve exploring mental models, systems thinking, misconceptions, and ethics of sustainability.