Heather Killen Home People Heather Killen Student Department Name: Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership Division: STMEDegree Program: Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, (Ph.D.) - Technology, Learning, and Leadership Specialization Research Interests Heather Killen is a STEM educator and researcher specializing in mixed methods research on engagement, equity and learning in informal educational spaces, including on-line spaces. Bio Growing up Heather developed a love for nature and an understanding of and appreciation for rural communities, especially of Hawai'i, her birthplace, and the mountain west. Heather has a master's degree in biology from Boston University and completed her undergraduate work in biology, chemistry and Asian studies at Linfield College in Oregon. She has worked as a field biologist for federal, state and tribal governments and served as resident life science faculty at Mohave Community College in Arizona. Heather has also lived and taught abroad, primarily in Japan, and spent time living and working at the U.S. research base at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Currently, in addition to her doctoral work, Heather serves as the community coordinator for the Fossil Atmospheres project, an NSF funded effort from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's paleobiology department. Fossil Atmospheres uses Ginkgo leaves collected by citizen scientists, along with leaves grown under experimental conditions and fossil Ginkgo leaves, to help understand climate change today and in the distant past.