Dr. Richard E. Lee, Jr. is a University Distinguished Professor at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. The National Science Foundation has funded his travels to Antarctica to research a unique Antarctic fly. As an extreme entomologist (a scientist who studies insects) he hopes to learn how this insect survives the cold harsh Antarctic environment. Potentially, this information may help doctors preserve human transplant organs.
With each visit to Antarctica, Dr. Lee has included a public school educator as part of his research team. This educator helps to conduct the research, leads the educational outreach program, and publishes articles regarding science and learning. Grant money is allotted to aid the school district in providing a substitute teacher during the 5-6 week leave in Antarctica. This year Dr. Lee has invited Natalie Harr Ylizarde to serve on his team.
Dr. Lee’s research focuses on physiological and ecological mechanisms of cold tolerance, dormancy, and the winter ecology of temperate and polar insects. His field research includes work on Ellesmere Island in the High Arctic and nine field seasons on the Antarctic Peninsula. He has published four books and more than 300 refereed journal articles, reviews and book chapters. More than 100 of these papers are co-authored with undergraduate and/or graduate students.
Dr. Lee is also active in providing professional development opportunities for teachers. For 17 years, he co-directed an environmental science program for Ohio elementary teachers (>1,400 alumni) taught at a Miami University’s Field Station in Wyoming. Previously, he is co-directed the MAT program in the Biological Sciences at Miami University.
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