In the summer of 2016, UH Mānoa alumna Sonja Lindberg (’84) studied traditional ecological knowledge of the Makushi—indigenous people living in southern Guyana—and the potential of local wisdom to guide conservation initiatives in the area. The study was part of Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course.
A veterinarian at Scripps Parkway Veterinary Hospital, Lindberg lives in Valley Center, California and took the course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program. Lindberg received her undergraduate degree in Zoology at UH Mānoa and later received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University.
Also in the summer of 2016, UH Mānoa alumna Suellen Albert (’87) studied coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars and other wildlife while learning the methods communities are using to sustain them in Belize.
Albert, a science teacher at Ridgeway Elementary Hamilton City Schools lives in Hamilton, Ohio and took the graduate course in pursuit of her master's degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program. Albert received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from UH Mānoa and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Chapman University.
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Earth Expeditions is a groundbreaking global program supporting university courses, degree programs, and collaborative projects that are making a difference in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Through Earth Expeditions courses, their mission is to build an alliance of individuals with first-hand knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities, student achievement, and global understanding.