UF/IFAS Environmental Researcher Honored for Leadership in Field

By Kim Scotto

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida professor and associate director of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ School of Forest Resources and Conservation has been recognized by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

Martha Monroe was honored with the Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award, given to individuals who exemplify national leadership in the field of environmental education research.

Monroe was nominated by Charlotte Clark, an assistant professor in the practice of sustainability at Duke University. In her nomination letter, Clark wrote: “Martha has an innate curiosity for the world, a passion to make a difference, an ability to listen to those around her in the field, the ability to motivate others to join her in the work and the energy and willingness to be a lifelong learner.”

With firm roots in environmental education and a passion for applied social science, Monroe studies public perceptions, stakeholder values and misconceptions to inform the development of messages, materials, programs and training designed to increase engagement, foster hope and strengthen capacity.

“Dr. Martha Monroe’s determined efforts and accomplishments in environmental education research reflect the best in our field,” said Judy Braus, NAAEE’s executive director. “Our award winners truly exemplify innovative, inspirational and resilient leadership that will help us shape a more sustainable and equitable society.”

Monroe is looking toward the future and mentoring 13 graduate and two undergraduate UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences students in her lab. Monroe incorporates hands-on, experiential learning opportunities into her classes. Students in her courses work directly with clients like Project Learning Tree and the Brevard Zoo to evaluate and help develop their environmental education programs.

“My focus is preparing the next generation to go into environmental education and with the skills and knowledge to match their passion and creativity,” Monroe said. “From non-formal programs to Extension workshops, and research projects to theoretical advances, there are many ways to make the world a better place.”

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By: Kim Scotto, 352-294-7018, kscotto@ufl.edu

The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS works to bring science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents. Visit the UF/IFAS web site at ifas.ufl.edu and follow us on social media at @UF_IFAS.

 

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