Laurel Zaima is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Laurel has substantial experience working with youth, teaching students through informal education about the natural environment through hands-on experiences since 2015. At Lamont, she works on education initiatives that communicate science research to the general public, K-12 and undergraduate school groups, and New York and New Jersey teachers. She teaches about sustainability, climate change, and sea level rise with a strong emphasis on the changes occurring in the polar regions. She also focuses on connecting people to the Hudson River and their local waterways by using a place-based instructional approach with an emphasis on field explorations. In addition, Laurel serves as the U.S. Board President and an instructor of the Terranaut Club, a non-profit organization that is committed to providing science and environmental education opportunities for young women and gender minorities through immersive experiences in STEM and nature.
Laurel Noelani-Reiko Zaima