Dr. Sandra L. Cooke
Dr. Cooke received her BA in zoology and environmental studies from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2001 and Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental Sciences in 2006. Prior to joining the faculty at Greensboro College in 2020, she was a faculty member at High Point University and a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University. Dr. Cooke has nearly two dozen publications spanning the fields of aquatic ecology, invasive species, science pedagogy, and science communication. Her most highly cited publications are products of her postdoctoral research at the Illinois Natural History Survey, where she focused on invasive bigheaded carps and their potential impacts in the Great Lakes. More recently, Dr. Cooke has published on zooplankton ecology, environmental empathy and attitudes toward ocean health, public understanding of ocean acidification, and urbanization effects on freshwater turtles. The latter project involved data collection by students in introductory science classes, and her current efforts focus on integrating publishable projects into undergraduate courses and providing students with opportunities for co-authorship on peer-reviewed manuscripts. In her spare time she enjoys running, being outside, and spending time with her husband and two young daughters.