HEATHER SKAZA ACOSTA, Ph.D.

Director of environmental Education


 

Dr. Skaza Acosta is the Director of Environmental Education at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Assistant Professor of Environmental Education in the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Dr. Skaza Acosta is the Edith G. and Edward J. Andrew Professor at FGCU, which is a joint appointment between the university and the Conservancy.

In this partnering role, Dr. Skaza Acosta supports the growth and enrichment of environmental education in the area as a leader of the Environmental Education Alliance of Southwest Florida, guides the FGCU student internship program at the Conservancy, and promotes environmental education research efforts within the Southwest Florida community.

Skaza Acosta completed her doctorate in Science Education and her Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Skaza Acosta has extensive research experience in environmental education, including the development of curriculum and learning assessments for students as well as professional development resources for educators.

She is an active member of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and the North American Association for Environmental Education.

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