2016-2017 Fellows

Andrea DiGiorgio

Degree Sought : Ph.D.
Research Focus:

School Name : Atlantic Middle School
Teaching Partner: Donna Jean Glynn
Andrea's Project GLACIER Site

Andrea DiGiorgio is a 6th year PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department. She is a primatologist and biological anthropologist, working in Dr. Cheryl Knott’s lab. Andrea studies wild Bornean orangutans, focusing on their diet and the specific nutrients they seek. Her goal is to aid conservation efforts by suggesting the preservation of habitats containing a variety of non-fruit and fruit resources when land is selected for protection and orangutan habitat.

Andrea is paired with Donna Glynn, teaching 8th grade science at Atlantic Middle School. Donna and Andrea have adopted a theme of Change and Two Primates: Local, Global, Universal. They will use changes that the student experiences in the local Quincy environment and changes in the life history, nutrition, and habitat of the orangutans to discuss the many impacts of climate change. Andrea will bring her knowledge of nutrition, primate behavior, and conservation to enhance the education objectives and bring real-life science into the classroom.
Sponsored by the NSF GK-12 Program