Guest Speaker Dr. Aimée K. Thomas, a 1991 Dominican graduate, gave a presentation about spiders to the Biotechnology Club. Dr. Thomas is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Assistant Director for the Office of Teacher Certification at Loyola University New Orleans. She received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Biology and Ph.D. in Biology Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Thomas has an interest in promoting STEM education and environmental awareness through informal science education programs and research. Her research focuses on spider communities in Belize and Jean Lafitte National Park and STEM education in informal learning environments.
At Loyola she teaches Foundations in Environmental Studies, BioInquiry, Evolution, Science Methods II, Investigating Nature and several other Biology courses at Loyola. She also takes students to Belize, Guatemala, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to study tropical ecology.