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Expedition Teams

Nevada 2019

Caterpillars & Climate Change

Nevada 2019 Map

The JASON Learning Nevada Team spent a week near the Great Basin Desert learning about caterpillars and climate change. They hit the slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, visited the University of Nevada Reno Museum with Santiago Villamarin, learned about arthropods and fire from Fire Ecologist, Dr. Jane Dell, spent an afternoon with Dr. Chris Jeffrey and Alex English in a lab located in the Center for Chemical Ecology, worked with Dr. Lora Richards creating bioassays.

Meet the Team:

Anikka Munson

Anikka Munson

At-Large

Chloe Robitaille

Chloe Robitaille

West Warwick Public Schools, RI

Gage Bailey

Gage Bailey

Stoughton Area Schools, WI

Helena Kohlhoff

Helena Kohlhoff

Stoughton Area Schools, WI

Jonathan Rizzo

Jonathan Rizzo

Genesee Valley CSD, NY

Joshua Dick

Joshua Dick

West Warwick Public Schools, RI

Lilly Ford

Lily Ford

Smithfield Public Schools, RI

Lisa Carter

Lisa Carter

Smithfield Public Schools, RI

Nicole Wesche

Nichole Wesche

Genesee Valley CSD, NY

Arizona 2019

Forest Owls

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The JASON Learning Arizona Team spent a week at the Southwestern Research Station in Arizona. They learned how to set up mist nets, went on hikes, sampled trees, trapped owls, and caught a Mexican long nosed bat. The team learned how to catch owls by playing various calls of the owls with 90 seconds of silence in between. If an owl answered, the mist net is put up and then more calls are played. The team was very lucky to catch the world’s smallest owl – the ELF OWL! They learned so much about tree species, owls, and many new skills.

Meet the Team:

Diamilatou Preston

Diamilatou Preston

Madison CUSD, IL

Jonna Whetstone

Jonna Whetstone

Graham Local Schools, OH

Sidney Keith

Sydney Keith

Doddridge County Public Schools, WV

Holly Neibling

Holly Niebling

Madison CUSD, IL

Jennifer E Boggs

Jennifer Boggs

Graham Local Schools, OH

Natalie Rose Knapp

Natalie Knapp

Doddridge County Public Schools, WV

Bahamas 2019

Sea Turtles

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The JASON Learning Bahamas Team spent a week at the Kenyon Research Center on Abaco Island in the Bahamas. They learn how to snorkel and duck dive. The teams helped to deploy an experiment called The Cassiopeia Jelly experiment. The Argo team caught a total of 48 turtles! These turtles were measured, weighed, tagged and and sent back to the water after being processed. The Argos got to name the turtles they caught some of those being: “Jason” the turtle, Bruce, Niko, Kenda, Tucker, Duce, Tokyo Drift, and Cookie. The team celebrated their adventure with some fun swimming and volleyball on the beach.

Meet the Team:

Daisy Estrada

Daisy Estrada

Caldwell School District, ID

Jabarie Kindred

Jabarie Kindred

Franklin City Public Schools, VA

Katherine Feuker

Katherine Feuker

Elmwood School District, WI

Keri Tomechko

Keri Tomechko

Revere Local Schools, OH

Lydia Brownlee

Lydia Brownlee

Revere Local Schools, OH

Brandon Yanna

Brandon Yanna

Franklin City Public Schools, VA

Erin Lokteff

Erin Lokteff

Caldwell School District, ID

Kristel Flesberg

Kristel Flesberg

Elmwood School District, WI

Rebecca Owens

Rebecca Owens

Ector ISD, TX

Costa Rica 2019

Bees and Pollinators

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The JASON Learning Costa Rica Team spent a week on the CIEE Monteverde campus to learn about bees and other pollinators. They spent time in the field deploying traps and collecting pollinators in hikes and through local farms. They visited a hummingbird gallery and had amazing up-close experiences with these unique birds, toured a sugar cane farm, crossed rivers, hiked to high elevations, and hiked at night too.

Meet the Team:

Angel Flores

Angel Flores

Southwest Schools, TX

Cameron Riggenbach

Cameron Riggenbach

Wetzel County Schools, WV

Carolyn Garcia

Carolyn Garcia

Aldine ISD, TX

Ivan Serna

Ivan Serna

McDonald County Schools, MO

Juanita Omeje

Juanita Omeje

Alief ISD, TX

Karina Chaidez

Karina Chaidez

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, TX

Michael Sanchez

Michael Sanchez

Houston ISD, TX

Bobby Cotton

Bobby Cotton

Southwest Schools, TX

Drew Schmalz

Drew Schmalz

Wetzel County, WV

Joyce Pacheco

Joyce Pacheco

McDonald County, MO

Lewis Moore

Lewis Moore

Alief ISD, TX

Luz Navarrete

Luz Navarette

Houston ISD, TX

Mark Stanton

Mark Stanton

McDonald County, MO

Priscilla Torres

Priscilla Torres

Ector ISD, TX

Sheena Nichols

Sheena Nichols

Aldine ISD, TX

Whitney Timmons

Whitney Timmons

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, TX

Peru 2019

Arthropods in the Amazon Rainforest

Peru

The JASON Learning Amazon Team spent a week in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest where they went on boat rides, were greeted by spiders, and hung out with The Bug Chicks. They learned about the incredible range of plant, animal, and insect biodiversity and even caught a Piranha in the river. The Argos caught the sunrise at The Canopy Walkway where they stood over 115 feet off the ground on a 500 meter bridge.

Meet the Team:

Hallie

Hallie McDonald

Wetzel County Schools, WV

Hunter

Hunter Halenza

Hays Consolidated ISD, TX

Jean Luis

Jean Luis Matias

Hays Consolidated ISD, TX

Madison

Madison Fetty

Wetzel County Schools, WV

Olivia

Olivia Pulley

Southampton Co. Public Schools, VA

Pedro

Pedro Zavala

Spring Branch ISD, TX

Quinn

Quinn Erickson

Eanes ISD, TX

Amber

Amber Harris

Southampton Co. Public Schools, VA

Jamie

Jamie Flint

Spring Branch ISD, TX

Jessica

Jessica Keys

Austin ISD, TX

Lauren

Lauren Gehman

Eanes ISD, TX

Sharon

Sharon Snider

Wetzel County Schools, WV

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