Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, 2010; M.S., The University of Southern Mississippi, 2001, B.S., The University of Southern Mississippi, 1995
Dr. Aimée K. Thomas is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans. She has an interest in promoting STEM education and environmental awareness through informal science education programs and research. She believes that teaching scientists methods to effectively communicate their research improves their ability to teach others to understand science and how it relates to the environment. Currently she is accomplishing this by 1) designing and implementing environmental education programs that offer students real world experiences in informal science education and interpretation; 2) working with students to study the ecology & systematics of spiders through a long-term project studying the spiders of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize, Central America; 3) providing professional development in pedagogy and biological content to college students who are interested in informal science education by teaching them to be naturalists; and 4) recently developing and currently implementing the Louisiana Master Naturalist of the Greater New Orleans region program that encourages members of the community to be good stewards of the environment by learning the natural history of the Greater New Orleans region and volunteering time to teach others about the complexities of the region.