LIU Brooklyn Biology Professor Honored for Conservation Education
The American Museum of Natural History names Assistant Professor Timothy Leslie Professor of the Month for his contributions to environmental science and education
Morgan Lyle,Associate Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. – LIU Brooklyn Assistant Professor Timothy Leslie, who studies ways to reduce pesticides in farming and is part of a nationwide effort to improve science education, has earned recognition by a unit of the American Museum of Natural History.
The Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP), part of the museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, named Leslie Professor of the Month for October 2013. Funded by the National Science Foundation through its Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiative, the NCEP strives to help sustain and promote the planet’s eco-diversity through better conservation education.
“It’s very gratifying to be recognized by professors who share my interest in the environment,” Leslie said. “I’m also pleased to be part of the NCEP’s efforts to improve teaching and learning.”
Leslie is among the NCEP members taking part in a federally funded program that makes available teaching materials and strategies to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. He uses modules on applied demography and biodiversity in his STEM classes and administers an exam that assesses gains in students’ critical thinking during the semester.
In addition, Leslie and his students study urban ecology around New York City, such as the abundance and diversity of native bees in Brooklyn community gardens. An entomologist, he and colleagues also examine the effectiveness and ecological consequences of new “reduced risk” farm pesticide programs. Other research includes studying the influence of human-modified landscapes on the spatial and temporal dynamics of insect populations and communities.
Leslie joined LIU Brooklyn’s Department of Biology in 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from Pennsylvania State University and studied sustainable crop protection at Wageningen University in the Netherlands
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