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Greta Binford

When you listen to Greta Binford talk about biodiversity, the tree of life, biogeography, Gondwana, migratory pathways for monarch butterflies or many other topics, it is easy to understand why she was Oregon’s Teacher of the Year in 2011. She takes scientific facts and principles, and tells them like stories, in a way that anyone would find fascinating.

Professor Binford has traveled the globe finding fascinating flora and fauna and of course, her favorite- spiders. She has been to Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Cuba the British Virgin Islands, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Argentina, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, England, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Belgium, China, Papua New Guinea, Sulawesi, Bali, Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand.

When she is not on a faraway continent or even in a nearby basement looking for brown recluse spiders, you might find her playing music with friends, riding her bike, cooking, reading, hiking, snowshoeing or rock collecting. You might even find her sitting quietly on the forest floor, looking at the underside of a rock.

“Some of the highlights of opportunities I’ve had have been leading study abroad programs for Lewis & Clark. I’ve had the privilege of leading the overseas program in New Zealand for Lewis & Clark biology majors, and that was amazing. Then most recently led the study abroad program for biology majors to Australia.”

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