COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Alix Cotumaccio

photograph of Alix Cotumaccio

Alix Cotumaccio is a seasoned educator who has worked in the American Museum of Natural History’s Education Department in various capacities since 2010. Alix came to the Museum with a background in the environmental sciences, policy and science education. She has a Bachelors of Science in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts, a Masters Degree in international environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Masters Degree in science education from CUNY Lehman College, and a JD from Pace University School of Law.

Prior to entering the science education field, Alix worked in environmental conservation and policy. She has worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on marine protected areas and program evaluation, and the International START Secretariat on environmental research and capacity building in Asia. Alix also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador where she worked in collaboration with a local nonprofit organization, Jatun Sacha, at a biological reserve developing and managing multiple natural resource management, sustainable income generation, and environmental education projects. In 2006 she changed careers and became a public school teacher through the New York City Teaching Fellows. She taught Living Environment in the Bronx for four years before coming to the Museum. Alix currently teaches a variety of science courses for youth at AMNH, including Research Methods in Conservation Biology and Mechanisms of Evolution.

Alix is also a passionate environmental advocate. She volunteers with Transportation Alternatives, advocating local policy makers for alternative transportation options and safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists. As a four-time participant of Climate Ride, she works to educate the general public about climate change issues and how they can support a more sustainable future, while raising funds for climate research and lobbying members of Congress for stronger energy and climate laws.