COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Noah Burg

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Noah Burg has a Ph.D. biology from The City University of New York, with a focus on the study of ecology, evolution, and behavior. Noah’s research focuses on using molecular genetic techniques to study the recent and distant history of bird populations. A particular area of focus has been using gene sequencing to trace the history of introduced species from source populations to their new homes. Noah conducted his research in the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the AMNH.

Prior to his graduate studies, Noah worked for a decade in the museum’s Education Department, where he coordinated research internship programs and taught extracurricular classes for middle and high school students. Noah is committed to helping students gain meaningful research experience before they go to college, and mentoring them in their quest to pursue a career in the sciences. Recently, he has served for a number of years as a mentor in the museum’s Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP). Through this program, students from New York City public and independent high schools have worked alongside him in the laboratory using cutting-edge tools to conduct genetics research on bird populations.

In addition to the above, Noah has taught undergraduate biology labs and introductory psychology classes at Hunter College and City College in New York City. He was also a workshop leader for a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded science education project that developed resources for introductory science courses at commuter schools throughout the city. Noah also served as an NSF GK12 Fellow as part of his graduate studies, where he taught classes and mentored students within a New York City public high school for a year. Noah is presently an Adjunct Instructor within the STEM Division at Southern Oregon University, teaching in the Biology Department.

In his free time, Noah enjoys cooking, hiking, birding, and spending time with his family and dog. The dog is named Rosalind Franklin after the famed and pioneering scientist who helped elucidate the double helical structure of DNA. He delights in using the dog as a teaching tool, to educate people he meets while walking her about her namesake’s discoveries and contributions to science.