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Advanced EE: Aquatic Ecology (Insects & Fishes)

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm

The Advanced Environmental Education (EE) series of workshops is designed for environmental educators who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world through interactions with veteran naturalists and natural science experts. This series strives to build a network of like-minded educators and cultivate the next generation of master North Carolina naturalists.

Aquatic Ecology

Do you give a pond or stream program at your park or nature center? Take your program to the next level!

Join Museum experts in freshwater ecology to increase your knowledge of fish and freshwater invertebrates. Pick up interesting facts about behaviors and adaptations that will add an additional level of interest to your programs. Learn techniques used by researchers to assess water quality and gain a deeper understanding of aquatic ecology.


  • Freshwater fish and aquatic insect identification
  • Adaptations of insects to aquatic habitats
  • Freshwater fish and aquatic insect behaviors
  • Scientific water quality assessment methods


Chris Goforth is the head of citizen science at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. She leads citizen science educational experiences for educators, school groups, and the public, and develops and manages new citizen science projects for the Museum. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in entomology and spent over a decade studying aquatic insects in Arizona before moving to North Carolina. Her research has included studies on how weather influences damselfly flight, how giant water bugs breathe underwater and how giant water bug egg physiology and structure and parental behaviors contribute to egg survival. She also spent nearly 10 years collecting and identifying aquatic insects for use in water quality studies for the EPA, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and the National Park Service and assisted with water quality research examining endocrine disruption in fish and algal blooms in Arizona’s lake and reservoirs. Chris taught the lab sections of both Aquatic Entomology and Insect Behavior classes at the University of Arizona and has received multiple teaching awards for her educational work. Since her arrival at the Museum, her entomological research has focused on dragonfly swarming behaviors and behavioral responses to weather, both of which rely on citizen scientist-generated data, but she also studies how people learn through citizen science experiences. Chris’ twin passions are entomology and teaching, so she is at her happiest in a stream with a bunch of people highlighting the many amazing things aquatic insects do.

Gabriela Hogue is the Collections Manager for Fishes for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where she oversees the curation of the Museum’s research collection of some 1.4 million fishes. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology, with her master’s focus being on freshwater aquatics. After graduate school she worked for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission on a project that involved performing aquatic inventories of 10 of North Carolina’s State Parks. After being able to see and work in some of the most beautiful areas of NC, she was hooked. She has been the collections manager for fishes for over 20 years and has been heavily involved in making the collection globally accessible. Her research interests include the diversity and distribution of North and South American fishes, both fresh and salt water species, and discovering fish diversity by using both morphological and molecular techniques. She’s happiest in a stream or in the collection sharing with others how amazing fish are.


Email Melissa Dowland with your name, organization, county, and cell phone number.


  • Fee: Free, registration required
  • Requirements: This workshop is specifically designed for environmental education professionals, though all educators are welcome to attend.
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June 11, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free, registration required


Melissa Dowland


Prairie Ridge
1671 Gold Star Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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