Mission Biomes and the Earth System Data Explorer: An Overview of Two Tools NASA offers for Education
Monday 11/02/2020
4:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 3-12


Mission: Biomes is an activity hosted by NASA Earth Observatory to support interactive learning and awareness of seven terrestrial biomes: Rainforest, Grassland, Temperate Deciduous Forest, Coniferous Forest, Desert, Tundra, and Shrubland. This presentation will provide an overview of the site pages, activities created to test user knowledge, and teacher resources to explore further. Participants will also learn about related data sets offered on My NASA Data’s Earth System Data Explorer and how users can visualize these data showing patterns over space and time.






Andi has been a part of the NASA community since 2015. She started out cataloging astronaut photography of Earth and quickly moved into writing stories for Earth Observatory, operating an ISS payload (Crew Earth Observations) and providing GIS and data visualization support for the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at Johnson Space Center. In January 2019, she joined the SERVIR Science Coordination office at Marshall Space Flight Center and spent a little over a year working with their Eastern & Southern Africa hub to help build remote sensing applications in water resources management and communicate out SERVIR’s hard work in supporting sustainable living in developing countries. She continues a passionate journey in Earth Science exploration as the Earth Science Outreach Specialist for the Earth Observatory Group and the Earth Science Data Systems Program. When promoting NASA Earth Science isn’t on her mind, she is happiest hanging out with her husband and furry children, in nature, and sharing food and drinks with friends.

Elizabeth Joyner joined the Science Directorate Education Team in 2017 to work with the My NASA Data program as an education specialist. As a highly qualified teacher, Elizabeth taught for over 10 years in both public and private school, as well as worked in informal settings such as Virginia Space Grant Consortium, SC Space Grant, SC Sea Grant Consortium, NOAA/NSF's Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, and the American Geosciences Institute. Elizabeth received bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Geology and Religious Studies, as well as earned a M.A.T. in Elementary and Middle School Science, and a M.Ed. in Science and Mathematics.

Dr. Samuel García Jr. serves as a NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist, Assistant Professor of Practice for the LBJ Institute for Education and Research. Dr. García helps facilitate professional development to both formal and informal STEM educators utilizing NASA resources with a specific focus on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. He also works with faculty serving in Minority Serving Institutions in developing STEM educational tools and resources for teachers to implement in their classrooms. Dr. García’s research agenda is geared towards community and educational change by creating healthy, equitable, and culturally responsive learning environments for traditionally underserved populations. Dr. García. earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, formerly University of Texas Pan American and holds a doctorate degree in School Improvement from Texas State University.