Andrew Bernier, Ph.D
Sustainability PostDoc and Science Journalist in Phoenix, Arizona
My work focuses on the nexus of sustainability and science education, systems theory, curriculum design and digital media communication. I am greatly interested in the design process of shifting understanding of scientific and sustainability concepts toward relationship based understanding, rooted in concepts of systems thinking, and then how we effectively communicate complex topics. I have done this through three primary mechanisms: teaching, curriculum design and journalism.
Currently, I serve as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Arizona State University and am a recent graduate of Prescott College's Sustainability Education PhD program. Prior to this, I was the Senior Field Correspondent for Science and Innovation at KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix and formerly the sustainability instructor and curriculum author at The Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST), a specialized public high school program in Phoenix. My research focus was on the curriculum development and implementation that I had at the school, investigating the effectiveness of student's ability to connect sustainability competencies through a systems designed curriculum, or a learning model with biomimicry and living systems in mind.
My objective is to make clear the connections between science and sustainability in light of how we live on this planet. Through communication, education and applied projects I aim to increase science literacy and sustainability application amongst the people and communities we live in.