Dr. Sarah L. States is the director of research and science education at Phipps. She is responsible for creating innovative local, national and international research partnerships in the research areas of Phipps, such as ecology, human health and wellness, environmental education and science communication. Moreover, she oversees the development and implementation of pre-K – 12 informal education programs that focus on connecting youth to nature. She received her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University and completed postdoctoral research at the Yale School of Public Health and Columbia University, focusing on community ecology and vector-borne disease.

Emily Johns is the science education intern at Phipps. She is a recent graduate of Penn State University, where she earned a bachelor of science in environmental resource management. She developed her passion for education through her work as a counselor at Camp Lutherlyn in Prospect, PA. More recently, Emily conducted field research as a part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Lake Erie Research Unit. 

Emily Nye, Phipps’ high school program coordinator, holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Juniata College. Before coming to Phipps, Emily served as a KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps member developing STEM programs for underserved youth Pittsburgh. At Phipps, she coordinates the Fairchild Challenge and the high school internship programs.

Heather Shannon is the school and camp program manager at Phipps. Heather holds an undergraduate degree in economics and public policy from Saint Vincent College and a master's degree of education in early childhood from Carlow University. Before coming to Phipps, Heather taught preschool math and science, and was an educational project manager for early childhood schools in the Pittsburgh area.

Jennifer Torrance is the science education program facilitator at Phipps. Jennifer graduated from Allegheny College, majoring in environmental science and minoring in writing. She has been at Phipps since May 2016 and with the Science Education team since November 2016. She loves introducing children to fascinating new concepts and sparking creativity and passion for the natural world.

Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas is the science education outreach coordinator at Phipps. Her undergraduate degree and her doctorate are both in biology, and she has taught at both the college level and within the classrooms of zoos and museums. At Phipps, Maria coordinates science communication workshops, oversees the Botany in Action fellowship program, writes for Phipps’ #bioPGH blog, and assists with multiple programs and special science education events.