Nancy Trautmann

Membership:  2017

Member Bio

Nancy is director of education at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She and her team develop curriculum resources, lead professional development workshops, and create online courses designed to help people build closer connections with nature, learn about the natural world, and participate in citizen science and conservation action. She has published 10 books for teachers, on topics ranging from biodiversity to toxicology. The most recent, Birds Without Borders, won an educational award from the Association of American Publishers. Nancy earned a BA in environmental studies from Hampshire College, an MSc in natural resources from Cornell University, and PhD in communication from Cornell. Nancy is also a faculty member of the Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest, which led to her RCC fellowship. At the RCC, she will produce curriculum resources in support of a marginalized group of indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon, aiming to help them protect their ancestral homeland and way of life through ecologically and culturally responsible ecotourism and education.


  • with James G. MaKinster. Birds Without Borders: Investigating Populations, Habitats, and Conservation of Birds in the US and Abroad. Dallas, TX: Carte Diem Press, 2015.
  • with James G. MaKinster and Michael Barnett, eds. Teaching Science with Geospatial Technology: Designing Effective Professional Development for Secondary Teachers. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.
  • with Jennifer Fee, Terry M. Tomasek, and Nancylee R. Bergey, eds. Citizen Science: 25 Lessons that Bring Biology to Life, 6-12. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press, 2013.
  • with James G. MaKinster, Carol Burch, and Michelle Watkins. “Where the Birds Live: Using Web-Based Maps for Scientific Inquiry into Bird Habitats and Migration Patterns.” The Science Teacher 82, no. 9 (2015): 42–9.
  • with Michael Barnett, James G. MaKinster, M. Houle, and Sheron Mark. “Geospatial Technologies: The Present and Future Roles of Emerging Technologies in Environmental Education.” Chap. 32 in International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education, edited by Robert B. Stevenson, Michael Brody, Justin Dillon, and Arjen E. J. Wals, 331–48. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association, 2013.
  • with James G. MaKinster and Michael Batek. “What Lives Where, and Why? Understanding Biodiversity through Geospatial Exploration.” The American Biology Teacher 75, no.7 (2013): 462–67.