About the EOL Learning + Education Group

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an open science project that pulls together information from over 350 partners about the world’s living nature - or biodiversity - including all plants, animals and microorganisms that have scientific names. All of the text, images, videos and data on EOL are served under open licenses and are free to be reused and repurposed with attribution.

There are about 2 million known and named organisms in the world. That means there is a lot of information on EOL and it can be hard to make sense of it all. That's where the EOL Learning + Education Group (L+E) comes in. Through creative partnerships with educators and institutions that support science literacy, and in collaboration with enthusiasts and amateur naturalists, we develop tools and services to view EOL’s biodiversity information in more manageable ways. For example, EOL Places provides a geographic window to explore biodiversity using food webs, observations and games, while EOL Species Cards are printable and easy to use in classroom activities to learn about organisms, their traits, adaptations and where they live.

If you are interested in collaborating or have ideas for how we can improve our materials, please contact us.

Meet the Team

EOL working groups and partners are found all over the world. The Learning + Education group is located at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Tracy Barbaro, Project Coordinator
As a Project Coordinator Tracy focuses on outreach, the development of educational resources to help educators and learners use EOL and facilitating educational partnerships. Tracy brings to EOL her background in instructional technology, environmental education, and service learning.
Amy Lorenz, Project Coordinator
Amy is Project Coordinator for the Okaloosa S.C.I.E.N.C.E project, a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant for Okaloosa County School District in Northwest Florida. She coordinates and collaborates with partner organizations to create place-based educational materials and activities using EOL and lead schoolyard BioBlitzes. Amy's background is in field science education, citizen science, and natural resources.
Marie Studer PhD, Learning + Education Director
Marie works with EOL’s leadership, staff and partners to set strategic direction and develop partnerships to creatively leverage EOL content, tools and services across learning platforms and needs. She introduces EOL to educators, learners, citizen scientists and the public as a way to support in-person and online learning about biodiversity. Marie has experience in research, education and conservation and enjoys making science accessible to public audiences.

Image Credits

EOL promotes content sharing via Creative Commons and other open licenses. Learn more about EOL's Licensing Policy.

Banner image by Charlie Vogelheim via Teton Science Schools CC-BY-NC