Tania Siemens has been the STEM Central Community Manager since April 2012. In this role Tania provides strategic and practical leadership, management, development, and coordination of the STEM Central Project. Tania works to develop and expand STEM Central to support and grow current selected AAC&U STEM initiatives such as the NSF Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate program. Project Kaleidoscope, and the AAC&U STEM Leadership Institute. Tania researches, develops, and implements novel STEM Central leadership initiatives designed to build capacity for leading on-line communities. This involves cultivating, supporting, engaging, growing assessing the STEM Central Community, conducting qualitative and quantitative research on STEM Community needs, stewarding the selection and use of technological tools and community platforms, developing needed resources and outreach materials, coordinating and supporting community initiatives, supporting the access and use of STEM Central tools and resources, responding to inquiries and troubleshooting problems, and presenting on outcomes and results.
Tania has over 13 years of experience in science, education, and engaging communities. She obtained an MS from Cornell University where she studied the Ecology and Management of Invasive Plant Species on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. While at Cornell Tania held a NSF GK-12 Fellowship in which she partnered with High School Science teachers to develop and implement inquiry-based science labs and field experiences. Tania worked at The Nature Conservancy for five years from 2006-2011 as an Invasive Species Project Coordinator where she developed and coordinated citizens, scientist, and invasive species managers in Early-Detection and Rapid Response networks. Currently, Tania also works part time for Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University where she coordinates a regional initiative to collaboratively address aquatic invasive species educational and management efforts. Tania also coordinates OSG's K-12 teacher training program called WISE (Watershed and Invasive Species Education) in which teachers become experts in invasive species and utilize them as a local, engaging, problem-based and relevant issues through which teachers can meet benchmarks in STEM.
Siemens, T., Blossey, B. (2007) An evaluation of mechanisms preventing establishment of native species in invasive Japanese knotweed (Fallopia x bohemica). American Journal of Botany. 2007;94:776-783
Siemens, T. Masters Thesis (2006): “Impacts of the invasive grass Paspalum vaginarum on aquatic communities of coastal wetlands on the Galapagos Islands”
2014-08-01 - Present
2000-09-01 - 2004-08-01