Kenneth Rainer

Roles at NAAEE:

eePRO Group Leader

E-STEM Education Group Moderator

University of Florida

Kenneth is working on his PhD at the University of Florida, with focus in environmental education. He has a Master’s Degree in Biology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, with a focus in marine population genetics, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston, with a focus in marine biology. Kenneth is working with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management as an Instructional Design Technologist.

Current and previous opportunities have helped to build his knowledge and skills pertaining to informal education, interpretation, integrating technology into field education, and providing field experiences versus field trips. His work has also increased his knowledge and skills pertaining to key issues regarding ocean and coastal environments including, but not limited to: sea level rise and climate change; overfishing; marine protected areas; ecosystem service valuation; coastal and estuarine resiliency regarding man-made and natural effects; coral bleaching; hypoxic events; and, ocean acidification.

Kenneth is interested in teacher professional development for inservice and preservice educators in the context of experiential environmental education and the utilization of blended learning techniques. In addition to examining self-efficacy and confidence in teaching environmentally-based scientific concepts, Kenneth is interested in exploring influences of environmental injustices that professional development opportunities can potentially impose on communities.