Marja Bakermans

Marja Bakermans

Teaching Professor
Environmental & Sustainability Studies
PhD Ohio State University 2008
MS Ohio State University 2003
BS Bucknell University 1996
Expert Bio

The goal of Professor Bakermans' research program is to promote the conservation of biodiversity by maintaining viable wildlife populations across the landscape. Specifically, her research addresses the influence of anthropogenic disturbances, like forest management, urbanization, and agriculture, on wildlife. She says it's her goal to open students' eyes to the evolving and interconnected world of science by using my research as an example of how to assimilate science and the role of conservation in today's world.

Bakermans possesses a strong commitment to student education, with a goal of stimulating students' critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Recently, she has been on a journey with students to open classroom content and discussions in an interdisciplinary and inclusive way. In her courses, students are challenged to rethink their role as active knowledge producers beyond the class.

Vineyard Gazette
Tracking Rare Whippoorwills on the Island

The Vineyard Gazette included WPI wildlife research in its article. “Marja Bakermans, a researcher at WPI who focuses on migratory songbirds, began a study last year where she outfitted whippoorwills with geolocator backpacks to track the exact spots where the birds winter,” the Gazette reported.

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