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Megan Capobianco

Middle School Educator

Unlike most of the biographies you will read on this site, I did not develop my love for science until I was much older. My family looks at my passion for the field now and wonders “Where did you come from?” I can’t exactly pinpoint the moment my interest sparked, but it was most likely after the Planet Earth series aired, so a big thanks to David Attenborough’s mesmerizing voice for igniting my fascination of wildlife conservation. From there on out, I wanted to learn everything I could about biology, ecology, evolution, and more.

I graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor’s in Childhood and Special Education. After getting my degree I moved to Miami for the opportunity to teach (and for the beaches). Instead of being given an elementary class, I was thrown into the middle school to teach science. Although I minored in Environmental Science I was completely intimidated. However, after a few weeks I could no longer imagine myself teaching anything other than science–I loved it! My favorite part of teaching science was seeing the curiosity and excitement on my students’ faces during labs and hands-on activities.

While getting my master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management I had the privilege of interning with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. We surveyed juvenile striped bass in the western bays of Long Island, which included Cold Spring Harbor. From the harbor I would admire the laboratory and the amazing research being conducted there. I’m excited to have moved back to Long Island and to work at CSHL’s DNA Learning Center with such an inspiring group of people!

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