Education Advisory Council

Robert Blair, Ph.D.,

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Robert Blair, Ph.D., is a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. His conservation-biology research focuses on how land use affects bird communities, specifically within human-dominated landscapes. His outreach efforts in science and environmental education center on three programs with different audiences: Minnesota Master Naturalist, a volunteer program focused on adults; Driven to Discover, focused on citizen science for middle- and high school-aged youth; and the Minnesota Bee Atlas, a citizen science project mapping bee distributions in Minnesota. Dr. Blair has received several National Science Foundation grants for his innovative citizen science work, which encourages teachers to engage their students in citizen science projects and also involves entire communities in the efforts. Dr. Blair has been on the Education Advisory Council since 2009 and, prior to that, was on the NatureBridge board for two years.