Emma Anderson has a PhD from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She holds an MA from the University of Buffalo in Geology and a BA from Smith College in Sociology-Anthropology. Her research centers around the intersections of science and art with an emphasis on making. She has worked on several NSF funded projects including bioMakerlab which is investigating how to bring synthetic biology into high school classrooms through biological design and more recently on BioGraph which explores learning high school biology from a complex systems lens. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked at Baltimore Woods Nature Center as an environmental educator bringing science lessons into urban K-6th classrooms and leading summer campers around the woods.