Our Story                                 Team

Phil, Dan and John developed Ponds in Peril while they were National Science Foundation GK-12 fellows at CU-Boulder. From 2009 - 2013 we worked alongside wonderful science teachers in the Boulder Valley School District to become better teachers ourselves. We spent a lot of time translating our own academic research into impactful lessons. We developed Ponds in Peril  to help students better understanding the world around them and explore how humans are changing the Earth. 

While we have all moved on from CU-Boulder with Ph.Ds, we continue to encourage and help teachers adopt Ponds in Peril. The curriculum is free, inexpensive to implement, tons of fun, hands-on and hits a multitude of science learning goals - water cycle, ecosystem components, food web, energy flow, organism adaptation, and scientific method, to name a few hot topics. 

We have tested this curriculum in over 20 classrooms with over 10 teachers. Teachers love it and students love it more! It is well suited for K-8 classrooms. Modules 1 & 2 are ready to go, while Modules 3 & 4 are under development. 

We welcome your feedback and any extensions to the curriculum that you create! 

Here is to a better world for us and ecosystems! 

Happy educating, Phil, Dan and John

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Dr. Philip Taylor with a Colorado Greenback Cutthroat Trout. Phil is a fellow at Duke University and founded MAD Agriculture (www.madagriculture.org)

Dr. Philip Taylor with a Colorado Greenback Cutthroat Trout. Phil is a fellow at Duke University and founded MAD Agriculture (www.madagriculture.org)

Dr. Dan Preston steering the ship down river. Dan is a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University. He is a freshwater guru that specializes in disease ecology..

Dr. Dan Preston steering the ship down river. Dan is a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University. He is a freshwater guru that specializes in disease ecology..

Dr. John Mischler high in the Colorado Rockies with Tobias. John is an assistant professor at King's College. John studies land use, agroecology and disease, and puts what he knows into action. (http://www.johnmischler.com)

Dr. John Mischler high in the Colorado Rockies with Tobias. John is an assistant professor at King's College. John studies land use, agroecology and disease, and puts what he knows into action. (http://www.johnmischler.com)