Dr. Deborah Beal has taught at the University of the Cayman Islands since 2012 after teaching for many years at a private college in the US. Dr. Beal has taught courses in Environmental Science, Environmental Ethics, Conservation and Biogeography, Marine Biology, Natural Resource Management, Animal Behavior and Ecology. Throughout her career, her highest priority has been teaching and she has won awards for her efforts to engage students. Her courses took students off campus into the wilderness of Upper Michigan’s northwoods, camping in the Florida Everglades, hiking the Grand Canyon and investigating ecotourism in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After moving to the Cayman Islands, she continued to expand the number of countries she’s experienced. Her daughter Lauren was a member of the Spring 2010 Semester at Sea class.
In addition to her teaching experience she has received numerous grants and worked for the U.S, Dept of Energy, the Illinois Dept of Natural Resources and the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ecosystems and Ecography. Before coming to Grand Cayman, she served as an editor for MERLOT (Multi Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) and was a member of the Research Review Board for the Henson Robinson Zoo in Illinois. Dr. Beal has published peer reviewed papers in the fields of environmental science (Journal of Environmental Toxicology), ecology (Southeast Ecology and Evolution) and faculty development (CHALK Teaching and Faculty Development). In the past she has also served as a reviewer for environmental text books and has worked with Shedd Aquarium in Chicago in developing educational materials for K-12 students.
While in the US, she was a member of the Governor’s Initiative on Environmental Literacy, setting criteria for implementing environmental concepts into Illinois’ K-12 science curriculum standards. Here in the Cayman Islands, Dr. Beal’s focus has been on marine conservation and the impact of ecotourism on native species. Her credentials include a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from Georgia State College and University, a M.S. in Zoology from Western Illinois University and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Post graduate work includes a certificate in Electronic Art from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.