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Jolina H. Ruckert is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. She received a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Washington (2014), a MA in Psychology from Pepperdine University (2006) and a BA in Psychology/Biology from the University of Miami (2004). Her publications have appeared in such journals as Early Education and Development, Current Directions in Psychological Science and Anthrozoos. Jolina has been a member of The Explorers Club since 2004. In 2012, as a Bonderman Fellow, she completed a yearlong expedition to explore the ancient human relationship with fire as it exists in the world today. Her journey (through Iceland, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Keyna, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia) focused on the various ways fire continues to foster and bond communities, tie us to our ancestors and our histories, and create and support tradition and culture. Read about it [here].

Jolina has been researching the human relationship with nature and technological nature for over 10 years. Her current research focuses on the role culture, experience, technology, and biology play in shaping conservation and sustainability concerns. Her past research experience includes working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration monitoring the Key Biscane bottlenose dolphin population, the Australian Research Council researching the sandy and rocky shores of South Australia and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium observing the effects of dolphin-assisted therapy. 

Updated: Summer of 2016