Anna Miller

East Garner Magnet Middle School
Wake County Schools
Mentor: Dr. William Hoffmann, NC State University
Sponsors: National Science Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline

Ecology of the Savanna-Forest Boundaries in Central Brazil
During the summer of 2008, Ms. Miller traveled to Brazil with Dr. William Hoffman and a team of scientists to study the way humans impact evergreen forests at the savannah-forest boundaries. She has brought Dr. Hoffmann’s research on the rainforests back to her students, offering them an unparalleled perspective into the future of tropical forest fragments in human-dominated landscapes. Ms. Miller‘s students are learning first-hand about the diversity of species that inhabit this critical habitat. Ms. Miller’s project demonstrates the authentic transfer of research to practice and makes learning relevant and exciting for her students.