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Tucker, Kim (Ph.D.)

Director, Whitaker Center for STEM Education, College of Arts & Sciences and Professor, Biological Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences


Dr. Kim Pause Tucker is originally from south Florida and has attended or worked at several of Florida's higher education institutions before joining the FGCU faculty including Florida Atlantic University's A. D. Henderson University School, Florida State University, University of Florida, and University of South Florida College of Marine Science. Her doctoral work at UF focused on conservation genetics of the Florida manatee. She translated her genetics background to complete her postdoctoral work in microbial ecology and metagenomics at USF CMS. However, it all started with her undergraduate research experiences at FSU.

Dr. Tucker's first faculty position was at the College of Coastal Georgia where she taught in the Coastal Ecology and Pre-professional Biology programs. She then moved on to Stevenson University where she was hired as Director of STEM Initiatives and faculty in the Biological Sciences department. In almost a decade at SU, she served as founding Director of the Center for Environmental Stewardship and was Interim Director of the SU Service Scholars Program, among other leadership roles.

Throughout her career, she has also had a strong focus on STEM outreach and education. She served for two years as Director of the Coastal Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair, was on the steering committee for the inaugural Maryland STEM Festival, and has hosted many STEM events for middle school children. In 2016, she was awarded the National Society for Experiential Education's Rising Leader Award for her work with STEM service-learning and undergraduate research. In 2019 she was selected as the Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Educator of the Year.

For more information about Dr. Tucker, please visit her website. 

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