Education

Session With A Scientist

Biosphere 2 Introduction Video

Virtual education can offer transformative experiences, provide access to specialized programs, and give students the freedom to demonstrate learning in authentic, applicable ways.

Our researchers are thrilled to have the opportunity to interact with students around the world virtually. Through technology, we can provide special experiences, allowing students to connect with mentors at Biosphere 2 who may spark their interest in science and foster relationships to support student curiosity, confidence, and engagement in science careers through our virtual education programs.

Schedule your session today for an exclusive opportunity to connect your students with a member of the Biosphere 2 research team.

  • Connect using the Zoom platform
  • One-on-one interaction with your classroom
  • Sessions are 45 minutes
  • Times listed are Arizona (UTC/GMT -7)
  • Sessions available Tuesday-Friday, times and days vary

Decide which session will be best suited to your class and book today!

Available Sessions


Dig Deep with LEO

Tuesdays, 9:00 am

Aaron Bugaj Aaron is a Senior Research Specialist at Biosphere 2. His research is focused on the Landscape Evolution Observatory project which intersects hydrology, ecology, and geochemistry. Beyond research, Aaron is a science communicator, videographer, and web developer. He hosts the Biosphere 2 Podcast and founded the Biosphere 2 Media Laboratory, an online platform for science communication.

The Landscape Evolution Observatory is the world’s LARGEST laboratory experiment in the interdisciplinary Earth sciences. Aaron explores the details of how we are studying the fundamental components of Earth, such as air, water, soil, plants, and microbes, using this massive laboratory and what we have learned so far!


Where Science Lives

Wednesdays, 11:00 am (every other Wed.)

John Adams John Adams, Deputy Director of Biosphere 2, has helped drive the evolution of Biosphere 2 through positions of progressive responsibility and oversight for nearly 2 decades. Starting in 1995, after receiving his BS in Wildlife and Fishery Science at the University of Arizona and working on various biology research initiatives in Southern Arizona, Adams became Senior Research Specialist, leading the terrestrial research initiatives exploring the effect of elevated CO2 on the mesocosms of Biosphere 2. Building on his deep knowledge of the facility and its science, Adams became Biosphere 2's Media Coordinator and Public Spokesperson at Columbia University in 1999. At the same time, Adams assumed leadership for Biosphere 2's exhibits and public outreach staff. In 2014, Adams advanced to his current leadership role of Biosphere 2 Deputy Director. In part, the promotion marked a return to his roots, engaging as a key member of the team that plans and directs all research and related activities inside Biosphere 2 and the surrounding campus. Beyond research, however, as Deputy Director Adams also holds responsibility for planning and direction of site operations and Under the Glass activities, serving as Biosphere 2's primary spokesperson and media contact, overseeing biome management, energy management and facilities maintenance and setting the vision for public outreach.

What is Biosphere 2? How can we use this incredible model to understand our planet in a deeper, more meaningful way? Meet with John Adams, Deputy Director, or Kevin Bonine, Director of Education and Outreach, to discuss how we take big questions and turn them into valuable answers, providing insight and solutions for the environmental challenges our world faces today.


Explore The Rain Forest

Thursdays, 9:00 am

Jason Deleeuw Jason’s primary role as Research Specialist at Biosphere 2 is to support and facilitate the activities of the entire science team. He accomplishes this by ensuring that the rainforest and it’s scientific instruments are always ready for research. Jason monitors the conditions inside the rainforest, keeps the plants healthy, and maintains the arrays of sensors that provide data. Jason also participates in executing the research campaigns conducted at Biosphere 2, such as the most recent, WALD.

Our Rainforest was created to simulate several tropical Rainforest habitats. Join Jason to experience what it takes to manage a Rainforest in the middle of the Sonoran Desert and the incredible science possible in this biome.

Jason's Session with a Scientist is also available in Spanish! Email Kim Land (bio2-group@email.arizona.edu) for more information on how to book a Spanish session with Jason.


Where Science Lives

Fridays, 1:00 pm (every other Fri.)

Kevin Bonine Kevin is one of the Directors at Biosphere 2. He grew up in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona – followed by a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he focused on evolutionary physiology using lizards as a model system. Recent research on reptiles and amphibians includes Gila monsters and canyon treefrogs, with emphasis on natural history, ecology, population genetics, and conservation. evin is a firm believer in the value of STEM education and the power of experiential learning. In addition to programming at Biosphere 2, to get students out in the field, Kevin has taught in the Galapagos Islands and locally – including a popular three-week field course that explores the ecology and natural history of our region - from atop the Santa Catalina Mountains, through the Sonoran Desert, ending at the Desert Sea in the Northern Gulf of California in Mexico.

What is Biosphere 2? How can we use this incredible model to understand our planet in a deeper, more meaningful way? Meet with John Adams, Deputy Director, or Kevin Bonine, Director of Education and Outreach, to discuss how we take big questions and turn them into valuable answers, providing insight and solutions for the environmental challenges our world faces today.

For More Information

Kim Land
520-621-0436
bio2-group@arizona.edu