Hannah Jaris

Director of Education Programs

An experienced informal science education program manager and a passionate, creative knowledge facilitator, Hannah is dedicated to finding the best ways to communicate science to broad audiences and connect people to the natural world. She has developed, managed, and taught innovative youth programs most recently at the American Museum of Natural History and for NYC Parks. While at AMNH Hannah also coordinated the digital initiatives for Urban Advantage, a partnership program providing professional development for science teachers. She has studied bacterial diversity with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory, the effect of ocean acidification on the purple sea urchin at Hopkins Marine Station, and how human actions are impacting wild oyster populations with The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Born and raised in New York City, Hannah became interested in science because of unique hands-on experiences inside and outside of the classroom.  She received a M.A. in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Smith College.