Posted: August 23, 2021

The IBC is expanding!  Please join us in welcoming our newest member, Heather Desorcie, who will be linking IBC outreach efforts with the arboretum and other nature learning centers across Centre County.

Heather Desorcie is the newest staff member to join the Insect Biodiversity Center organization.  Learn more about her background and her role as the official IBC education specialist!

About me:

I grew up in State College searching for swallowtail caterpillars and hiking with my family. Knowing I loved nature, I studied Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation at Canisius College. I soon discovered that I loved teaching, and have worked as an educator for a variety of organizations. Some of my favorites have been The Missouri River Bird Observatory, MarineLand of Canada, and of course The Arboretum at Penn State as a 2018 Children’s Garden intern! 

I obtained my MEd in Education Studies from University at Buffalo in 2019. After graduation I worked at Tifft Nature Preserve as a facilitator of learning, developing and facilitating a variety of formal and informal programming for children, adults, and families. 

At Penn State I am looking forward to connecting people with their local plants and pollinators and inviting them to become involved in conservation. My favorite inspirational quote is by Nelson Mandela who once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world".

In my free time, I am usually birding with binoculars and camera in hand. I also enjoy playing tennis with my fiancé and reading with my cat Spooky.