Beth Burch

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Beth Burch holds a Ph.D. in Botany from University of Florida.  She served as a Biology faculty member for 20 years at a liberal arts university, where she was Chair of the Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences for three years.  In that position, she wrote curriculum proposals for new BSN and BS in Environmental Science degrees.  She is completing her second year at South Florida State College as Lead Instructor and Co-PI for the Bioenergy Program funded by an NSF-ATE project grant.  She has taught courses in botany, plant physiology, biofuels, crop production and analysis, pest management, genetics, microbiology, general biology and environmental science.  She has been active in National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), Indiana College Biology Teachers’ Association (ICBTA), American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and American Society for Microbiology (ASM).  Dr. Burch has written state-level curricula for AS degrees and college credit certificates in both Biofuels Technology and Biomass Cultivation.  She has presented on curriculum development and laboratory teaching ideas at the NSF-ATE PI Conference and numerous society meetings.