Alumni Tale: Piper Bartlett Browne ’09

What did you study at UNH?

Biology, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

What are some of your strongest memories of UNH?

UNH was an amazing experience and I miss it! I remember the COLSA community and how many interesting people I met while there. There were always so many things to do and I enjoyed meeting new people every day. I specifically remember the impact that the Shoals Marine Lab had when I took Field Marine Science there in the summer of 2007. I experienced field research that inspired me to pursue the teaching of scientific principles to high school students.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

I feel that all of the experiences I had at UNH impacted my career. The instruction of my professors encouraged me to become a teacher and the hands-on classes have continued to drive what I do in my classroom today. UNH is a resource that I use often. My students have done field trips to different labs, participated in internships, and I have had former professors visit my classroom. My time at UNH inspired me to create a classroom that is based on exposing students to real-world science.

Tell us about your career path to date… what have been some career milestones in your life?

I began my career in education the year I graduated from UNH as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Juneau, AK. I worked for a nature education non-profit for a year there and realized that although I loved the non-profit world, I could make a bigger impact on young people by becoming a classroom teacher. I received my teaching certificate and got my first teaching job in Colorado at a middle school. I spent one year there, but I missed New Hampshire and so I got a job teaching high school science at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, NH. I have been in this position for four years now and have had great success as an educator. I participated in the Research Experience in Engineering for Teachers (RETE) Program in the summer of 2017, became a certified AP teacher, contribute to the Teacher Advisory Council at the New England Aquarium, and participated in various professional development opportunities at organizations such as the San Diego Zoo and Shoals Marine Lab. My most recent professional accomplishment is being selected as a PolarTREC teacher for 2019-2020. I will be doing research on the USCGC Healy in the Chukchi Sea with Dr. Lee Cooper from the University of Maryland. We will be looking at how climate change is affecting the benthic populations in the Arctic.