Benjamin Tupper

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Science Education

Benjamin  Tupper, School of Education

Field of Study: Educational Studies, PhD - Science Education

Year in Program: 2

Geographic Region: Grand Rapids, MI

Undergraduate: University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire 

Prior to UM: Before coming to UM I worked in the field of environmental education. This ranged from guiding young learners on kayaking and backpacking trips in Alaska to exploring the wonders of the salt marshes in coastal Georgia. I have always had a deep love and passion for the outdoors and have been very lucky to work in a field that strives to educate young people and adults about science and the environment, with a healthy dose of wonder. I have also worked for the national park system in South Africa, helping to manage environmental education centers. My last job before coming into the program here at UM was working as a safari guide and large carnivore researcher on a small, private game reserve in South Africa. 

The best part of SOE so far: One of the best things is the range of faculty and staff that are here to support the student body and help them succeed in everything they do. There is such a huge range of expertise housed in the SOE that you can find mentors in almost any educational interest you are pursuing. Because of the diversity of faculty and their interests, there are ample opportunities to work on various projects that are challenging and exciting. The SOE has allowed me think about teaching and learning from different perspectives and challenged my thinking about the profession. 

After graduation: After graduation I hope to continue working in the field of environmental education. I am really interested in further exploring how young learners connect with their environment and how out-of-school experiences help to foster environmental ethics. I can see myself teaching at a small, liberal arts school or working in the role of education coordinator/director of an environmental learning center. 

Teach me something! One of my favorite things to do is explore the Arboretum and spend as much time outdoors as possible. The Arb and the Botanical Gardens are amazing places to go and relax. Ann Arbor is a fun place and there is always something going on. The Art Museum has great programs and is a great spot to visit, as well as the Natural History Museum, and they are free! I love winter in Michigan so getting out and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are always great. Dexter, right next door to Ann Arbor, has an amazing trail system that is wonderful for activities year-round. The University is such a huge place with so many activities and events, there is something for everyone. 

Tupper’s program of study:
Science Education