Andrew Schuerger (Ph.D.) has over 32 years of teaching experience with K-12, college, and professional scholars on a wide range of science topics including biology, agriculture, environmental science, planetary geology, and space exploration. In addition, Schuerger has conducted guided tours at his labs and research facilities for all ages of children, adults, visiting professionals, and international dignitaries. Schuerger is currently a professional research scientist and communicator at the Kennedy Space Center, FL working on Mars astrobiology and human exploration missions.
The approach Schuerger promises to take with his posted TpT Science Leaflets will be to use photography and informative text to demonstrate the science or experiments being presented in a quick but thorough manner. Schuerger has over 35 years of experience in scientific photography. Thus, the teachers and students will get authentic visuals on how experiments are supposed to look like as they proceed.
Schuerger has received two NASA Innovation Technology Awards since 2007 for developing new space technologies relevant to the human exploration of the Solar System.
Andrew received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Florida in plant pathology. His major areas of study were entomology, plant pathology, and microbiology.
Schuerger's research activities since 1991 have focused on root pathogens of hydroponic systems, plant pathology of vegetables, remote sensing of plants, Mars astrobiology, and methods for growing plants in human life support systems for missions to Mars. He has worked at the Kennedy Space Center, FL since 2000 conducting research related to the survival and growth of microorganisms under Martian conditions, and more recently on the global movement of plant pathogens in African and Asian dust plumes. He lives in the Central Florida region with his wife, Loreen Leedy (also a TpT seller).