Dr. Janice Greene

Biology Professor | Missouri State University

About Dr. Janice Greene

Dr. Greene’s journey working in education began over 30 years ago as a student at Missouri State University (MSU) where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education. In 1989, she began working with environmental education programs by becoming a facilitator for Project Learning Tree and Project WILD. Her current interests in teaching and research are learning outdoors and in birds. See below for more details about Dr. Greene’s education background and certifications.

Education Background

Bachelor of Science in Education. Southwest Missouri State University. Springfield, Missouri. May, 1983. Teacher certification: Biology 9-12, General Science 7-9, Chemistry 9-12.

Master of Science. Southwest Missouri State University. Springfield, Missouri. July, 1987. Thesis: A comparison of genetic differentiation among populations of two species of mice (Peromyscus).

Doctor of Philosophy. Texas A&M University. College Station, Texas. December, 1992. Dissertation: An evaluation of volunteerism in Project Learning Tree and Project WILD in Texas.

Environmental Education Program Training

Project Learning Tree. Received Facilitator Training August 1991.

Project WILD. Received Facilitator Training Summer 1990.

Population Connection. Became member of Population Education Trainers Network. 1990.

The Earth Matters. Zero Population Growth Leadership Training Institute. July 1992.

Project WET. Received Facilitator Training December 1995.

Leopold Education Project. Facilitator Training, October 1997.

Flying WILD. Facilitator Training. 2010



Taxonomy, distribution, life histories and ecology of birds with an emphasis on Missouri forms.

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Environmental Education and Interpretation

Discussion of environmental issues, practical experiences in teaching environmental concepts, and awareness of environmental resource materials for the formal and nonformal educational setting.

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Ozarks Natural Communities

Examination of forests, glades, and aquatic habitats with focus on environmental issues in the Ozarks.

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Intro to Science Teaching and Research

Topics in the course include the nature of science, scientific inquiry and research in the sciences.

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Study Away Trips



Recent Work


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Professional Activities

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Sample Publications


Wilbers Lueckenotto, A., and J. Greene. (Winter 2009-2010). For Slugs Sake: Making a refuge for slugs, bugs & other invertebrates. Green Teacher. 87:23-26.


Greene, J. 2006. Reading the Landscape: Strategies for helping students become curious observers of relationships and processes in nature. Green Teacher. 78:30-32.


Greene, J. S., and B. D. Greene. 2004. Using amphibians and reptiles to teach the process of science. Special edition on inquiry learning. Science Activities.

Graduate Students


Tucker, T. M.S., 1995. An evaluation of a preventive health management tool.

Merrigan, C. M.S. Ed., 1995. Conservation attitudes and knowledge of Missouri twelfth graders.


Mayers, D. M.S., 1996. An evaluation of knowledge gained by eighth grade students using Project WET activities.

Gray, G. M.S., 1996. Conservation knowledge and attitudes of Missouri sixth grade students: the Missouri conservation survey 1995-1996.

Rakowski, P. M.S., 1996. Attitudes of developers and the general public on land development and the environment in southwest Missouri: A comparison study.


Henson, D. M.S. Ed., 1997. A descriptive study of adolescents' attitudes toward the environment and solutions to environmental problems.

Vigil, L. M.S. Ed.1997. A descriptive study of factors and attitudes that distinguish recyclers from nonrecyclers in a high school.


Roddiger, B. M.S., 1998. An assessment of Missouri Stream Teams: Student attitudes and knowledge.

Mee-Lines, J. 1998. M.S. Ed. A study of the correlation between Project WET activities and the Missouri interdisciplinary Show-Me Standards.

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Lucadamo, J. M.N.A.S. 1999. An evaluation of outdoor classroom use by teachers.

Mistler, C. M.N.A.S. 1999. An evaluation of gender bias and its influence in achievement and careers of high school students.

Cox, E. M.N.A.S. 1999. Incorporating environmental education into the life science curriculum: Using environmental topics as a central theme.


Dyke, F. M.S. 2000. An evaluation of cave tour programs: Impact on tourists' cave knowledge and attitudes.


Krumme, G. M.S. 2001. A formative evaluation of environmental education at Roaring River Fish Hatchery.

Keeling, S. M.N.A.S. 2001. Gender bias in the Missouri Assessment Program Tests.

Ray, D. M.S.Ed. 2001. Outdoor classroom development and activities.

Wallenmeyer, A. M.S.Ed. 2001. An analysis of academic and disciplinary attention given to males and females in science classes.


Wilbers, A. M.S. 2002. An evaluation of factors that determine environmental concern of natural science graduate students.

Stafford, H. M.S.Ed. 2002. A comparison of aquatic knowledge and attitudes between students with no Stream Team experience and those with experience.


Hoffman, M. M.S. 2003. The effectiveness of an interpretive center on attitudes and knowledge about grasslands at Prairie State Park.

Shiveley, K. M.S. Ed. 2003. The relationship between teaching methodologies and seventh grade science MAP achievement.

Cavener, R. M. S. Ed. 2003. Effect of constructivist teaching on student learning and retention.

Fields, K. M. S. 2003. Environmental education's effects on the attitudes, knowledge, and concern for the environment among secondary students.

Oliver, H. M.S. Ed. 2003. A survey of science term knowledge preparedness in 9th graders.


Dodge, B. M.S. Ed. 2004. A correlational study of environmental attitudes and achievement in high school science.

Rapp, W. M. S. 2004. Evaluating the effectiveness of an issues-based curriculum on student knowledge and attitudes toward amphibians.

McPheeters, T. M.S. Ed. 2004. An exploratory science class influence on students' attitudes toward science.

Spencer, K. M. S. Ed. 2004. Dissecting the process of dissection: A comparison of animal dissection and computer-generated dissection with middle school students.

Wityk, M. M. N. A. S. 2004. Improving students' performance by implementing motivational learning strategies and constructivist teaching methods.

Thornsberry, H. M.S. Ed. 2004. Importance of inquiry-based experiences on science achievement: A science club curriculum.


Moore, J. B. M.S. Ed. 2005. A survey of secondary school science students regarding academic dishonesty.

Peirce, M. M.S. Ed. 2005. The effect of live animals in the classroom on tenth grade biology students' attitudes toward science.


Stuart, L. M.S. 2006. A correlation study of teachers' attitudes toward science and student achievement.


Kowalski, A. M.N.A.S. 2008. A guide to eastern cottonwood ecology and restoration with accompanying lab activities.

Allen, D. M.S. 2008. An evaluation of knowledge gains and retention rates of 5th grade students after attendance at a watershed festival.

Reuter, B. M.S. Ed. 2008. Effects of species identification activities on students' attitudes toward organisms.


White, R. M.N.A.S. 2009. The effect of Biology inquiry-based instruction on the failure rate and standardized test scores of ninth and tenth grade students.


Stout, K. M.N.A.S. 2010. A follow-up evaluation of the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE).


Whaley Exendine, A. M.S. 2012. Evaluation of a rangeland curriculum on the knowledge and attitudes of south Texas students.

Dickson, D. MNAS. 2012. Land use effects on stream morphology and macroinvertebrate communities in the Ozarks region; Taney County, Missouri.


Peterson, R. M.S. 2013. Evaluation of quail density in different habitat structures.




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