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Department of Biology

Community Outreach

Biology Outreach Coordinators

Coordinator Contact Biography
Thumbnail photo for Tara Darcy-Hall Tara Darcy-Hall
Assistant Director of Outreach
tldarcyh [at]

Tara received her Ph.D. in Ecology in 2004 from Michigan State University. Since moving to Bloomington in 2006, she has worked as a full-time mom, a free-lance editor, and an instructor in the Department of Biology. She began working with Biology Outreach in the fall of 2011; along with Diane, she coordinates visits and projects with local Kindergarten classrooms.

Thumbnail photo for Joan Harris Joan Harris
Outreach Coordinator
mailto:joanharris.baba [at]

Joan has taught first, second, and third grades for more than twenty-five years. In 1997, she was recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children as the outstanding teacher of the year.


Thumbnail photo for Diane Pikaard Diane Pikaard
Assistant Director of Outreach
dpikaard [at]

Diane received her B.S. degree in Horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University, and her Associate Degree in Early Care and Education. She has worked in biology laboratories, as a preschool teacher, and as an outreach coordinator in early childhood STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at I.U.'s Center for P-16 Research & Collaboration. She has collaborated with WonderLab Museum developing a Preschool Teacher Science Workshop Series supporting children's natural curiosity through science inquiry investigations.

Thumbnail photo for Peggy Schultz Peggy Schultz
Lecturer, Director of Outreach
pschultz [at]
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Peggy received her B.A.S. in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her M.S in Biology from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Botany from Duke University. Her research focuses on the restoration of native plant communities. She teaches Environmental Biology for non-majors and has been working with K-12 teachers and their students for several years to develop programs that inspire an appreciation for the environment.

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