Mika Cohen Jones’ main interests are in building student-centered learning experiences both in and out of school. Mika has worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Institute for Learning Innovation (a non-profit research and education organization), taught ecology on comparative international study abroad programs, served as an educator for a variety of museums, and has taught linguistics and introductory biological anthropology courses at UNCG. For the past five years, her primary focus has been running introductory biological anthropology labs at UNCG, with a commitment to engage students in personal and meaningful ways. Mika received her M.S. in Human Ecology from the University of California at Davis in 1999. Her thesis applied an evolutionary perspective to exploring cultural transmission patterns worldwide. She has conducted research in Argentina on lactation patterns in traditional societies, and in Ecuador exploring land use, water access, and envisioning sustainable futures.