Alumni (Fellow)

Aaron Reedy

James H. and Elizabeth W. Wright Jefferson Fellow
Class: 2017
Hometown: Villa Park, Illinois
B.A. Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1999)
M.A. National-Louis University (2009)

Prior to coming to UVA Aaron Reedy was a public high school teacher in Chicago, where he used innovative projects to connect his classroom to the wider world of science. In pursuit of great education, he has paddled the Mississippi River, immersed kids in field studies of reptile reproductive biology and climate change, and carried out professional-level science in the classroom. As a team member on a National Geographic grant he brought field biology into classrooms across the country. This past year, Reedy cofounded, a fellowship program that allows outstanding biology teachers from across the country to participate in the process of scientific discovery. Currently he is working with populations of lizards in Florida to understand how males and females of the same species evolve dramatic differences despite sharing nearly all the same genes. His recent scientific work has been published in the The Biological Journal of the Linnean Society and Functional Ecology.

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