Student Profile

Erin Bridges Bird
Ph.D. Candidate, Science & Agriculture Education


My aim is to promote youth agency in science for environmental and social justice. I investigate youth participation in authentic science research, called community and citizen science. My research focuses on youth agency with data, such as how youth ensure accurate data collection, view their data as consequential, use their data for environmental decision-making and leverage their data to advocate for the change they wish to see in their local communities. 

Current Research

  • Dissertation research on Community & Citizen Science in Elementary Schools

  • Graduate student researcher at the Center for Community and Citizen Science, UC Davis School of Education.

  • Liaison and researcher for community-based participatory research project between Stanford School of Medicine and Full Circle Farm, Sunnyvale

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Instructor, Elementary Science Methods – EDU 307 (Winter 2018, 2019)

  • Assistant Instructor, Introduction to Elementary Next Generation Science Standards – EDU 292 (Winter 2018, 2019)

  • Supervisor to secondary-science student teachers (2018 – 2019) – EDU 306

  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Environmental Education – EDU 142 (Spring 2016, 2018, 2019)

  • Teaching Assistant, EDU 301 Reading in the Secondary School: Math, Science, Agricultural Science (Fall 2017)  

  • Director of Full Circle Farm Summer Camp (a research collaboration with Stanford School of Medicine) (2011 – Current)

  • Master Teacher during the summer school program, Stanford University Teaching Education Program (Summer 2014; Summer 2017)

  • Master Teacher, San Francisco State University (2012 – 2013)

  • Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Lowell High School, San Francisco (2011 – 2015)

Research Interests

  • Youth agency in science and with data
  • Critical science literacy and indigenous epistemologies
  • Social and environmental justice
  • Teacher education and professional development


  • Ph.D., Science and Agriculture Education, University of California, Davis (in progress)

  • M.A. Ed. and Stanford University and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science, Stanford University (2011)

  • B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Minor in Spanish (2006)

Faculty Advisors

  • Dr. Heidi Ballard
  • Dr. Alexis Patterson
  • Dr. Sarah Perrault

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