Dr. Bathala brings over 15 years of experience in higher education, teaching Ecology and Environmental Sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is currently on the faculty at Rosemont College, and teaches courses in Sustainability and Environmental Studies.
An ecologist by training, Dr. Bathala has participated in numerous conservation projects locally and globally. Her current endeavors involve the development of educational children’s books on environmental and marine ecosystems. Dr. Bathala’s 2017 publication Moonlight Crab Count won the Children’s Book Council and Science Teachers Association, Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2018. Dr. Bathala stays committed to projects encouraging STEM education, particular for women in the sciences.
During her graduate studies at Duke University, Dr. Bathala researched conservation biology in Costa Rica with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). She also spent a summer at the Duke University Marine Lab studying oceanography and marine ecosystems. Her doctoral work examined the role of carbon as part of the National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network at various biomes throughout North America.
Outside of her academic pursuits, Dr. Bathala is involved in community public education on environmental issues. She is a member of her local garden club and spends her summer at the New Jersey shore where she volunteers on coastal conservation projects. Dr. Bathala is also a garden speaker and teaches workshops on sustainable planting within a home landscape. She will be presenting on ecological gardening at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in 2021.
Dr. Bathala is on the Board of Directors of the Clean Air Council in Philadelphia. She has also served on the Board of the Philadelphia Regional Alumni Association of Duke University, and is a mentor for students in Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment graduate program. Her books and speaking schedule can be found at www.neetibathala.com.