Alex Arthur Ruff
As project coordinator for Project NAVIGATE Alex has helped with curriculum development, event coordination, and day to day operations. Alex is passionate about using geospatial information systems and remote sensing topics in the science classroom. Prior to Project NAVIGATE, Alex spent 9 years as a high school science teacher interested in contextualized science content and improving STEM persistence. He taught biology, biomedical biology, and created and taught Marana High School's first forensic science course. In addition, he supervised and managed the school's internship program.
As a recipient of the Arizona Partners in Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement Alex worked with UA anthropologists Dr. Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman and Nicole Mathwich to conduct stable isotope analysis on historic livestock tooth enamel. This 2014-2015 project brought current research techniques and application to his high school forensic science classroom. Alex also served in the US Army as a cavalry scout and was a high school varsity football coach and head volleyball coach.
Alex enjoys hiking, playing sports and hanging out with his family.