STEM Transformation Institute
Darryl Reano is a geologist and geoscience educator from Acoma Pueblo, an Indigenous community in New Mexico. His B.S. degree is in geology from New Mexico State University. Darryl completed his M.S. (geology) and Ph.D. (geoscience education) in the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science Department at Purdue University.
Darryl’s dissertation focused on creating introductory geoscience educational materials that are place-based and culturally relevant for Indigenous students. This project involved the use of Indigenous Research Frameworks, which bring a sociohistorical perspective to creating more holistic approaches to teaching and learning that are also equitable and inclusive.
Darryl has also mentored many undergraduate and graduate students through various programs such as the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP), the Alliance for Graduate Education through the Professoriate (AGEP), and the Indigenous Integration of Aquatic Science and Traditional-Ecological-Knowledge for Undergraduate Culturally Responsive Education (i-NATURE) program. Darryl regularly presents his research at conference gatherings including: the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the Geoscience Alliance, the American Educational Research Association, the Geological Society of America (GSA), and the American Geophysical Union.