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Disney Scientist Uses the Scientific Method to Help Protect Pollinator Habitats at Walt Disney World Resort

The Disney Imagination Campus team
by The Disney Imagination Campus team

Meet Morgan – a scientist on the Disney Conservation team who helps lead critical pollinator work protecting the habitats of bees, butterflies, birds and other bugs across Walt Disney World Resort.

Morgan has a master’s degree in biology with an emphasis in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. Not only does she have a huge passion for women in science, but she also loves being a storyteller.

The Walt Disney Company is committed to sustaining vital habitats for Florida pollinators. Morgan works to uphold this commitment by surveying insects and other pollinators across property, as well as monitoring flowering plant populations to ensure that habitats in and around Walt Disney World Resort are healthy.  

In fact, across Walt Disney World Resort, the company hosts two solar facilities as part of the company’s sustainability and decarbonization goals. Part of Morgan’s job as a Conservation and Science Technician is to find ways to make use of the valuable land underneath and around the solar panels to support pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other insects.

“One of the most important things I learned in school was the Scientific Method,” Morgan states.

The Scientific Method is a step-by-step process that scientists use to investigate and understand the world around them. It helps them find answers to questions and solve problems in a systematic way. Here are the main steps of the scientific method:

1. Make an Observation: Start by making an observation and asking a question about something you want to explore or understand better.

2. Do Background Research: Gather information about the topic you are investigating. Learn about what is already known and any relevant facts.

3. Form a Hypothesis: Make an educated guess, called a hypothesis, about the answer to your question. This is like making a prediction based on what you know.

4. Conduct an Experiment: Design and carry out an experiment to test your hypothesis. This involves setting up a controlled situation to observe and measure what happens.

5. Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions: Record the results of your experiment by collecting data. This can include measurements, observations, and other relevant information. Examine the data you collected to see if it supports or contradicts your hypothesis. Look for patterns or trends that can help you draw conclusions.

6. Communicate Results: Share your findings with others. This could involve writing a report, creating a presentation, or discussing your results with classmates or teachers.

The scientific method is a flexible process, and scientists may repeat these steps multiple times to refine their understanding of a topic. It's a way to approach problems with curiosity and a systematic approach to learning about the world.

“I didn’t know that the Scientific Method was something I was going to end up using every single day, but it is absolutely integral to the work that I do,” Morgan shares.

In high school, Morgan had a marine biology teacher who was passionate about working with his students and encouraging their dreams.

“He would inspire me to go out to discover the answer to my questions on my own. He really encouraged my curiosity. In high school I wasn’t sure if science was for me. He was the first real person to encourage me and support me on that journey.”

For girls interested in pursuing a career in science or another STEM subject, Morgan advises to be curious and try a lot of new things. “Trying new things opens up new career possibilities and new ways to share your unique story.”

Morgan’s dedication to protecting pollinator habitats serves as an inspiration to aspiring scientists, especially young girls considering STEM careers. Let Morgan's passion for science and conservation spark your student’s curiosity to consider how the work they are doing in their classroom today may lead to an amazing career in the future.

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