Dean Catherine Duckett, Ph.D. is an entomologist by training and an exchange student by avocation (A Peace Corps volunteer and returnee from Chile, Mexico, Venezuela, and Japan). Her academic interests include anatomy, anthropology, and art. She is also passionately involved in the study of climate science and its effect on humans, human society and on other natural systems. Dean Duckett developed the Peer Mentor Program in 2010 as part of her ongoing commitment to provide career and professional development coaching to undergraduate students. She also enjoys word play, gardening (specifically native plants and natural habitat preservation), cooking, and cats.