Ana Estrella


Biology/Biomedical Sciences
Role: Faculty
Campus: West Plains

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Missouri State University
Biology/Biomedical Sciences
128 Garfield
West Plains, MO 65775



  • EdD, William Howard Taft University (Present)
  • MS, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (2013)
  • BS, University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (2004)


  • BIO 101 Biology in Your World
  • BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology
  • BIO 197 Leatherback Sea Turtle Ecology (Study Away Program: Costa Rica)
  • BMS 110 Introduction to Biomedical Science

Campus service

  • Missouri State University Collaborative Diversity Conference Planning Committee
  • Public Affairs Committee Chair (2017-2018)
  • Pre-Health Professionals Club Faculty Sponsor
  • Coordinator of the Annual Natural Sciences Career Presentations

Professional experience

  • Wildlife Biologist/Conservation and Recuperation Program of Puerto Rican Parrot Amazona vittata - Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Division
  • Teacher Assistant/Biology Department- University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus


  • Teaching in an Education Abroad Context at Missouri State University Study Away faculty Luncheon, Springfield, Missouri, September 2018
  • Co-facilitator: Diversity 101- Human Resources Supervisors training at Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, May, 2018
  • A Short-Term Study Abroad Costa Rica: A Brief Overview, Academy of International Business (AIB) US Midwest Conference, Chicago, April 2018
  • Co-facilitator: Diversity 101- Staff training at Missouri State University, West Plains, Missouri, January 2018
  • Co-facilitator: OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World at Arkansas State University faculty development training, Mountain Home, Arkansas, October 2017.
  • Off the Grid at Missouri State University Study Away faculty Luncheon, Springfield, Missouri, September 2017
  • The Fingerprint of the University on the Summer Program in Costa Rica, Friends of the Garnett Library, January 2017, West Plains, Missouri
  • Maximizing Cultural Awareness in Short-Term Faculty-Directed Study Away Programs, Study Away Programs Fall 2016 Faculty Luncheon, Springfield, Missouri
  • Journey from Puerto Rico and Kenya to West Plains, Friends of the Garnett Library, February 2016, West Plains, Missouri
  • ASLO 2013, Aquatic Sciences Meeting - New Orleans - Louisiana - Poster Presentation in Biological and Biochemical Responses to Human Impacts at the Sediment-Water Interface Session
  • 4th Annual International Symposium on Agricultural Research-Athens, Greece-Ecological Significance of the Asian Clam Curbicula Fluminea, an Aquatic Invasive Species of Puerto Rico, on the Community Structure in a Tropical Freshwater Reservoir

Professional organizations

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
  • Association of Latinos/Hispanics for Leadership and Success (ALAS)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
  • American Association of University Professors


  • “Short-Term Faculty Led Study Away Programs to Puerto Rico: Emphasis on Women in Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM)”, Insights to a Changing World Journal, Vol. 2019, Issue 3, Fall 2019.
  • A Short-Term Study Abroad Costa Rica: A Brief Overview”, Global Education Journal: Critical Thinking Series, Vol. 2018, Issue 2, June 15, 2018.
  • Ecology of the Asian Clam, Corbicula fluminea (Muller), and its Impact on the Benthic Invertebrates in Guajataca and La Plata Reservoirs, Puerto Rico

Research and professional interests

Professional development/conferences

  • Island Ecology in the Bahamas: A Teacher-Directed Field Study for Students, San Salvador, Bahamas (2019)
  • Koch Summit for Faculty, Wichita, Kansas (2018)
  • 6th Collaborative Diversity Conference - Facing racism in 2018 and beyond: A changing dynamic, Missouri State University, Springfield (2018)
  • MBAA International Conference, Chicago, Illinois (2018)
  • Facing Racism Institute Cohort 11th, Springfield, Missouri. October 2017
  • Diversity and Inclusion Training Level I, Missouri State University, Springfield (2017)
  • 4th Cultural Consciousness in the Classroom Workshop, Springfield, Missouri (2017)
  • 5th Collaborative Diversity Conference, Springfield, Missouri (2017)
  • 23rd American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Bethesda, Maryland (2016)
  • Study Away Program Fall 2016 Faculty Luncheon, Springfield, Missouri
  • 2015 - Citizenship and Service Learning (CASL) West Plains Public Affairs Committee workshop, Springfield, Missouri
  • ASLO 2013 Aquatic Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Danvers, Massachusetts, 2014
  • Ecology Project International Marine Education Fellowship 2015, Costa Rica
  • 29th Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Conference San Antonio, Texas

Awards and honors

  • Missouri State University Board of Governors’ Award for Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs (2018)
  • Ecology Project International Marine Education Fellowship (2015)