• Co-principal investigator
  • Director, Edna Lawrence Nature Lab
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Phone: 401.454.6166
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Neal Overstrom has focused his work on promoting environmental education and literacy through informal learning experiences. Prior to coming to RISD, he held senior posts for exhibit development, zoological management, and aquatic animal research at the Mystic Aquarium. His interests involve investigating biological influences on design, particularly the ways in which pattern, form and living elements in the built environment can reinforce the human-nature connection.


M.A., Zoology, Connecticut College

M.L.A., Landscape Architecture, University of Massachusetts/Amherst

B.S., Biology, University of Connecticut.