M.S, Biology, Emporia State University, 1992
B.S., Biology (Minor in Music), Emporia State University, cum laude, 1990
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Sigma Alpha Iota
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Dena began her professional career as a summer Naturalist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks for two summers and as adjunct faculty for Highland Community College. She then worked in the Public Education Department at the KU Natural History Museum for many years. She joined Monarch Watch 2016.