Vanessa Peters, Ph.D., is an Education Researcher at SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning. Her research focuses on how emergent uses of technology can create opportunities for teaching and learning, particularly in science. Peters applies an interdisciplinary lens to her work, and has extensive experience with design-based, mixed methods, and qualitative research approaches. She has published research studies on Web 2.0 technologies for science learning, scaffolding designs for supporting collaborative inquiry, and on student practices in asynchronous online courses. Prior to joining SRI, Peters worked as Research Director for the Center for Essential Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she led an interdisciplinary research team in the design and development of geospatial technology tools for climate change education. She has completed a B.A. in Applied Linguistics from Brock University, Canada, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Learning and Instructional Technologies from the University of Toronto.