Antony Berthelote (committee member) is the head of the Department of Hydrology at Salish Kootenai College. He was the lead groundwater researcher for the Environmental Protection Agency on the Milltown Dam Removal CERCLA (Superfund) Project. His specific research interests focus on fluid dynamics, computer modeling, groundwater-surface water interactions, protecting groundwater supplies, river/floodplain restoration, and shallow subsurface geophysics. He is the lead instructor in hydrology at Salish Kootenai College. As the college’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society chapter advisor, he often mentors student community support activities and oversees student interns. He currently serves as cochair of the Geoscience Alliance and has served as an education and outreach committee member for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrological Sciences, Inc. since 2010. He holds a B.S. in geology from the University of Montana, an M.S. in geophysics from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and a Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Montana.
Amy Cohen (presenter) is the executive director of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at George Washington University. Previously, she served as the director of Learn and Serve America, the federal service-learning program at the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is also the parent agency for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. She has served as associate vice president for U.S. programs at Save the Children. She also worked at the University
of Pennsylvania Netter Center for Community Partnerships, where she was an international leader in university-community partnerships.
Benjamin Cuker (presenter) is professor of marine and environmental studies at Hampton University. He created the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Multicultural Program, the Multicultural Students at Sea Together, and the Hall-Bonner Program for Minority Doctoral Scholars in the Ocean Sciences. His current research includes limnology of turbid lakes, estuarine ecology, and hypoxia. He studies the depletion of oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay. He also studies the interaction between suspended sediments and nutrients in controlling community structure, general limnology, estuarine ecology, benthic ecology, and evolutionary ecology of aquatic communities. He received his Ph.D. in zoology with a minor in ecology from North Carolina State University.
Sue Ebanks (committee member) is assistant professor of marine and environmental sciences at Savannah State University. Her overall area of scientific research is the study of aquatic physiology and toxicology with particular focus on macroinvertebrates. She studies the effects of physically weathered and chemically dispersed crude oil on development and physiological processes in brine shrimp and marsh shrimp species. She is active in engaging students and underrepresented community youth in the exploration and monitoring of the Lower Ogeechee River Estuary. She actively advises the Savannah State Environmental Science Club and serves on the public policy committee of the National Association of Marine Laboratories. She has a B.S. and an M.S. from Savannah State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami.
Sarah Fortner (committee member) is assistant professor of geology and environmental science at Wittenberg University. Her teaching interests include inquiry-based teaching, climate literacy, and community engagement. Her goal is to improve student and research understanding of critical biogeochemical interactions at the Earth’s surface. Students in her classes are involved in K-12 outreach at COSI (science museum) and work on community environmental issues. Presently, she is creating an agricultural sustainability curriculum through a national-level grant (National Science Foundation InTeGrate) that will be widely disseminated to other earth and environmental scientists. Additionally, she is investigating agricultural soil-water sustainability with the Agroecosystem Critical Zone Research Cluster at Ohio State University. She has a B.S. in geology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geological and earth sciences from Ohio State University.
John Gierke (presenter) is a professor and chair of the Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences Department at Michigan Technological University. His current teaching and research interests include hydrogeology, groundwater engineering, containment transport, and subsurface remediation. His approach to learning is to place importance on providing students opportunities in both the classroom and in research settings to develop their own problem-solving skills by attempting to solve problems independently. He is a member of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, American Geophysical Union, National Ground Water Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. He received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Arthur Goldstein is the founding dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Bridgewater State University. Prior to joining Bridgewater State University, he held appointments as a dean at the University of New England and the director of the Division of Earth Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF). While at NSF, he was involved in developing GeoTeach, a program aimed at improving the development of preservice and inservice secondary school teachers. Prior to his appointment at NSF, he was a professor of geology at Colgate University and served as department chair for 5 years. He was the chair of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Trends and Opportunities in Federal Earth Science Education and Workforce Development and the cochair of an NRC study on scientific ocean drilling. He received a B.S. in geology from Kent State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Edward Laine is professor emeritus at Bowdoin College, interested in marine geology and oceanography. In Maine waters, his research topics include submarine groundwater discharge, hypoxia, and the record of Lake Wisconsin sea-level change. In the deep ocean, topics include the record of glacial erosion, radioactive waste disposal, terrigenous sedimentation, contourite drifts, and bottom current processes. Through the 2000 Problem-Based Service-Learning Institute sponsored by Maine Campus Compact, he saw a way to consistently and effectively form and nurture links between the campus and the community. He holds an A.B. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Joint Program in Oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cathryn Manduca (committee chair) is director of the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College, where she is involved in a variety of
projects that support improvements in undergraduate education and geoscience education. Her work includes organizing workshops and other activities for faculty and educators of all types. Topics of focus include bringing research results on teaching and learning into broader use in the geosciences, understanding geoscience expertise, and building strong geoscience departments. She is the executive director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and serves on the American Geophysical Union outreach committee, education committee of the American Institute of Physics, National Numeracy Network board of directors, and advisory board for gifted and talented education programs in her local school district. She is also the executive director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. She holds a B.A. in geology from Williams College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in geology from the California Institute of Technology.
Suzanne O’Connell (presenter) is a professor of earth and environmental sciences at Wesleyan University. She teaches geosciences with a strong emphasis on hands-on research with undergraduates. She uses research to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to consider careers in the geosciences. Her current research focuses on Antarctic climate change using sediment cores from the Weddell Sea Ocean Drilling Program Leg 113. Previously she spent a year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a National Science Foundation Visiting Professorship for Women. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Women Geoscientists, and Geological Society of America. She received her Ph.D. on submarine depositional systems from Columbia University.
Eric Riggs (presenter) is associate dean and professor in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on related aspects of teaching, learning, and cognition in the geosciences. His primary education research is on how to maximize the effectiveness of earth science education in critical areas for undergraduates, graduates, and professionals, and for underrepresented groups and communities with specific geoscientific needs. He previously served as president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and president of the American Geosciences Institute. He received his Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of California at Riverside.
John Saltmarsh (committee member) is the director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, as well as a faculty member in the Higher Education Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in
the College of Education and Human Development. He leads the project in which NERCHE serves as the administrative partner with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for Carnegie’s elective Community Engagement Classification. He is an associate editor for the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning and serves on several editorial boards. He serves on the national advisory board of Imagining America and is a member of the board of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement, and advisory committee for the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. In 2015, he was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship. From 1998 through 2005, he directed the national Project on Integrating Service with Academic Study at Campus Compact. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from Boston University.
Suzanne Savanick Hansen (presenter) is the sustainability manager at Macalester College and teaches in the Department of Environmental Studies. Her current research includes urban ecology, sustainability, and sustainability education. She previously developed the Sustainable Campus Initiative at the University of Minnesota and worked for the Science Education Resource Center and as a visiting professor at Carleton College. She worked for the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance and as an elected supervisor of the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District. She currently serves on the Forum of Women in the Environmental Fields’ board of directors. She received her Ph.D. in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota.
Linda Silka (presenter) is senior fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine. She has experience in leading community-university research partnerships on environmental and environmental health issues, and she has written extensively on the challenges and opportunities of building research partnerships between communities and universities. She is a member of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative’s Knowledge-to-Action Collaborative, which is investigating ways to overcome the barriers between knowledge and action and build partnerships between Maine’s academic institutions and diverse stakeholders in order to better solve sustainability challenges. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Kansas.
Susan Sullivan (committee member) is director of the education and outreach program of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental
Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, which includes nearly 800 researchers and support people, including nearly 200 graduate and undergraduate students. She has helped develop programs to educate students of all ages and backgrounds about the geosciences and global and local environmental issues, including K-12 students, college undergraduates, students from underrepresented groups, and community college students. She has had ongoing engagement with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers through publications, presentations, and position statements. Her current projects include professional development workshops for science teachers, provision of education related to research projects, and oversight of numerous other education projects within the CIRES outreach group. Before beginning her work in K-12 education, she conducted research in atmospheric chemistry analytical methods with CIRES and the NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory. She holds a B.S. in chemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder.
David Szymanski (presenter) is associate professor of natural and applied sciences at Bentley University. He is a geologist with research interests ranging from the chemical evolution of magmas to environmental impacts of human and natural processes on surface waters. As a science communicator and educator, he conducts pedagogical research on how to teach nonscientists the business of applying scientific concepts to real-world problems. As a forensic chemist, he specializes in the examination of glass as trace evidence and has testified in a number of criminal cases. As a former congressional science fellow in the U.S. Senate, Szymanski now involves students in research for nonpartisan policy development on issues of energy, climate, and natural resources. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.