Workshop 2 – Speakers

Workshop #2: Engaging HBCUs and MSIs in Education Using Large Scale Datasets

Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Organized by the Ecological Society of America’s Education and Diversity Office

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Tom Langen is an Associate Professor of Biology and Psychology at Clarkson University, a small, private, primarily-undergraduate institution. At Clarkson, Dr. Langen teaches courses on animal behavior, ecology, conservation biology, and global environmental change. He has been a Director of an REU Site Program in Environmental Science & Engineering, and a Co-Director of an NSF-funded Undergraduate Bio-Math Program. He has taught courses on tropical ecology and conservation in Costa Rica for North American undergraduates, graduate students, and K-12 teachers, and for Latin American graduate students. His current research is on managing the environmental impact of roads, and on the effectiveness of wetland restoration projects for restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services. He leads professional development workshops in Latin America and North America on the environmental impact of roads and other infrastructure. Dr. Langen’s pedagogical interests include how to best apply problem-based learning and inquiry approaches to improve teaching in ecology and conservation biology, and how to design undergraduate summer research internship programs to best achieve program objectives.

Dr. Ken Klemow is a Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. He teaches courses in Ecology, Botany, Alternative Energy, and Introductory Biology. In his thirty-one years at Wilkes, Ken has involved over one-hundred undergraduate students in a variety of ecology-related projects, In 1987, he organized the Ecological Society of America’s Education Section, and currently serves on the ESA’s Committee for Diversity and Education. He was an original member of the EcoEd Digital Library Steering Committee, currently serves as a Resource Editor, and helps to lead its Data for the Ecology Classroom Advisory (DECA) Panel. In recognition of his leadership efforts on ecology education, Ken received the ESA Eugene Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education in 2010. A Certified Senior Ecologist by ESA, Ken owns a private consulting company that conducts wetland delineations and botanical assessments. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami. He later earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Ecology from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

Dr. Marnie Carroll oversees the Office of Sponsored Programs at Colorado Mountain College, which was recently ranked 1st in student retention and graduation rates in Colorado and 17th nationwide. From 2006 – 2011 she was the Executive Director of the Diné Environmental Institute (DEI) on Navajo Nation where part of the Institute’s Mission was to address health disparities between poor, minority communities and wealthier ones through education and empowerment. She has degrees in Functional Biology(BA), Environmental Chemistry (MS) and Computer Science(BA). She also works as an independent consultant and mentor for underrepresented students in STEM and is on a number of advisory boards for underrepresented and underserved students.

Dr. Leah Wasser is a Senior Science Educator at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in Boulder, Colorado. Leah has a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing Ecology and a masters on ecological planning from Penn State University. She is passionate about remote sensing (and other geospatial) data. Her research utilizes LiDAR remote sensing methods to detect and characterize riparian forests and to furthermore quantify landscape / watershed level disturbance impacts. Leah has over 10 years of University teaching and course development experience in the areas of spatially driven (GIS) ecological analysis, GPS and ecological planning. She is also interested in creative 3-D visualization techniques of spatial data to demonstrate the ecological impacts of disturbance.

Dr. Sam Donovan is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. He received his B.S. in Biology at Virginia Tech and M.S. in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon. Teaching and curriculum development opportunities led him to two related conclusions: he really enjoyed teaching and it would be valuable to know more about education theory and research. The next stop was a PhD in Science Education from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Donovan’s scholarship involves research on student learning, curriculum design, and faculty development projects. His learning research focuses on how students reason about evolutionary events and interpret phylogenetic diagrams. He has had a series of NSF supported curriculum and faculty development projects that focus on evolution education, integrating bioinformatics across the biology curriculum, and using networked communications and computing resources to engage students in doing science. Much of this work has been done in collaboration with the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, a 25-year national reform effort in biology education.

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