This workshop is a partnership between The Polar Center and Center for Science and the Schools at Pennsylvania State University funded by the National Science Foundation Grant # 1525636

Dr. Eric Post, Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis,
Eric is interested in the factors that shape population and community dynamics, especially in the Arctic, where climatic and ecological responses to global change are expected to be most pronounced. His research involves many approaches aimed at divulging and understanding ecological consequences of climate change. The techniques he uses include observational fieldwork, large-scale field experimentation, and quantitative analytical modeling of long-term data.

Dr. Heidi Steltzer, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado,
Heidi’s interests include the effects of climate change on Arctic and alpine ecosystems, especially the function of these ecosystems as plant life histories and species composition change. Areas of interest include ecosystem ecology, global change biology and global environmental health.

Dr. Kathy Hill, Director Center for Science in the Schools, Penn State
Kathy is a former environmental scientist and science teacher. She received her B.A. degree in geological sciences from Lehigh University, followed by a M.S. degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Pennsylvania State University. With a move to Phoenix, Arizona, she worked in environmental consulting for 10 years, which involved a wide variety of water-related projects across the desert southwest region. She then transitioned to teaching middle and high school science to diverse student populations in the Phoenix metro area. In these positions, Kathy served as a teacher leader on the NASA Phoenix Student Internshi! p Program as well as coordinator for a school-wide middle school science and engineering fair. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on science education. At CSATS, Kathy works with scientists and engineers to design and implement STEM education outreach programs that bridge cutting-edge science and engineering research and K-12 classrooms.

Dr. Russell Graham, Department of Geosciences, Director for the Earth and Mineral Science Museum, Penn State Emeritus
Russ’ research focuses on the evolution, biogeography, and extinction of mammals. He has extensive experience in the excavation and analysis of Quaternary mammal faunas and the taphonomy of fossil deposits. Graham has also worked with latest Eocene-Pliocene faunas of the north-central Great Plains. Russ is co-founder and co-director of the FAUNMAP and NEOTOMA databases which are hosted at PSU.

Nell Herrmann, PolarTREC and Classroom Teacher
Nell is a National Board Certified Teacher with nineteen years experience. She currently teaches middle school science in Blue Hill, Maine and was named Hancock County Teacher of the Year in 2019. During the 2019-2020 academic year she will be teaching in Eleuthera, Bahamas. In 2017, Nell received the Louis P. Lambert award from the Maine Science Teachers Association. The award is given annually to one K-12 science teacher for inspiring student achievement in a caring, compassionate manner. In 2014 and 2015, Nell was selected to serve as a Nautilus Explorer Science Communication Fellow. The program is run by Dr. Robert Ballard, well known for his investigations of the Titanic shipwreck. Nell worked, off the coast of Belize, alongside marine archaeologists and marine biologists as part of the Fellowship. She participated in research conducted using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and shared the expedition experience with diverse and geographically dispersed audiences. In 2012, Nell traveled to Palmer Station Antarctica, as part of an NSF funded program called PolarTREC, where she participated in research about ocean acidification. Nell served as a founding teacher for APPLES and participated in climate change research in Greenland with Dr. Post’s team in 2009, 2016 and 2017.

Pernille Sporon Bøving, Director for Programming & Engagement
Pernille received her Cand. Scient. in Behavioral Ecology from University of Copenhagen in 1994, which was graduate work based in Alaska and Greenland with emphasis on wolves and Caribou. After graduate school she worked with the Greenlandic government on various projects in Western Greenland followed by a move to Norway to work on a project on Reindeer and the influence of high power lines on their calving grounds. Pernille and family moved to the United States in 2000 where she started her own business in fused glass art, to return later to the Biology department at Penn State becoming the Director for Programing and Engagement, The Polar Center and Outreach Coordinator, Post Lab. Pernille currently holding a position as Academic Coordinator with the Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis and is the APPLES logistic and outreach coordinator.

Dr. Annmarie Ward, Instructor, CSATS Director Emeritus
Annmarie is a former scientist and science teacher. She works closely with scientists, engineers, and K-12 educators to design and implement innovative outreach projects incorporating reform-oriented science teaching practices. Her research interests focus on teacher science content learning and its relationship to inquiry-based teaching.Annmarie received her B.S. degree in Botany from Duke University, followed by a Master’s degree (Ph.D., ABD) in Cellular and Developmental Biology from Harvard University. After working as a researcher at the U. Mass. Medical Center and later the Idaho National Laboratory, she changed careers to teach middle and high school life science, biology and physical science and achieved National Board Certification in Adolescence & Young Adulthood Science. She also served as Science Curriculum Coordinator for a large Idaho school district, and Adjunct Professor of Education at Idaho State University, teaching introductory teaching and learning theory. After moving to the State College area, she received her Ph.D. degree from Penn State University in Curriculum and Instruction, with a Science Education focus. In addition to running the day-to-day operations of the Center, Annmarie has been a key player working collaboratively with scientists and engineers and K-12 educators to design and implement numerous K-12 education outreach projects incorporating reform-oriented science teaching practices. She also collaborates with other science education and science and engineering faculty to develop and teach specialized content courses for preservice K-8 teachers at Penn State. Her research interests focus on teacher science content learning and its relationship to inquiry-based teaching.