Christine Massey

Christine is an Adjunct Instructor in the Education Department at the University of Vermont. She also works at the Perkins Museum of Geology on grant-funded initiatives and facilitates science education for students and teachers in Vermont.

Current projects include: 1) The Landscape Change Program where she helps coordinate a large historic photograph collection of Vermont landscapes, helps develop on-line learning modules using images, and works with K-12 teachers to develop curriculum using images, 2) Coordinating a workshop on Reconsidering the Science Textbook, and 3) Directing the Perkins Museum Environmental Science Day Camp for children in grades 1-7.

Christine worked previously as an Environmental Consultant for two years in Vermont before working at UVM and spent time at both poles working on climate change studies. She is the mother of two daughters, aged 6 and 3, and lives in Burlington, VT. She enjoys cross-country skiing and cooking.

Evita Sandoval
I was born and raised in South Burlington VT. Currently I am attending Keene State College for A degree in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Training. For the past 5 years I have had my lifeguard certification and received my EMT-B license 2.5 years ago. My spare time usually involves frisbee, hiking, and swimming in the summer. During the winter I try to go snowboarding once in awhile but its hard with as large of a course load as I have had the past 3 years. After I get my BS degree I plan on at least going for another degree or maybe a few more certfications.

Hill Group

Adam Schoonmaker
I have been studying geology in Vermont, New England, and the Adirondacks for many years, in particular studying the stratigraphy and structure of deformed rocks to help determine the orogenic history (mountain-builiding) of the the Northern Appalachians. I received a M.Sc. from UVM, and served this past year as Visiting Professor in UVM's Department of Geology teaching Environmental Geology, Introductory Geology, and Structural Geology, where my students and I spent much time examining the rocks of the Champlain Valley and Green Mountains in their wild state.
Abby Hood
Abby is working toward a Master's degree in Ecological Planning from UVM. She has spent time as a caretaker on Vermont's Long Trail and conducted sea turtle research in St. Croix.
Tomi Allanson
She's a high school math teacher who is interested in psychobiology, technology and physics. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and enjoys experiential learning.

Pond Group

Dorothy J. Allard
SPECIALTY Conservation biologist with research interests in vegetation classification and mapping, vegetation dynamics, bryology, plant population biology, ecology of rare plant species, phytogeography, ecosystem management, and sustainable use of natural resources.
Bill Schoonover
Bill is a familiar face at the summer Science and Technology Institute. This is his eighth year teaching with GIVSAT and he says that every year keeps getting better and better. He works during the school year at Otter Valley Union High School and is currently finishing up his Master's degree at Saint Michael's College. His research focus is on the benefits of Problem Based Learning, which also happens to be the fundamental philosophy of the Governor's Institute programs. He is an avid gardener and is a proponent of sustainable living. Bill is the type of scientist that makes learning fun and his enthusiasm for nature is contagious.
Matt P
After graduating from UVM, I taught physics and chemistry at Bellows Free Academy for one year. Although it was a great environment to work in, I accepted a teaching position at the Vermont Commons School which was much closer to home. While at VCS, I have taken my first cellular and molecular biology course and a genetics course at UVM the past two spring semesters respectively. I am currently teaching physics, chemistry, applied mathematics, and precalculus at the Vermont Commons School. This fall, I will be attending Oregon State University as a PhD student in the Radiation Health Physics Department. In my spare time I am an avid hiker, backpacker, canoer, rock/ice climber, and cyclist.

River Group

Paul Bierman
Paul Bierman is a Geology professor at UVM where he works with people of all ages to understand how Earth's surface works. For more than 15 years, he's done research in Vermont and many other places around the world including the far northern Canada, central Australia, southern Africa, Israel and the American southwest. His latest efforts use historic imagery to document the impact of people on the Vermont landscapes and the impact of landscape scale events on people and societies in our state. Paul earned his BA from Williams College in 1985 and his MS and PhD from the University of Washington, the latter in 1993. He has been at UVM ever since then with appointments in Geology and the School of Natural Resources. Paul was recently awarded the one of the National Science Foundation's highest honors; the Directors award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Of the 35 awardees, he is one of only 2 geologists to ever receive this award.
Karen Hills
Karen is a Masters student in the department of Plant and Soil Science whose research area is disease suppressive soils. She was raised in a place even colder than Vermont (Fairbanks, Alaska) and completed her undergraduate degrees in Natural Resource Management and Rural Sociology at Sterling College and Cornell University, respectively. In her off time she enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing with her dog.
Thomas Hermanson
He's a high school science teacher interested in ecology. He works at Hanover HS in New Hampshire where some Vermont students attend.