University of Vermont

2011 Governor's Institute on Environmental Science and Technology

2011 GIV eSAT Faculty and Staff

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Program Director

Christine Massey - Program Director
Christine Massey is a Researcher in the Geology Department at the University of Vermont and holds a BA and MS in Geology. She 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 understand how students learn using images, and works with K-12 teachers to develop curriculum using images, 2) Directing the Science and Technology Governor’s Institute for capable and motivated Vermont high school students, 3) Directing the Perkins Museum Environmental Science Day Camp for children in grades 1-7, and 4) assessing educational aspects of geoscience courses and textbooks. Christine lives in Burlington, VT with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys cross-country skiing and baking pies.

Lead Faculty

Paul Bierman - 2011 Lead Faculty
Paul Bierman is a professor of Geology at UVM where he engages people of all ages in the study of how Earth’s surface works. For almost 20 years, he’s done research in Vermont and many other places around the world including far northern Canada, Greenland, central Australia, southern Africa, the Middle East, 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 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. In 2005, Paul was awarded the one of the National Science Foundation’s highest honors; the Directors award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. This award now supports the Vermont Landscape Change Program, a digital archive of historic imagery.

Heidi Hales - 2011 Lead Faculty
Heidi is an environmental analyst working for the Agency of Natural Resources in Air Pollution Control. She has a Ph.D. in Soil Science from UVM where she studied nitrate deposition in high elevation forests at UVM. Heidi received her BA in Biology (with a Chemistry minor) and an MA in Conservation Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include running, traveling and exploring the trails of Vermont.

Kristin Wolf - 2011 Lead Faculty
Kristin recently completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University in Virginia where she studied nitrogen cycling in created and natural wetlands. While in Virginia, Kristin worked in the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey and assisted with floodplain nutrient studies. Kristin received her MS in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and her BS in Biology (with an International Studies minor) from Penn State. She is a new professor at Champlain College and joins the CORE division faculty this Fall. Kristin enjoys cross-country skiing, road trips, and cooking (and eating).

Assistant Faculty

Caitlin Littlefield - 2011 Assistant Faculty
Growing up in southern New England, Caitlin has been an aspiring Vermonter (a hopeless task, she realizes) for the past 7 years. She attended Middlebury College where she majored in Conservation Biology and Economics and helped craft the College's proposal for carbon neutrality. She was an instructor at an environmental education center in the Swiss Alps before joining UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources in 2009. As a Masters candidate, Caitlin is investigating the impacts of forest biomass fuel harvesting on stand structural complexity in the northeast. When she's not running around the woods measuring trees and logs, Caitlin can be found waitressing at Leunigs Bistro on Church Street, baking pies, mountain biking, and skiing.

Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez - 2011 Assistant Faculty
I grew up in Puerto Rico, where I became aware of the need for water management and decided to specialize in water resources. I have a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, and I am actually working towards an M.S. in Natural Resources at UVM. My research is related to water quality and erosion. I enjoy traveling, outdoors activities and quality time with friends and family.

Bryarly McEachern - 2011 Assistant Faculty
Bryarly grew up in Jordan, Nepal and Cambodia, which gave her a love for diverse environments and cultures. As an undergraduate she studied Geography and Global Development Studies, which enabled her mind to keep traveling, even while she was pinned to a desk in southern Ontario. After graduation, Bryarly did environmental remediation work on decommissioned military sites in the Canadian Arctic. The work involved investigating soil and water quality for contaminants. After digging one too many soil pits in stinky landfills, she decided she needed to learn more about how to conserve environments before they are spoiled, which brought her to the M.S. Field Naturalist program at the University of Vermont. She is currently finishing her Master's and looks forward to using her knowledge of pollution, natural systems, and global affairs to assist the upcoming Environmental Science and Technology Institute.

Ben DeJong - 2011 Assistant Faculty
Ben recently started a doctoral program in the Natural Resources department at the University of Vermont. After completing a Masters program at Utah State University, he joined the Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center at the United States Geological Survey in Reston, VA and worked on various projects related to mapping the geology of Maryland. Many questions arose in the process, and he is currently addressing these questions through his degree at UVM. He comes poised to bring many questions to the GIV—how did this hill get here? Why is that river over there? Ben’s interests outside of hills and rivers are very eclectic, and usually somehow related to playing outside.

Christine Gingras - 2011 Assistant Faculty
Christine has a bachelor’s degree in biological systems engineering from Virginia Tech. After graduating in 2006, she spent time working for the National Park Service in Glacier National Park, Montana and as a civil engineer in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at UVM with an emphasis in hydrology. She loves biking, hiking, and canoeing around the Green Mountains and Adirondacks with her husband Tyler.

Andrew Koff - 2011 Assistant Faculty
Andrew is wrapping up his M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Vermont, where he has been researching the Holocene sediment record of Missisquoi Bay in Northern Lake Champlain. He completed his B.A. in Geology at Colgate University in 2004, and has since been a naturalist, high school math teacher, and instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). When Andrew is not working in the lab, leading geology field trips or working at the Outdoor Gear Exchange, he is outside exploring the waterways, trails and cliffs of Vermont and the Adirondacks.

Lifeguard/Media Technician

Taylor Norton - Lifeguard/Media Technician
My name is Taylor and I was born and live in Burlington, Vermont where I now go to school. I'm going to be a senior at the University of Vermont majoring in biology. I've been a lifeguard for five years and I have so much fun teaching swimming lessons all through the summers. I enjoy being outside whether I'm swimming, biking, hiking, running, or just relaxing and reading. I can't wait for a fun-filled GIV week!

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