University of Vermont

2012 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 - 2012 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 - 2012 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 - 2012 Lead Faculty
Kristin recently completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University in Virginia where she studied wetland ecology and biogeochemistry. 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 from Penn State. She is currently an assistant professor at Champlain College and will be working in the Peruvian Amazon this summer on a bee-keeping project. Kristin enjoys cross-country skiing, road trips, and cooking (and eating).

Assistant Faculty

Caitlin Littlefield - 2012 Assistant Faculty
Growing up in southern New England, Caitlin has been an aspiring Vermonter (a hopeless task, she realizes) for the past 8 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 where she investigated the impacts of forest biomass fuel harvesting on northeastern forests. A recent graduate, she's now working for a forester in Bristol, Vermont. 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 - 2012 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.

Eric Davis - 2012 Assistant Faculty
Eric grew up in Massachusetts, came to Vermont to attend UVM as an undergraduate, earned a B.S. in Environmental Science, and fell in love with Vermont in the process. He is currently wrapping up his M.S. at UVM in Aquatic Ecology. His thesis research focused on mercury contamination in the primary breeding habitat for amphibians, vernal pool ecosystems. In his time between degree programs, Eric worked on grants and cooperative agreements with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and National Park Service that focused on stream ecosystems. In addition to his interest in natural science, Eric is also interested in the intersection of public policy, business, and the environment; to this end he has earned a graduate certificate in ecological economics and a professional certificate in sustainable business practices. In his leisure time, Eric can often be found hiking with his dog, gardening, or travelling.

Kirk Jones - 2012 Assistant Faculty
Kirk is completing a Master's in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UVM with a certificate in Ecological Design. He is currently researching the intersection of Vermont stream water quality, geomorphology, habitat, and land use with the VT-EPSCoR Streams Project. After receiving a BS in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell, Kirk became interested in the natural environment and interned as a forest ranger in Wyoming and a park ranger in Olympic National Park. Upon moving to Vermont, he helped start a biodiesel plant in Winooski and then taught math and science at the North American Hockey Academy where he initiated the Environmental Science program. Yearning to help in the developing world, Kirk lived in Guatemala for two years, teaching, building constructed wetlands, and coordinating a basin-wide water monitoring program.

Lifeguard/Media Technician - 2012

Mickey Krug – Lifeguard/Media Technician
My name is Mickey and I attend the University of Vermont. I am in the Athletic Training major in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. I also run on UVM's Track and Field Team where I compete in both heptathlon and decathlon. When I'm not in school or running track, I reside at home in Essex, Vermont. I am a lifeguard at Sandhill Pool and a counselor at Dunkley's Gymnastics Camp. I am certified in lifeguarding, first aid, AED and CPR. In my free time I love to hike, spend time on Lake Champlain, play golf, ski, and spend time with friends and family.

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