University of Vermont

2013 Governor's Institute on Environmental Science and Technology

2013 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 - 2013 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 - 2013 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.

Ben Dejong - 2013 Lead Faculty
Ben spends a lot of time around water. He is currently working on his PhD in a joint Natural Resources/Geology program at the University of Vermont in which he is mapping precursors to the Chesapeake Bay and using them to better understand present rates of sea level rise in the region. He came to UVM from the US Geological Survey in Virginia, who supports his doctoral research and exposed him to a wide array of field experience during his 4 years on staff prior to going back to school. His Masters took him west to Utah State University, where he spent his summers rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon to map and date stream terraces and explore the controls of past climate change on river sedimentation. He became interested in geology during his BS at Calvin College in Michigan working on projects related to measuring the growth and migration of large dunes on the coast of the gorgeous Lake Michigan. The field of geology has offered a continuous string of adventures, but he's embarking on the greatest adventure yet this June: He will be a dad by the time GIV starts! Ben and his wife plan to take their son hiking, biking, and skiing, and they will inevitably continue the quest for the perfect burrito.

Assistant Faculty

Carly Brown - 2013 Assistant Faculty
Carly was raised in Vermont, convinced that she would eventually live somewhere else in the world. While she was a reluctant "outside kid," her most poignant memories involve the outdoors: climbing the backyard cottonwood to reach the roof of the shed where the clouds were closer or exploring the woods behind her house with her dog and her rooster George. She studied Biology and Chemistry as an undergraduate at UVM, but took a year off to swim with the fish of the Pacific at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. After graduating from UVM, she encouraged others to develop their interest in the natural world as an AmeriCorps member for the Institute for Applied Ecology in Oregon. She also spent two years in Kenya with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching the sciences, agriculture, and life skills to high school students. Carly just graduated from the Field Naturalist Masters Program at UVM, and is excited to get back to collaborating with others in the outdoors. You may also find Carly running long distances, putting her new kayak to good use, or trying to keep her cat, Siks, out of trouble.

Caitlin Littlefield - 2013 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.

Eric Davis - 2013 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.

Lifeguard/Media Technician - 2013

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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