Wai K. Allen is a Senior studying Environmental Geology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  She is interested in climate research and hydrology.  She would like to meet with graduate school representatives with research opportunities. (WKALLEN@fortlewis.edu




Matthew Anderson is a student at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Mikalanna Barrett is a student at Bemidji State Univesity and a 3-year GEMscholar.

Linda Barsness is an enrolled member of the White Earth reservation. She teaches Science and N.A. Culture at the First City School in Bemidji, Minnesota. First City School is a school for youth that are in the judicial system. Linda is interested in learning hands on demonstrations and new methods for implementing STEM education into the classroom. (lbarsness@bemidji.k12.mn.us)

Antony Berthelote is a Native American faculty member at Salish Kootenai College and has spent the past year developing the first Hydrology (Geoscience) AS and BS degrees to be offered at a Tribal College or University. His research and teaching projects primarily focus on protecting the environment (particularly water resources) on and around tribal lands. His knowledge and experiences continue to be directed towards changing the science education of future Native STEM scholars. Berthelote chairs the Native Assessment Committee for the Geoscience Alliance, is an active member of CUAHSI’s Education and Outreach Committee, and is an active GLOBE trainer. He is a scholar or fellow of the Alfred P Sloan Foundation, The Inland Northwest Research Alliance, The McNair Program, NASA Space Grant Program, American Geological Institute, American Geophysical Union, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, American Water Resources Association, and the  Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. (aberthelote@yahoo.com)


Cynthia Boshell is a senior in the Native American Studies program at Humboldt State University, and a member of the HSU Indian Natural Resources Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). Cynthia’s academic focus is on natural resource policy development as a means to empower tribal autonomyover resource preservation and restoration. She is a Summer 2010 participant in the River and Coastal Restoration Research Experience for Undergraduates(REU), sponsored by the National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics (NCED). Working with a team from Louisiana State University and the ArmyCorps of Engineers, Cynthia researched engineered restoration solutions for coastal Louisiana (see poster). Cynthia is especially interested in meeting people who have knowledge of traditional resource management or who are associated with graduate programs that support Indigenous natural resource law and policy research. (cynthiafx@gmail.com)


Todd Brier is a student at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College.

Karen Campbell is the Education Director at the National Center for Earthsurface Dynamics at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has worked as a geologist in northeastern Minnesota and as geoscience librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She currently works closely with the Science Museum of Minnesota on environmental exhibits and programming and is an adjunct instructor in the STEM education program at St. Catherine University. With Dr. Dalbotten, she directs a summer research experience for undergraduates in environmental restoration and a new teacher professional development program emphasizing climate change. (kmc@umn.edu)

Stephan P. Carlson, Ph.D is a Professor/Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension and the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences. He teaches classes in environmental education/interpretation and researches STEM learning in informal science settings such as parks, nature centers, zoos, arboretums, and museums. He also is the co PI to the NSF ITEST grant, Reach for the Sky, that works with American Indian youth on the White Earth Reservation and has work with the Summer Science and Math Academy at White Earth for the last 12 years. (carls009@umn.edu)

Melissa Carnicle is a Geology major at the University of Minnesota Morris and a participant in the UMM STEP Program. (carn0083@morris.umn.edu)

Jim Cotter is a Professor of geology at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM). At UMM has has established two programs to encourage Native Americans in Science: The STEP program and the Wind-STEP Program. The STEP program provides funding for Native American undergraduates to complete summer research with a faculty mentor. The Wind-STEP program is a 2 – week program where Native American High School Juniors and Seniors design a wind- energy system for a reservation using GIS. Brochures for both programs will be available at the meeting. (cotterjf@morris.umn.edu)



Diana Dalbotten is the Diversity Director for the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics. The programs she is affiliated with include the manoomin (wild rice) project, the gidakiimanaaniwigamig (Our Earth Lodge) Native American youth science program, the Cycles program (teacher professional development) and the Research Experience for Undergraduates on Sustainable Land and Water Resources (please see my posters!). (dalbo001@umn.edu.)

Lacy Dixon is a first year student attending College of Menominee Nation. She is majoring in Natural Resources, and is interested in helping to preserve the resorces on the Menominee Reservation. She is looking forward to meeting people that can share they’re thoughts and ideas with her. (dixonl_0531@menominee.edu)

Celene Elm is GIS-Indigenous Planning Director of the Oneida-Nation GIS Department.

Daniel Faddis is a teacher at Sequoyah High School Tahlequah, OK.

Deb Fassnacht, Executive Director, is one of WEN’s four founders. She received B.S. in Forestry, Resource Management and Conservation from the University of Montana (UM) as well as a secondary science teaching certification. Deb has nine years experience as a science and elementary teacher, and brings public education experience from several natural resource agencies including the Missoula Water Quality District. She is enrolled in UM American Humanics Nonprofit Administration program, is a graduate student at the University of Montana in Education, Curriculum and Instruction and is pursuing a Research Assistantship in Science content and Native American cultural competency. Program: Watershed Education Network’s School Stream Monitoring and independent “Stream Team” water monitoring programs are always recruiting for volunteers, interns and interested advisory people. We are expanding our water monitoring to include groundwater sampling and working collaboratively with the Water Resources Dept. at the Flathead Indian Reservation in collaboration with the Salish Kootenai College in western Montana. (fasnacht75@msn.com)

Juan Fedele teaches Hydrology at Saint Cloud State University. He enjoys teaching all level undergrad classes, and he also is establishing a small research group that includes undergraduates. Research interest include bedforms and gravity flows.



 Efi Foufoula-Georgiou is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics.

Emily Geraghty Ward is a postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University’s Geocognition Research Lab. She is involved with the Geoscience Concept Inventory WebCenter and is interested in place-based education and assessment.

John Gierke is a professor of geological & environmental engineering at Michigan Technological University. He conducts research and teaches courses related to groundwater resource development and management. He is the project director of Michigan Tech’s Remote Sensing for Hazard Mitigation and Resource Protection in Pacific Latin America, of which over 50 students have participated in international research and educational activities in Latin America in the past 5 years. The Department of Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences at Michigan Tech offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in geological engineering, geology, and geophysics. We offer some summer internships to junior-level geoscience students interested in pursuing a graduate degree and have unique international dual masters degrees. (jsgierke@mtu.edu)


 Brendon Gobert is currently 19 years old and majoring in Math and Science. He is enrolled at Blackfeet Community College in Browning Montana. His future plans are to have a career in engineering; hopefully working for NASA as an Astronautically Engineer or an aeronautical engineer in a different field. The name of his project is Investigating Plant Regeneration after the Red Eagle Fire with Remote Sensing and Ground Observation.

Matt Goseyun is from the San Carlos Apache Reservation located in Southeastern Arizona. This past spring he finished school at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College and finished with an AA & AAS in Geographic Information Systems. He has been involved with the Manoomin Project for two years. Some of the other projects he has worked with are the Gidaa Camp (Holly’s Science Camp), The St Louis River Watch Program, and various clubs at FDLTCC. He looks forward to meeting new people at the Geoscience Alliance Conference and hopefully landing an Internship or two.

Dwight A. Gourneau, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is Chair Emeritus of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and the Project Director for the TRIBES-E (Teaching Relevant Inquiry-Based Environmental Science & Engineering) teacher professional development. TRIBES-E is affiliated with the University of Minnesota’s Cycles program, National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, and the Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. (metisdag@ix.netcom.com)




Tammie Grant is a consultant for indigenous peoples in mapping Native Lands. She is involved in community mapping workshops of cultural sites and indigenous land issues. Tammie has worked with Tribal Colleges, namely SKC in building geospatial technologies for both teachers and students. She enjoys working with elders and tribal youth in creating a platform from which to map indigenous lands. (tamgrant@comcast.net)




Vanessa Green is the Director of Higher Education and Diversity for the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP) at Oregon Health & Science University. Vanessa coordinates an undergraduate intern program and M.S/Ph.D. degrees that focuses on the river-to-ocean ecosystem of the Columbia River. CMOP students and professors partner with several Pacific Northwest tribes on research that pertains to the sustainability of traditional foods such as shellfish and salmon.



 Lowana Greensky is Director of Indian Education for St. Louis County School District and evaluator and teacher coordinator for the gidakiimanaaniwigamig (Our Earth Lodge) and manoomin (wild rice) programs.

 Cailan Halliday is a Senior in Environmental Resources Engineering and Mathematics at Humboldt State University. He is interested in everything related to hydrology, geomorphology, and river restoration. He would like to meet people who have interesting opportunities for research and education. (challiday@humboldt.edu)

Brandon Pono Hanson is a Senior in Environmental Engineering at the University of Portland and also runs on UP’s Men’s Track and Field Team. He is interested in attending graduate school with a focus in Water Resources. He would love to meet individuals who share the same interest, along with those who have any advice for him. (bponohanson@gmail.com)

Laura Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and a geography Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California. Harjo’s doctoral work addresses seven generation planning within Muscogee (Creek) communities. Her research interests include de-centering settler colonialism within indigenous social, cultural, and political spheres, as well as valorizing indigenous epistemologies within the teaching and application of geography and indigenous community development. Muscogee (Creek) Nation previously appointed her as their Ambassador to the United Nations (Hokte en wiketv), which deepened her inquiry into an indigenous local/global dialectic. (lharjo@usc.edu)

Sydney Harper is a second year student at the Leech Lake Tribal College.She is interested in Environmental and Natural Resouces. She is a first year GEM scholar. (miss.sydharper@yahoo.com)

Amanda Hintz is a graduate student at SUNY University at Buffalo. She is currently working towards a PhD in Geology focusing on Volcanology. She is interested in most things volcanic, drawing and painting, science education for today’s youth and especially Native Americans. She would like to meet people with whom she can network within the geoscience and Native American communities. (arl6@buffalo.edu)

Thomas Howes is the Natural Resources Program Manager for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Thomas is affiliated with the manoomin (wild rice) project. (thomashowes@fdlrez.com)




 Clinton Isham is a student at College of Menominee Nation and an intern in the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics Research Experience for Undergraduates on River and Coastal Restoration.

Darlene Jenkins (Dine) is a GIS Analyst with Navajo Division of Transportation (Navajo Nation) in Window Rock, AZ. She is Salt Clan born for the Bitterwater Clan from Crystal, NM. She received her BS from Brigham Young University and MS from Arizona State University. She is currently working on her second MAS degree in GIS from ASU and applying for a GISP certification. She has previously worked with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and HDR Engineering as GIS Analyst. Current Navajo DOT projects include the Indian Reservation Road Inventory Program, specifically, developing the road inventory for Eastern Agency which includes geometry editing, database population on a web application, SDE & ArcEditor & fieldwork. Also, recently was giving the Asset Management project and GPS usage for our Division. Also, she will be assisting her Chapter will some GIS projects. (djenkins@navajodot.org)

Joseph T. Jessepe is a member of the Prairie Band Pottawattomie, Blackfeet, enrolled at Blackfeet Indian Agency, Browning MT. He is and Upward Bound Counselor/Advisor at Browning High School through the University of Montana, a Youth Advisor for Opportunities Inc., Youth Employment Program, and a FAFSA application specialist at Blackfeet Community College. He is an AISES chapter Co-Advisor and Academic Tutor at Blackfeet Community College. He is interested in Natural Resource issues and Management on Indian and Public Lands. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Glacier Natural History Association and a founding member of the Badger – Two Medicine Alliance. (jtjessepe@yahoo.com)

Annie Johnson is a student at Bemidji State University and a 2-year GEMscholar. She spent 3 weeks this past summer at Purdue university as a lab assistant studying the effects of the invasion earthworm. (annamarie_johnson@yahoo.com)

Ryan Jorgenson is a teacher at Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School.

Jerilyn Jourdain is a senior in Biology at Bemidji State University. She is interested in environmental chemistry and raising science literacy on Native lands.(nikkijourdain@hotmail.com)

Shannon Judd is with the Fond du Lac Environmental Program.

Dan King is College President of Red Lake Nation College.

Melissa Kingbird is a student at Red Lake Nation College and a GEMscholar.

Rebecca Knowles is a plant ecologist and planner for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in Plant Biological Sciences from the University of Minnesota. Rebecca’s work for the Band focuses on documenting and protecting high-quality forestland and wild rice habitat on the nearly one-million acre Leech Lake Reservation, in north-central Minnesota. Rebecca is active in landscape-scale and regional partnerships aimed at conserving or restoring traditional plant resources. Current projects include collaborations with University of Minnesota researchers investigating and addressing the threat of invasive earthworms in northern hardwood forests.

Tim Kroeger is a Professor of Geology at Bemidji State University teaching courses in introductory geology, groundwater, paleontology, sedimentary geology, and environmental geology. He also is the director of the BSU affiliate of the Minnesota NASA Space Grant Consortium, mentors Native American Students in Earth science activities in the GEMScholars program, and serves on the BSU Center for Professional Development. Primary research activities include Late Cretaceous and Paleocene palynology in the northern Great Plains, and groundwater/environmental geology work in northern Minnesota. He will be providing information on Science and Math opportunities available through the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium. Tim is working with Jim Cotter and Tom Howes to organize the field trip! (TKroeger@bemidjistate.edu)

Annette Lee is a Professor of Astronomy & Physics at St. Cloud State University. Her research is Native Star Knowledge, which involves combining the science of astronomy with the art & culture of indigineous peoples. She is the Planetarium Director at SCSU and her project is called “Native Skywatchers”. We are making a star show about Lakota and Ojibiwe star knowledge. Her tribe is Dakota-Sioux.

Gary Lesser, is a student at Salish Kootenai College. He is an Intern under Antony Berthelote, and has spent the past several months assisting in the creation of development, recruitment, and dissemination materials for the new Hydrology Program. (garylesser@student.skc.edu)

Lisa Lone Fight, an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara(Sahnish) Nation, is a Graduate Research Assistant in Remote Sensing in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Science at Montana State University and former Program Director for the Wind River Native Science Field Center. She is an indigenous scholar/educator specializing in GIS/RemoteSensing as related to indigenous lands/communities. In addition to her academic work, Lisa has studied indigenous science and geography with her grandmothers and brings that knowledge to the field. Her work as a journalist photographer grounds her belief in the importance of communicating ideas and concepts to a wide audience in an accessible and engaging manner.

Kristen Lussier is a student at Red Lake Nation College and a GEMscholar.

Chis Mahr is a Geology major at the University of Minnesota Morris and a participant in the UMM STEP Program (mahrx008@morris.umn.edu)

Kathie Maiers is the Administrative Assistant for the Education Department at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in Pablo, Montana. She is affiliated with the Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education Programs at SKC and is a member of the Native Friendly Evaluation Committee for the Geoscience Alliance. (kathie_maiers@skc.edu)

Ashley Marks is a student at Salish Kootenai College in the new Hydrology Program. I am an intern under Antony Berthelote, and am working on predicting Groundwater levels with a Neural Network. (ashleymarks@student.skc.edu)

Schyler Martin is a student at the College of Menominee Nation. He is pursuing a degree in Public Administration and has earned High Honors on the Dean’s Academic List for both of his freshman semesters (FA 2009- Sp 2010). Schyler is also an enrolled member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, located in Northeast Wisconsin. The College of Menominee Nation is a tribal college located in Northeast Wisconsin and is the home of the Sustainable Development Institute.(MartinS_0924@menominee.edu)

Daniela C. Martinez is a M.S.E in environmental engineering candidate at The Johns Hopkins University. She obtained a B.S. in environmental engineering from the same institution in 2009. She has been affiliated with the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics since 2007. Her main research interests are water treatment, stormwater management and sustainable development. She has special interests in research that links the engineering and social sciences. She is currently working on her master’s thesis, which focuses on the willingness-to-pay of rural communities in developing countries for improved water quality and infrastructure. (danym64@hotmail.com)

Louanne Mayberry is an RTI Tutor for Ponemah School. She is affiliated with the TRIBES-E program in training teacher to be better Science teachers. She is an Ojibwe person working for an all Native School on the Red Lake Reservation. (ljmaybe@redlake.k12.mn.us)

Nandini (Nan) McClurg  is the North America Regional Desk Office Representative for the GLOBE Program and the GLOBE Help Desk Manager.  She is located at theGLOBE International Division at the University of Texas at Tyler, where she oversees responses to emails and phone inquiries from GLOBE teachers, students and Partners from 111 countries around the world where GLOBE is implemented. Nan is also the Native American Liaison for GLOBE and has been with the GLOBE Program since 2003. Nan holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Masters Degree in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise, both from Colorado State University.  Nan has been involved with the Geoscience Alliance from its initial meeting in October 2009.


Mary McEathron is director of The Evaluation Group at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. Currently, she is working with Lowana Greensky and Holly Pellerin to evaluate the manoomin (wild rice) project. (mceat001@umn.edu)

William E. McHenry, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Mississippi eCenter at Jackson State University. Dr. McHenry also published the Sciuence Diversity Center at http://ScienceDiversityCenter.org and he also manages the NSF’s STC STARS Summer Internship program. (WILLACAD@aol.com)

Rosemarie McKeon is a board member with Indigenous Mapping Network and oversees the various social media strategies associated with the organization. She recently completed development of a website for the SALT Lab and another for a mapping research effort called T-RACES (Testbed for the Redlining Archives of California’s Exclusionary Spaces) within the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her mapping insights come from working with indigenous peoples and from various perspectives: academics, art, corporate, government, research, and nonprofit. Her profile can be found at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosemariemckeon Rosemarie attends the Geoscience Alliance with the IMN education team – Lisa Lone Fight, and Tammie Grant. They look forward to learning about lessons learned as well as success stories from geoscience educational efforts between tribal communities and higher education. They also are on the look out for fiscal sponsors for IMN. Rosemarie is recruiting for a Native American student as a social media intern for three months. This is a nonpaid telecommute position, which means work can be completed over email and from the student’s home base. It can turn into a paid position in the future. See http://indigenousmapping.net. (rosemarie.mckeon@gmail.com)

Jonathon Miller is an adjunct instructor with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with degrees in Earth Science, Geography, and Secondary Education. In his six plus years with SCTC he has taught Earth Science/Geology, Astronomy, Archaeoastronomy, Geography, and Native American Environmental Issues. (miller.jonathon@sagchip.edu)

Maria Montour is the Acting Bureau Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Geological Survey. She works for the USGS Mineral Resources Program as a geologist/ outreach coordinator, as well as the Tribal Liaison for the Rocky Mountain Area (NM, CO, WY, MT). The USGS runs a Native internship program as well as a Tribal Technical Training Program with the goals of building capacity on Tribal Lands (http://www.usgs.gov/indian/). Maria is Mohawk, enrolled at Six Nations Reserve, and has a bachelors in geological sciences and a masters in aqueous geochemistry. Her research area was metal mobility from solid mine wastes. She is an active professional member of AISES.(mmontour@usgs.gov).

Amy Myrbo is a researcher and lab manager for LacCore, the national facility for lake sediment core samples, part of the geology department at the U of M in Minneapolis. She is the research lead on the manoomin (wild rice) project, which involves Native students in research on the past climate and ecology of wild rice lakes on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Our students will be presenting a poster with the results from their first year of research, and I would like to talk to other students who would like to be involved. (amyrbo@umn.edu)

Mansel A. Nelson completed a BS in Chemistry and a MS in Chemical Engineering. After completing fourteen years of military service in the Army Chemical Corps, Mansel taught chemistry at Tuba City High School for six years, exploring issues such as water quality, uranium mining, and solid waste management with his high school classes. For the past twelve years Mansel has been the Senior Program Coordinator for the Tribal Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP) at Northern Arizona University, working with educators and students (K-16) to show how mathematics, science, and technology can be applied to understanding community environmental issues. Mansel offers Native American students and Educators of Native American students a variety of services, including internships, career orientations, newsletters, etc. (Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu)

Marjorie Nussbaum currently attends Georgia Southern University where she is pursuing an Ed. D. with an emphasis in Curriculum Studies. She holds a BA in Psychology from Goshen College (Goshen, IN) and an MS in Environmental Studies with emphases in Environmental Education and Environmental Writing from Antioch University New England. She has a wide variety of life experiences that bring depth and texture to her work. Among those experiences are owning and managing an organic farm and distribution business in Minnesota, home educating her children (two of which are learning disabled) and teaching a broad spectrum of sciences at a tribal college in South Dakota. Marjorie lives in Statesboro, GA with her two dogs Ochie and Bianca and her two cats Saffron and Coriander. She enjoys walking for exercise, for discovery and as a time and place for meditation. (marjorieln@yahoo.com)

Carolyn Olson is a K-12 teacher of Visual and Media Arts at Albrook School. She is also a teacher for the gidakiimanaanwigamig (Our Earth Lodge) and manoomin (wild rice) programs. Jimmy Oxford, Jr. is a student at Leech Lake Tribal College and a GEMscholar. (jioxford@students.lltc.edu)

Sonoma Paiz is a student who recently completed a B.S. in Community Helath. She is here with her son Jordon Paiz, a sixth grader. She would like to talk to people about opportunities for graaduate studies in the geosciences.

Holly Pellerin is the Program Director for gidakiimanaaniwigamig (Our Earth Lodge) Native American Youth Science Immersion Program at the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, an NSF Science and Technology Center. She is a Native Elder and has 40 years experience working with kids at camps. She lives on the Fond du Lac Reservation and has 21 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is a traditional dancer and teachers dance and culture at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. She is attending with her husband Marvin Pellerin, an elder from Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Shandin Pete, is an Adjunct Professor at Salish Kootenai College and Co-Developer of the new Hydrology Degree Program. He is also a PhD student in a Geoscience and Education interdisciplinary program at the University of Montana. He is actively involved in community‐wide Salish language and culture revitalization efforts on the Flathead Indian Reservation. (shandin_pete@skc.edu)

Lyman Petersen III attends Humboldt State University and is currently a senior. He is majoring in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Watershed Management and Soils. He is interesting in environmental restoration focusing on river systems, sediment transport, and fluvial geomorphology. In order to accomplish his career goals Lyman wants to further his education by pursuing on towards graduate school with a focus in water resources/hydrology. Specifically he wants to focus on watershed management and restoration with a strong emphasis in river related issues from contemporary land-use practices and its affect on river ecology. He would like to meet people with Graduate research opportunities.

Rachel Plachta is a teacher at Fond du Lac Ojibwe School.

Vanessa Quinn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Purdue University -North Central campus. Dr. Quinn is interested in the education of pre-service elementary educators and conducts research in techniques that will improve both the attitudes of teachers towards science. She is very interested in becoming more familiar with cultural traditions and how these may affect how students interact with science and how future educators will teach science.

Christopher Reopelle is a master’s student and works for the Division of Resource Management.

Gillian Roehrig is the Co-director of the University of Minnesota Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics Education Center and an Associate Professor of Science Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is the PI of the Reach for the Sky program on the White Earth Reservation, Ah neen dush (STEM teacher professional development for White Earth Head Start teachers) and the Cycles project (teacher professional development on climate change education).

Diane Sam is an Assistant Professor of Tribal Management with the Interior-Aleutians Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and she is Inupiat Eskimo. Her career began with obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at Northern Arizona University while simultaneously getting a high-quality indigenous education from her grandfather and uncles when whaling off the Arctic Coast and from traditional elders in Interior Alaska when conducting timber inventories or silvicultural projects. From those beginnings, she has had the honor of logging in hundreds of hours of travel and work time in rural Alaska on a myriad of projects, including forestry and natural resource management, state land use planning, adjudicating State permits and easements, managing allotment parcels and townsite lots, conducting environmental landfill inspections, NEPA transportation planning and implementation , and working as a land management advisor to villages and municipalities. She is currently developing and offering indigenous place-based natural resource and GIS classes for rural Alaska. (dlsam@alaska.edu)

Kayln Sargent is a student at Red Lake Nation College and a GEMscholar.

June Sayers is a Hydrology major at St. Cloud State University. She has worked for the past three summers at the Outdoor StreamLab at the University of Minnesota St. Anthony Falls Laboratory/National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics. Ms. Sayers’ is interested in doing further research with groundwater studies. (jeunbug@yahoo.com)

Kelsey Scareshawk is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota- Morris with a Geology/Spanish Major and French Minor. She recently did a research project working with Pipestone and would enjoy meeting people who have internships or research opportunities available.(scare004@umn.edu)

Steven Semken  is Associate Professor of Geology and Geoscience Education in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. He is also Deputy Director of the national office of the EarthScope Program (http://www.earthscope.org).  Steve is an ethnogeologist who studies ways that place and culture influence teaching and research in the Earth sciences. He has worked in Native American geoscience education and place-based education for 24 years, and was a faculty member at Diné College on the Navajo Nation for 15 years before coming to ASU.  His website is http://semken.asu.edu and e-mail is semken@asu.edu.

Valerie Sloan is the Assistant Director of RESESS, a multi-summer internship program for minority students in the geosciences intended to bridge from college to graduate school. In RESESS, students come to Boulder, Colorado, in their first summer, and work with someone at the University of Colorado at Boulder or the USGS on a research project of interest to them. Travel and lodging expenses are covered, and students receive full time pay. Students may work on a project that is important to them and based in their community, and there is flexibility about the timing of the internship. Additional support may be available under other circumstances. Val is originally Canadian and has worked in the Canadian Arctic and moved to Boulder in 1992 to do her Ph.D. in geology. She is looking for students who are interested in the RESESS internship program, and professors who can suggest students for the program. She is also interested in learning how to make the program work for Native American students. For more information, check out: resess.unavco.org. (sloan@unavco.org)

Paul Shipman is an Associate Professor in Biological Sciences and the Environmental Science Program at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has taught a course in Native Science for the past three years. His recent research has been in the areas of native science, landscape ecology, conservation biology, and ecological informatics. (passbi@rit.edu)

Noel Stewart is a sophomore attending and working at the Blackfeet Community College. Her interest is Business and Engineering. Noel was involved in the NASA / AIHEC Summer Research Project. She studied the extent of the Red Eagle Fire (2006) with remote sensing and ground observation over a ten week period. Networking is always a top priority for her to broaden her career options. (noel.stewart@ymail.com)

Danielle Stickman is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and will be graduating this December with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Science. The programs she has participated in include AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) who have provided scholarships all four years of her college career, AFS (American Fisheries Society), Keaholoa (branch of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program), and NAPIRE (Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience) which was an internship through the Organization for Tropical Studies. After graduation she plans to join the Peace Corps and work with water quality and conservation in underdeveloped and impoverished communities. She would also like to hear about other water quality and conservation efforts taking place in the United States. (mzstickman@hotmail.com)


 Raja Storr, Humboldt State University (HSU), Arcata, CA. A student member of the HSU Indians in Natural Resouces, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). Major is in Native American Study with a focus on Environment and Resource management and a minor in GIS/RS. (Raja.Storr@humboldt.edu)

Jacob Tanner is a teacher at Tahlequah Sequoyah High School in Oklahoma.

Mervyn Tano is in the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management.

Craig Taylor is doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota department of Civil Engineering. His research interests include water resources, water quality, stream restoration, sediment transport, and hydrology. Craig also enjoys teach undergraduate labs and discussion and working with the Research Experience for Undergraduates students. (tayl0423@umn.edu)




Charles Thayer is a student at Hamline University and a 2-year GEMscholar. He was a 2010 summer undergraduate research student at Purdue University studying the effects of the invasion earthworm. (cthayer01@hamline.edu)

Robert Thompson received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from Moorhead State University in Minnesota, where he became interested in Native American use of plants as revealed by archaeology. He continued this interest at The University of Iowa, where he obtained his MA in anthropolgy. In 2007 he defended his dissertation on the spread of the use of maize in the Americas. His current research interests are focused on the spread of the use of maize and wild rice, the major plant staples of the Americas. He is a mentor for the manoomin (wild rice) project. (rthompso@umn.edu)

Theresa Thompson is a student at Bemidji State University and a GEMscholar.

Cindy Tran is a senior in Geology and English Literature at Orange Coast College and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is interested in hydrogeology and public health policy. Last summer, she worked on bridge pier scour research at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory in Minneapolis. She would like to meet people who have interesting opportunities for research this summer. (cindymt.umn@gmail.com)

Sara Unsworth is an assistant professor of psychology and a member of the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University. She is a Co-Principle Investigator for Sharing the Land: Fostering Further Success in Building Tribal Earth Science Expertise funded by the Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) program at the National Science Foundation. She is affiliated with the American Indian College Recruitment Program and the InterTribal Youth Program in San Diego, and she has collaborated with Menominee and Chicago Native American communities to develop culturally based science programs for Native American youth.

Jonathon Volkers is a student at St. Cloud State University.

Erika Vye is a PhD candidate in the Geology department at Michigan Technological University. She is interested in formal and informal Earth Science education. She would like to meet people who have experience using place-based and outdoor education methods to engage a wider audience of students in the field of Earth Sciences.(ecvye@mtu.edu)

Hui-Hui Wang is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.

Nievita Bueno Watts, I am a geologist and Earth Science educator currently serving as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Earth &  Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University. I am interested in both illuminating existing pathways for Native students interested in an Earth science career, and helping to develop new ones. I have also done research in free-choice education as well as work with science teacher professional development. I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at the GA conference : )



 Pat Zollner is an Assistant Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. His teaching and research focus on large scale landscape level implications of human land use (e.g. forest management) for habitat for wildlife species (typically mammals) of management concern. He is an active participant in the Sloan program at Purdue University which is an initiative to recruit Native American Graduate Students in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math. (pzollner@purdue.edu)

Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer is the Deputy Director for the ADVANCE Purdue Center for Faculty Success. Her research focuses on diversifying the STEM fields and in particular the persistence of women and Native American undergraduate students. She is the Director of the GEMscholar program that offers undergraduate summer research opportunities focused on ecological systems in native communities. Come and see our posters to see what we have discovered over the past 5 years. (zurnbirk@purdue.edu)

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