The Student Climate Data project is funded by NASA as part of their NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) initiative to improve the quality of the nation’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and enhance students’ and teachers’ literacy about global climate and Earth system change.

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Meet the Team

                MartinPrincipal Investigator : Dr. Mary Martin is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire. She has a PhD in Natural Resources and is a specialist in botany and remote sensing as a means of mapping forest growth and species composition. Her research interests include the use of hyperspectral remote sensing data for the determination of forest productivity, nutrient cycling, and species classification. In addition, Mary works on projects that involve the development of hyperspectral methods to detect forest health and insect infestation, and the development of an online foliar chemistry database which compiles data from multiple research efforts.

                GengarellyCo-Investigator: Dr. Lara Gengarelly is a Lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire. She has a PhD in Plant Biology and is a specialist in plant ecology and botany. She also has extensive background in science education. Lara has taught science in both middle and high schools. Most recently she teaches education courses and supervises pre-service teachers. Her research interests include inquiry-based science teaching and learning, STEM learning for English language learners, and collaborative learning models. Lara has worked on science education projects that involve partnerships between scientists and secondary school teachers, such as the UNH-GK-12 project and the GLOBE Carbon Cycle Project. Lara has provided professional development for teachers and designed curriculum for the Student Climate Data NICE project.

Annette SchlossCo-Investigator: Dr. Annette Schloss is a research Scientist at the University of New Hampshire. Her research specialties include Earth science education and outreach through web-based resources and aquatic ecosystems, including remote sensing of freshwater resources. Annette has worked for many years with citizen science programs and is the co-leader of both the Digital Earth Network (DEW) and the Picture Post network.  She has a PhD in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire.

Scott OllingerCo-Investigator: Dr. Scott Ollinger is a Professor at the University of New Hampshire with research interests in forest ecology, carbon and nutrient cycling, and effects of climate change and air pollution on ecosystems. His work involves a combination of field studies, remote sensing and ecological modeling at local to continental scales. Scott is an investigator with the North American Carbon Program, and is on the Board of Directors for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), the science study group for NASA's HyspIRI mission, and the Steering Committee of the Northeastern States Research Cooperative.

                FroburgSenior Personnel: Erik Froburg is a graduate of the UNH Masters in Environmental Education program and is a former middle school teacher.  He is interested in promoting authentic research by students, and in providing schools with more direct access to scientists and contemporary research in the geo-sciences. Erik works for the Joan and James Leitzel Center at UNH, through the Transforming Earth System Science Education (TESSE) program.

Haley WickleinSenior Personnel: Haley Wicklein has a BA in Biology from Earlham College and an MS in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire.  Her Master's research focused on the relationship between foliar chemistry and ecosystem processes. Haley has taught science and environmental education at elementary and middle school levels, and been a research fellow with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.