RFTS Team

Dr. Gillian Roehrig is an Associate Professor of Science Education. Gill is a former high school chemistry teacher with a strong interest in engaging students in inquiry-based activities and integrating technology into science classrooms. Technology Enhanced Communities (TEC) funded by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education is an online learning community developed in collaboration with graduate students David Groos and Joel Donna for middle school science teachers in Minneapolis Public Schools working to integrate technology into their classrooms. TEC will be extended to include teachers on the White Earth Reservation.

Dr. Tamara Moore is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics/Engineering Education. Tamara is a former high school mathematics teacher and her research involves helping students engage in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines through contextual problem solving. Her work on an NSF funded project entitled Modeling: Eliciting, Developing, Integrating and Assessing (MEDIA) Project is creating and researching multi-disciplinary engineering problems for use at the undergraduate and K-12 level. Problems from the MEDIA project are being extended to the RFTS project, as well as to local school districts, such as Mahtomedi, who are implementing engineering into their curriculum.

Stephan Carlson, Ph.D., has worked for the University of Minnesota Extension and CFANS for the last 15 years doing outreach and teaching classes in science and environmental education. He has worked in outdoor recreation, informal science education and environmental interpretation. He has been teaching classes for the White Earth Science and Math summer school program for the last 10 years. His research is on understanding the components that informal science experiences have on young people and how to develop quality programs

Brant Miller is a Science Education graduate student within the department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota TC. Prior to Brant’s current graduate school journey, he was at the helm of an 8th grade science classroom in Western South Dakota. While teaching 8th grade science Brant and his students explored content areas such as earth science, chemistry, physical science, along with geospatial technologies. As a member of the RFTS team Brant is interested in the interface between culture and science content and how the two can be leveraged for student engagement.

Joel Donna is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education. He taught physics, chemistry, and physical science for six years at Kasson-Mantorville in south-east Minnesota. Joel’s research and teaching interests revolve around improving science teacher development across the continuum. In particular he is most interested in supporting beginning teachers during the induction phase. His dissertation topic revolves around understanding an online mentoring/support program for beginning Minnesota STEM teachers called STEMMP. He is also interested in using technology to support engineering design challenges.

Selcen Guzey is a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota where she also received her MA in Science Education. Her research interests   focus on science teacher knowledge development and technology integration into science classrooms. In RFTS project, Selcen has been working on designing and implementing STEM curriculum in the after school and summer school programs.

Other Instructors

University of Minnesota Extension

Classes Taught

Charlie Blinn

Extension Specialist – Forest Resources

Department of Forest Resources

Green Hall

1530 North Cleveland Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55108

E-mail: cblinn@umn.edu

Phone: 612-624-3788

Fax: 612-625-5212

GPS Navigation

Mapping

Forest Measurements

Aspen Regeneration Measurement

and Carbon Sequestration

Barbara Liukkonen

Water Resources Education Coordinator

Water Resources Center

173 McNeal Hall

1985 Buford Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55108

E-mail: liukk001@umn.edu

Phone: 612-625-9256

Fax: 612-625-1263

Hydrologic Cycle

Run for Your Life Cycle

Watersheds

Terry Nennich

Extension Educator, Horticulture

Extension Regional Office, Crookston

251 Owen Hall

2900 University Avenue

Crookston, MN 56716

E-mail: nenni001@umn.edu

Phone: 218-281-8690

Fax: 218-281-8686

High Tunnel Season Extension

Organic Vegetable Production

Carol Robinson

Nutrition Education Assistant Mahnomen County Extension Office

115 East Madison Avenue, P.O. Box 477

Mahnomen, MN 56557

E-mail: robin505@umn.edu

Phone: 218-935-2226

Fax: 218-935-5412

Nutrition Education

Gardening

Eli Sagor

Extension Educator, Natural Resource Management & Utilization

Forest Resources

Green Hall

1530 North Cleveland Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55108

E-mail: esagor@umn.edu

Phone: 612-624-6948

Fax: 612-625-5212

GPS Navigation

Mapping

Forest Measurements

Karen Terry

Extension Eductor – Water Resource Management & Policy

Extension Regional Office – Fergus Falls

220 West Washington Ave., Suite 201

Fergus Falls, MN 56537

E-mail: kterry@umn.edu

Phone: 218-998-5787

Fax: 218-998-5798

Streams

Shorelands

Carl Vogt

Extension Specialist – Forest Resources

Natural Resource Management & Utilization

330D Green Hall

1530 North Cleveland Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55108

E-mail: vogtx001@umn.edu

Phone: 612-624-3639

Fax: 612-625-5212

Tree Identification

Maple Syrup Production

Forest Products

Deborah Zak

Campus Regional Director

Extension Regional Office – Crookston

251 Owen Hall

2900 University Avenue

Crookston, MN 56716

E-mail: dzak@umn.edu

Phone: 218-281-8684

Fax: 218-281-8686

Program Coordinator

Department of Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology

Raymond Newman

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Water Resources Science

Project Director, Introduced Species & Genotypes IGERT

Hodson Hall

1980 Folwell Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55108

E-mail: rnewman@umn.edu

Phone: 612-625-5704

Fax: 612-625-5299

Stream Sampling

Lake Sampling

Fish Population Studies

Invasive Species

University of Minnesota Crookston

Laura Bell

Lab Coordinator and Naturalist

Natural Resources Department

210 Owen Hall

2900 University Avenue

Crookston, MN 56716

E-mail: lbell@umn.edu

Phone: 218-281-8131

Wildlife Tracks

Bird Wingspan

Dave DeMuth, Jr.

Associate Professor – Physics and Math

Math, Science and Technology Department

115C Dowell Hall

2900 University Avenue

Crookston, MN 56716

E-mail: demuth@umn.edu

Phone: 218-281-8259

Rockets

Game Design

Tom Feiro

Senior Environmental Health and Safety Technician

Department of Environmental Health and Safety

Laboratory Services Coordinator, Natural Resources Department

Kiser Building 2

2900 University Avenue

Crookston, MN 56716

E-mail: tfeiro@umn.edu

Phone: 218-281-8300

Egg Drop

Wildlife ID

Insect ID and Habitat

John Loegering

Associate Professor – Wildlife Ecology

Natural Resources Department

204 Owen Hall

2900 University Avenue

Crookston, MN 56716

E-mail: jloegeri@umn.edu

Phone: 218-281-8132

Wildlife ID

Physics of Wildlife

Wildlife CSI

Bird ID

Bird Feeding

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