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Michael Brody is an Associate Professor of Education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Development at Montana State University where he teaches courses in environment, science education, and educational research at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University (1985) in Science & Environmental Education. Brody has worked with teachers throughout the Russian Federation, Morocco, and Thailand and has developed the Ecological Field Studies Program connecting environmental educators through global networks. He is a Research Associate of the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana where he helped design the permanent exhibit, Landforms/Lifeforms. He is a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Research Commission and received the NAAEE Outstanding Contributions to Research Award in 2006. Presently he is working on the development of Project Archaeology and researching science learning outcomes in both formal and informal settings. Brody is the Executive Editor of ARexpeditions an on-line action research journal for professional educators.

Rita Chang is an earth science teacher at Wellesley High School in Wellesley, MA and co-producer of a new DVD series, Classroom Encounters with Global Change Scientists, a series on global environmental change that features well-known scientists and ninth graders. She is president of Classroom Encounters, LLC, a start-up "for-benefit" educational filmmaking partnership she co-founded with a filmmaker to improve how science is taught and communicated. Before becoming a classroom teacher, Ms. Chang was the Executive Director of Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment. Ms. Chang also started up and served as chief executive officer of several pioneering health care and non-profit organizations and has served as chief operating officer of the Urban Medical Group for over a decade.

John Gollisz is the assistant principal for science at the High School for Environmental Studies in New York City. It was founded in 1992 in response to a growing consciousness of environmental issues and in anticipation of a rapidly expanding field of environmental professions. The school was created to become a model in urban environmental education and an exemplary high school overall, by promoting environmentally literate citizens in a rigorous college preparatory program. John's work ensures that environmental themes are incorporated into the curricula, in order to achieve the purpose of the school and help define its innovative approach.

Jon Harbor's background includes degrees in both geography and geology, and research and teaching in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. A former Fulbright senior scholar and a recipient of Purdue's top award for undergraduate teaching, Dr. Harbor's interests include developing, implementing, and researching theme-based approaches to education that build on students' interests in important and topical issues, and that integrate science with other areas of instruction, including writing, policy, and social sciences. His environmental research program includes work to develop the science and tools that help communities make informed decisions about environmental management. Dr. Harbor's research and educational initiatives are currently funded by the National Science Foundation, and in 2003, he was selected to help start a new center at Purdue University that focuses on learning research and on translating new discoveries in areas such as science, technology and engineering into education programs at all levels.

Eric Klopfer is Associate Professor and Director of the Scheller MIT Teacher Education Program. Klopfer's research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science and complex systems. His research explores simulations and games on desktop computers as well as handhelds. He is the creator of StarLogo TNG, a new platform for helping kids create 3D simulations and games using a graphical programming language. On handhelds, Klopfer's work includes participatory simulations, which embed users inside complex systems, and augmented reality simulations, which create a hybrid virtual/real space for exploring intricate scenarios in real time. He is the co-director of "The Education Arcade," which is advancing the development and use of games in K-12 education. Klopfer's work combines the construction of new software tools with research and development of new pedagogical supports that support the use of these tools in the classroom. He is the co-author of the book, Adventures in Modeling: Exploring Complex, Dynamic Systems with StarLogo and author of a forthcoming book on mobile games and learning from MIT Press.

Julie Libarkin, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geological Sciences and Division of Science and Math Education, Michigan State University. Libarkin received her Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Arizona. Her research in geology focuses on the development of high elevation plateaus and the use of cosmogenic isotopes as paleoaltimeters. Her research in geoscience education focuses on conceptual change and cognitive development, particularly in entry-level college classrooms. She was a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education (PFSMETE) at the University of Arizona and subsequently at the CfA. Libarkin served as content advisor and on-camera interviewer for the professional development television series, Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science.

Susan Rauchwerk Collins is currently teaching science methods and curriculum and instruction at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Rauchwerk Collins has more than 25 years of experience teaching pedagogy, science, and environmental education in both traditional and non-traditional settings. She began her career as a teacher/naturalist working in a variety of day and residential environmental programs for K-12 students throughout the Northeast. Dr. Rauchwerk went on to combine teaching with administration and worked as the Assistant Director of Chickatawbut Hill (Mass Audubon Society, Canton, MA), the Education Manager for Drumlin Farm (Mass Audubon Society, Lincoln, MA), and Director of Education for Earthwatch Institute (Maynard, MA). As an administrator she developed, implemented, and evaluated environmental science and natural history programs that met the professional development needs of teachers, as well as state/national curriculum standards. Dr. Rauchwerk Collins is committed to environmental awareness and education at all learning levels.

Kris Scopinich is Education Manager at Mass Audubon Society, where she oversees and manages on and off-site educational programs for schools, teachers, youth, families, and adults at the Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. The projects she has developed include Building Conservation Communities - a collaborative community-based environmental education initiative that aims to educate youth, teachers, adult mentors, and citizens about their local habitats and provide opportunities for stewardship in their communities; Merrimack River Youth Conservation Program-an initiative to build awareness for the Merrimack River Watershed by working with local conservation organizations and Haverhill Public Schools; and the Youth Environmental Leadership Program-an evaluation project aimed at high school students, their teachers, and their parents to learn what types of environmental education opportunities teens want and need in order to pursue further learning in the environmental field. Ms. Scopinich is a member of Massachusetts Environmental Education Society, North American Association of Environmental Education, and current President of the New England Environmental Education Alliance.

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Each of the online textbook units was written by a university professor with expertise in that area. In addition, each professor advised on the content of the video case studies.

Course Design and Content Management

Dr. Daniel Schrag

Unit Online text and Video Content Developers

Professor David E. Bloom
Professor Charles Harvey
Professor Noel Michele "Missy" Holbrook
Professor John P. Holdren
Professor Daniel Jacob
Professor James J. McCarthy
Professor Paul Moorcroft Anne Pringle
Professor John H. Shaw
Professor John Spengler
Professor Steven Wofsy

Professional Development Guide Developers

Professor Michael Brody
Professor Warren Tomkiwiecz

Mary Ann McGarry is an associate professor of science education at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. As an undergraduate at Dartmouth College in 1980, she designed a special major in environmental education and has been pursuing the field ever since, earning a Masters in Earth Sciences and a Doctorate in Science/Environmental Education. After serving as a faculty member on several campuses for the University of Maine System, in 2004 she joined the newly founded Center For The Environment at Plymouth State University (PSU) in New Hampshire, working on a new MS in Environmental Science and Policy degree. She continues to work internationally on environmental stewardship issues, fulfilling a residential fellowship for the Cypriot government, serving as a faculty instructor for the month-long PSU Pakistani Educational Leaders' summer institutes, and leading regular travel study courses for educators within the U.S. Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Beginning in the fall of 2007, Mary Ann will become the Director of Education for the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, while remaining a faculty member at PSU.

Penny Juenemann lives with her family in Two Harbors, Minnesota where she teaches at Two Harbors High School. She received a B.S. in biology, a B.A.S in life science teaching, and a B.A.S in physical science teaching from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1994. Penny started her teaching career at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School by Cloquet, Minnesota and in 1997 began teaching in Two Harbors. Penny received her M.S. in science education from Montana State University-Bozeman in 2004.

Jessica Krim earned her B.A. in Earth Science Education from the University of Delaware in 1997. She then taught Earth Science and Life Science on the Hopi Reservation in Keams Canyon Arizona, and Earth Science in Wilmington, Delaware. In 2003, she returned to school to complete her MA in Physical Science, and in 2005 began work on her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

Judith Pyle earned a B.S. in medical technology from Temple University (1979) and a M.S. in infectious disease from the University of Pennsylvania (1984). She has been teaching honors and AP Biology at Abington High School in Abington, PA for 16 years, has taught at the University of Pennsylavania, and has served as an online adjunct instructor for Montana State University.

Online Textbook Writer

Jennifer Weeks

Web Site Development

Don Button, Juliet Jacobson, Alison Plante, Lisa Portolese

Web Site Text Writer

Amy Bebergal

Interactive Labs

Ian Albinson, Ginger Booth, Shira Fruchtman, Kurt House, Eric Klopfer, Eli Meir, Jaimie Miller, Alison Plante


Kim Noethen

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Executive Producer

Alex Griswold


John Browne, Alex Griswold, Clive Grainger, Tobias McElheny


Robert Duggan, James Day, Clive Grainger, Alex Griswold, Tobias McElheny, David Rabinovitz, Ryan Vachon

Additional Videography

John Browne, Ozzie Forbes, Larry Foster, Paul Hoffman, Tom Lynn, Tamsin Orion, Matthew Sullivan, Reginaldo Taison


Steven Allardi, Neil Duffy, Keri Green, Maria Kobrina, Julie Lewis

Sound Recordists

John Cameron, Joseph Chilorio, Robert Duggan, Alex Griswold, Tobias McElheny, John Osborne

Animators/Graphic Artists

Ian Albinson, Sarah Delahanty, Raedia Sikkema

On-Line Editors

Ian Albinson, Douglas K. Plante

Production Photographer

Clive Grainger

Production Coordinator

Robert Duggan

Production Assistants

James Day, Caitlin Rotman

Sound Mixers

Steven Allardi, Caleb Epps, Abraham Stein


Alison Plante - Treble Cove


Anna Lewicke


Dana Rouse

Annenberg Channel Coordinator

Michelle Hardy

Financial Manager

Oral Benjamin


Linda Williamson

Project Manager

Nancy Finkelstein

Executive Director

Dr. Matthew H. Schneps

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