Geoscience Education Research Division Officers
Past President Katherine Ryker
Education: B.S. in Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University; M.S. in Sedimentology and Ph.D. in Geoscience Education from the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University.
Teaching experience: College-level: Environmental Geology; Physical Geology; Earth Science for Elementary Educators; Essentials of the Geosphere for Elementary Teachers; Secondary Methods for Earth Science Education; Nature of Science; Nature of Science for Elementary Teachers; Geology of NC for Teachers. High school-level: Biology, AP Biology, Earth Science, Astronomy, Intro to High School Math, and Algebra I for Durham Public Schools; Durham, NC.
Memberships: NAGT, GSA, IAGD, NSTA, ASTE, AEG.
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President Kelsey Bitting
Education: B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences & Anthropology, Vanderbilt University; Ph.D. in Geological Sciences and Quaternary Studies Certificate from Rutgers University.
Teaching experience: Uundergraduate-level courses in the geology and environmental science, graduate-level courses in teaching in the geosciences, K-12 science teacher Earth Science content professional development, and university faculty pedagogical professional development.
Memberships: NAGT, GSA, POD Network, CMIND
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Vice President Emily Geraghty Ward
Education: B.A. Geology, Whitman College; M.S. Geology, Washington State University; Ph.D. Geology, University of Montana
Teaching Experience: college level courses including Introductory Geology, Geomorphology, Geology of the National Parks and Monuments, Oil and Gas Geology, Geomechanics, and Geology Capstone course.
Memberships: AGU, GSA, NAGT, Geoscience Alliance (GA), Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
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Treasurer Cory Forbes
Cory Forbes is an Associate Professor of Science Education, Director of the National Collaborative for Food, Energy, & Water Systems Education (NC-FEW), and Coordinator of the Science Literacy Initiative at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests focus on K-16 teaching and learning about Earth systems through the lens of the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus (FEW-Nexus). He currently leads multiple NSF- and USDA-funded projects and has over 15 years of experience teaching high school science, preservice and inservice science teachers, science education graduate students, and undergraduate STEM majors and non-majors. Forbes was awarded the Early Career Research Award by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (2014) and is a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Germany (2019-2020). Forbes served on the 2018 Earth Educators' Rendezvous Planning Committee and the National Geoscience Faculty Survey Research Team.
Education: B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas; M.S. in Science Education, University of Kansas; M.S. in Natural Resource Sciences, University of Michigan; and Ph.D. in Science Education, University of Michigan.
Teaching experience: College-level (selected): Experiential Learning in Food, Energy, & Water Systems II (Grad), Water in Society (undergrad), Teaching and Learning about Water Systems (Grad), Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World (undergrad), Research Apprenticeship in Science Education (Grad), Inquiry in Science Learning Environments (Grad), Theory and Research on Curriculum Materials for Science (Grad). High school-level: Biology, Physical Science, Environmental Science for Olathe Public Schools (Kansas).
Memberships: NAGT, GSA, NARST, ESERA, ISLS
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Secretary Leilani Arthurs
Education: B.A. Peace & Conflict Studies, University of California at Berkeley; B.S. Geology, University of Hawai`i at Hilo; four 1-year certificates in pedagogy and Ph.D. Civil Engineering & Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame.
Teaching Experience: college STEM faculty pedagogical professional development, K-12 science teacher Earth Science content professional development, college courses in the social and learning sciences and the natural sciences.
Professional Experience: Geophysics Science Aide at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (5 years), Science Teaching Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder (3 years), Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University (1 year), Associate Editor for JGE (2012-2018). Grants: Recipient of funding through NSF-WIDER, NSF-IUSE, and Nebraska Department of Education; external evaluator or advisory member for projects funded through NASA, Space Telescope Science Institute, and NSF-IUSE.
Memberships: AAAS, ACS, AGU, GSA, NAGT, NARST.
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Media Director Lauren Neitzke Adamo
Teaching Experience: 12+ years College Level teaching experience in 100 to 300 level courses and seminars in variety of geoscience and natural history related topics in traditional and online courses. Over a decade of experience teaching all ages in an informal museum setting. Selected as one of 12 educators for the 2018 PolarTREC program and helped facilitate and create content for several professional development courses, including the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office's "School of Ice".
Memberships: AGU, GSA, NAGT GER, AWG, IAGD, NESTA
Education: B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Rutgers University
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Graduate Student Liaison Bailey Zo Kreager
Zo Kreager is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at Northern Illinois University. Zo completed an M.S. in Geology, with research that reviewed Interactive Engagement Strategies used in undergraduate science courses and created a set of Lecture Tutorials for sedimentology and stratigraphy concepts. Her Ph.D. research looks at how spatial skill impacts student performance on sequence stratigraphic diagrams and the benefit of Wheeler diagrams for sequence interpretation. While at Northern Illinois University, Zo has worked with her advisor to transform their introductory courses creating weekly activities aligned with the Predict-Observe-Explain pedagogy and using open-educational resources. As a result, Zo was awarded the NAGT Outstanding TA award in 2018. Zo has used her geoscience education research background for educational outreach activities with the Boy Scouts of America and NIU STEM Outreach program. With NIU STEM Outreach, she ran a week long summer camp in earth and space sciences for high schoolers.
Education: B.S. in Geology, Marietta College; M.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences with a focus in Geoscience Education Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ph.D. (in progress) in Geology with a focus in Geoscience Education Research, Northern Illinois University
Teaching experience: Teaching assistant for Introductory to Geology Lab course (2016, 2019), Introductory to Geology Lecture (2017, 2019), Planetary geology (2016). Instructor of record: Introductory Geology Lecture (2017-2018)
Memberships: NAGT, GSA, SGE, AAPG, SEPM