Ocean Tracks Contributors

In addition to the people listed below, we would like to acknowledge the important contributions of Lihini Aluwihare, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Christine Brown, Amy Busey, and Silvia LaVita, EDC's Oceans of Data Institute; Al Trujillo, Palomar Community College; Brad Winney, Conserve.IO; Gladys Hazel Diaz, Hazel.Design; and the Tagging of Pelagic Predators (TOPP) program.


Ruth Krumhansl
Principal Scientist, EDC; Founder, ODI

Ruth Krumhansl is an expert in curriculum development, education research, earth science, science teaching, and applied science. Her work has a special focus on the design of Internet-based tools that bring authentic scientific data into K–16 classrooms. Krumhansl leads research that is advancing the field's knowledge of how students learn to work with data and is drawing upon findings to design innovative instructional resources that help teachers foster students’ data literacy, build their capacity to work with complex datasets, and support their mastery of essential tools and techniques. She is the principal investigator of the NSF-funded Ocean Tracks College Edition study. Ruth is lead author of EDC Earth Science, a full-year earth science course for high school stressing rigorous, inquiry-oriented learning, which was published by LAB-AIDS in 2014. In collaboration with SRI International and NASA, she contributed to the design of websites that allow teachers to access NASA’s remotely sensed Earth observation mission data. Before joining EDC, Krumhansl was a high school science teacher and department coordinator, a chief scientist and senior project manager in environmental consulting on Superfund sites, and a petroleum exploration geologist. Her career in applied science immersed her in the search for patterns in complex geospatial data, providing a foundation for her current interest and work in preparing students to live in a data-intensive world. She has a BA in Geology from Bucknell University and an MS in Environmental Science from Antioch New England Graduate School.

Randy Kochevar
Managing Project Director, EDC; Director, ODI

Randy Kochevar has expertise in marine biology and conservation, promotion of data literacy, Web development, research, and science communications. He brings passion for science and conservation—as well as a proven ability to make complex scientific concepts engaging and comprehensible for diverse audiences—to his R&D of innovative online educational resources for teachers, students, and the public. In the Oceans of Data Institute, Kochevar leads a team that is working to transform K–16 science education to support students' entry into a world of big data through instructional design, research, and strategic partnerships with education and industry leaders. Kochevar shares his expertise in helping scientific research programs design and implement effective educational and outreach programs at the national conferences of organizations such as the American Geophysical Union. Kochevar earned his BS in Biology from Colorado College and obtained his PhD in Deep-Sea Physiology from University of California-Santa Barbara.

Cheryl Peach
Director, Scripps Educational Alliances at UC San Diego

Cheryl Peach is the Director of Scripps Educational Alliances at UC San Diego and a program scientist at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her position is focused on supporting the interplay between science and education at Scripps, specifically spearheading new initiatives and partnerships in outreach and education, as well as incorporating aspects of Scripps research activities into high quality education and outreach programs locally, regionally, and nationally. She is also Scripps principal investigator for the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) and past chair of the national COSEE Council; co-principal investigator of the Scripps GK-12 program, Scripps Classroom Connection; education manager for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Cyberinfrastructure Implementing Organization; and a founding member of the OOI Education and Public Engagement Team. Peach was the principal investigator of the collaborative NSF-funded high school edition of Ocean Tracks.

Stephanne Ebsen-Clark
Administrative Manager, ODI

As ODI’s administrative manager, Stephanne supports all aspects of the Institute’s activities, including scheduling, budget management, logistical coordination, clerical support and acting as ODI’s first point of contact. Stephanne has a background in program management, operations, event management, and administration.  She managed a $3M, multi-year, international leadership development program, facilitating all logistics and assembling educational material for each workshop on a global scale.  She has had 15 years of experience working with C-suite executives in high-touch business culture, working with a vast array of Fortune 500 companies in the consulting and software industries.  Stephanne has a Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College.

Dolly Hayde
External Evaluator, COSI

Dolly Hayde is a Research Associate with COSI’s Center for Research and Evaluation and the Lifelong Learning Group. With a background in Cultural Anthropology and Museum Studies, Dolly specializes in qualitative, context-driven approaches to research and evaluation, with attention toward the ways culture intersects with learning and issues of representation. Dolly has worked in a range of settings and domains, including applied social science, market research, classroom teaching, museum evaluation, and her particular research interests relate to the effects of cultural memory on learning and policy and the role of physical space in informal learning. As project manager for the external evaluation of Ocean Tracks – College Edition, Dolly has guided and contributed to the day-to-day processes of instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and reporting on work with outside faculty, and she has worked closely with the larger Ocean Tracks team to make actionable meaning of findings from outside reviewers and related literature.

Erin Bardar
Senior Curriculum/Instructional Design Associate

Erin Bardar is leading the Ocean Tracks College Edition curriculum development team. She is also project director and curriculum team lead for EDC’s part in the NASA-funded Real World Real Science project.  Erin brings 10 years of experience in Earth and space science curriculum development, teacher professional development, and education research to her ODI work. She holds an ScB in Physics from Brown University and a PhD in Astronomy Education Research from Boston University. 

Jackie DeLisi
Research Scientist, EDC; Researcher, NASA GMRI Project, ODI

Jackie DeLisi brings nearly 20 years of experience in the field of education as both a researcher and a practitioner. Her primary research interests include understanding the intersections between school organizations, pedagogy, and students’ adoption of scientific and engineering practices. Her work also focuses on instrument development, including determining psychometric properties, to measure school, teacher, and student outcomes. DeLisi is a co-author of the report Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design. She also served as a researcher on the Ocean Tracks project. DeLisi earned a BA in Chemistry from New York University, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver, and an EdD in Administration, Training, and Policy Studies from Boston University."

Jessica Sickler
Researcher & Evaluator, ODI

Jessica Sickler is an experienced evaluator, researcher, and educator with more than 10 years of experience studying learning across the spectrum of informal learning environments.  One area of professional interest is the intersection of formal education settings with real-world resources (such as scientific data or museum collections), and how strategies from informal learning settings can enhance classroom environments.  She has worked with ODI on several projects, including Ocean TracksOcean Tracks College Edition, and Real World Real Science.  Sickler received a B.A. in Environmental Analysis & Policy from Boston University and an M.S.Ed. in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.  She also runs her own evaluation and research firm, J. Sickler Consulting.

Joe Heimlich
External Evaluator, COSI

Joe Heimlich is Co-Director for COSI’s Center for Research and Evaluation (CRE) and Director of Research for COSI. Within CRE, he is a Senior Researcher for the Lifelong Learning Group. He is also an Academy Professor Emeritus with The Ohio State University, where he was an Extension Specialist in museums and organizational capacity building, served as Leader, Environmental Science for OSUE, and held appointments in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Environmental Science Graduate Program, and the College of Education and Human Ecology. He is known as a methodologist and learning theorist in informal and nonformal learning, especially in environmental settings. Joe has been engaged in environmental free-choice learning for over 35 years and is the author of over a hundred academic journal articles, chapters, and books; he has also written more than 350 reports, fact sheets, bulletins, white papers, and popular publications. In his role directing the external evaluation of Ocean Tracks – College Edition, Joe has served as a methodological advisor, led external instrument design, conducted accountability interviews with members of EDC’s internal Ocean Tracks team, and collaborated in data analysis and reporting.

Josephine Louie
Research Scientist, EDC; Co-PI, Ocean Tracks, ODI

Josephine Louie has extensive experience conducting research in education and social science, with a background in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Louie is the co-principal investigator of ODI's Ocean Tracks and the project and research director of Ocean Tracks College Edition, two R&D projects that are creating and studying an online learning resource that provides student-friendly access to large-scale professionally collected marine biology and oceanographic data, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Louie received an AB from Harvard College, a masters in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an EdM and EdD from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Josephine Louie has extensive experience conducting research in education and social science, with a background in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Louie is the co-principal investigator of ODI’s Ocean Tracks and the project and research director of Ocean Tracks College Edition, two R&D projects that are creating and studying an online learning resource that provides student-friendly access to large-scale professionally collected marine biology and oceanographic data, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Louie received an AB from Harvard College, a master’s in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an EdM and EdD from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Julianne Mueller-Northcott
Teacher Advisor, ODI

Julianne Mueller-Northcott was part of the development team for the Ocean Tracks interface, which has allowed high school students to investigate ocean-related questions using authentic tracking data from marine species. Currently, she is part of the curriculum development team for Ocean Tracks: College Edition, which is designing investigations to help undergraduate students build data analysis skills through scientific data investigations. In addition to her contributions to the Ocean Tracks project, Julianne has been teaching science (living systems, earth systems and marine biology) at Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH, since 2000.

Kira Krumhansl
Research Associate, EDC and ODI

Kira Krumhansl is co-PI on the Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data project. She is also the science coordinator for the Ocean Tracks College Edition project, and worked previously in this role for the Ocean Tracks Phase 1 project. As science coordinator, she acts as a bridge between scientists and educators, and works on curriculum development, research, and dissemination. She also worked on the Visualizing Oceans of Data Knowledge Status Report, and is participating in a number of other development projects in ODI. She has a background in marine ecology, having completed a PhD at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also currently a postdoctoral researcher at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her scientific research focuses on understanding the role of humans in altering kelp forest ecosystems.

Patrick McDeed
Research Assistant, ODI

Patrick interned with the Oceans of Data Institute from January-August 2016 and was involved in the curriculum research and development efforts on various ODI projects. He is currently continuing that work as a part-time research assistant for ODI, while also pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics, with a focus in Secondary Education, at Northeastern University. Prior to interning with ODI, Patrick worked as a data analyst.

Rebecca Nall
External Evaluator, COSI

Rebecca is the Business and Research Assistant for COSI’s Center for Research and Evaluation and the Lifelong Learning Group. She graduated from Miami University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. She has a background in social psychology focusing on familial relationships and the intersection of marketing with psychological theory. In her project-focused role, Rebecca has supported the external evaluation of Ocean Tracks: College Edition through interviewing outside faculty, managing online surveys, conducting data analysis, and collaborating on reports and literature reviews.

Virgil Zetterlind
Lead Technology Developer of Ocean Tracks

Virgil Zetterlind is the lead technology developer for the Ocean Tracks effort and has been building 'big data' applications with a focus on remote sensing and mapping since the earliest days of Google Earth.  As co-founder of Conserve.IO, Virgil spearheaded development of the NOAA Whale Alert mobile application - one of the 1st government efforts to leverage crowd-sourced animal sightings for conservation and now a family of applications in support of Whales, Butterflies, Sharks, and more worldwide.  He is currently the manager of protectedSeas.net - a focused effort to raise awareness of and compliance with Marine Protected Areas through mapping and monitoring.   A US Air Force veteran, Virgil holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.  

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