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Climate Change along Northeast Coasts and Estuaries

Chris Bowser
Chris Bowser Science Education Specialist, Cornell University Water Resource Institute Hudson River in partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program

Chris’s professional experience includes working as a Peace Corps reforestation volunteer in Mauritania, serving as Education Director for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, mapping river shorelines for the Research Reserve, and teaching at Marist College’s Environmental Science department. He earned a Masters degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University, and a Bachelors degree in Biology from Rutgers University.

Chris’s current work with the Research Reserve focuses on environmental education and citizen science in the Hudson River Valley. He coordinates an annual estuary-wide monitoring day involving 3000 students at over 60 shoreline sites, and leads teacher training workshops on incorporating Hudson River topics into existing curriculum. He also designs programs for the Norrie Point Environmental Center, and implements a citizen-science project where high schools and watershed groups collect daily information on migrating juvenile American eels into Hudson River tributaries.

Dr. John Casselman
Dr. John Casselmanr Dr. John Casselman is an adjunct professor, Department of Biology, Queen’s University, and former senior scientist with Fisheries Research, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, supervising research on Lake Ontario. He is a fisheries ecologist and environmental physiologist who has published extensively on fish, fisheries, climate change, and most recently on the decline of the American eel. He has conducted invited studies throughout the world (for example, for CIDA, NSF, NSERC, Chinese Academy of Sciences in such places as the Canadian Arctic, Ethiopia, and the Tibetan Plateau). He has won numerous awards, including the 2009 Great Lakes Fishery Commission Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions and the prestigious 2008 American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence.

Cornelia Harris
Ecology Educator, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Cornelia Harris

Cornelia Harris has been with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies since 2006, designing and implementing a new high school, place-based curriculum focused on the Hudson River. Ms. Harris received a BA in Biology from Vassar College in 2000, and then taught middle school science in Baltimore with Teach for America. She received her MA in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and spent several years teaching in a variety of countries, including Japan, Kenya, and Germany. She is currently completing an MS in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy from the State University of New York at Albany with a focus on the Hudson River. Cornelia has been working on infusing local science from the Hudson River into high school classrooms, focusing on issues such as climate change, invasive species, pollution, and land use change.

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