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Earth Then, Earth Now: Our Changing Climate


Dr. Karen Flammer
Dr. Karen Flammer Dr. Karen Flammer is a Research Physicist at UCSD. She obtained her Ph.D. in Space Physics from UCSD in 1988. Since 1995, Karen has devoted her career to educational outreach projects at UCSD. She directs ISS-EarthKAM, a NASA funded educational program that teaches middle school students how to photograph the Earth from space using a digital camera onboard the International Space Station. Karen coordinates hundreds of middle schools across the country and develops curriculum supporting middle school teachers and their students. As Senior Vice President, Karen assists in educational outreach and gives workshops for parents at Sally Ride Science (SRS) Festivals.

Leesa Hubbard
Leesa Hubbard Leesa Hubbard is a teacher in Wilson County Tennessee. She earned a master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University. She is a teacher resource agent for the American Astronomical Society, liaison for the U.S. Space Foundation, Airspace Systems Education Cohort, Messenger Fellow, alumni of the Maury Project at the US Naval Academy, and Sea Education Association of Woods Hole. During the 2002-2003 school year, she was awarded an Einstein Fellowship, and worked at NASA Headquarters with the Educator Astronaut Program.

Dr. Steve McNulty
Dr. Steve McNulty Since 1996, Dr. Steve McNulty has been an ecologist and team leader within the USDA Forest Service Southern Global Change Program, on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh North Carolina. In addition to his science role, Dr. McNulty has served at the Forest Service Acting Director of Environmental Science Research, and as a US Congressional Fellow. He has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire. Dr. McNulty has authored or co-authored over 150 papers in the area of environmental stress impacts on forest ecosystems, including being the federal chairman for the National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on US Forests.

Dr. Heidi Cullen
Dr. Heidi Cullen Dr. Heidi Cullen is a senior research scientist with Climate Central, a research and communications organization headquartered in Princeton, NJ. Climate Central is non-profit, non-partisan network of scientists and journalists dedicated to educating the public about the science and solutions to global warming. Dr. Cullen currently provides reports on climate for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC News. Before joining Climate Central, Dr. Cullen helped create Forecast Earth on The Weather Channel, the first weekly television series to focus on issues related to climate change and the environment. Dr. Cullen worked as a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. She received a bachelor's degree in engineering/operations research from Columbia University and went on to receive a doctorate in climatology and ocean-atmosphere dynamics at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.

Pieter P. Tans
Pieter P. Tans Pieter Tans is senior scientist at the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado. He has studied the global carbon cycle for several decades, starting with his Ph.D. dissertation research in the Netherlands, and has published close to 140 scientific papers on the subject. His group maintains the world's largest global monitoring network of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, and provides reference gas mixtures to calibrate high accuracy greenhouse gas measurements worldwide. Dr. Tans serves on several advisory committees for research on the carbon cycle and climate, and is a member of the editorial board of Tellus.

Frank Niepold
Frank Niepold Frank Niepold is currently a Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA's Climate Program Office in Silver Spring Maryland and a GLOBE Program Master Trainer. At NOAA, he develops and implements NOAA's Climate goal education and outreach efforts that specifically relate to NOAA's Environmental Literacy cross cutting priority.

He is a co-managing author of Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science. NOAA, NSF, NASA, AAAS Project 2061, CIRES, American Meteorological Society, and various members from both the science and education community worked to define climate literacy in the United States. He is also a co-chair of the Climate Education Interagency Working Group at the US Climate Change Science Program.

As a GLOBE Trainer, he trains teachers in intensive field and laboratory settings throughout the United States and Internationally, most recently in Phuket Thailand. Mr. Niepold has spent seven years developing remote sensing educational materials for the Landsat Educational Outreach team. He has spent 10 years working as a Middle/High School Earth Systems Science Teacher.

He received his MSEd in Earth Space Science Education (2006) from John's Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD with areas of concentration in Earth Observing Systems, Scientist/Teacher/Student Collaboration and Earth Systems science education focused on climate. He earned a BA in Human Ecology (1994) from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME and B.F.A. in Photography and Video (1989) from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia.

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