NOAA Climate Data in the Classroom
Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch
NOAA National Climate Data Center
Deke Arndt has served as the Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch of NOAA’s National
Climatic Data Center since 2009. The Branch is responsible for analysis and reporting
of the status of the Earth’s climate system, from large global phenomena like global
temperature (“global warming”), to regional occurrences like drought and weather
extremes. Mr. Arndt was one of the lead editors for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 editions
of The State of the Climate, an annual supplement to the Bulletin of the American
Meteorological Society, featuring input and analysis from 400+ authors in nearly
50 countries. Before coming to NCDC, he spent 15 years at the Oklahoma Climatological
Survey. Mr. Arndt holds a B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.
He is also a student in the University of Oklahoma's Adult & Higher Education Ph.D.
NOAA Climate Program Office
LuAnn Dahlman works as a Communication Specialist in NOAA’s Climate Program
Office. Working with software developers and scientists, she contributes to product
development efforts that make it easier to access and interpret climate data. She
also develops hands-on activities to help students develop a concrete understanding
of how NOAA monitors climate. Formerly, Ms. Dahlman taught high school science in
Mesa, Arizona. She also served as a curriculum developer and provider of professional
development for TERC, focusing on digital image analysis and other geospatial technologies.
Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Reserve
Carolyn Rose is the Education Coordinator for the Mission-Aransas National
Estuarine Research Reserve, which is administered by the University of Texas Marine
Science Institute, in Port Aransas, Texas. She is a former park interpreter for
the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and public school biology teacher. Her degrees
include Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
and a Master of Arts in Anthropology.
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve
Bree Murphy is a Program Specialist assisting with the coordination of
the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s national education program in Silver
Spring, Maryland. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Environmental
Science and a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Science Education.
She has been working in the marine science education field for the last 12 years.
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Dr. Paulo Maurin works with the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, coordinating
the education projects and the Coral Reef Management Fellowship program, both in
the Pacific and Caribbean jurisdictions. He collaborates with NOAA’s Ocean Acidification
Program and assists in the agency’s international capacity-building and training
efforts in the Coral Triangle region. Dr. Maurin received his PhD from the University
of Hawaii, studying coastal marine resource use allocation by local stakeholder
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