Kate took the initiative of developing the Sustainability Double Degree at OSU’s Corvallis campus, and has served as the program’s director since its inception in 2013. She teaches SUS 102 - Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability, BI 370 - Ecology, and BI 306H - Environmental Ecology. Kate earned a B.A. in Biology at Harvard University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Botany at Duke University in 1986, before becoming a professor at Boston University for eight years. In 1996, she came to Oregon State University, and has been a professor ever since. Her research interests include nutrient cycling in natural and human-disturbed ecosystems, attenuation of increased nitrogen inputs to terrestrial ecosystems by soils and vegetation, and detrital controls on soil organic matter formation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and playing the viola for a local Corvallis orchestra.
Ann is the academic advisor for the Sustainability Double Degree program and an instructor for SUS 304 - Sustainability Assessment. Before entering academia in 2009, Ann worked with local governments and nonprofits on sustainable community planning and projects in the Puget Sound region. She has a Ph.D. in Design and Planning from the University of Colorado as a National Science Foundation Sustainable Urban Infrastructure IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training) Fellow, an MPA from the University of Washington in Seattle, a MSc in Sustainable Development from Blekinge Institute in Sweden, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a BA in Physics from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Ann is currently serving on the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Steering Committee. Her research focuses on local climate planning. Ann is passionate about sustainability and helping OSU students to identify their career direction in sustainability.
Meg Mobley is an instructor in the Crop and Soil Science Department and Sustainability Double Degree Program at Oregon State. Meg teaches SUS 102 Introduction to Environmental Sciences and Sustainability and SOIL 205 Soil Science. Meg grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana, and then headed to Duke University in Durham, NC to earn a B.S. in Environmental Sciences. She worked with a forestry consulting firm, Technical Forestry Services, in Wyoming before returning to Duke to pursue a PhD in Ecology. Her dissertation work on old-field forest carbon sequestration was supported by James B. Duke, E. Bayard Halstead, and Preparing Future Faculty Fellowships and an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. As postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wyoming, she taught Environmental Science and studied the responses of water-limited grassland and shrubland systems to excess nitrogen. She enjoys reading non-fiction and sci-fi/fantasy books; baking, brewing, and fermenting foods and beverages; consuming the delicious results; and gardening, hiking, fishing, biking, and skiing, depending on the season. Meg is currently serving on the Board of the Corvallis Environmental Center.
Kim is currently an instructor and research assistant in the Department of Crop and Soil Science and the Sustainability Double Degree Program at Oregon State University. Kim's teaching experience includes SUS 350 Sustainable Communities, environmental science and soil related classes and labs both on campus and online. Kim grew up in the Hudson Valley and Adirondacks of New York state, where she cultivated a love of the natural world. She attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, earning a degree in History of Science and studying feeding habits of detritivores. She earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Science at Oregon State University examining soil carbon stabilization as affected by detrital manipulation. In her spare time, Kim enjoys taking advantage of the amazing recreational opportunities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She especially enjoys backpacking, climbing Cascade peaks, and biking. Kim is currently serving on the Board of the Corvallis Environmental Center.
Deanna Lloyd is an instructor for the Sustainability Double Degree program. She has taught all ages and across disciplines, but particularly enjoys promoting sustainable agricultural practices and educating about the impact of our food choices. Her experience includes student teaching in New Zealand, helping to create a thriving school garden program in Northwest Washington, managing an organic, educational farm growing produce for hunger relief agencies and working with various local farms and food initiatives. Deanna enjoys spending as much time as possible adventuring outdoors and growing or wild harvesting her own food. Deanna has received a MSc in Crop Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR; a Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate in Secondary Science Education from Woodring College of Education in Bellingham, WA; and a BAE in Earth Science/General Science for Secondary Education and a BA in Outdoor Recreation Management from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Deanna currently serves on the South Corvallis Food Bank’s Board of Directors.
Lorien Reynolds became an instructor for the Sustainability Double-degree Program in Fall 2016. Lorien currently teaches SUS 102 Introuction to Environmental Sciences and Sustainability. She earned a BS in Environmental Biology from Humboldt State University in 2005 and a PhD in Biology from University of Oregon in 2016. Her doctoral research focused on the role of soils in the regulation of global climate, specifically how ongoing climate change may interact with soil organic matter accumulation and decomposition. She is an ecosystem ecologist and naturalist, loving best the discovery of new worlds and perspectives in the smallest patch of moss, the most complex global biogeochemical cycles, or in the minds of her colleagues and students. As an educator, she is dedicated to promoting science literacy, and the understanding that science is not simply an accumulation of knowledge, but a means of learning how to ask and answer questions and how to understand and define the realm of uncertainty.>
Zac is Student Collaborator for the Sustainability Double Degree Program from Pleasanton, California in the East Bay Area. He is majoring in Environmental Science with a specialization in Environmental Economics and Policy and Fisheries and Wildlife Science, while minoring in Spanish. He is currently a volunteer for Chintimini Wildlife Center, Secretary of College Democrats of OSU, a recycling block captain for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, and a representative of CEOAS in the Oregon State University Honors college Student Leadership Circle. His fields of interest include wildlife conservation, environmental policy, international relations, urban sustainability, and foreign languages. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and watching football, and has a bizarre fascination with maps and flags.
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