Kate Lajtha

Email: lajthak@science.oregonstate.edu

Kate at DIRT 2007 2.jpgKate 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.

 

Meg Mobley

Email: mobleyme@oregonstate.edu

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 Townsend

Email: townseki@oregonstate.edu

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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

Email: Deanna.Lloyd@oregonstate.edu

DSC01754.jpgDeanna 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 time adventuring outdoors and growing or wild harvesting her own food.  Deanna studied sustainability and science education at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and received education training and a teaching certificate from Woodring College of Education.  After working in the field for a number of years, she went back to school to receive her M.S. in Crop Science from Oregon State University.  Deanna currently serves on the South Corvallis Food Bank’s Board of Directors.

 

Lorien Reynolds

Email: Lorien.Reynolds@oregonstate.edu

Dr. Lorien Reynolds

Lorien Reynolds became an instructor for the Sustainability Double-degree Program in Fall 2016. Lorien currently teaches SUS 102 Introduction 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.

 

JILLIAN GREGG

Email: Greggji@oregonstate.edu


Dr. Gregg joined the OSU Sustainability Double Degree (SDD) program in fall 2015 to develop the course on Introduction to Climate Change (SUS 103).  This course attracts >1000 OSU students per year via on-campus and eCampus delivery.  She has also taught Introduction to Sustainability (SUS 102) both on campus and eCampus and has co-taught Ecology (BIO 350) and Stable Isotope Ecolooy (FS 499) at OSU.  Before coming to OSU she taught laboratory courses in Plant Ecology, Plant Physiological Ecology, and Introductory Biology at Cornell University and the University of Utah.

She received her B.S. and M.S. in Biology at the University of Utah, her PhD. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, and did Postdoctoral research at the US EPA.  She then became the founding CEO of Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Associates (TERA), an ecological research group determining the impacts and feedbacks of human-caused climate change.

Climate change, pollutant impacts, and water relations research she has led include:

Non-climate change related research Dr. Gregg has led include water relations of mistletoe-host relationships in the US desert southwest, and energy balance of leaf size and shape in relation to light and moisture tradeoffs in the tropical rainforests of Panama.

When Dr. Gregg is not teaching or doing research you will find her on her mountain bike, hiking, in the yoga studio, cooking/growing healthful food, and enjoying her new solar panels.

 

Jen Myers 

Email: Jen.Myers@oregonstate.edu 

Jen is an instructor in the Sustainability Double Degree Program, teaching SUS 304 Sustainability Assessment, SUS 350 Sustainable Communities, and SUS 420 Social Dimensions of Sustainability. Jen has a master’s degree in Environmental Ethics from Lancaster University in the U.K. and is currently completing a PhD in Sustainability Education through Prescott College. Her research focuses on the connections between environmental health, social justice, and place attachment in Vieques, Puerto Rico with an aim to identify strategies for psychological resilience in the face of climate change. She has been privileged to work and learn in communities around the world, including an environmental education position with Peace Corps Gabon. Jen also brings significant non-profit experience in local food systems and wilderness education experience as a backpacking instructor for under-served youth. She is currently serving on the board of Power Up for Climate Solutions.