Climate Change Webinar 3: Human Impact on the Coast
Thursday 07/28/2016
4:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Educators in Grades K-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative

at Texas State University is providing a series of 1-hour webinars on Climate Change
on July 11th, July 20th and July 28th, 2016, at 4:00p.m. EST.

Participants in these webinars will get an overview of climate change and research directly from scientists!  Educators will also gain access to climate related resources from NASA to implement into the classroom.

Climate Change Webinar 3: Human Impact on the Coast

For this particular webinar, teachers may join NASA's special guest presenter and Research Scientist, Dr. Dorothy Peteet, in addition to NASA Education Specialist, Kelly Kohli, to learn about human impacts on coastal ecosystems in the New York region and receive a Sea Level Rise activity for the classroom.

A special thank you to our MUREP Educator Institute, SEAP, CCRI and New Jersey Board of Education participants for joining us!

Dr. Dorothy M. Peteet is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University. She directs the Paleoecology Division of the New Core Lab at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia and in collaboration with GISS climate modelers and LDEO geochemists is studying the Late Pleistocene and Holocene archives of lakes and wetlands (peatlands, salt marshes, tidal freshwater marshes, bogs, fens). Documenting past vegetational change using pollen and spores, plant and animal macrofossils, loss-on-ignition, carbon, and charcoal in conjunction with accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) radiocarbon dating, her research provides local and regional records of vegetational and climate history and carbon sequestration. Peteet has performed GCM experiments to test hypotheses concerning LGM and abrupt climate change. She is interested in climate sensitivity from past climate changes and ecological shifts with future climate change. Droughts are of recent interest.

Kelly is a NASA Education Professional Development Specialist at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She works to support education in eleven East Coast states ranging from Virginia to Maine. Kelly started at NASA as an Informal Educator, which coordinated various programs and events intended to inspire teachers, students and families in grades K-8 in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) while bringing together NASA missions, engineers, and scientists at NASA Goddard’s Visitor Center. Prior to joining the education team at NASA, Kelly’s professional career consisted of 10 years of teaching Earth and Physical Sciences in various school systems and grade levels in the state of New Jersey. The districts have ranged from urban to suburban, as well as private and public schools. Outside of teaching in the United States, Kelly spent time during the summer as a volunteer English teacher in Costa Rica. She has pursued a career in teaching STEM and professional development workshops for NASA and has earned a Master’s degree in Science Leadership and Management.