I began working with the "Microbial Life Educational Resources" (MLER) aspect of the SERC program in Fall 2005. I have been cataloging digital resources and designing web pages regarding microbial life in marine environments. My recent work has involved the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone and Red Tide.
In addition to my work with the SERC Program, I am a graduate student in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. I am working on a thesis project under the direction of Dr. Mark Skidmore involving biogeochemical changes in alpine catchments in response to glacier retreat. This involves investigating changes in nutrient budgets and primary productivity over the summer melt season in the Yukon Territories, Canada
Throughout my undergraduate career at Augustana College, I enjoyed field assistantships, teaching assistantships, and eduational outreach programs at local grade schools. I also interned with the Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District and University of Illinois Rock Island County Extension, designing and leading activities and educational programs for local schools and public events involving earth sciences and conservation. I participated in several geology department field trips as well as an NSF-REU program studying ice velocities over the summer meltseason on the Matanuska Glacier, AK. These experiences helped me discern my interest in pursuing a career as a geology professor at the college level. I am excited about the prospect of contributing to resources for teachers, students, and the public while working with SERC. Further, I hope to use the knowledge I gain while working on this project in my own classroom.
M.S. Montana State University, Earth Sciences, ongoing
B.A. Augustana College, Rock Island, IL Geology, with distinction; Minors: Biology and Environmental Studies, 2005
Presentations and Publications:
Illinois Master Naturalist Handbook chapter contributor (publication pending)
Bruckner, Monica Z., Goetz, Staci L., Ham, Nelson, Strasser, Jeffrey C., Lawson, Daniel, 2005, Ice Velocities near the terminus of the Matanuska Glacier, Alaska, during an unseasonably warm melt season. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 37, No. 5, p. 83
Bruckner, Monica Z., Goetz, Staci L., Ham, Nelson, Strasser, Jeffrey C., Lawson, Daniel, 2005, Ice Velocities near the terminus of the Matanuska Glacier, Alaska, during an unseasonably warm melt season. Augustana College Celebration of Learning