Dave Gosselin

Environmental Studies

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Dave Gosselin is the Director of Environmental Studies and a Professor of Earth Science in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is committed to creating professional development opportunities that benefit students and educators in both face-to-face and distance- delivered environments.   His research focuses on Earth, environmental, and interdisciplinary education, workforce issues, sustainability education, ground water quality and quantity issues and the application of geochemistry to understanding water systems.  His water-related research has focused on using chemistry and basic principles of water flow to understand both basic and applied scientific problems. Examples include assessing: local and state-wide groundwater quality; the physical and chemical variations of groundwater resources; the behavior of trace elements and natural occurring isotopes in groundwater; the potential impact of environmental change on Sand Hills environments; groundwater management strategies, and water quality variations in public water supplies.  In October 1999, he was recognized by the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science with their Catalyst Award for leadership, dedication and service to science education. In 2014, he received the Omtvedt Award for Innovation in Teaching at UNL.  In his capacity as the Director of the Environmental Studies program, he currently serves on the executive committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, a program of the National Council for Science and the Environment. He has authored or co-authored over 125 publications that include refereed journal articles, non-refereed abstracts, and contract reports.  

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Course Module (1)

Map Your Hazards! – Assessing Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk part of Map your Hazards!
The Map Your Hazards module provides students an interactive mechanism to engage in place-based exploration of natural hazards, social vulnerability, risk and the factors that shape their communities perception of ...

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Activity (1)

How Much Water Do I Use? part of Process of Science:Examples
This activity provides an opportunity for the student to collect data on their individual water use to set the stage for a unit on water resources.

Course (1)

Earth's Natural Resource Systems part of Process of Science:Courses
Earth's Natural Resource Systems is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in the Earth sciences related to rock and mineral resources, water resources, soil resources, and their role and ...

Essay (1)

UNL Environmental Studies Programs: Goals, Strengths, and Challenges part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability:Essays
David Gosselin, Environmental Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Overarching goal of your program The Environmental Studies major at UNL is designed for students who want to make a difference and contribute ...

Conference Presentations (5)

Preparing students for collaborative leadership in sustainability: Applications of using business-based professional assessments to develop interdisciplinary and service learning teams part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Higher education is being confronted with a paradigm shift that is forcing it to collectively reexamine their ability to develop graduates who have relevant professional competencies. Collaboration and team work ...

Climate Change and Sustainability Science: Educative Curriculum Materials part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Curriculum materials for Grades K–12 that are intended for use in preservice teacher education and in service teacher professional development educative curriculum materials. We address the following question: ...

Supporting Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future with the InTeGrate Website part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
One of the main project goals of InTeGrate, Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future, is to greatly increase the number of undergraduate students that are ready to creatively, effectively, ...

Building Interdisciplinary Sustainability Programs part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Understanding issues related to environmental problem-solving and sustainability requires background in natural systems and social systems as well as integrating information from diverse sources. Many students are ...

Connecting the Earth to Societal Challenges: New interdisciplinary materials from the InTeGrate project part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Poster Sessions:Thursday
One of the central goals of the InTeGrate project is to extend and increase the incorporation of geoscience concepts into the teaching about current grand, Earth-related, societal challenges beyond traditional ...

Other Contributions (3)

Incorporating Thinking about the Earth across disciplines part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Morning Workshops:Earth Thinking
Research on undergraduate education programs has identified integration across disciplines as an ongoing challenge. This workshop will explore approaches to managing the integration of disciplines and perspectives. ...

Strengthening Sustainability Learning in your Program part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Workshops:Sustainability in Programs
At this workshop you will explore and develop ideas for integrating learning about the Earth with the societal problems of sustainability and the environment. You will learn from successful examples and will ...

Environmental Studies, University of Nebraska at Lincoln part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability:Programs
Information for this profile was provided by David Gosselin, Environmental Studies, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a ...