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.  

Workshop Leader and Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

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: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 (4)

Supporting Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future with the InTeGrate Website part of Earth Educators 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 Earth Educators 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 ...

Climate Change and Sustainability Science: Educative Curriculum Materials part of Earth Educators 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: ...

Preparing students for collaborative leadership in sustainability: Applications of using business-based professional assessments to develop interdisciplinary and service learning teams part of Earth Educators 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 ...