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Tonya Kjerland

Former Geoscience Education and Evaluation Specialist
Science Education Resource Center - Carleton College

I have a diverse background including water resources and plant ecology, as well as education and art. I have conducted field research on wild rice and water quality in northern Minnesota. I have also worked in higher education conducting research on student learning, pedagogy, and assessment. Earlier in my career, I worked as a professional artist, designing large-scale commissioned stained glass windows. I also have experience working with diverse clients through living and working on an American Indian Reservation for 2 years in environmental science and public health; studying in Shanghai, China as an undergraduate; and coordinating many types of projects with a wide variety of collaborators.

My work involves assisting in development of web-based educational resources; coordinating faculty development workshops; as well as research and evaluation of teaching and learning. Due to my experience with Native American communities, I am interested in expanding accessibility of math and science knowledge to all groups of traditionally under-represented students. My art skills are currently channeled into discovering new and better ways to present data visually.


St. Olaf College, B.A. Biology (2006) and Asian Studies (1990)