Project Team

Research team:

Person in a lab setting Erika Marín-Spiotta (Lead PI) is a Professor of Geography, UW-Madison. She leads the Biogeochemistry and Biogeography Lab that studies how changes in climate and land use alter terrestrial ecosystem processes, such as nutrient and carbon cycling, with a focus on soil processes.She served on the Leadership Council of the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN) and is past co-PI of an ADVANCE PAID award to support early-career women geoscientists and served on the American Geophysical Union's Ethics Task Force. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, a Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring and an Ambassador Award, both from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and a President's Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists. She is an AGU Fellow.

Billy Williams is Senior Vice President for Diversity, Ethics, and Inclusion at the American Geophysical Union (AGU). As a member of the senior team reporting to the Executive Director/CEO, he works with the Council in designing and implementing AGU's scientific agenda and work plan.  Williams was the principal investigator and lead organizer for a 2016 workshop funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled, "Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond." Williams was a member of the 2017-2018 National Academies' Committee on Impact of Sexual Harassment in Academic Science, Engineering and Medicine. Prior to joining AGU, he served as a senior program officer at the National Academies of Sciences and as a global research and development director at the Dow Chemical Company.

Blair Schneider is an Associate Researcher and Science Outreach Manager for the Kansas Geological Survey. She is a Past-President of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) and the 2019-2020 chair of the Women's Network Committee for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). She has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Geophysics from the University of Kansas, and completed a postdoc in STEM Education at the University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence.

Meredith Hastings is a Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences and the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society at Brown University. Her research interests span air quality, atmospheric chemistry, acid deposition and biogeochemistry, supported by a range of programs at NSF and NOAA. Hastings co-founded and currently serves as President of the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN;, whose mission is to build community, provide informal mentoring and support, and facilitate professional development opportunities in an effort to diversify the geosciences. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, AGU's Atmospheric Science Ascent Award and was named one of Insight into Diversity's 100 Most Inspiring Women in STEM.

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry and Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced. She is a NSF CAREER awardee, past PI and co-PI of NSF grants that supported participation of women and underrepresented minorities in research and outreach. She has received the Geological Society of America's Bromery Award and is a member of the inaugural class of the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's New Voices in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Rebecca Barnes is on the ESWN Leadership Council and an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Program at Colorado College. Barnes has contributed to and facilitated professional development skills' workshops for early career scientists on university campuses and at professional society meetings. She is currently co-PI on a NSF-funded, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education project to improve the recruitment and persistence of women in the geosciences.

Allison Mattheis is an Associate Professor of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education at California State Univ., Los Angeles. She is a lead researcher of the national Queer in STEM project. She has experience designing and implementing professional development programs on curriculum improvement. She teaches in programs to prepare teachers, K-12 leaders, and higher education professionals as social justice advocates in diverse learning spaces and conducts Safe Zone trainings.

Vicki Magley is Professor of Psychology at University of Connecticut and past President of Society for Occupational Health Psychology. She is an expert on sexual harassment, workplace incivilities and climate, and occupational health, gender and stress and served on the National Academy of Sciences Sexual Harassment Working Group.

Project Students:

Sunita Nandihalli completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison.

Haley Burkhardt is a Masters student in Biological Anthropology at UW-Madison.

Megan Murphy received her B.S. in Biology and Dance from UW-Madison. Megan was past Chair of STIXA UW Madison, the student Title IX advisory committee.

Lauren Zeeck graduated with an M.S. from Colorado School of Mines in Economic Geology.

Evaluation and web team:

Christine Pribbenow (Internal Evaluator) is Senior Scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison and Director of the LEAD Center (Learning through Evaluation, Adaptation, and Dissemination), whose mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by evaluating the effectiveness of educational innovations, policies, and practices in higher education. Pribbenow has extensive experience in the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of faculty training about departmental climate on gender and racial bias.

Christine Fabian Bell (Internal Evaluator) is an Assistant Researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison with expertise in evaluation research for grants and programs related to higher education. Her evaluation experience involves community education programs, NSF funded scholarships, undergraduate research experiences, first-year student engagement activities, and women in STEM.

Julie Maertens (External Evaluator) is the Senior Evaluator at the Colorado State University STEM Center. She has 10 years of experience during which she has conducted several large-scale, multi-site youth and family program evaluations in conjunction with the State of Colorado, and she also regularly works with researchers in- and outside of Colorado to implement STEM education and outreach evaluations.

Sean Fox and Mitchell Bender-Awalt at the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College are developing, implementing and hosting our project website for dissemination and sustainability. SERC provides a resource for educational programs across the United States providing professional development, dissemination, and web services.


A supplementary grant is funding expansion of our work into the ecological and biological sciences.

Richard Primack is Professor of Biology at Boston University. He is the author of two textbooks in conservation biology, the former Editor in Chief of the journal Biological Conservation and former President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. He is an author of a series of articles published in BioScience on improvements over time in the challenges faced by women ecologists.

Pamela Templer is Professor of Biology at Boston University and Vice President of Education and Human Affairs at the Ecological Society of America (elected position 2018-2021) and Co-Chair of the Scientific Coordinating Committee for Hubbard Brook, a LTER site.


Aara'L Yarber is a Ph.D. student in meteorology at Penn State and the 2017 UCAR Next Generation Diversity & Inclusion Fellow.

Anita Marshall is an instructor at the University of South Florida where she received her PhD in Geoscience Education. She serves on the board of the non-profit International Association for Geoscience Diversity (, where she collaborates on the design and execution of accessible field trips and serves as a mentor and advocate for geoscience students with disabilities.

Anne Kelly is Director of the Yosemite Field Station, the U.C. Merced Natural Reserve System.

Dave Mogk is a leading expert in developing teaching material for geoethics, the responsible conduct of research and professionalism.

The National Association for Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) educational review team will advise on web-based module and review content for incorporation into Teach the Earth and NAGT's leader training program.

Anne Egger is Associate Prof. of Geological Sciences and Science Education at Central Washington Univ. She is currently President of NAGT, where she also chairs the professional development planning committee, has led faculty workshops, and developed the review process for project sites for Teach the Earth. She is senior editor of Visionlearning, which creates freely available, online teaching resources that highlight the process of science, including research ethics.

Aisha Morris is Director of the Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students and Education Specialist, UNAVCO, Inc. and NAGT Executive Committee Member. She has a PhD in Geology and Geophysics and served on the Advisory Committee of the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office Outreach, Diversity, and Education Committee. Morris is also on the ESWN Leadership Board.

Jennifer Wenner is Prof. of Geology at UW-Oshkosh and NAGT Executive Committee Member. She served as co-PI on two NSF CCLI grants and has worked with SERC on several educational programs, including leading workshops for faculty on teaching quantitative skills.

Advisory Board:

Christopher Atchison is Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati with a focus on Geoscience Education and Executive Director of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity, an organization charged with advocating for students and geoscientists with disabilities, while promoting an accessible pathway into the geoscience workforce through the development of innovative and inclusive research opportunities and instructional strategies.

Carolyn Brinkworth is Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Univ. Corporation for Atmospheric Research. She holds a PhD in Astrophysics and a MA in Education. Brinkworth is the recipient of 4 NSF grants to increase diversity in the geosciences and helped organize the Inclusive Astronomy 2015 meeting that developed groundbreaking recommendations for increasing diversity, equity and inclusion.

Mary Anne Holmes, Prof. of Practice (emeritus), Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, led UNL's ADVANCE program, and was past NSF ADVANCE program director and coauthor of Women in the Geosciences: Practical, Positive Practices Toward Parity(2015). Holmes is Co-PI on the ICER award funding the SH workshop and serves on AGU's Ethics Task Force.

Lauren Hasselbacher, Campus Title IX Coordinator at UW-Madison. Hasselbacher worked as a senior investigator at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she investigated allegations of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct and also worked as a legal advocate for domestic abuse victims.

David Mogk, former Dept. Head of Earth Sciences, Montana State Univ, was co-PI of the NSF-funded Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future Center in the Geosciences and the On the Cutting Edge Faculty Development Program. Mogk is a leading expert in developing ethics teaching material in the geosciences and currently serves on AGU's Ethics Task Force.

Luis Piñero is Assistant Vice Provost for Workforce Equity and Diversity and Title IX Coordinator at UW-Madison. Piñero has developed curricula on AA/EEO/Diversity for administrators and faculty and contributed expertise to: e.g., Committee on Minority Faculty and Academic Staff; Committee on Women in the University; Sexual Harassment Policy Committee.

Jennifer Sheridan is Executive and Research Director of WISELI, a nationally-recognized research center at UW-Madison for educating faculty about implicit bias in academia and holds a Ph.D. in sociology. Sheridan has led STEM faculty work climate surveys at UW-Madison and overseen a team designing and delivering >100 faculty workshops at UW and >40 campuses or groups of campuses.

Lisa White is Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs at the Univ. of California Museum of Paleontology. Formerly, she was Prof. of Geosciences and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State Univ. White coordinated the U.S. Geological Survey Minority Participation in the Earth Sciences Program and chaired the Geological Society of America Committee on Minorities and Women.

Christine Williams, Professor of Sociology and the Elsie and Stanley E. (Skinny) Adams, Sr. Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts, Univ. of Texas at Austin, is an expert on gender, race, and class inequality in the workplace. Williams conducted one of the first studies of SH in the geoscience workforce. She was a panelist in AGU's 2015 Town Hall and the September 2016 AGU SH workshop.

Kathrin Zippel, Professor of Sociology, Northeastern Univ., is an expert on gender politics and author of The Politics of Sexual Harassment: A Comparative Study of the United States, the European Union and Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Zippel was co-PI of Northeastern's NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award.