Sarah Fortner

Geology, Environmental Science, Geology/ESCI, Geology/Environmental Science, Geology, Environmental Science

Wittenberg University

I am an Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Science at Wittenberg University. My mission is to research and promote earth resource sustainability. My students work with community experts on issues of food security, soil sustainability, environmental pollution, & water health. Research interests include: glacier and watershed biogeochemistry and sustainability collaboration in the curriculum.  My expertise also includes helping faculty and programs move sustainability forward through partnering. Recent leadership roles include: the National Academies Workshop Service Learning in the Undergraduate Geosciences, the Council on Undergraduate Research Innovation & Collaboration Committee, the NAGT Traveling Workshop Building Strong Programs, and Wittenberg's InTeGrate Sustainability Implementation Effort.  Our implementation effort grew sustainability from 8 to 15 programs, built first year seminar sustainability curriculum, and identified assessments for community projects in the curriculum and internships supported by the Hagen Center for Civic and Urban Engagement. I also serve as a curriculum advisor to the Juneau Icefield Research Program and Polar Ice.

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Course Modules (7)

A Growing Concern: Sustaining Soil Resources through Local Decision Making part of A Growing Concern
Continued agricultural productivity and the ability to feed the earth's growing population hinges on understanding how to manage soil resources. This module addresses this need by providing students the ...

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Unit 4: Using SoilWebTMto Investigate the Soil Beneath You part of A Growing Concern
Students will use SoilWeb™, a smartphone and web application that pulls detailed soil survey data from both the 1:24,0000 Soil Survey Geographic database (SSURGO) and the 1:250,000 scale State Soil Geographic ...

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Unit 5: Predicting the Effects of Climate Change on Soil Loss part of A Growing Concern
Students will investigate how the factors that influence erosion work together to produce an overall erosion rate. In agricultural areas, these factors are rainfall-runoff erosivity, soil erodibility, slope ...

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Unit 6: Creating an Agricultural "Fact Sheet" part of A Growing Concern
For a given region, students will use what they have learned about the interdisciplinary problem of soil sustainability to make recommendations for agricultural practices in response to potential changes in ...

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Unit 2: Soil Characteristics and Their Relationship to Land Use Practices part of A Growing Concern
In a hands-on exploration, students will learn to describe and quantify the porosity and permeability of soil models representative of both agricultural and natural environments. Students will use this information ...

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Unit 3: Natural and Agricultural Erosion Rates part of A Growing Concern
Students will identify their perceptions of erosion by examining images of mountain and agricultural landscapes and discussing which environment is more erosive. They will use geospatial figures to compare erosion ...

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Unit 1: Impacts of Land Use part of A Growing Concern
In this introductory unit, students will learn about the fundamental role of observation by viewing photographs of both agricultural and non-agricultural (natural) landscapes and making independent observations. ...

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Unit 4: Using SoilWebTMto Investigate the Soil Beneath You part of A Growing Concern
Students will use SoilWeb™, a smartphone and web application that pulls detailed soil survey data from both the 1:24,0000 Soil Survey Geographic database (SSURGO) and the 1:250,000 scale State Soil Geographic ...

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Unit 5: Predicting the Effects of Climate Change on Soil Loss part of A Growing Concern
Students will investigate how the factors that influence erosion work together to produce an overall erosion rate. In agricultural areas, these factors are rainfall-runoff erosivity, soil erodibility, slope ...

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Unit 2: Soil Characteristics and Their Relationship to Land Use Practices part of A Growing Concern
In a hands-on exploration, students will learn to describe and quantify the porosity and permeability of soil models representative of both agricultural and natural environments. Students will use this information ...

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Unit 3: Natural and Agricultural Erosion Rates part of A Growing Concern
Students will identify their perceptions of erosion by examining images of mountain and agricultural landscapes and discussing which environment is more erosive. They will use geospatial figures to compare erosion ...

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Unit 1: Impacts of Land Use part of A Growing Concern
In this introductory unit, students will learn about the fundamental role of observation by viewing photographs of both agricultural and non-agricultural (natural) landscapes and making independent observations. ...

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Natural Hazards & Climate Change Risks part of Service Learning:Activities
Students characterize how climate change impacts natural hazards and pose research-based solutions to the county Emergency Management Agency. Presentations require the use of local data, created figures, and ...

Course (1)

Global Climate Change part of Service Learning:Courses
Consequences of global climate change already include: increased drought, heat waves, flood intensity, glacial retreat, and sea level rise. Solutions are needed to reduce human impact on our climate system and to ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Building a Strong Collaborative Team: Factors for Success part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The sustainability of humanity is dependent on managing geologic resources including: water, soil, and mineral resources. The InTeGrate Project addresses this through building earth literacy for undergraduates and ...

Other Contributions (3)

Our Students: Earth Advocates part of NAGT:Professional Development:Serving Our Communities:Blog Posts
In class, my students work with community experts to explore soil and water quality. They analyze the impacts of human activities on the surface of the earth. This includes exploring soil nutrients and contaminants ...

The Role of Societal Issues in your Course or Program part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Mini Workshops:Societal Issues
Building courses and programs around societal issues equips students to face earth resource challenges into the future. Linkages around societal issues can unify departments, stakeholders, and institutions, and ...

How to Incorporate Service Learning in your Course and Curriculum part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Afternoon Mini Workshops
Service learning provides students with opportunities to directly meet the needs of their community. For students, this reinforces the relevance of the geosciences and their personal role in community problem ...

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