ESAT Faculty Bios

Christine Massey – Program Director

Christine Massey is a Researcher in the Geology Department at the University of Vermont and holds a BA and MS in Geology. She works at the Perkins Museum of Geology on grant-funded initiatives and facilitates science education for students and teachers in Vermont. Current projects include: 1) The Landscape Change Program where she helps coordinate a large historic photograph collection of Vermont landscapes, helps understand how students learn using images, and works with K-12 teachers to develop curriculum using images, 2) Directing the Governor’s Institute in Environmental Science and Technology for capable and motivated Vermont high school students, 3) Directing the Perkins Museum Environmental Science Day Camp for children in grades 1-7, and 4) Coordinating the creation of educational vignettes for a new textbook in Geomorphology.  Christine lives in Burlington, VT with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys cross-country skiing and baking pies.

Paul Bierman – Faculty

Paul Bierman is a professor of Geology at UVM where he engages people of all ages in the study of how Earth’s surface works.  For almost 20 years, he’s done research in Vermont and many other places around the world including far northern Canada, Greenland, central Australia, southern Africa, the Middle East, and the American southwest. His latest project uses historic imagery to document the impact of people on Vermont landscapes and the impact of landscape events on Vermont people and societies.  Paul earned his BA from Williams College in 1985 and his MS and PhD from the University of Washington, the latter in 1993.  He has been at UVM ever since, with appointments in Geology and the School of Natural Resources.  In 2005, Paul was awarded one of the National Science Foundation’s highest honors: the Director’s award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars.  This award now supports the Vermont Landscape Change Program, a digital archive of historic imagery.

Heidi Hales – Faculty

Heidi is an environmental analyst working for the Agency of Natural Resources in Air Pollution Control.  She has a Ph.D. in Soil Science from UVM where she studied nitrate deposition in high elevation forests.  Heidi received her BA in Biology (with a minor in Chemistry) and an MA in Conservation Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her interests include running, traveling and exploring the trails of Vermont.

Kristin Wolf — Faculty

Kristin recently completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University in Virginia where she studied wetland ecology and biogeochemistry. While in Virginia, Kristin worked in the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey and assisted with floodplain nutrient studies. Kristin received her MS in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and her BS in Biology from Penn State. She is currently an assistant professor at Champlain College and will be working in the Peruvian Amazon this summer on a bee-keeping project. Kristin enjoys cross-country skiing, road trips, and cooking (and eating).

Caitlin Littlefield—Assistant Faculty

Growing up in southern New England, Caitlin has been an aspiring Vermonter (a hopeless task, she realizes) for the past 8 years. She attended Middlebury College where she majored in Conservation Biology and Economics and helped craft the College’s proposal for carbon neutrality. She was an instructor at an environmental education center in the Swiss Alps before joining UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources where she investigated the impact of forest biomass fuel harvesting on northeastern forests. Recently graduated, she’s now working for a forester in Bristol, Vermont. When she’s not running around the woods measuring trees and logs, Caitlin can be found waitressing at Leunig’s Bistro on Church Street, baking pies, mountain biking, and skiing.

Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez–Assistant Faculty

Veronica grew up in Puerto Rico, where she got her B.S. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico. During her undergrad years she spent a semester in Spain and a summer in Burlington. In 2010, she moved to Vermont to pursue her master’s in Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Sciences. She will start her Doctorate degree in Natural Resources at UVM’s Rubenstein School in the fall of 2012. Her research centers on erosion rates in tropical climates and human-impacted surfaces processes. Veronica began working with GIV last summer, learned so much from the students, and had an amazing time. She is looking forward to another great GIV experience!

Eric Davis–Assistant Faculty

Eric grew up in Massachusetts but fell in love with Vermont during his undergraduate years earning a B.S. in Environmental Science at UVM. He is currently wrapping up his M.S. at UVM in Aquatic Ecology. His thesis research focused on mercury contamination in the primary breeding habitat for amphibians: vernal pool ecosystems. In his time between degree programs, Eric worked on grants and cooperative agreements that focused on stream ecosystems with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and National Park Service. In addition to his interest in natural science, Eric is also interested in the intersection of public policy, business, and the environment; to this end he has earned a graduate certificate in ecological economics and a professional certificate in sustainable business practices. In his leisure time, Eric can often be found hiking with his dog, gardening, or traveling.

Kirk Jones — Assistant Faculty

Kirk is completing a Master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UVM with a certificate in Ecological Design.  He is currently researching the intersection of Vermont stream water quality, geomorphology, habitat, and land use with the VT-EPSCoR Streams Project.  After receiving a BS in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell, Kirk became interested in the natural environment and interned as a forest ranger in Wyoming and a park ranger in Olympic National Park.  Upon moving to Vermont, he helped start a biodiesel plant in Winooski and then taught math and science at the North American Hockey Academy where he initiated the Environmental Science program.  Yearning to help in the developing world, Kirk lived in Guatemala for two years, teaching, building constructed wetlands, and coordinating a basin-wide water monitoring program.

Mickey Krug – Lifeguard/Media Technician

Mickey is an Athletic Training major in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UVM. He also runs on UVM’s Track and Field Team where he competes in both heptathlon and decathlon. Mickey lives in Essex, Vermont and works as a lifeguard at Sandhill Pool and as a counselor at Dunkley’s Gymnastics Camp. He is a certified Lifeguard with first aid, AED and CPR training. In his free time he loves to hike, spend time on Lake Champlain, play golf, ski, and hang out with friends and family.