Russanne Low

Senior Earth Scientist for Education and Public Outreach

Rusty Low, a national leader in geoscience education, joined the IGES team in 2009. As the Higher Education Working Group Lead for the NASA Earth Science Education and Public Outreach Forum, Dr. Low’s work focuses on geosciences education and outreach. She is currently engaged in several climate change research and education projects on the African continent and in the United States.

Prior to joining IGES, Dr. Low held leadership roles in several national and international Earth science education initiatives, including serving as Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) between 2004-2006, and as the GLOBE Program’s International Coordinator for Africa and the Near East between 2007-2008 at the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR). In addition, she has more than 15 years of experience developing on-line educational resources, a role she assumed in 1999 as a faculty developer with IGES’ Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA).

Dr. Low earned a doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota in 2001, with a specialization in climate change, human impact, and anthropogenic landscapes during the Holocene. Rusty holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine, a MA from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and she conducted her doctoral research at Ludwig Maximilian Universitaet in Munich, Germany. Her professional affiliations include a faculty appointment at the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; an appointment on the education advisory board of the Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), as well memberships in several scientific societies.

 

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • 2015 Low, R. Read for the Earth at UNL: Example of an online, asynchronous, large lecture format course promoting climate change understanding sustainable practices in undergraduates. National Energy Education Summit, Washington, D.C., January.
  • Accepted   Opt, S. and Low, R. Dividing and Uniting through Naming: The Case of North Carolina’s Sea Level Rise Policy. 13th Biannual Conference on Communication and The Environment: Bridging Divides, Spaces of Scholarship and Practice in Environmental Communication. International Environmental Communication Association, Boulder, June.
  • Accepted Opt, S. and Low, R. Influencing Sea-Level Rise Policy: The Role of Informational Bias and Opinion Pieces in Regional Coverage of a Climate-Change Issue. Newspaper Research Journal. (Winter 2015). 
  • 2014 Low, R. Introduction. In Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change.  NY: Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Land is Life, p. 8-9. http://landislife.org/news/2014/12/20/land-is-life-published-books
  • 2014 Low, R. Introducción. In Módula De Eduacación Sobre: La Defensa de los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas Cambio Climático. NY: Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Land is Life, p. 8-9.  http://landislife.org/news/2014/12/20/land-is-life-published-books
  • 2014  Low, R. (ed.) Advocacy for Indgenous Peoples’ Rights and Climate Change. Guidebook for Workshop Facilitators. NY: Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Land is Life, 121 p. http://landislife.org/news/2014/12/20/land-is-life-published-books
  • 2014 Low, R. (ed.) Defensa de los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas El Cambio Climático: Guía para los Facilitadores del Taller. NY: Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Land is Life, 121 p. http://landislife.org/news/2014/12/20/land-is-life-published-books 
  • 2014 Low, R. (ed.) Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change.  NY: Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Land is Life, 126 p. http://landislife.org/news/2014/12/20/land-is-life-published-books
  • 2014 Low, R, (ed.) Módula De Eduacación Sobre: La Defensa de los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas Cambio Climático. NY: Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Land is Life, 126 p. http://landislife.org/news/2014/12/20/land-is-life-published-books
  •   2014  Low, R. Clue into Climate.  iTunesU course, KQED-CA.
  • 2014 Low, R., Boger, R., and Mandryk, C. Connecting Spatial Literacy and Climate Literacy Using a Place-Based GIS Approach in a Collaborative Online Setting. AGU, San Francisco, December.  
  • 2014  Low, R.  Climate Change Education Initiatives. Report to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House, November.
  • 2014 Metlay, S., and Low R. EarthEd2YC: NASA-NAGT Earth Education Resources for Two-Year College Faculty. Geological Society of America, Vancouver, November.
  • 2014 Boger, R., Low, R. and Adams, J. Spatial Analysis, Social Media and Sense of Place.  Beyond Science literacy, Students as Agents of Change.  Geological Society of America, Vancouver, November.
  • 2014 Low, R. Community-Based Climate Resiliency: Connecting Hearts and Minds to Climate Change Issues Using a Place-Based Approach. Communities Confronting Climate Impacts: A Pivotal Role for Community Foundations, preconference workshop. (Invited Speaker and Panelist). Fall Conference for Community Foundations, October.
  • 2014 Lawton, B. and Low, R  Using Authentic Science in the Classroom: NASA’s Coordinated Efforts to Enhance STEM Education. Annual Meeting, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, August.
  • 2014  Gross, N., Buxner, S. Schultz, G., and Low, R.  Promoting Diversity in Higher Education: What Works? Annual Meeting, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, August.
  • 2014 Low, R. and Metlay, S. EarthEd2YC: NASA NAGT Earth Education E/PO for Two Year College Faculty. NASA Science Mission Directorate Earth Forum, Annual Meeting, Greenbelt, June.
  • 2014 Low, R. What works for the Earth Sciences?  Higher Education Diversity Initiatives in Earth and Space Science. NASA Science Mission Directorate Earth Forum, Annual Meeting, Greenbelt, June.
  • 2014 Low R., Nolan, T., Cartwright, R., Roberts, J., Ziegler, D. Gifted Students are Underserved Too: Serving Students with all Abilities. NASA Science Mission Directorate Earth Forum, Annual Meeting, Greenbelt, June.
  • 2014 Low, R.  Earth Right Now: Remotely Sensing our Planet. Spring Science Workshop, College of Lake County, IL, May.
  • 2014 Low, R., Gosselin, D., Haney, C., Schwerin, T., Myers, R., and Boger, R. Lessons from a Decade of Experiments in Multiple Modalities of Teaching and Learning. University of Nebraska Online Worldwide Symposium, Lincoln, May.
  • 2014 Low, R. and Morrison, D.  Stories and Suggestions from the Field: Working with Rural and Hispanic/Latino Audiences. (Presentation and Panel Discussion with D. Gonzalez and C. Galindo) Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, March.
  • 2013 Low, R. and Soeffing, C. Eds. Best Practices in Educator Professional Development: Literature Review.  NASA Education and Public Outreach Forums.  43p.  Download available http://smdepo.org/6464. 
  • 2013 Low, R., Mandryk, C., Gosselin, D., and Haney, C. Beyond Knowledge: Service Learning and Local Climate Change Research Engaging Behavior Change. Ed31E. Climate Literacy Beyond the Comfort Zone- New Approaches to Climate Change in Higher Education. Virutal Simulcast, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December. 
  • 2013 Boger, R., Low, R., Mandryk, C. and Gorokovich, Y. Spatial and Climate Literacy: Connecting Urban and Rural Students. ED33C. Climate Lieracy: Imapacts, Evidence, and Best Practices from Research and Evaluation. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December.
  • 2013 Gross, N., Buxner, S., Cobabe-Ammann, E., Franknoi, A., Moldwin, M., Peticolas, L., Low, R., and Schultz, G. Incorporating Space Science Content into the Undergraduate Curriculum by the NASA Education Forums’ Higher Education Working Group.  ED52A  Tools, Resources and Lessons Learned for Scientists Engaging in Education and Public Outreach III.
  • 2013 Gross, N., Buxner, S., Cobabe-Amman, E., Franknoi, A., Moldwin, M., Peticolas, L., Low, R., and Schultz, G. Incorporating Space Science Content Into the Undergraduate Curriculum by 
  • the NASA Education Forums’ Higher Education Working Group. GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 45, No. 7. Geological Society of America, Denver, October.
  • 2013 Gosselin, D., Low, R., Haney, C., and Mandryk, C.  Lab Earth: The foundation for an integrated graduate level online Science for Educators Masters Program. GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 45, No. 7. Geological Society of America, Denver, October.
  • 2013 Low, R., Cobabe-Ammann, E.,  Schultz, G. and Gross, Nicholas.  It takes a community: the critical role of 2YR faculty in Earth and Space science workforce preparation. GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 45, No. 7. GSA, Denver, October.
  • 2013 Low, R.,  Gosselin, D., Haney, C., and Mandryk, C. Inspiring Community Engagement:  The Role of Local Climate Change Research and Service Learning. GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 45, No. 7. Geological Society of America, Denver, October.  Geological Society of America, Denver, October.
  • 2013 Mandryk, C., Boger, R., Low, R. and Gorokhovich, Y. Connecting Spatial and Climate Literacy in Evaluating Student Learning of Climate Science. GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 45, No. 7.Geological Society of America, Denver, October.
  • 2013 Mandryk, C., Low, R. and Martin, A.  Extreme Evaluation: Beyond Pre-Post Content Knowledge Assessments to Put Evaluation to Work for You. Proceedings, Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Ensuring STEM Literacy. July 20-24, San Jose.
  • 2013 Low, R., Cobabe-Ammann, E. and Schultz, G.  What we need:  Community Discussion of the 2012 NASA EPO Forum Survey of 2YR College STEM Teaching. Proceedings, Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Ensuring STEM Literacy. July 20-24, San Jose.
  • 2013 Low, R. Designing Engaging and Effective On-Line Learning Environments for your College STEM courses (workshop).  Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Ensuring STEM Literacy. July 20-24, San Jose.
  • 2013 Low, R., Cobabe-Ammann, E. and Schultz, G. Higher Education Working Group, NASA Science Mission Directorate Education and Public Outreach Forum, Survey of Community College STEM Faculty, Report to NASA SMD, February. Download available at smdepo.org/post/6489. 
  • 2013 K-12 Working Group, NASA Science Mission Directorate Education and Public Outreach Forums (inc. R. Low) Survey on Teacher Professional Development. Download available at http://smdepo.org/post/5655.
  • 2013 NASA Science Mission Directorate education and Public Outreach Forums (incl. R. Low) Best Practices Webinar Guide. Download available at http://smdepo.org/post/6470.
  • 2012 Low, R.  Educating and Communicating about the Changing Planet: Activities of the NASA Earth EPO Forum. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Annual Meeting.
  • 2012 Walker, C., Low, R., Zepeda, O. and Valdez, S. The Science of Storytelling:  Indigenous Perspective in Environmental change.  Proceedings, Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
  • 2012 Low, R. and Tenenbaum, L. (Illustrator).  Introduction to Earth’s Changing Climate. http://climate.nasa.gov/education/pbs_modules/lesson1Overview.
  • 2012 Low, R. and Tenenbaum, L. (Illustrator). Impacts of a Warming Arctic. http://climate.nasa.gov/education/pbs_modules/lesson2Overview.
  • 2012 Low, R., Gosselin, D., Haney, C, Larson-Miller, C., Mandryk, C., and Bonnstetter, R.  Laboratory Earth Under the Lens: Diachronic Evaluation of an Integrated Graduate-Level On-line Earth System Science Course of Study.  Abstract presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.
  • 2012 Boger, Rebecca, Low, R. and Gorokovich, Y.  Climate Literacy: Higher Education Efforts in Climate Change Education.  Abstract presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.
  • 2012 Mandryk, C. and Low, R. Climate Change: Global and Local Discourses. American Anthropological Association, November 15, San Francisco.
  • 2012 Mandryk, C. and Low, R. Cross-cultural communication and cultural surprises: Unexpected issues and outcomes in a climate and sustainability education project for Latino K-5 Students. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, August, Phoenix.
  • 2012 Low, R. and Gosselin, D. Development of an Educator-Climatologist Learning Community (ECLC) using Web 2.0 and On- Line, Process-Oriented Climate Change Research and Educational Experiences & Global Climate Change Literacy for Educators: Using On-line Professional Development to Integrate Content and Pedagogy.  TriAgency (NSF/NASA/NOAA PI Meeting, Arlington April 17-20.
  • 2012 Low, R. and others. NASA Innovations in Climate Education:  Facilitating Broader Engagement with NASA’s Higher Education Initiatives. American Indian Higher Education Conference, Rapid City, SD. March 25-27.
  • 2012 Low, R. and Gosselin, T.  Promoting Natural Resources Education in K-12 Classrooms:  Developing Active Professional Learning Communities for Science Educators On-Line. Undergraduate Education in Natural Resources Biennial Conference, Ft. Collins, CO, March 22-24.
  • 2012 Low, R. and Schwerin, T.  Get Involved!  Emerging opportunities for 2-year institutions and faculty through NASA’s EPO Forum.  Innovations 2012, Philadelphia, PA, March 4-6.
  • 2011 Low, R., Gosselin, D. Oglesby, R., Larson-Miller, C., Thomas, J., and Malawagedara, R., Integrating Scientific Content with Context to Connect Educators with the Complexities and Consequences of Climate Change” (Control ID 1207566) AGU Fall Meeting San Francisco.
  • 2011 Low, R. Global Climate Change Educational Modules for K-12 Teachers. Stem Education Resource Center: Professional Development, PBS Teachers. http://www.pbs.org/teachers/stem/professionaldevelopment/
  • 2011 Boger, B., Low, R. and Gorokovich, Y. Global Climate Change, Food Security, and Local Sustainability: Ways to Increase Climate Literacy in Urban Students through University Collaborations. AGU Fall Meeting San Francisco.
  • 2011 Low, R., Tenenbaum, L.F., and Schwerin, T.  Creating a Buzz in the Classroom:  Proven Techniques for Integrating NASA Earth Science Visualizations, Multimedia and Interactives into Two-Year College Classrooms.  Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Minneapolis.
  • 2011 Low, R. and Kluger-Bell, B.  Inquiry in the Climate Change Classroom.  Center for Latin American Science and Arts,  (CLACE/OpEPABoulder, September. Workshop.
  • 2011 Low, R., Mandryk, C., and Maurin, P. Global AND Local:  Activity-based Explorations Connecting Global Climate Change Processes to Changes in Students’ Own Communities. Educator Workshop at the Astronomy Society of the Pacific National Conference. August 1, 2010, Baltimore.
  • 2011 Steffen, P., Moravchik, B., Low, R., Evidence-Based Science – Climate in the Classroom. Educator Workshop at the Astronomy Society of the Pacific National Conference. August 1, 2010, Baltimore.
  • 2011 Mandryk, C. and Low, R. Identifying Sources of Climate Change Misconceptions and Crafting Non-Ambiguous Climate Change Messages in Materials Developed for E/PO Audiences. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Meeting, Baltimore, July.
  • 2011 Low, R., Gosselin, D., Woudenberg, D., Larson-Miller, C. Bonnstetter, R., and Thomas, J. Global Climate Change Literacy for Educators: Using On-line Professional Development to Integrate Content and Pedagogy.  Triagency Climate Change Education Meeting, Fairfax, VA, Feb 28-March 2.
  • 2011 Gosselin, D. Low, R., Oglesby, R., Larson-Miller, C., Bonnstetter, R., Mawalagedara, R., and Thomas, J. Development of an Educator-Climatologist Learning Community using Web 2.0 and On-line Process-Oriented Climate Change Research and Educational Experiences. .  Triagency Climate Change Education Meeting, Fairfax, VA, Feb 28-March 2.
  • 2011 Low, R.  Teaching the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy in Middle and High School. National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, February 3.
  • 2010 Low, R., Gosselin, D., Oglesby, R., Bonnstetter, R. and Larson-Miller, C. Climate Change Research Network: The Educator Scientist Learning and Research Community. NASA IGCCE On-Line Workshop, Invited Presenter, Dec 3 & Dec 6.
  • 2010 Low, R., Gosselin, D., Oglesby, R., Bonnstetter, R. and Larson-Miller, C. Supporting Student Climate Research: The Educator-Scientist Learning and Research Community. Workshop to Define Student Collaborative Climate Research (invited particpant) November 17-19, NOAA, Silver Spring, MD. 
  • 2010 Low, R., CoBabe-Ammann, E., and Schultz, G.  The NASA Science Mission Directorate Education Forum Working Group on Higher Education: Building and Supporting a Network that Targets the Next Generation STEM Workforce. NSF Earth System Science Education Alliance Workshop, Ithaca, August.
  • 2010 CoBabe-Ammann, E., Low, R., and Schultz, G.  The NASA Science Mission Directorate Education Forum Working Group on Higher Education: Building and Supporting a Network that Targets the Next Generation STEM Workforce. Astronomical Society of the Pacific/Geological Society of America Joint Conference, Boulder, July 30.
  • 2010 Low, R. Soeffling, C., and Schwerin, T.  NASA Climate Resources for formal and informal education.  Astronomical Society of the Pacific/Geological Society of America Joint Conference, Boulder, July 30.
  • 2010 (panelist) The challenge of communicating and teaching climate science in a climate of confusion and controversy. Ed Maibach, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason U., Heidi Cullen, Climate Central, Gavin Schmidt, NASA GISS, Russanne Low, UNL. Moderator: Nancy Colleton, IGES.  NASA Earth Science E/PO Retreat, Airlie Center, Warrenton, May.
  • 2010 Low, R. (convener) Meeting the Needs of Latino Students- Expert Panel Presentation.  NASA Science Mission Directorate Earth Education and Public Outreach Forum Retreat, Airlie Center, Warrenton, May
  • 2010 Woudenberg, D.; D. C. Gosselin, R. J. Bonnstetter, C. S. Larson-Miller, and R. Low. Global climate change literacy for educators: Using on-line professional development to integrate content and pedagogy; American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 17-21.