Rusty Low

Rusty Low

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Title Natural Resources Online Educator
Address 7373 Olde Stage Road
Boulder CO
Phone 303-442-1196
Cell 720-839-2351
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Contact Preference

e-mail or cell phone

Office Hours

M-Th by appt

Trained as a Holocene paleoecologist, I have a strong interest in the human dimensions of global change, past and present. My portfolio of experience is balanced between research and teaching experience in university settings and directing science education and outreach efforts on regional, national and international scales. I bring to the classroom research and teaching experiences from Europe, SW Asia, Africa, and North America, a strong sense of equity, respect for diversity, and a passion for the environmental and Earth system sciences. I see on-line learning as an important modality to build data-driven science understanding to the widest audience of learners, including our nation's rural students and educators, and have been involved in on-line educational resource development and teaching since 1999.

Internationally, work has been directed at identifying climate change impacts facing indigenous communities, and supporting their right to self determination in a warming global climate, through research and education at local scales. I have just completed a project with the Cordilleran People's Alliance, and am starting another project with Amazonian forest agriculturists. Last summer, I was invited guest faculty on the Barbuda Research Complex, CUNY Ecodynamics Research Center, where the local community is engaged in a revitalization of local agriculture and active ecosystem management to mitigate the consequences of sea level rise. UNL graduate students in the MAS, Science Educator Concentration participated in a GIS and Sustainability Field School in Barbuda in summer 2014.

Nationally, I continue to serve as the Higher Education Workgroup Lead for Earth System Science for NASA's Science Mission Directorate Education and Public Outreach Forum (2009-Current) and in this capacity have contributed to the development and delivery of several national programs and projects, including the NASA Wavelength Digital Library, on-line training of Park Rangers and Naturalists for the Earth to Sky program, the Earth System Science Education Alliance program (ESSEA) and GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation Benefiting the Environment.

Educational Background

  • BA - University of Maine, Anthropology (1978)
  • MS - University of Alberta, Anthropology and Quaternary Studies (1991)
  • PhD - University of Minnesota, Anthropology and Quaternary Paleoecology (2001)

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Affiliations (index)

Professional Organizations

  • NASA Earth Forum
    • Higher Education Workgroup
    • Workgroup Lead, Earth Sci 2009-Current

Other Areas of Interest

develop online Earth systems science courses, conduct research on teaching and learning of distance-delivered Earth Systems Science

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Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Global Climate Change, International Food
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Rusty Low
Ending Date 3/1/2014
Funding Level $91,857.00
Funding Source Brooklyn College

Grant Title Global Climate Change Education
Starting Date 1/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Dave Gosselin
Rusty Low
Bonnstetter, Ronald
Robert Oglesby
Ending Date 12/31/2013
Funding Level $349,973.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Grant Title Enhanced NASA Resources for Educators: Supporting Professional Development
Starting Date 9/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Cindy Larson-Miller
Rusty Low
Dave Gosselin
Ending Date 3/31/2011
Funding Level $9,800.00
Funding Source University of Nebraksa-Omaha/National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

Courses Taught in the Current Semester
Course Number Course Title Day Time Cross Listing
NRES 104 Climate in Crisis Online Online n/a
NRES 220 Principles of Ecology Online Online BIOS/NRES 220
NRES 898 Special Topics - Geospatial Technology Online Online n/a
Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 104 Climate in Crisis X X n/a
NRES 220 Principles of Ecology X X BIOS/NRES 220
NRES 498 Special Topics: Earth and Geospatial Technology Applications X None
NRES 809 Laboratory Earth: Earth and Its Systems X X
NRES 830 Laboratory Earth: Climate Research Applications X X n/a
NRES 832 Laboratory Earth: Human Dimensions of Climate Change n/a