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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Russanne "Rusty" Low is an Earth system scientist on the faculty of the School of Natural Resources at UNL. She is especially interested in learning about how the climate and landscapes have changed over time, and how societies have both played a role in environmental change and have responded to changes through responses in their behavior.

Low is a national leader who has been involved in many federally funded global climate change and Earth system science educational initiatives. Before joining SNR, she was the international coordinator for Africa and the Near East for the GLOBE Program. Previously, she served as director of Strategic Partnerships for the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE). She was the first director of Science CentrUM, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she worked directly with the faculty and deans of the education and science colleges to develop programs to meet the annual professional development and certification needs of Minnesota's hundreds of science teachers.

Currently, she is Co-PI of the NASA Earth Science Education and Outreach Forum, whose team is guiding development of a nation-wide web-based communication and professional development network, linking scientists working on NASA projects with education and public outreach professionals.

She was a National Science Foundation fellow in the Paleo-records of Global Change program at the University of Minnesota, and received her Ph.D. in 2001.

Low has more than 15 years of experience teaching undergraduates and pre-service teachers, including three years as instructor in the Twin Cities-based Urban Teacher Program, through Minnesota State University, Mankato, and nine years on the environmental science faculty at the University of Maryland, Europe. She is especially skilled at building science excitement and understanding in diverse and non-traditional students and teachers through exploration of global climate change issues.

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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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 498 Special Topics in Natural Resources: Earth and Geospatial Technology Applications Online Online NRES 498/898
NRES 830 Laboratory Earth: Climate Research Applications online online n/a
NRES 898 Special Topics in Natural Resources: Earth and Geospatial Technology Applications ONLINE Online NRES 498/898
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 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 X n/a