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Dr. Janet Vail, Associate Research Scientist

106 Lake Michigan Center
740 West Shoreline Drive Muskegon, MI 49441 (616) 331-3048 vailj@gvsu.edu

AWRI / Teaching Activities:

  • Serves as the AWRI liaison for K-12 environmental education activities especially as they relate to GVSU research and the education vessels, the W. G. Jackson and the D. J. Angus
  • Coordinates K-12 outreach activities, teacher workshops, conferences and other events, the GLOBE partnership, and Michigan Project WET
  • Maintains the AWRI presence in the network of professional business and educational organizations regarding environmental issues, including cooperative efforts with these contacts
  • Serves as the State of Michigan Coordinator for Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
  • GLOBE Trainer and GVSU GLOBE Partner Coordinator
  • Lead Writer: Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Air Quality Unit
  • Contributing Writer: MEECS Climate Change Unit
  • Environmental Education Facilitator (Project Learning Tree, Project WET, Population Connection, Earth Partnership for Schools, MEECS - Water Quality, Air Quality, Ecosystems)
  • GVSU Integrated Science Faculty
  • GVSU Environmental Studies Minor Faculty

Expertise:

  • Science education with a specialization in environmental education
  • Teacher professional development facilitator
  • Curriculum development
  • Citizen monitoring programs for E. coli bacteria and ozone

General Information:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Ph.D. in Science Education (Environmental Education), Western Michigan University Dissertation topic: Fecal coliform bacteria as a water quality indicator
  • M.A. in Science Education, Western Michigan University
  • Legal Assistant Certificate, (with honor), University of California, Santa Cruz
  • M.A. in Biology (Ecology), University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.S. in Biology (Botany), (with Class Honors), University of Michigan
  • Teaching Certification: Michigan Permanent Secondary Credential, California Life Secondary and Elementary Credentials
  • Co-Chair U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lake Michigan Forum.
  • Chair, Lake Michigan: State of the Lake Conference '99, '01, and '03
  • Chair, West Michigan Clean Air Coalition
  • Member: Air & Waste Management Association West Michigan Chapter, Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education, National Marine Educators Association, Great Lakes Association of Science Ships, Michigan Botanical Club, Michigan Science Teachers Association, Muskegon County Environmental Coordinating Council, Groundswell Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) Advisory Council, West Michigan GLSI Advisory Council