Dr. Janet Vail
Research Scientist Emerita

106 Lake Michigan Center
740 West Shoreline Drive
Muskegon, MI 49441
(616) 331-3749
[email protected]

AWRI / Teaching Activities:

  • Retired lead of K-12 education and outreach programs of AWRI
  • Serves as the State of Michigan Co-Coordinator for Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
  • GLOBE Trainer and GVSU GLOBE Partner Coordinator, GLOBE U.S. Partner Forum representative
  • 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 Education, Earth Partnership for Schools, MEECS - Water Quality, Air Quality, Climate, Ecosystems)
  • GVSU Environmental and Sustainability Studies Faculty


  • 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
  • Past Co-Chair U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lake Michigan Forum.
  • Chair, Lake Michigan: State of the Lake Conference '99, '01, and '03; Project WET 2017 Coordinators Conference
  • Past Chair and Vice Chair, West Michigan Clean Air Coalition
  • Member: Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education, Great Lakes Association of Science Ships, Michigan Botanical Club, Michigan Science Teachers Association, National Science Teachers Association, Muskegon County Environmental Coordinating Council, Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership, Groundswell Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) Advisory Council, West Michigan GLSI Advisory Council, GVSU Environmental and Sustainability Studies Advisory Board, GVSU Regional Math & Science Center Advisory Board, Cranbrook Institute of Science Freshwater Forum Advisory Committee, West Michigan Clean Air Coalition (Chair)

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