Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: New Orleans & Louisiana Gulf Coast Faculty
Ecology, Culture, and Sustainable Development for High School Students
Robin Rose, Senior Associate Dean of Continuing Education has served Brown University for over 30 years, as a therapist, as the chief student affairs officer and as the founder and director of the Leadership Institute and the Brown Environmental Leadership Labs. She also founded and directed the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program, a nationally recognized outdoor leadership program. Dean Rose has a national reputation as expert on leadership development programs for youth and experiential education. She currently supervises all summer programs within Continuing Education. She is passionate about environmental issues, gardening, snorkeling and learning from and with young people.
Lauren Watka graduated from Brown University with a Master's in Environmental Studies in 2012 and continues to explore the natural, and specifically marine, world at every opportunity. She received a B.S. in biology and has conducted research at Brown University, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Dartmouth College in subjects from micro- and molecular biology to ecology. In addition to research, Lauren has worked as a fisheries scientist on a few New Bedford commercial fishing boats and as an educator with the New England Aquarium in Boston. Now back at Brown, as a Program Manager, she enjoys the opportunity to learn alongside seasoned environmental education veterans and students new to the field. As a Providence resident, Lauren supports local food and fishery initiatives, bikes as a means of transportation, and serves with her church in the city.
Kevin Currey has been involved with the Leadership Institute since it began in 2002, when he was a student at the very first BELL program. He has since spent four summers as an instructor at BELL: Rhode Island. Kevin has also served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, managed conservation programs for a nonprofit in southern Kenya, and performed fieldwork in arctic Alaska. He holds a master's in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BA in environmental studies from Yale College. Originally from southern California, he now lives and works in New York.
Richard Campanella, Geographer and Senior Professor of Practice at Tulane School of Architecture, is the author of six critically acclaimed books on the physical and human geography of New Orleans, as well as numerous journal articles and studies on New Orleans, historical geography, GIS, and remote sensing. The only two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities “Book of the Year” Award, Campanella has also received the Williams Prize for Louisiana History, the Mortar Board Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, and the Monroe Fellowship from Tulane’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. For more information, please visit RichCampanella.com
Morgan Crutcher is the Technical and Policy Analyst for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), where she provides staff with accurate and reliable scientific, technical, and policy information for the purpose of establishing CRCL’s advocacy positions. Her broad range of previous work includes lobbying D.C. congressional staff for passage of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for Ducks Unlimited, building nutria captivity pens in a flotant marsh for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Louisiana, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to analyze changes in wetland vegetation in relation to Great Lake levels for the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Michigan, interviewing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailer residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a Columbia University study on the health needs of this population, and fenceline monitoring of an oil refinery in St. Bernard Parish for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. She has also volunteered in both West Africa and Central America. Morgan has a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Loyola University, New Orleans and a master’s in natural resource policy from the School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan.
Jayce G is a science teacher at Arlington High School in Arlington, MA, where he teaches elective courses in Astronomy and Oceanography to seniors and juniors and Physical Science to freshman. He holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from Eckerd College (2008) and is currently working towards a Master in Environmental Sustainability at the Harvard University Extension School. Jayce has also spent a great deal of time on non-classroom education. Prior to his years at Arlington High, he worked at Project Oceanology in Groton, CT, leading marine science programs about the estuary of Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River Watershed, and human impacts on the two. He also spent summer 2012 as an instructor with BELL Rhode Island and is an instructor for the Spring BELL program in New Orleans. For summer 2014, Jayce will be joining the BELL Rhode Island instructional staff once again. Jayce currently lives in Arlington and spends his free time working on his various aquariums or watching any Boston sports team play.