EERC Leadership Team

Programmatic leadership and guidance are provided by:

Santiago Lopez portraitFaculty Director, Dr. Santiago Lopez

Dr. Lopez broadly studies the physical and human dimensions of global change with a particular focus on intersections between climate and human land use change. Much of this work emphasizes the dynamic intersections of changes in land use, how they occur, and their implications for ecosystem processes and services, and human welfare. Dr. Lopez uses a variety of geospatial tools in his research and geographic information science approaches. His teaching emphasizes active learning and outdoor applications that lead students through problem solving challenges. Email:


UW Bothell EERC Faculty Oversight Committee

The Faculty Oversight Committee operates like a non-profit Board of Directors, providing oversight and decision making on fiscal, personnel, and programmatic matters. The Leadership Team members and the chair of the Community Advisory Board are ex officio members of the Faculty Oversight Committee.

avery shinneman portraitDr. Avery Shinneman

Dr. Shinneman studies recent and long-term changes in the environment arising from shifts in climate and land use, with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystems. She teaches environmental science courses that focus on how the process of scientific investigation leads to improved understandings of earth systems and processes. Dr. Shinneman is passionate about outdoor, hands-on experiential learning and the messy process of discovery. Email:


carrie tzou portraitDr. Carrie Tzou

Dr. Tzou studies the design of science and environmental science learning programs with an emphasis on issues of place, power, culture, agency, and identity in the context of sociocultural theories of learning. She uses the results of her investigations and educational theory to design nationally-recognized outdoor environmental curricula, such as “Learning In Places”. She teaches broadly across science education fields in regard to both teaching and assessment practice. Email:



david stokes portraitDr. David Stokes

Dr. Stokes has studied a broad array of topics in ecology and conservation biology including ecology and conservation of penguins, land-use planning and biodiversity conservation, conservation of endangered salamander populations, and human perception and attitudes about biodiversity and nature. For the last 8 years he has conducted field research at St. Edward State Park and other local urban green spaces, investigating invasive species population dynamics and spread and wildlife diversity and habitat use. He is committed to providing research experiences to diverse students and leads UWB faculty and student engagement in the EERC at St. Edward State Park. Email:


jeff jensen portraitDr. Jeff Jensen

Dr. Jensen studies the ecology, physiology, evolution, and conservation of fish. Recently he has focused investigations on the distribution, history and restoration of kokanee salmon in the Lake Washington watershed. Dr. Jensen is an active regional leader in engaging community organizations and volunteers in citizen science efforts to monitor local fish populations. His teaching strives to instill fascination and reveal the practical value of ecological and evolutionary knowledge for human communities and endeavors. Email:


melanie malone portraitDr. Melanie Malone

Dr. Malone studies the degradation and contamination of soil, particularly through an environmental justice and critical physical geography lens. She has studied contaminants in soils of rural agricultural systems and in urban gardens used by marginalized populations. Dr. Malone’s teaching emphasizes hands-on practice in the field with geospatial and soils techniques as well as intersections of policy, science, environmental justice, and collaborative community science. Email:


susan carlson portraitSusan Carlson, ex-officio member on community partnerships

Susan has worked in environmental and sustainability education (ESE) for over three decades at national, state, and local levels.  Much of her work has entailed building capacity for the field through ESE program, nonprofit, and community partnership development, as well as national and statewide network building.  Susan is principally interested in establishing K-16 educational pathways leading to college degree programs and careers in environmental fields while expanding access and persistence among diverse students.  Susan has been a catalyst for the EERC’s development from the beginning and looks forward to supporting the EERC’s community and K-12-16 programming into the future.



EERC Staff

EERC Program Manager, Lily Cason – Email: 

Other support staff

  • Program Administrator, Kellie Holden
    Kellie is the Program Administrator for the UW Bothell Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal in addition to serving as the EERC’s Program Administrator. Email:
  • Interim Marketing and Program Director, Sarah Verlinde (phasing out of position in July)
    Sarah helps manage the website and marketing communications for EERC while the organization grows. Sarah works full-time for the Office of Sponsored Research and specializes in supporting developing research clusters and research centers at the University of Washington Bothell. Email:


EERC Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is under development and planned to be appointed and commence work by June 2021. The CAB will provide a strong link between the community and the EERC staff and faculty.



Warren Gold portraitEERC Assistant Faculty Director: Dr. Warren Gold

Dr. Gold is enjoying his well-deserved retirement as of June 15, 2021. We thank him for his service as EERC Assistant Faculty Director in the early stages of the project. Any questions for projects Dr. Gold was involved with can be forwarded to Dr. Santiago Lopez at



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