Headwaters Team

Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, MA, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of English, and Faculty Affiliate, The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Dr. Druschke uses her training in rhetoric to study the human dimensions of natural resources management. She takes a mixed-methods, place-based approach to ongoing research into watershed-based conservation outreach and public engagement with a variety of aquatic restoration projects. Druschke has presented internationally on her work, published in communication and conservation journals, and received fellowships from the US Environmental Protection Agency and AAUW and funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Park Service. Her interdisciplinary work began with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies and a fellowship in the NSF-IGERT program in Landscape, Ecological and Anthropogenic Processes at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

RemillardWithBriefsJamie Remillard, MFA, PhD
Ph.D. 2017, Rhetoric and Composition specialization, University of Rhode Island
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Worcester State University
Research Assistant, National Park Service

Jamie Remillard completed a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, with a dissertation that investigates the uses of play in National Park Service interpretive programs and connects those lessons to the writing and composition classroom. Remillard came to University of Rhode Island with a MFA from Emerson College and worked for many years as a journalist. As part of our post-Hurricane Sandy-funded NPS project, she is writing resource briefs and profiles and creating photo stories that highlight NPS programs. You can read a number of Remillard’s profiles here.

Lundberg_BrownTroutEmma Lundberg, MA
Ph.D. Student, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Rhode Island
Graduate Research Assistant, The Future of Dams

Emma Lundberg is a Ph.D. student in the Biological and Environmental Sciences program at URI. She has a background in environmental science with a master’s degree in social science and uses her interdisciplinary background to approach questions of human dimensions of natural resources. As a research assistant on The Future of Dams Project—a 4-year NSF EPSCoR-funded interdisciplinary research collaboration spanning New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine—Emma focuses on examining the multifaceted relationships that communities have with dams (and their potential removal), hydropower, and migratory fish. To understand these relationships, Emma employs Q methodology, which is a method and interactive tool used to examine conflict and human subjectivity. She also brings questions of environmental and social justice concerns to the table by utilizing an intersectional feminist epistemology.

Erin with OspreyErin Harrington, MA, MS
Ph.D. Student, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Rhode Island
Graduate Research Assistant, SciWrite@URI

Erin Harrington is a Ph.D. student studying Biological and Environmental Sciences at URI.  She has a master’s degree in English as well as a master’s degree in Wildlife Science, and is using her interdisciplinary background to assist with curriculum development and assessment on the NSF-funded SciWrite@URI project. The ultimate goal of her dissertation is to investigate the symbiotic, mutualistic relationship between rhetoric and ecology in order to create more effective strategies for citizen science engagement, science communication assessment, and adaptive curriculum management.

VanderWerff_HeadshotJon C. Vander Werff
Graduate Student, Master of Environmental Science Management (MESM), University of Rhode Island
Research Assistant, The Future of Dams

Jon is an avid outdoorsman who received his Bachelor’s of Technology in Wildlife Management and a concentration in Fisheries from the State University of New York at Cobleskill. While studying for his undergraduate degree his research included a biodiversity assessment of native fish in the Amazon River and immediate tributaries. He is currently a Master’s candidate in the Master of Environmental Science program at the University of Rhode Island. During his time at URI Jon is studying Watershed Management and is interested in stream restoration, dam removal and fish passage. For the past three field seasons Jon has been employed as a Professional Fly Fishing Guide in the greater Yellowstone and Grand Teton area in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. This position furthered a strong passion for native fish conservation and presently influences his studies.

Preler_HeadshotValerie Preler
Graduate Student, Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM), University of Rhode Island
Research Assistant, The Future of Dams

Valerie has a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Rhode Island and has worked for over twenty years in social services. Currently, she is a graduate student in URI’s Master of Environmental Science and Management program studying wetlands, watersheds, and ecosystem science and pursuing certificates in Hydrology and GIS and Remote Sensing.  She is very interested in the human dimension of environmental conservation and, in the future, hopes to combine her past experience in mental health services with her current studies to integrate the community into environmental restoration projects.

Weinberg_HeadshotDavid Weinberg
Undergraduate Student, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Undergraduate Research Scholar, Dam Controversies in Wisconsin

David Weinberg is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. David has strong interests in both environmental studies and journalism, and uses his interdisciplinary interests to approach the political, social, and natural impacts of environmental projects. Specifically, David has focused on issues surrounding dam removal in Wisconsin – particularly the La Farge and Estabrook Dams. In his future career, David aims to highlight his passion for environmental issues.

Lab alums:

Jenna Morton-Aiken, MA, PhD JMA headshot
Ph.D. 2017, Rhetoric and Composition specialization, University of Rhode Island
Assistant Professor, Humanities Department, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Research Assistant, SciWrite@URI

Jenna Morton-Aiken completed a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition.  She teaches WRT 104: Writing to Inform and Explain, and WRT 227: Business Communication. She is interested in pedagogy, composition in digital archives, and Writing Across the Curriculum programs.  She worked in business before returning to academia, and completed a Masters in Creative Writing prior to joining the PhD program at URI. Morton-Aiken is assisting with curriculum and assessment on the NSF-funded SciWrite@URI.