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Learn more about our Summer Explorations Leaders here!

Lisa Pope, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environment and Sustainability, is an environmental educator and coordinator of the NC Environmental Education Certification Program at Catawba College. She teaches a wide variety of courses focusing on environmental leadership, outdoor design, program development, and communication. Lisa engages students of all ages in the exploration of environmental issues to enhance knowledge, build critical thinking skills and action to improve the environment. She is passionate about getting students outdoors to explore the great outdoors!

Dr. Sue Calcagni, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, is an environmental toxicologist, invertebrate ecologist, and physiologist. She received her Ph.D. from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, a Master of Science from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University – Dr. Calcagni is a huge advocate of both higher education and living lots of different places! Her professional work centers on teaching and mentoring undergraduates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines to help build the next generation of toxicologists, environmental professionals, and biologists.

Dr. Calcagni teaches a wide variety of science courses at Catawba, mentors student research, and directs the internship program for the Environment & Sustainability Department – a program designed to help students acquire experience working in the environmental sector. Beyond Catawba, Dr. Calcagni serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolinas Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (CSETAC), currently as their President, and has also served on the Boards of watershed organizations such as the Yadkin Riverkeeper in North Carolina and Soque River Watershed Association in Georgia. Dr. Calcagni enjoys traveling & exploring public lands, hiking, camping, macrophotography, and helping people identify the insects & spiders they encounter – so send her a photo of a cool bug if you’re stumped!

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