|Karen Snetselaar - GeoKids LINKS PI
Dr. Karen Snetselaar grew up on a farm in Iowa. She had a variety of jobs, including working as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service, before completing her PhD at the University of Georgia. Her doctoral research at UGA involved using microscopic techniques to study fungi that cause disease on plants. Since coming to Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia her teaching and research have involved plant biology and/or microscopy in some way. She teaches courses that involve learning to identify plants and learning about the importance of plants to humans at the college level. She has also taught a variety of adult education courses with a similar focus. Her research involves studying a fungus that causes disease on corn plants. She has had many collaborators in these studies, including middle school students, elementary school teachers, and SJU graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Snetselaar taught the first Service-Learning course in science at SJU, and she is committed to continuing development of meaningful outreach opportunities for science students.
|Caitlin Fritz – GeoKids LINKS Program Manager
A graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a B.S. in Environmental Science, Caitlin has a diverse background of experiences working with nonprofits on youth, health, and environmental issues. After graduating from SJU in 2006, Caitlin continued her education, obtaining a M.A in Community Development and Planning at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. While in Massachusetts she worked as a community organizer and was instrumental in establishing an urban gardening program at a local middle school. She has also previously conducted education programs for both the Philadelphia Zoo and the Wildlife Center of Virginia, and spent two years writing grants for nonprofit organizations.
For a complete list of the faculty involved in the GeoKids LINKS program please visit the SJU Biology Website.