DIRECTOR: Dr. JULIE A. HAMBROOK BERKMAN

After completing her degrees in Botany (BGS, 1975) and Education (MED, 1976) from the University of New Hampshire, Julie worked with the Boston schools creating outdoor environmental education programs, before pursuing botanical research in South America.

Julie’s environmental research spans decades and ecosystems from tropical marine environmental impact studies along the coast of Venezuela (1978-82) to freshwater Arctic studies on Baffin Island (1987-88) and the Alaskan North Slope (1990). Her PhD from the U. Rhode Island in Biological Sciences (1989) on headwater streams added to her watershed perspective –conceptually connecting the mountains with the sea. She applied this perspective during her NSF post-doctoral fellowship in 1993 focused on ‘Integrating National Water-Quality Assessment Programs between Japan and the United States’ with Japan’s Science and Technology Agency Ministry in Tsukuba.

Her career working with the U.S. Geological Survey (1992-2008) focused broadly on aquatic biological responses to physical and chemical conditions related to land use in watersheds throughout the United States mid-west. Her special emphasis was on algae as water-quality indicators.

Julie enjoys engaging people in thinking about their environment at different scales: from local school children to national leaders in business and government. Over the years she’s designed and taught courses from the Cold Coast Course (Hurricane Island Outward Bound, Maine) to a capstone course at Ohio State University on Natural Sciences & the Arts; been President of the Ohio Lake Management Society; lead watershed groups; contributed to the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program; and graduated from the Woman’s Executive Leadership Program.

She is currently based in Cambridge UK with her husband Paul, while their daughters Kathryn and Anna are attending Universities in US and UK respectively.     (back to board of directors)