Episode 5 with Dr. Mark Chandler and Mary Walls
Mark Chandler, Ph.D.
Director of Research Initiatives, Earthwatch
Mark is a prominent conservation biologist with over 25 years of experience conducting field research globally, and is responsible for oversight of research program development for Earthwatch’s Sustainable Cities Initiative. He received his doctorate from McGill University studying the evolution of host–parasite communities in tropical frog communities. Mark’s interests are the development of community science programs that enhance human health and livelihoods as well as the environment.
Mary Borobia Walls
Director and Founder, Action Driven Inquiry
Mary has been an educator for more than sixteen years and has taught on both the east and west coasts and is also Co-Chair for the EEC (Environmental Education Collaborative) Board. She is an avid promoter of inquiry based learning, PBL, IB, NGSS, STEM, STEAM, Environmental Literacy, maker mindsets, collaborative processes, creative & inclusive school culture, and action-driven inquiry. She has coached and conducted trainings & workshops all over California for schools, school districts, expanded learning programs, and non-formal programs. She is currently working with schools and districts in California's Inland Empire. Join her on Twitter @marybwalls
Air Quality Programs
Earthwatch is working across multiple cities and countries with schools and community groups to monitor air pollution with low-cost sensors and develop action plans to mitigate the impact of poor air quality on the surrounding area.
Ozone and Air Temperature
With funding from NASA, Earthwatch has worked alongside community members, scientists, and local organizations to assess how local air temperature and ozone changes at the neighborhood and household level in Southern California to help inform how best to adapt to dangerous levels of pollution and severe heat.