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Faculty and Staff

Melinda Neville


Melinda Neville

Science Instructor
(218) 335-4232

Office Hours: T, TH: 1-4PM
W, F: 12-2PM
And by appointment.

Spring Semester Office Hours:
MWF 10-2

I joined the LLTC STEM Department in May 2016, excited to start the new Earth System Science Degree program. My background is in Geochemistry- or the study of how air, water, and land interact chemically. I focused on long-range atmospheric pollutants like acid rain and mercury for my graduate research, and since have studied climate change, microplastics, and land use change, with a particular focus on what these things mean for water quality in Northern Minnesota.

M.S., Ecology & Environmental Sciences, University of Maine, 2006
B.S., Environmental Science, Southwest MN State University, 2003
ABD, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, University of ME

Earth System Science Program Director, Leech Lake Tribal College (2016-present).
Adjunct Professor, Bemidji State University (2014 - 2016)
Project Manager, Nice Ride Minnesota (2014-2016).
Geoinformatics Researcher, University of Maine (2009-2014).
Research Assistant, University of Maine. (2003-2009)

Mentor for NSF IGERT Trainees, University of Maine (2009-2011)
Teaching Assistant, University of Maine (2006-2008)
Supplemental Instructor, Southwest Minnesota State University (2001-2003)

American Geophysical Union Member (2018)
Geoscience Alliance Member (2017)
Instructor and advocate with the League of American Cyclists (2014)
Scientific Assessment Contributor, National Park Service (2011)
Invited Researcher to Geolittomer, University of Nantes, France (2009)
Conference Chair, Maine Water Conference (2011)
Certificate in Sensor Science Engineering (2009)
NSF Fellow in the National Science Foundation IGERT program (2007-2009)

Board of Directors, Harmony Foods Co-op (2018)
Treasurer, Vice Chair, Headwaters Science Center Board of Directors (2013-present)
Loop the Lake Festival Steering Committee (2014-2017)
Judge for local and regional science fairs (2004- present)
Field Volunteer for projects such as EPA's Regional Long Term Monitoring, High Elevation Lake Monitoring, Atlantic Salmon Commission, and mercury sampling in Acadia National Park. (2003-2012)
Volunteer for Maine’s Children’s Water Festival (2006-2011)

Research & Experience :
Water Resources- Biogeochemical, climatic, and hydrologic modeling, water quality monitoring, and nonpoint pollution fate and transport
Geoinformatics- Integrating geochemical and environmental data, and technology to promote data dissemination and support interdisciplinary research
Land Use- Sustainable natural resource management, effects of resource extraction, forestry, and development on environmental resources

Beard, K. and Neville, M. 2014. A Place and Event Based Context Model for Environmental Monitoring. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Context-Awareness in Geographic Information Services (CAGIS 2014).
Neville, M. 2011. Chapter: Air Quality Effects on Ecosystem Health, in Scientific Assessment of Yellowstone National Park Winter Use. National Park Service. 187p.
Banaitis, M., Waldrip-Dail, H., Diehl, M., Holmes, B., Hunt, J., Lynch, R. and Ohno, T. 2006. Investigating sorption-driven dissolved organic matter fractionation by multi-dimensional fluorescence spectroscopy and PARAFAC. Colloid and Interface Science 304: 271-276.
Diehl, M. 2006. Using stream chemistry to evaluate experimental acidification and natural recovery in the paired catchments at the Bear Brook Watershed in Maine (1989-2003). MS thesis. University of Maine, Orono ME.

Neville, M. 2018 Introducing Earth System Science at Leech Lake Tribal College: Student Research Initiatives and Indigenous Perspectives. American Geophysical Union. Washington, DC.
Dalbotten, D., Neville, M., Cloud, A., Castillo, V., Eagle, C., Miller, G., Mooers, H., and Breckenridge, R. 2018. Azhegiiwe Bagwajaya’ii (S/he Returns to Nature)—Implementing Earth Systems Science at Leech Lake Tribal College. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN.
Neville, M. 2018. Earth Systems Science & Tribal Resource Sustainability. 5th Annual American Indian College Fund Faculty Research Convening. Denver, CO.
Neville, M. 2017. How the Earth Science Major at LLTC Supports Sustainability. Developing Future Leadership for Infrastructure, Environment, Sustainability, and Wellbeing. Humphry School for Public Affairs. Minneapolis, MN.
Neville, M. 2015. Nice Ride Bemidji: solutions to emissions and infrastructure. Climate Minnesota. Bemidji, MN.
Neville, M. and K. Beard. 2013. Biogeochemical Informatics for Reuse and Modeling of Legacy Mercury Data. 11th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Diehl, M. 2009. Spatial database analysis of mercury in Acadia National Park. Geological Society of America 44th Annual Meeting, Portland ME
Diehl, M. and Beard, K. 2009. Spatial analysis of atmospheric deposition and terrestrial accumulation of mercury within Acadia National Park, Maine USA. American Meteorological Society 90th Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Online, Outside, and in the Community: Making the Case for Science Education Relevance in Native American Communities (Proposal submitted) National Science Foundation.
Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (2018) American Indian College Fund.
Development of a network promoting the recruitment and retention of American Indians in the Geosciences with an emphasis on Tribal Resources (2016) NSF.
Building Sustainability Pathways (2017), AICF.
Bringing bikes to Bemidji (2014) George Neilson Foundation.
Water Resources Research Institute of Maine (2010, 2012).
NSF Fellowship (2007) Research in environmental informatics.

Courses Taught:
GEOL 110 Physical Geology
GEOL 210: Soils and Sediments of Leech Lake
ESS 220: Introduction to Atmospheric Science
ESS 240: Watershed Research Methods and the Leech Lake Area
BIO 204: Environmental Science
ENER 150: Renewable Energy
FOR 210: Freshwater Studies