Melinda Neville - Faculty

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Melinda Neville

Biography: 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.

Degrees: 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 (in progress)

Research & Experience : RESEARCH INTERESTS 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

PUBLICATIONS 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.

SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS 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.

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