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Women in Scientific & Environmental Professions Speaker Series

Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, on “Nutrient cycling, storm water runoff, and communicating science to the public”

March 1, 2022, 3:30 pm ET, via Zoom.


Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson is an Associate Dean and Carolina Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on understanding the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and how they are influenced by both natural and anthropogenic processes. She is highly regarded for her cross-disciplinary research, her scientific and policy expertise, and as a passionate teacher and mentor. She has authored or co-authored over 120 articles, and her work has been continuously supported by substantial, multi-year research and educational grants. Her many honors include an Early Career Award in Oceanography from the American Geophysical Union (AGU); Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Sustaining Fellow of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

Dr. Benetiz-Nelson is active in many efforts to increase diversity in the sciences, including through her role as Associate Dean, where she has direct oversight over five units and a field lab, working with Chairs and Directors on faculty recruitment, retention and promotion; graduate student support and new student recruitment. "Science Moms" is a diverse collective of climate scientists, all mothers, working to demystify climate science, accessibly and honestly breaking down misconceptions about the causes of climate change and what can be done about it.

Dr. Benitez-Nelson earned a B.S. in chemistry and oceanography from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Program.

Presented by: ESF Women's Caucus

ESF Women in STEM Fields, Alumnae Career Panel

March 23, 2022, 7:00 pm ET, via Zoom.


Panelists include:

  • Gina Agolia-Hale '04'

    Chemistry, Senior Director of Operations and Safety, Tufts Medical Center

    Gina graduated from SUNY ESF in the spring of 2004 with a BS in Chemistry. From there she began her career in chemical waste management and laboratory safety working in NYC, Boston, Seattle, and Portland, OR. She now is the Director of Environmental Health & Safety, BioMedical Engineering and Planning, Design, and Construction at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.

  • Christina Chan '10

    Environmental Science, Owner & Farmer, Choy Division Forester, US Forest Service

    Christina is the owner and farmer of Choy Division, a 1-acre diversified east Asian vegetable and herb farm that uses regenerative agricultural methods. For her, farming is about more than putting seeds in the ground, it is about the cultivation of the community and the earth around you. She believes that fresh, locally grown food is a right, not a privilege, and strives to make her produce accessible to all communities. Christina was previously Urban Farmer/Educator at Randall’s Island Urban Farm.

  • Kelley Corbine '15/'17

    Natural Resources Management, Forester, US Forest Service

    Kelley Corbine has been a forester on the Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky for five years. In her time with the Forest, Corbine has been a part of district efforts to implement forest management treatments to improve the resistance and resilience of forests. Corbine is also actively involved in wildland firefighting. Corbine recently received the Kentucky-Tennessee Society of American Foresters (KTSAF) “Outstanding Member Service Award” in recognition of her service to both the organization and the public in the field of forestry.

  • Keelin Gangwish '19

    Paper Engineering, Pulp and Power Front Line Leader, Sylvamo

    Currently the Pulp and Power Front Line Leader at Sylvamo (foreman/floor manager for the pulp mill, power house, recaust, woodyard, water treatment, and waste water treatment areas). Previously served at International Paper as Pulp & Power Front Line Leader and REACH Engineer (process engineer in power and pulp departments. Focused on cost savings and process improvements).

The panel is a collaboration of the Alumni Association, Career Services, ESF Women's Caucus and Admissions.



Presented by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The ESF Women's Caucus, with the assistance of other offices and programs at ESF and Syracuse University.

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