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Environmental Graduate Programs Faculty

Dr. Terri Woodburn, Ph.D.
Director and Assistant Teaching Professor, Environmental Assessment Programs

Terri Woodburn has taught at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus since 2015, with previous adjunct or graduate teaching positions at Park University, University of Kansas and Northwest Missouri State University. Courses taught range from physical geography, meteorology, geomorphology and remote sensing to current courses in soil science, wetland delineation, fluvial geomorphology and water resource sustainability, among others. Her professional experience includes positions with the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) and Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Her publications with KGS include co-authored surficial geologic maps in several counties across Kansas. Previous professional experience and field research experience in fluvial and soil geomorphology has provided a foundation for her current course offerings that include experiential learning. Her current research focus is in soil health and soil carbon sequestration.

 

Dr. Marcia Schulmeister, Ph.D., P.G., F. GSA
Director and Teaching Professor, Environmental Geology Programs

Marcia Schulmeister is also a faculty member in the KU Geology Department and has taught and conducted research in applied hydrogeology and geochemistry for over 30 years at universities in the U.S., China, Thailand and Germany. Her professional experience includes employment at the Kansas Geological Survey, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Illinois State Water Survey, where her work focused on the characterization, modeling and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, associate editor for Groundwater, and has served as an officer or member of the Geological Society of America, Kanas Water Resource Institute, Association for Women Geoscientists and other professional boards.

 

Dr. Ben Wolfe, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Teaching Professor

Ben Wolfe is a faculty member in the Environmental Studies program and also serves as an associate dean for the KU Edwards Campus. He has taught geoscience related courses for over 20 years and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental conservation, energy and air quality. He received his B.S. in geology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, M.S. in geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. His research interests focus on geoscience education and field-based education. Prior, he worked professionally as a project geologist supporting environmental site assessments, site investigations, emergency responses, groundwater studies and soil studies for federal and state government agencies and private clients.

 

Dr. Mark Jakubauskas, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Innovation and Teaching Professor

Mark Jakubauskas earned his B.A. in physical geography at the State University of New York at Geneseo, his M.A. in physical geography at Indiana State University, and his Ph.D. in geography at the University of Kansas. His teaching and research interests include remote sensing, Bathymetric mapping, sediment thickness estimation and type classification, and submerged aquatic vegetation surveys.

 

Industry Professionals who Contribute to our Programs

Ms. Jane Kloeckber, J.D.
Lecturer

Jane Kloeckner is an adjunct faculty at Edwards Campus. She is employed at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she has received EPA’s highest honors. Jane has 35 years of experience in environmental protection involving hazardous waste cleanups, environmental justice, tribal law and climate change. Jane has 14 years of teaching experience and teaches courses in the PSM and Indigenous Studies programs. Jane is an interdisciplinary professional and servant leader. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, University of Missouri Science & Technology, J.D. from St. Louis University, and Masters LLM Urban Law, UM, Kansas City.

Dr. John Fleeger, Ph.D.
Lecturer

John Fleeger has served as professor of biological sciences at Louisiana State University where he is currently emeritus professor. His research has focused on environmental effects on invertebrates, most recently exploring the resiliency of wetland communities following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Carolina.

 

Mr. Rick Leines, R.E.M., C.E.S.C.O.
Lecturer

Rick Leines has spent his career in the environmental, health and safety (EHS) industry serving clients with managing a wide variety of EHS projects at industrial, commercial, state and federal facilities throughout the United States. His career has focused on regulatory compliance, site and employee exposure assessments, real estate due diligence, remediation activities (petroleum and PCB CERCLIS sites), training and program development for the protection of employees and the environment.

 

Mr. Christopher Muehlberger, J.D.
Lecturer

Chris Muehlberger is an attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working mainly in Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act enforcement. Prior to law school, Chris worked for JPMorgan as a retirement education and communication consultant. He also taught junior high school American history and government. He received his master's in public administration and Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Chris is married to Katie and has two boys, Mac and Charlie. When he is not working or rearing children, Chris likes to ride his bicycle, watch movies and live music, and eat pizza.

 

Mr. Clark Rein
Lecturer

Clark Rein has more than 20 years of environmental consulting experience. He has owned his own company and led numerous projects for government and private sector clients, preparing Phase I and II ESAs, investigating hazardous waste sites and conducing emergency spill response. Additionally, he has served under contract as the EPA Region 7 brownfields coordinator managing Brownfield Targeted Assessments (BTAs) and developed the USEPA's methodologies for performing Phase I and II BTAs. Later, Clark managed the Military Munitions Response Program for unexploded ordnance, white phosphorous and heavy metal cleanup on U.S. Air Force bombing ranges. Currently, he designs remediation wetlands for contaminated waterbodies and solves complex problems for renewable energy, pipeline and transmission line projects.

 

Mr. Scott Schulte
Lecturer 

Scott Schulte has more than 27 years of experience in the environmental field with a focus on the revitalization of natural and human communities and the built environment. He earned a Master of Urban Planning with an environmental and land use planning emphasis from KU in 2002. He is a senior environmental planner and natural resource discipline leader for Vireo, a community planning, landscape architecture, natural resource management and public engagement consulting firm that serves private and public sector clients in the Midwestern U.S. Scott also serves on the board and was the founding president of the Heartland Conservation Alliance (HCA), a not-for-profit alliance and urban land trust that helps regional organizations conserve land for natural and community benefits. Through HCA’s Conservation and Policy Work Groups, Scott is working with academic and not-for-profit partners and agencies to develop watershed scenario models, watershed “report cards”, conservation programs and public policy recommendations.

 

Ms. Shane Strope, M.S., P.G.
Lecturer

Shane is an environmental consultant and hydrogeologist with 10 years of industry experience. Shane is a licensed Professional Geologist in Missouri and Kansas. She acquired her associates degree in geology from Illinois Central Community College. Shane then transferred and achieved a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Master of Science in Hydrogeology from Illinois State University. Shane supervises and conducts all aspects of environmental site assessments (ESAs) including; Phase I/Phase II ESAs, soil logging and sampling, groundwater monitoring, site characterization, qualitative tier 1 risk-assessments, vapor intrusion evaluations, plume stability evaluations and petroleum underground storage tank (UST) removals. Shane works with federal and state agencies, oil and gas companies, land developers, environmental lawyers and financial intuitions with the goal of achieving property cleanup criteria acquiring regulatory closure.