Brent directs education initiatives with the Center for Science of Information collaborating with nine universities and funded by the National Science Foundation as the first Science & Technology Center in Indiana.
He previously directed education and outreach activities with Purdue University's Center for the Environment and Ecological Sciences & Engineering Graduate Program at Discovery Park from 2007-2010. He was also responsible for coordinating the annual environmental entrepreneurship competition at Purdue.
From 1999-2007, Brent conducted water quality projects and served as an Extension contact for water quality programming and education. His past projects included chairing the inaugural Indiana Rivers Rally conference, co-developing and coordinating the Indiana Watershed Leadership Program, Theme Coordinator for the Great Lakes Regional Nutrients & Water Quality Team, Extension contact for drinking water and farm environmental assessments, as well as managing Purdue water quality web sites and the Extension Water Quality Common Interest Group.
Brent was raised on a small
farm within the "prairie peninsula"
of Benton and Warren counties of Indiana. He is a certificate holder in Permaculture
Design with interests in renewable local food production, and mimicing natural systems. Reflecting these interests, Brent is currently developing a community service outreach project known as Ecoliteracy for Life. He resides with his wonderful wife and three children in rural Tippecanoe County near the great Wabash River.
Recent Professional Positions
Education Director, Center for Science of Information, National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center, based at Purdue University (October 2010 - current)
Learning & Engagement Coordinator, Ecological Sciences & Engineering Interdisciplinary Program and Center for the Environment at Discovery Park, Purdue University (February 2007 - October 2010)
Water Quality Specialist, Department of & Biological Engineering, Purdue University (2001-2007)
Environmental Assessment Coordinator, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University (1999-2001)
Teaching and Outreach Experience
Center for Science of Information, Purdue University-NSF, 2010 - current
Assisted with development of new course, Introduction to the Science of Information (HONR 399)
Center for the Environment, Purdue University 2007 - 2010
Taught graduate course, Foundations of Sustainability: Ecological Concepts and Applications (AGRY 598)
co-organized Permaculture Training at Purdue, and instructor for soil health session.
Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy, hybrid course for professionals, Purdue University, 2005 – 2007.
Stream ecology and assessment undergraduate labs, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, Purdue University, 2000 – 2006.
Watersheds and water quality, outreach to individuals and communities, Purdue University Extension, 1999 – 2007.
Working lands environmental assessments and outreach, Purdue University Extension, 1999 – 2004.
Broussard, S.R., Ladd, B.T., Frankenberger, J.R.. Washington-Ottombre, C., and Haley, A. 2006. Indiana Watershed Groups: Exploring Activities, Characteristics, Barriers, Information Use, and Training Needs. Statewide survey report, 45 pgs. Purdue University.
Ladd, B.T. and J.R. Frankenberger. 2004. On-Farm Soil Monitoring for Water Resource
Protection, WQ-43. 12 pgs, Purdue Extension.
Ladd, B.T. and J.R. Frankenberger. 2004. Field Assessment for Water Resource Protection, WQ-42. 24 pgs, Purdue Extension.
Ladd, B.T. and J.R. Frankenberger. 2003. Management of Ponds, Wetlands, and Other Water Reservoirs to Minimize Mosquitoes, WQ-41-W. 8 pgs, Purdue Extension.
Ladd, B.T. and J.R. Frankenberger. 2001. Livestock Confinement Assessment for Water Resource Protection. WQ-40. 12 pgs, Purdue Extension.
1) Ecological Sciences & Engineering Symposium
Helped direct planning of this now annual event that brings together researchers, students, staff, and area citizens to focus on ecological and sustainable living topics, while presenting the latest environmental research and education going on at Purdue. http://www.purdue.edu/dp/ese/index.php
Organized the first permaculture course at Purdue University summer 2009, while helping to bridge people, expertise, and resources at Purdue, in the local community, and the Midwest. http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/environment/education/permaculture.php
3) Indiana Rivers Rally
Co-chaired this inaugural event with Rivers Institute of Hanover College and led twenty five other organizations and agencies in planning the event. Rivers Rally brought together for the first time the larger water audience in Indiana including academicians, grassroots organizations, conservation professionals, citizen volunteers, and recreational enthusiasts.
4) Indiana Watershed Leadership Program
Managed and assisted in the development of a leadership program geared toward community watershed planners and managers. Developed and delivered education materials both in workshops and over the web. http://www.purdue.edu/watersheds
5) Environmental and Socials Indicators Project. http://www.purdue.edu/indicators
Worked with faculty to gather data on public knowledge and attitudes about water quality and watershed management. This data has been instrumental in developing social indicators of adoption of best management practices for watershed management.
6) Water quality Extension programming
Developed water quality information and educational web sites for non-academic audiences as part of the Purdue Extension Water Quality Program.(http://www.ces.purdue.edu/waterquality) and the Safe Water for the Future Program. (http://www.ecn.purdue.edu/SafeWater)
Collaborators and co-editors:
Ward, M.D. (Purdue U.), Kumar, D. (Bryn Mawr), Lee, L.S. (Purdue U.), Frankenberger, J. (Purdue U.), Broussard, S. (Cornell); Cooper, B. (Purdue U.); Crighton, L. (IN Dept. of Natural Resources); Dodge, M. (Hanover College); ; James, R. (Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission); Wilson, W. (Midwest Permaculture), Clement, N. (Purdue U.)
M.S. Ethology, Purdue University (1993)
minor: Philosophy of Mind
B.S. Animal Sciences & Agribusiness, Purdue University (1990)
minor: Music Theory
Post-Graduate: Geographic Information Systems and Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management (2000 - 2005)
Center for Science of Information
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West Lafayette, IN 47907-2066