About Us

Becky Rittenburg
Becky’s love for water science stems from a childhood of playing in the lakes and rivers of Pennsylvania. After studying environmental science at Colorado College and carrying out international agriculturally-focused research projects, she taught at the McCall Outdoor Science School and resided as a classroom scientist at the Gar-Pal High School in Palouse, WA. While working with students from all across the state, she realized the thrill of teaching, the importance of water science education, and the pure innovation and creativity that K-12 students can exude in field and problem-based learning environments. As a WoW M.S. student, her research focuses on the stream channel’s influence on water quality and sediment transport from agricultural erosion, and as well as the role of K-12 science education in community decision-making.
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Ryan Boylan
Ryan’s interest in water resources was sparked while working with the National Park Service Water Quality unit in New York City. His passion for developing solutions to the complex problems facing water resources globally was further developed while working in Western Australia for the Department of Environment and Conservation. He received his B.S in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont and is currently working on his M.S in Water Resources at the University of Idaho. His current research focus on the movement of carbon from agricultural fields due to runoff and erosion and how climate and land use change are affecting these processes. Teaching at Lewiston High School helped him to realize that students address problems from their own unique perspectives which could provide feasible solutions to issues we are currently facing in water resource management.
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Audrey Squires
Audrey is passionate about water resources after living in Guatemala as a Peace Corps Volunteer where she experienced extreme water quality and quantity issues first hand. She has brought that passion for water to UI where she is pursuing an M.S. degree in Water Resources. Her research focuses on the influence of weather and soil conditions on erosion and runoff in agricultural watersheds, as well as how watershed councils successfully achieve improvements in water quality. Teaching science at Gar-Pal Middle School this past year made her realize that youth are an important part of the solution, which is why she is so excited to be a part of the WoW Confluence Project team!
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Jan Boll, Faculty Supervisor
Jan Boll is director of the Environmental Science, Water Resources, and Professional Science Masters programs at the University of Idaho. Boll joined the University in 1996 in the biological and agricultural engineering department, where his research and teaching focus has been hydrology and water quality. Boll earned his doctorate in agricultural and biological engineering from Cornell University, master of science and bachelor of science degrees in land use planning at the Agricultural University of Wageningen, the Netherlands, and a master of science degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Idaho.
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Paul Allan, Faculty Supervisor
Paul Allan is program manager for the Waters of the West NSF sponsored GK12 program, which pairs graduate STEM students with teachers in 7 – 12 grade classrooms to improve the graduate students’ science communication and teaching skills. Allan has been program manager for two UI GK12 programs since 2006. Prior to that he worked in the College of Education at Washington State University, was a Teacher Education supervisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA, and taught science and mathematics for 25 years in grades 7 – 16 in Alaska, Massachusetts, and New York. Allan earned his master’s degree in Science Education at Columbia University Teachers College and his BS in biology at the University of Washington.
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