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Natalie J Carroll

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication 

  • Professor – Extension Education
Lilly Room 3-224
915 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Agricultural & Biological Engineering 

  • Professor of Ag & Bio Engineering
  • Interdepartmental Professor

Faculty Profile
Dr. Carroll focuses on informal youth education in natural resources and the environment. She works extensively with faculty and staff from many disciplines to develop curriculum and other educational work. Dr. Carroll has written or collaborated on 84 publications, served as committee chair for six students and committee member for 26 students from 12 departments. She has served as an investigator or collaborator on grants for more than $28 million as the outreach coordinator or curriculum developer. Dr. Carroll also holds a teaching appointment in Agricultural and Biological Engineering 

BS Michigan State University Mathematics major/General Science minor, with secondary teaching certification
MS Michigan State University Agricultural Engineering - forage harvesting
PhD Michigan State University Agricultural Engineering - Soil & Water (numerical modeling)

Courses Taught
ASM 336 Environmental Systems Management (2006 - Current)
YDAE 591 Informal Curriculum Development (2016 – Current)
NRES 290 Introduction to Environmental Science (Spring 2008)
ABE 450 Finite Element Method in Design and Optimization (Fall, 2003 – 2006)
YDAE 591F Enrichment in the Classroom: Farm to Table (Summer, 2004, 2006)
ENGR 103 Introduction to Engineering Careers, Environmental and Natural Resources (Fall 2002 and invited lectures, 2003 – 2006)

Research Interests
Curriculum development for informal youth audiences and youth learning through environmental and natural resources experiences.

Grants & Projects
Grant total: $28,043,721 – ($887,719 to Carroll), Selected recent projects:
Developing Public School Curricula and Training High School Students and Teachers as Ambassadors for Pollinator Protection, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Sciences / Research (FFAR), Co-PI, 2018-2020, $360,000
Innovative Green Clean-in-Place Technology with Micro-bubbles, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Co-PI, 2018-2020, $892,000
Tick Insiders: a citizen science project to advance detection, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases in Indiana, College of Agriculture, Co-PI, 2017-2019, $75,000
Soil Health Education Resources for Educators, USDA-SARE, PI, $72,701
Agro-ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Biofuels Production via the Pyrolysis-Biochar Platform (AFRI-CAP), 2011-2014, $9,750,000
Toyota 4-H2O Community Project, 2010-2013, $174,649
Indiana Energizes! A 4-H SET Activity, Duke Energy, 2010, $12,500
COSIA: Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences, sub-contract with the University of CA, Berkley (2009-2012), 2,055,927 total
Teaming with Insects, Christian Oseto (PI), Tim Gibb, Melissa Shepson, Natalie Carroll, one year (2009), National 4-H, CSREES, USDA. $104,300.00
Encouraging Regional Trade with Hermetic Storage for Cowpea in West and Central Africa, Joan Fulton (PI), Jess Lowneberg-DeBoer, Natalie Carroll, Larry Murdock, Barry Pittendrigh, Katy Ibrahim, (2007 – 2011), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, $11,414.417
Response of Aquatic and Terrestrial Microorganisms to Carbon-based Manufactured Nanoparticles, National Science Foundation, (2004 – 2008) $1,600,000
Apple Functional Genomics,  (2003-2005). $1,659,708
Youth Research Projects, N. Carroll (PI), one year (2004), North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), $3,500

Facilitator, Hiring Workshop, Advance Purdue (facilitated 17 Purdue workshops, 2012 – Current)
Facilitator Training, Advance Purdue, 3 sessions, 2016 – current
Vetting Committee, Commission for Higher Education's Faculty Commissioner, 2017
Graduate School Review, Co-Chair, 2016
University Graduate Council, 2015-2018, Committee E (Life Science) Chair, 2016-2018
Faculty Mediation Committee, 2014 – 2017
     University Senate, 2002 – 2008 (YDAE), 2009-2012 (CoAg), 2015-2018 (CoAg)
     Chair, 2018-19
     Vice Chair, 2017-18
     Steering Committee, 2009-2011, 2017-18
     Advisory Committee, 2006-2008, 2010-2011
     Nominating Committee, 2002-2008, 2010-2012, 2015-2017, Chair, 7 years
A/P Grievance Committee, 2010 – 2013
Murphy Award (University teaching award) Selection Committee, 2011, 2014
Community Standards Board (CSB), August, 2010 – 2011

College of Agriculture
Department Review Committee, Co-Chair (2013/14)
Area Promotion Committee, 2007 – 2017
Search Committee: Associate Dean for International Programs, 2016-2017
College Representative to the University Graduate Council, 2015-2018
Scholarship and Excellence in Extension/Engagement section of the College of Agriculture P&T Guidelines Committee, 2016
Search Committee: Extension Director, Associate Dean of Agriculture, 2012-13
College Awards Committee, spring semester, 2009 – May, 2015, Chair, 2010-2012
Extension Human Subjects Internal Review Board (IRB), June, 2009 – January, 2011
Extension Strategic Planning Committee, 2010
Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award Committee, 2009, 2010
Agriculture Research Program Assistantship Review Team, 2009
Extension Engagement working group, Strategic Planning, 2008
PK-12 Committee, Chair, 2007
Faculty Advisor, Pre-Professional Women in Agriculture, 2005 – 2007
Search Committee: Associate Dean and Director, Agricultural Research Program, 2005
Search Committee: Assistant Dean and Director, Office of Diversity Programs, 2005

Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Primary Committee, 2007- current
Departmental Review, Co-Chair, 2014
Faculty Mentor – multiple faculty over the years
Search Chair, Agricultural Communications Faculty, 2011-2012
Extension Committee, Chair, 2011 - 2014
4-H Procedures & Policy Committee, 2010
4-H Website Committee, 2008 - 2009
Life Science Education Signature Area (LSESA) Committee, 2007 - 2014
Search Committee Chair, 2005-2006
Lead, Departmental Science Focus, 2005-2006

International Efforts
Conference presentations:
Carroll, N. Weather and Climate Education for Youth, Royal Meteorological Society, Manchester, England, 2016.
Proper Disposal of Unwanted Medication, Proceedings, 21st Century Watershed Technology Conference, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Costa Rica, Presentation and proceedings, 2010.
Carroll, N., 2007. Protocol for Extension Education Research, Workshop: Encouraging Regional Trade with Hermetic Storage for Cowpea in West and Central Africa, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, August, 2007
Burkina Faso, Experimental Design for Extension Research & Protocol for Extension Education Research, Collaborators meeting: Hermetic Storage for Cowpea Project, 2007
Sweden,  Nanotechnology and the Environment, International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, 2005
Ireland, Employing a Volunteer Network to Help Control Purple Loosestrife, International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, 2004
Brazil, The Great Lakes Adventure CDROM, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2002 

Awards & Honors

(2018) Board of Directors. University Council on Water Resources.

(2016) Christian J. Foster Award, for Contributions to K-12 STEM Education. Purdue University.

(2018) Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana,. Indiana Farm Bureau.

(2016) Blue Ribbon Award, Publication, Comprehensive. American Society of Agricultural Engineering (ASABE).

(2015) Corps of Engagement, Purdue University Office of Engagement. Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS).

Selected Publications

Sell, W. E. (2019). Purdue Soil Health Education. Retrieved from

Carroll, N., Steinhardt, G., Owens, P., Dunn, A., & Wright, D. (2013). Operating and Maintaining an Onsite Sewage System. (ID-142-W), 7. Retrieved from

Speelman, J., & Carroll, N. (2012). Bioindicators of Water Quality, Quick Reference Guide. (4-H-1019), 4.

Speelman, J., & Carroll, N. (2012). Bioindicators of Water Quality, Flash Cards. (4-H-1018).

Speelman, J., & Carroll, N. (2012). Bioindicators of Water Quality, Mobile version. (4-H-1018-M).

Addae-Mensah, N. (2012). Saving Energy in Your Home: Fact Sheets (8) 16. Retrieved from

Kruse, J. (2011). Energy Investigators, Facilitator's Guide. (4-H 1015), 15. Retrieved from

Kruse, J. (2011). Energy Investigators, youth manual. (4H 1014), 15. Retrieved from

Tucker, M., & Borron, A. (2011). Enhancing Risk Management Instruction of Undergraduate Students. Enhancing Risk Management Instruction of Undergraduate Students, 13. Retrieved from

Knobloch, N., Brady, C. M., Orvis, K. S., & Carroll, N. J. (2016). Development and Validation of An Instrument To Assess Youth Motivation To Participate In Career Development Events. Journal of Agricultural Education, 57(4), 16-28.

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