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Natalie J Carroll

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Professor – Extension Education
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Agricultural & Biological Engineering 

  • Professor of Ag & Bio Engineering
  • Interdepartmental Professor

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Courtesy 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 learning opportunities to youth using natural resource education in informal settings. Dr. Carroll has written or collaborated on 70 publications, served as committee chair for six students and committee member for 24 students from 12 departments. She has served as an investigator or collaborator on grants for more than $27 million as the outreach coordinator or curriculum developer. Dr. Carroll also holds an appointment in Agricultural and Biological Engineering where she teaches Environmental Systems Management.

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
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)
HORT 590 Introduction to Agricultural Biotechnology (Summer, 2000)
EDCI 589D Enrichment in the Classroom: Natural Resources (Summer, 1997 & 1998)

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

Grants & Projects
Grant total: $27,054,792 – $858,184 to Carroll
Agro-ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Biofuels Production via the Pyrolysis-Biochar Platform (AFRI-CAP), 2011-2014, $9,750,000 (Carroll, $15,000)
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 ($22,457 to Carroll)
Teaming with Insects, Christian Oseto (PI), Tim Gibb, Melissa Shepson, Natalie Carroll, one year (2009), National 4-H, CSREES, USDA. $87,174 (in negations) $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, five years (’07 – ’11), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, $11,414.417
Response of Aquatic and Terrestrial Microorganisms to Carbon-based Manufactured Nanoparticles, National Science Foundation, four years (’04 – ’08) $1,600,000
Apple Functional Genomics, two years (’03-’05). $1,659,708
Youth Research Projects, N. Carroll (PI), one year (2004), North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), $3,500
Stout Woods Trail and Education, N Carroll (PI), two years (’01-’02), Purdue Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, $5,000
Purdue Residential On-site Wastewater Disposal, N. Carroll (PI), D. Jones, J. Frankenberger, two years (’00-’01), Purdue Extension Initiative Funding, $24,000
Development of Biotechnology curriculum for teachers, P. Goldsbrough (PI), N. Carroll, two years (’00-’01), Bottum/Kohlmeyer Public Policy Education Award, $4,500
Septic System and Water Quality in Indiana conference, N. Carroll (PI), D. Jones, 1 year (2001), SeaGrant College Program, $6,500.
Youth Shooting Sports Curriculum Development, N. Carroll, one year (2001), National Wild Turkey Foundation, $5,000
Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife by 4-H Volunteers, N. Carroll (PI), M. Klepinger, two years (’99-’01), National Sea Grant College Program, $140,891
Watershed Connections in Clinton County, J. Frankenberger (PI), N. Carroll, one year (1999), Bottum/Kohlmeyer Public Policy Education Award, $3,500
Great Lakes Adventure, CD-ROM, N. Carroll (PI), D. Jones, M. Strickland, two years (’96-’98), Environmental Protection Agency, $50,000 

Year-Round Calendar Task Force
University Senate Nominating Committee Advisor
Facilitator, Searching for Excellence & Diversity: A Workshop for Search Committee Chairs and Members, Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University

College of Agriculture
Department Review Committee, Co-Chair (2013/14)
Sustainability Committee
Area Promotions Committee
Awards Committee

Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Departmental Leadership Council
Departmental Extension Committee - Chair

International Efforts
Burkina Faso, Experimental Design for Extension Research & Protocol for Extension Education Research, Collaborators meeting: Hermetic Storage for Cowpea Project, 2007
Sweden, Poster: 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

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

(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

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

Addae-Mensah, N. (2011). Saving Energy in Your Home: Appliances. (ID-438), 2. Retrieved from

Addae-Mensah, N. (2011). Saving Energy in Your Home: Driving and Car Matinenance. (ID-441), 2. Retrieved from

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