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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 items. Dr. Carroll has written or collaborated on over 100 refereed publications, served as committee chair for eight 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 the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering where she taught Environmental Systems Management, ASM 336, from 2005-2017, then moved this course to an online format (with Articulate Storyline™) and with a new number (ASM 23600) for Fall, 2018 and continues to teach it two to three semesters each year.

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 236, Environmental Systems Management (2018 – current; ASM 336, 2006 – 2017)
YDAE 591, Informal Curriculum Development (2016)
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
Informal learning with a focus on environmental and natural resource content, methods and modes for youth audiences.

Grants & Projects

Grant total: $28,043,721 – ($887,719 to Carroll), Selected recent projects:

  • Innovative Green Clean-in-Place Technology with Micro-bubbles, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Co-PI, 2018-2020, $892,000
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 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


  • University Senate Past Chair, 2019-20
  • Digital Proctoring Committee, 2020
  • Academic Analytics Review Committee, requested by P. Hollenbeck, Fall, 2019
  • Independent Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Admission Committee, 2019
  • Search Committee, University Senate Secretary of Faculties, requested by J. Akridge, Fall, 2019
  • University Senate Chair, 2018-19; related committees:
    Purdue Board of Trustees Academic and Student Affairs Committee (ex-officio)
    Provost Advisory Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
    Administration Advisory Committee, chair
    Big Ten Academic Alliance
    COACHE Implementation Team
    Executive Policy Review Group
    Grand Marshal, Purdue Commencements
    Purdue Global Commencement, Platform Party
    Intercampus Faculty Council Member
    Other committees, as assigned
    Provost Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
    Provost meetings
    Senate Meetings, chair
    Steering Committee
  • University Senate, 2002 – 2008 (ASEC/YDAE), 2009-2012 (CoAg), 2015-2017 (CoAg) – 11 years as faculty rep plus 3 years as vice chair, chair, and past-chair = 17 years, plus 3 years on the Nominating Committee as ex-officio. Total of 20 years.
    Vice-Chair, Chair, Past-Chair, 2017-2020
    Steering Committee, 2009-2011, 2017-18
    Advisory Committee, 2006-2008, 2010-2011
    Nominating Committee
    Member:  15 years
    Chair: 5 years, chair; 1 year, co-chair
    University Senate Nominating Committee, Special Advisor (ex-officio), 2012-2015(3 years)
    Faculty Committees:
    Documents and Records
  • Advance, Purdue. Program to assist with the advancement of women and other minorities in science (18); New Facilitator Training (4 times)
  • Athletic Affairs Committee, Chair, 1x
  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education Faculty Nominating Committee, 2x
  • Graduate School Review, Co-Chair
  • University Graduate Council, Committee E (Life Science) chair
  • Faculty Mediation, Committee
  • A/P Grievance Committee
  • Murphy Award (University teaching award) Selection Committee, 2x
  • Community Standards Board (CSB, student termination panel), 2 years
  • Discovery Learning Research Center, Internal Advisory Board, 2 years 
  • Promotions Committee, Panel X (clinical faculty), 2 years
  • Department Head Review, Chair, 2009
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) 2 years
College of Agriculture
  • Homesteaders Association of Purdue University, Faculty Co-Advisor 
  • Awards Committee, 6 years
  • Area (college) Promotion Committee, 10 years 
  • Search Committee: Associate Dean for International Programs
  • College Representative to the University Graduate Council
  • Scholarship and Excellence in Extension/Engagement section of the Col

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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