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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)
ABE 450, Finite Element Method in Design and Optimization (Fall, 2003 – 2006)
ENGR 103, Introduction to Engineering Careers, Environmental and Natural Resources (Fall 2002 and invited lectures, 2003 – 2006)
YDAE 591, Informal Curriculum Development (2016)

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


  • 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 Vice-Chair, Chair, Past-Chair, 2017-2020
  • University Senate, total of 20 years. Senate Committee work: Steering Committee, Advisory Committee, Nominating Committee
  • 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
  • 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 
  • Dean & Associate Dean search committees, 4 
  • College Representative to the University Graduate Council
  • Extension Human Subjects Internal Review Board (IRB), June, 2 years
  • Extension planning committees, 
  • Agenda & Policy, Deans Advisory committee
Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication
  • Department Review, Co-Chair, 2x
  • Faculty search chair, 2x
  • Matrixx (Real Colors) Facilitator
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialist Association (PUCESA), 1995-present President (2001)

International Efforts
Conference presentations:

  • Carroll, N. Weather and Climate Education for Youth, Royal Meteorological Society, Manchester, England, 2016

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

Gasic, K., Gonzalez, D. O., Thimmapuram, J., Liu, L., Malnoy, M., Gong, G., . . . Others (2009). Comparative analysis and functional annotation of a large expressed sequence tag collection of apple. The Plant Genome, 2(1), 23–38.

Korban, S. S., Vodkin, L., Liu, L., Aldwinckle, H., Carroll, N. J., Goldsbrough, P. B., . . . Main, D. (2009). Apple EST Project.

Carroll, N. J., Orvis, K. S., & Goldsbrough, P. B. (2008). Teaching Genomics with Computer Simulations. 1.

Baoua, I., Carroll, N., Dabire, C., Fulton, J., Moussa, B., Sanon, A., & Tahirou, A. (2008). Field Techician Training Manual Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage Project. 84.

Orvis, K. S., & Carroll, N. J. (2008). The Apple Genomics Project. National Science Teachers Association, 75(7), 68.

Carroll, N., & Carroll, T. J. (n.d.). 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Guide. (requested), 32.

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