Program Staff

Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson

Deirdre Gonsalves-JacksonGonsalves-Jackson received her Ph.D. from the Florida Institute of Technology. A predoctoral fellow studying Panama Mollusks, she worked at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va., where she attended as an undergraduate.

Elizabeth Malcolm

Elizabeth MalcolmElizabeth Malcolm received her B.A. in Environmental Science from Earlham College and her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.  Before joining the faculty at Virginia Wesleyan College she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the Department of Geosciences.  Her research focuses on the environmental transport and chemistry of trace metal pollution, particularly mercury.  Several undergraduate students have conducted research in Dr. Malcolm’s laboratory on projects such as the role of sea spray in mercury cycling, the impact of vegetated green roofs on runoff pollution, and the level of mercury in dolphins in Virginia.

William McConnell

William McConnellMcConnell received a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University. His research focuses on the teaching and learning of environmental science, and integrative STEM education. He has served as Principal Investigator on several foundation funded environmental science related grants, and has held varied positions on NOAA, NSF, and Dominion Foundation funded grants.