Ann Staudt serves as Science Director for the Water Rocks! program. She is an environmental engineer, music composer, educator and dog whisperer, and uses all of these skills in her work with Water Rocks!
“I have a masters degree in environmental engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from ISU. My job gives me the opportunity to teach people of all ages about pertinent water and soil issues in our environment today. When I am not out teaching, I work in the field and the lab collecting and analyzing water and soil samples from different agricultural ecosystems. This helps me better translate complex science and chemistry into content that makes sense to broad audiences.
I really enjoy teaching young people about water quality issues, whether it be through games, hands-on activities, or using dogs as the messengers. Music is another great way to reach people - I help to write songs about water, soil, and other conservation issues for Water Rocks!
In my leisure time, I love hanging out with my Siberian Husky, hiking, biking, golfing, making soap, and other artsy endeavors.”