- A.A.S. Geographic Information Systems, Columbus State Community College, 2006
- M.S. Computer and Information Science, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, 1984
- B.A. Art, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1976
Luanne is currently a Graduate Fellow pursuing a Master’s degree in Soil Science. Her advisor is Dr. Richard Dick, and her thesis work is investigating the accumulation of herbicide residues in soil, and their effects on microorganisms. She also currently serves as the Treasurer for the SENR GradRoots student organization.
Prior to graduate studies in soil science, Luanne was employed as a gardener for 3 years at Inniswood Metro Gardens, Franklin County Metro Parks. She also worked as an intern in GPS mapping at Dawes Arboretum, and as a GIS intern at the State of Ohio, Department of Administrative Services.
Previous work experience also includes 25 years as a software developer, requirements analyst, project manager, data analyst, and systems integration tester, at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and Wendy’s International.
For many years, Luanne has been an active volunteer with environmental groups including Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries, Sustainable Westerville, and Wild Ones. Wild Ones is a national native plant advocacy group, and Luanne served two years as the President of the Columbus chapter, helping to organize many public educational programs, and successfully raising funds through grants and plant sales. She continues to be active in Wild Ones, through her work installing and maintaining a pollinator garden at Otterbein Community Gardens, where she involves Otterbein students in design, planting, and maintenance.
- Soil Science
- Soil biology and microbial ecology
- Environmental sustainability and agriculture
- Nutrient cycling
- Manure and biosolids as soil amendment
- Waste management
- Soil contaminants including pharmaceuticals and pesticides
- Water quality