Ruth K. Varner
Ruth K. Varner has mentored more than forty undergraduate researchers over the years, including some past Inquiry authors. She is a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and the director of both the Earth System Research Center and the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education. She began working at the University of New Hampshire as a research faculty member in 2003. For the past nineteen years, she has maintained the research site at Sallie’s Fen in Barrington, New Hampshire, where Madeline conducted her research. Dr. Varner recruited Madeline for this project from the field course she teaches. She says that she always enjoys working with undergraduates, and Madeline was no exception. She commends Madeline for always rising to meet the challenges of her research, gaining valuable experience in overcoming obstacles, and maintaining enthusiasm for her research project throughout the year.