Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Geography

McGill University

Drew Fulton Bush | drew.bush@mail.mcgill.ca | (802) 274-7069 | Most Recent Full CV

A postdoctoral researcher with Geothink in McGill University’s Department of Geography, Drew Bush investigates how applications of inquiry, service, and citizen science based learning can improve public understandings of Earth and environmental science. He first began thinking about how to most effectively teach and communicate about the environment while working on United States climate and energy policy in the Washington, DC headquarters of The Wilderness Society. His subsequent master’s work at Duke University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution examined public perceptions of the impacts of offshore wind energy and was recognized through a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship.

As a doctoral student visiting the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, NY, Drew has examined how inquiry-based teaching using a classroom adapted NASA-GISS global climate model (GCM) impacts student learning of climate change science. He has also run graduate workshops on how to give effective presentations and teach science as a fellow with McGill University’s Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education, founded and directed the “Be A Climate Modeler For A Week” summer camp at McGill University, and conducted educational research at John Abbott and Dawson Colleges in Montreal, QC. The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences recognized his scholarship for “scholastic achievement and excellence in environmental research at the graduate level.” McGill University awarded him the prestigious Richard H. Tomlinson Fellowship in University Science Education to support completion of his dissertation research. Drew has instructed environmental studies students at New York University (NYU) and has taught at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in Wallkill, NY as part of NYU’s Prison Education Program.

His current research in McGill University’s Department of Geography investigates how a citizen science curriculum utilizing the Data Rescue: Archives and Weather (DRAW) Project can teach students about historical climate records in Montreal and the social, political, and cultural events that coincided with them. 



Research

Drew's research contributions have been recognized and supported by fellowships, grants, and awards from places such as McGill University, Duke University, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS). This track record of work demonstrates Drew's capacity for research excellence as he continues to publish in the top journals in the fields of environmental science, science education, and climate change. Drew also continues to collaborate with partners at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), WHOI, McGill University, New York University (NYU), the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), NYU’s Prison Education Program, and the Shoals Marine Laboratory.




Publications

Bush, D., Xing, J., & Sieber, R. (In Preparation). Twitter, Trump and climate change: How does the public understand and learn about climate science online. Public Understanding of Science.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Chandler, M. & Sohl, L. (In Preparation). International perspectives on the efficacy of teaching climate change using a NASA global climate model. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Seiler, G., Chandler, M., & Chmura, G. (Submitted for Initial Review). How sociocultural variables influence the learning of climate change science. Environment and Behavior.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Seiler, G., Chandler, M., & Chmura, G. L. (Accepted). Bringing climate scientists’ tools into classrooms to improve conceptual understanding. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Seiler, G., & Chandler, M. (2017). Examining educational climate change technology: How group inquiry work with an authentic scientific instrument alters classroom learning. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 27(2), 147-164.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Seiler, G., & Chandler, M. (2017). University-level teaching of anthropogenic global climate change (AGCC) via student inquiry. Studies in Science Education, 53(2), 113-136.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Seiler, G., & Chandler, M. (2016). The teaching of anthropogenic climate change and Earth science via technology-enabled inquiry education. Journal of Geoscience Education, 64(3), 159-174.
Bush, D., & Hoagland, P. (2016). Public opinion and the environmental, economic and aesthetic impacts of offshore wind. Ocean and Coastal Management, 120, 70-79.




Referee

Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Science Education, Studies in Science Education, Environmental Research Letters and The Journal of Environmental Planning and Management




Presentations and Workshops

(Planned) Bush, D., Xing, J., & Sieber, R. Twitter, Trump and climate change: How does the public understand and learn about climate science online. Paper presentation at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Annual Meeting. American University. Washington, DC. June 20-23, 2018.
(Planned) Bush, D., Sieber, R., Chandler, M., & Sohl, L. International perspectives on the efficacy of teaching climate change using a NASA global climate model. Paper presentation at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. April 10-14, 2018.
(Invited Talk) Bush, D. Citizen scientists and global climate models: Investigating how to improve public science understandings to enable collaborative policy solutions. ATM Seminar in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Northern Vermont, Lyndon. Lyndon, VT. March 22, 2018.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Seiler, G., & Chandler, M. Global climate models for the classroom: The educational impact of student work with a key tool of climate scientists. Poster presentation at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. New Orleans, LA. December 11-15, 2017.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Seiler, G., & Chandler, M. How does group inquiry work with an authentic scientific instrument alter climate science learning. Paper presentation at the Earth Educator’s Rendezvous. University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM. July 17-21, 2017.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Seiler, G., & Chandler, M. Classroom communities of engagement: How student group research with an authentic scientific instrument alters classroom learning of climate change. Paper presentation at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Annual Meeting. University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ. June 21-24, 2017.
Bush, D. & Sieber, R. Landscapes of change: How student experiences in the natural world impact learning of climate science and policy. Paper presentation at the Idea of Place: Space and Culture 20th Anniversary Conference. University of Alberta. Edmonton, AB. May 6-7, 2017.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Seiler, G., Chandler, M., & Chmura, G. L. The impact of classroom-adapted climate models on student climate change understandings. Paper presentation at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. April 5-9, 2017.
(Invited Discussant) Bush, D. Effective pedagogies for sustainability and climate change in higher education. Invited discussant at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. April 5-9, 2017.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Seiler, G. & Chandler, M. Inquiry climate change teaching using classroom adapted technology to impart scientific process skills and build conceptual understanding. Paper presentation at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Annual Meeting. American University. Washington, DC. June 8-11, 2016.
Bush, D. & Hoagland, P. Overcoming offshore wind NIMBYISM: Educating the public for informed siting decisions. Paper presentation at the 2nd Annual National Energy Education Summit. American University. Washington, DC. June 7, 2016.
Bush, D. & Sieber, R. Technology-enabled inquiry climate change learning: Examining group work with realistic scientific tools. Paper presentation at the 5th Annual Supporting Active Learning and Technological Innovation in Studies of Education (SALTISE) Conference. Montreal, QC. June 3, 2016.
Bush, D. & Sieber, R. Global climate models for the classroom: A review of active learning in inquiry climate change teaching and its implications for new educational technologies. Paper presentation at the 4th Annual Supporting Active Learning and Technological Innovation in Studies of Education (SALTISE) Conference. Montreal, QC. June 2, 2015.
Bush, D. & Sieber, R. Global climate models for the classroom: A review of inquiry-based climate change teaching and its implications for new educational technologies. Paper presentation at the Climate Change in Culture Conference. Charlottetown, PEI. May 28-31, 2015.
(Invited Workshop) Chandler, M., Sohl, L. & Bush, D. Teaching with NASA climate models. One-day workshop at the Joint Assembly of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Montreal, QC. May 3, 2015.
Bush, D., Sieber, R., Chmura, G. & Seiler, G. Does an individual’s digital and physical geography impact perceptions of and learning about climate change? Poster presentation at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Chapman Conference: Communicating Climate Science. Granby, CO. June 8-13, 2013.
Bush, D. Uncertainty and expert assessment of the Cape Wind Project's impacts. Poster presentation at the 4th Annual Marine Renewable Energy Conference. Washington, DC. April 28-29, 2011.
(Invited Talk) Bush, D. Examining the impacts of Cape Wind utilizing uncertainty. Yellow sheet talk at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Woods Hole, MA. August 18, 2010.




Professional Memberships

American Geophysical Union (AGU), National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), American Association of Geographers (AAG), Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)




Past and Present Teaching Experience

Summer 2018 (Planned) Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire, Shoals Marine Laboratory, Kittery, ME
Curriculum Designer and Instructor—Biosm 2300 / Mefb 507: Understanding Marine Climate Changes Through Experiential Learning on Appledore Island, ME
Summer 2017 New York University, Prison Education Program, Wallkill, NY
Instructor—Envst.UA-100: Environmental Systems Science
Fall 2015 and 2016 New York University, Department of Environmental Studies, New York, NY
Recitation Section Instructor—Envst. UA-100: Environmental Systems Science
Summer and Fall 2016 American Museum of Natural History, Lang Science Program, New York, NY
Curriculum Designer and Instructor—Climate Research Team
2014 John Abbott College, Department of Geosciences, Montreal, QC
Climate Module Course Instructor—Geology 205: Earth Systems Science
2011-2017 McGill University, Department of Geography and School of Environment, Montreal, QC
Co-Instructor—Envr 650: Environmental Seminar 1, Envr 651: Environmental Seminar 2, and Envr 652: Environmental Seminar 3
Teaching Fellow—Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education
Lead Teaching Assistant—Geog 210: Global Places and Peoples
Co-Instructor—Geog 205: Global Change: Past, Present and Future
Guest Lecturer—Geog 407: Principles of the Geospatial Web
Teaching Assistant—Envr 201: Society, Environment and Sustainability, Envr 301: Environmental Research Designs and Envr 203: Knowledge, Ethics and Environment



Academic and Educational Service

2017–Present Committee Member, Membership Committee, Association for Environmental
Studies and Sciences, Washington, DC
December 2017 Session Convener and Chair, Climate Literacy in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities,
American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA,
December 11-15,2017
Fall 2017 Activity Reviewer, Teach the Earth, Science Education Resource Center (SERC),
Carleton College, Northfield, MN
June 2017 Session Chair, Climate Change Outreach and Engaged Learning,
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Annual Meeting,
University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ. June 24, 2017
May 2017 Session Chair, Session 6: Surrounding, Idea of Place: Space and Culture
20th Anniversary Conference, Edmonton, AB. May 6, 2017
April 2017 Session Chair, Climate Change and Education, American
Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. April 8, 2017
2014 - 2017 Founder and Director, Be A Climate Modeler For A Week Camp,
McGill University, Montreal, QC
Spring 2016 Volunteer Educator, Prison Education Program, New York
University, New York, NY
2013 - 2015 Graduate Mentor, Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Program, Department of Geography,
McGill University, Montreal, QC
2013 - 2014 Committee Member, Geospectives Seminar Series, Department of Geography,
McGill University, Montreal, QC
Winter 2013 Graduate Student Representative, Hiring Committee, Department of Geography
and McGill School of Environment, Montreal, QC
2012 - Present Naturalist and Committee Chair, Lyman V. Rutledge Marine
Laboratory, Star Island Corporation, Portsmouth, NH
2012 - 2014 Graduate Editor and Mentor, Field Notes: Journal of the McGill Undergraduate Geography Society,
Department of Geography, McGill University, Montreal, QC
2012 - 2013 Treasurer, Geography Graduate Student Society, Department of
Geography, McGill University, Montreal, QC
Summer 2009 Volunteer Research Assistant, Duke University Doctoral Student
Ruth Steel, Mang’ula, TZ
2007 Volunteer Researcher, Centro de Amigos Para La Paz, San Jose, CR



Media

Bush, D. & Sieber, R. (Planned). The Nature Conservancy Magazine.
Bush, D. & Sieber, R. (9/13/2017). “Building Support for Climate Change Policy: Breaking Down Misconceptions Through Hands-on Inquiry Learning.”American University’s Teaching Climate/Energy Law & Policy Blog.
Bush, D. & Sieber, R. (5/15/2017). “Global Climate Models for The Classroom: Improving Science Education on Today’s Complex Socioscientific Issues.” McGill University’s Teaching for Learning Blog.
Bush, D. (1/1/2015-9/1/2017). Multiple Authored Articles, Audio Podcasts and Videos. Geothink.ca
Kwon, D & Alip Z. (1/1/2014). “The environment issue: Teaching students about climate change” McGill Daily.









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