NIH Biosketch


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NAME: Christina Lucas

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POSITION TITLE: Outreach Program Coordinator

EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable. Add/delete rows as necessary.)

Oregon State University     Oregon State UniversityB.S.     M.A.T6/2002Pre-Veterinary Medicine Animal Science Chemistry Agricultural Education

A.        Personal Statement
I have the dedication, training, experience, and motivation necessary to contribute to the proposed research project. I have an extensive background in groundwater quality education with rural residents. In addition, I have spent the majority of my career working the agriculture and studying how best management practices of the land directly influences groundwater quality on both a macro and micro scale. As a co-PI or outreach coordinator on several Oregon Department of Environmental Quality 319 grants, I honed my skill in working with rural residents to understand and practice best management practices for their personal situation to preserve and protect their family’s and animal’s health, property investments, and the overall safety of the groundwater resources. Though our state grant funding is no longer available, the Oregon counties that I have worked in and around have used their tax-based funding to continue and expand the local services that I provide. This NIH grant would allow these services to expand to other regions of Oregon that are in need of this type of education and outreach. With an educational background based in science, I find that I am able to take the research and hard science produced and translate in person, through publications, website materials, and newsletters to an appropriate level for the public to understand and value.

  1. Lucas, C. & Livesay, M. (2017) Keeping Your Well Water Well / Agua Limpia En Su Pozo. Oregon State University Extension Service, EM8752.
  2. Lucas, C. & Livesay, M. (2017) Twelve Simple Things You Can Do to Protect Your Well Water / Doce Pasos Sencillos Para Proteger Su Aqua De Pozo. Oregon State University Extension Service, EM8651.

B.        Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

2003-06           Office Specialist, Oregon State University Extension Service, Corvallis, OR

2006-17           Education Program Assistant 2, Oregon State University Extension Service, Corvallis, OR

2012-17           Energize Corvallis Program Coordinator, Corvallis Environmental Center, Corvallis, OR

2017 –             Outreach Program Coordinator, Oregon State University Extension Service, Corvallis, OR

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

2007-               Pesticide Consultant, Oregon Department of Agriculture

2012-               Member, National Groundwater Foundation/National Groundwater Association

2017 –              Member, Oregon State University Extension Association

2017 –              Member, Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals

C.        Contributions to Science

1.   Relevant to this project I have developed a full educational program entitled Rural Living Basics: Living With Your Water Well and Septic System. The content of this set of instructional material is structured with a strong evidentiary research background, state of Oregon rules and laws, and best management practices that are relevant to all rural residents. Additionally, any attendees of the program have access to personal risk assessment tool for well and septic systems. I provide personalized recommendations and assistance based upon each individual situation.

D.        Additional Information: Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance

Completed Outreach and Education Support

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 319 Program                             08/01/11-06/30/15

Groundwater Protection Education to Promote Community Involvement in the Southern Willamette Valley and Electronic Well Water and Groundwater Stewardship Education to Domestic Well Owners 

The goal of this project was to increase awareness of the Southern Willamette Valley groundwater issues, improve community involvement opportunities, and promote behavior changes that enhance the safety of public and private drinking water supplies and protect regional groundwater quality. Our secondary goal was to reduce the potential for groundwater contamination from residential sources by providing residents with the tools and knowledge necessary to identify household risks to drinking water quality, evaluate groundwater protection strategies and adopt sustainable management practices.

Role: CO-PI

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 319 Program                             07/01/09-06/30/11

Groundwater Protection Education to Promote Citizen Involvement in the Southern Willamette Valley

The goal of this project was to provide groundwater protection education to promote citizen involvement in the Southern Willamette Valley Groundwater Management Area. The project created a K-12 curriculum aligned to Oregon State Educational benchmarks and created a home well and septic assessment tool for rural residents.

Role: Outreach Coordinator

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 319 Program                             07/01/07-07/31/09

Groundwater Quality Outreach for Rural Residents

The goal of this project was to continue the successful outreach methods used by the OSU Well Water program in the past, including offering Well Water Clinics, teaching classes for rural residents, maintaining a website, and answering client questions via phone and e-mail.

Role: Outreach Coordinator