Chris Anderson, Explorer-in-Chief

Chris is a passionate science educator who founded Science Over Everything as a way to explain how science affects our everyday lives. Chris began learning about the world in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio and enriched his understanding of science at Miami University. His first roles after graduation were in classrooms in Cincinnati teaching physical science and biology. Chris currently works as an instructional coach working with science teachers in Cincinnati Public Schools. When not educating our future or writing about science, Chris enjoys exploring any of America’s fabulous national parks, watching PBS, and practicing his Jedi force powers when his girlfriend isn’t looking. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @ScienceOverET

Erin Carrus, Aquatic Contributor

Erin is currently studying Environmental Science, Mathematics, and English at Thomas More College where she enjoys trying to convince everyone that the tiny back pond is the best thing about campus. Her interests span across a broad spectrum, but ecology has consistently remained a focal point, specifically aquatic ecology. Her current research is through the Thomas More College Biology Field Station as a part of the River Bioassessment Crew where she helps collect, measure, and analyze different chemical and live samples. She is also conducting an independent study on microplastics through studies on Zebra Mussels. Erin enjoys various sports and being active, laughing when completely unnecessary, getting lost in the woods, and taking pictures of neat things. She plans to pursue further education in Environmental Science and Public Affairs.


James Crumpler – Environmental contributor

James Crumpler is currently a graduate student researcher at Miami University with a background in the non-profit, public, and private sectors of the environmental services industry. After graduating with a BA in history from Centre College, he applied for a 6-month crew member position with Montana Conservation Corps, followed by a one year crew leader position with Texas Conservation Corps. In moving back to Cincinnati, he served a summer with Cincinnati Parks and led a crew of high school students in environmental work through the Mayor’s Green Leaf program. At Miami University, he helped research and write the Elk Creek Watershed Inventory Report, and created a sustainable energy index of cities, counties, and townships in the state of Ohio. Upon completing a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, with a concentration in public administration, James expects to work in environmental services (consulting or government) for the next several years. His hobbies include coming up with really bad puns (the kind that make everyone groan), listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, playing long strategy board games (Twilight Imperium anyone?), glass blowing (when time and money are available), and laughing at the shenanigans of people or dogs doing funny things. P.S. There are a lot of hobbies he enjoys!

Shannon Fasola – Geology contributor

Shannon is currently a graduate student at Miami University with a background in geophysics and seismology. Natural disasters have always been a fascination of hers. As a child her dream was to chase tornadoes. Within the last few years at college, she was successful in narrowing down this vast area of interest to the topic of earthquakes. She received her BS in geology from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and came to Miami shortly after to study geophysics and seismology. After finishing her MS, she had enjoyed what she studied so much she decided to stay on for a PhD in hope of one day becoming a professor and teaching others. Her current research focuses on seismicity that occurs in clusters in the Mexico subduction zone in order to better characterize them in space and time. Shannon is also the student director of seismometer deployments at Miami where she trains students on fieldwork. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, hiking, and photography.

Josh Knackert – Biology contributor

Josh Knackert is a former researcher turned science communicator.  He has studied neurological disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, grown stem cells by the billions for a biotech startup, and helped Habitat for Humanity build its first LEED certified house in Madison, WI.  He has also been a carpenter’s apprentice restoring colonial era buildings, a wedding DJ, percussionist, and meat cutter.  He sees the beauty of science in every one of these experiences, which makes him eager to make all types of science accessible and engaging for everyone.  His hobbies include board games with his wife, ultimate Frisbee, racquetball, and playing fetch with his dog, Myelin.

Kylie Martinod – Curriculum Builder

Kylie Martinod is a future science educator. She had a passion for science since middle school, but truly became interested in Biology when she did a marine biology program at her high school.  Kylie pursued a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut where she had the opportunity to do research on invasive plant species. That research experience inspired Kylie to get her Master’s in Botany at Miami University where she conducted an intensive fieldwork project quantifying the amount of the invasive shrub Amur honeysuckle in white-tailed deer diet. Kylie found a passion for teaching during her Master’s in Botany and decided to get a second Master’s in Teaching in Life Science at Miami University. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, baking, knitting, and going on adventures!

Neil Narayan – City planning contributor

Neil is currently a graduate student in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on sustainable infrastructure and transportation. After graduating from Rice University with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, he spent many years working in the aviation industry. A passionate scientist and believer in practical solutions, he is thoroughly interested in finding ways to move people through cities and around the country quickly and efficiently while reducing the carbon footprint of transportation. When he isn’t ranting about Elon Musk, he can be found playing ultimate frisbee or finding other ways to spend time outdoors.

Dean Regas – Astronomy contributor

Dean Regas is the Outreach Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory, co-host of PBS’ syndicated astronomy program Star Gazers, and author of the book Facts From Space!  He can be reached at:

1 Comment Posted

  1. Chris,

    I came to the Plate Tectonic session at NSTA last week. Thanks again for all the great resources. I was interested in looking at the teacher resource guides for your county. I did not get the name of the NSELA president (your co-presenter) to email her and ask for access. I would appreciate your help with this.

    K-12 Science Specialist
    Escambia County School District

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